Sunday, April 21, 2013
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) canceled her scheduled appearance on Meet the Press and instead chose to assess flood damage in the 8th Congressional District.
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Sunday, April 21
Sunday, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) canceled her scheduled appearance on Meet the Press and instead chose to assess flood damage in the 8th Congressional District. She planned visits the Red Cross Shelter in Wheeling, and to assess flood damage in Des Plaines, Addison and Lombard. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families whose lives have been disrupted by the flooding,” said Duckworth. “I have been inspired by the efforts of first responders, local officials, and ordinary citizens who have assisted those who have lost so much during the last several days. I will do everything within my power to make sure that the federal government provides assistance to my neighbors so that they can rebuild their lives. The people of …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-8th) has released a statement about the historic decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court 40 years ago today.
Tuesday, January 22
A statement from Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth: Forty years ago today, the Roe v. Wade decision marked a milestone for women’s rights. That landmark case reaffirmed a woman’s control over her own body. Over the past four decades, it has also prevented unnecessary suffering for thousands of women by ending the necessity of potentially deadly back room procedures. It is essential that on this anniversary we not only recognize the Roe v. Wade decision, but also acknowledge that its protection of women’s rights is currently under attack. In the last Congress and election in particular, politicians in Washington and across the country advocated limiting women’s choices and in some cases argued that they should have no choices at all when it …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of the 8th Congressional District spoke at a rally Saturday and said there are a number of ways people can serve our country.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of the 8th District participated in the National Day of Service commemoration Saturday, and encouraged all Americans to find some way to serve others. “There are so many great ways to serve your country,” Duckworth said. “Whether it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen or nursing home, tutoring at a school, or helping to build affordable housing. “We all have a responsibility to go into our communities and make a difference,” she said. Duckworth also took part in a community service project at Ideal Academy in Washington D.C. and spoke at a rally on the National Mall. Duckworth volunteers at Feeding Greater Elgin and St. Paul’s Food Pantry in Bloomington, Illinois. She also is a 21 year veteran in the United …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
After being sworn in Jan. 3, Tammy Duckworth has been named to serve on a number of House committees and will serve as the Democratic Whip for the freshman class.
Saturday, January 12
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-8th) is taking on a leadership role since being sworn in Jan. 3. Duckworth was elected to serve as the Democratic Whip for the freshmen class. The whip serves three primary functions: strategy coordination, supplying members and leaders with information, and ensuring representatives are present to vote on key legislation. “Congress needs leaders who are willing to put politics and partisanship aside to get results for their constituents, and I plan on doing just that,” Duckworth said in a prepared statement. In addition to becoming the freshmen whip, Duckworth also was named to the House Committees on Armed Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. “…
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Late last week, Duckworth was sworn in as the new representative for the 8th Congressional District.
Sunday, January 6
After a stealth win over incumbent Congressman Joe Walsh, Tammy Duckworth was sworn in Thursday, Jan. 3 in Washington, D.C., as the new representative for the 8th Congressional District. The ceremony was held at the Disabled American Veterans office. “I want to thank the people of the 8th Congressional District for giving me the great honor of serving them in Congress," Duckworth said in a press release. "I am eager to get to work on behalf of my constituents. There are many issues facing our nation and I will work with anyone who loves this country as much as I do to get her moving again." Duckworth was victorious with more than a 10-point lead over Walsh in the Nov. 6, 2012 General Election. Since the loss, Walsh has hinted he would …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Patch contacted 10 newly elected representatives to find out what they plan to do to help curb gun violence in our country in the wake of last week's mass killing in Newtown, CT. Those who actually wanted to discuss the issue say it's time for a change.
When members of the 113th Congress take their seats in January, one of the top items on their agenda very well could be a new look at federal gun control laws. In the wake of the Newtown, CT, tragedy of one week ago today, President Obama on Wednesday set a January deadline for his administration to "create concrete proposals" to curb gun violence in the United States. Obama also called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 to "pursue the possibility of limiting high-capacity ammunition clips" and to "close a gun show loophole that allows people to purchase firearms from private dealers without a background check." What will come of this renewed debate is yet to be seen, but what is certain is that …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Results came in quickly Tuesday night, and by 10:15 p.m. Duckworth was the clear winner.
Update 12:00 a.m. Republican Congressman Joe Walsh knew Cook County would be a challenge in his quest for the 8th Congressional seat, but he and his staffers hoped conservative voters from DuPage and Kane County would offset that obstacle. That was not the case on Tuesday. With 409 of the 430 precincts reporting election results by 11 p.m., Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth held 56.3 of the votes and Walsh had 43.7. Duckworth had 116,872 votes to Walsh's 97,331 at that time. DuPage County numbers were slightly closer; Duckworth grabbing 52 percent of the votes to Walsh's 48 percent - with all precincts from that county reporting. Kane County still had 12 precincts to send in votes, but Duckworth had the lead there, too. The three hours…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth (D) and freshman Republican Joe Walsh (R) each have received substantial financial support to reach out to voters, in addition to other area candidates, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Thousands of dollars have been donated, and thousands of phone calls made to help clinch the 8th Congressional District seat currently held by freshman republican Joe Walsh, the Chicago Tribune reports. Both democratic challenger, Tammy Duckworth and Walsh each have received substantial support from their party's Super PAC's, but the Chicago Tribune reports Walsh has outspent Duckworth by thousands.
Friday, November 2, 2012
With the election just four days away, Congressman Joe Walsh and his opponent Tammy Duckworth are doing all they can to discredit each other.
With the November 6 election just days away, the barbs between incumbent Congressman Joe Walsh and his opponent Tammy Duckworth appear to be at a fever pitch. Walsh has called into question Duckworth's firing of two state employees when she ran the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, CBS reports. Duckworth has commented little as she has said the case is still in litigation. Duckworth has pointed the finger as well. In a press release from her campaign office Thursday, Duckworth criticized Walsh for his alleged association with the group Now or Never, for spending $1 million against her campaign. She referred the group as a "Super PAC completely funded by the far-right wing organization Americans for Limited Government," according …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Republican 8th District Congressman Joe Walsh held a press conference to clarify comments he made regarding abortion Thursday.
Republican 8th District Congressman Joe Walsh held a press conference to clarify comments he made regarding abortion Thursday (SEE VIDEO). Walsh made some absolute statements Thursday on whether abortions are necessary, even in the instance of saving the life of pregnant women. The comments came during a WTTW debate with his Democratic challenger, Tammy Duckworth. Walsh stated "With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance [where abortions are necessary to save a woman's life]," The Hill reported. According to the Chicago Tribune, when reporters asked for clarification to confirm Walsh meant even when it was medically necessary to save a woman's life, his stance remained; he was quoted as saying, "Absolutely." Duckworth…