WBEZ | Brad Schneider http://www.wbez.org/tags/brad-schneider Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Kirk holds first public appearance since stroke http://www.wbez.org/news/kirk-holds-first-public-appearance-stroke-107016 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS5453_Sen. Kirk_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In his first public appearance since suffering from a stroke last year, Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R) attested to the progress he has made through rehabilitation, and chimed in on a number of political issues that have been simmering in Washington and Chicago.</p><p dir="ltr">The junior Senator sat in a wheelchair as he spoke with media outlets at the LEARN Public Charter School near North Chicago in Lake County on Friday. Next to him were Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) and Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider (D-10th).</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;My standard walk for rehab was from my house to the Fort Sheridan (water) tower, which is about a block, and it always took 18 minutes,&rdquo; Kirk said on Friday, &ldquo;and yesterday, it took eight (minutes). So it&rsquo;s much, much faster.&rdquo; The stroke impaired movements particularly on the left side of Kirk&rsquo;s body, and kept him off Capitol Hill for a year.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Part of my mission is to tell everybody in Illinois, &lsquo;If you have a mom or a dad who goes through a stroke, that if they get depressed one day to call me and I&rsquo;ll get them up and turn them around,&rsquo;&rdquo; he said.</p><p dir="ltr">Kirk also chimed in on the immigration overhaul that Durbin and others in the so-called &ldquo;Gang of Eight&rdquo; senators have introduced in Washington. He said he has spoken to one of the Republican leaders on that bill, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) about introducing an amendment to award citizenship to military veterans who have earned Combat Infantry or Combat Action badges.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;My feeling is if you have fought with us, you are one of us,&rdquo; said Kirk. &ldquo;That is something that I&rsquo;ll seek to add to the bill.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">He also said that he is withholding judgment on President Barack Obama&rsquo;s nomination of Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker to the Secretary of Commerce cabinet position until he has had a chance to speak with her. Kirk said he wants to hear about Pritzker&rsquo;s &ldquo;pro-business&rdquo; agenda.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 17:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/kirk-holds-first-public-appearance-stroke-107016 Election Analysis: Romney's delegates, Jackson's blowout, Manzullo's bow out http://www.wbez.org/story/election-analysis-romneys-delegates-jacksons-blowout-manzullos-bow-out-97491 <p><p>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney grabbed an easy victory in Illinois&rsquo; primary. The former Massachusetts governor took 47 percent of the vote and at least 41 of Illinois&rsquo; 54 elected delegate spots.</p><p>Elsewhere, veteran U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., had a great day, veteran U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo had bad one and appointed Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis is one step closer to winning a full term on the bench.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s political reporter Sam Hudzik joined host Lisa Labuz to chat about these and other hot primary races in the state.</p></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/election-analysis-romneys-delegates-jacksons-blowout-manzullos-bow-out-97491 Resumes, partisanship get spotlight as Dems fight over 10th Congressional District http://www.wbez.org/story/resumes-partisanship-get-spotlight-dems-fight-over-10th-congressional-district-97112 <p><p>The Democrats running for Congress in Chicago's Northern suburbs are making their case about who's more qualified for the job and who's more of a Democrat.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><strong>MORE ON THIS RACE: </strong>Discussion on Friday's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight"><em>Eight Forty-Eight with Tony Sarabia</em></a><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332748081-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-march/2012-03-09/120309-sam-hudzik.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <strong>WATCH THE DEBATE: </strong>Posted at WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/03/08/10th-district-democratic-primary-forum"><em>Chicago Tonight</em></a></p></div></div><p>At a 10th District debate Thursday night on WTTW public television, 50-year-old <a href="http://www.cadence-strategy.com/Bradley-S--Schneider.html">business consultant</a> Brad Schneider compared his resume to that of a 25-year-old competitor, Ilya Sheyman.</p><p>"Ilya was the online organizer for MoveOn, which is sending out 5 million emails. And that's good work, but it's not the experience of running a business, hiring people," Schneider said.</p><p>Sheyman wouldn't let that comment sit.</p><p>"I appreciate Brad pulling a Sarah Palin and insulting community organizers for their experience," Schneider said. "My job was to figure out: How do you channel the voices of 5-million ordinary Americans into the political process?"</p><p>Sheyman's <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ilyasheyman">online resume</a> also lists an internship in then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's office. That four-month gig gets played up on Sheyman's <a href="http://www.ilyasheyman.com/about/">campaign website</a>.</p><p>"Ilya’s passion for public service led him to work for then Senator Barack Obama," the site reads. "In his role in Constituent Services he helped Illinoisans with questions about Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Military Affairs navigate the bureaucracy of the federal government."</p><p>(The 2010 Republican nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor, Jason Plummer, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/gop-lt-gov-candidate-gets-clever-listing-government-experience">took heat</a> over a <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-02-12/news/ct-met-lt-gov-jason-plummer-20100212_1_lieutenant-governor-gop-office-touts">similarly vague</a> description of internships.)</p><p>John Tree, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, said after the debate he hopes to be an alternative to that back-and-forth.</p><p>"They sit there and beat each other up all day long and then I can sit there and come in and win the vote on March 20th," Tree said.</p><p>Along with attorney Vivek Bavda, who stresses his work for the federal reserve and as a teacher, these candidates are running for the chance to face freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold in November.</p><p>The primary has grown increasingly negative recently, as Sheyman and groups that support him went after Schneider for political donations he made to Republican candidates, including now-U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, the North Shore's former congressman.</p><p>Two websites, <a href="http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50385/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6366&amp;tag=truthaboutbrad">one funded by Sheyman's campaign</a>, <a href="http://www.schneidertherepublican.com/">another by MoveOn.org</a>, question Schneider's party affiliation.</p><p>"When we talk about you, Brad, you supported and helped elect people like [U.S. Sen.] Mike Johanns, from Nebraska, who just last week led the fight against women's contraception coverage in the U.S. Senate," Sheyman said.</p><p>For his part, Schneider said most of his contributions went to Democrats.</p><p>"A handful of them were to Republicans, all of them in the context of their support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship," Schneider said.</p><p>Bavda declined to enter the fray, instead focusing on his own qualifications and a jobs plan he said could win bipartisan support.</p></p> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 03:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/resumes-partisanship-get-spotlight-dems-fight-over-10th-congressional-district-97112