Slowik: Attacks, extreme views making it harder for lawmakers to find common ground

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South suburban residents wondering how Tuesday’s election results will affect them can look at the political landscape in a few different ways.

One view is that not much will change in terms of taxes, health care costs, job opportunities and other issues that matter to people. Democrats already held virtually every state legislative seat representing the region. The Southland is such a deep shade of blue that Republicans didn’t run for most state House and Senate seats in the area.

Another view is that Democratic gains at local, state and federal levels might help south suburban elected officials better serve their constituents. Come January, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Matteson — who has represented the 2nd District since 2013 — will become a member of the majority party in the House for the first time.

“We’ll be making the rules, setting the agenda,” Kelly said by phone Wednesday. “We’re the ones in charge. There are going to be checks and balances.”

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Local,Region: South Suburbs

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November 7, 2018 at 04:15PM

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