With Republicans In Control of House, Lipinski Looks Ahead
By Joe Sinopoli
November 3, 2010
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, said he has a full plate in the coming months following his Nov. 2 victory.
“Now that the Republicans will have control of the House next year, we will see what we will do with the remainder of this term,” Lipinski said.
“I do not expect much to be done this year. The most important thing is the income tax rate, the estate tax and dividend tax rate all go up Jan. 1. I hope we deal with these tax issues this year and not wait until next year in the new Congress. But we may wind up waiting. That’s not what I want.”
Lipinski said his number one priority is to pass a highway and transit funding bill, something he has been pushing for the last two years.
“The last bill ran out Oct. 1 last year and has been extended to the end of this year,” he said. “But we need to pass this bill to help put people to work and to build transportation infrastructure we need for roads, public transportation and also railroads.”
Specifically Lipinski said railroad underpasses at the 47th Street/East Avenue intersection and the 31st Street rail crossing in La Grange Park are heavy on his mind.
He conceded it will take a while, but additional funding would allow the project to move forward.
Equally as important is to break the gridlock that exists between Democrats and Republicans and to reach a compromise in the health care bill.
Lipinski took a commanding lead when the polls closed over Republican challenger Michael Bendas of Chicago and Green Party candidate Laurel Lambert Schmidt of Riverside.
He maintained that lead to the end.
With 264 out of 308 precincts reporting, Lipinski had 64.64 percent of the vote, followed by Bendas with 29.1 percent and Schmidt trailing with 6.26 percent.
Bendas said while the early returns did not look good, he was not ready to give a concession speech. Still, he said his chances seemed slim.
“We’ve done the best we could with very little funds,” he said. “Maybe we’re forming a base her for a future run.”
Attempts to reach Schmidt were unsuccessful.
The 3rd District includes Berwyn, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Cicero, Countryside, Forest View, Indian Head Park, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lyons, McCook, North Riverside, Riverside, Stickney, Westchester, Western Springs and Willow Springs.
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