Will County area reps back commission to probe Jan. 6 Capitol riot

‘We must get to the truth of what happened on that dark day’

bill foster, lauren underwood, adam kinzinger, congress

Members of Congress representing parts of Will County backed legislation this week to to create a commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, Marie Newman, D-La Grange, and Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, all voted for the bill helping it pass the House of Representatives.

The bipartisan commission would conduct an investigation of the facts and circumstances relating to the attack and submit reports on its findings. Members of Congress had called for an inquiry into the insurrection similar to the one established following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“We must get to the truth of what happened on that dark day,” Foster said in a tweet.

Kinzinger said in a statement before Wednesday’s vote that he fully supported the establishment of a commission. He again bucked his party’s leadership which had come out against the legislation.

“This should not be about party politics,” Kinzinger said in a statement. “This should not be a partisan fight. The insurrection on January 6 was an attack on all who work at the Capitol-both Democrats and Republicans were hiding out and fearing for their lives that day. It was an attack on our democracy, and a violent attempt to stop us from fulfilling our legislative duties.”

Kinzinger has been especially vocal since many in his party, especially former President Donald Trump, have perpetuated falsehoods about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. He’s cited the Jan. 6 insurrection as a breaking point for him in actively arguing for the GOP to reject the former president, who has continued to hold influence over Republican voters and elected officials.

“We cannot let fear stop us from doing what is right,” Kinzinger added.

In addition to supporting the Jan. 6 commission, Underwood also took to the House floor this week to denounce the efforts of her 2020 Republican opponent, State. Sen. Jim Oberweis, to challenge the result of her reelection. The U.S. House voted last week to officially dismiss Oberweis’ election contest.

In her comments this week, she tied Oberweis’ challenge to the wider efforts to delegitimize the 2020 election results

“Unfortunately, the contest in my district was just one battle in a war that is still ongoing — a war on democracy, on voting rights, and on truth itself,” she said. “It will take more than a resolution to defeat the Big Lie: a seditious effort to delegitimize the 2020 election — and every future election.”

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.