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Rostenkowski wins in Illinois

DOGGED by a federal investigation and hampered by reapportionment, Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D) of Illinois still emerged victorious from the toughest reelection battle of his career.

It also was a victory for President Clinton, who campaigned for Rostenkowski and is counting on the influential chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to rally support for health care reform.

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Rostenkowski returned the salute Tuesday night as he claimed a surprisingly comfortable victory over four Democratic primary challengers. ``There was a point, a pivotal moment in the campaign, when a very, very gutsy and honorable and courageous man named Bill Clinton came to town,'' Rostenkowski told cheering supporters.