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2/1/2013 3:51:00 AM
Congressman tours Princeton, hears concerns

Where the Illinois Valley's congressman stands on 'Obamacare'

From the office of U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

Kinzinger Appears On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to Discuss HHS’ Latest Obamacare Regulations:

Greta: “The costs are necessarily going to rise for everybody else so it’s not quite as cheap as everyone had, at least that the administration had said it was. Is that true?”

Kinzinger: “The whole system, the whole theory behind it is flawed. It doesn’t work. That’s why the Obama administration frankly promised health insurance costs for a family, they said it’s going to go down $2,500 a year and we’ve already seen it up $3,000. We’re really at the beginning of the premium increases…”

Craig Sterrett
News Editor

PRINCETON — Princeton Mayor Keith Cain on Wednesday met with his congressman to share concerns about a sludge-removal system not working and the hardships it is causing and may cause in the future for the city.

Cain said he and the city manager met with U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) about the failure of a “cannibal system” at the Princeton wastewater treatment plant, and he expressed concerns that he wants to be sure the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t punish the city when Princeton made an investment to correct a problem but wound up with equipment that hasn’t been working right.

Cain said the city also will be in contact with the state attorney general’s office to express concerns about the cannibal system. He said the cities of Oregon and Byron in Illinois are having the same problem.

This week, the city council was told the city will have paid for sludge removal and sludge spreading on agricultural fields for about $60,000, three times, by the time this fiscal year ends.

He said he also listened to Kinzinger’s positions on immigration reform as well as gun laws.

Cain does not have a strong opinion on gun restrictions, but said, but the Princeton police chief does have reservations about allowing citizens to have high-capacity magazines for guns. He said his feeling is Kinzinger does not favor new restrictions, but the congressman said the gun-control debate is likely to continue for a long time.

Kinzinger also visited classrooms and toured Princeton High School with principal Andy Berlinski on Wednesday.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

Our representatives must be held accountable. The silent majority can no longer remain silent nor ignored.

It is time to implement good solid plans that care for and nourish all constituents, not just the lobbyists and campaign contributors.
The people in the district must have additional ways to reach their elected officials. In person meetings do not reach all.
The time for "listening and dialoging" is over.
Action in the halls of government must reflect all. Otherwise we are back to "Taxation Without Representation." And we all know what the led to.
Wise leadership acts for all. In the words of the dearly departed Mayor Koch, "How,m I doin'?" he honestly DID respond with action.
He sated that his view of leadership meant making it easier and better for his constiuents.
THAT is a real leader.
I did not approve of all that he did or said, but it was honest and real, and he took NY out of the deepest darkest times it has ever experieinced. We need THAT type of leadership now.
Mr. Kinzinger, please step up.

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: ronwood61

Mr. Kinzinger is a typical politician in that he says whatever will get himself elected and this varies depending on which audience is listening to him. His votes in Congress, however, are to the special interests who feather his nest, not his constituents. I know because I follow each and every vote he casts. We traded one two-faced politician for another, now again for another. Will I see a good one before I die?

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

And you know all this how?
Ins. rates go up, always, for no reason except greed.
I, served as a member of a comm. to purchase ins. for a local union and sought bids from many ins. co. They never went down.
If you worked for a co. that paid full msd. ins., welcome to the real world and real costs.
For you or anyone else to saytheir rates should not go up so yours can remain the same or lower is just plain wrong headed. You must be a christian in name only and not in practice.
Kinzingerstands for what ever will get him elected

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

Mr. Kinzinger is absolutely correct. The bill gives the insurance companies carte blanche to raise rates with no limits. It was co-written by the insurance company lobbyists, and they began to raise rates immediately. The "free market" was supposed to correct these giant leaps in premiums. As we can clearly see, it has not. The "market" does not work with a captive audience.
Single payer corrects this issue, with competition built in to take advantage of least cost benefits. The illimination of the gate-keeper insurance companies (managed-care) will provide a balanced approach reaching all people who want traditional medicine. Forcing the pharma, device, etc. companies to compete, with an "effective results" tracking system would fix the current inequities.
Would Mr. Kinzinger vote fo this?
Would you?

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