Sen. DeWitte appointed to Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership
State Senator Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) has been appointed to serve as a member of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP), which is a statewide, public/private partnership of policymakers and advocates in Illinois committed to improving the scope, quality, and access of mental health programs, services, and support for children.
Appointed by Senate President John Cullerton, Sen. DeWitte looks forward to serving on the ICMHP and hopes he can play an active role in developing policy ideas that improve children’s mental health in Illinois.
“It’s vital that children have good mental health in order for them to reach and live up to their full potential. We have an obligation to provide them with the support and resources they need to live a life filled with positive experiences,” said Sen. DeWitte. “I am eager to begin strategizing statewide recommendations and improvements so that children in Illinois get the care they need to succeed.”
The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership was created by the Children’s Mental Health Act in 2003 to convene the child-serving state agencies, parents, youth, policymakers, providers, and advocates to identify needs and gaps, and recommend innovative solutions to improve children’s mental health in Illinois.
The ICMHP is comprised of eight members from the General Assembly: two members of each caucus of the Senate and House of Representatives appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Joining Sen. DeWitte from the Senate are State Senators Dave Syverson (R-District 35), Iris Martinez (D-District 20), and Ram Villivalam (D-District 8).
The ICMHP meets quarterly and is required to submit an annual report on the state of children’s mental health in Illinois.
As shared on McHenry County Blog on Monday, an 8chan-type of blog, calling itself “Illinois Watchdogs for Constitutional Rights”, cut & pasted a Facebook post image that was published by McHenry County Blog in February of 2018 from McHenry County Board Member Carolyn Schofield’s then-community activist Facebook page.
Schofield, who is challenging State Representative Allen Skillicorn in the March 2020 Republican primary, as Cal put it in his article on Monday was criticized by this blog through:
“…uses a guilt by association argument.
“It notes that Schofield is a member of the League of Women Voters and points to the leftwing views of that organization on guns.”
McHenry County Blog, 9/16/19 –
And let’s be clear with discernment, the blog is no “group” despite its nice-sounding name. The blog has only been around since early April of this year, at least that’s the dates of the blog’s earliest posts. And this blog does not use names, accept the login ID for all its posts is “ILWD#1”, guess that’s short for “Illinois Watchdog #1”, and the author tab states a “steveta1983” is the one and only author.
Well, under the 1st amendment, people have freedom of speech any way they choose and not using names, but one should be wary of a source like the blog. McHenry County Blog, by contrast, has been a reputable source for local news for 14 years under Cal Skinner.
But then, Skillicorn decided to tweet about the 8-chan type blog posting about his opponent as if it were legitimate news from a reputable group, around mid-afternoon on Monday (time displayed in tweet is Pacific time):
The 8chan type blog posted two updates since its original post from Monday, which are cut and pasted below, the first on Monday afternoon after McHenry County Blog published its article, and the 2nd late Tuesday night:
ANALYSIS: Bad move on Skillicorn’s part to promote such a dubious source in his tweet for his own political gain, and the last sentence in “Update 2” above, I don’t believe the truth in that statement and doubtful any one else will believe it either.
The first “update” above tried to respond to Cal’s observation in his article from Monday. The comment cited was a response to my first comment in that article, and I do not believe it at all. Let that blog publish the names of the “contributors” who live in the 66th district and I’ll take back what I said.
But the 2nd update, from Tuesday, does mention what the rest of this article will share, and that is a Facebook conversation Schofield had about the contents of the blog’s post. The maturity and poise Schofield displayed answering questions was not perfect, but were honest, humble and sincere.
Forget, for the moment, what she said, Schofield facing some hostile questioners after a blog, which in the old days could be referred to as a “scandal sheet”, which in my honest opinion lied about her position on the 2nd amendment, and lied about her involvement in the League of Women Voters, begins to convince me, and likely others, that Schofield replacing Skillicorn may not be such a bad idea.
Since Skillicorn chose to use such a source through his Twitter account, he brought the blog into his campaign. Since his Twitter account is linked to AllenSkillicorn.com, his @AllenSkillicorn Twitter ID is part of his campaign.
Back to Schofield, in most of her Facebook exchanges on 2A, she is humble, and genuinely contrite. Contrast that to Skillicorn’s reaction to this primary challenge, both in his tone in his press releases published on McHenry County Blog on August 22 and September 11, or the tone, the condescending entitlement mentality displayed in his September 8 speech at the Dundee Township Republican Organization picnic on video, and maybe Skillicorn should take a lesson from Schofield on how to discuss issues he personally doesn’t agree with someone, and course-correct.
And speaking of Skillicorn and course-correction, he should also practice what nearly all elected officials and political candidates do when it comes to their political Facebook pages — open it to the public! You have to be logged-in to Facebook to access his campaign’s page?!? I cannot think of any other political Facebook page requiring to be logged-in to read information. That’s like, back in the days of land-line telephones, a candidate not having their phone number listed in the phone book. Hopefully, Skillicorn will allow his “Taxpayers4Skillicorn” page to be public, and no one should have to log-in to Facebook to view its contents.
Here is Schofield’s Facebook conversations which started Monday late afternoon, and go through late Tuesday night. Voters can judge for themselves where Schofield stands on the 2nd amendment. I’m still not sold on Schofield to actually vote for her since there are many other issues in this election, yet the events of this week are starting to convince me, and Skillicorn really needs to course-correct his demeanor for the 2020 campaign:
What started as a “gun free zones” continues with a rather dubious claim about bringing a gun to school. I grew up in Texas, and that was not allowed.
While Schofield’s use of the word “hate” is questionable, she explains the use later in the conversation.
Schofield switches to her personal Facebook account to continue the conversation.
An additional particpant, whose profile says he’s from Bull Valley, joins.
Another poster joins, and Schofield, who is now posting late Tuesday night back on her campaign Facebook account, is clearly being honest, and her tone has changed for understandable reasons.
This Mr. Sipla shared several articles which were excluded, and the Illinois story was the incident where a 75 year old man had to defend his property with a handgun in Lake County, shooting one of the 6 teens, who died later. The other 5 teens are charged with murder, under Illinois law.
As stated above, 66th district voters can judge for themselves where Schofield stands on the 2nd amendment, and can also see for themselves and ask why does anyone have to be dishonest about her record.
A Friend of McHenry County Blog did the research for and wrote the following article:
TIME & JUDGEMENT
We have all wanted or needed to be in two places at once at one time or another in our busy lives.
When life pulls us in two different directions we are faced with making a decision.
That decision is usually made based on many factors, what we feel is best, what is morally correct, which is more important to us and others.
We use our judgement to decide because we know we cannot be in two places at once. It appears, however, that Carlos Acosta has this ability,
After being forewarned that he is/was “expressly prohibited from engaging in political activities on state time”, it appears as if he neglected to take this warning seriously, or his own self interests clouded his judgement.
This documentation indicates he “double dipped” and shows he was on state time at DCFS, being paid by DCFS during the same time he was sitting in his seat for his elected position on the count board.
This is extremely unethical and possibly fraudulent in nature.
Being paid by DCFS but not actually being there to perform his job duties.
There appears to be a pattern and precedence set forth by Carlos Acosta.
There needs to be further investigation into this matter, not only for these time cards and incidents presented here, but also during the campaigning season, when he had knocked on thousands of doors, held meet and greets with the public etc.
If Carlos Acosta was overworked then his time at DCFS and the cases he was working on should reflect that he did not take time away from his DCFS resposibilities during normal business hours.
Discrepancies have been found in Mr. Acosta’s own accounting of his whereabouts on the following dates and times.
• February 28, 2019 his DCFS time sheet shows his entered start time at 12:00 pm. County Board Minutes and video show he was in attendance until 12:35 pm.
Program begins October 1, 2019 and runs until November 15, 2019
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois taxpayers who incurred tax liabilities between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2018 may be eligible for the one-time tax amnesty program.
Beginning October 1, 2019, eligible taxpayers who pay their eligible tax liabilities in full will have associated penalties and interest waived.
Taxpayers have until November 15, 2019 to make a full payment on their liabilities and file the required paperwork with the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR).
“Now is an excellent opportunity for taxpayers with tax liabilities to pay what they owe and come into compliance with the law,” said David Harris, Illinois Department of Revenue Acting Director.
“By taking advantage of this amnesty program, taxpayers can eliminate any eligible tax debts owed, without penalty or interest.
“This allows them to have a clean tax slate with the State of Illinois.
“The Department of Revenue is committed to achieving a tax system where everyone pays their fair share and citizens can trust they are treated equitably. “
This one-time amnesty program helps us achieve that goal.”
During budget negotiations this year, Governor Pritzker proposed a tax amnesty program for taxpayers who have state tax liabilities, and the General Assembly agreed to include the program as part of this year’s fiscal budget.
The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget estimates the tax amnesty program will recover $175 million in outstanding tax liabilities.
To participate in Illinois’ Tax Amnesty Program, taxpayers must pay all outstanding tax on an amnesty qualifying period in order to have eligible penalties and interest waived.
Taxpayers who failed to file during the original filing period will need to file an original return in addition to making full payment of tax due.
For taxpayers who want to report changes to previously filed returns, an amended tax return and full payment of tax due are required.
The tax amnesty program includes most types of tax liabilities and penalties, but excludes taxes not collected by IDOR, such as property or local government taxes, and some fees, such as bad check fees and outside collection agency fees.
IDOR is in the process of mailing notices to certain eligible taxpayers listing their liabilities and giving instructions on how to pay.
Phone calls should be directed to the number listed on the taxpayer’s notice. Taxpayers, including those who do not receive a notice from IDOR, seeking additional information should visit IDOR’s Tax Amnesty web page located at tax.illinois.gov.
As shared in yesterday’s article about the end of September and then report cards for IL-14 congressional candidates in the form of Federal Election Commission (FEC) campaign disclosure reports revealing the fundraising results and the receptiveness of each candidate’s message and viability to voters and donors, State Senator Sue Rezin has a fundraiser scheduled for Sunday in her hometown of Morris, per this mailer hitting the streets this week.
The invite and reply-device is below:
The event is playing off of Rezin’s farming roots, which she shared in a recent interview at the Sandwich Fair on September 6 (link below for 6 1/2 minutes interview) where she emphasized her experience on agriculture issues.
The invitation being sent via U.S. Mail is a combined fundraiser invite and introductory letter from Rezin. Included in her bio is her electoral history beginning with her successful 1990s election to the Nettle Creek Community Consolidated School District #24C school board, and emphasizes her being battle-tested in multiple tier-one races at the state level including her state representative victory in 2010 flipping the House district, and her three successful races for state senate (2012, 2014, 2018):
COMMENTARY on the mailer: An effective first mailer introducing herself directly to the voters, and offline from the internet. Voters and prospective donors have the opportunity to respond with a contribution, whether they plan to attend the fundraiser or not.
Since the event is a small dollar event, affordable for families, but gives donors the opportunity to contribute larger amounts if they choose.
Given IL-14 is both suburban and rural, she is emphasizing her rural roots while demonstrating she can represent suburbanites in IL-14 in Congress given her experience growing up in rural Illinois, being a wife, a mom raising four children to adulthood, small business owner, school board member and state senator, showing her life experiences has prepared her for Congress.
3rd Quarter FEC Reports Crucial for Congressional Candidate Viability Metric
It’s the 16th of September, and that means we are 2 weeks away from the 30th of September, which is the end of the calendar quarter.
And if you are running for federal office, that is the next milestone on the long calendar of the 2020 election cycle, beginning with the IL Republican primary election, 6 months plus a day away on March 17.
Congressional candidates in IL-06 and IL-14, whether they admit it or not, are scrambling with fundraising activities. Some are formal events, like the one in Crystal Lake on the 29th for James Marter.
Others are through emails and other written correspondence appealing to voters in IL, and donors from around the country. The Democrats, Congressman Sean Casten and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, will both be doing their share of fundraising too. While neither have a primary challenger in March, both districts are top-tier races, and National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) targets next year.
For three candidates in IL-06/IL-14, the 3rd quarter campaign disclosure filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) will be the first filings of their campaigns, and all eyes, not just in Illinois but around the country, will be watching when these 3 women file their reports given they launched their campaigns during the 3rd quarter, based on their initial candidacy filings with the FEC:
In IL-14 with the election of Underwood to Congress last year, some see a generational shift taking place given Underwood was 32, a millenial, when elected. Could the same be happening among Republicans given there are two millenials seeking the Republican nomination, and this tweet from State Representative Allen Skillicorn yesterday morning, was with one of them (the other millenial is Danny Malouf):
Once the candidates’ FEC filings are made public, and count on all of the candidates, including the Democratic incumbents, waiting until the final day of filing reports on October 15, the analytics will commence.
COMMENTARY: Many questions will be answered with the 3rd quarter FEC campaign disclosure reports next month, including but not limited to:
In IL-14, will Jim Oberweis and Ted Gradel, who both have raised at least $300,000 through June, remain in the fundraising lead?
In IL-06, will Evelyn Sanguinetti make significant improvement on her $103,648 2nd quarter receipts, which many thought was a disappointment for a former statewide elected official?
Will Ives, Lauf and Rezin prove themselves viable financially with their first FEC filing?
In IL-14, will James Marter and Danny Malouf have significantly high fundraising totals to elevate their campaigns to viability to compete with Oberweis, Gradel and presumably Rezin and Lauf?
Will the monies raised enable candidates to begin opening campaign offices for the primary election, apart from the candidates who’ve already established a physical presence in their respective district:
Jim Oberweis opened his St. Charles headquarters and Crystal Lake satellite offices in June
Jeanne Ives opened her Wheaton headquarters in September
How much monies raised through the 3rd quarter will be from donors opposed to candidates loaning themselves money to their campaigns:
Jim Oberweis’ $416,402 raised, $200,000 from himself
Ted Gradel’s $304,905 raised, $30,000 from himself
Evelyn Sanguinetti’s $103,647 raised, $5,600 from herself
James Marter $19,017 raised, $14,844 from himself
Danny Malouf $4,190 raised, $0 from himself
How much of a candidates’ campaign receipts be raised from Illinois, as opposed to outside of Illinois?
This is crunch time, and with all of the endorsements and polling currently taking place, it is all tied to fundraising and that September 30 deadline. While petition circulation is a priority, between now and 11:59PM CDT on the 30th, fundraising is the top priority.
It is safe to say that given the Republican fields in IL-06 and IL-14, most voters are undecided, with a level of name ID with candidates who have served in public office in Springfield, or who have a business that is a household name. Most Republican primary voters are likely not even paying attention to the congressional primary races yet.
That said, there are some Republican primary voters who have already made up their minds and are actively volunteering for one of the candidates in some way. While being a pair of shoes on the ground will help your preferred candidate, they also need financial help and through contributing financially to a candidate between now and the 30th will literally show you putting your money where your mouth is.
And while not everyone can be a maxed-out donor for the primary, and at $2,800 is when a donor maxes out to a particular federal candidate, if one really believes in a particular candidate, then contribute whatever you can. Small dollar donors are sought after, too, and it will help your preferred candidate.
IL-06 candidate Dr. Jay Kinzler, who made is intentions known last week he will be running for Congress as a Republican, has not filed his candidacy paperwork with the FEC. If he does not do so by the 30th, he will not file a 3rd quarter campaign disclosure report.
IL-14 candidate Anthony Catella, who announced his Republican congressional candidacy back in March, has yet to file his candidacy with the FEC, and like fellow Army veteran Dr. Kinzler, he will not have 3rd quarter disclosure reports either.
The report card graphic was taken from the School DIstrict of Philadelphia website, and modified by McHenry County Blog
Saturday morning at the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Building, Republican Precinct Committeeman John Pletz hosted a chance for area residents to meet 6th District Congressional candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti.
In addition, appointed Judge Justin Hansen.
He seeks electorial permission to serve six-year term.
And given that judges basically run against the records after six years with a majority no vote of 60% required to be ousted, the seat is essentially a lifetime job.
Not everyone was caught on camera before I left about twenty minutes after the 9 AN event started, but, of those in attendance, I could identify only 2-4 who lived in the 6th Congresional District.
Crystal Lake, IL – State Representative Allen Skillicorn will be hosting a Coffee & Conversation Town Hall on Monday, September 16 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Panera Bread, 101 S Western Ave, Carpentersville, IL.
Skillicorn stated, “This will be my tenth town hall this year.
“I enjoy meeting my constituents and discussing matters that are important to them.”
Former State Representative Jeanne Ives was interviewed on WBBM’s At Issue program and broadcast on Sunday, September 15. At Issue is usually taped on Thursday prior to the Sunday broadcast.
The interview with Craig Dellimore includes multiple issues and is quite informative.
Ives is running for the Republican nomination in the 6th congressional district, including all of Algonquin Township in McHenry County, currently represented by Democratic Congressman Sean Casten. In addition to Ives, former Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Dr. Jay Kinzler are seeking the Republican nomination next year.
The broadcast will be repeated at 9:30PM CDT on Sunday the 15th. The podcast is available online at the following address:
In 2020, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s seat will be up for election, and he will be seeking reelection to a 5th 6-year term. Thus far, 1 Democrat has filed to challenge him in the primary. On the Republican side, nine candidates have either filed, or announced their intention to seek the nomination for the opportunity run for Senate in the fall of 2020.
In addition, one independent has declared he will run on the November ballot against the Democratic and Republican nominees. Here is the listing of all U.S. Senate candidates:
Please note, Democratic State Representative Anne Stava-Murray has decided not to run for the Senate. But after Labor Day, Marilyn Jordan Lawlor from Lake County filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) her statement of candidacy.
The listing above only has an “8-count” for Republicans. However, the Dundee Township Republican Organization (DTRO) has the following Senate candidates listed on their Facebook post from yesterday:
Only six Senate candidates are listed, and one of the candidates in the Facebook post was not listed above.
That candidate is William J. Kelly, who has run for numerous public offices in the past. Mr. Kelly has not filed his FEC paperwork, but his website states he’s running.
Four of the nine Senate candidates appeared at the DTRO picnic on September 8, and the videos for the candidates are posted on the DTRO YouTube page.
Candidates Burak Agun, Casey Cheblek and Dean Seppelfrick were not included by DTRO’s Facebook post, possibly because these candidates do not have web sites.
The DTRO Facebook post includes links to candidates petitions, and contact information, for the six candidates linked on their page.
COMMENTARY: None of the nine Republicans running next year are top-tier candidates. Mark Curran is the only one who has served in elective countywide public office, serving three terms as the sheriff of neighboring Lake County.
Republicans will nominate one of the nine (or anyone else who may decide to run in the primary) to challenge, presumably Senator Durbin in the fall. Independent candidate Willie Wilson, who finished 4th in February’s Chicago nonpartisan mayoral primary, will be on the November ballot, too.
Whether a 3rd political party files to run in the General Election next year remains to be seen. As it stands now, there will be a Democratic nominee, a Republican nominee and thus far, one independent candidate will be on the ballot in November of 2020 for U.S. Senate from Illinois.
McHenry County Blog thanks DTRO for placing links to U.S. Senate candidates’ petitions on their Facebook page, and the speeches of the candidates who appeared at the DTRO picnic on their YouTube channel. The link to DTRO’s YouTube channel with speeches from September 8 is below: