U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is scheduled to tour Evanston this morning, starting with an appearance at the annual Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast.

He’s expected to talk to the chamber about plans to get credit flowing again to small businesses to help create new jobs.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is scheduled to tour Evanston this morning, starting with an appearance at the annual Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast.

He’s expected to talk to the chamber about plans to get credit flowing again to small businesses to help create new jobs.

Durbin also will visit a neighborhood targeted for housing rehabilitation efforts under the $18 million federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant the city received recently.

And he’s scheduled to visit with advocates for housing for the homeless and with volunteers organizing relief efforts for Haiti.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Chamber oversight
    I had the pleasure of attending the legislative breakfast this morning, sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. Senator Durbin, and Congresswoman Schakowsky were in attendance along with State Senator Schoenberg, Representative Julie Hamos, and County Board Member Larry Suffreden. The event was very informative and very well attended.

    However I was a bit dismayed that the Chamber neglected to express its gratitude for all the support the City received from its reresentatives in DC for getting the 18 million dollar grant for neighborhood stabilization. That is a major oversight and missed opportunity to make our Senator and Representative feel appreciated for their great work.


    Reply:
    Don’t know about the Chamber, but city officials gave them a chance to take credit later in the morning. Story on that coming shortly.
    — Bill

  2. Thank them? Isn’t that their job?
    Thank them? Isn’t that their job? I’m not saying the Chamber shouldn’t have acknowledged this good fortune – as there was a limited amount of money and many communities in need of it – but the self-congratulations politicians give each other really grates on citizens nerves. We elect people to represent us. We expect them to help us solve the big issues (i.e., security, health care, environment, budget, etc.) and do the blocking and tackling of being a representative, which includes, by the way, advocating on our behalf (writing letters, calling people, etc.) In the end, however, those letters themselves don’t get us the money. We, as a community, have to qualify and pass all the program rules and regulations which are implemented by government administrators. Once all the hard work is done by those administrators the politicians come trotting out and seemingly taking all the credit. Again, I’m not arguing that they don’t deserve some credit but if you watch the news feeds, etc. you’d think that Schakowsky, Durbin, etc. were solely responsible for Evanston getting this Grant. I’m sure an oversight on the Chambers part will be quickly forgotten once they are seen on the 10 o’clock news.

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