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Topic - Debbie Halvorson
Senate plans to consider a U.N. treaty espousing equal rights for the disabled is drawing opposition from some Republicans wary of the treaty and asserting that the lawmakers should not be taking up international treaties during a lame-duck session.
Faced with a choice between a 10-term congressman and a freshman, Illinois voters opted for the newcomer in a heated Republican primary battle, while in a separate race one of the state's veteran Democrats easily won the biggest re-election fight of his 17-year congressional career.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. faces serious competition for the first time since his House career began, damaged by the last three years of allegations of corruption and embarrassing personal disclosures and made even more vulnerable by Illinois' new congressional district map.
But with a House Ethics Committee inquiry hanging over him, Mr. Jackson is now being challenged by former congresswoman and state Senate leader Debbie Halvorson, a fellow Democrat who has tried to draw attention to his "ethical distractions."
"We need a congressman who doesn't have ethical distractions," Ms. Halvorson said when she announced her campaign.