Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Wheaton Patch welcomes letters to the editor. Letters may be submitted to Local Editor Charlotte Eriksen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheaton Patch accepts letters to the editor. The following was submitted by Downers Grove resident William Maurer. If you're interesting in submitting a letter, e-mail Wheaton Patch Editor Charlotte Eriksen at email@example.com. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - To the editor: As the upcoming election approaches, I took time from my busy family and work schedules to dig a bit deeper into what is going on in Washington. I want to make an informed decision that is not manipulated by the internet, radio or television. Have you ever asked yourself, “What are they accomplishing in Washington?” I investigated this question in early August. I sat down at my computer and started to search. I stumbled upon www.opencongress.org, which listed all …
Monday, August 27, 2012
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Don’t be fooled! Peter Roskam and Todd Akin are birds of a feather. We may be appalled by Akin’s ridiculous claims about legitimate rape not resulting in pregnancy, but both Roskam and Akin are of the same mind when it comes to women, women’s rights and women’s health. Peter Roskam is a proud co-sponsor of HR 3, which redefines rape to narrow a woman’s right to choose. Both Roskam & Akin would like to redefine to separate so-called “forcible rape” from statutory rape. As our President said, “rape is rape.” Gentlemen, do you really want to legitimize rape that results from adults taking advantage of vulnerable, underage children? Shame on you Peter Roskam! If you are skeptical, just look at Roskam’s voting record on women’s issues…
Monday, August 20, 2012
Dillard, a Hinsdale native, has represented the 24th District in the Illinois Senate since 1993.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) is pondering another run for governor, according to a Daily Herald story published on Aug. 17. Dillard says his first priority is to get re-elected to his 24th Senate District seat in November—he's going up against Democrat A. Ghani—but at a recent Springfield event, the Herald quoted the senator as saying he's having talks "to assess what 2014 looks like." The Hinsdale native, who has represented the 24th since 1993, cited his experience as former Gov. Jim Edgar's chief of staff as something that makes him a good gubernatorial candidate, as well as his personal background. “I think the right template for the election of a Republican governor is a suburbanite with very strong downstate roots,” Dillard …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Petitions for candidacy in the 2013 Wheaton municipal election will be available Aug. 28 at City Hall. Two current City Council members have confirmed they will run for re-election.
Petitions for candidacy in the 2013 Wheaton municipal election will be available Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 303 W. Wesley St. in Wheaton, according to a message from the city. One four-year position for each of the City’s four Districts—North, South, East and West—is up for election (see map). Terms expire in 2013 for Councilman Tom Mouhelis, East District; Councilman John Rutledge, South District; Councilman Todd Scalzo, West District; and Councilman Phil Suess, North District. Todd Scalzo announced his re-election campaign at Cosley Zoo's "Run for the Animals." Phil Suess confirmed Wednesday he plans to run for re-election in the North District. Candidates must: The filing period for petitions begins …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Congressional candidate Leslie Coolidge writes Congressman Peter Roskam, suggesting a series of town hall-style debates.
Congressional candidate Leslie Coolidge (D-6th) invited incumbent Representative Peter Roskam (R-6th) to meet her in a series of town hall-style debates. She said in a statement, “Voters deserve to hear our distinctly different views on how to solve the problems that affect our community and our nation." She said topics should include the candidates' approaches to improving the jobs outlook and the economy, tax reform, preserving Social Security and Medicare, energy policy, health care, foreign policy and the environment. Coolidge suggested a series of four debates over the next two months in various parts of the 6th District during times that Congress will not be in session before the November election. Those recesses add up to …
Monday, August 13, 2012
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky and Congressional candidate Leslie Coolidge accuse Congress of inaction.
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky and Congressional candidate Leslie Coolidge (D-6th) accused Congress of neglecting to reduce economic and unemployement problems as it moves into its August recess, according to a press release. At a joint appearance at a fundraiser for Coolidge in Chicago, Schakowsky said, "We're in gridlock... Our job is to compromise and figure out solutions together. But the Republicans have told us, ‘We didn’t come here to compromise.’” She said the recent passage of the transportation bill in the House is an example of how the gridlock hurts the middle class. She said that the delay in passing an agriculture bill to help farmers affected by the drought is another example of the House standing in the way of economic…
Friday, June 8, 2012
Despite impassioned speeches about opening up the Illinois GOP, the Platform and Resolutions Committee voted against sending the return of direct elections for state committeemen to the floor. Read our live blog transcript for more details.
Update, 10 p.m., Friday, June 8, 2012 Illinois Republicans hoping to have more of a say in the state party's processes will have to wait another four years for another swing at it. While McLean County Republicans Chairman John Parrott rallied the packed room at the Platform and Resolutions Committee meeting Friday, during the Illinois State GOP Convention in Tinley Park, the votes fell short for direct elections of state committeemen and won't go to the full delegate floor Saturday. Those in favor of the election said it would energize the state's Republicans, bring them back into the process and eventually turn Illinois back to red. And those against said the money needed to campaign would only corrupt another process further, and other…
Friday, March 23, 2012
CEO of securities firm says Mitt Romney is the 'right guy at this time.'
So how do you get Mitt Romney to drop by your house on primary election night? In the case of a Wheaton family, it turns out Romney's people asked for the opportunity. On Tuesday, Patch reported on Romney's visit to a home in Wheaton. His host was Wheaton resident Rich Berg, co-founder and CEO of Performance Trust Capital Partners, a securities firm in Chicago providing services to small- to middle-market institutional investors. Berg said he never contributed to a presidential campaign before this one by Romney, the leading contender for the GOP nomination. When Patch asked how he was selected to host an event for Romney on an election night, Berg said Romney's Illinois strategists contacted him, asking whether he'd like to host an event …
Get your pencils and scorecards ready! Here's Jeff's regional play-by-play of the Illinois March primary results.
Given the primary results, my favorite Star Trek character would likely raise an eyebrow and issue his famous single word exclamation, “Fascinating!” Aside from the abysmal voter turnout (we’ll talk about that later), despite all that regular Friday post-Patch column's conservative-versus-liberal-commentary rancor, it turns out that Illinois is actually a moderate state after all. Having previously swept the southern and plains states, uber-conservative Rick Santorum got kicked in the electoral you-know-whats by losing to Mitt Romney by 12 points. Even if Newt had followed his own advice and pulled out of the presidential race, Santorum still would’ve come in second. Though that race is far from over—I don’t see Santorum hoisting the white…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Join the discussion as results roll in.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012