Thursday, February 7, 2013
2nd District congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson is returning fire on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg after his super PAC ran an attack ad criticizing her previous support from the NRA.
2nd District candidate Debbie Halvorson is accusing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg of trying to “buy an election in Illinois,” after his political action committee ran a television ad attacking Halvorson for her previous A rating from the NRA, the Chicago Tribune reports. Unlike most of her 2nd District race counterparts, Halvorson does not support Obama’s gun ban. Bloomberg’s new Independence USA super PAC is known for supporting the election or defeat of legislators depending on their likelihood to help fuel an aggressive anti-gun agenda, according to the National Journal. Obviously Mayor Bloomberg and his billions have decided he wants to come buy an election in Illinois. It's quite over the top. I think it's probably done wonders not…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Halvorson explains why she's running again and how she feels about Toi Hutchinson. She also talks about her controversial stance on gun control.
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, I met with Debbie Halvorson at her campaign office in Steger. During the interview, Halvorson focused heavily on finishing what she started as a U.S. representative for the 11th District. She talk about returning to Washington to continue supporting President Barack Obama on divisive issues, including healthcare. At the same time, Halvorson explained why she diverges with Obama on the assault weapons ban. Visit Debbie Halvorson's candidate profile on Patch to watch the extended video of the interview. Jobs Halvorson said her No. 1 concern is jobs in the 2nd District. She spoke at length about creating good-paying opportunities within the district and giving employers better incentives to hire local. Halvorson also …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The 2nd District race is heating up as one candidate is calling on State Sen. Toi Hutchinson and former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson to release questionnaires from previous elections.
Robin Kelly has called on former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson and State Sen. Toi Hutchinson to release National Rifle Association questionnaires they filled out in past elections, according to a press release from Kelly's campaign. “I am calling on my opponents to release their previous NRA questionnaires so that the people of the 2nd Congressional District know what promises they have made to the NRA, and how they earned their ‘A’ ratings,” Robin Kelly said in the release. “I earned a lifetime ‘F’ rating from the NRA and I could not be more proud of that fact. The voters deserve to know how Toi and Debbie both earned ‘A’s’ from the pro-gun lobby, which is notoriously known for only issuing ‘A’s’ to its very strongest supporters." Kelly's …
Friday, November 30, 2012
This week on Patch Talk, we get into Homewood's surprise casino announcement and Senator Toi Hutchinson's intent to go after former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s recently vacated seat.
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Monday, November 26, 2012
After losing to former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., former Illinois Rep. Debbie Halvorson has announced her intention to run for the set he has vacated, in a special election planned for the spring.
Former Illinois State Rep. Debbie Halvorson announced her candidacy to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s newly vacant seat, according to the Chicago Tribune. This news comes only months after Halvorson lost to incumbent Jackson for the position in the March 2012 Democratic primary. Halvorson is known for being the first female Illinois state senate majority leader. She also formerly served as an 11th District Representative in state congress. Former Rep. Jackson recently resigned from his position as 2nd District Representative Nov. 21, after winning re-election just a couple weeks prior. Plans for the special election have yet to be determined, but officials are estimating the financial burden of Jackson’s resignation to range…
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Hoping to cut down on costs, Cook County Clerk David Orr will ask a judge to allow the election to coincide with the 2013 municipal elections.
Cook County Clerk David Orr is hoping to schedule the special elections to fill the 2nd Congressional District seat to coincide with the suburban municipal elections next February and April. "Synchronizing the election dates will save at least $1 million, reduce voter confusion, enable all military voters to cast ballots and possibly boost turnout," Orr said in a statement released Wednesday after Jesse Jackson Jr.'s resignation. Orr and the clerks in Chicago, Will County and Kankakee county will need to coordinate efforts and seek a judge's permission to move the election. The election calendar includes a Feb. 26 primary and an April 9 general for the local consolidated elections. Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen told Sun…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The beleaguered congressman sends an automated phone message to his district in which he says, "I am human." The Rev. Jackson says his son will head for the hospital soon.
Jesse Jackson Jr.'s constituents heard from him this weekend for the first time since June — via a robocall in which he asks for their patience, thanks them and says he's "starting to heal." The automated calls were received in the 2nd Congressional District Saturday, according to the Huffington Post. In the minute-and-a-half call, Jackson says: "Like many human beings, a series of events came together in my life at the same time and they have been difficult to sort through. I am human. I am doing my best. I am trying to sort through them all. ... "I am anxious to return to work on your behalf, but at this time it is against medical advice, and while I will always give my all to my constituents, I ask for your continued patience as I work …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
We got several comments from readers about Congressman Jackson and his surprisingly big win over Debbie Halvorson.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Halvorson, considered the most viable challenger to Jesse Jackson Jr. thus far, says she's happy for him and not soured on politics.
By the time Debbie Halvorson arrived at her election party at 5th Quarter in Homewood, her defeat was clear to all, but you wouldn't know it by looking at her. A cheerful disposition and a positive attitude entered the bar with her on Tuesday night. "All in all, we did what we could," Halvorson said. "I'm happy for congressman Jackson." Despite losing, the former congresswoman was adamant in maintaining her faith in politics and content with her decision to run. "I was never going to sit on the sidelines and allow Congressman Jackson to have another free ride—another walk in the park," Halvorson said. "He's never had an opponent since 1995, and we weren't going to allow that to happen." As the unofficial results stand, Jesse Jackson Jr. …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Pundits are taking a closer look at Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his large-margin victory over rival Debbie Halvorson.
CNN commentator Roland S. Martin pulled no punches in a tweet describing U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s big win over his formidable opponent. "Man, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. destroyed former Rep. Debbie Halvorson," Martin said in a tweet. "He got 71 percent of the vote. She will go into witness protection tomorrow!" Related Coverage: See what Jackson had to say about his Tuesday night victory. But why was Jackson able to win by such a large margin? Several news outlets are asking that very question, and the answers run the gamut. CBS2 reporter Derrick Blakley, summed up several reasons for Halvorson's loss in his election night report: In the end, she simply could not compete with Congressman Jackson's major name recognition, his support of …