Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson in Chicago today as Former President Bill Clinton urged voters to turn out in force

Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson was in Chicago today as Former President Bill Clinton rallied voters.

Check out the full story--including a quote from Halvorson--at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/26/AR2010102604087.html

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Nick Been and Adam Baumgartner hold Town Hall Meeting in Bradley, Illinois

Adam Baumgartner--Republican candidate for the Illinois 40th State Senate seat--and Nick Been--Republican candidate for the Illinois 79th State Representative seat--held a Tax Town Hall today in Bradley, Illinois.

Nick Been, with microphone, and Adam Baumgartner address the crowd at their Town Hall meeting

The event featured speakers from the Illinois Policy Institute For the Good of Illinois.

Videos of Adam Baumgartner--http://willcountynews.blogspot.com/2010/10/adam-baumgartner-republican-candidate.html

Video of Nick Been--http://kankakeecountynews.blogspot.com/2010/10/nick-been-republican-candidate-for.html

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halvorson launches two new websites advocating "Made in the USA"

Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson has launched two new websites aimed at advocating for increased manufacturing in her district.

http://www.letsmakeitinamerica.com allows people to upload pictures of products they have purchased which are Made in the USA.  The site features a welcome message from Halvorson which states: 
"It's time that our country stopped shipping jobs overseas, and started shipping goods instead. 
I've made it my mission to shop for goods Made In America.
Submit your photos of things you bought that were Made In The USA, and let's start making the conscience decision to support American made.

- Debbie Halvorson

Halvorson has also launched the site http://www.exportgoodsnotjobs.com which highlights her efforts to produce more goods Made in the USA.

Halvorson has also discussed US Manufacturing in relation to the Joliet and Elwood Intermodal Facilities.  The two intermodals make Will County home to the largest inland port in North America.

  At the July 30, 2010 opening of the Joliet Intermodal:
"Halvorson also said she is pushing for manufacturing incentives so that the freight trains leaving the area would carry more American products. The intermodal parks serve as distribution centers, but the bulk of the freight coming through is shipped from the Pacific Coast after having been imported from Asia. "We need to insist (train cargo cars) are shipped back full of items made in America," Halvorson said."


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Will County Politics interviews Green Party candidate for Governor Rich Whitney

Will County Politics interviewed Green Party candidate for Governor Rich Whitney at the Will County Fair.  Check it out!:

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Senator Dick Durbin to join Toi Hutchinson at Early Vote Rally

US Senator Dick Durbin is holding a rally for State Senator Toi Hutchinson Monday, October 18th at 6 pm in Bradley, Illinois.

For more information on the Early Vote Rally, visit Senator Hutchinson's website.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Debbie Halvorson believes no family farm or small business should ever be lost due to estate tax

Responding to a recent willcountynewsviewpoints post, Greg Bales--New Media Director for Debbie Halvorson for Congress--provided Congresswoman Halvorson's position on the estate tax--

"Congresswoman Halvorson believes that no family farm or small business should ever be lost because of the estate tax. That is why she is proud to co-sponsor H.R. 3905 the Estate Tax Relief Act.  

This bipartisan bill raises the estate tax exemption level from $3.5 million to $5 million and indexes the exemption level to inflation, which would prevent the estate tax from hitting small businesses and family farms. 

The legislation also reduces the top estate tax rate from 45% to 35%. These changes are phased in over 10 years to minimize the impact on the deficit. 

Congresswoman Halvorson believes that Congress should act on this legislation immediately in order to prevent the estate tax rate from rising back to 55% in 2011. "

With an exemption of 5 million and a hypothetical family farm of 300 acres which is valued at 10,000 an acre, that farm could be passed down without any inheritance tax because the 300 X 10,000 is 3,000,000, which is obviously under the proposed 5 million exemption.  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Adam Kinzinger and Debbie Halvorson to debate tomorrow at Illinois State University

Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Republican challenger Adam Kinzinger will participate in a debate tomorrow, October 12, 2010, at Illinois State University.

The debate will take place from 6-8 pm at the Bone Student Center-Brown Ballroom.

The race between the two for the Illinois 11th Congressional seat has been heated.

If you want to listen to the debate, it will be streamed live by Bloomington radio station WJBC at www.wjbc.com.

Map of the 11th Congressional District of Illinois
Illinois 11th Congressional District map, from halvorson.house.gov

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson announces "Export Goods, Not Jobs" Initiative

Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson has announced a new initiative on her website:

"Fighting to continue the work of putting our economy on the road to recovery and putting Illinois families back to work, Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (D-IL) announced her ‘Export Goods, Not Jobs’ initiative today, presenting a series of plans to bring jobs back to Illinois while fighting against new unfair trade deals that have proven to ship jobs overseas.

“As I have traveled our district talking to voters, I hear every day that we need to export goods, not jobs from Illinois, and work to bring jobs back for Illinois families,” said Debbie Halvorson. “We have seen what Adam Kinzinger wants to do, and it’s pass more unfair trade deals that have already shipped thousands of jobs overseas. I’m focused on helping working class families find good-paying jobs that provide the peace of mind they deserve, and that’s exactly what my ‘Export  Goods, Not Jobs’ initiative aims to do.”

Halvorson's 'Export Goods, Not Jobs' Agenda features a series of plans that pledge to end unfair trade practices, establish a national manufacturing strategy, modernize workforce investment programs, and provide new tax incentives and lines of capital for manufacturers to grow and create jobs.

Discussing this new initiative and how we can continue to focus on creating jobs in Illinois, Halvorson will launch a tour throughout her district, talking with constituents about the costs of Kinzinger’s trade policies and the details of her plan. Further information on the ‘Export Goods, Not Jobs’ tour will be released closer to the tour dates.

Details of the 'Export Goods, Not Jobs' agenda can be found below or by clicking here.

‘Export Goods, Not Jobs’ Initiative

America’s economic prosperity depends on the success of our manufacturing sector and over the last few decades millions of American manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas because of unfair trade agreements and tax loopholes.  Now is the time to act to jumpstart our nation’s manufacturing sector with policies that will create new, good-paying manufacturing jobs right here in America.  Although we are moving in the right direction, we can not afford to wait to pass a comprehensive manufacturing job creation bill that will include the following:

End Unfair Trade Practices

    * For years China has undervalued its currency, which allows Chinese producers to sell its goods in the U.S. market at artificially low prices, undercutting American manufactures.  Halvorson is a co-sponsor of legislation to keep countries like China from harming U.S. manufacturers by putting them at a competitive disadvantage with these abusive practices.  The House has already passed this legislation and the Senate must act now to send it to the President.
    * Halvorson is also calling on Congress to address the issue of the U.S. government losing $84 million annually and thousands of American jobs due to foreign governments unfairly dumping or subsidizing products and then using evasive trade practices to avoid U.S. imposed duties.  Halvorson proposes legislation to hold these foreign governments accountable by allowing the Department of Commerce to investigate evasion of trade remedy laws, establish a rapid-response plan to allow the U.S. to respond to allegations of evasion, and improve the safety of imports.
    * Halvorson is also fighting to limit U.S. government purchasing of goods made in China until the Chinese government allows procurement of goods made in the United States by supporting legislation to end this practice.
    * Standing up to Democratic leaders to oppose the Korea Free Trade Agreement as currently negotiated and calling on Congress to work together to ensure that the Korea Free Trade Agreement is renegotiated to include language that protects Illinois manufacturers from unfair trade practices.

Implement a National Strategy for Manufacturing

    * In order to compete in a global economy, we must have a strategy to create manufacturing jobs right here in America, including proposals to boost productivity and incentivize growth.  Halvorson cosponsored and voted in favor of requiring the President to submit a National Manufacturing Strategy every four years to Congress that includes comprehensive manufacturing proposals to save and create manufacturing jobs in the U.S.  Now the Senate must act so that hard-working middle-income Americans are not left behind as we create the next generation of jobs.

Modernize Workforce Investment Programs

    * American workers can outperform anyone in the world, if given the opportunity.   Unfortunately, too many of our workers are not trained in the skills needed to compete in a rapidly changing global economy. Halvorson worked with the National Association of Manufacturers to introduce and pass the AMERICA Works Act, and now calls on the Senate to pass this bill which will modernize workforce training programs to better prepare participants for high-tech jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Tax Incentives for American Manufacturing and Clean Energy

As a small business owner with her husband, Congresswoman Halvorson understands what small businesses need to invest—the certainty that comes from incentives to invest right here in America:

    * Tax Relief for Manufacturers:  Halvorson fought to provide incentives for manufacturers to make capital investments.  Currently, because of legislation introduced by Halvorson, manufacturers can deduct immediately up to $250,000 spent on new equipment and machinery until the end of 2010.   Halvorson also sponsored a related recently enacted provision that allows companies to immediately deduct up to 50% of the cost of new equipment and machinery. However, we must not let something that helps so many manufacturers grow and expand.  Halvorson calls on Congressional leadership to extend both of these provisions  through 2012 to give manufacturers the certainty they need to continue to invest in new equipment and machinery.
    * Tax Incentives for U.S. Expansion:  Halvorson is also proposing new federal tax incentives through the Economic Development Agency for manufacturers that choose to expand a current facility or open a new facility in the United States instead of overseas.
    * Clean Energy Tax Credits:  The next generation of manufacturing is going to focus on clean energy manufacturing.  Halvorson supports legislation to extend tax credits for investments in clean energy manufacturing and mechanical insulation, which promises to create tens of thousands of jobs across the country and in the 11th District home to several clean energy and mechanical insulation manufacturers.

Increase Access to Capital for Manufacturers through Loan Guarantees

    * Small and medium sized manufacturers should have the resources they need to grow and hire new workers.  With credit markets still very tight, many manufacturers are having difficulty accessing the capital they need to expand, even manufacturers with strong credit histories.  Halvorson calls for the creation of a new loan guarantee program under the Department of Commerce that will guarantee private loans made to small and medium sized manufacturers who implement job creating expansion plans.

Increase Opportunities for Exporting Local Products
    * Local manufacturers must have access to the raw materials to produce their goods as well as the customers across the country and across the world in order to compete globally.  Halvorson has worked with local and state officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders to ensure the development of one of the largest intermodal facilities in the country right here in Will County which will provide local manufacturers the ability to produce their goods and export to foreign markets.  Halvorson calls on the leaders of both parties to work together to pass the highway authorization bill and invest in our transportation infrastructure so that local manufacturers are able to transport their good made in America to consumers across the country and the globe.  
   * Halvorson is also a strong advocate for modernization and repair of our nation's waterway system. Every year more than $16 billion worth of goods transit on the Illinois Waterway, but much of the waterway system is aging and badly in need of upgrade. Our nation's waterway infrastructure is essential to the export of American manufacturing goods and agricultural products."

Southtown Star endorses Adam Kinzinger in the Illinois 11th Congressional District

The Southtown Star has endorsed Adam Kinzinger for the Illinois 11th Congressional District.

Kinzinger is the Republican challenger to incumbent Democrat Debbie Halvorson.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cedra Crenshaw and AJ Wilhelmi debate on WJOL

Democratic State Senator AJ Wilhelmi and his Republican challenger Cedra Crenshaw went head to head on WJOL.  The debate got heated as Crenshaw accused Wilhelmi of "pay to play" politics while Wilhelmi questioned how Crenshaw planned to cut state programs when 90% of state spending goes to health, education, and social service programs that depend on state money to serve children and families.

Wilhelmi and Crenshaw are battling it out for the 43rd State Senate Seat.  The 43rd District includes many Will County Townships, such as: Manhattan Township, Jackson Township, Joliet Township, Troy Township, and DuPage Township.

Map of the 43rd Illinois State Senate District, from http://www.ajwilhelmi.com/

Listen to the entire conversation at WJOL.