Economic development is the focus of WNIJ’s latest collaboration with the Rockford Register Star. WNIJ’s Mike Moen and the Register Star’s Chuck Sweeny recently discussed the topic with 16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger and Jason Anderson, who's the economic development director for the city of Rochelle.
President Obama's statement on Syria has drawn responses from Illinois' elected representatives.
On Saturday, the president said the White House plans to take military action against Syria's regime for its use of chemical weapons, but added that he first will seek approval from Congress.
16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger says if he is asked to go to Washington right away, he would support taking military action. But the Republican says the longer it takes to get approval, the action taken by U.S. forces becomes less effective.
Members of Congress are back home instead of trying to work out a plan to avoid massive across-the-board cuts scheduled to take effect March 1st. Many are using the opportunity to show how sequestration will hurt the people who live and work in their districts.
The 113th Congress includes a freshman Democrat from northern Illinois and a second term Republican from a neighboring district who is taking on new territory. Cheri Bustos and Adam Kinzinger are busy preparing for what lies ahead in the next session.
Democratic leaders in the 16th Congressional district have chosen a candidate to run against Republican Adam Kinzinger this fall. A caucus of county party leaders within the district voted to slate Wanda Rohl.