Duckworth Slams Walsh For Voting Against Federal Transportation Bill

Former Illinois Veterans Affairs director Tammy Duckworth (left) is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District in 2012. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images/CBS)

Former Illinois Veterans Affairs director Tammy Duckworth (left) is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District in 2012. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images/CBS)

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BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (CBS) – Democratic Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth is hoping federally funded road construction projects — and some suburban mayors who might not support her — can help her score some points against Republican incumbent Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District.

WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Duckworth said she was at Rohlwing Road and Lake Street in Bloomingdale on Tuesday to call attention to the need for more construction projects like the one at that intersection.

Flanked by mayors from nearby Addison, Schaumburg and Barrington Hills, Duckworth said she wanted to talk about the transportation needs of those suburbs, and others. Duckworth noted sharply that Walsh was the only member of the Illinois Congressional delegation to vote against the federal transportation bill that funded such projects.

“When he voted no against this legislation, he voted against 68,000 jobs. He voted against repairing a crucial bridge in Itasca. He voted against repaving major roadways like the one right here in Bloomingdale and Addison.

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Addison Mayor Larry Hartwig he and other suburban mayors are willing to work with both Democrats and Republicans. So he’d be willing to appear at transportation events with Walsh as well, but he made it clear he wants federal funding for such jobs.

“Probably, as a politician, I shouldn’t be here. However … I’m here as mayor for the Village of Addison, and the needs that we have, and to me that supersedes any political considerations that I have in the whole thing,” Hartwig said.

The federal transportation bill has meant $300 million for the area.