Tuesday, November 6, 2012
What will 2012 ballots in northern Illinois show about President Obama's support at home?
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Updated at 3 a.m., Chicago time By Dennis Robaugh After NBC and CNN projected President Obama's re-election, the president sent a message shortly thereafter on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." Illinois, of course, was never in play. Our state's 20 electoral votes were stuck in the president's back pocket as far back as his inauguration in 2008. But in 2008's historic election, President Obama carried every collar county in northern Illinois. In 2012, the president narrowly lost out to Mitt Romney in Kane County, Kendall County and McHenry County, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Voter turnout again was very strong. Local polling places even reported lines at 6 a.m. with voters waiting to get…
Find coverage of the various congressional matchups throughout the Patch network.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
While many of northern Illinois' congressional races left little in the way of doubt, a few provided down-to-the-wire drama and competitiveness. Judy Biggert and Bill Foster were in a dead heat as Election Day approached, with Foster emerging victorious, according to unofficial totals. And Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth engaged in a bitter mudfest, with Walsh being tossed out by voters. Jesse Jackson Jr. didn't campaign at all, citing health issues, yet won-reelection, and Adam Kinzinger, Dan Lipinski, Danny Davis and Peter Roskam didn't feel they had to. Coverage of the various congressional races can be viewed throughout the Patch network.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) will be hosting a job fair this Friday in Hickory Hills.
Looking for a new job, or just need help finding work? A good place to start could be at a job fair this Friday, Aug. 24 in Hickory Hills, which will be hosted by Congressman Dan Lipinski. Job seekers will have the opportunity meet with representatives of 48 local businesses, including BNSF Railway, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Standard Bank and Trust, AT&T, Walgreens, Hoist Liftruck, Electro-Motive Diesel, the Chicago Transit Authority, CITGO – Lemont Refining, Securitas and more. The fair will begin at 10 a.m. and run until noon at The Sabre Room, 8900 W. 95th St., in Hickory Hills, IL. For more information, call Congressman Lipinski's office at 312-886-0481.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Frederick Collins, who previously ran for Cook County sheriff, will face off against Blue Island Mayor Donald Peloquin to challenge longtime incumbent Rep. Bobby Rush.
Republican congressional candidate Frederick Collins wants to take the lessons of 20 years on the Chicago police to Washington. "I'm a beat cop. I’m the guy on the street doing the work," said Collins, a third-generation patrolman. Collins is vying for the Republican nomination for the District 1 seat currently occupied by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago). Blue Island Mayor Donald Peloquin, who co-owns Hickey Funeral Home in New Lenox, also is seeking the GOP nod. Read "Hickey Funeral Co-Owner to Run for Congress in 1st District" Collins, who ran unsuccessfully for Cook County sheriff last year, said he would be as hands-on with the district as he is with his beat. "I'm not going to be someone who gives you an appointment and not going to be …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Bobby Rush cast a 'yes' vote Monday to support the debt ceiling compromise.
As the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on a debt ceiling deal that passed through the House of Representatives on Monday by a count of 269 to 161, Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) said he’s confident that the compromise both sides made Sunday will be in the best interest of the American people. The proposed deal allows for robust U.S. borrowing by the Treasury in exchange for more than $2 trillion in long-term spending cuts. By voting "yes," Rush said, "I stand in support of the President and bipartisan leaders who were determined to avert a fiscal crisis of major proportions.” “… I realize that not raising the debt ceiling would have destabilized American households and increased worries and concerns among many hard-hit seniors, the unemployed and …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sen. Mark Kirk answered questions and outlined his view on the budget deficit in a town hall meeting Saturday.
As a budget battle looms in the nation's capital, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) focused his remarks on the federal deficit and spending during a town hall forum in Frankfort on Saturday. Kirk took questions from attendees who filled an elementary school gym looking for the opportunity to hear and question their senator. “I don’t want you to walk out of here feeling completely bad about the future of the United States,” Kirk said, before launching into a discussion on growing federal spending. The event was supposed to feature freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11th). An early-morning budget vote prevented Kinzinger from attending in person, but he made remarks via videoconference. Kinzinger echoed Kirk’s belief that Congress should cut …