WBEZ | Judy Biggert http://www.wbez.org/tags/judy-biggert Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Foster glides past Biggert after race that looked tight http://www.wbez.org/news/foster-glides-past-biggert-after-race-looked-tight-103708 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/foster_smal_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p>Defying opinion polls that depicted a neck-and-neck contest, Democrat Bill Foster easily defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert in the 11th Congressional District on Tuesday. With nearly all precincts reporting, Foster had almost 58 percent of the vote; Biggert had 42 percent.</p><p>In his victory speech, Foster expressed misgivings about the race&rsquo;s negative television advertising, a months-long barrage funded by campaign contributions and outside spending totaling roughly $14 million. &ldquo;I sense that both Congresswoman Biggert and myself were forced into an increasingly ugly world of politics today &mdash; a world that we were both deeply uncomfortable with,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Biggert, a seven-term House member, appeared to blame her loss on congressional redistricting controlled by Illinois Democrats. &ldquo;This race wasn&rsquo;t supposed to happen,&rdquo; she told supporters in her concession speech. &ldquo;They thought that I would shy away from a tough race in a district tailor-made for my opponent, and they were wrong.&rdquo;</p><p>Other factors contributing to Biggert&rsquo;s defeat included strong Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts and growing Latino numbers in Chicago&rsquo;s suburbs. In the 11th District &mdash; which includes parts of Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook and Joliet &mdash; Hispanics constitute 22 percent of the population. Foster rallied them by pointing to Biggert&rsquo;s&nbsp;vote against the DREAM Act, a stalled bill that would have provided many young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.</p><p>Despite a bitter tone through much of the race, the candidates claimed to be moderate and eager to work across party lines. And they did not stand far apart on some hot-button issues. Both, for example, warmed up to legal recognition of same-sex marriage and avoided weighing in on whether Joliet should pursue a privately run detention center that would hold immigrants awaiting deportation.</p><p>On other issues, particularly economic matters, the candidates showed greater differences. Foster blasted Biggert&rsquo;s vote for a budget plan that would slash spending and overhaul Medicare, providing government subsidies to individuals who chose to buy private insurance.</p><p>On Social Security, Biggert backed enabling individuals to invest a portion of their contributions in the stock market &mdash; a proposal Foster called too risky. On health policy, Foster touted his vote for President Barack Obama&rsquo;s Affordable Care Act, a law Biggert characterized as a jobs killer and sought to repeal. On taxes, Biggert supported extending all of President George W. Bush&rsquo;s cuts, while Foster called for allowing them to expire for incomes above $250,000.</p><div><p>The election marks a comeback for Foster, 55, who served almost three years in a nearby House district. Republican Randy Hultren unseated Foster in a 2010 election that swept the GOP into control of the House.</p><p>As the Republicans retain their majority, Foster is vowing to work with them by focusing on, as he puts it, &ldquo;numbers instead of political positions.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We have to make sure that government investments are as cost-effective and highest-return as possible,&rdquo; he told WBEZ late Tuesday. &ldquo;And that&rsquo;s something that Democrats and Republicans agree on.&rdquo;</p><p>Foster said bipartisan points of unity could include cutting &ldquo;military systems the Pentagon doesn&rsquo;t want&rdquo; and encouraging a rebirth of domestic manufacturing. &ldquo;One of the best things about the ongoing recovery is that U.S. manufacturing is leading that,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Foster also had a prediction about the election results. He said they would end acrimonious debates about Obamacare and financial reregulation.</p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/foster-glides-past-biggert-after-race-looked-tight-103708 Biggert, Foster turn to big names to drum up votes in tight House race http://www.wbez.org/news/biggert-foster-turn-big-names-drum-votes-tight-house-race-103671 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Judy Biggert AP cropped.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>After a firestorm of negative television advertising in their tight Illinois congressional race, Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert and Democrat Bill Foster are trying to get their supporters to the polls using a few bells and whistles.<br><br>Foster, a former one-term U.S. House member, started robocalls Monday to potential voters in the suburban Chicago district using the voice of former President Bill Clinton, who said the candidate&rsquo;s experience in science and business provided &ldquo;the kind of common-sense experience and leadership we need in Washington.&rdquo;<br><br>Biggert, a seven-term House member, came up with an attention grabber of her own. In a YouTube video, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk praised her as &ldquo;one of the ultimate suburban moms who should be representing us in the Congress next year.&rdquo; Kirk, the state&rsquo;s top Republican, has kept a low profile since suffering a stroke in January.<p>&nbsp;</p>The uplifting words from Clinton and Kirk stood out after months of mind-numbing accusations and counteraccusations in the TV ads. The money behind those ads flowed in as polls suggested the 11th District contest was one of the closest House races in the country. By October 17, according to their latest federal filings, the Biggert and Foster campaigns had raked in more than $2.5 million each.<p>&nbsp;</p>And that&rsquo;s just the beginning. The race attracted more than $8 million in outside money, according to the Federal Election Commission. Figures from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics last month showed Biggert&rsquo;s campaign with an edge in that spending.<p>&nbsp;</p>On Friday, Foster resorted to lending his campaign $500,000. The money paid for his final TV ad, according to Foster campaign aide Aviva Bowen. &ldquo;We have to keep pace with the millions that [Biggert], her allies and the rightwing super-PACs have put up in false claims on TV,&rdquo; Bowen said.<p>&nbsp;</p>Biggert&rsquo;s team saw the loan differently. &ldquo;Congressman Foster is clearly desperate and terrified that Illinois voters are about to reject him and his dishonest smear campaigns once again,&rdquo; Biggert spokesman Gill Stevens wrote.<p>&nbsp;</p>On Monday, the candidates made a flurry of stops across the barbell-shaped district, which includes parts of Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Joliet and other suburbs west and southwest of Chicago. Foster&rsquo;s campaign said U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland) was joining him on afternoon visits to sites set up for campaign volunteers. A Biggert aide said the Republican would attend a Joliet dinner hosted by the local chamber of commerce.<p>&nbsp;</p>Amid the combative TV ads, both candidates claimed to be moderate and eager to work across party lines. And they did not stand far apart on some hot-button issues. Both, for example, warmed up to legal recognition of same-sex marriage and avoided weighing in on whether Joliet should pursue a privately run detention center that would hold immigrants awaiting deportation.<p>&nbsp;</p>On other issues, particularly economic matters, the candidates showed greater differences. Foster blasted Biggert&rsquo;s vote for a budget plan that would slash spending and overhaul Medicare, providing government subsidies to individuals who choose to buy private insurance.<p>&nbsp;</p>On Social Security, Biggert backed enabling individuals to invest a portion of their contributions in the stock market &mdash; a proposal Foster called too risky. On health policy, Foster touted his vote for President Barack Obama&rsquo;s Affordable Care Act, a law Biggert characterized as a jobs killer and sought to repeal. On taxes, Biggert supported extending all of President George W. Bush&rsquo;s cuts, while Foster called for allowing them to expire for incomes above $250,000.<p></p>Both Biggert and Foster said they were trying to protect the middle class but neither seemed to have a personal stake in reversing the economic squeeze of recent decades.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Biggert, 75, lives in Hinsdale and grew up in Wilmette, a suburb north of Chicago. Her father was a Walgreen Co. executive who headed the drugstore chain in the 1960s. She received a Northwestern University law degree and clerked for a federal judge. In politics, she began on a Hinsdale school board and made it to the U.S. House.<p>&nbsp;</p>Foster, 55, and his brother launched a theater lighting business that made them rich. Foster, a Harvard-educated physicist, also spent more than 20 years at the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Batavia, a suburb west of Chicago.<p>&nbsp;</p><div>Foster won a 2008 special election to replace retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, a former longtime House speaker. The Democrat served just one full term before Randy Hultgren, a Republican state senator, unseated him in 2010. Foster moved to a Naperville section included in the 11th, a new congressional district with borders drawn by state Democrats after the 2010 census.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/biggert-foster-turn-big-names-drum-votes-tight-house-race-103671 Biggert, Foster sidestep immigrant detention-center project http://www.wbez.org/news/biggert-foster-sidestep-joliet-immigrant-detention-center-project-103508 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Elisa_Chombo_CROP.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 360px; width: 250px; " title="Elisa Chombo of Joliet signs a petition against the detention center at a Monday night forum. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)" />U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert and her Democratic challenger, Bill Foster, are locking horns in one of the nation&rsquo;s most competitive House races, but both are trying to sidestep a brewing controversy over something President Barack Obama&rsquo;s administration is talking about bringing to the district: a privately run immigrant detention center.</p><p>The project came to light last week when an official of Joliet, a city 40 miles southwest of Chicago, said he had had talks with federal officials and Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America. The Joliet official, City Manager Thomas Thanas, said the detention center could generate hundreds of jobs and city revenue.</p><p>The project is not going over well with Latino groups that organized a candidate forum Monday night at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a Joliet church. The forum&rsquo;s moderator tried to ask the 11th Congressional District candidates whether they would help fight the project.</p><p>The response from Foster, a former U.S. representative, elicited nods from the roughly 200 audience members at points. &ldquo;For-profit incarceration is something that I am personally quite leery of,&rdquo; Foster said. &ldquo;We have an immigration system that depends way too heavily on incarceration and deportation.&rdquo;</p><p>But Foster said it was too early for him to make a decision about the detention center. &ldquo;I want to see the details of it,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;So the answer is, I&rsquo;m waiting and seeing.&rdquo;</p><p>Biggert, the race&rsquo;s Republican, did not attend the forum. She sent a spokesman, who read a campaign statement that did not answer the moderator&rsquo;s question. &ldquo;Congresswoman Biggert would strongly oppose the federal government coming in and mandating what Joliet should or should not do,&rdquo; the spokesman told the crowd. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really, ultimately, Joliet&rsquo;s decision.&rdquo;</p><p>Hours before the forum, WBEZ asked the Biggert campaign whether she would back a privately built and operated immigrant detention center in the district. The campaign sent the statement and did not answer the question.</p><p>Joliet&rsquo;s project follows a setback for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and CCA in south suburban Crete, where the agency wanted the company to build and run the detention center.</p><p>A political tide against the Crete project rose in January, when rivals in the area&rsquo;s Democratic House primary &mdash; U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his challenger, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson &mdash; both sided against it. Village trustees rejected the plan in June.</p></p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 02:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/biggert-foster-sidestep-joliet-immigrant-detention-center-project-103508 Biggert, Manzullo, Roskam, Shimkus show up for remap court fight http://www.wbez.org/story/biggert-manzullo-roskam-shimkus-show-remap-court-fight-94160 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-22/photo 1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Four Republicans from Illinois' congressional delegation showed up in federal court Thursday in Chicago. They're testifying that new district boundaries drawn by Democrats would disenfranchise Republicans.</p><p>U.S. Rep. John Shimkus told a three-judge panel he'd hoped there would've been a bipartisan compromise on redistricting - as there was the last time the boundaries were drawn, ten years ago. Shimkus testified he met privately about a deal with a fellow downstate congressman, Democrat Jerry Costello, early this year.</p><p>But Democrats, as the controlling party in Springfield, ended up drawing the map on their own. Those boundaries imperil the re-election chances of about half the state's Republican delegation. Shimkus' own seat is safe, but he's a party in the lawsuit against the map, which he called "egregious."</p><p>As for the failed negotiations with Costello, who's not seeking another term, Shimkus got choked up when testifying about his "close friend and confidante." The court took a short recess.</p><p>On cross-examination, Shimkus was questioned about why he didn't participated in hearings Democrats called to discuss the map - hearings Republicans claim were publicly stunts. Shimkus chuckled.</p><p>"Is there something funny, congressman?" lawyer Devon Bruce asked.</p><p>Shimkus replied, "There's something very funny."</p><p>Three other GOP members of Congress are also testifying against the new boundaries: Judy Biggert, Don Manzullo and Peter Roskam.</p><p>In addition to alleging the map overreaches in its attempts to target Republicans, the lawsuit claims the boundaries dillute the voting power of Illinois' Latinos. That's where lawyers for the Republicans began their case on Thursday morning.</p><p>Chicago resident Luis Sanabria testified it seemed like Democratic map-makers wanted Latinos to be "bunched up, corralled into the same district" in an effort to reduce their influence in neighboring congressional districts.</p><p>In response, a lawyer defending the boundaries pointed out no Latino lawmakers voted against it when it passed the General Assembly.</p></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/biggert-manzullo-roskam-shimkus-show-remap-court-fight-94160 Three members of Illinois' U.S. House delegation now back Romney http://www.wbez.org/story/three-members-illinois-us-house-delegation-now-back-romney-94038 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-07/IMG_2389.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is getting a lot of love from Republicans in Illinois' congressional delegation. Three of them are now backing the former Massachusetts governor.</p><p>The latest endorsement comes from U.S. Rep. Bob Dold, a freshman lawmaker from Chicago's North Shore suburbs. Romney is a relatively safe pick for Dold, who tries to project a moderate, bipartisan image.</p><p>In an interview Monday, Dold acknowledged the endorsement comes with risks: including offending his own supporters who back a competing presidential candidate. But he's decided to pull the trigger.</p><p>"Governor Romney came into Washington, D.C., and had several of us together to talk about his vision for the country going forward," Dold said. "And I had been leaning [in] that direction."</p><p>U.S. Reps. Judy Biggert of Hinsdale and Aaron Schock of Peoria also back Romney. He finished third in an Illinois GOP straw poll earlier this month, behind Texas Congressman Ron Paul and Georgia businessman Herman Cain.</p></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/three-members-illinois-us-house-delegation-now-back-romney-94038 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 Illinois legislators react to death of bin Laden http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-legislators-react-death-bin-laden-85916 <p><p>Illinois lawmakers are weighing in on news that U.S. forces have killed Osama bin Laden.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., said Monday morning that the death of Osama bin Laden has been a long time coming.</p><p>"We hope and pray it doesn't happen, but you have to brace yourself to be even more guarded against people who may try to bring about acts of retaliation," Manzullo said.</p><p>Manzullo said the U.S. is dealing with terrorists who are madmen and don't think straight because they believe it's spiritual to kill people.</p><p>Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said in a written statement that bin Laden's death is not an end to terrorism, but is a clear warning to America's enemies.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., called the death "an important demonstration of the will and steadfast determination of the American people."</p><p>But U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., cautioned that this isn't "an occasion where we can throw up our hats and take a victory lap." Biggert said the threat of terrorism remains real and Americans must stay vigilant.</p></p> Mon, 02 May 2011 12:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-legislators-react-death-bin-laden-85916 Illinois Republicans react to State of the Union http://www.wbez.org/story/congressman-peter-roskam/illinois-republicans-react-state-union-address <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/100610347.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Republicans are reacting to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address. Congressman Peter Roskam represents Chicago's western suburbs. He said the president is supporting spending levels that are too high. Roskam also said the president has vowed to do away with earmarks in the past, but he hasn't lived up to those words.</p><p>&quot;[It was] super-strong on the themes and the rhetoric - and rhetoric, frankly, that we've heard before,&quot;&nbsp;Roskam said. &quot;But in terms of the follow-up, I think the president is sort of living the happy life of low expectations.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert said she was encouraged by the president's pledge to work to create more private sector jobs. She also said she was happy to hear the president call for more science research.</p></p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/congressman-peter-roskam/illinois-republicans-react-state-union-address The Friday Political Roundup: December 13-17th http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/friday-political-roundup-december-13-17th <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/rahm hearing.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Rahm&rsquo;s residency, Meeks on minorities, and a Ryan request</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="333" width="500" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-17/rahm hearing.jpg" /><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">Missed anything this week in Chicago politics? Here&rsquo;s your weekly digest of the best game in town:<br /><br /><strong>Rahm&rsquo;s residency rules</strong><br /><br />On this week&rsquo;s Best Game in Town broadcast, NPR&rsquo;s David Schaper said the battle over Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s residency &ldquo;sucks the air out of the room for all of the other candidates.&rdquo; Even the most assiduous media consumer might have the impression that it was all that was happening this week&mdash;we got so far as <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/rahm-emanuel-residency-hearing-day3-112013349.html">showing photos</a> of the crawlspace in Emanuel&rsquo;s rented-out home. The hearing <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-chicago-mayor-race-1217-20101216,0,2097046.story">wrapped up</a> Thursday after three days of testimony. <br /><br />But while he and his lawyers were giving this virtual tour, other candidates were talking up some issues. There were three forums (more on those soon), but perhaps the biggest issue to surface this week was on race. James Meeks appeared on WVON radio with an <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3ae366f264-26bd-4c6e-b24b-deaac28e59ab&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz18OlqONgt">assertion</a> that &ldquo;the word minority&hellip; should mean African-American&rdquo; not &ldquo;women, Asians, and Hispanics.&rdquo; That was in the context of programs that set aside a certain number of city contracts for those groups. Meeks later <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2010/12/meeks-stirs-controversy-with-remarks-on-minority-set-aside-program.html">clarified</a> his remarks, saying he meant only that white women shouldn&rsquo;t be included in those affirmative action programs.<br /><br /><strong>Education on the line</strong><br /><br />The same day, Meeks was out with an education plan, the most distinctive point of which <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/e2010mayor/meeks-wants-voucher-program-chicago-public-schools">includes</a> offering low-income students vouchers to attend the school of their choice. The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/2860365-417/meeks-chicago-schools-students-50000.html"><em>Sun-Times</em></a> has more details. Carol Moseley Braun also came out with an education <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2010/12/moseley-braun-talks-education-before-tonights-ctu-forum.html">plan</a>. She&rsquo;d like to focus on improving neighborhood schools.<br /><br />Education was a particularly stand-out topic of the week in the mayoral race, with two forums dedicated to schools. On Wednesday, a trio of organizations sponsored a forum at Walter Payton College Prep. Meeks attended, along with Gery Chico, Miguel Del Valle and Carol Moseley Braun. Emanuel and Danny Davis declined their invitations, citing prior engagements. <br /><br />When we went, we also ran into <a href="http://www.fredrick-k-white.com/">Frederick K. White</a>, who said he wasn&rsquo;t allowed to join. I spoke with one of the organizers, who said &ldquo;we limited our invitations to those candidates that had a minimum of 35,000 petition signatures and about a 5% polling number.&rdquo; She also told me that within a few days, the Raise Your Hand coalition will have a video of the whole thing up <a href="http://ilraiseyourhand.org/video/mayoral-forum-on-education">here</a>. In the meantime, NBC Chicago&rsquo;s Ward Room has <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Mayoral-Candidates-Debate-Education-111972274.html">more</a>. And the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2886773-418/schools-walls-blighted-candidates-chicago.html"><em>Sun-Times</em></a> and <a href="http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2010/12/17/cps-tif-program-and-mayoral-candidates?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">Progress Illinois</a> have details from the Chicago Teachers Union forum on Thursday, where Tax Increment Financing was apparently a hot topic. Progress Illinois also has a series of <a href="http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2010/12/15/rahms-hearing-and-first-mayoral-forum?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">video clips</a> from Tuesday&rsquo;s activist-organized forum, where much was made of Emanuel&rsquo;s absence&mdash;there was an empty chair for him. <br /><strong><br />A poll and some endorsements</strong><br /><br />Tuesday also brought us some <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-mayor-poll-1215-20101214,0,3381315.story">poll results</a> from the <em>Tribune</em>, showing Emanuel with a hefty lead at 32 percent while the closest challengers were in the single digits. Still, 30 percent say they&rsquo;re undecided. Meanwhile, declining at this point to select a candidate in the mayor&rsquo;s race is the Chicago Federation of Labor, which this week revealed their <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/top-union-hedges-bets-on-mayoral-candidates/">endorsements</a> for aldermen in several wards.&nbsp; <br /><br /><strong>Cook County and beyond</strong><br /><br />In Cook County political news, a federal hiring monitor charged the Forest Preserve District over <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cook-county-forest-preserve-sh20101215,0,3394160.story">half a million dollars</a> for patronage hiring. And the <em>Sun-Times</em> <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/2806093-417/county-health-raises-system-pay.html">reported</a> that some health system administrators got big pay raises despite a massive county budget hole.<br /><br />On the state front, former Governor George Ryan is asking for an early release, citing his wife&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/lura-lynn-ryan-has-cancer-given-three-six-months-live">dire health</a>. And the Illinois Republican Party <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/12/illinois-gop-appoints-co-chairman.html">appointed</a> co-chair Gabriella Wyatt, a Latina who says she&rsquo;s looking forward to helping the GOP reach out to fellow Hispanics.<br /><strong><br />Making Illinoise in national politics</strong><br /><br />In national news (never minding the <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1210/Rahms_favorite_paper.html?showall">national interest</a> in following Rahm Emanuel), Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert (IL-13) was one of only 15 Republicans to vote for a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/biggert-joins-illinois-democrats-repeal-dont-ask-dont-tell">new bill</a> to repeal Don&rsquo;t Ask Don&rsquo;t Tell. The Senate hasn&rsquo;t taken up the measure yet, but it has <a href="http://www.npr.org/2010/12/15/132082947/senate-passes-tax-deal-package">passed</a> the Obama tax cut deal, with both Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk voting &ldquo;yes,&rdquo; though Durbin <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/bush-era-tax-cuts/durbin-tax-cut-extensions-wealthy-are-just-plain-wrong">says</a> tax cuts for the wealthy are &ldquo;just plain wrong.&rdquo; Finally, the House also passed the bill Thursday (<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/17/AR2010121700351_5.html">here</a>'s the Illinois roll call), and President Obama <a href="http://www.npr.org/2010/12/17/132126303/congress-sends-tax-legislation-to-white-house?ps=rs">signed it</a> on Friday. <br /><br />That&rsquo;s the Friday political roundup&mdash;let me know if you think I missed anything, and have a great weekend.</p></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 21:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/friday-political-roundup-december-13-17th Biggert joins Illinois Democrats to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/biggert-joins-illinois-democrats-repeal-dont-ask-dont-tell <p><p>The bill to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy has passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The plan would allow gays to serve openly in the military.<br /><br />Illinois Representative Judy Biggert was one of only 15 Republicans in the House to vote in favor of the repeal. She was the only Illinois Republican to do so.<br /><br />Biggert said she didn't look at the measure as a partisan issue.<br /><br />&quot;I think that our commanders recommended repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell because it was the right thing to do. Our goal should be to put the best soldiers possible in the field, and not just the best white soldiers or straight soldiers or brown eyed soldiers, but the best soldiers period,&quot; Biggert said.<br /><br />Fifteen House Democrats voted against the measure, but all Illinois Democrats voted with the party in support of the repeal.<br /><br />The bill still has yet to be called up for a vote in the Senate.</p></p> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 20:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/biggert-joins-illinois-democrats-repeal-dont-ask-dont-tell