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 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 …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
After being sworn in on January 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.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is already taking on a leadership role as the new 8th congressional district representative for Illinois in congress. After being sworn in January 3, Duckworth was elected to serve as the Democratic Whip for the freshmen class. The ‘whip’ serves three main functions, including 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 press release. In addition to become the freshmen Whip, Duckworth also was named to the House Committees on Armed Services, Oversight…
Saturday, January 5, 2013
On Thursday, January 3, Duckworth was sworn in as the new representative for the 8th congressional district.
After a stealth win over incumbent Congressman Joe Walsh, Tammy Duckworth was sworn in Thursday, January 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. The press release went on to say, "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 ten-point win over Walsh in the November 6, 2012 general election. …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Tammy Duckworth, the new 8th congressional district representative for Illinois, was allowed by the U.S. House Speaker to choose office space that would be most handicapped-accessible.
When you're newly elected in Washington D.C., there is a lottery system to determine where office space will be, but Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) was allowed to bypass the system due to her need for a handicapped-accessible space, according to the Chicago Tribune. Duckworth is a double amputee who lost her legs in Iraq in 2004 when the helicopter she was in was hit by a rocket-powered grenade. The architect of the U.S. Capitol will be reconfiguring the first-floor office, according to the Chicago Tribune, so the space is as handicapped-accessible as possible for Duckworth.
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 26, 2012
A recent WGN-TV poll shows Tammy Duckworth has 50-percent of the vote, compared to Joe Walsh's 40-percent. Nine-percent are reportedly undecided.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Tammy Duckworth's lead has grown in recent days as she and imbumbent 8th Congressional Distriction Congressman Joe Walsh head towards the November 6 election, according to a recent poll conducted by WGN-TV. The poll indicates 9-percent of voters remain undecided, and could be independents who many-times have decided elections, WGN-TV reports. A recent debate between Walsh and Duckworth became controversial when Walsh initially stated under no circumstances should an abortion occur to save the life of a child. He later clarified those comments in a press conference.