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Schakowsky, Schneider Laud State of the Union

Freshman Brad Schneider and Veteran Jan Schakowsky come away with different impressions of the same message. Sen. Mark Kirk joins the chorus on gun control.

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) saw President Barack Obama’s State of the Union through different eyes but came away with the same message Tuesday.

Both north suburban lawmakers praised and ratified the President’s proposals to raise the minimum wage, stimulate job growth, implement gun control and more. They heard the same message but saw it differently.

Schakowsky, a seven-term veteran, was excited by the challenge the President laid at the feet of Congress while Schneider was awed by the full experience of his first State of the Union address on the floor of the House of Representatives.

 “It was a pretty incredible experience,” Schneider said. “I thought his opening quote of (President) John Kennedy that ‘it is the task of us all to move forward’ set the tone.”

Citing the issue of climate change, Schakowsky liked the way the President challenged Congress to act letting the members know something would be done one way or the other.

“But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will,” the President said. “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequence of climate change and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

Schakowsky heard the message loud and clear. “He was challenging Congress,” she said.

Change Seen in Attitude on Gun Control

Another strong theme of the evening was gun control, particularly background checks, limiting the use of both assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines. The President made it personal when he talked about the shooting of Hadiya Pendelton, whose parents were the guests of Schneider and sat in the gallery with the President’s wife, First Lady Michelle Obama.

“She was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house,” the President said. “In the two months since Newtown more than a thousand birthdays, graduations and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun,” he added referring to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Schakowsky was moved by the moment. “I looked up in the gallery and saw tears in her eyes,” Schakowsky said of Cleo Pendelton, Hadiya’ mother, when the President mentioned her daughter’s name.

On this issue as well the President issued a challenge as he invoked not only Hadiya Pendelton but the loved ones of shooting victims in Newtown, Oak Creek, WI, Aurora, CO, Tucson and Blacksburg, VA. “They deserve a vote,” he said.

Kirk, Schneider and Schakowsky All See Change Coming

Schneider and Schakowsky both see that vote coming and are ready to do something about it. “I’m going to reach out and find people to stand with me,” Schneider said. “It has become time to face this issue.”

While it has been difficult to even bring gun control meaures to the floor of the Senate and House for a vote, Schakowsky thinks that will change.

“I’ve been involved in this issue for 20 some years. It really is different now,” Schakowsky said. “There are new players now,” she added referring to the willingness of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to pump money into campaigns and former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) new organization to fight gun violence. “There are senators working on legislation now.”

One of those members of the upper chamber who has authored legislation is Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park), who has sponsored legislation to make trafficking of guns a federal crime.

“We should work as a nation to reduce gun violence and save lives,” Kirk said in a statement. “I believe we can pass a universal background check bill this year to keep guns away from criminals and the mentally ill, while protecting law-abiding citizens.”

The President also proposed raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour and assuring people have the education to acquire the skills to have higher paying jobs. Schneider was happy to hear that since the first legislation he introduced was a bill to foster better and consistent job training.

“He wants to make sure we help the economy by creating jobs people have the qualifications for with an emphasis on manufacturing,” Schneider said. “That’s why my first bill was the America Works Act.”

For a full text of the speech, click here.

RB February 15, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Vicki, maybe I missed it....but I don't think you ever told us how long 14 year old rape victims should spend in prison after being convicted of murder after having an abortion. If I recall you said something about the same time as anyone throwing their baby in the dumpster. Just how long? What about the accessories to the 'murder' like her Mom for driving her to the Clinic, the nurse, the Doctor? Maybe even the escorts who protect them from fanatics like you and Westboro Baptist Church. How long Vicki?
Sully February 15, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Well obviously the doctor gets the death penalty. It's okay to kill 'em after they're born. The driver of the car? I don't know. How long do accessories to murder typically stay in jail. The girl who had the abortion? Life in prison without parole so she can agonize over what happened for a good long time. As an extra, if the rapist is in the area, he should be the only one allowed visitation rights.
Sully February 15, 2013 at 02:06 AM
I forgot to ask, proof that this is going on? You said it's your understanding. So is it accurate or just another lie spread around by the right in order to scare parents?
Vicky Kujawa February 15, 2013 at 03:09 AM
I dunno, RC; who not ask Blagojevich, Schakowsky, Jesse, Jr., or one of your other Lib Gods/Goddesses? My vote doesn't count anyway.
Vicky Kujawa February 15, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Jim, I took one of my kids to the pediatrician today. I asked him and he said the doctor did not inquire about guns in our home (at least our pediatrician did not do this).
RB February 15, 2013 at 03:37 AM
You never get around to answering. As you build your Tower Of London consider the ramifications of always asking that Abortion( even in the case of a 14 year old rape victim) be 'murder'.
Jim February 15, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Not in physician offices but in some hospital settings. See link below. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-01-23/news/ct-met-kass-0123-20130123_1_gun-questions-gun-control-gun-problem
Jim February 15, 2013 at 07:06 AM
So Sully needs "proof" unless he/she is personally aware unless of course a leftist says something which is always true. Ah, the glories of an open mind.
Sully February 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Well Jim, in the real world one usually relies on proof when an assertion is made. Such as the sky really isn't blue. It looks blue to our eyes because of the way light is refracted. Gravity is the force which keeps us all from floating into space. The earth revolves around the sun and that is why we have seasons. The moon revolves around the earth. We know these things because they have been proven, not because someone told us so and we blindly believe. That may be how you work, but most people require some kind of proof in order to believe something.
Jim February 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Did you look at the link mentioned above or were you hoping that I was inventing the events so that you could look in the Narcissus pool one Moore time.
McCloud February 15, 2013 at 01:02 PM
If you are convinced that abortion is not the taking of human life, the debate with you ends there. Otherwise, everything else you have to say is justification for human slaughter. Faith in God is not scientific, so I guess that leaves you and your friends without. Your souls are in my prayers.
Jim February 15, 2013 at 04:43 PM
McCloud, don't waste your time praying for their souls. they probably do not believe in God because they have not seen him/her personally and probably do not believe that humans have souls because they haven't seen a soul either.
Just Sayin February 16, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Sicky...Whatever did I say that gave you the idea I am back in Illinois? My iPad works in all 50 states best as I know...and...oh yeah...not to mention the world at large. I even VIDEO Skyped my friend in London today! Can you imagine that? You stone age creatures have no idea what the technological future holds, combine that with your typical CONservative knee jerk assessments, which, 9 times out of 10 are totally wrong...as in this case...and you come up with yet another insipid comment. Do me favor...go away...far far away.
Sully February 16, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Well Jimbo, to tell ya the truth, I didnt see that link til i just read your response. So sorry.
Sully February 16, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Gosh Jim, isn't that what good Christians want to do though? Pray for one's soul so one can "see the light"? Not very Christian of you.
Vicky Kujawa February 16, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Just Lyin' must be having a wonderful time in Cali hanging on the 'net thinking of new and exciting Lib insults to cyberhurl.
Vicky Kujawa February 16, 2013 at 07:41 AM
Just Lyin' missed us, McC!
Sully February 16, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Well Vick, he's (she's) just calling 'em as he sees 'em. You make it so easy-- narrow-minded bigots who think they are better set themselves up for ridicule. Your ignorance knows no bounds and your hypocritical "Christianity" makes a farce out of religion. Congratulations.
McCloud February 16, 2013 at 02:54 PM
If minimum wage needs to be increased for the poor, why not $35 per hour, that way folks that work at McDonalds can afford a home and make a living wage. Anyone who opposes this just doesn't have a heart.
Vicky Kujawa February 16, 2013 at 06:12 PM
McCloud may just be on to something; why stop at a paltry $9.00? Home health care workers should unionize and demand outstanding wages, raises and benefits also......or FLATLY REFUSE to care for the deluge of unhealthy Baby Boomers coming down the pipeline (that's the REAL reason for letting in the illegals....cheap labor to care for them!). Libs looooooove unions, right?
Vicky Kujawa February 16, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Bigot: One who is narrrowly or intolerantly devoted to his or her opinions and prejudices. Sounds like the very definition of Liberal 'Progressives'. Just callin' 'em like I see 'em!
Vicky Kujawa February 16, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Maybe Jan and her hubby can bake a cake with a file in it for the Jacksons when they visit.
J.Lyn February 17, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Vicky, So having read many of your comments in this thread and others and in reference to the definition you kindly supplied I am now pretty sure you are a " liberal progressive".
Vicky Kujawa February 17, 2013 at 01:22 AM
I know you are but what am I........? :P
J.Lyn February 17, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Vicky, I have not heard that childish remark since I was in elementary school ! As a woman of mature years Vicky you sure sound rather immature !
Vicky Kujawa February 17, 2013 at 05:40 PM
I am young at heart. :)
J.Lyn February 17, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Really? My 10 yo daughter is more mature then, as she would not even say that. You flatter yourself Vicky. Probably one of the few who do, so have at it!
Vicky Kujawa February 17, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Better get her crackin' on that banana and birth control then. Just Lyin', is that you? J.Lyn.....is that supposed to be a sobriquet 'a la J.Lo.......?
Vicky Kujawa February 17, 2013 at 06:42 PM
You must be in Bakersfield if you are this bored in Cali.
J.Lyn February 17, 2013 at 06:53 PM
What are you taking about?

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