Monday, September 13, 2010

Halvorson, Kinzinger release statements on their debates for the 11th Congressional race

The 2010 race for the Illinois 11th Congressional District between incumbent Democrat Debbie Halvorson and Republican challenger Adam Kinzinger is heating up.

The 11th Congressional district includes Kankakee County:

Map of the 11th Congressional District of Illinois
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Halvorson and Kinzinger are scheduled to participate in 3 debates.  The way the debates are described in press releases by the two campaigns is noticeably different.

11th Congressional District Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson released the following statement on her website regarding debates between herself and Kinzinger:

Halvorson Announces Debate Schedule

Halvorson will take part in three debates: She and her opponent will appear together before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on October 5th for a joint endorsement session that will be posted online, a second meeting at Illinois State University in Normal, IL on October 12th; and a third debate hosted by WCMY-AM in Ottawa, IL on October 13th."

Kinzinger's website had a much longer and more detailed description of the debates.  Press release regarding 11th Congressional District Debates from Adam Kinzinger's website:

"Sep 7, 2010
Halvorson dodges open debates

Incumbent not interested in standing before public

 NEW LENOX – Just as she dodged constituents and Town Hall meetings while supporting the massive federal stimulus bill and health care reform, Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson is once again doing her very best to avoid public contact by ducking open debates with Republican challenger Adam Kinzinger.
The incumbent Congresswoman waited two months and a Congressional recess to pass before agreeing to any joint appearances with Kinzinger, and then sought to hide her evasion with a press release Friday “announcing” her participation in three “debates.” But the statement fails to mention that two of the three meetings are closed to the public (Chicago Tribune Editorial Board – Oct. 5 and WCMY AM Radio, Ottawa – Oct. 13) or that Kinzinger had requested at least six debates to be held in every region of the District.
Under the Halvorson schedule, no public debates would be held in Bureau, Grundy, Kankakee, LaSalle, Livingston, Will or Woodford Counties – which combined account for more than 85 percent of the District.
“Congresswoman Halvorson has made it clear that she has little interest in debates, and even less in standing before the public,” said Kinzinger, who specifically requested a series of debates to be held during the six-week Congressional recess that ends September 10. “This is her opportunity to set the record straight and explain once and for all why she has voted for Speaker Pelosi’s agenda 93 percent of the time. There is still time to schedule more public meetings before Election Day, and I am hope the Congresswoman will reconsider.”
Kinzinger wrote to Halvorson more than eight weeks ago, requesting that their campaigns work together to identify mutually-acceptable dates, formats and sponsors for a minimum of six public debates in different regions of the 11th Congressional District. Kinzinger suggested the meetings take place during the Congressional Recess period in August and early September.
Halvorson ignored the request. When pushed by media she explained that she had a “huge job to do” in her official role before turning her attention to politics. The Congresswoman proceeded to fly-in House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for a campaign fundraiser that very week. She then found time for three separate campaign appearances with Sen. Dick Durbin in early August, and to attend an Illinois fundraiser with President Obama.
In renewing his request for additional debates Monday, Kinzinger asked Halvorson to place the same priority on scheduling joint-appearances as she has on her negative campaign to discredit his challenge and save her job.
 “It is disappointing to have a Representative who is more interested in engaging in personal attacks and cheap shots than an open, honest debate in front of the people she represents,” Kinzinger said. “It speaks volumes not only about the Halvorson campaign, but about what is wrong with Washington today – and why it is so important to shake things up on November 2, 2010.”

kankakeecountynews will make sure to look for the Oct. 5th debates to be posted online and share them on this site as soon as possible so voters can get a chance to hear from both candidates.

Friday, September 3, 2010

St. Anne Grade School Band performs at Pembroke Community Days Parade in Hopkins Park, Illinois

The St. Anne Giants Marching Band from St. Anne Grade School in St. Anne Illinois performed at the Pembroke Community Days Parade in Hopkins Park, Illinois. Despite the heat, the band put on a great show!

Here is a video of the St. Anne Illinois Grade School Marching Band-

More photos from the Pembroke Community Days Parade in Hopkins Park, Illinois:

Pembroke Township Fire Department at Community Days Parade

Pembroke Township Community Days Parade in Hopkins Park, Illinois

Thursday, September 2, 2010

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars used for Sandstone Hills Housing in Hopkins Park, Pembroke Township, Kankakee County, Illinois

Sign for the "Sandstone Hills" Housing Project in Hopkins Park, Illinois carried in the August 28th, 2010 Pembroke Township Community Days Parade in Hopkins Park

The project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and was supported by Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson.  According to Halvorson's website

"3/19/10 - Halvorson Supported Recovery Act Helps to Fund New Affordable Housing in Hopkins Park

Working to bring affordable housing options and needed jobs to Kankakee, Rep. Debbie Halvorson (IL-11) joined State Senator Toi Hutchinson, State Representative Lisa Dugan, Mayor Samuel Payton, and other local officials and community members at the ground breaking of Sandstone Hills, a single-family rent-to-own community of 29 homes made possible by federal Recovery Act funding.

"A critical part of the American Dream is the opportunity to have a home our families can call their own," said Halvorson. "The funding provided by the Recovery Act I voted for will offer an opportunity for families to purchase homes they can afford, at a time when they need help the most."

Funding for the Sandstone Hills development was provided through a combination of $6.34 million in federal Recovery Act funding, and over a million in funding from the State of Illinois. The funding, fought for by Halvorson, will create an estimated 75 jobs and create greater economic development for the Hopkins Park community. Sandstone Hills will fill a need for affordable housing in a critically underserved area, where low-income and rural populations lack affordable housing choices.

"I want to thank Congresswoman Halvorson for standing up and supporting the Recovery Act", said Jacquelyn Sneed, a Pembroke Township resident who is leading the project.  "Without the Federal Recovery Act, there is no way this project would have happened.  Hopkins Park needs affordable housing and by supporting the Recovery Act, Debbie Halvorson helped address this critical issue in our community."

A longtime supporter of affordable housing for Illinois families, Congresswoman Halvorson has helped deliver nearly $750,000 in Recovery Act funding to help families in need access affordable housing, and will continue to fight to make housing more accessible for all of her constituents."

Here is a photo of the Sandstone Hills Housing taken August 28, 2010 in Hopkins Park, Illinois:

New Sandstone Hills housing development funded by the Recovery Act in Hopkins Park, Illinois, Pembroke Township, Kankakee County.

 Video of construction of the new Sandstone Hills housing development funded by the ARRA, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

More photos of Hopkins Park, Illinois:

Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary from Kankakee, Illinois at the Pembroke Community Days Parade in Hopkins Park, Illinois.

Church in Hopkins Park, Pembroke Township, Kankakee County, Illinois

Gas Station in Hopkins Park, Pembroke Township, Kankakee County, Illinois.  One of few stores in Hopkins Park.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Kankakee County June 2010 Unemployment Rate

The June 2010 unemployment rate for Kankakee County was 12.6%, a 1.1% increase from June 2009.  For a detailed map of unemployment by county throughout Illinois, check out this New York Times interactive unemployment by county map.

As you can see on the map, nearby Iroquois County had an unemployment rate of 9.3%, a .7% increase from June 2009.  Will County had a 11% unemployment rate in June 2010, unchanged from June 2009.

Tractor Show at the Momence Gladiolus Festival

The Tractor Show at the Momence Gladiolus Festival featured many beautifully restored tractors of a variety of makes.  Here are some pictures from the show:

John Deere 4020

McCormick W-6 at Momence, Illinois tractor show

Farmall H Tractor in Momence, Illinois

Farmall Tractor at Momence Tractor Show

Farmall M at Momence Tractor Show in Momence, Illinois