Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Constituents can talk to Foster's staff, ask questions and suggest ideas.
Congressman Bill Foster (D-Naperville), whose 11th District covers Woodridge, announced that he'll open a mobile office in Woodridge to serve constituents. Foster defeated seven-term Congresswoman Judy Biggert in the November 2012 election. He previously represented the 14th District in Congress. Read more: Bill Foster Victorious Over Judy Biggert The mobile office will be operated by Foster's staff and will run through March 8. This is the fifth temporary office location that Congressman Foster has opened in the district. Permanent office locations in Aurora and Joliet will be announced soon. “I look forward to hearing from 11th District residents about the challenges they face and their ideas for improving our district, our state and…
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.
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, 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 …
Wednesday, November 30, 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 …
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 …
Friday, July 29, 2011
Forty-two Illinois mayors, including those of Woodridge, Bolingbrook and Aurora, sign a letter calling for Congress to come together on a debt agreement.
A group of 42 Illinois mayors, including Chicago's Rahm Emanuel, Aurora's Tom Weisner, Bolingbrook's Gary Niebur and Woodridge's William F. Murphy want Washington to come to a deal to raise the debt ceiling. In a group letter, the mayors called on Illinois' congressional delegation and President Obama to come together. They said the U.S. defaulting on its debts, as it will do Aug. 2 if the debt ceiling isn't raised, would cause "grave damage" to Illinois cities. Congress has raised the debt ceiling 10 times over the last decade, according to the National Journal. In part, the mayors' letter reads: Our businesses depend on us to provide infrastructure to allow them to move their goods and services. However, we cannot provide all of these on…