Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Republican cites failure to address spending as reason for opposition.
Although the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported a Senate-backed bill to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," Rep. Randy Hultgren, who represents Yorkville and Kendall County, opposed the legislation. Hultgren, a Republican, said he did not support the bill that raised income taxes on high-earning Americans, because it did not address spending cuts. Calling it "indefensible," Hultgren said the package "makes the 16 trillion dollar debt and trillion dollar deficit even worse." “I’ve already voted against raising taxes on all Americans, and I cannot support an irresponsible bill which doesn’t begin to address the problem that got us into this mess in the first place," Hultgren said in a released statement. “H.R. 8 …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
What will 2012 ballots in northern Illinois show about President Obama's support at home?
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Updated at 3 a.m., Chicago time By Dennis Robaugh After NBC and CNN projected President Obama's re-election, the president sent a message shortly thereafter on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." Illinois, of course, was never in play. Our state's 20 electoral votes were stuck in the president's back pocket as far back as his inauguration in 2008. But in 2008's historic election, President Obama carried every collar county in northern Illinois. In 2012, the president narrowly lost out to Mitt Romney in Kane County, Kendall County and McHenry County, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Voter turnout again was very strong. Local polling places even reported lines at 6 a.m. with voters waiting to get…
Find coverage of the various congressional matchups throughout the Patch network.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
While many of northern Illinois' congressional races left little in the way of doubt, a few provided down-to-the-wire drama and competitiveness. Judy Biggert and Bill Foster were in a dead heat as Election Day approached, with Foster emerging victorious, according to unofficial totals. And Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth engaged in a bitter mudfest, with Walsh being tossed out by voters. Jesse Jackson Jr. didn't campaign at all, citing health issues, yet won-reelection, and Adam Kinzinger, Dan Lipinski, Danny Davis and Peter Roskam didn't feel they had to. Coverage of the various congressional races can be viewed throughout the Patch network.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The first of a two-part look at the candidates and questions that will appear on the March 20 primary ballot. Early voting starts Feb. 27 in Kane and Kendall counties.
Election season is in full swing, and now that all the objections have been filed and ruled on, we can bring you the scorecard. If you live in Montgomery, below you’ll find the first part of our handy guide to your ballot. The primary election is on March 20, but early voting in Kane and Kendall counties begins Feb. 27. This year’s ballot is complicated by last year’s redistricting, which divided Montgomery between even more districts than before, and altered the political landscape. We’ll try to guide you through it below. You can use the State Board of Elections website to find out which districts you’re in. An (I) after a candidate’s name indicates an incumbent. Montgomery is divided between two congressional districts—the 11th and the …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The ongoing lawsuit between state Republicans and the Illinois State Board of Elections has caused a delay in the filing period for congressional candidates.
The filing period for the March 20 primary election has begun. And if you’re not closely following the political scene, you may be looking at the list of candidates and wondering one important question: where’s my congressman? You’re going to have to wait a few weeks to see who’s running and who isn’t in the congressional races. While local and statewide candidates will file petitions between now and Dec. 5, the filing period for those hoping to be your congressman will begin on Dec. 23 and end on Dec. 27. The reason? The ongoing lawsuit over the new legislative maps, drawn and approved by Democrats in June. The suit, filed against the Illinois State Board of Elections by Republicans in July, alleges that the new maps disenfranchise …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Richard Irvin, a second-term alderman at large in Aurora, is exploring a run as a Republican in the newly created 11th District.
Aurora Alderman-at-Large Richard Irvin announced Thursday morning that he is mulling a run for Congress in the newly created 11th District. Irvin plans to form an exploratory committee, and “consider a bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Congress,” according to a press release sent shortly after midnight. According to Steve Orlando, spokesman for the exploratory committee, Irvin will spend an undetermined amount of time talking to community leaders in the new 11th District, which includes Aurora, Montgomery, Naperville, Joliet, Downers Grove, and points east, including Woodridge and parts of Darien. He will use these conversations to gauge interest in his candidacy, Orlando said, adding, “This process could take three weeks, or it …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Democrat Bill Foster throws hat into ring for newly drawn 11th District as state lawmakers approve new congressional maps.
Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign off on new congressional district maps that will dramatically reshape the western suburbs. And one of the new districts already has its first candidate, a familiar name to local voters. Democrat Bill Foster, former U.S. congressman in the 14th District, announced Tuesday that he will run in the newly configured 11th District, which includes much of Montgomery, Aurora, Naperville, Woodridge, Bolingbrook and Joliet. Foster, 55, lives in Batavia, which would remain in the 14th District under the new maps. But congressional candidates don’t need to live in the district they would represent. Foster served two terms as congressman for the 14th, winning both a special and general election in 2008 to succeed …
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Former representative for the 14th District will run in proposed 11th District in 2012 election.
The former 14th District congressman is taking another run at public service. Democrat Bill Foster of Batavia formally announced Tuesday his campaign to return to Congress. Foster plans to run in the proposed new 11th Congressional District, which would contain the following cities and villages: "I am running to return to Congress because there are important things left to accomplish, and important accomplishments that must be defended,” said Foster in a prepared statement. “Our fragile economic recovery must be sustained, and the long-term fiscal problems that we face must be solved without breaking promises to our seniors or dismantling Medicare. Reforms to our financial and health care systems must continue so that they work well for …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
H.R. 1454 would stop payments to legislators if they fail to pass a budget by the start of the fiscal year.
Last Friday, members of Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown, agreeing to a budget resolution hours before a midnight deadline. It was the culmination of months of battles over spending cuts, sparked by legislators’ failure to pass a 2011 budget before the end of last year’s session. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, wants to make sure that never happens again. So he’s introduced a bill, his first, to hit legislators where it hurts: their own pocketbooks. House Resolution 1454, which Hultgren introduced last Friday, essentially says that if the members of Congress fail to pass a budget before the first day of the fiscal year, they don’t get paid. Legislators’ salaries would be placed into an escrow account, and would only be …