Illinois newest member-of-Congress-to-be is in Washington for orientation. U.S. Rep.-elect Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) says he’s learning Washington is a lot like Springfield, where he served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. “It’s similar to the Illinois General Assembly but it’s kind of on steroids,” he said.
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One of Bost’s erstwhile colleagues from Springfield happens to be in the White House. Bost says in the past, presidents who have had the opposite party controlling Congress have made strides. Bost was asked whether President Obama will engage the Republican majority. “I’m not gonna make a judgment call until we actually move forward,” he said. The only other “new” member of Congress from Illinois is Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth), who was elected in 2010, un-elected in 2012 and re-elected this year, so he has been there before.