WBEZ | 8th congressional district http://www.wbez.org/tags/8th-congressional-district Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Duckworth victory a milestone for Illinois’ Asian-Americans http://www.wbez.org/news/duckworth-victory-milestone-illinois%E2%80%99-asian-americans-103735 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/photo (2).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois&rsquo; Asian-American community is hailing Tammy Duckworth&rsquo;s win in the 8th Congressional District as a milestone, as it seeks greater political representation and involvement at all levels government. Duckworth&rsquo;s victory over Republican incumbent Joe Walsh is the highest elected office achieved by an Asian-American in the state. She will represent a district where Asians make up a significantly larger portion of the population than they did in 2010. State legislators recently redrew the district lines to include more minorities.</p><p>Tuyet Le of the Asian American Institute said Duckworth&rsquo;s success is the culmination of several trends, including the rapid growth of Illinois&rsquo; Asian-American population, and a sustained, deliberate effort to register more Asian-American voters. &ldquo;The growth of the community has allowed the operations to be more sophisticated in pairing candidates and representatives with the grassroots movement that is able to identify the needs in our community, and push whomever it is,&rdquo; Le said.</p><p>Duckworth, born in Bangkok to an ethnically Chinese mother and an American father, took care at her election night rally in Elk Grove Village to thank Asian-American organizations and volunteers for their support during her bid. Duckworth said she is proud to be the first Asian-American elected to such a high office from Illinois. &ldquo;We add to the wonderful diversity of our country, of our state,&rdquo; she said after her victory speech, &ldquo;and I think we make this country stronger.&rdquo;</p><p>Asian-Americans make up about 5 percent of the state&rsquo;s population and about 12 percent of the 8th Congressional District. Historically, few have pursued public office, but interest has grown in recent years. Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th) became the first Asian-American elected to City Council in 2011.</p><p>More recently, Duckworth squared off with Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Asian-American candidate of Indian descent, in the 8th Congressional district Democratic primary. Krishnamoorthi later endorsed Duckworth, and said he feels that Illinois&rsquo; congressional delegation should reflect the diversity of the state&rsquo;s population. Speaking of Duckworth, &nbsp;Krishnamoorthi said, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m really looking forward to her speaking on issues of concern and significance to this community, along with all the other issues that she&rsquo;s going to be talking about.&rdquo; In particular, Krishnamoorthi said, Duckworth&rsquo;s positions on immigration policy and public education will be of great importance to her Asian-American constituents.</p><p>No Asian-Americans has yet been elected to Illinois&rsquo; General Assembly, but the body has recently created an Asian-American Caucus of representatives from districts where the minority group is concentrated.</p><p>&ldquo;The growing population of the Asian-American community in Illinois is getting to a point where there is a tipping point of people really understanding what representation means and how they need it,&rdquo; said Le. &ldquo;And so I think that this is just going to be a continuing trend of Asian-Americans being involved in politics and running for office, as well as people mobilizing the grassroots vote.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/duckworth-victory-milestone-illinois%E2%80%99-asian-americans-103735 Congressman Joe Walsh says he'll run for re-election in new 8th District http://www.wbez.org/story/congressman-joe-walsh-says-hell-run-re-election-new-8th-district-94752 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-09/joe walsh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) announced Thursday night that he will run for re-election in Illinois’ newly-drawn 8th Congressional district in the western suburbs.</p><p>The state’s congressional boundaries have changed since new census data was released last year. But Republicans have sued the Illinois Board of Elections over the new boundaries, saying they heavily favor Democrats.</p><p>Walsh, a Republican with Tea Party support, currently lives in the newly-drawn 14th Congressional district. If he had run in that district, Walsh would have faced a tough primary opponent against fellow freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.</p><p>“It didn’t just feel right to me to stay out in the 14th (District) in a nice, safe Republican district, take out another Republican in a primary, when the Democrats have drawn an 8th District, my old district – my current district – a new 8th District and reconfigured it to be very Democratic and we Republicans are just going to let that seat go,” Walsh said Thursday night. “It didn’t feel right.”</p><p>Walsh made the announcement to Cook County Tea Party supporters at a bar near Wrigley Field. The Chicago ballpark lies outside the 8th Congressional District.</p><p>Walsh still needs to win the Republican primary, which occurs March 20.</p><p>If he wins, Walsh could face a Democratic opponent, possibly Tammy Duckworth, Raja Krishnamoorthi or another candidate who has not yet filed.</p></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 03:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/congressman-joe-walsh-says-hell-run-re-election-new-8th-district-94752 Race for 8th congressional district remains tight http://www.wbez.org/story/8th-congressional-district/race-8th-congressional-district-remains-tight <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-08/melissa bean getty images.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The race for Illinois' 8th congressional district remains tight nearly a week after Election Day. It could still be awhile before the results come in.</p><p>Republican congressional candidate Joe Walsh has about a 350-vote lead over incumbent Democratic Representative Melissa Bean. Walsh declared victory when he held a slightly bigger lead, last week, but Bean hasn't conceded.&nbsp; She's said she wants all the votes to be counted.<br /><br />The 8th congressional district is divided up in parts of Lake, McHenry and Cook counties. Cook County election officials have counted some absentee and provisional ballots, but they're still waiting on just over 690 ballots that might be mailed in during the coming week. Lake and McHenry counties have together received hundreds of mail-in ballots, but election officials say they won't begin counting until the mail-in deadline of November 16. They say they're waiting for the deadline in order to protect the anonymity of voters.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 21:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/8th-congressional-district/race-8th-congressional-district-remains-tight Melissa Bean falls behind in 8th http://www.wbez.org/story/8th-congressional-district/melissa-bean-falls-behind-8th <p><p><em>Updated 12:59am</em> In a surprisingly close race, incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean trails GOP&nbsp;challenger Joe Walsh.</p><p>District 8</p> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">495 of 503 precincts - 98 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Joe Walsh, GOP 96,270 - 49 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Melissa Bean, Dem (i) 95,544 - 48 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Bill Scheurer, Grn 6,396 - 3 percent</span></div> <p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/8th-congressional-district/melissa-bean-falls-behind-8th