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|Congressional Candidate Makes Galesburg Stop, Reacts to Bailout Bill Passage
|A candidate for a Congressional district representing a portion of Knox County has made one of her first campaign appearances in the area.
Colleen Callahan was in Galesburg Friday to help the local Democratic Party open up their new Main Street office. Callahan is a former radio and TV farm broadcaster, and is running against Republican Aaron Schock and Green Party candidate Sheldon Schaefer for the 18th District seat being vacated by Ray LaHood. The 18th District does not cover Galesburg, rather, the Oneida and Altona areas.
Callahan tells WGIL she is pleased with the seven-hundred-billion dollar economic bailout plan passed and signed into law on Friday -- a lot more pleased than she was with the original plan. "A week ago, when I was asked if I were the Congresswoman, if I would have voted for that package...I said no, I would have not," Callahan said. "...there were too many uncertainties at that time. You may recall that when it was originally presented, it was about a two and a half page document, and it was basically a blank check for a couple people in the administration to administer."
Callahan says even though the new plan is several hundred pages thicker, and has so-called legislative pork in it, most of her questions and concerns have been answered.
The retiring Congressman Callahan hopes to replace, Ray LaHood, voted for the plan, as did 17th District Congressman Phil Hare, who issued a statement calling the plan necessary, but not perfect.
(Colleen Callahan, Center, helps Knox County Democratic candidates cut the ribbon on the party's new headquarters Friday. WGIL News Photo)
|10 03 08 by Newsroom
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