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Illinois congressional races are key nationally in the fall

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert will face a big challenge in the fall from former U.S. Rep. Bill Foster in the new 11th District. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert will face a big challenge in the fall from former U.S. Rep. Bill Foster in the new 11th District. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Congressman Bill Foster, the Democratic nominee for the 11th congressional district, answers questions from the Chicago Tribune editorial board. (Nancy Stone/ Chicago Tribune)

Armed with new district boundaries that Democrats drew to favor their own candidates, party leaders said Wednesday that they hope to pick up two to five seats in Illinois now held by Republicans. Nationally, Democrats need to gain 25 seats to regain control of the House.

Democrats are targeting the new west and southwest suburban 11th District, where former one-term Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville won the Democratic primary and will challenge 13-year Republican Rep. Judy Biggert of Hinsdale.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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