Articles filed under 13th Congressional District

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  • Low-income seniors to get housing help under Biggert’s bill Jan 1, 2011 2:08 PM
    Legislation that will provide more suburban low-income seniors with affordable housing options has passed both houses of Congress. Co-sponsored by Hinsdale Rep. Judy Biggert, the Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act allows the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to dole out funds to remodel low-income housing for seniors. The legislation, which is awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature, also makes it easier for owners to convert properties into housing for low-income seniors. The legislation has been in the works since 2007. Biggert calls it “the product of nearly four years of bipartisan collaboration and expert professionals,” many of them from the suburbs. Michael Frigo, vice president of Mayslake Village, says the new law will help the Oak Brook campus convert 100 outdated 300-square-foot efficiency apartments into 50 larger, more modern one-bedroom apartments. The efficiency apartments, smaller than some dorm rooms, were built in the 60s and “in desperate need of remodeling,” Frigo said. Senior residents of the campus, many of whom have limited mobility, find the efficiency units, smaller than some dorm rooms, too cramped to live in, Frigo said. “We get five to 10 calls about housing a day. But this got to the point, because they were so small people said I can’t possibly live in this. Everything else we have on campus is one bedroom.” Frigo said Biggert has “spearheaded the project from day 1,” working closely to hear the needs of seniors on campus. Along with the housing legislation allowing for remodeling funds, Congress also passed the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act. Also co-sponsored by Biggert, it reauthorizes the housing and urban development department’s Section 811 program, which provides affordable supportive housing vouchers for people with disabilities. The legislation is expected to provide funding to triple the number of such housing units built with federal dollars; speed up that process, and provide incentives to nonprofit and for-profit agencies to partner on such projects.

  • Suburban representatives say yes to tax deal Dec 16, 2010 11:55 PM
    Many suburban members of Illinois' congressional delegation weren't thrilled with aspects of a sweeping piece of legislation that would extend tax cuts to Americans at every income level rather than let them expire.

  • Suburbs watch DREAM Act progress Dec 9, 2010 11:23 AM
    A measure that would help millions of children raised illegally in the suburbs and around the country become citizens cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, but faces an even bigger one. By a 216-198 vote, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Biggert beats back challenge in 13th Congressional District Nov 3, 2010 12:16 AM
    Six-term U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert easily beat back a challenge from Democrat Scott Harper in the closely watched 13th Congressional District race. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Biggert won with 64 percent of the vote compared to Harper’s 36 percent, according to unofficial results.

  • DuPage congressional incumbents face different battles Oct 30, 2010 9:27 PM
    The two Republican congressional incumbents who represent most of DuPage County in Washington, D.C. are facing wildly different challenges from Democratic nominees on Nov. 2.

  • Congress, 13th District: Biggert Oct 22, 2010 9:32 PM
    The 13th Congressional District has a repeat race from 2008 incumbent Republican Judy Biggert is being challenged by Democrat Scott Harper.

  • Biggert, Harper differ on offshore drilling Mar 1, 2011 5:11 PM
    Among the divergent viewpoints of U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert and Scott Harper about offshore drilling is the issue of cleanup funding.

  • Roskam should pay for his fliers Oct 22, 2010 8:49 PM
    Recently, a couple of fliers came to me in the mail from U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam's office. They are full-color, glossy and printed on good quality paper (one four pages, the other six). They must have cost a pretty penny to print.

  • Roskam mailing was 'disrespectful' Oct 22, 2010 8:47 PM
    It is a relief to hear there is a pre-election black-out period when politicians like Peter Roskam can't send unsolicited campaign materials disguised as "reports."

  • 10th Congressional candidate urging supporters to post comments online Aug 15, 2010 12:01 AM
    The Internet has become a new public meeting place for political campaigns, as supporters and opponents line up to post comments - often anonymously - after news stories about candidates.

  • Suburban congressional incumbents show big fund gains Jul 17, 2010 12:01 AM
    Incumbents in suburban congressional races spent the early summer months adding to their war chests, continuing to pull ahead of their respective challengers in raising funds for the November election.

  • Chicago gun ban on way out, but mayor vows fight Jun 29, 2010 6:37 AM
    A Supreme Court ruling finding that Americans have the right to bear arms anywhere they live almost certainly means the end of Chicago's decades-old handgun ban, but it may not make handgun ownership there much easier if the city's powerful mayor has his way.

  • Interest groups see opportunity in Kagan fight Jun 10, 2010 12:01 AM
    From her office just behind the Supreme Court, Carrie Severino of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network watched the money come in waves.

  • Biggert among 3 from Illinois named to financial regulation panel Jun 10, 2010 8:49 AM
    U.S. House leaders named 20 Democrats and 10 Republicans, including 13th Congressional District Representative Judy Biggert, to work with senators on a panel designed to merge financial-regulation bills passed by the two chambers into a single measure for President Barack Obama's signature.

  • Regulation, transparency key to reforms May 7, 2010 6:48 AM
    If you find the ongoing debate over financial reform legislation confusing, you're not alone. The financial industry that made a fortune by recklessly and unethically gambling with other people's money has spent hundreds of millions of dollars and hired an army of lobbyists to muddy the waters in order to make proposed reforms difficult to understand and enact.

  • End bailouts: past, present and future May 6, 2010 12:01 AM
    It's agreed. Taxpayers hate the bailouts. So do I, and so do most of my colleagues. In fact, many of the big Wall Street firms that received funds under the original bailout have already paid it back because they hated the political strings and bad PR that came with the money. Good for us. Now, let's stop the next one.

  • Local Congressional delegation split on full-body scanners at O'Hare Jan 17, 2010 7:50 PM
    With the debate over the security benefits body scanners provide versus the downside of what's been called a virtual strip-search coming to O'Hare, local congressmen generally are backing the controversial technology.

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