Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The state might take a crippling hit if congress does not act before Friday.
Wednesday, February 27
Deep, nationwide cuts are geared to take place March 1. They're the first of a decade-long $1.2 trillon budget cut plan poised to go into effect unless congress can compromise on a defecit-reduction plan. Here’s what Illinois stands to lose, according to the White House:
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam responds to President Obama's remarks on the sequester.
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06) responded to President Obama's remarks on his sequester with the following statement Tuesday: “Today, the void of presidential leadership was on full display. Instead of getting in a room with Senate Democrats and passing a sequester replacement plan, President Obama chose to get behind a podium and give yet another speech. Noticeably absent from his speech was the fact that House Republicans have already passed two alternatives to the sequester his White House proposed in the last round of budget negotiations. “Everyone agrees that the sequester is not an artful way to achieve the spending cuts that our bloated federal budget desperately needs. But the president gets it wrong when he demands that Americans…
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…
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, 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 …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Two Democrats and an independent seek support in the 6th Congressional District before the March 20 primary.
With 12 days before the March 20 primary, Democratic Congressional candidates Leslie Coolidge and Geoffrey Petzel sought support from potential voters in Glen Ellyn during a League of Women Voters sponsored forum Thursday night. Coolidge and Petzel, along with Khizar Jafri, a 25-year-old from Wheaton who is running as an indepenent, fielded questions from the audience ranging from health care, taxes to term limits and bringing unity to a highly partisan House. Each candidate said they supported President Barack Obama’s health care reforms passed by Congress in 2010, although each recognized flaws in the bill. Petzel, who supports the universal health care plan, got into the race after suffering a heart attack after dropping his health …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Barrington Hills Democrat hopes to challenge incumbent Peter Roskam, a Wheaton resident.
Leslie Coolidge of Barrington Hills is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District, which includes all of Wheaton and Glen Ellyn. Coolidge filed her petitions with the State Board of Elections Dec. 23, the first day for Congressional candidates to file. A CPA, Coolidge said she’s running for the U.S. House of Representatives to "make government work more efficiently for everyone.” “I first began thinking about running for Congress during the debt ceiling debacle when Congressmen like Peter Roskam, who currently represents this district, seemed to think only about politics and ideology and not about the damage a default on our obligations would do to the economy and nation as a whole. Their refusal until last week …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Chief Deputy Whip says businesses must be allowed to flourish and not crushed by "heavy handed" government regulations.
America’s debt is not a problem that can be eliminated simply by cutting government spending. Instead it will require the removal of barriers to allow business to flourish, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam told attendees at a joint chamber of commerce meeting Tuesday morning. “We have to grow ourselves out of this mess,” Roskam said. Roskam, regarded as one of the most pro-business legislators in Illinois, was the keynote speaker at a chamber breakfast in Itasca that included members of 14 chambers from across Cook and DuPage counties, including the Elmhurst and Wheaton chambers. A Wheaton Republican, Roskam told the crowd of nearly 200 that trade agreements, regulatory reform and tax reform will become life-giving to a stagnant economy. But, …
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Glen Ellyn native touts House rejection of health care plan. Repeal passes 245-189.
From Washington D.C. Rep. Peter Roskam said the successful repeal in the House of a healthcare package was a historic day. The House of Representatives voted 245 – 189 to pass the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. Three Democrats supported a united Republican caucus in passing the measure. The vote came after seven hours of floor debate. Repealing the bill was one of the key election promises of Republican and conservative candidates during the 2010 midterm elections. “Without question the American public have said, we don’t want this health care law jammed down our throats because it’s having an adverse impact on job creation, it’s making healthcare costs go up—let’s drop this thing,” Roskam said prior to the vote. He said …
Friday, January 7, 2011
Legislative goal of repealing health care bill will set the tone for 2012 presidential elections.
January is starting with a bang for Rep. Peter Roskam. Not only was he sworn in as a three-term congressman from the 6th District of Illinois, but Roskam, a Glen Ellyn native and current Wheaton resident, also began his duties as chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of his first duties was to escort new House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to the House chamber to take the oath of office. But following that ceremonial act comes a more ambitious and controversial plan. Long before the new House was sworn in Jan. 5, Roskam and other Republicans were hard at work to set a new national agenda that includes attempts to repeal health care legislation passed by the Democrats during the last session and focusing on job …