Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The bill now faces one final obstacle: the Illinois House floor.
The Senate-cleared same-sex marriage bill took its first step towards passage in the state House today after passing a 6-5 Executive Committee vote, the Chicago Tribune reports. READ: Illinois Senate Passes Historic Same Sex Marriage Bill The bill now faces what is expected to be its toughest challenge yet. House floor action is essentially the last step in its passage as Gov. Pat Quinn already expressed his endorsement of the bill. Get the rest of the story by the Chicago Tribune
Thursday, March 29, 2012
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of the 1st Congressional District wore the hooded sweatshirt to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Rep. Bobby Rush was asked to leave the House floor Wednesday morning after he donned a gray hoodie and sunglasses to protest the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Rush was addressing the issue Wednesday morning when he took off his suit jacket, as shown in the clip above. "Just because someone wears a hoodie, does not make them a hoodlum," Rush said. Presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) cut off Rush several times and asked the sergeant at arms to enforce the House's chamber dress code, The Huffington Post reports. Rush then left the chamber. Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed while walking unarmed through a Sanford, Fla. neighborhood on Feb. 26. His shooter, George Zimmerman, says he shot Maritn in self-defense. Zimmerman…
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Bobby Rush cast a 'yes' vote Monday to support the debt ceiling compromise.
As the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on a debt ceiling deal that passed through the House of Representatives on Monday by a count of 269 to 161, Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) said he’s confident that the compromise both sides made Sunday will be in the best interest of the American people. The proposed deal allows for robust U.S. borrowing by the Treasury in exchange for more than $2 trillion in long-term spending cuts. By voting "yes," Rush said, "I stand in support of the President and bipartisan leaders who were determined to avert a fiscal crisis of major proportions.” “… I realize that not raising the debt ceiling would have destabilized American households and increased worries and concerns among many hard-hit seniors, the unemployed and …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sen. Mark Kirk answered questions and outlined his view on the budget deficit in a town hall meeting Saturday.
As a budget battle looms in the nation's capital, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) focused his remarks on the federal deficit and spending during a town hall forum in Frankfort on Saturday. Kirk took questions from attendees who filled an elementary school gym looking for the opportunity to hear and question their senator. “I don’t want you to walk out of here feeling completely bad about the future of the United States,” Kirk said, before launching into a discussion on growing federal spending. The event was supposed to feature freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11th). An early-morning budget vote prevented Kinzinger from attending in person, but he made remarks via videoconference. Kinzinger echoed Kirk’s belief that Congress should cut …