Ill. politicians react to Obama speech

September 9, 2011 8:51:41 AM PDT
Freshman congressman Joe Walsh skipped the president's speech and held a small business owners forum in Schaumburg Thursday night. The McHenry Republican said he didn't want to be a "prop" during the president's address.

Many of the other Illinois lawmakers who did attend the speech say there's room to negotiate.

"The president gave to us a call to come together on a bipartisan basis, start thinking about the here and now," said Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois.

"What concerned me is the White House released a spread sheet showing new spending, but no spread sheet showing how it will be paid for," said Sen. Mark Kirk (R), Illinois.

"There was a sense of urgency that was appropriate," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D), Chicago and Northern Suburbs.

"There are some things in there that I think we can work together on to move the country forward," said Rep. Robert Dold (R), Northern Suburbs.