Friday, October 19, 2012
17th District Illinois House candidates Laura Fine and Kyle Frank, 18th District Illinois House candidates Robyn Gabel and Eric Lieberman, and 9th District Illinois Senate candidate Glenn Farkas spoke in Evanston.
At a forum in Evanston last night, Illinois legislative candidates sparred over how to create jobs and reduce corruption, but agreed on one thing: that the state needs a massive budget overhaul. Hosted by the Central Street Neighbors Association at Haven Middle School, the forum included State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and her 18th District Republican challenger, Eric Lieberman, as well as 17th district house candidates Laura Fine (D-Glenview) and Kyle Frank (R-Skokie.) Ninth district Illinois senate candidate Glenn Farkas (R-Glenview), was also in attendance, but his opponent, State Rep. Daniel Biss, had a previously scheduled appearance. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl took his seat, answering questions on behalf of Biss from …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
18th District House candidates Robyn Gabel and Eric Lieberman, 17th District House candidates Laura Fine and Kyle Frank and 9th District Senate candidate Glenn Farkas will appear in Evanston.
Candidates for the 18th and 17th district house races and the 9th district senate race will appear at a moderated forum in Evanston Thursday. 18th District incumbent Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), challenger Eric Lieberman (R-Evanston), 17th district house candidate Laura Fine (D-Glenview), 17th district house candidate Kyle Frank (R-Skokie) and 9th district senate candidate Glenn Farkas (R-Glenview) are scheduled to appear at the forum hosted by the Central Street Neighbors Association. State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), who is also running for the 9th district senate seat, had a previously scheduled appearance that evening. "While the national presidential race is naturally the focus of most interest this election year, critical fiscal…
Monday, January 9, 2012
Moody’s devalues Illinois debt rating to lowest among all 50 states. Biss and Nekritz also voice concerns.
Local elected officials reacted with criticism and others with potential solutions when Moody’s downgraded Illinois’ debt to A2 from A1 Friday, making an investment in the state’s bonds potentially the riskiest of all 50 states’ securities. Illinois had been tied with California at the bottom of the list, according to the Bloomberg News Service, until Friday’s action put it alone at the bottom. State Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest), who is retiring at the end of her term in a year, called for the entire Illinois General Assembly to work together to do something about getting the rating higher again. “This is somber news and a very great challenge for Illinois,’ Garrett said. “We’ve come to a crossroads and must find a solution in a …
Monday, January 2, 2012
As of Jan. 1, no electronics can be thrown into landfills.
If you got a new television or computer for Christmas or Hanukkah and want to get rid of the old one, you can’t throw it in the trash. As of Jan. 1 landfills will not take electronic equipment of any kind. The ban is a result of a new law authored and guided through the Illinois General Assembly by state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest). In all, more than 30 items including televisions, monitors, computers, fax machines, VCRs, scanners and printers can no longer be deposited with regular trash. Homes, multi-unit buildings, condos, schools, libraries, houses of worship and park districts will not have to pay for this new service. "The idea is to have original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) pick up some of the recycling costs," said Mary…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Seventeen of 23 election contests will have primaries.
Campaigns for the March 20 Illinois primary and Nov. 6 general elections started to come into clear view today after the deadline passed Monday to land a space in the ballot for all races except United States Congress. Of the 23 campaigns in the North Suburban Patch reading area, candidates will square off in primaries in 17 of those races for either the Democratic or Republican nomination. In three cases, primaries will take place between members of both parties. In the contests for six offices, either the Republican or Democrat has no opponent however party leaders can still choose a nominee. “We have a lot of outstanding candidates,” 10th Congressional District Committeewoman and Moraine Township Democratic Chair Lauren Beth Gash of …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Candidates for 9th and 10th Districts must wait until Dec. 23 to file petitions. All other Illinois office seekers begin today and must finish by Dec. 5.
Candidates for Illinois’s 18 seats in the United States House of Representatives can do nothing but continue to gather signatures on their petitions today as all other office seekers in the state are ready to file their petitions to get on the March 20 primary ballot. After Gov. Patrick Quinn signed legislation enacting the new Congressional map last summer Republican members of Congress including Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) of the 10th Congressional District challenged the new boundaries in federal court. As it considers the case, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois postponed the filing period for people running for Congress Wednesday. Rather than file petitions today, the Court ordered a delay …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Representative chastises utility for its infomercial of smart grid legislation, proposes revisions to hold company accountable.
Accountability for ComEd may be no further away than the promised veto by Gov. Patrick Quinn of the utility’s cherished smart grid legislation. State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) invited representatives of ComEd to a Town Hall meeting Monday in Glenview and chastised his guests for promoting the legislation. He then explained how revisions could alleviate many of the frustrations expressed by the more than 150 people who overflowed the Police Station. Related: ComEd Can't Pull Plug on Residents' Anger One purpose of the meeting was to have ComEd explain its efforts to restore power after massive storms the past two months that left more than 1.2 million people in Chicagoland without power for days. The intention was also to let the …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
New Trier Democratic Organization hosted a meet-and-greet with local Democratic politicians in Wilmette Wednesday.
The New Trier Democratic Organization (NTDO) hosted a meet-and-greet with North Shore Democratic politicians Wednesday night. Area residents got a chance to chat about the remapped 10th and 9th Congressional Districts at The Bottle Shop in Wilmette. Earlier: Proposed Congressional Map Splits Northern Suburbs, Some Communities to Get New Representatives Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-13th District), as well as key staff members for Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) were on hand. Additionally, the Democratic candidates vying for Rep. Robert Dold's (R-IL) seat in U.S. Congress. Flip through Patch's photo gallery of the evening to read more about the event.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
What Independence Day parades taught Kirk, Schakowsky, Dold and others.
Partisanship gave way to patriotism when elected officials and political candidates gathered on the Fourth of July at various local parades. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston), Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) as well as candidates for Congress and local members of the Illinois General Assembly discussed how Independence Day unites Americans, even in difficult economic times, as they prepared to march Monday. “It’s very important for people to feel up this year,” Kirk said at the Northbrook Fourth of July parade, where he went after marching in Oak Lawn and Downers Grove. “It’s a good opportunity to show patriotism when we need it." Hanging onto the American Dream Schakowsky, who walked in Des Plaines and …
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Legislature passes budget; pension reform will wait.
An Illinois state budget that will reduce spending by approximately $3 billion from the last fiscal year passed the state Senate Monday night and will go to Gov. Patrick Quinn for his signature. The spending plan is $1 billion less than Quinn originally proposed. The total budget package for the 2012 fiscal year, which begins July 1, is $59.1 billion, according to information provided by state Senate President John J. Cullerton’s (D-Chicago) office. Despite the cuts, local legislators felt the process was painful but more open and bipartisan than in the past. Debate was difficult but it produced the best possible results in a difficult economy, state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) said. “You may not agree with the outcome, but there…