OSWEGO - James Marter, a conservative businessman challenging incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Kirk in the March 15th GOP primary, has added another endorsement from a national conservative group. Jenny Beth Martin, on behalf of the national Tea Party Patriots, gave Marter a thumbs up.
“James Marter is a strong advocate for economic freedom, personal freedom, and a debt-free future. He has promised to work to repeal ObamaCare, oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, and stand firm on the Constitution when it comes to considering judicial appointments," Martin said in a statement this week. "He has won the support of our local affiliate Tea Party organizations and leaders, and has convinced us he can be counted to work to inject our shared conservative values into the Senate GOP cloakroom – a place that sorely needs them."
Martin said running against an incumbent is never easy. "And when you’ve chosen to take on an incumbent member of your own party in a primary contest, the challenge is even greater. It is not an endeavor for the faint of heart," she said. "The very fact that James would offer himself as an alternative to his rather more moderate – dare I say, squishy?' – opponent is a testament to the fact that he’s got the intestinal fortitude necessary to stand strong on behalf of his constituents once he gets to Washington."
Marter has also been endorsed by Illinois Federation for Right to Life PAC, Taxpayers for America, and Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. However, he failed to get the endorsement of Paul Caprio's conservative Family PAC Federal.
Marter told Illinois Review he asked Caprio for the endorsement and was confident he'd receive it given the 100 percent rating he received from the group, and given the fact that Sen. Kirk, who is considered one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate, was not being considered.
When Caprio released his list of endorsements last week, Sen. Kirk's name appeared with the term "no endorsement" and James Marter's name wasn't listed.
Caprio told Illinois Review he didn't endorse Marter because he showed no campaign or finance plan, and had not hired a campaign manager or consultant.
UPDATE x1: Thursday afternoon, Marter's campaign manager Raquel Melanie told Illinois Review, "We appreciate all the endorsements and support we're getting from these groups, but the most important endorsement of all is the one voters make on March 15th."
Family PAC's endorsement list for the March 15th GOP primary is HERE.
By Irene Starkehaus -
During the 1988 Democrat Convention held in Georgia to nominate Michael Dukakis for the presidency, America was coming off one of the most popular and successful presidencies of the 20th Century and the Democrats were in a quandary as to how to woo voters back to the dark side of the political spectrum. Reagan had been unusually successful and probably could have won a third term had he been allowed to run.
Regardless of growing memory lapses, he truly was loved and respected by a large percentage of the population. I doubt that he would have done worse in that state of diminished capacity than his successors did. At any rate, the Democrats were then what the Republicans are now. Paralyzed…without a clue as to how to ever win the White House again.
Seeing as how Michael Dukakis had sort of a Brezhnevian vibrancy about him (and that certainly wasn't helping the progressivist sell job, don't-cha know) the Democrats decided they needed to focus on optics rather than on the substantive failures of socialism as a way of winning back the White House. Instead of taking an inventory of what had worked during the Reagan Administration and adapting their strategies to meet America's socio-economic needs, the Dems figured that the more pertinent concern was how to make Old Glory photograph better. The flag was transformed from red, white and blue to pink, cream and baby blue because the muted colors looked better on TV.
By Irene F. Starkehaus -
Sorry. I'm sure Representative Daniel Webster gets tired of that literary reference. I can't help myself. It's too symmetrical to pass up.
For the record, I am not suggesting through my allusion that John Boehner is the devil. He doesn't strike me as someone who demonstrates that much enterprise. No offense intended, but Boehner seems more like middle management, Screwtape material. You know, a wizened, old curmudgeon content to live out his existence taking orders from the higher-ups, helping a novice or two in charge of securing damnations and receiving a nice pension for not making waves when the real devils are at work.
Not making waves, this is where Boehner really excels. I think that the one word that embodies the spirit of John Boehner's tenure as Speaker is "compromise." Wouldn't you agree? Always so willing to reach across that aisle to compromise with the people who are sadistically destroying the fundamental principle that our rights are endowed by our Creator and not secured by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Considering of all the notable compromises that litter our history books with mediocrity, it's possible that John Boehner's willingness to compromise in selling out the American people during the passage of Obamacare will rank right up there at the top.
By John F. Di Leo -
Almost twenty years ago, American philologists were treated to an amazing statement in the political realm: then-President Bill Clinton answered a question with the words “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”
As shocking as that statement was in context, coming from a leading Democrat, it was also something of a Freudian slip, as Bill Clinton gave away quite a secret in that brief moment.
While it can be honestly said that all politicians may exaggerate occasionally, and all politicians may have different takes on the rightness or wrongness of a position, or on the success or failure of a program, only the modern Democrat has made a conscious tactic of deliberately abusing the words themselves, changing their meanings so that eventually a Republican and a Democrat can speak different languages when discussing the same issue, again and again.
CHICAGO - Continuing to roll out his staff and transition team, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner announced Friday his new administrative chief of staff would be Mike Zolnierowicz, nicknamed "Mike Z" by campaign familiars. Zolnierowicz was key in the Rauner campaign and has worked for U.S. Senator Mark Kirk in the past.
“I’ve worked closely with Mike Zolnierowicz for more than a year and he has my complete trust and confidence,” Rauner said. “I know he shares my commitment to making our state the most compassionate and competitive in the nation. Mike will be a dedicated public servant whose only focus is on bringing back Illinois.”
PALATINE, IL – Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Del Mar congratulated Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner today, and publicly thanked the hard-working Republican volunteers throughout Cook County who made his victory possible.
“When we woke up Wednesday morning, there was hope in Illinois for the first time in years,” said Del Mar, also the Palatine Township Republican Committeeman. “I am so proud of the tireless efforts of volunteers who made this happen. Republicans throughout Cook County put in countless hours knocking on doors, making phone calls, monitoring polling places, sending emails, and so much more. It was their unprecedented effort that made the difference in 2014.”
Del Mar also took credit for his team increasing by 6% the Republican gubernatorial numbers over the 2010 race.
By Teri O'Brien -
Like most of you, I was not surprised, but was still delighted, that the GOP will need to get some new shoes because they wore out several pairs kicking democrat butt in this week's midterm elections. That was fun! Now, though, the time has come to ask ourselves what did it really mean, and where we go from here.
Where Joe Biden Goes, Disaster (and Hilarity) Ensues
Honestly, this man could screw up a one car funeral. He is a perpetual gaffe machine, and his latest gaffe probably helped the pathetic Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts win his race against "independent" (actually a stealth Democrat) Greg Orman. In an interview with a Connecticut radio station on Election Day, Joe outed Mr. Orman, stating "We have a chance of picking up an independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas." Orman had spent practically his entire campaign denying that he is really a member of the Jackass Party. God love ya, Joe! What were your thinking?
By Irene F. Starkehaus -
I had it suggested to me, "This election is the last chance Americans have to make our voices heard on Obamacare," to which I replied, "Spoken like a true Republican. Always the fatalists." Quite the paradox when you consider how many Republicans are free will advocates.
But such is the fundamental difference between the two parties. The Republican establishment – with few exceptions – sees each and every election outcome as "The End…game over." The Dems see both wins and losses as "Once upon a time...now let's get working."
When a Republican loses at the ballot box, he shakes his head and gloomily declares that the people have spoken. The other side has triumphed. He will invariably assert that it's time to move on and find a way to adjust our lifestyles to the imminent hardships and restrictions. Think about John Boehner's fatalism over Obamacare…it's too late to repeal. We'll have to live with what we've got.
When a Democrat loses, he busies himself in the cause of promoting histrionic movie scripts, recruiting actors for contrived ribbon campaigns and rewriting our children's textbooks – all to proselytize it forward so that he can revisit the issue in ten years and rape the Constitution more successfully. Being politically savvy, he understands the slow burn of sustainable change as he keeps his eyes on the prize.
In this election, conservatives have been told to put aside our core beliefs and embrace the party no matter what her iniquities and malformations. By and large, conservatives have swallowed that bitter pill as there is no practical alternative for demonstrating our opposition to the current powerbrokers, but we should be under no illusion that we have fixed our current crisis by replacing the D with an R. The story isn't over. It has just begun.
The establishment's refrain: forget prolife issues. Accept that the abortion debate is over. The contraception debate is lost. Obamacare is immutable law. Gay marriage has been decided. Reflection on the wisdom of raising the minimum wage can no longer be tolerated. Welcome our new breed of libertarian Republicans who will erase the line in the sand that once demarcated the divide between the two parties. The new, more tolerant heroes of the GOP will draw a fresh line to appease the social liberals hoping to put the argument to rest.
But the social engineering is not over, and the Dems will now roll up their sleeves in preparation for their newest "Once upon a time..." I found myself shuddering this week as I read the news:
When Benjamin Franklin, the oldest delegate (and most world-famous member) at the Constitutional Convention, exited the hall, tradition says that a woman asked him what form of government they have given us. “A republic, madam,” the sage of Pennsylvania is said to have replied. “If you can keep it.”
Well, the Republican Party has finally regained control of the U.S. Senate, for the time being, with the magnificent 2014 wave election – and yes, it WAS a wave election (as leftist Joe Trippi said, “you don’t get wavier than this!”) – but the Republicans must still be concerned with the question set before us by the political landscape of the next two years: The American people have given us a majority… now let’s see if we can keep it.
It won’t be easy. The 2014 tsunami was largely a perfect storm for the Republican Party, in that the Democrats had to defend more seats than the GOP, many of which were in Republican states. 2016 will be the opposite, with the Republicans defending incumbent Senators in hostile territory, in a presidential year that won’t be nearly as favorable. Incumbent majorities have a greater challenge than the opposition, in that the GOP won’t be able to run against Harry Reid next time, while the Democrats will be able to run against Mitch McConnell (the presumed majority leader).
CHICAGO - The blue state of Illinois moved towards purple Tuesday when the state's voters chose to oust incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn and elect Republican Bruce Rauner for governor. With 50.73% of the vote, Rauner easily surpassed Quinn's 45.89% and Libertarian Chad Quinn's 3%.
The last Republican governor elected in Illinois was George Ryan in 1998.
Rauner supporters celebrated at the Chicago Hilton Tuesday night, with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk announcing he plans to host a bi-partisan lunch for Illinois leaders.
“For the first time in a long time, I am optimistic about the future of Illinois," Kirk said. "In a show of unity, I will host Governor-Elect Rauner, Mayor Emanuel and Senator Durbin to lunch so we can immediately begin to work in coordination for our great state.”
By Ulysses Arn -
Dozens of voters have reported that voting machines have been switching votes, all in favor of Democrats.
Republican congressional candidate Bobby Schilling late last week called on Rock Island County clerk Karen Kinney to recalibrate all voting machines in the county before Tuesdays election.
Schilling was joined by the Rock Island Republican party which filed a lawsuit seeking to force Kinney to recalibrate all voting machines before election day.
Thursday, a Rock Island county judge said no to forcing that recalibration.
This election presents tough choices for some voters. Many are upset that the Republican Party hasn’t formally enunciated its core principles, properly nationalizing the election in a simple, coherent way. The national GOP has, instead, settled for letting it be a traditional midterm, a referendum on the policies of that man in the White House and the party that unconditionally, unquestioningly, supports his every act.
And yes, for many voters, that may well be enough.
But for those voters who would like a clear presentation of the difference between the modern Democrat Party and the Republican opposition, that difference can be easily gleaned from the campaign commercials and talking points of this cycle, from the voting records of the incumbents, and from the policies of the past eight years.
Here, for example, are a few of the contrasts that this election, and in fact all modern elections, are all about.
Will the GOP take the Senate? Polls strongly suggest that on Tuesday, Election Day 2014 (and by "Election Day," I mean our current mess of a system consisting of early voting, voting by mail, and casting a ballot when you stream a movie from Netflix or buy the "Bagel of the Day" at Dunkin' Doughnuts) will bring a bloodbath for the democrats, brought on by the collective realization by millions that they have been played for suckers by the most successful race hustling con artist in American's history, Barack Hussein Obama? Desperate members of the Jackass Party are resorting to ridiculous measures, including attempting to shame their base into voting by threatening to tell their neighbors that they didn't vote, a tactic that seems to be working about as well as everything else they've tried.
So, get the popcorn ready, and look forward to jubilation on Tuesday, but be under no illusions. Even if the GOP does take the Senate, which is essential, what will change? Are we forgetting that Sen. Mitch McConnell has had three or four different positions on whether the GOP will push for a repeal of Obamacare? Don't get me wrong: the evil reanimated cadaver currently serving as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, must go, and if we have to elect some RINO's to make that happen—and make no mistake, establishment Republicans like McConnell are no conservatives—so be it. What say you? Will the GOP win big? Does it matter? Do you care, or are you suffering from end-stage politics fatigue, preferring to ponder whether Mama June will survive the current scandal involving her TV show? Let me know in the comments.
Prediction: Post-election Barry will be even more lawless and radical than he has been this year. The new focus of his "remaking" of America will be amnesty, to dramatically alter the demographics of this country for decades to come.
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Mike Bost with wife Tracy at Bost's campaign announcement |Image: The Southern
MURPHYSBORO – Mike Bost is one of the few remaining lawmakers that was in the Illinois State House during the only two years in decades that Republicans held the majority. He was part of the 1994 Republican sweep led nationally by Newt Gingrich and the Contract for America.
Twenty years later, Bost continues to be a favorite among southern Illinois’ 115th House District, and his popularity is working in his favor as he runs his first bid for Congress.
Words like “energetic” and “passionate” work their way into conversations with those who’ve known Bost for years. He’s successfully set back Washington insiders that insisted only a few months ago he had no chance to unseat Democrat incumbent Bill Enyart in the 12th CD.
But just a few weeks away from the 2014 election, Washington money sources began taking note and are engaging in the campaign, recognizing that Bost could add to Republican U.S. House members’ majority.
If Bost knocks out Enyart, south of I-80 Illinois will be represented in Congress by Republicans John Shimkus, Rodney Davis, Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock. If 17th CD Republican Bobby Schilling were to knock off incumbent Cheri Bustos, Illinois Democrats’ majority in the Illinois congressional caucus would shrink to Chicago-based districts.
Join us, as our young campaign volunteer learns about voter intimidation…
Pavel Syerov, Jr. was back home from college for the weekend, just to walk some precincts before the election. With a bakery halfway between the train station and the house, he decided to pick up some danish and doughnuts for the folks. He walked into the familiar storefront, took his place at the end of a long line, and instinctively reached for his smartphone to kill time during the wait. But his ears perked up when he overheard a discussion in progress, ahead of him in line.
“Well, it’s the first time I’ve ever received a letter like that, Maria!”
“Same here, Oksana,” replied Maria. “It’s creepy. I guess I always knew they could tell who voted, but who ever thought they’d actually call you on it? I always thought those statistics were just general, not individualized.”
“I know, right? When I saw a letter from the party, I just thought it would be one of those usual letters, like ‘Your polling place is P.S. 100’ or something. But this felt like more a threat!”
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - A group of evangelical pastors, theologians, and religious officers, that say they're "united to stand against the abridgment of religious freedom," issued a statement Saturday morning concerning the Illinois gubernatorial race in which they urge Christian conservatives to vote their principles.
The Christian Emergency League's full statement below:
By Joe Kaiser -
Chad Grimm needed 1,500 signatures to run for state legislature in 2012, so he turned in roughly 2,000. But running as a Libertarian in the 92nd assembly district, he was still thrown off the ballot on what he called a “technicality” and Democrat Jehan Gordon-Booth won reelection unopposed.
“That’s when I really started taking this seriously,” Grimm (photo above) told Illinois Review. “(Ballot access) is a problem. It’s extremely upsetting that Illinois voters are being used for people’s political gains and people’s political careers.”
This summer, Grimm, now running for governor, and other Libertarians faced another fierce ballot access hurdle from Republicans, but the circumstances have changed since Libertarians won that battle Aug. 23. Libertarians need 5 percent of the vote in their statewide races for easier ballot access in 2016, and Grimm is polling anywhere between 4-7 points in the tight race between Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner. Fellow Libertarian Julie Fox is registering as high as 8 percent in her third run for comptroller, and with Libertarians on the ballot for every statewide office, Republicans are showing some signs of concern.
A mailer sent out last week by the Illinois Republican Party with the headline “REPUBLICAN VOTER ALERT!” issued a warning to hard Rs that “Pat Quinn and Mike Madigan are using Chad Grimm to steal the election.”
Grimm and Libertarians reject this claim and point out that these tactics from the GOP show a sense of desperation.
NAPERVILLE, IL - Tuesday, voters across Illinois will be faced with 131 referenda that calls for new taxes, tax hikes or municipal debt increases. As part of its ongoing mission of promoting economic freedom in the Land of Lincoln, Americans for Prosperity – Illinois re-activated their “Local Anti-Tax Initiative.”
For the fourth consecutive election cycle, AFP-IL is warning taxpayers in communities where such referenda are proposed, using both grassroots activity and paid communications including mail and automated phone calls.
Of the 131 tax-related referenda across the state, AFP-IL focused on 40 via the Local Anti-Tax Initiative. In some cases, particular referenda were targeted because local activists proactively engaged the chapter on their referenda and in other cases a question was chosen because it appeared particularly harmful to economic well-being of local residents:
By John F. Di Leo -
Of all the issues in the news – the destruction caused by Obamacare, six years of record joblessness, the body counts of inner city street crime – no other issue encapsulates every aspect of this election like the Ebola epidemic.
And don’t say it’s not an epidemic, because it most certainly is… just not here, not yet. Ebola is an epidemic in Africa, and it could be one here. One of the many jobs that our government has is ensuring that this awful contagious disease, fatal to somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of those stricken by it, doesn’t spread to the United States.
Beginning With What We Know:
What do we know about Ebola? It’s a virus, which means that it is contagious. It’s harder to catch than many viruses, and easier to catch than many others, so it’s a medium contagion risk, as viruses go. But it’s an incredibly dangerous one, with a fatality rate of over fifty percent. Balancing the likelihood of contagion with the likely prognosis of the infected, this must be recognized as a horrendously dangerous disease.
There are only three ways to deal with such illnesses: find a vaccine to prevent it, find a cure to survive it, or quarantine those infected so that it doesn’t spread. With an illness this severe, we simply must use quarantine for the time being, until vaccines and cures are both proven successful and mass-produced in enough quantity to deal with a greater outbreak.
By Ulysses Arn -
ROCK ISLAND - Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney told KWQC TV that people raising the issue of voting machines in her county repeatedly switching votes for Republican candidates to Democrat votes is "voter suppression". The clerk said they're addressing the issue.
MURPHYSBORO - "Make no mistake, the Obama-Enyart agenda is devastating families and bankrupting Southern Illinois," says a new ad put out by GOP challenger Mike Bost in the downstate 12th CD. That somber tone may be what's causing Congressman Bill Enyart's hopes of re-election to fade, Politico writes today.
“There’s no question it’s a tough climate for Democrats right now but it certainly doesn’t come as a surprise,” said Emily Bittner, a DCCC spokeswoman told Politico. “Heading into the final week of the election every single Democratic incumbent is still competitive, which is drastically different from the situation in 2010.”
ROCKFORD - Monday afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden stopped in Rockford to stump for Democrats Governor Pat Quinn, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos' re-elections.
After Quinn introduced the vice-president to members of IBEW Local #364 and locals, Biden credited Quinn and the Democrats for adding 500,000 to the Medicaid rolls.
"Because of this guy, a half a million more people have Medicaid. A half a million people. What do the Republicans do? They want to kick 21 million people off of Medicaid over the next 10 years. That's what their budget calls for,” Biden said, Rockford's WIFR reports.
After his visit to Rockford, Biden crossed the Mississippi into Iowa to campaign for Democrat Brad Bralee in Iowa's tight U.S. Senate race with Republican Joni Ernst. There, Biden blasted the tea party for blocking negotiations in D.C. As reported by the Times-Union:
By Teri O'Brien -
Start spreading the news, or the plague. Thanks to the ideological fanaticism of the Obama Regime, the deadly Ebola virus has made it to New York City. Not to worry, though, as we are reminded by an endless parade of government apparatchiks. It isn't spread by "casual contact," and can be contracted only by those with direct exposure to the bodily fluids of someone with symptoms, but what does that mean? Bottom line: once again, we're being lied to.
In the interest of political correctness, Obama refuses to seal the border and stop the flights from the Ebola hot zone, and you don't have to french kiss an Ebola patient to have contact with bodily fluids. We'll explain how that could happen, and how you can protect yourself and your family.
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CHICAGO - The problems Republican candidate Jim Moynihan experienced Monday when he tried to vote for himself at the Schaumburg Library weren't the first problems with the screen voting machine he used.
Moynihan's spokesman told Illinois Review that the candidate was finally able to vote for himself for State House when he touched the upper right hand corner of the box on the screen. Touching anywhere else on the box, his vote would register for Moynihan's Democrat opponent Michelle Mussman. The same happened with several other Republican candidates for which Moynihan voted.
An election judge witnessed the problems Moynihan was having with machine #008958. After Moynihan called the Illinois Republican Party and they called the election board, Cook County Clerk David Orr reported the machine was taken aside and "recalibrated."
The problematic voting machine is the EDGE Plus 2 - Dominion Sequoia Voting System which is in use in Chicago and suburban Cook County Illinois. Earlier this year, Defend the Vote's Sharon Meroni filed a complaint under the Help America Vote Act against the machines, saying they are "deficient."
By Irene F. Starkehaus -
Most of what I'm going to write today is exclusively my own opinion, but please consider me the unofficial spokesman for all "Tea" leaning people of the universe when I say this one thing. The reason that Jim Oberweis is the Republican nominee running against Dick Durbin in the 2014 Senate race is because the Illinois Republican leadership wanted him as the nominee.
Jim Oberweis was not the conservative candidate in the primary. Conservatives overwhelmingly wanted Doug Truax. Truax supports small government, education reform, Second Amendment rights, traditional marriage, health care reform, the protection of our borders and the protection of the unborn. Truax is a solid conservative and he passionately articulates his views. His views led him to run for office when so many candidates from both parties in Illinois decide to run first and then stumble upon their views almost as an afterthought.
Join us, as our young campaign volunteer learns about touchscreen voting…
“One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! Ten! YAY!” The little girl finished her turn at hopscotch and turned to face her cousin. “Now it’s YOUR turn, Cousin Pavel!”
Pavel chuckled and moved over to the bigger hopscotch image on the pavement, on the other side of the swingset. “Okay, Kira, but once you’re in college, you have to use the BIG hopscotch game, like me. Okay?” His little cousin nodded, and he started hopping.
Pavel may have been a bit old for hopscotch – he WAS over eighteen, after all, and already in his second year of college – but he was back home for the day, and his cousins were visiting, so you can’t blame him for taking the 8-year-old to the city park and introducing her to the old games. She lived in the country, and hadn’t played hopscotch before.
As he hopped from side to side on the third pair of “side-by-side”squares, he noticed an old man sitting at a park bench across the park, watching and smiling. Could it be?
CHICAGO - The Chicago Sun-Times found itself at the center of a coverage controversy this weekend. The Rauner gubernatorial campaign, frustrated with a Sun-Times story about a 2011 lawsuit that was thrown out of court, lashed out at the messenger by pointing to one of the contributing reporter's personal life as an unrevealed conflict of interest.
Then the Sun-Times endorsed Rauner for governor over Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn, stirring attacks from the Quinn campaign about Rauner investing in the Sun-Times in the recent past.
Monday, the Sun-Times publisher and editor-in-chief defended the paper's actions:
By Ulysses Arn -
Last Friday Democrat during a debate Friday on 1430 WCMY, state Representative Frank Mautino of Spring Valley said that one day he'd like to be Speaker of the Illinois House. Mautino is deputy majority leader and co-chair of the Legislative investigative committee investigating Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled Neighborhood Recovery initiative.
"Someday I would like to be speaker of the House. As I learn more, I will work toward that goal," Mautino said when asked if he would vote for Speaker Madigan again in 2015.
There is no doubt that Speaker of the House and chairman of the Illinois Democrat Party Michael Madigan will be re-elected in November and re-nominated to be House Speaker, but Madigan has been in office for over 40 years and most assume he wants his daughter Attorney General Lisa Madigan to be Governor someday.
By Nancy Thorner -
Mobilizing and educating voters seems to be the name of the game and is essential for the midterm elections less than three weeks away. Last Sunday, October 12, iPledge Sunday 2014 took place in churches and homes from Washington, D.C. to across America, sponsored in Illinois by the Illinois Family Institute, a coalition partner of the noteworthy event, headed by David E. Smith. Entitled, "The Rise of the Church," iPledge Sunday was presented by a coalition of conservative and Christian organizations working together to mobilize and educate voters for the midterm elections, believing that there is power in unity to achieve common goals and impact the future of our nation.
CHICAGO - At the City Club of Chicago Wednesday, it was the race for treasurer that was center stage. Republican candidate Tom Cross and Democrat candidate Mike Frerichs answered questions from moderator Paul Green and the audience. The debate starts at 31:30 on the video.
CHICAGO - A controversy that erupted in early September over Cook County GOP Chairman Aaron Del Mar appointing a 7th Ward former Democrat as the Ward's new GOP Committeeman heated up more this week, when Del Mar abruptly stripped Charon Bryson of her new position - a move Bryson is resisting.
Bryson said she was ousted Monday because of dispute between Cook County GOP co-chairman Darnell Macklin and a family member. The family member is Dorian Myrickes, who is the father of Bryson's children, she said.
Macklin then allegedly threatened Bryson, saying "I will ruin your family," she claims. Bryson said that when she made that known to the ILGOP and the Cook County GOP, they did nothing.
"I thought I was appointed to change the mindset of African-American voters in the ward because of my community involvement and dedication to my ward," Bryson told Ilinois Review. "In turn, they removed Dorian Myrickes and Nicholas Myrickes from early voting judges and removed me from the 7th ward committeeman."
Cook County GOP Chairman Aaron Del Mar had a different take on the developments.
Reflections on the question of "looking the other way..."
Ever since the beginning of the Republic, political parties have had to ask their voters to disregard a few occasional disagreements, and look instead at the bigger picture, in hope that their agreements would outweigh the disagreements, winning them their votes in the end..
For example, the Federalists might ask their supporters to forgive their support for a possibly unconstitutional bank, and support them anyway because of their broad and amazing economic and foreign policy successes… while the Jeffersonians (a.k.a. the Democratic-Republicans, back then) would ask their supporters to forgive their support for slavery and their Indian double-dealing, and vote for them anyway out of respect for their commitment to limited-government. Yes, even way back then, voters sometimes had to forgive some big errors in order to support a political party.
It could be argued, however, that today’s Democratic Party has exceeded all past examples in the sheer number of failures that they must ask their voters to “look beyond.” Please, they seem to be begging, disregard this failure and that mistake, pay no attention to this error and that outright lie, forget about the mounting stack of crimes and scandals, and just support us anyway.
Never before in American history has one party had so many issues to sweep under the rug as an election approaches.
CHICAGO - Republican candidate Dr. Eric Wallace, who is challenging incumbent Congresswoman Robin Kelly, was recently featured on Chicago area talk show with religious broadcaster Jerry Rose.
In the interview, Wallace calls on Chicago area church attenders to be loyal to Christ over their political parties and blasts the Democrat Party history as being segregationist.
Wallace says his opponent Robin Kelly does not represent the traditional Black community, but promotes a radical social agenda that does not coordinate with her constituents.
GLENVIEW - A scuffle over property rights is heating up around the North Eastern Illinois University, where the school has filed to acquire several properties through the power of eminent domain.
NEIU, which is the only state-owned university that currently does not offer student housing, wants to use the surrounding area to build dormitories. The proposed dormitories will be purchased and developed by American Campus Communities Inc. and will be located on both sides of Bryn Mawr, a block east of the University's campus.
Six of the eight properties to be condemned are refusing to sell and have mounted a neighborhood effort in opposition to what they refer to as a "land grab."
Greg Bedell, the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 15th District agrees with the local business owners and residents that are opposing the land grab.
"This has nothing to do with quality of education and everything to do with benefiting private interests," Bedell said. He objects to the government using its drastic power of eminent domain to take private property from one owner and give it to another private owner.
PEORIA - The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is being accused of violating U.S. House rules in using a photo of Bobby Schilling when he was a congressman sitting in a House committee in its most recent ad, "Heart."
In the new ad, the DCCC infers that Bobby Schilling is responsible for Illinois losing thousands of jobs overseas.
Peoria resident Ruby Arms wrote in a complaint letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics mailed October 1 that, "The DCCC, a Member-driven political committee organized under House Rules, violated the rules regarding the use of House committee footage, as well as those governing the use of official resources for campaign activity and political gain. House Rule 114(b) explicity prohibits the use of committee footage as partisan political campaign material."
SPRINGFIELD - Along with campaign mailers, registered voters' mailboxes are now being filled with pamphlets about five questions that will be on ballots statewide November 4th. The questions range from crime victims rights to birth control rights.
Illinois Family Institute has put together an analysis of the questions, and their recommended positions:
Two proposed changes to the Illinois Constitution will be on the November 4th ballot — one pertaining to crime victims’ rights and the other, elections. A simple majority of those who pull ballots or three-fifths of those voting on the measure itself will be required to make the suggested constitutional changes.
By John F. Di Leo -
The Associated Press, in partnership with GfK, a German market research firm, jointly released a poll.
No big deal there, as people release polls every hour or two, especially in election season.
But this one was considered unusual, because it revealed a truth that scared the American Left to their very core: Americans don’t appear to trust government to solve their problems anymore.
As with every poll, interpretation is dependent on whether we trust the questions to have been asked objectively (we don’t), whether the respondents were given a comprehensive and clear array of possible answers to choose (they never are), and whether the sample was representative (increasingly challenging every day).
STREAMWOOD - In an attempt to scare 44th House district seniors, a mailer from State Rep. Fred Crespo's (D-Streamwood) campaign features "Ramiro Juarez' Book of Horror," making a reach to tie the Republican challenger's "allies" to unnamed "Washington politicians" who want to "cut vital programs like Social Security and Medicare."
“These vague smear tactics are exactly what is wrong with Fred Crespo and Springfield,” Juárez in a statement Monday. “Crespo has some nerve, attacking me for federal issues that have nothing to do with the office I’m running for. This is the same guy who is trying to slash pensions for retirees of Illinois right now. The whole public pension system is in jeopardy, in part due to Crespo’s out-of-control spending.”
Fred Crespo’s attack mailer was paid for by the Democratic Party of Illinois under the control of Speaker Michael Madigan. Through such committees, Madigan has already contributed over $630,000 to Crespo’s previous campaigns.
CHICAGO - "Barack and I are casting our votes for our friend Pat Quinn," First Lady Michelle Obama says in a new ad released Monday.
The Quinn campaign released another ad today (below):
A post on U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's Facebook page Saturday is turning heads.
The senator dubs his 2014 GOP opponent Jim Oberweis, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain and former Congressman Joe Walsh as "Mad Men," focusing on social issues affecting women like health care, abortion and equal pay.
CHICAGO - The conservative Illinois Family Action, along with Heritage Alliance, has released a new voter guide for the November 4th election, and Illinois statewide candidates are generally found wanting.
In the governor's race, Pat Quinn is pronounced "very liberal" while Republican Bruce Rauner is "somewhat liberal" as is Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm. The "blue state" of Illinois is even bluer when it comes to the IFA's assessment, with only two candidates - GOP Secretary of State candidate Michael Webster and GOP Attorney General candidate Paul Schimpf - listed as "somewhat conservative."
The new voter guide is available online by clicking on IFA's Voter Guide ad on Illinois Review's right hand column.
ROSELLE - Yet another military leader has lent his name and recommendation to 8th CD GOP candidate Larry Kaifesh's congressional bid. General James T. Conway, the retired 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corp and 4-star general, issued his support for Kaifesh Thursday afternoon, saying Kaifesh is "exactly the type of leader we need to move our country forward."
Two weeks ago, General Conway spoke out against the President's strategy to defeat ISIS. Conway said at the Maverick PAC Conference in Washington, DC, “I don’t think the ‘president’s’ plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding.”
About Kaifesh, Conway said:
I stand firmly behind Larry Kaifesh and enthusiastically support his efforts to represent Illinois’ Eighth District in the U.S. Congress. Larry is exactly the type of leader we need to move our country forward. The threats facing America today, ranging from Islamic extremism to the soaring national debt, will require disciplined and determined leadership. I am confident Larry has the courage to bring thoughtful, bipartisan solutions to the table and will consistently challenge the status quo – qualities much needed in Washington.
LINCOLNSHIRE, IL - First-time candidate Leslie Munger (R-Lincolnshire) is horrified that her Democrat opponent's campaign is calling 59th House District voters and saying Munger supports allowing pedophiles in schools. Munger wants State Rep. Carol Sente to apologize.
“I cannot imagine anything further from the truth,” Munger stated. “As a mother of two boys, former Cub Scout Den Mother, former president of the District 103 Learning Fund Foundation, Stevenson High School football mom, and volunteer for over a decade with the Riverside Foundation Auxiliary for developmentally disabled adults, I find it reprehensible that my opponent would suggest in any way that I support pedophiles in schools.”
On Thursday, callers from Rep. Sente’s campaign office located in the United Auto Workers building, 680 Barclay, Lincolnshire told voters that “Leslie Munger opposes a law that keeps pedophiles from working in schools,” then cited an example of a Buffalo Grove teacher who was recently arrested on child pornography charges, stating “Munger would eliminate the law requiring schools to conduct background checks.”
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois retailers aren't happy with either incumbent Governor Pat Quinn nor GOP candidate Bruce Rauner's positions on issues important to them and their customers, so Friday the Illinois Merchants Political Action Committee Team (IMPACT) announced they will not be endorsing in the November election.
Retailers were caught between a desire to see Illinois stabilized and revitalized and discerning which candidate could best accomplish that mission, Rob Karr, treasurer of IMPACT, said in a press statement.
EAST MOLINE -- Wednesday, 17th CD Republican candidate Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) said that the debate on health care reform isn't over and shouldn't be over until health care costs are more practical.
"Obamacare has failed," Schilling said. "Health care costs keep going up. Millions of people have lost their health insurance. Middle class families continue to feel the squeeze. Look, this obviously isn't working. We need to try something else.
"On the campaign trial, I've proposed five key solutions that will help lower health care costs and increase access to care in this country," Schilling continued. "This summer, one of those solutions passed into law. I want to go back to Congress to get the other four solutions passed and once again advocate for middle class families by working to fix our broken health care system."
Schilling suggests five health care solutions to lower costs and increase access to care:
By Mark Weyermuller -
Republican Kathy Myalls and incumbent State Rep. Laura Fine's battle for the Illinois' 17th House District seat came to a head Saturday with a lively debate. The League of Women Voters sponsored the debate at the Wilmette Village Hall in front of 75 people. The debate will be shown on local cable access television.
One of my questions, not necessarily a state issue, was on the referendum to increase taxes by $89 million dollars to redo the New Trier High School cafeteria along with a couple of other projects. The total cost of the project exceeds $100 million, but the ballot question on November 4 is just for $89 million as a tax increase. I thought this would be a good question (yes or no on support) to get a feel on education funding. My question was ignored.
By Irene F. Starkehaus -
As of this week, America began fighting its first case of Ebola. According to experts, it's really nothing to worry over. If you've been watching TV, listening to the radio or reading the news, you know the mantra…don't panic, we've got it under control. The Centers for Disease Control believe that our nation's lone case of the Ebola virus will be easily contained and managed, and they suggest that Americans can literally wash our hands of this West African epidemic because it falls under the category of Third World problems.
So aside from the implication by the CDC that the World Health Organization has completely botched its primary directive by letting what the CDC portrays as a filth disease become a regional epidemic, we have no reason to doubt that the experts in the federal government do, in fact, have this health concern under control….because?
It's not like the federal government ever lies.
By John F. Di Leo -
The Washington Free Beacon happened to stumble upon an interesting factoid, and they published it. One day, the Obama administration spent $94,360 hiring a Democrat-connected event-management firm to build a stage for an 18-minute speech. The shock is not that it happened; it happens every day. The shock, to any who are paying attention, is how differently the political factions viewed the news.
Conservatives were horrified, and liberals were offended that anyone would even care. A hundred thousand dollars in a country of our size? A hundred thousand dollars in a nation of fifty states, of 300 million people? A pittance, they say. It’s a drop in the bucket.
But there’s a lot to think about, when talking about any sum of money spent by our government. The government made a conscious choice to spend this money, a hundred thousand dollars, on one event lasting less than an hour. Contemplating how they spent it, and why, might well be revealing to learn, not just about the event itself, but also about the different economic views of the two political parties, and of the two economic theories, that are currently contesting for the reins of the United States of America.