Illinois Review welcomes its new contributor Joe Dusek
By Joe Dusek, Ph.D. -
On a balmy Friday evening in mid-August about forty supporters traveled to a meet-and-greet fundraiser for Paul Schimpf at a private home in Oak Park, IL. Not known for conservative principles, you might be surprised at the strong Republican presence in this village.
Mary and John Howell hosted the event with the help of Linda Tibensky, Oak Park GOP Committeeman. The guests enjoyed appetizers and conversation with each other as well as with the Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General, retired Marine Corps judge advocate (military attorney), Paul Schimpf. This November 4th he will face Democratic incumbent Lisa Madigan, daughter of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-22), who has held his legislative seat for forty-three years.
Schimpf served as the lead American attorney, advising Iraqi prosecutors in the trial of Saddam Hussein. Schimpf quipped that once you’ve dealt with the Ace of Spades, a reference to Saddam’s place of dishonor in a series of “Most-wanted Iraqi, playing cards” issued in 2003, Illinois corruption doesn’t seem such a difficult challenge.
The candidate took particular delight in recounting the time Saddam Hussein declared in court, “The Lion of Baghdad does not care about the monkey chattering in the tree,” Schimpf being that monkey.
Beyond interesting war stories, however, Schimpf made his case for why he should be Illinois’ next Attorney General. He indicated that most people believe the status quo isn’t working, and that if you want more from the Attorney General’s office, you should give him the opportunity.
As a candidate, his platform consists of three pillars. First, Schimpf says he offers great value as a candidate. He holds the experience and toughness to prosecute cases and remains unbeholden to anyone, including the Illinois Republican Party. He commends Lisa Madigan for her work in consumer protection but questions why in twelve years under her management, her office has prosecuted only one corruption case. He says prosecuting corruption will be his number one priority.
Finally, Schimpf views this election as a referendum on the political class that has let us down. He urges voters to choose leadership, not lineage.
To learn more about Schimpf's campaign visit http://www.schimpf4illinois.com
Citizen journalist Joe Dusek, Ph.D. is a math professor at Triton College.