WBEZ | Aaron Schock http://www.wbez.org/tags/aaron-schock Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en After spending scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock says goodbye http://www.wbez.org/news/after-spending-scandals-rep-aaron-schock-says-goodbye-111780 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/aaronshocklast.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Once a fast-rising star in the Republican Party, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock gave his final speech on the House floor Thursday.</p><p>Schock, who was elected to Congress in 2008, will resign his House seat at the end of the month. His resignation comes after weeks of questions about his judgment, lavish lifestyle and spending.</p><p>Little of the scandal that plagued Schock&#39;s final weeks on Capitol Hill was evident Thursday though, as his farewell speech focused less on his quick fall and more on his rise.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;ve done my best to contribute constructively to the process and to serve the people of my district and my country,&quot; Schock said. &quot;My guiding principle has always been rooted in the belief that Washington should only do what people cannot do for themselves.&quot;</p><p>Over the last few weeks, a series of reports by Politico, the The Washington Post, and other news organizations raised questions about Schock&#39;s financial practices. Reports indicate that Schock spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on office renovations, used both taxpayer and campaign funds on private jets and concerts and did not report lavish gifts on financial disclosure funds as required by House ethics guidelines. His resignation ultimately came on March 17 as Politico raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements Schock claimed for his personal vehicle.</p><p>Schock, 33, was elected to Congress as a 27-year-old. He said he was never more excited than the day he stepped onto Capitol Hill for the first time. He was a youthful face in the chamber who posted shirtless photos of himself on Instagram and posed for a photo showing his abs on the cover of the fitness magazine Men&#39;s Health.</p><p>&quot;I leave here with sadness and humility,&quot; he said. &quot;For those whom I&#39;ve let down, I will work tirelessly to make it up to you.&quot;</p><p>Even in his final floor speech, Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future &mdash; though he didn&#39;t specify what kind &mdash; comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln, who Shock has a bust of in his office.</p><p>&quot;Abraham Lincoln held this seat in Congress for one term but few faced as many defeats in his personal, business and public life as he did,&quot; Schock said. &quot;His continual perseverance in the face of these trials, never giving up is something all of us Americans should be inspired by, especially when going through a valley in life.&quot;</p><p>Only the two situations aren&#39;t exactly parallel. Lincoln did, as Schock noted, serve just one term in Congress. In fact, he promised while campaigning in 1846 that he would serve just one term if elected. He won, did just that, and declined to run for re-election in 1848.</p><p>Schock&#39;s troubles on Capitol Hill began after The Washington Post published an article last month about his lavish office renovations, which were inspired by the popular PBS drama &quot;Downton Abbey.&quot;</p><p>In an unrelated coincidence, PBS announced today that the show&#39;s upcoming sixth season will be its last.</p><p>&mdash; <em>via <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2015/03/26/395580527/after-spending-scandals-rep-aaron-schock-says-goodbye">NPR&#39;s It&#39;s All Politics</a></em></p></p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/after-spending-scandals-rep-aaron-schock-says-goodbye-111780 Schock, Jackson: Congressional resignation deja vu? http://www.wbez.org/news/schock-jackson-congressional-resignation-deja-vu-111732 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/schockjackson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois residents may be having deja vu after U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock announced he&rsquo;s resigning his congressional seat over ethics questions.<br /><br />It comes just over two years after another Illinois U.S. representative, Jesse Jackson, Jr., left Congress. The Chicago U.S. Rep. resigned shortly before he was charged with improper use of campaign money.<br /><br />But the similarities between the two may be less about their cases - and more about their personalities.<br /><br />Jackson pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds. He spent it on everything from groceries to fur coats. Aaron Schock has not been charged with wrongdoing, but the Better Government Association&rsquo;s Andy Shaw says the two politicians had a sense of entitlement that brought a negative spotlight.<br /><br />&ldquo;Aaron Schock and Jesse Jackson, Jr. were both full of themselves,&rdquo; Shaw said. &ldquo;They were arrogant. They had a sense of empowerment and entitlement and, perhaps worst of all, a sense of invincibility that the rules didn&rsquo;t apply to them.&rdquo;<br /><br />In Schock&rsquo;s case, what started with a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/hes-got-a-downton-abbey-inspired-office-but-rep-aaron-schock-wont-talk-about-it/2015/02/02/1d3f1466-ab1f-11e4-abe8-e1ef60ca26de_story.html">lavish office decor</a> led to questions about <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150316/NEWS/150319602">his real estate deals</a> and about <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/aaron-schock-resigns-116153.html">overblown expense reports</a>. With his resignation, Schock avoids a congressional ethics investigation, and no criminal charges have been filed.<br />One Chicago defense attorney watching it all is Victor Henderson, who said even though Schock has not been charged, it&rsquo;s still a possibility.<br /><br />&ldquo;You never know what&rsquo;s going on behind the scenes,&rdquo; Henderson said. &ldquo;As I recall, I think the same thing happened with Congressman Jackson that prior to the time that he was indicted, or not long thereafter, there were negotiations between his lawyers and the lawyers for the government.&rdquo;<br /><br />Henderson is quick to add, though, that people will be watching to see how Schock&rsquo;s situation is handled by any investigators.<br />&ldquo;If at some point there&rsquo;s no action taken then I certainly think a lot of people will question what the difference is,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />&ldquo;The cases are different. The allegations are different,&rdquo; Shaw with the BGA said of the resignations of Jackson and Schock. &ldquo;But a lot of the traits, a lot of the personality characteristics that got them both in hot water are similar.&rdquo;<br /><br />Shaw said one of the ways to keep those kinds of personalities in check is more stringent campaign finance laws, as well as election boards with real authority to conduct investigations of improper spending.<br /><br />That way, maybe Illinois residents could stop being drawn so often into the dramas of troubled politicians.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/schock-jackson-congressional-resignation-deja-vu-111732 State Sen. LaHood announces he'll seek Schock's seat http://www.wbez.org/news/state-sen-lahood-announces-hell-seek-schocks-seat-111717 <p><p>PEORIA, Ill. &mdash; Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood has announced his candidacy for U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock&#39;s soon-to-be-vacant congressional seat.</p><p>The Republican from Dunlap made the announcement Wednesday on WMBD radio in Peoria.</p><p>LaHood says he has received &quot;a lot encouragement&quot; to run and that he&#39;ll campaign on his state Senate record, which includes being a strong advocate for ethics reform.</p><p>LaHood has served in the Senate since 2011. His father is former U.S. Transportation Secretary and Congressman Ray LaHood, who preceded Schock in Congress.</p><p>A special election will be held to replace Schock, who announced Tuesday will resign at the end of the month.</p><p>State Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington is also considering a bid for Schock&#39;s seat.</p><p>State Sen. Bill Brady had considered running but said Wednesday he will not.</p></p> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/state-sen-lahood-announces-hell-seek-schocks-seat-111717 Illinois Rep. Schock defends $10K NYC trip with staff http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-rep-schock-defends-10k-nyc-trip-staff-111678 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/schock.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock again was forced to defend his travel and spending habits Monday after a report emerged that he spent more than $10,000 of taxpayer money to have his staff accompany him on a trip to New York City.</p><p>The spending habits of Schock, a Peoria Republican, were already under intense scrutiny, including for using $40,000 in taxpayer funds to redecorate his Washington office in the style of the &quot;Downtown Abbey&quot; television show, which he ultimately paid back.</p><p>In the latest development, The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Schock made a September trip to New York with at least 10 staffers for events connected to a U.S. visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.</p><p>The newspaper reported that the Schock staffers did almost no government work there. About 20 tickets to a Global Citizen Festival concert &mdash; where performers included Jay Z and Carrie Underwood &mdash; were purchased using $3,000 from a Schock campaign fund.</p><p>The Sun-Times reported that House disbursement records show Schock received the $10,053 for &quot;travel subsistence&quot; between Sept. 26 and 29. The events with the Indian prime minister were Sept. 27 and 28.</p><p>Schock, at an event Monday in Chicago, told reporters the New York trip was official business and he was honored his staff could attend.</p><p>Schock said about a dozen world leaders including President Barack Obama spoke. His spokesman has said that Schock wanted to play a &quot;constructive role&quot; in Modi&#39;s visit to further economic ties between the U.S. and India. Schock has traveled to India twice.</p><p>&quot;It was a very legitimate trip on official business,&quot; he told reporters. &quot;I&#39;m glad that I played such a significant role in it. And I&#39;m honored that my staff was able to be there with me as well.&quot;</p><p>Schock would not address questions about why he took so many staff members. Other Illinois congressmen made the same trip but without staff members and some paid for the trip out of personal funds.</p><p>Schock on Monday also defended his frequent Illinois travel as his way of reaching constituents. He noted that his central Illinois district is geographically expansive, including parts of Peoria, Bloomington and Springfield, and says he has fewer district offices than other congress members.</p><p>&quot;Some people spend more on direct mail pieces that they send out,&quot; he told reporters. &quot;I spend more to get around my district.&quot;</p><p>An Associated Press review found Schock used his congressional account or campaign funds for at least a dozen flights worth $40,000 aboard planes owned by donors. Other official expenses that have been made by Schock include concert tickets to a sold-out Katy Perry show last year and a Bears game.</p><p>Schock has said that he&#39;s hired a firm to review his spending. He&#39;s reimbursed the government $40,000 for the office decorations and $1,200 for the Bears game flight.</p></p> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-rep-schock-defends-10k-nyc-trip-staff-111678 AP: Lawmaker Aaron Schock billed private planes, concerts to taxpayers http://www.wbez.org/news/ap-lawmaker-aaron-schock-billed-private-planes-concerts-taxpayers-111608 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/shock.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found. There also have been other expensive travel and entertainment charges, including for a massage company and music concerts.</p><p>The expenses highlight the relationships that lawmakers sometimes have with donors who fund their political ambitions, an unwelcome message for a congressman billed as a fresh face of the GOP. The AP identified at least one dozen flights worth more than $40,000 on donors&#39; planes since mid-2011.</p><p>The AP tracked Schock&#39;s reliance on the aircraft partly through the congressman&#39;s penchant for uploading pictures and videos of himself to his Instagram account. The AP extracted location data associated with each image then correlated it with flight records showing airport stopovers and expenses later billed for air travel against Schock&#39;s office and campaign records.</p><p>Asked for comment, Schock responded in an email on Monday that he travels frequently throughout his Peoria-area district &quot;to stay connected with my constituents&quot; and also travels to raise money for his campaign committee and congressional colleagues.</p><p>He said he takes compliance with congressional funding rules seriously and has begun a review of his office&#39;s procedures &quot;concerning this issue and others to determine whether they can be improved.&quot; The AP had been seeking comment from Schock&#39;s office since mid-February to explain some of his expenses.</p><p>Donors who owned planes on which travel was paid for by Schock&#39;s House and political accounts did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment Monday.</p><p>Schock&#39;s high-flying lifestyle, combined with questions about expenses decorating his office after the TV show &quot;Downton Abbey,&quot; add to awkward perceptions on top of allegations he illegally solicited donations in 2012.</p><p>The Office of Congressional Ethics said in a 2013 report that there was reason to believe Schock violated House rules by soliciting campaign contributions for a committee that backed Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., in a 2012 primary. The House Ethics Committee has said that query remains open.</p><p>&quot;Haters are gonna hate,&quot; Schock, 33, told ABC News after the &quot;Downton Abbey&quot; story broke in The Washington Post, brushing off the controversy by invoking a line from one of pop singer Taylor Swift&#39;s songs.</p><p>Lawmakers can use office funds for private flights as long as payments cover their share of the costs. But most of the flights Schock covered with office funds occurred before the House changed its rules in January 2013. The earlier rules prohibited lawmakers from using those accounts to pay for flights on private aircraft, allowing payments only for federally licensed charter and commercial flights.</p><p>Schock&#39;s House account paid more than $24,000 directly to a Peoria aviation firm for eight flights provided by one of Schock&#39;s donor&#39;s planes in 2011 and 2012. While the aircraft flies as part of an Illinois charter service, the owner of the service told the AP on Monday that any payments made directly to the donor&#39;s aviation company would not have been for charter flights.</p><p>Beyond air travel, Schock spent thousands more on tickets for concerts, car mileage reimbursements &mdash; among the highest in Congress &mdash; and took his interns to a sold-out Katy Perry concert in Washington last June.</p><p>The donor planes include an Italian-made Piaggio twin-engine turboprop owned by Todd Green of Springfield, Illinois, who runs car dealerships in Schock&#39;s district with his brother, Jeff. Todd Green told a Springfield newspaper that Jeff &mdash; a pilot and campaign contributor &mdash; and Schock have been friends for a long time.</p><p>The AP found that Green&#39;s plane traveled to at least eight cities last October in the Midwest and East Coast, cities where Schock met with political candidates ahead of the midterm elections. His Instagram account&#39;s location data and information from the service FlightAware even pinpointed Schock&#39;s location on a stretch of road near one airport before Green&#39;s plane departed.</p><p>Campaign records show a $12,560 expense later that month to Jeff Green from a political action committee associated with Schock, called the &quot;GOP Generation Y Fund.&quot; That same month, the PAC paid $1,440 to a massage parlor for a fundraising event.</p><p>In November 2013, Schock cast votes in the Capitol just after Green&#39;s plane landed at nearby Reagan National Airport. Shortly after Green&#39;s return to Peoria, Schock posted a photo from his &quot;Schocktoberfest&quot; fundraising event at a brewery in his district. Schock billed his office account $11,433 for commercial transportation during that same, four-day period to a Peoria flight company, Byerly Aviation.</p><p>The AP&#39;s review covered Schock&#39;s travel and entertainment expenses in his taxpayer-funded House account, in his campaign committee and the GOP Generation Y Fund. Records show more than $1.5 million in contributions to the Generation Y Fund since he took office in 2009.</p><p>Schock used House office expenses to pay more than $24,000 for eight flights between May 2011 and December 2012 on a six-passenger Cessna Golden Eagle owned by D&amp;B Jet Inc., run by Peoria agribusiness consultant and major Schock donor Darren Frye. While D&amp;B is a private corporate aviation firm, it also flies with Jet Air Inc., an Illinois-based aviation firm licensed by the FAA for charter service.</p><p>Records show Schock used House funds to directly pay D&amp;B instead of Jet Air for the eight flights. Under the old rules that previously allowed House funds to pay only for charter or commercial aircraft, Schock&#39;s office would likely not have been authorized to pay for private flights unless the House Ethics Committee approved it.</p><p>Harrel W. Timmons, Jet Air&#39;s owner, said in a telephone interview that any charter flights D&amp;B flies through his firm are paid directly to Jet Air. &quot;They&#39;ve got their own corporate jet and pilot,&quot; he said.</p><p>House records also show that, since 2013, Schock has flown four times on a Cessna owned by Peoria auto dealer Michael J. Miller and businessman Matthew Vonachen, who heads a janitorial firm, Vonachen Services Inc. Schock&#39;s House office account paid nearly $6,000 total for the four flights, according to federal data published online by the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation.</p><p>Under current House rules, the payments for the private flights would be authorized if they paid for Schock&#39;s portion of each flight. It is not clear from records how many other passengers flew on the same flights. USA Today on Friday first reported potential issues with House ethics rules in revealing some of the flights.</p><p>Vonachen and his family donated at least $27,000 to Schock&#39;s campaigns, while Miller contributed $10,000 to the Automotive Free International Trade PAC. Schock has supported recent free trade agreements with South Korea and with several other countries, which the Automotive PAC &mdash; a Schock contributor &mdash; lauded.</p><p>Schock&#39;s reliance on donor-owned planes is the most recent example of lawmaker use of donors&#39; planes for transportation. After Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. took two 2010 flights on a private jet owned by a wealthy eye doctor and major donor, a 2013 ethics investigation prompted his $58,500 personal reimbursement to the donor for the flights. His office noted Monday that Menendez did not use taxpayer funds to pay for the flights.</p><p>GOP Generation Y paid more than $24,000 for tickets and festivals, including $13,000 to country music events, $4,700 in expenses to Chicago ticket broker SitClose.com, and $3,000 for a &quot;fundraising event&quot; to an organization that runs the Global Citizen Festival in New York.</p><p>&quot;You can&#39;t say no when your boss invites you. Danced my butt off,&quot; one former intern posted on his Instagram account with a picture of Perry at her June 2014 show. PAC records show a $1,928 expense for the ticket service StubHub.com two months later, listing it only as a &quot;PAC fundraising event.&quot;</p><p>Records show Schock also requested more than $18,000 in mileage reimbursements since 2013, among the highest in Congress. His office has previously said it was reviewing those expenses.</p></p> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/ap-lawmaker-aaron-schock-billed-private-planes-concerts-taxpayers-111608 Where was Rep. Aaron Schock at 25? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-rep-aaron-schock-25-107295 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP080205045166.jpg" style="float: right; height: 278px; width: 350px;" title="Rep. Aaron Schock in 2008. (AP/File)" />At 31, (soon-to-turn 32 in late May), Congressman Aaron Schock is the youngest participant of the Year 25 series.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a designation he&rsquo;s pretty used to. He was once the youngest Illinois state representative and school board president&mdash;at the same time.</p><p>At 25, Schock lived in an old house that was supposed to be condemned by the city of Peoria, Illinois.</p><p>But Schock bought it and flipped it himself when he finished college.</p><p>He was also a few years into his stint as an Illinois state rep, but that was only a part-time gig. Most of his days were spent in the private sector, working in real estate.</p><p>Schock says he had no idea as a 25-year-old that he&rsquo;d live most of his days in Washington as a federal lawmaker. But as he told WBEZ&rsquo;s Lauren Chooljian, he&rsquo;s pleased with how things have turned out so far.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is&rsquo; WBEZ&rsquo;s Morning Producer/Reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/laurenchooljian" target="_blank">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p><p><strong>More from this series</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25-0/year-25-dan-savage-105358" target="_blank">Dan Savage</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-senator-dick-durbin-25-107104" target="_blank">Sen. Dick Durbin</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-rick-bayless-25-106967" target="_blank">Rick Bayless</a></p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 15:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-rep-aaron-schock-25-107295 Rep. Schock's ethics probe to continue http://www.wbez.org/news/rep-schocks-ethics-probe-continue-105388 <p><p>The House Ethics Committee says it will continue an investigation into U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock over allegations the Illinois Republican sought donations of more than $5,000 per donor to a super political action committee.</p><p>The committee made the announcement on Wednesday, while also releasing a report on Shock&#39;s case from the Office of Congressional Ethics, a separate, outside ethics office.</p><p>The ethics case is focused on an allegation Schock asked Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to contribute $25,000 from his leadership PAC to a super PAC that backed Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger was running in a House primary against Rep. Don Manzullo. Kinzinger won the March 2012 primary.</p><p>Schock spokesman Steve Dutton says Schock hasn&#39;t done anything wrong and says the case is &quot;without merit.&quot;</p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/rep-schocks-ethics-probe-continue-105388 Illinois Republicans start bickering in potentially crowded field for governor http://www.wbez.org/news/politics/illinois-republicans-start-bickering-potentially-crowded-field-governor-105136 <p><p>Republican primary voters might see a long list of candidates next year for Illinois governor.</p><p>Several potential candidates are already explaining why they would be the ideal candidate. But ask each one what the ideal GOP candidate looks like, and you&rsquo;re likely to get a different answer from each.</p><p>&ldquo;The perfect template of a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor needs to be a suburbanite with strong downstate roots,&rdquo; said Kirk Dillard, a state senator who represents parts of Chicago&rsquo;s Western suburbs in Springfield.</p><p>&ldquo;I think some people that are looking at running again are going to have trouble getting that necessary support to run,&rdquo; said U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.</p><p>The Peoria Republican held a 20-minute <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/gop-rep-aaron-schock-considering-run-governor-105128" target="_blank">news conference</a> with Chicago reporters Thursday about the race for governor.</p><p>&ldquo;I see the Republican primary voter as going to be looking at who has the best shot at winning the governor&rsquo;s office,&rdquo; said Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford.</p><p>State Sen. Bill Brady and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner are also considered potential candidates.</p><p>But despite the high level of interest, the chairman of the Illinois GOP, Pat Brady, said he wants to avoid a crowded primary. He said it&rsquo;s premature to talk about the possibility of the party slating a candidate before the primary. But that process worked out for Wisconsin Republicans in the election of Scott Walker as governor.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s out of the conversation like it was four years ago,&rdquo; Pat Brady said, who&rsquo;s not related to Sen. Bill Brady.</p><p>Pat Brady said the Republican nominee has to perform better north of I-80 around Chicago than in 2010, when Democrat Pat Quinn won election.</p><p>Meanwhile, Rep. Schock had some harsh words for his fellow Republicans who are also interested in becoming governor.</p><p>Schock criticized both Democrats and Republicans who, like him, have expressed an interest in running but haven&rsquo;t yet announced.</p><p>&ldquo;As a Republican in this state, I&rsquo;ve watched cycle after cycle a lot of the same horses trot out on the track that have proven nothing more than they can lose an election,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Schock later said he was referring to State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, both of whom ran for governor in 2010 and lost.</p><p>In response, Dillard said the 31-year-old Schock is young and &ldquo;has a bright future in politics.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a little early for these political shenanigans and posturing like this and, you know, I think may show a little bit of immaturity,&rdquo; Dillard said of Schock&rsquo;s comments.</p><p>Schock has also been in an ongoing public battle with Rauner. <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x1665862994/Bernard-Schoenburg-Schock-Rauner-already-at-odds-in-possible-governor-race?zc_p=0">Rauner recently told the Peoria Journal Star</a> Schock isn&rsquo;t qualified to be governor.</p><p>Schock on Thursday all but directly accused Rauner of funding <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_6V3DxEJsY&amp;feature=youtu.be">ads running in his home district</a> criticizing the representative for voting in favor of the so-called fiscal cliff bill in the House of Representatives.</p><p>&ldquo;Any time someone spends the lion&rsquo;s share of their time, energy and money attacking someone as opposed to talking about themselves, I think says a lot about that person,&rdquo; Schock said.</p><p>The infighting among the possible gubernatorial candidates comes as some GOP committeemen have been <a href="http://www.wbez.org/facing-rebellion-state-gop-chair-rejects-calls-resign-over-gay-marriage-support-104807" target="_blank">criticizing</a> chairman Pat Brady for supporting gay marriage.</p><p>Brady said that debate within the party will be resolved by the time the primary comes around in March of 2014.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s still early and we&rsquo;ll see what happens, but we&rsquo;re prepared to do whatever it takes to make sure we have a good, strong, well-funded, well-supported candidate,&rdquo; Brady said.</p><p>On the Democratic side, incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn has said he wants to keep his job. Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&amp;id=8961303">told ABC 7 Chicago</a> she&#39;s interested in the job. And former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-daley-considering-run-illinois-governor-104511">has also said </a>he&#39;s considering challenging Quinn in a Democratic primary.</p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/politics/illinois-republicans-start-bickering-potentially-crowded-field-governor-105136 GOP Rep. Aaron Schock considering run for governor http://www.wbez.org/news/gop-rep-aaron-schock-considering-run-governor-105128 <p><p>Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria says he&#39;s considering a run for Illinois governor.</p><p>Schock <a href="http://bit.ly/11UjNmZ" target="_blank">tells</a> WMAQ-TV in Chicago that he hopes other GOP hopefuls will step aside. Schock says &quot;the less bloodletting, the better.&quot;</p><p>The 31-year-old Peoria congressman and former state representative says he knows he can&#39;t &quot;tell them not to run.&quot; But Schock says other candidates from his party who have run before are wasting their time.</p><p>He says his age won&#39;t be a factor in whether he runs for governor.</p><p>Schock was first elected to Congress in 2009.</p><p>Other Republican candidates who have shown interest in the Illinois governor&#39;s race include state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.</p><p>The next general election for Illinois governor is in November 2014.</p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/gop-rep-aaron-schock-considering-run-governor-105128 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