What is it that has the president so pessimistic as spring unfolds? Oh ... that.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Unfortunately, there are man-made dangers hurtling toward us at blinding speed.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
In his 2013 State of the Union Address Tuesday, President Barack Obama touched on immigration policy, gun control and the economy, among other national issues. In terms of infrastructure, he proposed a "Fix it First" plan that may affect the Chicago area.
President Barack Obama proposed Tuesday night what he called a "Fix It First" program to address the nation's crumbling infrastructure—like roads and bridges—in an effort to improve citizens' quality of life and bring jobs to the United States. "I propose a 'Fix-It-First' program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country," he said during the State of the Union Address. "And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden, I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most—modern ports to move goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
A columnist who's covered Jackson since his first days in public office suggests Obama's rise sent Jackson to his downfall.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.— who came into Congress bearing the heavy weight of his family name and lofty ambitions — counted Chicago's third airport as a signature issue for the better part of his time in office. And there's been no stauncher advocate for that project than Southtown columnist Phil Kadner. Construction of such an airport would bring much-needed jobs to an area plagued by chronic unemployment, and the airport itself, once realized, would serve as an economic engine for decades to come. So went the mantra. Targeted for a rural area outside the 2nd District until the latest congressional remap put the land into his district, Jackson's pursuit of the airport irritated Democrats and Republicans alike, from Chicago to Will …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
McCormick Place is filled with celebration as the race is called.
LIVE from McCormick Place: Patch reports live from the Chicago celebration. Comments on this post are set for pre-publication review.
About 15 minutes after the polls closed, news media sources put Illinois in the Obama column, giving the president 20 electoral votes.
President Barack Obama won Illinois’ 20 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. Illinois, of course, was never in play. The only visit the president made to his home state late in the campaign came Oct. 25, when he returned to the South Side to cast an early ballot at the Martin Luther King Community Center. Obama is the first president to ever vote early in a presidential election. The Wall St. Journal and the Associated Press called the state about 15 minutes after the polls closed. The president's handling of the economy is a major factor in many voters' decision this year. "This election bears serious significance for our future," said Sheila Brady of Orland Park, outside her Fernway Elementary School polling …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Here is a wrap-up of area political news.
Prison closures, layoffs and cutbacks to health care for the poor are part of the budget proposal Gov. Pat Quinn released Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hultgren Supports McConnaughay Randy Hultgren, Republican congressman from the 14th District, which includes the far western suburbs, has endorsed Karen McConnaughay, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the 33rd State Senate District race, Patch reported. Durbin a Co-chair of Obama’s Re-election Effort U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin is one of 35 national co-chairs named to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, according to the Washington Post. Obama’s co-chairs include elected officials, campaign volunteers and a few celebrities. DuPage Board 2nd District …
Monday, December 12, 2011
President Obama favors restricting the availability of Plan B and calls for “common sense.”
President Obama is a father, and perhaps in that role more so than as president, he has sided with the secretary of health and human services in blocking over-the-counter sales of an after-sex contraceptive pill to those 16 and younger. The medication, marketed under the name Plan B One-Step, is available without a prescription to persons 17 and older who can prove their age—and that will remain the case. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week issued a statement, which overruled scientists at the Food and Drug Administration who were preparing to allow the sale of the product, commonly known as a morning-after pill, without a prescription or age limit. Obama said he fully backs Sebelius’ decision. Critics of his …
Monday, November 7, 2011
The student loan crisis has surpassed the credit card crisis, according to the federal government.
President Obama last week announced his “Know Before You Owe” plan would allow some college graduates to limit federal student loan repayments to 10 percent of discretionary income starting in January, two years before the cap was due to take effect under federal law. The Obama administration has said that 1.6 million Americans will benefit from the lower monthly payments, and upwards of 6 million can take advantage of the loan consolidations, which will lower interest rates by up to 0.5 percent. Most of those affected will be current students or recent borrowers whose income is sufficiently low upon entering the workforce that monthly payments are a significant financial burden. According to a White House fact sheet, a teacher $25,000 in …