JUDY HSU: Let's Talk About Who Is Up And Down This Week. Senator Mark Kirk, You Say Is Up.
LAURA WASHINGTON: He Has A New Video Ad Out Called “Courage.” It Is Going Wild On YouTube. He Has Gotten Over A Half Million Hits On That. This Is His Way Of Introducing Himself And Also He Wants To Get A Leg Up On The Online Activity For His Campaign.
Nick Klitzing, Exectuive Director of the Illinois Republican Party, issued the following statement: “Illinois Democrats are already worried about Tammy Duckworth’s ability to win a Democratic primary. Longtime backers Senator Durbin and Mayor Emanuel are backing away on their support for Duckworth. Only a few years ago, Democrats lined up to help her, but things seem to have dramatically changed. If her former supporters aren’t sure she can win in an open Democratic primary, they must be worried sick at the prospect of her taking on an Illinois champion in Senator Kirk."
House Speaker Mike Madigan and the Democrats who blindly follow him are pushing through an unbalanced budget with a $4 billion hole – without any semblance of structural reform. Just like they did last year. And the year before. And the year before that.
Illinois is one of the top agricultural producers and exporters in the United States. Its exports are worth nearly $8 billion dollars and support more than 74,000 farms and businesses across the state. I'm working with my colleagues in Congress to maintain and expand that leadership with passage of Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
With a budget deadline looming, Speaker Mike Madigan and the politicians who blindly follow him have engaged in nonsensical political theater for weeks and are now on a path to pass a phony budget once again. Just like last year, the Democrats are trying to pass an unbalanced budget that completely ignores the massive budget hole and does nothing to confront a crisis of their own making.