From Cook County Republican Party . . .
"I'm not telling you that you have to do this, but it would be very good to put this Stroger sign in your window" veiled threat from Alderman Gene Schulter to 47th Ward store owners
From Cook County Republican Party . . .
"I'm not telling you that you have to do this, but it would be very good to put this Stroger sign in your window" veiled threat from Alderman Gene Schulter to 47th Ward store owners
It’s fairly unusual for the Chicago Sun Times, Teamsters, Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation for Right to Life and the Illinois State Rifle Association to agree on anything, but each have endorsed Will County Commissioner Terri Ann Wintermute to fill the 42nd District vacancy State Senator Ed Petka is leaving behind.
Oh boy, I can't wait for all the comments telling us that USA Today and CNN are large corporations, and therefore are acting "all corporationey and stuff."
See folks, if it's a corporation, it has to be conservative.
Regardless, tune into Juan Williams, known Rovian puppet, on CNN's slant.
By Lee Newcom
U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is a national treasure, under attack. But as an example to us all, he does not flinch or cower, or do anything just to be reelected. He fights back! He has recently given a speech that is a must read for anyone who wants to know what next Tuesday's election is about. If you are mad at Republicans, if you are one of those throwing a little hissy fit that you are staying home just to punish Republicans because they have failed us on some issues (and they have), read Santorum's Gathering Storm speech. It focuses us very clearly on what is at stake. Read it, then go out and walk a precinct next Saturday for Peter Roskum or David McSweeney. Read it because you need to be focused on what is at stake for our country's future generations. And after reading that speech, if you still are having your little immature fit about punishing Republicans, please go away and be quiet, because you love America a lot less than the sound of your own voice.
by Cal Skinner
When Governor Jim Thompson was in office, Jayne, an attorney, would not take any case in state court. Any legal business she did was in federal court. Now comes the first Democrat since Thompson and what does wife Patti do?
She does business with now indicted Governor Rod Blagojevich’s fundraiser Tony Rezko and “a woman who holds a longstanding no-bid state contract,” Chicago Tribune reporter Ray Long writes.
Governor Rod “Not Me” says such critics are “Neanderthal and sexist.”
Cross-posted on McHenry County Blog
There will be a gubernatorial debate in Chicago Wednesday evening sponsored by FREE for anyone and everyone who's running for Illinois governor. Of course there's always the "stay at home" choice, the "none of the above" option or WYLL's Scott Thomas' suggestion to "leave it blank."
by Joyce Morrison
Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet the write-candidate for governor, Randy Stufflebeam, in person for the first time....I was not disappointed. In fact, I was more impressed than ever. After speaking to him on the telephone and following the answers he has been giving to tough questions on talk shows and to reporters, I had already decided he had the leadership ability, knowledge and discipline to put Illinois back on track. Meeting him in person ended any reservations I might have had.
This Halloween night, Chicago's Salem Baptist Church -- where Rev/Senator James Meeks' is pastor -- will be holding this year's third and final Fright Night. It purports to show kids what hell is like and depicts horror scenes involving abortion, pedophiles and homosexuals.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /Christian Newswire/ -- A thousand Catholic priests have signed a statement related to voting responsibilities in next week’s elections, announced Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “This is the first thousand. More are signing on every day, because the statement simply reflects what our bishops have already said.”
If you are in any way connected with the farming business in the USA, the voice of Orion Samuelson has been an important part of your day for as long as you have been farming. For more than forty-five years so far, Orion has been the radio voice of agriculture in America.
He has been broadcasting since the 1950s on Wisconsin radio stations and started at WGN radio as director of farm news in 1960. In 2006 he is heard on a syndicate of 260 American radio stations that carry his National Farm Report program. He also has a TV audience of more than thirty million viewers on 190 cable, satellite, and broadcast TV stations for different shows on his own and with his colleague Max Armstrong.
In his lecture called "From Reaper to Satellite," Orion, a resident of Northbrook, Illinois, shares his entusiasm for farmers and their vital work with millions each week. He exudes good will for the two percent of Americans who raise food from the ground and take care of the livestock that feeds three hundred million Americans and millions more overseas. He both reports on the market news of agribusiness and also is an advocate for farmers who understands their professional challenges.
His awards are almost countless but among some of the most significant are the 4-H Hall of Fame, the 1998 Distringuished Service Award of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the 2001 Lincoln Medal--the highest award from the State of Illinois, and his 2003 induction into the Radio Hall of Fame.
ABC7Chicago.com reported tonight dramatically different results between two Republicans running for key positions in the November 7 election.
According to the ABC 7/Daily Herald poll, Tony Peraica leads Democrat Todd Stroger by 9 points in the race for the Cook County Board President. In a 51-to-42 race, 7 percent are undecided. Peraica could be the first Republican elected to that office in 40 years.
In the same poll, GOP candidate Judy Baar-Topinka is 16 points behind Democrat incumbent Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
by Cal Skinner
8th congressional district anti-war candidate Bill Scheurer has been churning out press releases. McHenry County Blog is probably the only place they get published.
In yesterday's release about anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan's endorsement ("Make One Democrat Pay") was a paragraph about a forthcoming negative mailing from the Democratic Party's Congressional Campaign Committee--run by Chicago Congressman Rahm Emanuel. It must have just arrived because here is what the campaign has to say about what it calls "Slime."
Democrat Mailer Slimes Scheurer
It's official. The Democrats are running scared. Despite their successful efforts to spin the media with false polls that under-report the growing momentum of his campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has now unleashed a desperate attack piece against independent Moderate Party candidate Bill Scheurer.
Among its notable lies, the piece says that Republicans have "propped up" the Scheurer campaign "with hundreds of thousands of dollars." Federal Election Commission reports plainly show that Scheurer has not received a single penny from Republicans.
In fact, over half his money came from major unions that backed incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean in 2004. Scheurer has raised less than $50,000.
"I wish it was true," says Scheurer. "If we had that kind of money to reach voters, we would be winning this thing by a landslide!"
The mailer also oddly attempts to connect Scheurer with George Bush. Bean is widely regarded as a "Bush Democrat" for voting with the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress on nearly every major issue, while Scheurer is a consistent outspoken critic of Bush and agrees with him on almost nothing.
In the height of irony, the DCCC direct mail piece also accuses Republicans of "playing dirty tricks" and trying to win "by backhanded, slimy tricks." The Republicans have no connection with the Scheurer campaign.
However, it was the Democrats who carried out a series of dirty tricks and outright fraud in its efforts to try to keep Scheurer off the November ballot. His Moderate Party had to file a lawsuit in federal court against the DCCC, its chairman Rahm Emanuel, and other leading Democrats for criminal fraud to make them back off.
Asked about the sleazy ad, Scheurer could only laugh. "Abraham Lincoln once said, after being ridden out of town on a rail: 'But for the honor of it, I would have rather walked.' That about sums it up for me."
Welcome, Mr. Scheurer, to the strange and twisted world of big-time politics.
Cross-posted at: McHenry County Blog
From Newt Gingrich's "Winning for the Future" newsletter at www.newt.org:
As the days tick down to the election, members of the "Winning the Future" movement need to have a frank conversation with their neighbors. When conservatives we know say that they're not going to vote next week, we have to ask them to think about this: Choosing not to vote is still a choice and that choice is a vote for liberalism. Ask them to take seriously the fate of our country, because that is what's at stake in next week's election.
We owe it to those who built this great country, to our children and to our grandchildren to be citizens and to show up and vote. Because if we don't and the left wins, we will have only ourselves to blame.
From Michael J. Fox's interview yesterday with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week:
Stephanopoulos: In the ad now running in Missouri, Jim Caviezel speaks in Aramaic. It means, "You betray me with a kiss." And his position, his point, is that actually even though down in Missouri they say the initiative is against cloning, it's actually going to allow human cloning.
Fox: Well, I don't think that's true. You know, I campaigned for Claire McCaskill. And so I have to qualify it by saying I'm not qualified to speak on the page-to-page content of the initiative. Although, I am quite sure that I'll agree with it in spirit, I don't know, I— On full disclosure, I haven't read it and that's why I didn't put myself up for it distinctly.
And yes he has "put himself up for it distinctly." When he stated in his McCaskill ad, "Senator Talent even wanted to criminalize the science that gives us a chance for hope," he was speaking about Talent's opposition to human cloning, whether he understood what he was saying or not.
With all these famous people entering into the embryonic stem cell debate, I thought it only fitting that Jesse Jackson insert himself into the mêlée. Here is a quote from an essay he wrote several years ago:
Anything growing is living. Therefore human life begins when the sperm and egg join and drop into the fallopian tube and the pulsation of life take place. From that point, life may be described differently (as an egg, embryo, fetus, baby, child, teenager, adult), but the essence is the same. The name has changed but the game remains the same.
If you're a pro-lifer and feeling like you don't care about the election and think our issues don't matter or won't the day after November 7th, check out Planned Parenthood's online game The Rx Zone.
The Rx Zone is about trying to get "emergency contraceptives" from pharmacists who have religious objections against giving out heavy-duty doses of birth control medications over-the-counter to anyone, any age, any time, without a doctor's prescription.
How dare those pharmacists create obstacles for predators and child molestors who pick up "emergency contraception" for their victims? How dare they be concerned about girls and women being dangerously over-medicated?
On top of that, isn't Planned Parenthood a 501c3 and shouldn't they refrain from promoting political candidates?
"Once again, Planned Parenthood has added the use of bigotry to its campaign of disinformation," said Life Decision International's Executive Director Doug Scott. "The use of such tactics is commonplace for Planned Parenthood and its legions. They seek to paint pro-life activists as uncaring woman-haters, even though pro-life people care about all human beings.
"They seek to convince people that 'emergency contraception' cannot cause an abortion, even though it usually acts as an abortifacient. They seek to depict Governor Blagojevich as a hero, even though he is hostile to preborn human beings.
"Will the people of Illinois and the nation tolerate or be fooled by such nonsense? Time will tell."
Sorry, Mr. Scott. Fact is, our Republican candidate for governor isn't much different on this issue. While she does have a prolife LG running with her, it's the top of the ticket who calls the shots on public policy.
All we know is that Judy Baar-Topinka isn't fond of executive orders like the governor is. That's how he gets his way in Illinois -- by bypassing the legislature via executive order.
November 8th we'll know if these issues matter to the people of Illinois.
BTW, a spontaneous ad hoc group called "Victims of Illinois Democrats" released a montage over the weekend blasting Blagojevich, Madigan and Jones. Check it out on Illinois Review's VOID's Public Service Announcement.
Monday's Chicago Sun-Times says the GOP expects the evangelical base to come home on November 7 because there's "nowhere else to go."
In the gubernatorial race, the Green Party candidate is pulling 11 percent of the vote and many social conservatives say they're writing in RANDY STUFFLEBEAM because they just can't bring themselves to vote for Topinka.
Will Illinois evangelicals, charismatics and conservative Catholics "come home" and close the gap between Topinka and Blagojevich?
Do you have "faith in the base"? Why haven't evangelicals made a mark in the Illinois Republican Party as they have at the national level?
Your thoughts . . .
By Ralf Seiffe
People use political parties to help them figure out which way to cast their vote just like they use brand names to choose what beer to drink. A candidate’s party affiliation is usually a reliable way to transmit a lot of information about his view of the world, his governing philosophy and his likely stand on current or future issues. Like a product’s brand name, a party label says “trust me” to voters who often do not take the time to meet a candidate or understand the issues. And, like a brand name, voters develop a preference for one political party or the other just like they do for Coke rather than Pepsi, McDonalds rather than Wendy’s or the White Sox rather than the Cubs.
Ruth Hanna McCormick was a suffragist and advocate for the rights of women and children. She actively campaigned for the vote for women from 1913 until the amendment was ratifed by the states in 1920. In 1913, Illinois women won the right to vote in municipal elections and for presidential electors and on bond issues. But oddly enough they did not win the right to vote for Congress, Governor, other statewide offices, or members of the General Assembly, until the 19th Amendment was ratified by three-quarters of the states in 1920. Illinois was one of the first three states to ratify the national vote for women amendment on June 10, 1919 and tied with the legisaltures of Michigan and Wisconsin on that day.
An ABC 7/Daily Herald poll taken last week and reported tonight shows both the 6th and the 8th CDs are in statistical deadheats.
6th District's Republican candidate Peter Roskam is leading Democrat Tammy Duckworth 46 to 42 percent with 12 percent undecided.
In the 8th, Republican David McSweeney has 39 percent to Democrat incumbent Melissa Bean's 42 percent. Independent Bill Scheurer is pulling in 8 percent.
In addition, it is absolutely fascinating that during tonight's ABC "Desperate Housewives," two Tammy Duckworth ads hit our television screen -- one of Barack Obama battering his former Illinois Senate colleague Peter Roskam and yet another of a teacher complaining Roskam was opposed to making it illegal to bring guns to school, and was pro-NRA. (No mention anywhere in the ad that it's a federal crime to have a gun within 1000 feet of a school.)
Then there were the two anti-David McSweeney, pro-Melissa Bean ads calling McSweeney a liar.
Interesting that both women chose "Desperate Housewives" as their platform -- and interesting that neither Roskam or McSweeney did. Says a little about where the girls are looking for votes, doesn't it?
By the way, it's a little embarrassing to admit I was watching the show tonight myself . . . let's just mark it up for media research, right?
An outting of south suburban Republican political dirty deeds, or words of an embittered candidate challenged off the November ballot by fellow Republican Maureen Murphy?
Check out Robert Schelstrom's commentary published today in the South Suburban Star. . .
CHICAGO, IL... Cook County Commissioner and reform candidate for Cook County Board President Tony Peraica - calling on TV stations to pull Todd Stroger's false and libelous attack ad - today released the following statement:
Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in "The Bells of St. Mary's" tells the mother of a student how he located the girl's father who was a pianist. "He's a musician, so he must be in the union. I went right to the top, Petrillo!"
In the middle of the 20th Century, the name "Petrillo" was well known in America. He was a labor leader who was often in the news because of so many battles he fought on behalf of his members in a rapidly changing world for musicians. Jimmy Petrillo was President of Local 10 of the Chicago Federation of Musicians for forty years from 1922 to 1962. He also served as president of the American Federation of Musicians for 18 years from 1940 to 1958. The Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park was named in his honor in 1976.
James Caesar Petrillo was born near the corner of DeKoven and Taylor Street in Chicago on March 16, 1892. He loved to play the trumpet but he concluded in his early twenties that he did not have enough talent to make his living as a trumpet player. So starting in 1919, James devoted his life to organizing musicians into effective union locals. Petrillo once said many years later, 'If I was a good trumpet player I wouldn’t be here. I got desperate. I hadda look for a job. I went in the union business."
by Cal Skinner
(State Reps. Dave) Winters and (Ron) Wait referenced a local option income tax, which would let voters decide through a referendum to impose a local income tax to alleviate property taxes.
Back in the mid-1970’s Jim Edgar, as a state representative, introduced the local income tax idea.
It would give half the new money raised to schools and half to property tax relief.
The idea delivered a mixed message, just as today’s Senate Bill 750 does.
It co-mingles the ideas of giving more money to schools with giving some real estate property tax relief.
As one of the numerous Illinois citizens who has paid the price of Jesse Whites abysmal management of the Sec of State office, I vote for Dan Rutherford. White has collected millions in fines as the result of his office's inability to send out license renewal letters.
Cyrus Hall McCormick was the inventor of the first working mechanical reaper for harvesting grain. He is considered by many historians to be "the father of modern agriculture." Although he was a Virginian by birth, McCormick became a global agribusiness pioneer who founded and grew an industrial empire in Chicago where he lived and worked for 37 years.
McCormick was born on Feb. 15, 1809 in Rockbride County, Virginia, about 150 miles south-west of Washington, DC. His parents were Robert McCormick and Mary Ann Hall McCormick. His father was also a tinkerer and inventor.
When he was 15 in 1824, Cyrus made a lightweight cradle for harvesting grain. In 1831, Cyrus Hall McCormick was only 22 years old when he followed up on his father's work and constructed a working mechanical grain reaper in the blacksmith shop on the family farm. He received a patent in 1834. Prior to this invention, every farmer in the world had to use either a sickle or a scythe to harvest grain by hand. Workers could harvest between one-half and a maximum of three acres per day depending on different factors. The mechanical reaper enabled one man to harvest 40 acres in a day and do the work that twenty could do before. It was the start of a world-wide revolution in productivity for farmers. In the 1850s, about ninety percent of Americans lived and worked on farms. Today, only two percent of Americans do work directly involved with farming.
Once again, because of its key geographic location and the railroad hub, McCormick moved his factory from Virginia to Chicago in 1847 when he was 38. The company he founded in 1847 was known as McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. In 1851, the invention of the reaper won the Gold Medal at London's Crystal Palace Exposition, the most prestigious award of that era.
Lincoln's Secretary of State William H. Seward once said that because of the reaper, "the line of civilization moves west by thirty miles each year."
By 1858, the company was the largest manufacturer of farm equipment in the country. That company merged with another to become International Harvester in 1902. Late in the 20th Century the parent holding company went by the name Navistar for a few years and was based in Warrenville, Illinois. In 2004, the operating company name changed again to International Truck and Engine and is still based in Illinois.
Talk about setting up a defense -- just read the Sun-Times headline "Defense: Killing payback for gay taunts" about a murder trial that started yesterday in Chicago.
The Sun-Times, rather than objectively report, apparently will be the defense attorney to Chicago's public on behalf of a homosexual on trial this week, accused of beating, raping, stabbing, suffocating, killing a 51-year-old Chicago woman and then stuffing her body into his apartment's crawl space.
Michael J. Fox states in his McKaskill for Missouri ad, "Senator Talent even wanted to criminalize the science that gives us a chance for hope."
MSM should ask Fox to explain what that science is, but it won't and he won't.
For the record, it's human cloning.
Rockford's Howard Center's Allan Carlson spoke last night in Wisconsin about the need to protect traditional marriage. Wisconsin is one of eight states voting November 7 on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
In his address, “The Real Purposes of Marriage ,” Carlson focused on five purposes of civil marriage:
• To promote the procreation and optimal nurture of children
• To renew the concentric rings of community: extended families; neighborhoods; and faith communities;
• To bind together the sexual and economic, in order to create stable homes
• To oppose tyranny and stand for liberty;
• And to shape and renew the nation, and specifically these United States
Dr. Carlson also discussed the Wisconsin Marriage Protection amendment which is one of eight state marriage amendments (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin) to be voted on in the November 7th elections.
On the importance of the amendments, Carlson observes, “The family touches on every aspect of society. It is the fundamental social unit. The preservation of marriage and the family are of supreme importance.”
Illinois' advisory referendum failed to meet the critieria to get on our Nov 7th ballot.
But why aren't Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President Emil Jones being blasted for refusing to call the amendment for a vote in our General Assembly?
Newt Gingrich says today that the momentum is now turning toward the Republicans retaining control of the U.S. Senate and possibly the U.S. House.
Crediting bloggers for changing the tide, Gingrich says the mainstream media's onslaught of negatives toward Republicans is wearing thin, and the facts Democratic liberals were trying to cloud are beginning to emerge again.
Illinois-native actor Tom Berenger has played diverse roles from an aging catcher for the Cleveland Indians to Col. Theodore Roosevelt leading the Rough Riders up San Juan Hill. He played a crazoid sergeant in Platoon, a confederate general in Gettysburg, and one of the college classmate mourners in The Big Chill. He has been a western lawman, a high school teacher, a police detective, and a plumber on Cheers. The fact that he is always believable in each different role is a tribute to his acting abilities.
Tom Berenger's birth name was Thomas Michael Moore when he was born into an Irish-Catholic family in Chicago on May 31, 1949. Tom played football at Rich East Township High School in Park Forest but he also acted in school plays and was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. Tom graduated from Rich East in 1967 and attended the University of Missouri as a journalism major. His goal was to be a sport's writer. But during college, Tom appeared in a stage production of "Who Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" and caught the acting bug in a more serious way.
by Cal Skinner
Just to make sure that my sick 9-year old, who missed four days of school and an entire weekend, didn’t have a bacterial infection, we were off to one of his pediatricians Monday.
He didn’t have strep throat and is now back in school, but I did pick up something of interest at the doctors’ office.
It was this notice.
by Fran Eaton
So, let's follow the campaign money a little more today . . .
The Illinois Republican Party has raised about $1.5 million since July.
Almost $1 million was from Minority Senate Leader Frank Watson's Republican Senate Campaign Committee and $180,000 was from Minority House Leader Tom Cross' own campaign chest.
One major GOP donation from a political action committee was the D.C.-based Institute for Legal Reform, which gave a single donation of $575,000 in October. The ILR promotes tort reform.
In comparison, the Democratic Party of Illinois raised $2,801,450 this reporting period. Most of the party's funds came from individual lawmakers' war chests.
Over the past few weeks, Mike Madigan, who is House Speaker as well as chairman of the state's Democratic Party, has spent almost $700,000 on House and Senate races.
If you follow the money as an indicator of where the Dems feel they need to invest their largesse, as of October 8, State Rep. Mike Boland received $100K, State Rep Bob Flider $110K, Careen Gordon $70K, Kurt Granberg $60K and Mike Smith $300K. More is likely to be on the way.
by Rhonda Robinson
A mental health screening plan stating all Indiana children from birth to 22 years “shall” be screened survived the 11-1 vote yesterday. The comprehensive plan was part of a law that was passed last year to reorganize all facets of services the state provides to children.
Now Indiana is looking hard at the potential monster they have just created.
by Fran Eaton
Windy City Times' interview with pro-abortion political action committee Personal PAC's Terry Cosgrove (who, the WCT identifies, is a homosexual) blasts Judy Baar-Topinka for selecting "right-winger" Joe Birkett as her LG running mate.
"If she wins, she gives one of the most anti-gay, anti-choice leaders a platform for the next four years. [Selecting Birkett] reflects her true political beliefs," Cosgrove says.
Calling a vote for Green Party candidate Rich Whitney a vote for Judy, he reminds voters of the lesson learned with Ralph Nader in Florida in 2000. . .
Personal PAC has over $466,000 to spend on backing pro-aborts in this election. Cosgrove was especially giddy about the possibility of picking up seven seats formerly held by right-wing Republicans in the State Senate.
Think your vote doesn't matter? Think your $25 contribution doesn't matter? Think again. Thus far, only two conservative political action committees -- the United Republican Fund and Family PAC -- have financially supported pro-life candidates.
Too bad only the pro-aborts understand what money can buy.
Link: Windy City Times.
Today's interview with Mark Steyn, author of "America Alone - The End of the World as We Know It"
Listen to the show everyday at 10AM to Noon at a www.wkrs.com.
If the "Listen Live" link appears not to work, try it a few times. It will come up.
It is portentous, and a thing of state
That here at midnight, in our little town
A mourning figure walks, and will not rest,
Near the old court-house pacing up and down,
From Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay.
Vachel Linday was an American poet, writer, mystic, public speaker, and artist whose work was particularly admired in some religious revival circles early in the Twntieth Century.
Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born in Springfield, Illinois on Nov. 10, 1879. His father was Dr. Vachel Thomas Lindsay, a physician, and his mother was Caterhine Frazee. His parents were Cambellites, a church founded in 1830 by the Scotch-Irish clergyman Alexander Campbell. The Cambellites emphasized education, individual spiritual life, and the missionary role of American democracy. The Cambellites also hopes for one nondemoniational Christian Church. These beliefs had a great influence on Vachel's career as a poet, pamphleteer, and lecturer.
Vachel graduated from Springfield High School in 1897 and began to study medicine at a Cambellite school, Hiram College in Ohio. He was a student at Hiram until 1899 but did not get a degree and left college to return to Springfield.
by Cal Skinner
That was what my bride said when I finally figured out today was the 11th anniversary of the school bus-train crash in Fox River Grove.
And another Cary-Grove High School student was killed when his bicycle hit a train at that very same Algonquin Road grade crossing.
In 2004, former high school administrator and popular basketball coach John Cavaletto came within single digits of winning the 107th House seat for the Republicans. Once again, Cavaletto and his wife Connie are tirelessly knocking on doors and visiting with groups in the area, asking that the voters of the district fifty miles east of St. Louis to send him to Springfield. This time they could make it.
Connie, Cavaletto’s wife of 40 years, is his campaign partner and biggest fan. But that’s nothing new, she says. “For years, I would pack up our three boys and we would climb on the bus with the team and be right there to root for John’s team."
John’s basketball coaching days listed him in Illinois Athletic Directors' Hall of Fame. He likes to tease about how his teams beat now-Senator David Luechtefeld's (R-Okawville) teams when they were both coaches.
The 37 years Cavaletto spent working with the young people of the 107th House district drew him into those families’ lives. Seeing young people grow up just to move away because good paying jobs left the area is a key reason Cavaletto wants to represent the district at the Capitol.
by Cal Skinner
Dan Hynes, Jack Ryan, Joyce Washington, Dennis Hastert, Jesse Jackson, Jr.,
Mark Kirk, Loren Beth Gash, Ray LaHood, Bobby Rush, Tim Johnson, Luis Guetierrez, John Porter, Michael Kelleher, Jerry Weller, Jay Robert Pritzker, Jim Durkin, Dick Durbin, Peter Fitzgerald and Loleta Didrickson.
All of them got money from soon-to-be admitted felon Stuart Levine.
There is a longish article at McHenry County Blog, which was posted on Wednesday, with a link to all of the federal contributions Levine made, plus LaHood’s unsuccessful effort to return the money shortly after he received it.
The following ad is planned to play tonight during the World Series, although there are last minute details still being worked out. It features Jim Caviezel of "The Passion of Christ;" Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan, Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner, and Patricia Heaton of "Everybody Loves Raymond."