What is it that has the president so pessimistic as spring unfolds? Oh ... that.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Argonne National Laboratory, near Lemont, on Friday afternoon to discuss American energy policy.
Congressman Bill Foster (D-11th) will join President Barack Obama as he visits Argonne National Laboratory on Friday afternoon. The trip, which is closed to the public, will focus on American energy, according to White House officials. An official told the Chicago Tribune that Obama's visit may or may not also include comments on the impact on facilities like Argonne of funding cuts caused by the current sequester. Foster, who was elected to the newly redrawn 11th District in November, previously worked as a physicist at Fermilab for 22 years. The Chicago Sun-Times notes that this is the president’s first trip to the Chicago area since speaking at Hyde Park Academy on Feb. 15; the First Lady visited McCormick Place on Feb. 28 to promote …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Unfortunately, there are man-made dangers hurtling toward us at blinding speed.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
A columnist who's covered Jackson since his first days in public office suggests Obama's rise sent Jackson to his downfall.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.— who came into Congress bearing the heavy weight of his family name and lofty ambitions — counted Chicago's third airport as a signature issue for the better part of his time in office. And there's been no stauncher advocate for that project than Southtown columnist Phil Kadner. Construction of such an airport would bring much-needed jobs to an area plagued by chronic unemployment, and the airport itself, once realized, would serve as an economic engine for decades to come. So went the mantra. Targeted for a rural area outside the 2nd District until the latest congressional remap put the land into his district, Jackson's pursuit of the airport irritated Democrats and Republicans alike, from Chicago to Will …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
McCormick Place is filled with celebration as the race is called.
LIVE from McCormick Place: Patch reports live from the Chicago celebration. Comments on this post are set for pre-publication review.
About 15 minutes after the polls closed, news media sources put Illinois in the Obama column, giving the president 20 electoral votes.
President Barack Obama won Illinois’ 20 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. Illinois, of course, was never in play. The only visit the president made to his home state late in the campaign came Oct. 25, when he returned to the South Side to cast an early ballot at the Martin Luther King Community Center. Obama is the first president to ever vote early in a presidential election. The Wall St. Journal and the Associated Press called the state about 15 minutes after the polls closed. The president's handling of the economy is a major factor in many voters' decision this year. "This election bears serious significance for our future," said Sheila Brady of Orland Park, outside her Fernway Elementary School polling …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The president also gave the nod to fellow Democrats Tammy Duckworth and Brad Schneider.
Judy Biggert has Giuliani; Bill Foster has Obama. On Friday, President Barack Obama endorsed scientist Foster, a Democrat hoping to unseat incumbent Biggert in the race to represent the new 11th Congressional District. Foster, who represented the 14th District from 2008 to 2010, was one of three Illinois Democrats to get the nod from the president. In a statement released Friday, Obama also endorsed Tammy Duckworth, a decorated Iraq War veteran running in the 8th Congressional District, and Brad Schneider, who is running against Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) in the 10th District. Along with Biggert, Dold got some big-name backing last month from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who appeared at a Chicago fundraiser for the …
Friday, October 5, 2012
National figures show lowest unemployment rate in nearly four years.
The nation's unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, its lowest level in nearly four years, according to figures released Friday. High unemployment, and previous promises by President Barack Obama to keep the rate below 8 percent if the stimulus passed, have been repeated often on the campaign trail. The next employment report is due just days before the November election, so these September figures may be the last jobs report with any impact on the election. SO HERE'S THE QUESTION: Do you think this unemployment report helps President Obama secure re-election? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. According to the Illinois Department of Economic Security, the unemployment rate in the 11 out of 12 Chicago metro …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Does the presidential hopeful's wife represent modern America?
It was pretty mild as far as political blunders go. After having read the entire transcript, I thought the statement was awkward, but not offensive. Of course, had I been Ann Romney, I may feel differently. Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen took a big swat at Ann Romney. Despite Ann's well-bankrolled lifestyle, she has five sons. So unless she had a battalion of nannies and staff, the woman must have worked very hard being a mom. There is no doubt that Rosen was wrong and stuck her foot in her mouth when she said Romney never worked a day in her life. The next sentences of Rosen's statement softened the blow. Rosen was making the point that Romney hasn't ever had an employer, she has never had to fight for wage equality, she has never had…
Monday, February 13, 2012
Plainfield native Dylan Schrock was one of just six Patch readers from around the country whose question was selected to be answered by the office of the POTUS.
In January, the White House Office of Digital Strategy reached out to Patch to get questions from its users. In return, Plainfield Patch put the call out for questions from local residents. One of the responses chosen was from Dylan Schrock, a Plainfield native now living in Ann Arbor, MI, who asked President Obama's office, "While you seek to punish those responsible for the sub-prime mortgage crisis, will you pursue those in positions in the federal government and federal agencies who had an impact, or will you simply pursue those in private financial sector?" In the video above, you can see the response from National Economic Council Deputy Director Brian Deese. "The president's approach to the housing crisis and the financial crisis is…