26°FOvercastFull Forecast

GOP urges Ill. congressional candidate to withdraw

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 10:04 a.m. CST

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Illinois Republican officials are calling for a Chicago-area congressional candidate to leave the GOP race after she blamed bad weather on legalized abortions and gay rights.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports the state's GOP chairman, Jack Dorgan, says the comments by Susanne Atanus are "offensive" and "have no place in the modern political debate."

He adds the 55-year-old from suburban Niles "has no place on the ballot" and should withdraw.

Atanus is running against David Williams III in the primary for the 9th Congressional District, which includes part of Chicago and its northern suburbs. The winner will face U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the general election.

Atanus made the comments during an interview with the paper's editorial board. She says stands by her comments and won't withdraw.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Daily Chronicle.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reader Poll

What do you think of Shodeen's plan for building upscale apartments and a hotel in downtown DeKalb?
Downtown DeKalb needs anything it can get
The density of the development is too high for the area
A good start, could work with some changes
Approve as is