WBEZ | Don Manzullo http://www.wbez.org/tags/don-manzullo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Manzullo, Kinzinger get testy over ads and conservative ratings, disagree on Afghanistan http://www.wbez.org/story/manzullo-kinzinger-get-testy-over-ads-and-conservative-ratings-disagree-afghanistan-97234 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-12/AP120305055267.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republican U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo and Adam Kinzinger are going after each other over who's more conservative and whose advertisements are more misleading.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><strong>MORE ON THIS RACE: </strong>Discussion on Tuesday's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez"><em>Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards</em></a><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332752476-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-march/2012-03-14/16th-cd.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <strong>WATCH THE DEBATE: </strong>Posted at WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/"><em>Chicago Tonight</em></a></p></div></div><p>In a debate Monday evening on WTTW public television, they also disagreed over the future of U.S. troops in Iraq, following the weekend killings of 16 Afghan civilians. An American soldier has been accused of the shootings.</p><p>Manzullo, first elected to Congress in 1992, touted ratings he received from certain conservative groups — ratings that were stronger than his opponent's.</p><p>"These organizations monitor the votes. And they say who's voting conservatively, who's voting liberally, and they put up the scores," Manzullo said.</p><p>Kinzinger, who's in his first term, shot back.</p><p>"That's what happens when you're in Washington for 20 years, is you begin to look at Washington groups to justify your existence being there," he said.</p><p><strong>Sticks and stones</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-12/adam web.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 202px;" title="(Manzullo TV ad attacking Kinzinger)"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-12/don.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 198px;" title="(Kinzinger TV ad attacking Manzullo for attacking Kinzinger)"></p><p>They later talked over each other while arguing about whose mail advertisements were more outrageous.</p><p>"This is your tabloid with Nancy Pelosi's [picture]," Manzullo said, unfolding a mail piece. "This is the one you put out that made my wife weep."</p><p>"Don, you've put out 10 mail pieces that are nothing but ... they don't talk about your record," Kinzinger said.</p><p><strong>Afghan react</strong></p><p>The two Republicans also disagreed over U.S. military plans for Afghanistan in light of last weekend's attack.</p><p>Kinzinger, a captain in the Air National Guard, went first. He said he does want the U.S. to eventually "back out" of Afghanistan, remaining only in a counter-terrorism role.</p><p>But he said, "I think if we react to every event on the ground with the call to just withdraw, we're going to be very devastated by what's left in that region."</p><p>Manzullo answered "absolutely" when asked if U.S. troops should get out faster than originally planned.</p><p>"Does the United States really belong in Afghanistan now? This war's been going on for 10 years, and we need to get out," he said.</p><p>The congressmen are running against each other in the GOP primary as a result of new district boundaries drawn by Illinois Democrats. The new 16th District forms a collar of sorts, circling many of the Chicago region's so-called "collar counties."</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/manzullo-kinzinger-get-testy-over-ads-and-conservative-ratings-disagree-afghanistan-97234 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 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