WBEZ | Aaron Schock http://www.wbez.org/tags/aaron-schock Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Congressman Aaron Schock discusses his new position on Ways and Means Committee http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/congressman-aaron-schock-discusses-his-new-position-ways-and-means-committee <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Aaron Schock_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As the political tides shift in Washington, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; asked what it meant for Illinois legislators. Thursday, host Alison Cuddy <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/congressman-schock-his-new-position-majority/edit">spoke to Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley</a> about the first day of the 112th U.S. Congress.</p><p>Friday, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; Republican Congressman <a href="http://schock.house.gov/" target="_blank">Aaron Schock</a> joined the conversation. Schock represents Illinois&rsquo; 18th district, in western Illinois. He assumed office in 2009 and served as Deputy Minority Whip. Schock also sits on the Ways and Means and House Administration committees.</p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 14:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/congressman-aaron-schock-discusses-his-new-position-ways-and-means-committee