Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam

ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

ABC 7 Features Roskam Tour of Kerr-McGee Facility

2014/07/22

ABC 7 Features Roskam Tour of Kerr-McGee Facility WEST CHICAGO—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) joined community leaders for a tour of the Kerr-McGee facility site in West Chicago, which closed in 1973 after processing radioactive thorium for the federal government.  Roskam recently led a coalition to secure House passage of $20 million in federal funding for the environmental cleanup of similar sites nationwide that participated in atomic energy programs dating back to World War II.   ABC 7 News was in West Chicago covering the story, which you can read here: [[{"fid":"463","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"ABC7"},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"ABC7","style":"height: 150px; width: 200px;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] WEST CHICAGO, Ill. (WLS) -- Cleaning up contaminated soil in West Chicago was a project that started decades ago at the site of the former Kerr-McGee factory, but the job is still not done. One congressman is trying to secure millions to help finish the project. Eyewitness News has reported on the DuPage County toxic waste site since the 1980s. Those cleaning it up worry the game is about to stop with their crews on the one-yard line.  "A lot of good things have happened but we need to finish the job," said Dan Cronin, DuPage County chairman.  The radioactive thorium is about 95% removed from what used to be a gas lighting plant, once owned by the now-defunct Kerr McGee company. But these nearby train cars could be among the last to leave here because there's not enough money to remove more contaminated soil.  "We stop. (You stop?) We stop. (You just leave it here?) If you don't have funding you leave it here," said Deepak Bhojwani, engineer.  The cleanup that began in the 1980s has already cost $1.2 billion. The Department of Energy has not budgeted its final $30 million share of remaining expenses: "We need the money that the DOE owes us, that we submitted for, to finish this thing," said Kurt Stimpson, Weston Solutions.  "Please. Thirty million bucks and it'll do a whole host of good things for people in this area," said Cronin.  So far, over 200,000 tons of soil have been removed from the factory site, leaving only a small contaminated corner. But the land cannot be used again until all the work is done. West suburban congressman Peter Roskam is leading the effort in Washington to convince politicians and bureaucrats there to awaken West Chicago from a three-decades-long environmental nightmare.  "They've got a legal obligation to do it and they just have basically said, this is my interpretation, we'll get to it at some point. Well, that is no longer good enough. Let's get to it now and let's get this done promptly," said Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton.  West Chicago wants to transform the 111-acre site into a park and recreation area. About 15,000 people live within a three-mile radius, and about $500 million was spent years ago to address contamination in nearby neighborhoods. ### Read More

Roskam to Host Sixth District Job Fair

2014/07/21

DATE: Monday, July 21, 2014 LOCATION: Harper College’s Wojcik Conference Center 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067 TIME: 9am to 12pm CONTACT: 630-232-0006 EMPLOYERS: See a full list of attending employers below. * indicates information that you need to provide. Your Information Prefix: First Name: MI: Last Name: Suffix: Street Address: Street Address Continued: City: State: Zip Code: +4 Extension: Email: Additional Information   I would like to subscribe to Representative Roskam's newsletter Would your business like to participate? Contact RoskamJobFair@mail.house.gov for more information.   EMPLOYERS: Abbot Laboratories AbilityLinks.org Accouting Principals  ACK-TEMP Mechanical Service, Inc. Advoate Health Care Aeropostale AFLAC - Greenen & Associates LTD Ajilon Professional Staffing  All Star Installations Altegra Health American Mattress AmericInn Hotel and Suites Amtec Molded Porducts, Inc. Amtec Precision Products, Inc. Andre Sherman State Farm Agency Apex3 Security & Premier Security Argonne National Laboratories Arlington Plating Company Bank Financial Binny's Beverage Depot Bourntec Solutions Inc. BrightStar Care of Central Dupage  Brunswick Zone XL Buffalo Wild Wings Cary Police Department Chemring Energetic Devices Chicago White Metal Casting Inc. Clearbrook Coca-Cola Refreshments Coke Serivce Inc. College of DuPage Comcast Comfort Keepers Covidien Coworx Staffing Services Denny's Double Tree by Hilton Dr. David Allen DDS DU-COMM Elgin Community College Ethan Allen Eurofresh Market Farmers Insurance  Fifth Third Bank First Student FLOCON, Inc. Foglia YMCA FYH Bearing Units USA, Inc. G2 Builders Harper Community College Hearthside Food Solutions IL Center for Broadcasting Illinois Central School Bus Illinois State Police - District 2 Illinois Tool Works (ITW) IndSoft, Inc. Judson University KFC KinderCare Learning Centers Kinsale Contracting Group, Inc. Lake Cook Orthopedics Larry Laino State Farm Agenvy Lending Solutions Inc. Lettuce Entertain You Liberty Mutual Insurance  Manpower Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital Maxim Healthcare Meadows Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans Molina Healthcare Motorwerks New York Life Insurance  Nexgen Wireless NU comfot Supply Inc. Packaging Personified Inc. Paul Reilly Company Peapod Perfect Plastic Printing Precise Products, Inc. Primerica Prominent Property Management Inc. Q.C.S.S. Inc. Resnick Auto Group Roof Masters Sam Ash Music Inc. Sandford Brown College SavATree/ SavALawn SC Group Real Estate Sears Senior Helpers Silverleaf Resorts Starpik Corp. Taheda Pharmaceuticals The Boeing Company The Facts Media The Hire Solution United Parcel Service Velocity Merchant Services Visionworks Walmart Whole Foods Market Widsor Park Witron Integrated Logistics WorkNet Dupage   Read More

Roskam Statement on Iran Nuclear Talks Extension

2014/07/19

WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the Obama administration’s decision to extend nuclear talks with Iran until late November: “The Obama Administration's decision to extend conciliatory talks with Iran is a colossal mistake.  If the past six months of "negotiations" have taught us anything, it's that Iranian leaders have zero intention of dismantling their nuclear program.  This extension, like the rest of this foolhardy process, is another free giveaway to an Iranian regime that continues to march towards a disastrous nuclear weapons capability, all the while joyfully reaping the benefits of sanctions relief and relaxed pressure from the United States while giving up nothing substantive in return.  The only responsible course of action for the American people and the world community is to learn from past mistakes and reinstate the aggressive, crippling economic sanctions that were actually working to weaken Iran’s leadership and reduce their capability to develop nuclear weapons technology.” ### Read More

ASK PETER: Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

2014/07/15

WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the latest installment of Ask Peter today, a frequent video conversation with Sixth District residents about issues important to them. In this segment, Congressman Roskam answers an email from Mary Ann Wilfong in Fox River Grove who wants to know what the House is doing to support Israel in light of ongoing rocket fire from Hamas in the Gaza Strip. You can watch the video here: “Just recently, Egypt proposed a ceasefire, which was accepted by Israel and rejected by the Iranian-backed terrorist regime Hamas. This is why we have recently reaffirmed in the US House Israel’s right to defend itself against those attacks. And it’s also why I’ve been active in joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense efforts like Iron Dome that are saving lives in Israel and could possibly save lives in the United States as well." Roskam, who co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, has been a leader on securing funding for Iron Dome and other U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs. Last year, he helped introduce by the Iron Dome Act and the U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation Act, which together authorize additional funding not only for Iron Dome, but the David’s Sling, Arrow, and Arrow 3 missile defense systems. This year, Roskam helped secure a major plus up for Iron Dome and other U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense systems in the Department of Defense appropriations bill and the National Defense Authorization Act. Ask Peter videos are available at roskam.house.gov, Facebook, Twitter, and via press release. The videos are sent to constituents via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter, depending on how they contacted the Roskam office. ### Read More

House Passes Roskam Amendment to Protect Religious Freedom from IRS Abuse

2014/07/15

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on House passage of his amendment to the 2015 Financial Services Appropriations Act to help protect Americans from intrusive IRS requests. "The IRS has absolutely no business asking questions about individual Americans' personal religious, political, or social beliefs.  Those questions are entirely irrelevant to ensuring a taxpayer is paying any taxes he or she may owe.  Hearing firsthand from  Americans targeted by their own government and asked about the content of their prayers was absolutely chilling.  Our freedom to worship is the very first freedom enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and it is central to who we are as a nation.  Today Congress is using its constitutional power of the purse to send the IRS a message.  This amendment penalizes the IRS Enforcement Division responsible for these abuses, moving $10 million instead to the National Taxpayer Advocate, an independent office that works to protect taxpayers' religious freedom and ensure these kinds of abuses can never happen again." ### Read More

ASK PETER: Building a 21st Century Workforce

2014/07/10

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the latest installment of Ask Peter today, a frequent video conversation with Sixth District residents about issues important to them. In this segment, Congressman Roskam answers an email from Ramona Clucas in Glen Ellyn who wants to know what the House is doing to help spur job creation. You can watch the video here: “I regularly hear from employers in our district who want to hire people in science, technology, engineering, and math. I’m pleased that the Senate has taken up and the House has passed an initiative called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This will be on its way to President Obama’s desk and maybe it’s a foreshadowing of the Senate taking up some of the other 40 bills that are related to jobs that the House has passed. “We’ve got to bridge this gap of skills, and one of the ways we can do this is through legislation, and we can also do it closer to home.  I’m hosting a job fair at Harper College on July 21st.  I hope that you can join us, we expect 100 employers there with good jobs, and we’re trying to make the connection with folks at home. ” To register for Congressman Roskam’s Job Fair, click here.  To learn more about the jobs training reforms passed by the House, click here.   Ask Peter videos are available at roskam.house.gov, Facebook, Twitter, and via press release. The videos are sent to constituents via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter, depending on how they contacted the Roskam office.   ### Read More

Roskam Reaffirms Israel’s Right to Self-Defense against Hamas

2014/07/10

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, released the following statement on heavy rocket fire from Hamas into Israel: “Over the past month, the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip has ramped up its vicious rocket barrage on the people of Israel. This reckless escalation of violence has forced millions of Israelis to take cover in bomb shelters out of fear for their lives. During these dangerous times, I firmly support Israel’s fundamental right to defend itself against these belligerent assaults on its civilians. We must continue to hold Hamas accountable for its actions and work with our ally Israel to restore peace and stability in the region.” ### Read More

Roskam, Quigley Tout Passage of Job Training Bill

2014/07/09

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) and Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) praised bipartisan passage of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  The bill, which passed the Senate in June, consolidates existing workforce development programs to make them more effective, while increasing focus on real-world jobs skills training. This legislation also improves coordination between labor markets and regional economic development areas, and overall transparency and performance accountability standards. “With nearly ten million Americans unable to find full-time jobs and five million more who have given up looking for work altogether, it’s clear that our economy has not gotten better for middle class families still struggling to make ends meet,” said Congressman Roskam. “Reforming our outdated job-training system is essential in narrowing the skills gap between job-seekers and employers who are ready to hire in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act strengthens and streamlines training programs so workers can take full advantage of the 21st century economy, getting high-quality, full time jobs.  By strengthening our workforce, we can bolster our economy for years to come and ensure American families once again thrive in a land of opportunity.” “Modernizing our workforce training system will provide workers with the skills and resources they need to compete in the 21st century job market,” said Congressman Quigley. “With its public and private sector support, this bipartisan effort to extend the employment opportunity ladder is good for workers, employers and America’s economy.” “We would like to thank Congressmen Roskam and Quigley for their support of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act,” said Sue Clark, director of workNet DuPage Career Center. “The passage of this bipartisan bill will help us more effectively serve job seekers in DuPage by streamlining programs and removing red tape, while maintaining the pieces of WIOA which have proven to be effective.” “We are grateful for the reforms put forward in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will make it easier for our organization to serve job seekers in our community by updating the programs offered and removing time consuming bureaucratic hurdles,” said Julie Courtney, director of the McHenry County Workforce Network.  “We look forward to using the tools offered in this bill, including the flexibility it provides to enact solutions to the workforce issues of the 21st century.” “Our workforce area, which includes Kane, Kendall and DeKalb Counties, faces a diverse set of employment challenges as well as exciting opportunities,” said Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen. “Our three counties are working together to ensure that the precious Federal dollars we share have the maximum impact possible. Congress’ passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act promises to help streamline how we invest those funds in critical training and employment services for our residents. This bill is an important step forward in preparing our local workforce for the future.” ###   Read More

Roskam Remarks on Israeli Teenagers Killed by Hamas

2014/07/01

Dear Friends, I am deeply saddened to join with you today in mourning the tragic loss of three young lives.  Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach were victims of a senseless crime.  To their families and friends, I send my deepest condolences.  For our two countries, I pray for peace and direction for the United States and Israel. It is especially painful that the events bringing us together today came at the hands of terrorism.  These three young students took no part in any conflict, yet they were targeted as enemy combatants.  As a father, this devastating cruelty weighs heavily on my heart.  My wife Elizabeth and I pray for peace and healing for those suffering from this brutal loss, for the boys’ families, and for this one.  Whether we are gathered in Chicago or Hebron, New York City or Jerusalem, we are all visited by our own mortality today, reminded that we live in a dangerous, deeply imperfect world. We don’t yet know the full picture about the perpetrators of this horrendous crime.   We may never know what business innovation, what medical breakthrough, what acts of public distinction could have been achieved in these promising young lives.  But we can be secure in our knowledge that the U.S. and Israel will continue to support each other, and we can be firm in our resolve to come together to find more compassion, and more patience, and more wisdom as we strive to work through our differences, to forgive our trespassers, and to create a better world that knows a just and lasting and secure peace. At a time when few things are certain, we can indelibly commit ourselves to ensuring that Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal’s lives were not lost in vain.  I am grateful to the Israeli soldiers who worked tirelessly to locate and rescue these boys.  We all hoped for an outcome far different than the one we commemorate today.  I know the Israeli Government will commit every resource to bringing the boys’ attackers to justice.  Let us hope that justice is merely a beginning, and not an end, and that Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal’s memories live on in our actions from this day forward. God bless. Very truly yours, PETER J. ROSKAM Member of Congress       Read More

Roskam Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

2014/06/30

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling on the Obamacare HHS mandate: “Today, the Supreme Court upheld one of the core principles our nation was founded upon, religious freedom.  The federal government and the heavy-handed mandates within Obamacare cannot and should not violate the deeply held religious beliefs of these family-owned and operated businesses.  After the government has granted exemptions from this very mandate for 100 million employees for commercial and political reasons, it is only appropriate that they should do so for those with objections based on their faith. I am hopeful this ruling will help protect the rights of Tyndale House Publishers in Carol Stream, Wheaton College in Wheaton, and others organizations I represent as they practice the free exercise of their religious beliefs.”   ### Read More

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Peter Roskam is the U.S. Representative for the Sixth District of Illinois. Upon his election, the Chicago Sun-Times and Roll Call newspapers called Roskam a "rising star."

Roskam's priorities in Washington include providing tax relief for hard working families and businesses, reining in federal spending, expanding healthcare access and affordability, and promoting energy independence. The Daily Herald described him as an "avowed fiscal conservative who could lay claim to the anti-tax mantel."

As the people of the Sixth District are heavily impacted by the financial services sector, Roskam sought and received an appointment to the exclusive House Financial Services Committee and sits on the subcommittees for Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises; Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology; and Oversight and Investigations. House Republican Leader John Boehner said about Roskam, “as a former Member of the Illinois State House, he has shown an unyielding commitment to the people of Illinois and will continue to do so while serving as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Financial Services Committee.” Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Spencer Bachus called Roskam “a top-notch legislator who will perform his new duties with integrity, thoughtfulness, and energy.”

In 1993 Roskam was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives where he served six years. In 2000, he was appointed to the Illinois Senate and served in the leadership as the Republican Whip and Floor Leader. He has received numerous awards from businesses, health care and pro-family organizations. He has also earned the praise of environmental and law enforcement groups for his leadership. In 2005, Americans for Tax Reform named him “Hero of the Taxpayer.”

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He took a hiatus from his legal studies to teach high school history and government in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Following law school, Peter pursued his interest in public policy and moved to our nation's capitol, where he worked for then freshman Congressman Tom DeLay and his predecessor from the Sixth District, Congressman Henry Hyde.

Back in Illinois, Peter served as Executive Director of Educational Assistance Ltd., a nonprofit scholarship program for disadvantaged youngsters. This organization received President Reagan's Volunteer Action Award for outstanding service to the community.

Peter's roots in the district go back to Hill Avenue in Glen Ellyn where he lived as a toddler. Growing up, Peter started a house cleaning service, served as Student Senate President at Glenbard West High School and was a varsity gymnast. At one point, he bicycled across America - from San Diego to Virginia Beach.

During his years on Capitol Hill, Peter met his wife Elizabeth. Congressman and Mrs. Roskam now live in Wheaton where they are raising their four children.

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