The 112th Congress strikes out to end their season.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
What will 2012 ballots in northern Illinois show about President Obama's support at home?
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.
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.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Continuing the Lipinski reign over Illinois's 3rd Congressional District, Dan Lipinski still considers himself a kid who grew up on Chicago's Southwest Side.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D)was standing at the Orland Park Metra Station at 5 a.m. last Monday, shaking hands and passing out literature to voters in the newly redrawn 3rd Congressional District. Sign up for Oak Lawn Patch's newsletter and breaking news alerts. It’s a routine that the four-term congressman follows every two years when he’s up for reelection. In 2008, he beat the Republican and Green Party challengers in a 73-percent landslide. He is expected to easily win over Republican Rich Grabowski of Hometown, a Constitutional Conservative and favorite of local Tea Party groups. “We’ll keep fighting until the polls close,” Lipinski said. “I’m very hopeful in this district that I’ll get returned to office.” The scene circles back to …
GOP candidate and everyman Rich Grabowski says God is leading the way in his campaign to become Illinois's 3rd District congressman.
Richard L. Grabowski wants to be your next congressman representing Illinois's 3rd Congressional District. Known as Rich to his family, friends and supporters, Grabowski has been crisscrossing Illinois’s 3rd District that spans Chicago’s Southwest Side neighborhoods in the heart of Mike Madigan-country, west to Lemont, LaGrange and Western Springs, to the southern stretches of New Lenox, Homer Glen and Romeoville. Handily winning a three-person Republican primary—one of the candidates was a neo-Nazi who didn’t believe the Holocaust happened—Grabowski is confident he will beat the Democrat heir-apparent Dan Lipinski. Grabowski calls himself and Lipinski, both Polish Americans, “two skis in a downhill ski race” against powerful Illinois …
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 …
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, August 2, 2011
Congresswoman joins 173 other House Republicans to support debt-reduction bill.
U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-13th) applauded the last-minute debt-ceiling bill the House passed Monday as “a solid compromise that will help put this economy on a stronger path.” The bill, which passed just hours before many analysts predicted the U.S. would reach its borrowing limit, gained House approval by a vote of 269-161. Biggert was one of 174 Republicans to favor the bill, while 95 Democrats gave their support. The Senate voted to pass the bill Tuesday, and President Obama signed it into law shortly after. Cuts in the bill are expected to save the U.S. nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years, according to Congressional Budget Office analysis. The bill also calls for the formation of a 12-member bipartisan committee that would craft …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
John Atkinson is now shifting gears to support former 14th District Congressman Bill Foster for the 11th Congressional District.
The Chicago Tribune reports that a Burr Ridge Democrat, who had been planning to run for Congress is now out of the race. Earlier this year, John Atkinson had raised $535,000 in order to challenge Southwest Side Rep. Dan Lipinkski (D-3rd.) The Democrats' redrawing of the state's political borders following last year's census, however, has drawn Atkinson into the newly formed 11th Congressional District that spans from New Lenox and Joliet north, through Bolingbrook and includes Burr Ridge on the northeast and Aurora on the northwest. Atkinson said this in a statement on his campaign website Wednesday: "I have been honored and humbled by the outpouring of support that my wife, Bonnie, and I received as we explored a run for Congress. …
Monday, May 9, 2011
Until Congress figures out how to lower the increasing cost of fuel, take a look at local gas prices near Burr Ridge.
As the national average gas price hits $3.96, a recent poll found that U.S. Congress is spit on how to lower the increasing cost of fuel. The National Journal reported today that 84 percent of Democrats on Capitol Hill support repealing tax breaks for oil and gas companies compared to 30 percent of Republicans. When it comes to reducing restrictions on oil and gas production, 97 percent of Republicans are in favor compared to 16 percent of Democrats. Congress members also weighed in on raising fuel-efficiency standards and boosting subsidies for electric and natural-gas-powered cars. What do you think Congress should do to lower gas prices? Until they come up with a solution, here’s a look at local gas prices. Speedway comes in with the …