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Illinois’ incoming freshmen making the media rounds

December 29, 2010

Our state’s crop of incoming freshman Congressmen has been visible lately in national news media.

11th District Republican Adam Kinzinger was a FOX News fixture during freshman orientation week for being one of just a handful of freshman serving on the GOP’s House Steering Committee which developed the incoming majority’s standing rules for the House.

A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Kinzinger shared his views on what he’d like to accomplish on the committee in an article in Politico.

Tea Party backed Congressman-elect Joe Walsh representing IL-8 was profiled in the New York Times in part  for his refusal to accept the congressional health insurance or pension plans as part of his compensation.

“I don’t think congressmen should get pensions or cushy health care plans,” he said. His wife is not exhilarated with the latter decision; she has a pre-existing medical condition and is now forced to hunt for a plan.

Walsh says he’d like to eliminate the Departments of Energy and Education and will vote against raising the federal debt ceiling this spring.

17th District Republican Bobby Schilling made an appearance on FOX’s Fox and Friends morning program to discuss the upcoming legislative redistricting.   Hailing from one of the country’s most gerrymandered districts, Schilling believes new maps should be drawn by computer without the input of politicians.

Illinois is one of the few states where Democrats control the process completely.  Schilling said it would be unfair for Gov. Quinn and Speaker Madigan to tilt the new maps in favor of Democrats after the results of November’s congressional elections which saw four incumbent Democratic members swept out of office.

 “I think they’ll do the right thing. They’ll draw the maps square,” he says. “It has to be fair to the voters, whether it benefits Democrats or Republicans.”

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