Illinois Congressional delegation gets greener while Aaron Schock ranks dirtiest

The League of Conservation Voters released their 2012 scorecard, and it shows that the Illinois Congressional delegation is much greener today than it was last year. Most of those who had the worst environmental voting records were defeated in the 2012 election. One exception, who scored lowest of them all, wants to run for Governor.

Notoriously anti-environment, anti-science Congressmen like Bobby Schilling, Joe Walsh, and Don Manzullo (who all scored 6%) were defeated in the recent election, thanks in part to newly drawn districts.

The lowest scoring Democrat was Jerry Costello, who retired. We can hope for a better record from his replacement, Democrat Bill Enyart, but his pandering to the coal industry is discouraging. You would think more Southern Illinois politicians would have noticed that a coal-based economy has never brought stable prosperity to the region before, and it isn’t going to suddenly start now.

Two members of the Illinois delegation scored 100%! Northside Chicago Congressman Mike Quigley and my favorite Senator, Dick Durbin.

One Congressman holds the dubious distinction of earning 3%, the lowest ranking in Illinois: Aaron Schock. That surprised me because he ran for Congress as a pro-environment moderate. I thought he might have a record similar to Republican Tim Johnson, who at least scored 60%. It takes effort to have an even lower score than a climate-change denying zealot like John Shimkus.

Campaign ads during his first race for Congress featured him in front of wind turbines promoting alternative energy. He gave lip service to clean energy, but voted for large coal and oil subsidies. Continue reading Illinois Congressional delegation gets greener while Aaron Schock ranks dirtiest

Sunday Talks, 10/9/11

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel highlights this Sunday’s television talk shows in his new role as mayor of Chicago.

He’ll appear – live from Chicago – on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss his . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 10/9/11

Proposed Congressional Map Provides Opportunities for Downstate Illinois Democrats

The legislature passed an incumbent-protection map for Illinois members of Congress in 2000. In contrast, the proposed map released this morning could mix things up. I found the Google . . . → Read More: Proposed Congressional Map Provides Opportunities for Downstate Illinois Democrats

Aaron Schock praises bipartisanship while remaining partisan

A recent Gatehouse news headline declares, “Schock: Congressional bipartisanship a good omen for 2011.”

That sounds like good news! We need more Republican Congressman who will set aside the past two years of obstruction.

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