WBEZ | Rep. Joe Walsh http://www.wbez.org/tags/rep-joe-walsh Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Great expectations for 2012 State of the Union address http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-24/great-expectations-2012-state-union-address-95769 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-24/barack-obama-3899b6792a350115_large.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama will give his third State of the Union address Tuesday night. Job growth remains sluggish, the middle class is on the ropes, Congress appeared dysfunctional and 2012 is an election year. So what can Americans expect to hear from the president?</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke with two of Illinois' representatives in the House: <a href="http://schakowsky.house.gov/">Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky</a> and <a href="http://schakowsky.house.gov/" target="_blank">Congressman Joe Walsh</a>. But first, <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/" target="_blank">White House</a> press secretary Jay Carney discussed what the president must do to get the ball rolling on at least some of his agenda before voters go to the polls in November.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-24/great-expectations-2012-state-union-address-95769 Rep. Walsh lashes back at child support claim http://www.wbez.org/story/rep-walsh-lashes-back-child-support-claim-89770 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/AP110727072578.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh says a newspaper report&nbsp;that he's being sued for more than $100,000 in unpaid child support&nbsp;is a "hit piece."</p><p>In a statement issued Thursday, the tea-party-backed Republican&nbsp;suggests that a Chicago <em>Sun-Times</em> story about his ex-wife's child-support claim is a politically motivated attack. Walsh says the&nbsp;story is old news and that he's being attacked for being at the&nbsp;forefront of the debate over whether to raise the nation's debt&nbsp;ceiling.&nbsp;</p><p>Walsh's ex-wife, Laura Walsh, filed the claim against him in&nbsp;December as part of their divorce case. The paper reports that she&nbsp;is seeking $117,437 in back child support and interest from her&nbsp;ex-husband.</p><p>The congressman's attorney says that amount is much too high. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/rep-walsh-lashes-back-child-support-claim-89770