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 13, 2012
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
President Kennedy once said; “Our problems are man-made. Therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable -- and we believe they can do it again”. America is still a great country and capable of doing many great things without question I firmly believe. The so called “fiscal cliff” is the first major issue coming up after the election that we must expect and demand that all members of congress must come together and “compromise” a viable solution that involves all Americans one way or another, not just a select group of people. Our problems were made together, we can surely solve them together. I…
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.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The 14th District congressman will offer an update on his work in Washington, D.C., and answer questions.
If you’ve wanted to get some face time with your congressman to ask him some questions, tonight is your chance. Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren, who represents the 14th District, will hold a town hall meeting tonight at Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill Road, at 7 p.m. Hultgren, currently running for re-election in the redrawn 14th District against Democrat Dennis Anderson, will give an update from Washington and answer questions, according to his staff. The town hall is scheduled to last an hour. It’s free and open to the public, and will take place in the village board chambers on the first floor.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Concerned constituents challenge the freshman Congressman on taxes, insurance and more at the public event held Thursday night. Here’s what they said.
About 30 people gathered in Batavia City Hall Thursday night to hold 14th District U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren’s feet to the fire. Hultgren held a town hall meeting on Thursday in the Batavia City Council chambers to update constituents on what’s happening in Washington, D.C. Though most of the audience members were friendly, they tossed some hard questions at the freshman Congressman. And several of the residents pulled no punches. “Really? Is that all you have to show for yourself?” demanded one man, after Hultgren cited voting for a bill that prevented Congress from voting on unpublished proposals as the highlight of his first term. Several residents asked Hultgren whether he intends to support renewing temporary payroll tax cuts that are …
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 …
Saturday, October 22, 2011
The first protest held by Occupy Naperville on Saturday had a better than expected turnout. Participants also received a positive response from many drivers passing by, with only a few shouting out obscenities.
Holding her makeshift sign made from a manila envelope and marker, Stella Weatherly of Aurora was one of about 30 people participating in the Occupy Naperville protest Saturday morning. Weatherly’s sign, she admitted, was done very last minute. Weatherly had been following the Occupy Chicago protests, even spending time at the protests in the city. She decided to participate in the Naperville event. “I’m tired of corporation taking all of our money, basically,” she said. “It’s about time people woke up and realized what is happening in this country.” Occupy Naperville announced Thursday night it would be gathering Saturday at the corner of Washington Street and Ogden Avenue, marching south along Washington Street and making its way to a …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Chris Balkema will run for the newly drawn 11th Congressional District, which covers portions of Channahon, Shorewood, Oswego, Montgomery, Plainfield, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Darien and Naperville among other communities.
A Channahon Republican announced his intentions to run for U.S. Congress over the weekend, according to a Morris Daily Herald report. Chris Balkema, a Grundy County board member and longtime employee of Caterpillar in Joliet, will run for the new 11th Congressional District, which covers portions of Channahon, Shorewood, Oswego, Montgomery, Plainfield, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Darien and Naperville among other communities. "In order to create jobs and restore economic opportunity for middle-class families, we need to start making things here in America again," Balkema told the Morris Daily Herald. "Manufacturing is what built the U.S. economy into an international leader throughout the 20th century, an edge we've seen decline …
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 …