Friday, February 22, 2013
Rep. Dan Lipinski shared his frustrations about stalled deficit-reduction talks on the eve of sequestration in Washington, after opening a new office in Orland Park.
Rep. Dan Lipinski opened up a new office Thursday within the redistricted 3rd Congressional District, in Orland Park’s Frederick T. Owens Village Hall. The office will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for people to bring their concerns about federal issues. Lipinski spoke with Patch shortly after the office opened about service within the new office, sequestration, and what it will actually take for the federal government to resolve the growing deficit. What kind of services can people expect to receive here? Any issues that anyone has with federal issues, such as social security, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, if they are interested in appointments to military academy. Any issues that regard the federal government, …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Democrat Bill Foster will sworn in as representative for the 11th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.
The 11th Congressional District has a new representative in Congress. Democrat Bill Foster was sworn into Congress Thursday. Seven-term Congresswoman Judy Biggert was unseated by Foster in November. Foster is no newcomer to Congress; he represented the 14th District from 2008-2010 after wining a special election to replace former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. Foster released this statement Thursday: Today I was honored to be sworn in to represent Illinois’ 11th Congressional District. We face serious issues in the coming months that will require compromise and bipartisanship. Last November, voters sent a clear signal to their representatives – it’s time to put aside the partisanship and political posturing and start getting to work …
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…
Democrat U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski cruises past Republican challenger Rich Grabowski to fifth term in Congress. Grabowski says he won't concede until absentee and military votes are counted.
It was a short evening for Democrat U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski who easily won his fifth congressional term in Illinois’s Third District. ABC-7 declared Lipinski the winner with 93-percent of precincts counted in Cook, Will and Dupage Counties. Lipinski throttled GOP challenger Richard L. Grabowski, capturing 68 percent of the vote. Tea Party favorite Grabowski, a Constitutional Conservative who aligned himself with the Republican Party, characterized his campaign against the moderate Democrat as “David vs. Goliath.” Lipinski thanked voters for their support saying that he was humbled by Tuesday’s victory and looked forward to representing all of the people in the newly relined Third District. “Throughout this campaign, I heard from …
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, 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 …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The ongoing lawsuit between state Republicans and the Illinois State Board of Elections has caused a delay in the filing period for congressional candidates.
The filing period for the March 20 primary election has begun. And if you’re not closely following the political scene, you may be looking at the list of candidates and wondering one important question: where’s my congressman? You’re going to have to wait a few weeks to see who’s running and who isn’t in the congressional races. While local and statewide candidates will file petitions between now and Dec. 5, the filing period for those hoping to be your congressman will begin on Dec. 23 and end on Dec. 27. The reason? The ongoing lawsuit over the new legislative maps, drawn and approved by Democrats in June. The suit, filed against the Illinois State Board of Elections by Republicans in July, alleges that the new maps disenfranchise …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Seeking the Democratic nomination, candidate said he hopes to eliminate interest on student loans, provide greater tax breaks for corporations who hire new workers and more.
James Hickey, board president of the Orland Fire Protection District, announced his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District, accompanied by a list of “common sense” ideas for strengthening the economy. The 11th Congressional District spans as far north as Aurora and south to Joliet, and includes a portion of Romeoville and all of Bolingbrook. Hickey, a Democrat, said in a statement that Chicago’s western suburbs “deserve a more imaginative and aggressive representative in Congress.” "We don't need another career politician in Washington D.C. who tells us what we want to hear," he said. "We need someone who is willing to bring real change not to our community but in terms of how we are represented. My commitment is to bring new ideas …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Chris Balkema will run for the newly drawn 11th Congressional District, which covers portions of Channahon, Shorewood, Oswego, Montgomery, Plainfield, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Darien and Naperville among other communities.
A Channahon Republican announced his intentions to run for U.S. Congress over the weekend, according to a Morris Daily Herald report. Chris Balkema, a Grundy County board member and longtime employee of Caterpillar in Joliet, will run for the new 11th Congressional District, which covers portions of Channahon, Shorewood, Oswego, Montgomery, Plainfield, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Darien and Naperville among other communities. "In order to create jobs and restore economic opportunity for middle-class families, we need to start making things here in America again," Balkema told the Morris Daily Herald. "Manufacturing is what built the U.S. economy into an international leader throughout the 20th century, an edge we've seen decline …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Valley View school board voted to increase the price of some breakfasts and lunches offered to students.
Beginning next school year, parents will need to send their kids off to school with a little extra cash if they plan on buying their lunch or breakfast. The Valley View school board voted unanimously to raise the cost of elementary breakfasts and all student-paid lunches by a quarter. For students that buy their lunches everyday, that's around $5 more per month. Of course, it wasn’t like the board had a choice. The spike in meal prices is being mandated by the federal government as part of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Senate Bill 3307) that passed Congress last year. Under the law, schools are required to charge on average no less for student-paid meals than they do for federal free and reduced meals. Right now, students pay …