U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston will be unopposed in the Democratic primary, but four candidates filed Monday seeking to challenge her in the general election for the 9th Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston will be unopposed in the Democratic primary, but four candidates filed Monday seeking to challenge her in the general election for the 9th Congressional District.

On the last day to file, Susanne Atanus of 9054 Buckingham Park Drive in Des Plaines, a former contract officer at the federal General Services Administration, and attorney Joel Barry Pollak of 8852 N. Kostner Terrace in Skokie filed for the Republican nomination. Atanus ran as a write-in candidate in 2008.

In addition, substitute teacher Simon Ribeiro of 510 Sheridan Road in Evanston and retired journalist Morris Shanfield of 6400 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago filed to seek the Green Party nomination. Shanfield ran unsuccessfully against Schakowsky in 2008.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Vote the Democrat rascals out!
    Gosh, no Democrat wants to challenge long-time incumbent Schakowsky in the primaries?

    Schakowsky, who has done NOTHING to cut taxes or downsize government during a severe Recession, but rather has supported tax increases and monolith bills masked as tax increases?

    Schakowsky, who is in the union’s pocket and used her congressional powers in a strong-arm tactic to take away the non-profit status of St. Francis hospital in Evanston only because the hospital chain won’t unionize?

    Schakowsky whose husband was convicted of fraud?

    We have, what, five Democrat candidates vying for Hamos’ vacant seat, and yet no one dares challenge Schakowsky? Tell me, what serious would-be Democrat politician can not see vulernability in Schakowsky?

    Oh that’s right, the Democrats control just about every political office up and down the spectrum, and the status quo for Democrats is don’t rock the boat because they are the only game in town.

    The Democrat’s motto this year should be – “Keep on a Taxin'”

    The voters motto this year should be – “Vote the rascals out!”

  2. Keep on a taxin?
    Schakowsky, who has done NOTHING to cut taxes or downsize government during a severe Recession, but rather has supported tax increases and monolith bills masked as tax increases?
    The Democrat’s motto this year should be – “Keep on a Taxin'”

    It is interesting to hear Republicans who insist that Obama (or the Democratic congress) has ‘raised taxes’. The teabaggers claim that they are ‘taxed enough’, and blame Obama.

    But Obama has not raised anyone’s taxes. The stimulus plan had some tax cuts, no tax increases.

    After the economy recovers (which it will, unless the Republicans return in 2010 and suffocate the recovery), tax increases will be necessary. But it would be foolish to try to do that now.

    This recession demonstrates the stupidity of having a balanced budget amendment. If the Federal Government tried to balance its budget now, millions more people would be out of work.

    We need more spending now. Build some roads, a new Civic Center, invest in education.

    It should also be noted that we had 40 years of prosperity under the Democrats – with high margin tax rates for highest incomes. Reagan came along and what has been accomplished in the last 28 years? Deficits and the workers get the shaft, that’s what.

  3. Only Democrats are responsible for the never-ending tax increase
    Whew, Mr. Who Knows, that post is laughable.

    Tell me, which Democratic candidate ANYWHERE is running on the platform of lower taxes?

    Obama and the Democrats voted for a trillion dollar stimulus plan, most of it going to GOVERNMENT and pork barrel projects and very little of it going to small businesses that generate 70 Percent of jobs!!! BTW-the stimulus plan, more money than ALL budgets combined in U.S. history, has not worked and has put Americans in tremendous debt. The bill will come due. How do you suppose we’ll pay it off?

    Let’s not forget the Democrats Cap and Trade bill, which Democrats have admitted is a tax.

    The real kicker in your post is the claim that we had 40 years of prosperity under Democrat rule. Remember Jimmy Carter? In one term under his policies, interest rates ballooned to double digits, and inflation skyrocketed.

    Regardless, my beef is with local and state Democrats. There is NO WAY in the world you can convince anyone who pays taxes that Democrats did not raise taxes in Evanston, Cook County, Chicago or Illinois. In fact, the Democrats REFUSE to reform the corrupt system they benefit from and helped create.

    Our property taxes went up AGAIN despite the fact we’re in a Recessison, and the real estate market is in its THIRD year of decline.

    Our sales tax is 10.5 – one of the HIGHEST if not the highest in the nation.

    Just today, Mayor Daley it was reported is fighting to keep a plastic convention that has been in town for 40 years. The problem – vendors are sick and tired of the insane fees that keep rising every year. One example is $345 to get four cases of Pepsi. It is the work of unions.

    Behind every union mischief lies a Democrat politician. Behind every Democrat politrican awaits another tax increase.

    If you’re upset with your property taxes, sales tax rate, and all the other fees and taxes from Evanston, Cook County and Illinois as I am, there’s one solution – vote ALL Democrats out.

  4. Here’s the Democrat stimulus plan, creating long-lasting jobs
    – $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.

    – $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

    – $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.

    – $430,000 to repair a bridge in Iowa County, Wis., that carries 10 or fewer cars per day.

    – $800,000 for the John Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pa., serving about 20 passengers per day, to build a backup runway.

    – $219,000 for Syracuse University to study the sex lives of freshmen women.

    – $2.3 million for the U.S. Forest Service to rear large numbers of arthropods, including the Asian longhorned beetle, the nun moth and the woolly adelgid.

    – $3.4 million for a 13-foot tunnel for turtles and other wildlife attempting to cross U.S. 27 in Lake Jackson, Fla.

    – $1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Okla.

    – $9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades.

    – $2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.

    – $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minn.

    – $173,834 to weatherize eight pickup trucks in Madison County, Ill.

    – $20,000 for a fish sperm freezer at the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota.

    – $380,000 to spay and neuter pets in Wichita, Kan.

    – $300 apiece for thousands of signs at road construction sites across the country announcing that the projects are funded by stimulus money.

    – $1.5 million for a fence to block would-be jumpers from leaping off the All-American Bridge in Akron, Ohio.

    – $1 million to study the health effects of environmentally friendly public housing on 300 people in Chicago.

    – $356,000 for Indiana University to study childhood comprehension of foreign accents compared with native speech.

    – $983,952 for street beautification in Ann Arbor, Mich., including decorative lighting, trees, benches and bike paths.

    – $148,438 for Washington State University to analyze the use of marijuana in conjunction with medications like morphine.

    – $462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri

    – $3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York state.

    – $1.3 million on government arts jobs in Maine, including $30,000 for basket makers, $20,000 for storytelling and $12,500 for a music festival.

    – $71,000 for a hybrid car to be used by student drivers in Colchester, Vt., as well as a plug-in hybrid for town workers decked out with a sign touting the vehicle’s energy efficiency.

    – $1 million for Portland, Ore., to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles

    1. Government by anecdote
      Al –

      I see your list of ‘wasteful items’ repeated on several other right-wing sites. You have to realize that when you get collections like this from your right-wing listservs, often the information is inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading. {I have received several mailings about Obama’s Kenyan birth, etc. }

      Some of your examples look kind of fishy to me. “$2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.” Does that include the 2008 stimulus checks, from the Bush Administration? If it is just 2009 checks, which were 250 per person, that means that 10,000 checks went to deceased people. (This is not surprising, since these checks went to social security recipients…when you send checks to millions of people who are over 65, some of them will be dead when the check arrives.)

      Al mentions : “$2.3 million for the U.S. Forest Service to rear large numbers of arthropods, including the Asian longhorned beetle”…making fun of science projects is always fun…but do you realize how much damage the Asian longhorned beetle does to forests? Coming up with a way to control them would save a lot more than $2.3 million.

      ( I would like the government to spend a few million more to find a way to get the zebra mussels out of the Great Lakes…but I guess that the right-wingers would call that ‘pork’).

      Anyway, Al…even if everything on your list is wasteful and unnecessary…so what? It is a small fraction of the stimulus bill…and it is nothing compared to the billions wasted in Iraq..

      The stimulus program helped prevent the Reagan/Bush recession from turning into a full depression. Like FDR, Obama has saved capitalism from its own destructive greed – and the capitalists are ingrateful.

      I want a second stimulus, to fund some needed projects for Evanston, like a new Civic Center , fixing the Purple Line, bulldozing Chuckie Dawes’ house, and funding research at Northwestern.

  5. Get your free stimulus checks
    Mr. Who Knows,

    You don’t care if everything on my stimulus list is wasteful? Yes, millions of dollars in stimulus money actually went to the deceased – that has been reported in the news.

    And, you want another trillion dollar stimulus bill? This thought process is what got us in this mess in the first place.

    Where do you think the money to pay for the more than one trillion dollars in stimulus projects actually come from? From Santa’s secret stash?

    Were you one of the thousands last month standing in line for your free stimulus check? I hear Evanston is giving out free Obama money at the Civic Center?

    Hurry, go stand in line before it gets too long. Maybe you can contribute your share to build a new Civic Center.

    1. Yes, I really don’t care
      “You don’t care if everything on my stimulus list is wasteful? Yes, millions of dollars in stimulus money actually went to the deceased – that has been reported in the news.

      That’s right…I really don’t care. Your list adds up to small change when it comes to our economy. Even if those are all ‘waste’ – and they aren’t – it is insignificant.

      If that list is the best that the Republicans can do, it shows that the stimulus was pretty good….and if the best the Republicans can do is nitpick over small change, then they have demonstrated that they don’t deserve to govern.

      You are complaining about a few million dollars? How many billions of dollars of wealth have been lost in the last two years, thanks to under-regulated markets? Don’t you wish that the government spent a few million more on enforcement and caught Bernie Madoff earlier? How many billions have been lost in Iraq, or used to prop up the corrupt bankers who helped cause the crash.

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