In his first TV of his reelection campaign, Senator Mark Kirk is highlighting his long-fight after having a stroke a couple years ago:
"I remember being in the ambulance, and holding the hand of the paramedic and knowing something was very wrong," says the senator who suffered the stroke in January 2012.
"I thought that was the last human being I would ever touch. I had to learn how to walk again. I forced myself to climb up steps everyday, even up our tallest building. I was determined to return to the Senate, to do the jobyou elected me to.
"Second to my service in the Navy, being your Senator is the greatest honor of my life. As I learned to walk and climb again, I thought of our Illinois families struggling to get by. I thought of our veterans and our heroic men and women who are serving in harm's way. They're the reason why I fought so hard to get back. They're why I never doubted that I would climb the Capitol steps again. I climbed the steps for everyone facing their own challenges."
Speaking earlier today in Illinois, Vice President Joe Biden praised Governor Quinn -- and, more importantly, his mother. "I like guys because of their moms," said Biden.
"You know why I like Governor Quinn so much? His mother says I'm the best looking Irish man she knows," Biden said to laughter. "That's why I like his mom. I like guys because of their moms is the real reason."
According to one U.S. senator, the Obama administration is pushing a "fairly anti-Israeli" line as they advocate for a deal with Iran.
After hearing Secretary of State John Kerry make the case for a nuclear deal with Iran, Kirk said, "that it was fairly anti-Israeli that I was supposed to disbelieve everything that the Israelis had just told me. And I don’t. I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service."
Adam Kinzinger, a sophomore Republican House member from Illinois, told constituents at a meeting earlier this week that trying to defund Obamacare could hurt the GOP and lose enough House seats to return the majority to the Democrats. The effort, supported by some conservatives in both houses of Congress, is to block a federal budget resolution that contains funding for Obamacare's implementation.
The most interesting House primary of the 2014 cycle began in June in the 13th District of Illinois. It pits freshman Republican congressman Rodney Davis against an insurgent candidate named Erika Harold. Davis is a political operative who won his seat last year nearly by accident. Erika Harold is a 33-year-old lawyer. Who happens to have been Miss America.
In remarks delivered this evening in Washington, D.C. to a group from Organizing For Action (the president's former campaign group), Barack Obama said that his speech later this week Galesburg, Illinois "will be a pretty good speech." Via the pool report:
Obama said he's going back to Galesburg, Ill., where he will talk about leaving behind distractions and phony politics and get back to basics. Will be the kickoff of many months of getting people and press to focus on economy.
New York City "Look up the definition of poaching,” Rick Perry told his press secretary Josh Havens. Perry was annoyed at being accused, in headlines and news stories and by Democratic governors, of trying to “poach” companies from blue states and carry them off to Texas, where he is governor.
After a decade of the Democratic party dominating all levers in government the state of Illinois is a mess. Its government pension debt is far and away the largest of the 50 states and its dismal credit rating reflects it. Unlike neighboring states Illinois is hemorrhaging jobs and dancing around its myriad problems, apparently hoping they’ll go away on their own.
The Illinois Republican party claims early and absentee voting has precipitously fallen since the 2008 presidential election.
According to the numbers, at this point in 2008, there were 260,376 early voters and 304,290 absentee voters. Now, the party maintains, there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That's a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election.