Schakowsky, Dold Begin Petition Drives

Supporters press representatives on efforts to create jobs.

Job creation was the topic foremost on people’s minds as they gathered to help candidates of their choice for Congress and other offices circulate nominating petitions due Dec. 5 for the March 20 primary ballot Saturday throughout the area. 

At the Wheeling and Palatine Township Democratic Organization Office in Arlington Heights, told an overflowing crowd of more than 60 people that supporting the efforts to pass President Barack Obama’s was her top priority.

“If we want to create jobs then we create jobs. That is what the President is doing with his bill,” Schakowsky said. “When you put money in schools you have to hire people to do the work. They go out and spend the money."

Finding common ground

A few hours after Schakowsky made her remarks to Democratic volunteers in Arlington Heights, of Highland Park asked about the same subject at the Lake County Republican Federation offices in Libertyville. 

Shapiro was one of more than 20 supporters who braved rainy weather to hear Dold and take petitions to circulate to help him begin his reelection effort. Dold shared his ideas with the group. 

“The focus is not just cutting spending,” Dold said. “Jobs and the economy is the number one issue in the country. We need to create an environment where small and medium businesses have the certainty to forecast so they can hire more people.” 

Schakowsky was critical of House Republican efforts to reduce regulations to establish a more stable environment for the business community particularly on environmental issues. 

“The Republican idea of job creation is to pass bills that will eviscerate the Clean Air and Water Act,” Schakowsky said. “We need new technology jobs that will provide energy use needed in a clean environment.” 

Schakowsky also blamed House and Senate Republicans for being willing to sacrifice the economy to defeat President Obama next year. Dold rejects that idea and challenges Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to debate legislation the House has already passed. 

“We’ve passed a number of bills that are sitting in the U.S. Senate,” Dold said. “I challenge Harry Reid to debate them, pass them or reject them.” Dold is willing to enact the parts of the American Jobs Act quickly where there is agreement. “Let’s find common ground and pass it.” 

Spreading the message

While Schakowsky is not sure the American Jobs Act or her more expansive Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act she introduced Sept. 15 will become law, she hopes it will get more people thinking about getting people back to work. 

“We need to change the conversation,” Schakowsky said. “When polls tell us 91 percent of Americans want to tax the millionaires and billionaires more and 75 percent want to preserve Medicare that has to include Republicans. You don’t get those numbers without them.” 

Schakowsky was introduced by who also asked the group for help circulate petitions to spread her message in a race against Republican challenger of Northbrook. 

and Michael Bausone of Des Plaines were two more candidates asking for signatures. They are both seeking the Democratic nomination to replace retiring ). of Highland Park is the sole Republican candidate for the spot. 

While Schakowsky and Dold encouraged supporters to carry petitions to get their names on the ballot, two of the three people hoping for the opportunity to challenge Dold were doing the same thing. 

Waukegan community organizer organized a canvass in Highland Park. Deerfield management consultant walked door to door in his neighborhood. Schneider, Sheyman and Mundelein attorney are running for the Democratic nomination. 

Sheyman is not only getting petitions signed but has his volunteers talking to voters to learn their feelings on issues. 

“We are going door to door to Democrats asking them to help us get on the ballot,” Sheyman said. “It’s also an opportunity to have conversations about the economy.” 

Schneider plans to collect signatures from 600 people and have his “volunteers collect a multiple of that.” Though he was in Washington last week where three members of Congress and a former Representative held a fundraiser for him, he places as much value on hearing what his neighbors think. 

“I get a sense of the mood of the community and what’s important at this moment in time,” Schneider said. 

On Wednesday Rep. John Carney (D-DL), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Rep. Alyson Schwartz (D-PA) and former Rep. Barron Hill (D-IN) held a money raising event for Schneider in Washington. 

Through his efforts as a volunteer advocate for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish United Fund, Schneider has developed relationships with a number of members of Congress.

Clark Kent September 27, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Here we go with another of Mr. Sadin's obsessed "news reports" about Schakowsky and her comparable khaveyrim. She is always portrayed as a "fighter" but anyone has yet to identify what SPECIFIC things she has accomplished all the years on a cushy federal salary. WHAT SPECIFICALLY HAS SHE DONE TO S A V E TAX DOLLARS???? Yak yak yak. yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak. That's all she has produced...enuf hot air to fill a million balloons... ...in addition, of course to the ruse of "co-sponsoring" bills which other WORKING congressmen actually introduced. Jan! Our national treasure! If she DID even a mere 1% of what she suspirates (and others like Mr. Sadin ludicrously claim) ...she would have been the Democratic Senate candidate instead of multi-millionaire Giannoulia$, "leader" of a bank the Feds had to shut down. Jan and hubby Bobby $chemer signed to avoid taxes, and Giannoulia$ got his $hare before his investors lost. Oh! All we can do is think about their lives! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ_-CmwHWPo IS this the quality of "news" readers of PATCH can expect again and again?
Deep Dish Pizza September 28, 2011 at 05:43 AM
Clark Clark Clark You sound whiney. Most of the article is about other people not Schakowsky. Maybe you're secretly in love obsessed with Schakowsky and jealous that she's already married. Get a life bub.
Clark Kent September 28, 2011 at 02:08 PM
@Deep, Deeper and Deepest (and it sure ain't pizza!) Thanks to the marvels of computer applications, I was able to determine that this article had a total of 810 words, of which 335 were concerned with the Goddess Jan. Using the marvels of a calculator, this mean that 41.358% of the article concerned your favorite deity. So that means (see, I'm a nice guy and trying to save you from mental fatigue) that the remaining NINE people mentioned shared 58.624% and thus averaged a whopping average of 6.5158% each. Yeah...you're real perceptive regarding who dominates this article. Wow! With those kinds of abilities, I bet you're a liberal! With such skills you could be a Democratic congresswhatever. BTW, You made 26 posting of which only one dealt with a non-congrssional Dold topic. This means that a paltry 97.6% of your ravings were about Dold. Maybe you're secretly in love obsessed with Dold and jealous that he's already married. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzP6DZhvDOU
forest barbieri September 29, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Regardless of anyones secret obsessions...hey is Heidi Klum still married? Jan does not offer much value and hopefully will be replaced in the next election. I also want to point out that there is a number of Repulicans that need to be retired from service so this is a nondenominational rant. Best
Concerned Patriot October 01, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Hilarious. The guy using a fake name for Superman complains about a guy named Pizza but fake Superman proves Pizza's point mathematically in the process. Snore....


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