Wednesday, February 27, 2013
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam responds to President Obama's remarks on the sequester.
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06) responded to President Obama's remarks on his sequester with the following statement Tuesday: “Today, the void of presidential leadership was on full display. Instead of getting in a room with Senate Democrats and passing a sequester replacement plan, President Obama chose to get behind a podium and give yet another speech. Noticeably absent from his speech was the fact that House Republicans have already passed two alternatives to the sequester his White House proposed in the last round of budget negotiations. “Everyone agrees that the sequester is not an artful way to achieve the spending cuts that our bloated federal budget desperately needs. But the president gets it wrong when he demands that Americans…
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, May 23, 2012
Congressmen are convinced we communicate like high-schoolers, write like lawyers and speak 'cartoon,' but we're just trying to keep up with the information overload.
Congressmen speak to us at a 10th-grade level. This was the subject of an article I stumbled on this week. I found this surprising since about 25 percent of Congressmen—maybe even more—are lawyers. Are they “dumbing down” for their audience (you and me)? Probably not. About 86 percent of Americans have earned a high school diploma, and more than half have college degrees. We are not so “stoo-ped” after all. It’s not that we’re dumb—we’re busy. In the last 15 years, the number of women in the workforce has increased by several percentage points; women in the workforce now out-number men. If you want proof, ask your yoga teacher. Attendance in the 9 a.m. class is probably down, and stress levels are proportionately up. With two parents …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Two Democrats and an independent seek support in the 6th Congressional District before the March 20 primary.
With 12 days before the March 20 primary, Democratic Congressional candidates Leslie Coolidge and Geoffrey Petzel sought support from potential voters in Glen Ellyn during a League of Women Voters sponsored forum Thursday night. Coolidge and Petzel, along with Khizar Jafri, a 25-year-old from Wheaton who is running as an indepenent, fielded questions from the audience ranging from health care, taxes to term limits and bringing unity to a highly partisan House. Each candidate said they supported President Barack Obama’s health care reforms passed by Congress in 2010, although each recognized flaws in the bill. Petzel, who supports the universal health care plan, got into the race after suffering a heart attack after dropping his health …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
How can we raise our daughters to feel like equals when we are still being labeled hookers for having opinions?
Rush Limbaugh has always been a gaseous windbag, but "slut" and "prostitute?" Really? For anyone who may not have heard, the old right-wing shock jock blamed the victim. He waged a personal, and inappropriate attack on Sandra Fluke because she advocated insurance coverage of birth control. "I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation," he said in a diluted apology that came only after advertisers started pulling out. The wrong words? Ya think? Personally, I've never been a fan of shock jocks—on either side of the political spectrum. There is very little, if anything, that has ever come out of Limbaugh's mouth that I would find entertaining. He is easy to ignore. However, as a woman and a mom, this recent outrage has me seeing …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Reps. Peter Roskam and Judy Biggert will wait to see how a lawsuit challenging new district maps will play out in the courts.
Despite a federal judge’s ruling, some Republican congressional candidates are opting not to collect candidacy signatures until a judge rules on a challenge to new political maps. Area Democrats, though, will take advantage of a ruling that will allow activists to collect signatures starting Sept. 6. Kim Savage, chair woman of the Downers Grove Township Democratic Organization, said workers will begin gathering signatures in two of the three districts included in the township. “Our members will be working with Bill Foster in his district and Mike Quigley in Hinsdale. So far no one has requested help in the 6th Congressional District,” Savage said in an email. On Monday a federal judge ruled that 2012 congressional candidates can begin …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Plan increases U.S. borrowing ability, but calls for $2 trillion in spending cuts.
U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert called the debt reduction plan passed by the House of Representatives a “solid compromise.” Biggert, a Republican who currently represents Downers Grove in Congress, said the plan will put the economy on a stronger path. The plan will allow the debt ceiling to increase the amount of money the nation is allowed to borrow, while seeking $2.1 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years. “It will give Americans the peace of mind they deserve by preventing a default, cutting spending, and holding Congress and the president accountable for spending decisions down the road. Most importantly, it doesn’t raise taxes or give the President a blank check,” Biggert said in a press release. Biggert said the deal, which has …
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
A day after winning reelection, Peter Roskam pushes for economic growth.
Rep. Peter Roskam isn't wasting any time celebrating his reelection to a third term in Congress or the fact that the U.S. House will be controlled by Republicans. Hours after Roskam defeated Democratic challenger Ben Lowe, he was hard at work talking with members of the House Ways and Means Committee discussing efforts to kick-start job growth in the United States. He said Congress needs to lay out a strategy to signal to the marketplace that change is coming that will allow businesses to flourish and expand in the near future. "We need to make sure that Washington, D.C. is putting forth policy that is putting forth certainty and clarity for business owners," Roskam said in a Wednesday morning telephone interview. Roskam said he is excited…