Media Appearances

You can hear Matt every Thursday morning from 8:30-9:00 on Straight Talk with Riley O'Neil (WROK 1440 am).

WBEZ 91.5 FM (Chicago) Appearances

Eight Forty-Eight
Date of appearance: 10/14/2008
Summary of appearance:
Northern Illinois University political scientist Matt Streb gives us a run down of the key congressional races in Illinois. We report on the race for the 11th congressional district.

Historically Republican District in Play For Democrats
Date of appearance: 03/07/2008
Summary of appearance:
There's a lot of factors in play in the 14th District contest between Democrat Bill Foster and Republican Jim Oberweis. One is the demographics of the district, which covers a lot of rural land from western DuPage County almost to the Mississippi River. Matt Streb teaches political science at Northern Illinois University. He says the odds are in Oberweis' favor.


WNIJ 89.5 FM (DeKalb) Appearances

Republicans hold 4 northern Illinois Congressional Districts
Date of appearance: 11/06/2008
Summary of appearance:
Despite Democratic victories across the nation - and in the Illinois Legislature - Republicans hold a handful of northern Illinois Congressional Districts. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad and NIU political scientist Matt Streb recap Tuesday's congressional races. They'll also look at how Illinois will replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Manzullo bucks trend, likely GOP victor
Date of appearance: 10/27/2008
Summary of appearance:
Republican congressman Don Manzullo bucks the national trend, and is likely to hold Illinois' 16th District - according to NIU political scientist Matt Streb. Speaking with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad, Streb also updates races in Districts 11 and 10.

District 13: Biggert likely victor
Date of appearance: 10/20/2008
Summary of appearance:
Republican incumbent Judy Biggert is likely to keep Illinois' 13th Congressional district. NIU political scientist Matt Streb explains why Democrat Scott Harper and Green party candidate Steve Alesch are having difficulty gaining traction with voters.

Districts 14, 11, tilt Democratic
Date of appearance: 10/17/2008
Summary of appearance:
NIU political scientist Matt Streb says Illinois congressional districts 14 and 11 are leaning toward Democratic candidates Bill Foster and Debbie Halvorson. Streb talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.

District 17 for Hare. District 10, tossup
Date of appearance: 10/07/2008
Summary of appearance:
WNIJ continues our series on northern Illinois Congressional Districts with a look at Districts 17 & 10. WNIJ predicts District 17 will go to incumbent Democrat Phil Hare. Why are we so certain a month before the election? Because Hare has no opponent. District 10, however, IS contested...and it's a tossup. Dan Klefstad discusses these races with NIU political scientist Matt Streb.

IL-6: Republican Incumbent Likely to Hold On to Seat
Date of appearance: 10/01/2008
Summary of appearance:
Republican incumbent Peter Roskam will likely hold on to the Illinois 6th Congressional District seat, according to Northern Illinois University Political Science Professor Matt Streb. Roskam first won the seat in a hotly contested race in 2006 against Iraq veteran Tammy Duckworth. His current Democratic rival, Jill Morgenthaler, is also an Iraq war veteran.

WNIJ Congressional Series: District 8
Date of appearance: 09/23/2008
Summary of appearance:
WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU political scientist Matt Streb about the 8th district Congressional race, which pits incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean and Republican Steve Greenberg.

IL-11: Illinois District May Turn Democratic
Date of appearance: 09/16/2008
Summary of appearance:
The Illinois 11th Congressional District may switch from Republican to Democratic in this year's election, according to Northern Illinois University Political Science Professor Matt Streb. Current Republican Representative Gerry Weller is retiring. State Senator and Democrat Debbie Halvorson has a slight edge over Republican challenger Martin Ozinga due to good name recognition and more campaign cash, Streb said. Ozinga was not the winner of the Republican primary for the seat. The winner dropped out shortly after winning the primary, citing personal reasons and the time requirements of running the campaign.

WNIJ Congressional series: District 16
Date of appearance: 09/08/2008
Summary of appearance:
WNIJ's series on northern Illinois Congressional races continues with an examination of the 16th District race. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU political scientist Matt Streb about the race, which pits incumbent Republican Don Manzullo versus Democrat Robert Abboud.

WNIJ Congressional series continues with District 14
Date of appearance: 09/04/2008

Summary of appearance:

This election season, WNIJ will examine northern Illinois Congressional races with NIU political scientist Matt Streb. Today, WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with Streb about the District 14 race between incumbent Democrat Bill Foster and Republican Jim Oberweis.

WNIJ starts series on congressional races
Date of appearance: 08/25/2008
Summary of appearance:
During this political season, much of the focus has been on the presidential race. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad changes the focus to the many exciting congressional races in Illinois. Every week until election day, NIU political scientist Matt Streb will join Dan to analyze these races. Their first report is an overview, looking back at the Spring special elections (including IL-14) to see if these races are harbingers of the November election.


WBHM 90.3 FM (Birmingham) Appearances

Electing Judges?
Date of appearance: 10/30/2008
Summary of appearance:
Northern Illinois University political scientist Matt Streb discusses the election of judges and if money has any effect on their rulings.