WBEZ | Adam Kinzinger http://www.wbez.org/tags/adam-kinzinger Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Investigation searches for answers on DCFS deaths http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-11-18/morning-shift-investigation-searches-answers-dcfs <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr d o l f i.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>DCFS Director Richard Calica resigned Friday. It comes in the midst of a joint WBEZ/Chicago Sun-Times investigation probing into the uptick in deaths of kids under the watch of the Department of Children and Family Services. We learn more about the names behind the numbers.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-should-taxpayers-play-bail-bondsman/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-should-taxpayers-play-bail-bondsman.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-should-taxpayers-play-bail-bondsman" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Investigation searches for answers on DCFS deaths" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-11-18/morning-shift-investigation-searches-answers-dcfs Obama: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-nation-stronger-gop-should-back-his-plans-105494 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS7007_AP222216659109%281%29-scr.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="First lady Michelle Obama is applauded before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Front row, from left are, Nathaniel Pendleton, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, Mrs. Obama, Menchu Sanchez and Jill Biden. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)" /></div><p>Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation&#39;s middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit &quot;even worse&quot; than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term.</p><p>&quot;We have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and we can say with renewed confidence that the state&nbsp;of our&nbsp;union&nbsp;is strong,&quot; Obama said in an hour-long address &mdash; the first since his re-election &mdash; to a joint session of Congress and a television audience of millions.</p><p>Obama broke little new ground on two agenda items he has pushed vigorously since his victory in November, both of which have been closely watched in the Chicago area: overhauling the nation&#39;s fractured immigration laws and enacting tougher gun control measures in the wake of the horrific massacre of school children in Newtown, Conn. Yet he pressed for urgency on both, calling on Congress to send him an immigration bill &quot;in the next few months&quot; and insisting lawmakers hold votes on his gun proposals.</p><p>&quot;Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress,&quot; he said. &quot;If you want to vote no, that&#39;s your choice.&quot;</p><p>Numerous lawmakers in attendance wore green lapel ribbons in memory of those killed in the December shootings in Connecticut. Among those watching in the House gallery: the parents of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, shot and killed late last month in a park just a mile from the president&#39;s home in Chicago&#39;s Kenwood neighborhood, as well as other victims of gun violence.</p><p>Illinois U.S. Rep. Danny Davis said that Pendleton&rsquo;s parents, who were guests of the Obamas at Tuesday&rsquo;s address, served as living examples of the pain that gun violence inflicts on American families.</p><p>&ldquo;We are the poster child,&rdquo; said U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Chicago. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think it sheds a light on Chicago that is negative. I think it sheds a light that he recognizes the problems and needs of the city.&rdquo;</p><p>Davis said he&rsquo;s confident new gun control measures will come up for a vote in his Republican-controlled chamber, as Obama urged lawmakers. But Illinois U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, seemed less confident.</p><p>&ldquo;I think we need to have conversations, but not put everybody&rsquo;s expectations at a certain level,&rdquo; Kinzinger said, adding that he wanted to take a comprehensive look at the causes of gun violence rather than focusing on new gun ownership restrictions.</p><p>With unemployment persistently high and consumer confidence falling, Obama spent a good measure of his address on the economy, which remains a vulnerability for the president and could disrupt his plans for pursuing a broader agenda, including immigration overhaul, stricter gun laws and climate change legislation.</p><p>Still, fresh off a convincing re-election win, Obama made clear in his remarks that he was determined to press his political advantage against a divided, defensive and worried Republican Party. Numerous times he urged Congress to act quickly on his priorities &mdash; but vowed to act on some issues on his own if they do not.</p><p>Obama also announced new steps to reduce the U.S. military footprint abroad, with 34,000 American troops withdrawing from Afghanistan within a year. And he had a sharp rebuke for North Korea, which launched a nuclear test just hours before his remarks, saying, &quot;Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further.&quot;</p><p>In specific proposals for shoring up the economy in his second term, an assertive Obama called for increased federal spending to fix the nation&#39;s roads and bridges, the first increase in the minimum wage in six years and expansion of early education to every American 4-year-old. Seeking to appeal for support from Republicans, he promised that none of his proposals would increase the deficit &quot;by a single dime&quot; although he didn&#39;t explain how he would pay for his programs or how much they would cost.</p><p>In the Republican response to Obama&#39;s address, rising GOP star Marco Rubio of Florida came right back at the president, saying his solution &quot;to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more.&quot;</p><p>Sen. Rubio said presidents of both parties have recognized that the free enterprise system brings middle-class prosperity.</p><p>&quot;But President Obama?&quot; Rubio said. &quot;He believes it&#39;s the cause of our problems.&quot;</p><p>Still, throughout the House chamber there were symbolic displays of bipartisanship. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., arrived early and sat with Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., just returned in January nearly a year after suffering a debilitating stroke. As a captain in the National Guard, Duckworth lost both her legs while serving in Iraq in 2004.</p><p>A few aisles away, the top two tax writers in Congress, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., sat together.</p><p>But as a sign that divisions still remain, three of the most conservative Supreme Court justices skipped Obama&#39;s speech. Six of the nine attended. Missing were Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito.</p><p>Jobs and growth dominated Obama&#39;s address. Many elements of his economic blueprint were repacked proposals from his first term that failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.</p><p>Standing in Obama&#39;s way now is a Congress that remains nearly as divided as it was during the final years of his first term, when Washington lurched from one crisis to another.</p><p>The president implored lawmakers to break through partisan logjams, asserting that &quot;the greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Americans don&#39;t expect government to solve every problem,&quot; he said. &quot;They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can.&quot;</p><p>Yet Obama offered few signs of being willing to compromise himself, instead doubling down on his calls to create jobs by spending more government money and insisting that lawmakers pay down the deficit through a combination of targeted spending cuts and tax increases. But he offered few specifics on what he wanted to see cut, focusing instead on the need to protect programs that help the middle class, elderly and poor.</p><p>He did reiterate his willingness to tackle entitlement changes, particularly on Medicare, though he has ruled out increasing the eligibility age for the popular benefit program for seniors.</p><p>Republicans are ardently opposed to Obama&#39;s calls for legislating more tax revenue to reduce the deficit and offset broad the automatic spending cuts &mdash; known as the sequester &mdash; that are to take effect March 1. The president accused GOP lawmakers of shifting the cuts from defense to programs that would help the middle class and elderly, as well as those supporting education and job training.</p><p>&quot;That idea is even worse,&quot; he said.</p><p>On the economy, Obama called for raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 by 2015. The minimum wage has been stagnant since 2007, and administration officials said the increase would strengthen purchasing power. The president also wants Congress to approve automatic increases in the wage to keep pace with inflation.</p><p>Looking for common ground anywhere he could find it, Obama framed his proposal to boost the minimum wage by pointing out that even his GOP presidential rival liked the idea. He said, &quot;Here&#39;s an idea that Gov. Romney and I actually agreed on last year: Let&#39;s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.&quot;</p><p>Obama also renewed his calls for infrastructure spending, investments he sought repeatedly during his first term with little support from Republicans. He pressed lawmakers to approve a $50 billion &quot;fix it first&quot; program that would address the most urgent infrastructure needs.</p><p>Education also figures in Obama&#39;s plans to boost American competitiveness in the global economy. Under his proposal, the federal government would help&nbsp;states&nbsp;provide pre-school for all 4-year-olds. Officials did not provide a cost for the pre-school programs but said the government would provide financial incentives to help&nbsp;states.</p><p>Among the other initiatives Obama is proposing:</p><p>&mdash; A $1 billion plan to create 15 &quot;manufacturing institutes&quot; that would bring together businesses, universities and the government. If Congress opposes the initiative, Obama plans to use his presidential powers to create three institutes on his own.</p><p>&mdash; Creation of an &quot;energy security trust&quot; that would use revenue from federal oil and gas leases to support development of clean energy technologies such as biofuels and natural gas</p><p>&mdash; Doubling of renewable energy in the U.S. from wind, solar and geothermal sources by 2020.</p><p>&mdash; Launching negotiations on a free trade agreement between the U.S. and European&nbsp;Union</p><p>Obama also called on Congress to tackle the threat of climate change, another issue that eluded him in his first term. The president pledged to work with lawmakers to seek bipartisan solutions but said if Capitol Hill doesn&#39;t act, he&#39;ll order his Cabinet to seek steps he can take using his presidential powers.</p><p>Taking a swipe at those who question the threat of global warming, Obama said, &quot;We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some&nbsp;states&nbsp;have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science - and act before it&#39;s too late.&quot;</p><p>Tackling voters&#39; rights issues, Obama announced the creation of a commission that will seek to make it easier and faster for people to cast ballots on Election Day. He used as an example the story of 102-year-old Desiline Victor, a Florida woman who waited in line to vote for several hours during the November election. Victor attended Tuesday&#39;s speech as a guest of the first lady and was applauded heartily by the lawmakers.</p><p>Obama also called on Congress to pass legislation giving the government more power to combat the rapidly growing threat of cyberattacks. And, as a down payment on that, the president announced that he has signed an executive order to fight electronic espionage through the development of voluntary standards to protect networks and computer systems that run critical infrastructure.</p><p><em>&mdash; WBEZ reporter Alex Keefe contributed to this report&nbsp;</em></p></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-nation-stronger-gop-should-back-his-plans-105494 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 Manzullo, Kinzinger get testy over ads and conservative ratings, disagree on Afghanistan http://www.wbez.org/story/manzullo-kinzinger-get-testy-over-ads-and-conservative-ratings-disagree-afghanistan-97234 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-12/AP120305055267.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republican U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo and Adam Kinzinger are going after each other over who's more conservative and whose advertisements are more misleading.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><strong>MORE ON THIS RACE: </strong>Discussion on Tuesday's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez"><em>Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards</em></a><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332752476-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-march/2012-03-14/16th-cd.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <strong>WATCH THE DEBATE: </strong>Posted at WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/"><em>Chicago Tonight</em></a></p></div></div><p>In a debate Monday evening on WTTW public television, they also disagreed over the future of U.S. troops in Iraq, following the weekend killings of 16 Afghan civilians. An American soldier has been accused of the shootings.</p><p>Manzullo, first elected to Congress in 1992, touted ratings he received from certain conservative groups — ratings that were stronger than his opponent's.</p><p>"These organizations monitor the votes. And they say who's voting conservatively, who's voting liberally, and they put up the scores," Manzullo said.</p><p>Kinzinger, who's in his first term, shot back.</p><p>"That's what happens when you're in Washington for 20 years, is you begin to look at Washington groups to justify your existence being there," he said.</p><p><strong>Sticks and stones</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-12/adam web.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 202px;" title="(Manzullo TV ad attacking Kinzinger)"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-12/don.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 198px;" title="(Kinzinger TV ad attacking Manzullo for attacking Kinzinger)"></p><p>They later talked over each other while arguing about whose mail advertisements were more outrageous.</p><p>"This is your tabloid with Nancy Pelosi's [picture]," Manzullo said, unfolding a mail piece. "This is the one you put out that made my wife weep."</p><p>"Don, you've put out 10 mail pieces that are nothing but ... they don't talk about your record," Kinzinger said.</p><p><strong>Afghan react</strong></p><p>The two Republicans also disagreed over U.S. military plans for Afghanistan in light of last weekend's attack.</p><p>Kinzinger, a captain in the Air National Guard, went first. He said he does want the U.S. to eventually "back out" of Afghanistan, remaining only in a counter-terrorism role.</p><p>But he said, "I think if we react to every event on the ground with the call to just withdraw, we're going to be very devastated by what's left in that region."</p><p>Manzullo answered "absolutely" when asked if U.S. troops should get out faster than originally planned.</p><p>"Does the United States really belong in Afghanistan now? This war's been going on for 10 years, and we need to get out," he said.</p><p>The congressmen are running against each other in the GOP primary as a result of new district boundaries drawn by Illinois Democrats. The new 16th District forms a collar of sorts, circling many of the Chicago region's so-called "collar counties."</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/manzullo-kinzinger-get-testy-over-ads-and-conservative-ratings-disagree-afghanistan-97234 Election 2012: Congressional money race http://www.wbez.org/story/election-2012-congressional-money-race-93125 <p><p><em>Updated at 2:46 a.m. on Oct. 17&nbsp;</em></p><p>Campaign finance reports from the third quarter (July – September) were due this weekend to federal election officials. Candidates had to report how much cash they raised (and from whom), how much they spent (and to whom) and how much they have left.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-13/fec.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 151px;" title=""></p><p>Illinois looks to have some super competitive U.S. House races in the March primaries. This is, in part, the result of new district boundaries formed during this year’s redistricting. The once-a-decade process was controlled by Illinois Democrats, as they hold the governor's office and majorities in both chambers of the legislature. Keep in mind, Republicans filed a lawsuit against the new map, and the boundaries could change.</p><p>But, for now, the map is what the map is. So here’s a look at the top-line money situation in a few of the expected primary races in Northern Illinois congressional districts. And if you just can’t get enough of campaign finance data, listen to WBEZ's <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> on Monday morning.</p><p><strong>SOUTH CITY, SUBURBS AND EX-URBS: Illinois’ Second Congressional District</strong></p><p>Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson is running against 16-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. The two have battled for years over control of the non-existent Peotone Airport. Now they’ll battle in a Democratic primary as Jackson’s district absorbs area much farther south. Halvorson announced her campaign about ten days ago. She told me at the time she had some cash left in her account from her 2010 loss, but had not started fundraising for this race.</p><p>“Because I did not want to raise money until I knew I was going to do this, because it wouldn’t be fair to anybody to take their money and then me decide not to do this,” Halvorson said. However, she did claim to have nearly $100,000 in pledged donations, “all in very small amounts.” Those pledges, of course, are not reflected in the totals below.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>DEM primary IL 2</th><th>Cash as of July 1</th><th>Third quarter raised</th><th>Third quarter spent</th><th>Cash as of September 30</th></tr><tr><td>Debbie Halvorson</td><td style="text-align: right;">$221,772.39</td><td style="text-align: right;">$83.66 (interest)</td><td style="text-align: right;">$11,544.86</td><td style="text-align: right;">$210,311.19</td></tr><tr><td>Jesse Jackson, Jr.</td><td style="text-align: right;">$305,818.10</td><td style="text-align: right;">$85,725.00</td><td style="text-align: right;">$132,327.00</td><td style="text-align: right;">$259,215.47</td></tr></tbody></table><p>This is a solidly Democratic seat. The only Republican with paperwork on file with the Federal Election Commission is the Rev. Isaac Hayes. He ran in 2010 against Jackson, but told me last week, “Right now it doesn’t look like I’m running” in 2012. He said he’s focusing on helping Mitt Romney win the Republican nomination for president. (Romney was one of the only established politicians to help Hayes in 2010; his PAC gave Hayes $2,500.)</p><p><strong>NORTHWEST SUBURBS: Illinois’ Eighth Congressional District</strong></p><p>The new 8<sup>th </sup>District is quite a bit more Democratic than it was a year ago, when Tea Partier Joe Walsh upset incumbent U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean. Walsh is likely to run in the new 14<sup>th</sup>, so this is an open seat.</p><p>The Democratic primary is a showdown between two candidates who’ve run big races before and impressed a lot of people, but failed to take home a win. Tammy Duckworth is a Purple Heart-awarded Iraq War veteran and former veterans affairs official at the state and federal levels. She lost a 2006 bid for Congress in the 6<sup>th</sup> District to Republican Peter Roskam.</p><p>Raja Krishnamoorthi is a former campaign advisor to now-President Barack Obama, and a former deputy state treasurer under Alexi Giannoulias. Krishnamoorthi lost the Democratic primary last year for state comptroller to state Rep. David Miller (who ended up getting crushed by Republican Judy Baar Topinka in November).</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>DEM primary IL 8</th><th>Cash as of July 1</th><th>Third quarter raised</th><th>Third quarter spent</th><th>Cash as of September 30</th></tr><tr><td>Tammy Duckworth</td><td style="text-align: right;">$0.00</td><td style="text-align: right;">$478,354.47</td><td style="text-align: right;">$113,016.43</td><td style="text-align: right;">$365,338.04</td></tr><tr><td>Raja Krishnamoorthi</td><td style="text-align: right;">$403,335.51</td><td style="text-align: right;">$313,535.74</td><td style="text-align: right;">$80,874.53</td><td style="text-align: right;">$635,996.72</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Duckworth got into this race a few weeks after Krishnamoorthi, so the cash-on-hand total is a bit misleading. But that's still a considerable advantage for Krishnamoorthi.</p><p>While a number of Republican names have popped up in press reports considering runs for the district, none have filed recently with the FEC.</p><p><strong>NORTH SHORE: Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District</strong></p><p>The 10<sup>th</sup> has become more Democratic under the new map, but freshman U.S. Rep. Robert Dold is still going for re-election. Right now he has a huge cash advantage over the Democrats eying the seat, with just shy of a million dollars on-hand, having raised $376,534 in the quarter. (As is common with sitting members of Congress, he got more than half of those recent donations from political action committees.)</p><p>The Democrats include Ilya Sheyman, a former MoveOn.org organizer and staffer to then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, and business consultant Bradley Schneider.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>DEM primary IL 10</th><th>Cash as of July 1</th><th>Third quarter raised</th><th>Third quarter spent</th><th>Cash as of September 30</th></tr><tr><td>Bradley Schneider</td><td style="text-align: right;">$306,150.46</td><td style="text-align: right;">$179,045.34</td><td style="text-align: right;">$68,178.87</td><td style="text-align: right;">$417,016.93</td></tr><tr><td>Ilya Sheyman</td><td style="text-align: right;">$60,255.30</td><td style="text-align: right;">$151,169.35</td><td style="text-align: right;">$69,911.00</td><td style="text-align: right;">$141,513.65</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Schneider's total raised this quarter includes a $100,000 loan from himself - on the final day of the reporting period. Take that away and his fundraising appears to be stalling.</p><p><strong>NORTH AND WEST EX-URBS: Illinois’ Fourteenth Congressional District</strong></p><p>U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, currently of the old 8<sup>th </sup>District, announced last month that – unless the Democrats’ map is changed – he’ll be running in the new 14<sup>th</sup>. That pits him against the district’s current occupant, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren. Both are Republican, both freshmen who beat Democratic incumbents in the 2010 wave and both are on the more conservative end of the GOP House caucus.</p><p>Where they differ is style. Walsh is a cable TV regular, a flame-thrower, a “fighter” in his words. And he’s already casting Hultgren as a career politician and a go-along-get-along type. Hultgren, a former state legislator, is soft-spoken, and – he argues – more focused on local issues than Walsh is. He’s painting Walsh as erratic and sound-bite driven.</p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>GOP primary IL 14</th><th>Cash as of July 1</th><th>Third quarter raised</th><th>Third quarter spent</th><th>Cash as of September 30</th></tr><tr><td>Randy Hultgren</td><td style="text-align: right;">$244,780.47</td><td style="text-align: right;">$186,945.00</td><td style="text-align: right;">$155,915.90</td><td style="text-align: right;">$275,809.57</td></tr><tr><td>Joe Walsh</td><td style="text-align: right;">$472,894.53</td><td style="text-align: right;">$156,099.72</td><td style="text-align: right;">$162,936.47</td><td style="text-align: right;">$466,057.78</td></tr></tbody></table><p>The candidates' cash totals look much like they did at the beginning of the quarter, with both spending roughly what they raised. But Walsh has a definite cash advantage going into the final months.</p><p>No Democrats have recently notified the FEC that they intend to run in this district, which is considered solidly Republican under the new boundaries.</p><p><strong>NORTH CENTRAL STATE: Illinois’ Sixteenth Congressional District</strong></p><p>Youth vs. experience. Energy vs. stability. Freshman vs. ten-termer.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, elected just last year to the 11<sup>th </sup>District, would face fellow Republican Donald Manzullo if the new map holds. Kinzinger will be just 34 when voters go to the polls in March, when the primary rolls around. Manzullo, who’s represented much of the district since 1993, will be just shy of his 68<sup>th</sup> birthday. And there’s going to be a lot of money around to buy up Rockford airtime.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>GOP primary IL 16</th><th>Cash as of July 1</th><th>Third quarter raised</th><th>Third quarter spent</th><th>Cash as of September 30</th></tr><tr><td>Adam Kinzinger</td><td style="text-align: right;">$431,511.86</td><td style="text-align: right;">$212,258.19</td><td style="text-align: right;">$76,757.82</td><td style="text-align: right;">$567,012.23</td></tr><tr><td>Don Manzullo</td><td style="text-align: right;">$222,994.33</td><td style="text-align: right;">$320,392.15</td><td style="text-align: right;">$59,392.07</td><td style="text-align: right;">$483,994.41</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Manzullo really stepped up his game this quarter, but trails Kinzinger due to the freshman's aggressive fundraising earlier in the term.</p><p>No Democrats have recently filed with the FEC to run in this solidly Republican district.</p><p><strong>OTHERS</strong></p><p>Keep an eye on the 11<sup>th </sup>District - though for the general election, not the primary. Former Congressman Bill Foster, a Democrat defeated last year by Hultgren, is looking for a comeback as the party's presumed nominee. He raised nearly $300k these past few months, and has $552,588.36 on hand. And he'll need it, as his likely GOP competition is flush.</p><p>If the map holds, he'll probably face Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, whose 13<sup>th </sup>District was relocated to the southern half of the state, and whose Hinsdale home got swallowed up in Congressman Mike Quigley’s 5<sup>th </sup>District, which extends all the way to Chicago’s North Side. Biggert took in nearly as much as Foster did in the third quarter, but started with a bulging bank account. She now has $886,412.29 at the ready.</p></p> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 17:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/election-2012-congressional-money-race-93125 Under current map, freshman Kinzinger to face Manzullo http://www.wbez.org/story/under-current-map-freshman-kinzinger-face-manzullo-92788 <p><p>U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger and fellow Republican Don Manzullo appear likely to face each other in a primary next March, the&nbsp;latest fallout from new boundaries drawn by Democrats.&nbsp;</p><p>Kinzinger doesn't have a lot of options. The Democratic map has left the Manteno resident essentially district-less, so he's looking north.&nbsp;Unless a lawsuit is successful in tossing out the map, Kinzinger's spokeswoman, Brook Hougeson, said he'll run in the 16th District, which already has a Republican.&nbsp;Manzullo has held the Rockford-area seat for two decades.</p><p>The race would pit the 67-year-old Manzullo against the 33-year-old Kinzinger. But Manzullo's spokesman, Rich Carter, said on Monday that the congressman is "pretty confident" the map will be overturned.</p><p>Carter said Manzullo raised about $300,000 from July through September, and has roughly a half-million dollars in his campaign account.</p><p>Hougeson did not have an estimate for Kinzinger's fundraising. The total doesn't have to be publicly reported until Oct. 15th. In July, Kinzinger reported having more than $430,000 in available cash.</p><p>If the map stands, this will be one of two incumbent versus incumbent GOP U.S. House primaries in Illinois. The other pairs U.S. Reps. Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren in the 14th District.</p></p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 01:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/under-current-map-freshman-kinzinger-face-manzullo-92788 Halvorson to announce next week if she'll challenge Jackson in Democratic primary http://www.wbez.org/story/halvorson-announce-next-week-if-shell-challenge-jackson-democratic-primary-92515 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-27/RS2786_AP070523023565-halvorson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson says she'll announce by the end of next week whether she's running again for the U.S. House. She would challenge U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., in the Democratic primary.</p><p>Halvorson lost her seat in Congress to Republican Adam Kinzinger last year. But when political boundaries were redrawn, her home was swallowed by the district held by Jackson, a fellow Democrat but longtime adversary of Halvorson's.</p><p>"I've decided I didn't want to keep everybody waiting," Halvorson said Tuesday. "I want to make my decision by this weekend," with a public announcement "absolutely" coming the following week.</p><p>Halvorson filed initial campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission earlier this month. She said volunteers are already circulating petitions to get her on the ballot.</p><p>This summer she registered with the state as a lobbyist. Her firm's clients include the Village of Glenwood, which she used to represent portions of in the Illinois Senate.</p><p>Halvorson acknowledged she could be helped if more people entered the primary against Jackson, and she could have her wish. Citing sources, the <em>Roll Call</em> newspaper claimed this week that Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale is considering running for the seat.</p><p>A Beale spokeswoman would say only that he's focusing on his work for the 9th Ward.</p><p>A spokesman for Jackson had no comment.</p></p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/halvorson-announce-next-week-if-shell-challenge-jackson-democratic-primary-92515 Illinois congressmen react to Obama's jobs speech http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-congressmen-react-obamas-jobs-speech-91747 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/AP110908127530.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Parts of President Barack Obama's proposed $450 billion jobs plan are getting bipartisan support from the Illinois congressional delegation. But several lawmakers are expressing concern over the details of the plan and how it will be funded.</p><p>Here's what congressmen from around the Chicago region are saying about the proposal Friday morning:</p><p>Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren, from the far west suburbs, said he likes the president's plans to encourage small business growth and hire more veterans. But he said he does not like Mr. Obama's plan to pay for the measure.</p><p>"You know, spend this now, and then we'll figure out over the next ten years, you know, where we could make cuts to pay for it. I think people are tired of that. They've seen through that game of 'Trust us - we're gonna pay it now, and then we'll find it somewhere else, you know, 10 years down the line.'"</p><p>Representative Danny Davis, D-Chicago, said he doesn't see much room for debate in the proposal. He said the speech was designed to bring politicians together, not draw partisan lines in the sand.</p><p>"When you consider that it focuses around rebuilding our infrastructure - roads and bridges and highways, things you can't really do without - it's pretty often difficult to argue about that."</p><p>Representative Adam Kinzinger, a Republican who represents parts of the far southwest suburbs, said he agrees with Mr. Obama's plan to reduce taxes, but he, too, is skeptical about how the president wants to pay for it.</p><p>"The president made a mistake in saying, you know, for forty minutes, "This is paid for, let me tell you how." And then when he finally reveals it, it's just by adding $400 billion on to the target of the super committee - so in essence, spending the money up front, with the promise of cuts later."</p><p>Representative Dan Lipinski, a Democrat representing the south and southwest suburbs, said he thinks the president should have focused on jobs earlier. He's most interested in seeing how much money the president wants to devote to transportation infrastructure.</p><p>"I think that the president took his eye off the ball on jobs, but now we look forward and hopefully we can&nbsp; come together and get something done."</p><p>Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said the president's call for free trade agreements with Panama, Columbia and South Korea would help some major Illinois businesses, such as Boeing and Caterpillar. But he said he's been told the bill is at least a week away from being ready.</p><p>"If I had counseled the president, I would've said that, 'If you're going to do a big, high-profile speech before a joint session of Congress, the bill should be on the podium.'"</p><p>Meanwhile, Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in his chamber, said the plan should stimulate economic growth without adding to the country's deficit. But Durbin said he doesn't like how Republicans acted cool to the president's $450 billion proposal.</p><p>"If (Republicans) don't believe that we need to be serious, focused and make a substantial investment in America, then this economy is not going to get back on its feet."</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-congressmen-react-obamas-jobs-speech-91747 Politicians react to Blagojevich verdict http://www.wbez.org/story/politicians-react-blagojevich-verdict-88411 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Pat Brady:</strong></p><p><strong>Illinois Republican Party Chairman</strong></p><p>“I'm glad that the verdict is finally in on Rod Blagojevich. However this closes only one chapter of Democrat corruption in Illinois. Illinois Democratic politicians who now try everything they can to hide their past support of Rod Blagojevich should look themselves in the mirror and remind themselves that little has changed since the day Blagojevich was arrested.</p><p>“Our current governor (Pat Quinn) has appointed lame duck legislators to high paid positions after they changed their views and voted for late night tax hikes. The Speaker of the Illinois House (and state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Madigan) is partner in a law firm that has reaped millions in appealing tax assessments in a relationship that even Forrest Claypool (now a member of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Administration) said ‘has caused our taxes to go up and the level of faith in government to go down.’”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>John Cullerton:</strong></p><p><strong>Statement from Illinois Senate President John Cullerton:</strong></p><p>"Once again, the former governor's pattern of dishonesty has been confirmed. I thank the jury for its public service. Just as it was sad but necessary for the Senate to remove him from office, today is another sad event for Illinois. I would hope that this verdict would further allow us as a state to move on and ahead."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>David Morrison: </strong></p><p><strong>Deputy Director, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform </strong></p><p>“The jury today has ratified the sense of millions of Illinoisans, that Rod Blagojevich was a pox on Illinois' political system. His conviction also serves as a warning that no one is above the law and that anyone today thinking of abusing the public trust for their private benefit should consider the very real consequences. The jury today made clear that criminal acts are not "just politics." Blagojevich, and many of his advisors and staff, are facing serious prison time, financial penalties, and separation from their families and friends.</p><p>“Illinois has taken great strides to ensure that the next scandal will not follow the&nbsp;Blagojevich blueprint. Today's laws make it much harder to commit yesterday's actions. But preventing tomorrow's scandals require more vigilance. Voters must accountability from candidates. Officeholders must stand ready to call out their wavering colleagues. Staffers must understand the risks they take when they follow criminal orders. Reform is possible, one step at a time, and Illinois has a long road ahead.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Dan Rutherford: </strong></p><p><strong>Illinois State Treasurer</strong></p><p>“The guilty verdict against former Governor Rod Blagojevich closes a long, embarrassing chapter for the citizens of Illinois. He deserves everything he’s going to get.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Judy Baar Topinka:</strong></p><p><strong>Illinois Comptroller </strong></p><p>"I am heartened by the Jury's verdict against Rod Blagojevich, and pleased to see justice after many months of waiting. But make no mistake: this is nothing to celebrate. Through his unconscionable behavior and reckless leadership, Blagojevich inflicted damage on Illinois that will take years, if not generations, to repair. He broke the public trust and mismanaged dollars with a zeal that was unique even in our storied state.</p><p>"I find his behavior reprehensible and am personally pleased to see him held responsible. But more important, I hope that today's verdict delivers a reminder that elected leaders serve the public, not the other way around - and they will be held accountable, even if it takes a while.</p><p>“While I look forward to turning the page on Blagojevich, I hope that the lessons learned from his prosecution live on. Ironically, it would prove to be his greatest contribution to our state."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Adam Kinzinger:</strong></p><p><strong>Republican U.S. Representative</strong></p><p>“Rod Blagojevich never seemed to understand the difference between serving the public and serving his personal self interests. The evidence presented and verdict confirms that he was found guilty of seventeen of the twenty counts including wire fraud, attempted extortion and attempting to sell President Obama's old Senate seat, but far worse, he abused and shattered public trust. The shame and national embarrassment Blagojevich cast onto our state has only created further financial bearing.&nbsp;</p><p>"I applaud the U.S. Attorney’s office for their hard work, dedication and effort to see to it that justice has somewhat been served.&nbsp; Unfortunately, Blagojevich's verdict and punishment will not restore statewide, much less nationwide certainty in Illinois.&nbsp; We must now move beyond Rod Blagojevich and turn our focus toward working together to rebuild Illinois.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Jeff Schoenberg:</strong></p><p><strong>Senator, 9th District, Assistant Majority Leader</strong></p><p>"With this guilty verdict, Illinois has now been shamed once again as its second consecutive chief executive has failed its citizens in the most fundamental way possible. We must all redouble our efforts to restore confidence and integrity to Illinois government."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Dick Durbin:</strong></p><p><strong>Democratic U.S. Senator </strong></p><p>“I hope today’s verdict finally draws this sad and sordid chapter in Illinois history to a close.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Bill Brady:</strong></p><p><strong>State Senator, Bloomington</strong></p><p>“I believe our state will grow stronger as a result of the conviction of Rod Blagojevich today.&nbsp; Rod Blagojevich abused the office of Governor and made every attempt to capitalize on his public office for personal and political benefit.</p><p>“His overwhelming conviction today should serve as yet another reminder that public officials are in office to serve the public and not their own personal interests and ambitions.&nbsp; We have made some progress in ending pay-to-play politics in Illinois, but the decision today underscores the need for us in government to continue our work to earn the trust and confidence of our citizens.”</p></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/politicians-react-blagojevich-verdict-88411 Illinois' GOP freshmen sworn in, ready to vote http://www.wbez.org/story/adam-kinzinger/illinois-gop-freshmen-sworn-ready-vote <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_2389.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Lawmakers taking the oath of office Wednesday in Washington, D.C., include the five GOP freshmen from Illinois. The state's U.S. House delegation now includes more Republicans than Democrats.<br /><br />With their first votes, U.S. Reps. Joe Walsh, Robert Dold, Randy Hultgren, Bobby Schilling and Adam Kinzinger voted to make John Boehner the new speaker of the House.<br /><br />Kinzinger will now represent the 11th District, which includes Joliet, Kankakee and parts of Bloomington. He said he is relieved he will no longer have the mouthful of a title &quot;congressman-elect&quot; now that he's taken the oath of office.<br /><br />&quot;It was amazing, it was unreal, it was all that,&quot; Kinzinger said. &quot;But then it came to the realization that I'm now being called upon to execute a job that's very important.&quot;<br /><br />One of the first votes expected by the Republican-controlled House is a push to repeal the recent health care law. Calling it a &quot;terrible law,&quot; Kinzinger said he will vote for repeal, as will U.S. Rep. Robert Dold.<br /><br />&quot;I believe that this law is a bad law. I believe there are things and aspects of it that are good, but I believe that we need to have broad, bipartisan support. I didn't like the way the process was taken, and will vote to repeal,&quot; Dold said.<br /><br />It will be a largely symbolic vote, as the repeal is expected to stall in the Democratic-controlled Senate.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Dold is setting up his offices in Washington and Illinois, and he's working with a less than complete staff.<br /><br />&quot;I am far more in the camp that you should do things deliberately and make sure that you're making the right hires as opposed to the quick hires, but we've got a chunk of the staff filled out,&quot; Dold said.<br /><br />Dold now occupies the House seat left vacant by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Kirk joined the Senate in late November. On Wednesday, he was sworn-in to a full, 6-year term.</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 23:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/adam-kinzinger/illinois-gop-freshmen-sworn-ready-vote