Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wheaton resident writes in support of Peter Roskam's views related to the fiscal cliff. To send a letter to the editor, email Charlotte@patch.com.
Thursday, January 10
Wheaton Patch accepts and publishes letters to the editor emailed to Local Editor Charlotte Eriksen at Charlotte@patch.com, or sent as a message through the Wheaton Patch Facebook page. Please note in subject lines the message is a Letter to the Editor. ------------ Congress: Job Half Done? While it was good to see some solution to the 'fiscal cliff' situation from Congress, does anyone really question that Congress has only completed half of the task before them? The Obama Administration calls for a 'balanced approach' but only really desired to address increased revenues. We all know that revenues alone will not solve the problem. I agree with my Congressman, Peter Roskam of the 6th District, when he calls for curbing 'out of control' …
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, 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 …
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, 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 …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Richard Irvin, a second-term alderman at large in Aurora, is exploring a run as a Republican.
Aurora Alderman-at-Large Richard Irvin announced Thursday morning that he is mulling a run for Congress in the newly-created 11th District. Irvin plans to form an exploratory committee, and “consider a bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Congress,” according to a press release sent shortly after midnight. According to Steve Orlando, spokesman for the exploratory committee, Irvin will spend an undetermined amount of time talking to community leaders in the new 11th District, which includes Aurora, Montgomery, Naperville, Downer’s Grove, and points east, including Woodridge and parts of Darien. He will use these conversations to gauge interest in his candidacy, Orlando said, adding, “This process could take three weeks, or it could …