WBEZ | Congressman Aaron Schock http://www.wbez.org/tags/congressman-aaron-schock Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois Republicans ponder redistricting http://www.wbez.org/story/congressman-aaron-schock/illinois-republicans-ponder-redistricting <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_6938.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois legislators are waiting for new census data before they begin the process of drawing new legislative districts. New lines are drawn every 10 years to determine district boundaries.</p><p>Census data shows Illinois will lose one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Rep. Aaron Schock said that may make things more difficult for downstate representatives.</p><p>&quot;If you look at some of the districts in the State of Illinois, I would suggest that it's very difficult for a member to come home on the weekend and travel to 20 or 30 counties and serve its district well,&quot; he said.</p><p>Democrats control the state legislature, so they will control the redistricting process. Schock said he hopes politics does not play a factor in drawing the new districts.</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/congressman-aaron-schock/illinois-republicans-ponder-redistricting Illinois Republicans propose banning Guantanamo Bay detainees from U.S. http://www.wbez.org/story/aaron-schock/illinois-republicans-propose-banning-guantanamo-bay-detainees-us <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_6942.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Two Illinois Republicans want to ban Guantanamo Bay detainees from being held anywhere in the U.S.</p><p>Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said the American prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba should remain open.</p><p>&quot;Common sense should prevail here that the U.S. taxpayer has already paid for courtrooms and detention facilities,&quot;&nbsp;Kirk told reporters Friday. &quot;And with a $1.5 trillion deficit, we should use what we paid for rather than pay for something new.&quot;</p><p>Kirk and Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock introduced legislation that would ban the federal government from paying for the transfer of detainees to U.S. soil. Schock said it's an issue of safety.</p><p>&quot;What happens when you bring, theoretically, 100 of the worst terrorists known to the United States to the heartland?&quot; Schock asked.</p><p>The State of Illinois has been trying to sell an under-used prison near the Mississippi River to the federal government. Schock said that prison would be better off if it were used to relieve overcrowding at federal prisons.</p><p>President Barack Obama has said he wants to close Guantanamo Bay.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/aaron-schock/illinois-republicans-propose-banning-guantanamo-bay-detainees-us