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Illinois Delegation Votes to End Government Shutdown

CHICAGO (AP) - The lone member of Illinois' congressional delegation to vote against raising the nation's borrowing limit says he couldn't support the legislation because it ignores the nation's "massive debt."

Eighteen members of the Illinois delegation voted Wednesday for the measure ending the partial government shutdown. But Winfield Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren was the only vote against the bill. Chicago Democrat Bobby Rush didn't vote because he's on leave.

Hultgren says he wasn't elected to "stand by while we sacrifice our children's future for short-term political gain."  The vote ended the 16-day partial shutdown after lawmakers. The votes came hours before a national default.

A majority of Republicans in the Senate supported the bill including Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk. About two-thirds of Republicans in the House opposed it.

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