Palos Patch: Lipinski and Newman To Face Off In Candidate’s Forum

Congressman Dan Lipinski and challenger Marie Newman face off in a candidates forum Feb. 21 at Moraine Valley Community College.

PALOS HILLS, IL — Touted as one of the most pivotal Democratic primaries in 2018, Congressman Dan Lipinski and challenger Marie Newman will face off Feb. 21 in a candidate’s forum at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 College Parkway, Building M, Room 2. The forum is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. The League of Women Voters is hosting the forum.

Lipinski, a seven-term incumbent, represents Illinois’s 3rd Congressional District that stretches from Chicago’s 23rd Ward to Orland Park. The son of former Congressman Bill Lipinski, Dan grew up in Garfield Ridge and resides in Western Springs. Lipinski is a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition, a congressional caucus of fiscally conservative democrats. He says he is a proponent of revitalizing American manufacturing and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure.

The congressman claims to have received the endorsements of 30 mayors representing communities in Illinois’s 3rd. Lipinski is also backed by the 900,000-member Illinois AFL-CIO, the state’s largest union. He serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Lipinski has received the endorsement of transportation unions.

Newman was born in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood and attended Sutherland Elementary School until the second grade. Her family moved to Palos Park and she is a graduate of Sandburg High School. She resides in LaGrange.

She’s heavily endorsed by progressive Democratic groups, including EMILY’s ListCitizen Action IllinoisReclaim ChicagoNARAL Pro-Choice AmericaThe Human Rights CampaignMoveOnOur Revolution Illinois and Local Engagement Aiding Progressives (LEAP) Forward.

Newman, too, has attracted union support, receiving the backing of Service Employees International UnionHispanic American Labor Council, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and Nurses National United.
Some of the congressman’s House colleagues, Democrats Jan Schakowsky (IL-9th) and Luis Gutierrez (IL-4th), have endorsed Newman. The two Chicago Democrats said they took the “unusual step of choosing a side in a primary due to the candidates’ opposite stands on such issues as abortion and gay rights,” the Chicago Tribune’s Ted Slowik reported.

The candidates are sharply divided on reproductive rights. Lipinski is pro-life, Newman is pro-choice. They both claim they will fight for working families.

The candidates will make brief presentations on their backgrounds, qualifications and interest in running for office. This will be followed by questions from the audience and questions submitted in advance by League of Women Voters members. You may email your question in advance to

“It’s not a debate, but it’s the best he’ll agree to …,” Newman posted on her Facebook page.