From the Chicago Sun-Times:
ENDORSEMENT: Lauren Underwood for Congress in 14th District
Underwood has earned, on her own merits, a return trip to Washington.
Before Lauren Underwood of Naperville was elected to Congress in 2018, she was a nurse. In the two years since then, she has put that expertise to good use as a lawmaker, drafting bills — and getting a couple signed into law — to make health care less expensive and better.
Specifically, Underwood sponsored the Lower Insulin Costs Now Act, signed by the president last December, which made lower-cost, generic insulin available more quickly. She also was the lead sponsor of a bill to fund the increased use of electronic health records across the Department of Homeland Security, making it easier for DHS doctors to care for migrants in custody.
Our endorsement goes to Underwood, a Democrat. For a freshman legislator, she has been measurably effective, demonstrating a practical streak. Those two pieces of legislation had to get through a Republican-controlled Senate.
Electoral victories in 2018 by Underwood and another Illinois Democrat, Sean Casten, in swing congressional districts were key to the Democrats gaining control of the House. For that reason alone we might now favor Underwood’s re-election; the House has been an essential check on President Donald Trump and the Senate. But Underwood has earned, on her own merits, a return trip to Washington.
Underwood has been a knowledgeable defender of the Affordable Care Act, which could come under even greater Republican attack in the coming year if the Supreme Court shifts further to the right. And we support her more immediate efforts to pass legislation to require health insurance plans to cover common medications, devices and screenings used to treat common chronic illnesses without charging a copayment, coinsurance or deductible.
Underwood is opposed by state Sen. Jim Oberweis, chairman of Oberweis Dairy, whom we twice have endorsed in state races. Oberweis, of Sugar Grove, has been a creative Republican in the Democrat-controlled state Senate, working on non-ideological issues such as ending a ban on Sunday auto sales.
At heart, though, we’d say Oberweis is an apologist for Trump — and Capitol Hill has no shortage of Republican apologists for Trump.
We strongly urge a vote for Lauren Underwood.
COMMENTARY: When comparing Underwood’s endorsement by the Daily Herald opposed to what was printed in the Chicago Sun-Times, one sees the difference with the Herald who did some level of vetting opposed to the Sun-Times which did none in spite of both newspapers endorsing Underwood.
These paragraphs jump out, with emphasis added:
Specifically, Underwood sponsored the Lower Insulin Costs Now Act, signed by the president last December, which made lower-cost, generic insulin available more quickly. She also was the lead sponsor of a bill to fund the increased use of electronic health records across the Department of Homeland Security, making it easier for DHS doctors to care for migrants in custody…Those two pieces of legislation had to get through a Republican-controlled Senate.
As was pointed out with the Herald endorsement Underwood’s legislation cited in the Sun-Times were passed as part of the Appropriations bills to fund the Federal government that was nearly two months behind schedule, and had to pass to avert a government shutdown.
The Sun-Times bought Underwood’s claim her two bills passed the Senate on their own, and were signed into law on their own. As said on September 12, McHenry County Blog was thankful for the Herald being thorough.
Ultimately, the decision was driven by the candidate’s questionnaires more than the actual interview. Oberweis’ interview with the Sun-Times was much better than the Daily Herald/Shaw Media interview, but like arguing a case before the Supreme Court, the oral argument does not convince the Justices, the written case does.
As has been said elsewhere, newspaper endorsements do not carry the weight they once did. The Sun-Times performance with this endorsement is clear proof why.