WBEZ | Tammy Duckworth http://www.wbez.org/tags/tammy-duckworth Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Memorable Oscar snubs and surprises http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-28/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Cover Flickr lincolnblues.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at some of the biggest upsets in Oscar history. Also, the writer of a new play about cancer stops by to talk about his dad, games shows and aliens.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Memorable Oscar snubs and surprises" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-28/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises Morning Shift: Festival spotlights teen playwrights http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-10/morning-shift-festival-spotlights-teen-playwrights <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/stage Flickr carolineskywalker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 27th annual Young Playwrights Festival is set to hit the stage at the end of the month, and we&#39;re joined by an organizer and one of this year&#39;s writers for a look behind the scenes. Plus, we find out about the most fraudulent philanthropies.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-teen-playwrights-see-their-work-come/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-teen-playwrights-see-their-work-come.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-teen-playwrights-see-their-work-come" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Festival spotlights teen playwrights" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-10/morning-shift-festival-spotlights-teen-playwrights Morning Shift: Music to make you work http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-11/morning-shift-music-make-you-work-108023 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Work-Flickr-mturnage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>8th District Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth checks in from The Capitol with the latest on immigration talks and legislation around student loan interest rates. On the heels of former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason&#39;s album of work songs, we play songs about the daily grind.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-24.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-24" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Music to make you work" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-11/morning-shift-music-make-you-work-108023 Where was Rep. Tammy Duckworth at 25? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-rep-tammy-duckworth-25-107159 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/duck.png" alt="" /><p><p>At 25, U.S. representative <a href="http://duckworth.house.gov/" target="_blank">Tammy Duckworth</a> was just beginning her career as a helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard - a bit sooner than she originally expected.</p><p>Usually, she says, it was about a&nbsp; year-long wait before you could get into flight school.</p><p>But when she got the call in 1993 that a spot was open last minute at Fort Rucker, Alabama, she packed up her bags and left Chicago, reporting to duty just three days later.</p><p>That is, after a quick stop to the Justice of the Peace to marry her then-boyfriend.</p><p>&ldquo;I did not want to go to flight school and do something that dangerous and my husband not have rights in case I was injured or wounded or hurt,&rdquo; Duckworth said.</p><p>They had a full wedding ceremony later that summer.</p><p>So off she went, incredibly focused on becoming a helicopter pilot and not at all thinking about the office on Capitol Hill she sits in now.</p><p>The Illinois Congresswoman sat down with WBEZ&rsquo;s Lauren Chooljian in Washington, D.C., to tell the story of 25-year-old Tammy Duckworth.</p><p>She reflects on what flight school was like, some of her favorite memories from that year and how it got her where she is today.</p><p>&ldquo;I thought I would be commanding an assault helicopter battalion,&rdquo; Duckworth said. &ldquo;I have, you know a little ache in my heart when I think of my peers who are now at that point and I&rsquo;m not. But this is a pretty good gig I have now, too.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is WBEZ&rsquo;s Morning Producer and Reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/laurenchooljian" target="_blank">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p><p><object height="300" width="400"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157633495888176%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157633495888176%2F&amp;set_id=72157633495888176&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157633495888176%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157633495888176%2F&amp;set_id=72157633495888176&amp;jump_to=" height="300" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400"></embed></object></p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 13:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-rep-tammy-duckworth-25-107159 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 Duckworth highlights war experience in speech to DNC http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/duckworth-highlights-war-experience-speech-dnc-102165 <p><p>Tammy Duckworth spent much of her address to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday evening, touting her experience in the National Guard as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot.</p><p>Duckworth is running for Congress in Illinois&#39; 8th district against Republican incumbent Joe Walsh, in a Congressional race that is being widely viewed by political observers as one of the most competitive in the country.</p><p>In her scripted remarks, presented on stage with the Governor of Rhode Island and the assistant Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Duckworth talked about her experience being shot down by enemy fire while flying in Iraq.</p><p>&quot;A rocket-propelled grenade hit our helicopter, exploding in my lap, ripping off one leg, crushing the other and tearing my right arm apart,&quot; she told the crowd. &quot;But I kept trying to fly until I passed out.&quot;</p><p>Duckworth also highlighted her experience at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and later at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under President Barack Obama.</p><p>She also criticized Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for not mentioning the word &quot;Afghanistan&quot; during his speech to the Republican National Convention.</p><p>Meanwhile, Duckworth&#39;s Republican Congressional opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, criticized Duckworth for &quot;being a political celebrity,&quot; which &quot;comes at the expense of listening to voter&#39;s concerns and addressing the issues that matter most,&quot; the campaign said in an email to supporters.</p><p>His comments come after Walsh skipped last week&#39;s Republican National Convention. Walsh&#39;s fellow Illinois Republicans defended his decision not to attend the event, saying it was a good decision so he could continue campaigning in his district.</p><p>The Walsh campaign&#39;s email to supporters also takes a dig at the newly drawn boundaries of Illinois&#39; 8th Congressional district. Since Democrats are in the majority and the governor&#39;s office at the state level, they controlled the legislative redistricting process.</p></p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 15:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/duckworth-highlights-war-experience-speech-dnc-102165 Election Analysis: Romney's delegates, Jackson's blowout, Manzullo's bow out http://www.wbez.org/story/election-analysis-romneys-delegates-jacksons-blowout-manzullos-bow-out-97491 <p><p>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney grabbed an easy victory in Illinois&rsquo; primary. The former Massachusetts governor took 47 percent of the vote and at least 41 of Illinois&rsquo; 54 elected delegate spots.</p><p>Elsewhere, veteran U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., had a great day, veteran U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo had bad one and appointed Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis is one step closer to winning a full term on the bench.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s political reporter Sam Hudzik joined host Lisa Labuz to chat about these and other hot primary races in the state.</p></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/election-analysis-romneys-delegates-jacksons-blowout-manzullos-bow-out-97491 Duckworth, Krishnamoorthi debate their differences, or lack thereof http://www.wbez.org/story/duckworth-krishnamoorthi-debate-their-differences-or-lack-thereof-97080 <p><p>Democrats running for Congress in Chicago's northwest suburbs found very little to disagree about during a debate Wednesday at WTTW public television.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><strong>MORE ON THIS RACE: </strong>Discussion on Thursday's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/100708"><em>Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards</em></a><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332747483-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-march/2012-03-08/afternoonshift20120308hudzik.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <strong>WATCH THE DEBATE: </strong>Posted at WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/03/07/8th-district-democratic-primary-forum"><em>Chicago Tonight</em></a></p></div></div><p>Voters in Illinois' 8th Congressional District Democratic primary had better not be counting on policy differences to help make up their minds. Take, for instance, Iran. Are sanctions working?</p><p>"I think they are working," candidate Raja Krishnamoorthi said.</p><p>"I think the sanctions have worked significantly," Tammy Duckworth said in her reply.</p><p>And what about other options for Iran?</p><p>"I do agree with the president that all options should be on the table," Duckworth said, agreeing not just with Mr. Obama, but also Krishnamoorthi.</p><p>"Obviously all options are on the table," Krishnamoorthi said.</p><p>Both said the big difference in the race is experience. Duckworth is a former government official and injured Iraq war veteran. Kroshnamoorthi is a former government official who now runs a small business.</p><p>The only other rift at the debate was about their differing (or not really differering, depending on who's talking) economic plans.</p><p>Krishnamoorthi didn't complain about anything in Duckworth's proposal. He just said it's too short.</p><p>"The question before voters here is: do you want substance or do you want soundbites?" he said.</p><p>By our count, Krishnamoorthi's "<a href="http://rajaforcongress.com/economic-plan-pdf">Renewing Prosperity</a>" plan has about 6,800 words, not counting the title page or table of contents. Duckworth's "<a href="http://www.tammyduckworth.com/jobsplan/">Getting American Back to Work</a>" plan has roughly 1,400.</p><p>"I think that [criticism] was silly," Duckworth told reporters after the debate.</p><p>Duckworth said the plans are essentially the same, but her experience "at the state level, at the federal level is going to be the one where I can actually execute the items in the plan."</p><p>Both proposals talk of the debt, taxes, infrastructure and education spending. Krishnamoorthi's goes broader, touching on the housing crisis and Social Security.</p><p>The winner of the March 20th primary faces freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh in November. Walsh is running unopposed in the Republican primary.</p></p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 03:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/duckworth-krishnamoorthi-debate-their-differences-or-lack-thereof-97080 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 Axelrod: Emanuel was 'never' close to being fired by President Obama http://www.wbez.org/story/axelrod-emanuel-was-never-close-being-fired-president-obama-92349 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-23/Axelrod Obama Emanuel - AP Charles Dharapak.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new book claims President Barack Obama was close to firing Rahm Emanuel before his chief of staff left to run for Chicago mayor. But the president's top strategist says the book is littered with fiction.</p><p>Ron Suskind's <em>Confidence Men</em> quotes an unnamed source saying Emanuel "would have been fired" if he hadn't moved back to Chicago when former Mayor Richard Daley announced his retirement.</p><p>Obama strategist David Axelrod - now back in Chicago - was in the White House at the time, and says Emanuel was "never" close to losing his job.</p><p>Axelrod says Emanuel provided strong leadership in the White House, and the president appreciated that.</p><p>"Rahm was a enormously positive force in the White House and much of what we accomplished, particularly in those early days when we were teetering on the brink of a depression, was absolutely pivotal. And the president recognized that," Axelrod said.</p><p>"Rahm provided strong leadership in the White House and that was well appreciated by the president," Axelrod said.</p><p>A spokeswoman for Emanuel declined to comment.</p><p>Suskind also describes the White House headed by Emanuel as a "boys' club," in which women had little power. Axelrod dismisses the suggestion.</p><p>"I'm not going to comment on docu-dramas," he said. "The fact is that there were so many just flat-out errors of fact in that book that reflect the overall, which is that it's just not an accurate picture."</p><p>That's a characterization also made by a White House spokesman. The author is standing by his book.</p><p>Axelrod made his comments to reporters on Thursday in Chicago, after headlining a fundraiser for congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth is running for the Democratic nomination in Illinois' 8th congressional district, against Raja Krishnamoorthi.</p><p>Axelrod said his endorsement for Duckworth does not mean the president will follow suit.</p><p>"No, I don't expect [he will get involved]," Axelrod said. "He doesn't involve himself in primary campaigns, and these are two friends of his, but obviously - you know, he appointed Tammy to a leadership position in his administration, so he has a high regard for her."</p><p>Duckworth, who won the Purple Heart for her service in Iraq, was an assistant secretary in the federal Department of Veterans Affairs under Mr. Obama.</p><p>The president also has ties to Krishnamoorthi, who advised Mr. Obama during both his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, and the 2008 presidential election.</p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/axelrod-emanuel-was-never-close-being-fired-president-obama-92349