Thursday, April 11, 2013
North Shore Congressman marks first 100 days in office Friday.
Developing relationships with colleagues and listening to constituents are the ingredients Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) is using to keep his election night promise of alleviating gridlock in Washington. As Schneider marks his 100th day in office Friday, he has had the opportunity to meet all his fellow Democrats and approximately one third of the Republicans. He considers using those relationships when the time comes critical to representing the 10th District. Earlier: Protesters? Group Shows Up To Thank Schneider “We’ve had the opportunity to build (relationships) on good things,” Schneider said. “We talk about our kids. We talk about what’s important (personally).” He is hopeful getting to know his colleagues on a personal level …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Mark Kirk and the president shared a moment as Obama entered the House Floor for the State of the Union address.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) had a close personal encounter with President Barack Obama as the President walked down the aisle of the House of Representatives on his way to the podium deliver the State of the Union, according to a report on UPI. Kirk, who returned to the Senate in January after spending nearly a year recovering from a stroke, fist bumped the President before the two embraced as seen on the You Tube video. After the speech, Kirk endorsed the President’s call for tougher gun control legislation, as reported earlier today on Patch. “We should work as a nation to reduce gun violence and save lives,” Kirk said on Patch. “I believe we can pass a universal background check bill this year to keep guns away from criminals and …
Freshman Brad Schneider and Veteran Jan Schakowsky come away with different impressions of the same message. Sen. Mark Kirk joins the chorus on gun control.
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) saw President Barack Obama’s State of the Union through different eyes but came away with the same message Tuesday. Both north suburban lawmakers praised and ratified the President’s proposals to raise the minimum wage, stimulate job growth, implement gun control and more. They heard the same message but saw it differently. Earlier: Schneider, Schakowsky Give Back to Honor King Schakowsky, a seven-term veteran, was excited by the challenge the President laid at the feet of Congress while Schneider was awed by the full experience of his first State of the Union address on the floor of the House of Representatives. “It was a pretty incredible experience,” Schneider said…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Local members of Congress read to children, paint murals as part of National Day of Service honoring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Local members of Congress spread out through Washington Saturday taking books to a children’s hospital and sprucing up a children’s shelter as part of the National Day of Service honoring the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) took books to the National Children’s Medical Center while Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) helped paint a mural of First Lady Michelle Obama at the Sasha Bruce House, a shelter for homeless and runaway children. “By serving today, we see the generosity of Americans and remember that we are all in this together,” Schakowsky said in a prepared statement. “This day allows us to take a moment and reflect. We are reminded of Dr. King’s lessons, of those who need our help, and of…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
After 14 years in the Illinois General Assembly, state Sen. Susan Garrett gets ready to move her activism to a different arena. She recalls early days serving with President Obama.
Making Illinois government a little more transparent with high ethical standards is the legacy retiring state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) hopes to leave when her 14-year career in the Illinois General Assembly ends Tuesday. Garrett, who grew up in Deerfield and has lived most of her adult life in Lake Forest, made some of her strongest contributions to issues important to the northern suburbs like transportation on rails and roads. Earlier: Photo Gallery: Colleagues Roast Garrett, May “I hope that will be in ethics reform in many different levels of leadership including the tollway, highways and Metra,” Garrett said when asked to pick one thing he believes has drawn her attention most. The office of inspector general for the …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
A memorial service in honor of Veteran’s Day will take place at the Lake Park Pavilion in Des Plaines on Nov. 11.
Community members will gather at Lake Park Pavilion, 2200 Lee St. in Des Plaines, for a Veterans Day memorial service at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. At the city council meeting preceding Election Day, Second Ward Alderman John Robinson and other aldermen reminded citizens to exercise their Constitutional right to vote. With that in mind, Robinson invited the community to the Veterans Day service at Lake Park. “So, come out and pay homage to the people that exercised their right and became veterans,” Robinson said. In his official Veterans Day proclamation, President Barack Obama stated: “This year, we marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. We began to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. We welcomed our veterans …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Search Illinois communities for contributors by name, candidate, hometown and more.
Patch created an interactive database with information from the Federal Election Commission’s website so readers can search contributions made to the presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney by residents in many Illinois communities between Jan. 10, 2010 and April 1, 2011. You can search by the candidate’s name, the contributor’s last name or hometown, the contribution amount, or a combination of the data. The results of a quick search for some of the top contributions from supporters from Des Plaines are listed below. Check out the interactive database for yourself here. You can sort by contribution amount, date it was made and more.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Democratic challenger sees red over GOP attempts to politicize relationship between Israel and the United States.
Both Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider of Deerfield agree with President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Iran should not have nuclear weapons but are not in complete harmony on the approach. A day after the President told the United Nations General Assembly Iran will not be allowed to have nuclear weapons; Netanyahu drew a red line on a chart telling the same body military action should be automatic if the boundary is crossed. Earlier: Democrats’ Jerusalem Platform Plank Unifies Dold, Schneider Like the President, both contenders for the 10th District seat want all options on the table including the use of force. Dold wants a precise red line to keep Iran in check. Schneider…
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Local members of Congress like ideas on education but differ on other issues.
Local members of Congress who sit on opposite sides of the political aisle found areas of agreement in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, but their initial reaction was very different. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) heard a strong vision for the country from the President, while Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) thought Obama was offering campaign themes in his speech. “It was more of a political speech than a State of the Union,” Dold said. Schakowsky, who has been a strong supporter of the President since he first ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, heard a leader with a plan for progress who will act by executive order if necessary. “The President laid out a vision for real progress for working with the …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Local events scheduled in the northern suburbs tonight. Read what local members of Congress have to say about the speech Wednesday on Patch.
People in the northern suburbs will be gathering in public places as well as their living rooms at 8 tonight to listen to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Patch will provide coverage Wednesday of what local members of Congress have to say about the speech as well as candidates for Congress. Patch will also be liveblogging the event from a viewing party in Palatine. Local readers can participate in the discussion! People who want to watch with a group can go to Alek’s Restaurant in Lake Bluff or Michael Salerno’s Pizzeria in Vernon Hills. Ilya Sheyman, one of the candidates for the 10th Congressional District seat in the March 20 primary, will be at Michael Salerno’s.