Janice Schakowsky

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Janice Schakowsky ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Janice D. "Jan" Schakowsky has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the 9th District of Illinois. The district includes many of Chicago's northern suburbs, including Evanston, Skokie, Glenview and Rosemont. It also includes a large portion of Chicago's North Side bordering Lake Michigan.

Janice Schakowsky posts daily schedule information online.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Schakowsky voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Schedule posting

Schakowsky posts her daily schedule online. [1] An archive of her daily postings can be found here.

Support for anti-hunger funding and food stamp initiative

Rep. Schakowsky, along with Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) participated in the Congressional Food Stamp Challenge, a program which would have public officials eat on $21 a week, reflecting the average national weekly food stamp benefit.[2] The challenge was issued in an effort to increase federal funding for anti hunger programs.

Main article: Feeding America’s Families Act

Support for gun control

Schavowsky cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 7, 2007.[3]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Husband imprisoned for fraud

In 2004, Schakowsky's husband, Robert Creamer, was indicted on federal charges of operating three check kiting schemes that defrauded banks of at least $2.3 million while he ran an Illinois public interest group called the Illinois Public Action Fund. Schakowsky herself sat on the Board of Directors of the organization during the time that Creamer committed the fraud. [4]

Creamer was also charged in the indictment with failing to pay more than $300,000 in federal income taxes for employees of the group and for himself between 1996 and 2000. Four other counts allege he filed false income tax returns between 1996 and 1999.

In August 2005, Creamer pleaded guilty to two bank fraud felonies. In June 2006, he reported to the Federal Correctional Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he served a five month term.[5]

National security and foreign policy

As the Chief Deputy Democratic Whip, Schakowsky, along with other representatives, requested a briefing by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on January 23, 2007 regarding the role of military contractors in the alleged torturing of detainees.[6]

During the March 2007 debate of the Iraq supplemental spending bill, Rep. Schakowsky supported an amendment by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) requiring withdrawal of American forces by the end of 2007. Schakowsky stated: “No more chances. No more waivers. No phony certifications. No more sending millions of dollars to send our children into the meat grinder that is Iraq...It is time to spend the money to keep them safe and bring them home.”

Main article: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007 (H.R.1591)



Schakowsky was born in Chicago May 22, 1944, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965. A longtime consumer rights advocate, she was responsible for a 1969 law requiring the printing of freshness dates on groceries. She was Program Director of Illinois Public Action, Illinois' largest public interest group, from 1976 to 1985. She then moved to the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens as executive director for five years until 1990, when she was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. She served four terms.

Congressional Career

Sidney Yates, who had represented the 9th District since 1949, except for an unsuccessful run for the Senate in 1962, had announced in 1996 that he wouldn't run for reelection in 1998. Schakowsky easily won the Democratic primary, which all but assured her of election in the heavily Democratic 9th. She won in November with 75 percent of the vote and has easily won reelection three times with 70 percent or more of the vote.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Michael P. Shannon to face Schakowsky in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Schakowsky retained her seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Illinois superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Janice Schakowsky, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Positions and Views

Schakowsky is known for her support of women's issues while in Congress, and is a close friend of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D, CA). She reportedly phoned every female partner in law firms in Chicago during her first run for office in 1998, and has gained national acclaim for her fundraising prowess.

She was one of the earliest and most emphatic supporters of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama before his win in the 2004 Illinois Democratic Primary.

Hawkish on Israel

This is what Ali Abunimah, the founder of ElectronicIntifada, has to say about Jan Schakowsky (21 February 2007):[3]

Here in Illinois you have representatives like Jan Schakowsky who is seen on the very far left on many many issues, but she is to the right of Ariel Sharon when it comes to Israel. This is an old problem in the Democratic party.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
State of Illinois$ 17,875
JStreetPAC$ 15,250
Development Specialists Inc$ 12,950
Habitat Co$ 10,400
Marco Consulting$ 10,400
American Assn for Justice$ 10,000
American Assn of Nurse Anesthetists$ 10,000
American College of Radiology$ 10,000
American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists$ 10,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Janice Schakowsky
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection - Ranking Minority Member
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Mayor's Appointee, Evanston Energy Alternatives Task Force, 1989-1993
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Democratic Homeland Security Task Force
  • Democratic Steering Committee
  • Vice Chair, House Democratic Caucus Special Committee on Election Reform
  • Delegate, White House Conference on Aging

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Governing Council, American Jewish Congress-Midwest Region
  • Advisory Board, Better Existence with HIV
  • Advisory Board, Child Care Center of Evanston
  • Policy Council, Citizen Action of Illinois
  • Secretary, Conference of Women Legislators
  • Board of Directors, Council for Disability Rights
  • Illinois Pro-Choice Alliance
  • Board of Directors, Illinois Public Action
  • Advisory Board, Illinois Task Force on Child Support
  • Advisory Board, Infant Welfare Society of Evanston Incorporated
  • Chair, Government Agency Division, Jewish United Fund
  • Mother's Voices
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • National Organization for Women
  • Advisory Board, Neighbors at Work
  • Advisory Council, Palliative Care Center of the North Shore
  • Advisory Board, Rogers Park Community Action Network
  • Skokie Chamber of Commerce
  • Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees
  • Advisory Board, Women for Economic Security
  • Host Committee 2005, Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Janice Schakowsky. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2367 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2111 Fax: 202-226-6890
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District offices
  • 5533 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
    Ph: 773-506-7100 Fax: (none entered)
  • 820 Davis Street, Suite 105, Evanston, IL 60201
    Ph: 847-328-3399 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1420 Renaissance Drive, Suite 102, Park Ridge, IL 60068
    Ph: 847-298-2128 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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  • 1101 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
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Articles and Resources

See also


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Jim McGovern, "Speech on the food stamp challenge," Congressional Food Stamp Challenge, May 21, 2007.
  3. Thomas page on H.R. 1022
  4. Dave Newbart, "Schakowsky's husband indicted in bank fraud," The Chicago Tribune', March 12, 2004.
  5. Kelly McCormack, " TheHill.com', April 6, 2006.
  6. Roxana Tiron, "House Democrats Seek Gates Briefing," The Hill', January 24, 2007.

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