An Illinois Republican observes:
Interesting to see that all four of the ousted House Democrats from Illinois voted “yes” on the extension of the tax cuts. Rumors are going around that all four — Melissa Bean, Bill Foster, Debbie Halvorson and Phil Hare — are looking to get back into Congress after redistricting. Voting “no” probably would have better gone along with their ideology, but could be politically damaging (imagine the commercials “So and So voted to allow middle class tax rates to go up”). Both Halvorson and Foster ended with considerable amounts of money left in their war chest.