Congressmen Face Off for 16th District Seat

STATELINE (WIFR) -- With just over a month until voters hit the polls, political candidates are doing all they can to win their elections...and the case is no different in Illinois’ 16th Congressional District, where the newly drawn state map has two current Congressman facing off for one seat: incumbent Don Manzullo and current 11th District representative Republican Adam Kinzinger.

Manzullo and Kinzinger made stops in Boone, DeKalb and Winnebago County today to meet with voters and other political leaders. Manzullo has presided over the 16th District since 1993 and says he's never had to go up against a fellow congressman in a re-election bid. Kinzinger meanwhile took office in 2011 for the 11th District. Despite the difference in congressional experience, both candidates feel they can bring unique qualities to Washington.

"Ultimately, everyone needs to be judged on how he or she votes with that voting card and I'm very proud that I've received the support from all the conservative groups because of my very consistent...conservative leadership in the house of representatives”, says Manzullo.

Kinzinger says, "It's a new generation of conservatism. Over the past, republicans have lost the faith of the American people and so have democrats. So we need a new generation of people to come in and say look, it's about less government, balancing the budget and not earmarking. It's about understanding the government can't do everything."

Kinzinger has brought in strong numbers in his fundraising efforts; nearly $286,000 was raised in the final three months of 2011, 68 percent more than Manzullo.

The incumbent Manzullo may be trailing in campaign funds, but he picked up a big endorsement last week, receiving support from the Illinois Tea Party.

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  • by Keen Location: Central IL on Feb 21, 2012 at 07:41 AM
    Kinzinger is all talk, blatantly pandering to Tea Partiers with his rhetoric. Appeals to a lot of people because he's young, hott, and promising "hope and change." Sound familiar? I campaigned for Kinzinger in 2010 but I won't be voting for him in 2012. He has really let us down. When I asked him where in the Constitution Congress would have power to do the things he was voting for he looked at me like I was from Mars. Deer in headlights, no clue, looked annoyed at the question. Came up with Commerce Clause, which is what liberals like to claim. He LIKES big government, just wants to be in charge. Definitely not fiscally conservative. Adam is still parroting the intellectually bankrupt "all of the above" mantra when it comes to the Solyndra energy subsidies. True conservatives are fairly united that the right answer is "NONE of the above" when it comes to energy subsidies. I am so disappointed in Kinzinger. Thank goodness we have a real conservative to vote for. And unlike Kinzinger Manzullo is not trying to climb the RINO social ladder in DC. Manzullo won't have to worry about kissing you know what, he'll be able to tell people NO without fear of repercussions. Then he can retire and maybe we can find a candidate who is young, hott and truly conservative. :)
  • by Mike Location: Rockford on Feb 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    Manzullo voted 7 times to RAISE the national debt so he clearly has fooled the Tea groups that endorsed him.
  • by Liz Location: Belvidere on Feb 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
    Jim, which Tea Party values specifically? Because Manzullo is way more fiscally conservative than Kinzinger. Being a lengthier incumbent doesn't make you the worse candidate. The Illinois Tea Party endorsed Don because, as their website reads: "In 2011, Manzullo voted 79 more times to cut $209 billion more in federal spending than Kinzinger, which is why Manzullo is receiving all the awards and endorsements from conservative organizations that are serious about cutting wasteful spending and reducing debt. Manzullo holds a huge 21% lead in conservative ranking from Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation." The rest of their press release on the endorsement is at
  • by Big Bopper Location: West End on Feb 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM
    Vote'm ALL out=TERM LIMITS!!!!!
  • by Tim Location: Rockford on Feb 12, 2012 at 04:00 PM
    Kinzinger is not more in tune with tea party values. Kinzinger has one of the worst voting records of the freshman class in the house when it comes to spending. It comes down to voting record and Manzullo, plain and simple, is more fiscally responsible. The Illinois Tea Party endorsed Manzullo because that was the consensus of the local tea party groups in the 16th District. If you can find a local tea party group in the 16th District that supports Kinzinger, please tell us where it is.
  • by Barb Location: Watseka/Iroquois Co. TEA Party on Feb 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
    The Tea Parties had a choice to pick between two good men, and we did our due diligence. We judged Congressman Manzullo and Congressman Kinzinger by the numbers. Here is what we found: Don’s lifetime conservative rating with the American Conservative Union is 96%. Don voted 79 more times to cut spending in 2011 than did Congressman Kinzinger. Manzullo voted against the banker bailouts, Stimulus Plan and Pork Barrel spending. Kinzinger claims to be a conservative he votes more moderately than conservatively. He voted for $3B in Energy Subsidies last yr. A lg. portion went to subsidize wind energy. Check these links:;; His liberal voting record: Kinzinger voted for 3 billion dollars in Energy Subsidies last year a large portion of which went to subsidize wind energy.
  • by Andrew Location: Gasser on Feb 12, 2012 at 02:46 PM
    Jim, Kinzinger is not inline with Tea Party core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Free Markets. In fact, Kinzinger voted to fund the National Labor Relations Board when Don Manzullo and the freshman class voted AGAINST it. Sadly, Adam Kinzinger was a bust from 2010 when you compare him to say Tim Scott of South Carolina or Steve Southerland of Florida. It is unfortunate but the reality is Adam Kinzinger did not vote like a tea party member. I encourage everyone from down state to check out and Finally, you can email me at and I would be happy to talk to anyone on why we in the Illinois Tea Party are supporting Don Manzullo over Adam Kinzinger. Respectfully, Andrew Gasser Illinois Tea Party
  • by Bill on Feb 12, 2012 at 02:15 PM
    If one listens intently to both candidates and what they actually say, one will find that Kinzinger speaks in broad generalities and "sound bites" and is very much lacking in substance. On the other hand, Manzullo seems to have a real handle on the problems, particularly those facing US manufacturing, and talks with specific mention of ideas and concepts without resorting to generalities. Manzullo is for real and Mr. Kinzinger should learn that his "hero" personae really doesn't cut it with those of us who think through the issues here in the heartland.
  • by Rob Location: Mendota on Feb 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
    Manzullo has been "in" since 1993. Most of what is wrong with our economy has taken place during his watch. how many "favors" does he owe from those years? I's time for a change. One of the things I like about Kinzinger is that he is a veteran. That experience (peace time or war time) will teach you a lot about integrety and mission accomplishment. Adam Kinzinger is now on a mission to save our country. My vote will go to Adam Kinzinger.
  • by Diane Location: Bloomington on Feb 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    Manzullo was endorsed by the Illinois TEA Party because his voting record is MUCH more conservative than Kinzingers. If Kinzinger is the new kind of conservative, the country is in trouble!
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