Sitting in front of my computer is the front page Northwest Herald article from December 9, 2015.
It’s the article about Patrick Kenneally’s announcement of his candidacy for McHenry County State’s Attorney, complete with photo of and extensive quotes from the man he is opposing, Dan Regna.
The sub-headline says, “Hand-picked GOP candidate announces run, to face former assistant state’s attorney Regna.”
There are three parts of the article that caught my attention:
- that Kenneally was “handpicked to succeed his boss, State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi” [emphasis added]
- Regna’s description that “he is an outsider who will bring true reform”
- the article’s emphasizing Regna’s assertion that power and patronage has been concentrated in Bianchi’s State’s Attorney’s Office, comparing it to the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation
So, who is the Establishment?
The faction that was in control since before I started watching local politics in 1964 or the folks who wrested control from them last year.
Who are the reformers?
1 – the non-Establishment people who won control of the GOP last year for the first time in over 50 years, the ones who
- won the State’s Attorney’s Office with Lou Bianchi after Gary Pack left office in 2004
- won the Coroner’s Office unopposed with Dr. Anne Majewski in 2012 after the Establishment office holder retired
- won the Sheriff’s Office last year over former long-time Sheriff Keith Nygren’s chosen candidate Andy Zinke
2 – those supported by the political faction that
- lost control of the GOP last year after ruling for more than 50 years
- lost control of the Coroner’s Office four years ago
- lost control of the Sheriff’s Office last year
- lost control of the State’s Attorney’s Office in 2004
- seeks to re-take the State’s Attorney’s Office this year
And, is there anything remotely resembling the “Hired Truck Scandal” that sprang out of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Chicago’s Streets and San Department in our County’s State’s Attorney’s Office?
If so, neither the Northwest Herald nor any Chicago paper nor the U.S. Attorney’s Office has not even hinted at such wrong doing.
What I see is the Herald’s aiding Regna is framing the spring campaign to be one against “Boss Lou.”
Maybe I am wrong.
Only time will tell.