Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam went "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren to talk about Boeing's dangerous, misguided deal to sell planes to Iran.
Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam went "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren to talk about Boeing's dangerous, misguided deal to sell planes to Iran.
To become a Muslim, declare the statement above, Chicago's Downtown Islamic Center says
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois could become the first state to officially support the Muslim community if Governor Bruce Rauner signs into law a measure that establishes a permanent advisory council made up of Muslim American leadership.
"Given all that is going on with the misinterpretation about Islam and the interests and concerns of the Muslim American community, it's almost obligatory on behalf of a governor of this state and all governors to have such a body," Kareem Irfan, a Chicago lawyer who led an earlier iteration of the council under Gov. Pat Quinn, told the Chicago Tribune. "So we're not subject to the whims of each governor, it would be good to make this a lasting institutional body."
Pat Quinn was the first to set up such a committee during his term as governor.
Quinn's Muslim American Advisory Council was the only religious group from which Quinn sought counsel - there were no Catholic, Protestant, Hindu or Jewish panels listed during the Quinn administration.
CHICAGO - It was a problem in the 2012 and 2014 elections, and if Congressman Robert Dold gets his way, Brad Schneider's refusal to make his household tax returns public will be an issue in November.
The Dold campaign makes a two-pronged attack - on Schneider and, curiously, on the name presumed to be at the top of the Republican ballot in the General Election - Donald J. Trump.
The new ad rolls video of Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton criticizing Donald Trump for not revealing his household income tax returns and bridges the issue to take on Dold's Democrat opponent:
By Nancy Thorner & Ed Ingold -
Democrats ripped Republicans on Monday evening, June 20, after lawmakers rejected gun control proposals approximately a week after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. None of the four bills in introduced in the U.S. Senate in wake of the Orlando shooting received enough votes to provide for cloture (that requires 60 affirmative votes to move the debate forward for a vote on the actually legislation). You can see votes HERE.
WASHINGTON DC - Two U.S. House members from Illinois - Jan Schakowsky and Robin Kelly - joined Democrat colleagues in staging a sit-in on the chamber floor Wednesday. They're demanding the U.S. House hear gun control legislation.
In the U.S. Senate this week, four votes were failed on bills affecting guns. Illinois' two U.S. Senators agreed on all four votes. Republican Mark Kirk joined Democrat Dick Durbin in supporting Democrat-proposed legislation and opposing Republican-backed bills.
CHICAGO - Eight Democrat House members have huge targets on their backs in the upcoming General Election, and voters in their districts are hearing from the IL GOP via robocalls.
Despite 2016 being a presidential year, the IL GOP is hopeful that discontented taxpayers and frustrated independents will turn out in November to send clear anti-establishment messages by ousting Democrat Reps. Beiser, Bradley, Cloonen, Mussman, Phelps, Skoog, Smiddy and Yingling.
Below is the script to the robocalls hitting Rep. Yingling's district. (To be noted, the ILGOP's script mentions the Dems being concerned about their tans, and all of the eight House members happen to be fair-skinned.)
By Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) -
Last Thursday night, an Airbus A300 aircraft belonging to Iran Air took off from an airfield in southwestern Iran. The commercial jet left Abadan, a logistical hub for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and headed for Syria. There is no regularly scheduled service between Abadan and Damascus, though many such flights have taken place in recent weeks and months.
These planes are not ferrying tourists to and from the war-torn nation. The Iranian regime is using commercial airlines to send troops, weapons, missiles and cash to assist the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in his slaughter of innocents; 400,000 have been killed so far.
CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner wrote an op-ed about the urgent need for an education funding bill that appeared in the Daily Herald Wednesday. An excerpt:
Since taking office, I've made educating all children in Illinois my top priority. Since February, I've called on the General Assembly to pass a clean education funding bill to ensure our schools open on time this fall with full funding for the first time in seven years.
Unfortunately, Democratic leaders adjourned on May 31st without enacting a balanced budget, leaving children, parents and teachers across the state wondering if schools will open on time.
The good news is that reasonable, fair solutions are being offered. GOP Leaders introduced a clean, stand-alone education bill that puts our children first by increasing school funding by $240 million. […] It ensures the vast majority of schools in Illinois get more money this year than they did last year while no school district receives less.
CHICAGO - One Illinoisan among those evangelicals and religious leaders invited to attend a meeting with Donald Trump in New York City Tuesday was Pro-Life Action League's Eric Scheidler, who posted the following on their group's Facebook page:
By Irene F. Starkehaus -
Warning – pervasively mixed metaphors up ahead. Proceed with caution. Look, I get it. Watching your candidate fumble through what should have been a scenic promenade into the end zone really stinks. I know what you're going through because I've been right where you are many, many times myself.
No, I mean - not for this particular election, of course. This election is turning out to be quite the opposite for me. I finally get to stretch my political legs for the first time in like 16 years because for the first time in 16 years, I don't have to defend a horse's back end as a tradeoff for keeping the barbarians at bay.
That's because there's no way to defend from the barbarians this time around. From my vantage point, that pretty pony has already jumped the fence and is half way down the road.
The U.S. Supreme Court, without taking action, has ended a 17-year old lawsuit that had its beginnings in Madison County. The high court opted not to hear a petition for review from the plaintiffs in a case involving so-called “light” cigarettes; essentially closing the case that at one time included a $10-billion decision against tobacco giant Phillip Morris.
Plaintiff’s attorneys had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would comment on an Illinois Supreme Court ruling in favor of the tobacco companies in a case that attempted to reinstate the financial verdict. During the lead up to the case, plaintiffs attorneys demanded on Justice Lloyd Karmeier to recuse himself from the case due to a conflict of interest. They accused Karmeier of taking campaign contributions from tobacco companies during his retention campaign, and liberal special interests groups spent more than $1-million against his candidacy. Now retired Madison County Judge Nicholas Byron heard the original case in Madison County in 2003, resulting in a $10.5 billion decision in favor of smokers. Phillip Morris appealed the decision and in 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in favor of the company. The lack of action by the high court brings an end to the appeals and ongoing litigation in the case.
The Land of Lincoln led all states in total private equity investment last year, according to research published by the American Investment Council. PE firms invested more than $96.4 billion in 193 Illinois-based companies in 2015.
House Speaker Michael Madigan has again canceled a session of the Illinois House scheduled for Wednesday.
In a brief statement, Madigan said he wants to continue giving working groups time to come up with a compromise on a budget plan and parts of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s turnaround agenda.
“The bipartisan working groups of legislators will meet three times this week continuing their efforts to achieve a compromise on the state budget,” Madigan said in a statement. “Governor Rauner has been supportive of these groups’ efforts and I agree with his recent comments that until there is a compromise budget, lawmakers should not be brought back to Springfield.”
Rauner last week said he didn’t see the point of calling lawmakers back into a special session until they had something to vote on.
NEW YORK - Stiffing trusting building contractors, blowing off money owed to banks and financial centers - all no big deal, "part of being in business" Trump defenders say.
No big deal, except to the workers - who go home to tell their families that they're not getting paid for the hours they spent away and the money they foolishly invested into building projects that went nowhere.
In a rally in Ohio Tuesday, Democrat Hillary Clinton said Trump was the "King of Debt" and, "He's written a lot of books about business. They all seem to end at Chapter 11."
Donald Trump admitted Tuesday in a Tweet that he's made a fortune off unpaid debt - and that economic theory gives him what he needs to fix the U.S.
CHICAGO - Three hundred thousand of those dollars that well-intentioned people have been donating over the years to Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) to fund his re-election campaigns apparently ended up feathering his own family's nest.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) has paid his wife and daughters hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign’s coffer since 2010, according to campaign finance data. Gutierrez, who was first elected to Congress in 1993, brought his wife, Soraida Gutierrez, onto his campaign’s payroll six years ago to act as his office manager, treasurer, and fundraiser. Soraida Gutierrez was a registered lobbyist in the state of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining Gutierrez for Congress. She has since raked in more than $300,000 for her work on behalf of the committee while being the top recipient of campaign cash in three cycles since stepping into her role.
The first time Soraida acted in an official capacity for the campaign, in 2010, she pulled in over $44,000 and was the top recipient of cash from the Gutierrez campaign that year. Soraida then pocketed over $93,000 in 2012, making her the biggest beneficiary of campaign funds for the second election cycle in a row. The committee disbursed $383,848 in 2012, so Soraida’s payments constituted roughly 25 percent of all campaign expenditures. Soraida was yet again the top beneficiary of cash from Gutierrez for Congress during the 2014 election cycle, receiving $110,000. Herman Andrew, a vendor, was the second highest-paid individual at $24,000.
More info HERE.
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. -
Two facts about the Orlando massacre stand out: The killer (may his name be forgotten) was an “authorized” gun owner, and the shootings occurred in a “safe” place.
The gun-control lobby was ready with its well-rehearsed script, but this was no lone deranged individual who bought a gun clandestinely at a gun show. He had been vetted by authorities and was licensed as a private security officer. The gun controllers do not advocate disarming their own bodyguards—or the many thousands who are certified, hired, or deputized by government agencies.
Obama bewailed the fact that the killer had targeted a place where people came to find “solidarity and empowerment,” “to speak [our] minds and advocate for [our] civil rights,” and, more importantly, “to dance, sing, and live.” The vision of a “gay bar” as a “safe space” was shattered.
ROCKFORD - A Rockford nurse lost her job over a disagreement with her hospital's administration over abortion. A representative for Mauck & Baker law firm explains in an Illinois Family Institute video:
CHICAGO - One thing you can say about former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady - he seems to thrive in swimming against the Republican grassroots tide.
In May, he led an effort to change the IL GOP's party platform to no longer oppose same-sex marriages. Nearly 80 percent of the convention delegates opposed the effort. Before that, he worked for the ACLU to get a few Republicans to support same sex marriage despite the party's overall opposition. Before that, he was forced to resign as IL GOP chairman when his social issue views were directly in opposition to the party faithful's.
Now Brady's part of a small national group that is trying to stop Donald Trump from becoming the party's nominee next month in Cleveland.
By John W. Whitehead -
“Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.”—Adlai Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the United States
If you’ve been caught up in the circus that is the presidential election, you’ve likely missed the latest news about all the ways in which the government continues to erode our freedoms, undermine our sovereignty, abuse our trust, invade our homes, invade our privacy, destroy our property, hijack our bank accounts, and generally render itself above the law.
Then again, this is all par for the course from a militaristic government that is armed to the teeth, wages war against its own people, imprisons its citizens for profit, marches in lockstep with the corporate elite, and treats human beings as little more than cattle to be branded, bought, sold and butchered.
The following incidents constitute a typical week in the life of the American police state.
CHICAGO - There's a movement on Twitter that calls for Illinois to #RecallRauner. It follows a failed 2015 effort to #ImpeachRauner.
The Illinois amendment requires that a recall petition be signed by a number of voters equal to at least 15 percent of the votes cast for governor in the last gubernatorial election, with at least 100 signatures from each of at least 25 separate counties.
The online petitions may indicate government workers and SEIU workers' frustrations, but they're not legally-binding to be a part of an official recall drive.
Here's a critical new video the #RecallRauner movement released Monday:
CHICAGO - Two expensive losses last spring didn't sour Governor Rauner on investing in political campaigns. He's apparently in for more in the General Election on key legislative races.
Despite losing nearly $4 million to unsuccessfully oust Republican incumbent Senator Sam McCann in the 2016 GOP primary, and the same on the Democrat primary race, failing to save incumbent State Rep. Ken Dunkin from challenger Juliana Stratton's bid, Governor Bruce Rauner is writing checks once again.
State Board of Elections shows that the Governor wrote a check to Liberty Principles PAC last week for $2.5 million. Radio talk show host Dan Proft oversees. Liberty Principles PAC, and is affiliated with other independent expenditure committees, including the Illinois Opportunity Project.
CHICAGO - Governor Rauner cancelled a celebration of Juneteenth - marking the June 19th, 1865 emancipation of slaves - planned for Monday at Chicago's DuSable Museum after protests were threatened.
The uproar began gaining momentum when St. Sabina pastor Father Michael Pfleger urged calls against the event last week. Pfleger said it was an insult for the governor to speak at DuSable because Rauner has "abandoned and raped" the community of its resources:
Governor Bruce Rauner had rented a portion of the DuSable Museum for an hour Monday to recognize the occasion. After Pfleger's call, the public sector union SEIU urged a protest that was carried out Monday despite the event's cancellation.
CHICAGO - Illinois' Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk will be appearing in Chicago's annual Gay Pride Parade to be held next Sunday downtown, and he's seeking volunteers to walk along with him with a volunteer form HERE
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced in March 2016 that the Public Policy Committee of HRC’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Senator Mark Kirk for re-election. The endorsement was issued along with a first round of endorsements for pro-equality incumbents in the House and Senate.
NEW YORK - The other trending rumor Monday morning is the GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump imparted his infamous words "You're fired!" from "The Apprentice" TV show to campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is well, absolutely true.
“The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican Primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement to The New York Times.
“The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”
Evidently, Trump's latest polling showing him falling 12 points behind Hillary Clinton was enough for him to look to campaign newcomer Paul Manafort as his team's leader.
The Trump campaign has been plagued by infighting between those close to Lewandowski, a Trump loyalist without major campaign experience, and the wing of campaign staffers loyal to Paul Manafort, a longtime Washington insider, the Hill reports.
The Republican National Convention is in July, and Trump is expected to officially win the party's nomination.
WASHINGTON - Former President George W. Bush is lending a hand to vulnerable Republicans in competitive Senate races across the country this summer, CNN reported Friday, but Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is not among them.
Either Kirk is viewed as not vulnerable or not competitive, no explanation was offered.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk notified his Illinois constituents via Twitter this week that he's parting yet once again with his Republican colleagues, this time to side with gun control advocates.
Kirk believes if you're on the no-fly list, you shouldn't be able to buy a gun, he said.
Wonder if he would have said that to the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Congressman John Lewis, singer Cat Stevens, CNN's Drew Griffin and Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard? They were all at one time or another on the no-fly list.
And it's nearly impossible to get a name off the list once it's on. Certainly Senator Kirk's staff told him all about that.
By Nancy Thorner -
The Women's Republican Club of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff and Shields, West Deerfield, Moraine, and Vernon GOP Township Organizations held a Meet and Speak with Lake County & local State GOP candidates and incumbents at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest on Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Peggy Siebert serves as president of The Women's Republican Club of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff. Leslie Munger, Comptroller, State of Illinois and Mark Shaw, Chairman, Lake County Republican Central Committee were the featured speakers at the Paint Lake County Republican Red! event.
Comptroller Munger emphasizes need for balanced budget
Even though the wording of the Illinois Constitution seems clear that the proposed expenditures shall not exceed funds estimated to be available for the fiscal year as shown in the budget, for more than a decade Illinois lawmakers have used borrowing and budget gimmicks to pass unbalanced budgets.
By Nancy Thorner -
Speaking at a Heartland Institute event on Wednesday, June 8th, Jason Bedrick of the Cato Institute explained how your tax dollars can be better used to educate your children and grandchildren. These vital questions were explored: How does education freedom work? How can education be funded?
A policy analyst with the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom, Jason Bedrick previously served as a legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was an education policy research fellow at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy. Bedrick has published numerous studies on educational choice programs with organizations such as the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.
Jason Bedrick was introduced by Lennie Jarratt, Project Manager, Education Transformation at the Heartland Institute. Mr. Bedrick compared this nation's education system to a rotary phone with its one function. For 100 years the education process has been locked in a status quo operation in which children are placed in classes based on the year they were born, with an assumption that all children born in the same year will learn and advance in the same way.
WASHINGTON - This week, Iran announced it has come to an agreement to buy 100 Boeing aircraft, a deal possible only since the Obama Administration lifted sanctions on selling airplane parts to the terrorist-sponsoring government six months ago.
Congress will need to approve the deal before it can take place.
Boeing's corporate is located in Chicago Illinois, where nearby a network of small manufacturing suppliers employ thousands with every aircraft Boeing makes. Boeing employs approximately 160,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries.
That volatile environment makes topic of contracting with Iran for 200 or so planes a touchy one for the Chicago region - but Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) took the challenge head on with an array of 10 questions in a letter to Boeing this week.
CHICAGO - Illinois' Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) wants immigrants today to have a "more generous welcome" than his parents did when they came to the United States from Puerto Rico in the 1950s.
In the decade of 1930-1939 the annual rate of migration to the United States averaged 1,800 people annually. In the decade of 1950-1959, by contrast, the Puerto Rican exodus was taking place at a rate of 43,000 persons a year.
Gutierrez, one of Congress' most vocal and radical immigration amnesty supporters, said he will continue to fight for a "safe, legal and orderly" immigration system as he commemorated June as Immigration History Month.
WASHINGTON - Washington GOP insiders are said to be "near panic mode" concerning Donald J. Trump's presidential bid against Hillary Clinton. The situation has gotten so bad that Trump told GOP insiders to "be quiet" this week.
"You know, the Republicans, honestly folks, our leaders, our leaders have to get tougher. This is too tough to do it alone. But you know what, I think I’m going to be forced to. I think I am going to be forced to, our leaders have to get a lot tougher,” he began.
Then with a bite, he said, "And be quiet. Just please be quiet. Don't talk, please be quiet.”
The numbers aren't good. Within the past week, a Bloomberg poll showed Trump dropping 10 points from 47 to 37 with Clinton nearing the magical 50, with 49 percent and winning. The Libertarian Party's Gary Johnson is polling at nine percent.
This week in Washington D.C., Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin assisted in a Democrat filibuster on gun control, provoked by the Orlando shooting last weekend.
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin confirmed Anthony's resignation Thursday. Anthony had served in the Illinois House since being appointed in August 2013.
“The next chapter in John’s public career will be in the Illinois Department of Corrections. I know he will approach his new position with the same passion and determination he exhibited in the House of Representatives," Durkin said in the news release.
By Frank J Biga III -
"L'Etat Pour Nous" - The State for Us. My French isn’t that good. But even though the translation app may not be exactly right, the meaning is clear. We conservatives must take control of the State and once again use it for conservative ends.
Indeed, and ironically, that is the model that conservatives must embrace in the decades to come if they expect to actually roll back the progressive monolith. They have to both be persistent and play the long game as the progressives have done so successfully for a century as well as change tactics when necessary and use the State as a mechanism to achieve conservative ends. This may not appeal to the Randian idealism of many in the current conservative movement, but it is absolutely necessary to save the United States and Western Civilization.
Liberals have used the State for progressive ends in the past. The Obama administration’s recent decree to school districts on transgender bathroom rules advances the cultural Marxist agenda of destroying traditional America. The bipartisan internationalist cabal that now occupies our capital city has used the structural mechanisms of the State to practically give away our country and our birthright. So it’s high time that conservatives shed the idealism and get more serious about advancing our values when we control the apparatus of the State. It’s been done in the past.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Bob Dold (IL-10) is facing Democrat Brad Schneider in the November General Election, creating a Dold-Schneider nose-to-nose for the third time in a row.
First Dold beat Democrat Dan Seals in 2010, then Schneider beat Dold in 2012. Dold won back the seat from Schneider in 2014, and now Schneider wants in back in 2016.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - From Bernie Sanders calling for a free cinnamon roll revolution to Donald Trump congratulating the crowd for listening to his great speech, Arlington Heights' Thomas Middle School eighth grade graduate brought the house down last week during his commencement speech.
Jack Aiello impersonated two Republicans, two Democrats and President Barack Obama in his eighth grade graduation speech, and its going viral Thursday.
It's a gotta see ...
In the early 1960s, there was a legend about an elderly lady in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. The town officials got special permission from the state to open the polls at a minute after midnight on Election Day so all the town voters could vote and the town would beat other towns to be the first in the nation to report results. Everyone had voted except for one older lady. Town officials and news media walked a few blocks from the polling place to her front door and apparently woke her up. The chief election judge said to her, "You are the only person in town who has not voted yet and we want to close the polls so we can report results." The annoyed woman, who shunned many town events, replied, "Sorry, I never vote, it only encourages them." and she then shut the door.
WASHINGTON - The IRS has said that it doesn't need the list of donors to non-profits that Schedule B forms currently demand. Recently, those lists leaked to media have been used to harass donors - something Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) says needs to end. His legislation to omit Schedule B passed the U.S. House this week, and is now on its way to the U.S. Senate, and hopefully, to President Obama's desk. Roskam explains:
SPRINGFIELD - Franklin Graham was in Springfield yesterday as part of his Decision America Tour.
In an email to supporters, Graham wrote: "What a privilege it was to stand at the Capitol in Springfield and pray boldly with Christians from across Illinois. I’m grateful for the support of friends like you. We praise God for working through the Decision America Tour."
Additional photos can be found here.
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Newly-appointed State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) announced that he is opting out of the generous taxpayer-funded state legislator retirement system which he says is contributing to the state’s significant pension crisis.
"Illinois legislators benefit from one of the most lavish retirement plans in the country," stated Senator Dan McConchie. “I don’t think part-time legislators should receive an outrageous pension for life on the taxpayers’ dime. There is no way I'm going to add further to the people's long-term financial obligations.”
Sen. McConchie made a promise that if elected he would not participate in the pension system. In April, Sen. McConchie was appointed to the Illinois Senate and immediately fulfilled that promise.
Once a legislator opts out of the pension program as McConchie did, the decision is irreversible due to administrative rules within the state pension system. Sen. McConchie is one of a growing number of fellow legislators who have opted out of the legislative retirement system citing in part Illinois’ significant unfunded pension liability.
By Dave Smith / IFI -
According to an Associated Press report, the U.S. Senate voted to approve a $602 billion defense bill which also mandates that our daughters register for Selective Service and a possible future draft. This gender blind, biologically indifferent proposal was sponsored by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who also happens to chair the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.
Both Illinois U.S. Senators, Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, voted in favor of this irresponsible legislation. The over all vote was 85 in favor, just 13 opposed.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke out in opposition to the measure, saying in an official statement that this political correct bill “is being used as a vehicle to further agendas that have nothing to do with actually defending America. Despite the many laudable objectives in this bill, I could not in good conscience vote to draft our daughters into the military, sending them off to war and forcing them into combat.”
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943), if passed by the U.S. House and signed into law by President Barack Obama, would require:
Project Veritas' second video of the undercover teacher’s union series shows how teachers don’t practice what they preach and could potentially get away with drug abuse on campus, courtesy of the union. In O’Keefe’s video, Robert Klein, a middle school health teacher in New Jersey invites PV journalists to his room at the Borgata Hotel to party. While in his room, Klein offers the undercover journalists cocaine and tells them about his drug use as a teacher.
WASHINGTON - Tuesday, on the U.S. House floor, Illinois Congressman Robert Dold (IL-10) broke with Republican ranks "because thoughts and prayers are not enough" in response to the Orlando shooting. Dold, said it is time for congressional action.
He called on several measures to come before Congress, including three gun control measures he is co-sponsoring with Democrat colleagues.
WASHINGTON - As the Republican National Convention draws closer to its meeting in Cleveland next month, they got bad news Wednesday. A new Washington Post - ABC News poll shows seven out of 10 likely voters have a negative view of presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The presidential race appears to be turning into a contest of two of the most disliked candidates in history, as Hillary Clinton registered her worst rating in public life, with 55 percent saying they hold an unfavorable impression of the presumptive Democratic candidate.
Other details of the poll include:
More at Newsmax.com
SCHAUMBURG - “Now that you’re graduating, make sure that you never stop learning. Keep that same drive you showed in class. You truly have a bright future ahead of you,” Technology & Manufacturing Association's instructor Jack Krikorian said, just before handing certificates to graduates of TMA’s 2016 CNC Programming course in May.
The 2016 CNC Programming graduates Krikorian was encouraging were the latest in a line of machinists, mold makers and tool & die makers in whose training he has played a crucial part.
AURORA - Tuesday evening, Tonia Khouri, candidate for Illinois' 11th congressional district held the first in a series of listening sessions she plans for this summer that will give district residents the opportunity to voice their concerns about local and federal issues.
"I want to empower the people in our district. Listening to their concerns firsthand and hearing their stories is just the first step," said Khouri. "This tour gives me the chance to get to hear from residents throughout the district. I was happy to see such an excellent turnout last night and I look forward to more forums in the near future."