Friday, March 15, 2013
President Barack Obama underscored the importance of investing in scientific research during a speech on American energy at Argonne National Laboratory on Friday.
During a visit to Argonne National Laboratory on Friday, President Barack Obama said federal budgets cuts would have harmful effects on scientific research and economic development in the United States. Obama visited Argonne, located just outside of Lemont, to tour its state-of-the-art research facilities and promote his proposed Energy Security Trust, which would set aside $2 billion over 10 years to research alternatives for oil and gasoline. While pledging his commitment to scientific research, Obama also acknowledged the looming budget cuts facing federal facilities like Argonne as a result of the sequester. "One of the reasons I was opposed to these cuts is because they don’t distinguish between wasteful programs and vital investments…
Obama is scheduled to speak about American energy policy around 1:30 p.m. Friday; Patch Editor Amanda Luevano will be providing live updates from Argonne National Laboratory.
President Barack Obama will visit Argonne National Laboratory, near Lemont, on Friday afternoon to discuss "American energy policy." Obama is scheduled to arrive at O'Hare International Airport around 11:25 a.m. on Air Force One. He will then travel to Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials, where he will address credentialed media at 1:30 p.m. Officials from the White House Press Office said the president will announce plans to fund alternative fuel research. Obama's trip marks the first time a president has appeared at Argonne since former President George H. Bush visited in 1992, according to Argonne officials. This is the president’s first trip to the Chicago area since speaking at Hyde Park Academy on Feb. 15; First Lady Michelle …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
President Obama spoke to the nation this morning about his proposal to reduce gun violence; recommends background check for all gun purchases, assault weapons ban.
Wednesday, January 16
President Barack Obama spoke to the nation this morning and presented a proposal to reduce gun violence. We'll provide a link to the full video when one is posted. "I will put everything I've got into this and so will Joe [Biden]," Obama said in his closing remarks today. Of particular note in his proposal, Obama called for the following: Did you see the president's address this morning? Tell us what you thought in comments below. Do Obama's recommendations seem like a common sense approach to you, or are you concerned about the rights of gun owners? READ MORE FROM PATCH Gun Control: Where Does Your Congressman Stand? Guns-and-Ammo Tax Likely to Land in Court Police: Man Faces Gun Charges After Shooting at Driver in Parked Car Warning!! …
Monday, December 31, 2012
In this part of our Year in Review, we focus on how locals voted in the 2012 general election, electric aggregation that was approved in March and which candidates have filed for the 2013 elections.
The year in 2012 elections will be remembered nationally as the year Barack Obama was elected to his second term as our nation's president. But locally, there was a lot of intrigue as well. Although there wasn't a consolidated municipal elections (those are held in odd years) there was a major initiative on the March ballot: electric aggregation. Electrical Aggregation Passes: What to Expect Next Woodridge Voters Vote 'Yes' for Electrical Aggregation Both Darien and Woodridge voters approved the electrical aggregation measure in March, paving the way to savings on their electricity bills. In Darien, 63 percent of voters approved it, while 54 percent did so in Woodridge. They joined a growing number of Illinois communities able to group …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Thanksgiving Week puts another scandal on the president's plate.
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
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…
Obama supporters from around the suburbs and the city of Chicago waited to see the president during an election night rally in McCormick Place.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Waiting for the president to arrive at McCormick Place on election night, supporter Ignacio Ayala of Plainfield said he hoped the night would bring some of the same excitement as the rally in Grant Park in 2008. "I hope it's the same," said Ayala. "That was big." More than 10,000 people are expected to rally around President Barack Obama as he and his campaign members await election results tonight. Like Ayala, other Obama supporters said they, too, were hopeful that the election results would bring cause for celebration. Elvin and Nicole Knox, from Homewood, said they had been checking predictions on CNN and Politico all day. Nicole said she had voted for Bush in 2004, and her husband said he had voted for Bush or had not voted at all. …
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 …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The veteran GOP strategist visits Chicago and touts Romney • Will Illinois Democrats make income tax hike permanent in lame-duck session? • Teachers Retirement System may "bleed out".
Republican political strategist Mary Matalin predicts a 1980 redux on Election Day, with Mitt Romney emerging victorious by 7 percentage points in the popular vote. Matalin, 59, spoke Thursday evening at St. Xavier University in the Mount Greenwood community of Chicago alongside Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, who believes the race will be much, much closer. "Just 2 to 3 points, favoring the president," Brazile said. Matalin and Brazile — who are close friends — went back and forth in a discussion of presidential politics and campaign war stories in SXU's Shannon Center before a crowd of 1,000 people. Matalin, a Calumet City native who says she may never have left Chicago had the steel mills survived, allowed that she might be …