(CBS) — Some local members of Congress are raising the alarm about proposed job and funding cuts at the Fermi Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Lab — and there’s some political jabbing going on, too.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from the western suburbs.READ MORE: Supt. Brown On Making Improvements Within CPD: 'We Have To Gain The Community's Trust'
Democratic Congressman Bill Foster, the physicist, has Argonne Lab in his district. He says Democrats in Illinois’ Congressional delegation sent Energy Secretary Rick Perry a letter seeking details of the proposed lab cuts, but couldn’t get Republican colleagues to sign on.
A source says the labs themselves gave congress members the information, so there was no need to ask for it.READ MORE: This Earth Day, Gov. Pritzker Signs Executive Orders To Keep People's Utilities From Being Cut Off, Move State Government Toward Using Low- Or Zero-Emission Vehicles
How does Foster think the budget cuts can be stopped? Only if, he says, Republicans join Democrats in opposing them.
Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren, co-chair of the House Science and National Labs Caucus, was already in that column. In a statement, he says that portion of the president’s budget request is a non-starter.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Rain On The Way
Hultgren says he’ll be fighting had to ensure Illinois’ labs will have the proper staff and resources.