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by Josh Kalven
8:48am
Thu Aug 19, 2010

Schock's Double Standard

Freshman GOP Rep. Aaron Schock made waves earlier this year with his proposal to cut off funding for the road signs that identify infrastructure projects funded by the stimulus bill. This effort to target "government waste" earned him a great deal of national media attention. For instance, on Fox News in July he decried "the expending of public dollars" for "self-promotion and propagandizing." But as the State Journal-Register's Bernie Schoenburg (an 18th Congressional District constituent) notes in his column today, Schock himself is not afraid to use public dollars for "self-promotion." Indeed, he recently spent $75,000 on a "a very slick, four-page mailer titled: 'Aaron Schock: Serving Our Veterans and Military Families.'" Head over to the SJ-R website for the full story.

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by Progress Illinois
10:47am
Thu Aug 20, 2009

Live From The State Fair: Kip Kirkpatrick And Carl Ray

At the county chairmen's breakfast yesterday, we also grabbed quick interviews with two candidates that are probably unfamiliar to most readers.  First was Kip Kirkpatrick, who is running against Robin Kelly in the Democratic primary for state treasurer...

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by Josh Kalven
10:36am
Mon Dec 22, 2008

Schock Ended Campaign With $100,000 In Debts

Earlier this month, we questioned GOP Rep.-elect Aaron Schock's statement in a fundraising letter that, towards the end of his campaign, he went "out on a limb financially by $80,000" to combat what he called "insidious, non-stop attacks."  The phrasing of ...

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by Angela Caputo
1:41pm
Thu Oct 23, 2008

Congressional Endorsement Round-Up (UPDATED)

Editorial boards at some of the state's largest papers have begun announcing their picks for Congress. The Beachwood Reporter's Steve Rhodes makes a good point when he says some of the choices will probably lead readers to check the front page to see if they've got the ...

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by Josh Kalven
10:01am
Wed Oct 22, 2008

Two New Congressional Ads

Two Democratic congressional campaigns have new television ads out this week.  First, here's a spot from 18th District candidate Colleen Callahan hitting Republican opponent Aaron Schock over "Notarygate":

As we noted in the Early Bird, the ...

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by Josh Kalven
10:07am
Sat Oct 18, 2008

States Attorney Investigating Schock (UPDATED)

As both Capitol Fax and Peoria Pundit noted yesterday evening, local media are reporting that the States Attorney office in Peoria has decided to investigate evidence that 18th District GOP congressional candidate Aaron Schock notarized a backdated document for his parents.  ...

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by Josh Kalven
11:17am
Thu Oct 16, 2008

"A Clerical Mistake" (UPDATED)

As we noted yesterday, 18th District GOP congressional candidate Aaron Schock is taking some heat from his Democratic opponent over the revelation that he notarized a back-dated document for his parents in 2000.  The initial AP article quoted a notary public from New Jersey ...

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by Josh Kalven
10:11am
Thu Oct 16, 2008

Third Quarter Fundraising Figures

Yesterday, marked the deadline for congressional candidates to file their quarterly fundraising reports.  As in the first and second quarters, we've compiled the figures in the table below.

NOTE: The amount raised column in this table includes total contributions ...

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by Adam Doster
11:39am
Wed Oct 15, 2008

Schock's Notary Problem

In politics, it's all about timing. For 18th District GOP congressional candidate Aaron Schock, a new AP article -- which suggests he may have committed a misdemeanor in his capacity as a notary public -- couldn't have come at a more inopportune moment.

Here's the gist ...