Reapportionment the Best Reason to Re-Elect Bruce Rauner

Governor Bruce Rauner’s campaign for re-election is almost over.

TV ads, fly-arounds, visits with local chambers of commerce, tours of factories, etc.

But, why would Republicans want to re-elect him?

Picture taken of Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager, Govenror Bruce Rauner and State Rep. Jack Franks at the Opera House, the site of the meeting that Local 150 charged that McHenry County Board members broke the Open Meetings Act, which cost McHenry County $25,000.  $25,000 was later (11-1-16) contributed to Jack Franks County Board Chairmanship campaign.

In McHenry County Rauner showed no concern for the Republicans at ground level fighting Democrat Jack Franks’ attempt to take over county government.

He signed the bill that gave more power to Franks–the power to cast a vote in case of ties.

Now, I’ll grant that its sponsorship by State Rep. Mike Tryon and State Senator Pam Althoff, both Republicans, might have confused  his staff.

And Rauner did display signs of bromance with Franks during now-State Rep. Steve Reick’s brave run against Franks in 2014.

But signing the bill certainly gave no reason for McHenry County Republicans to care whether he won in 2018 or not.

However, there is a big “HOWEVER.”

As inept as that bill signing was and as irritating as Rauner’s 2014 patting of Franks on the back was, if Rauner is not re-elected in 2018, Mike Madigan will again decide legislative boundaries.

Peter Michling was set to run against Franks in 2002, but, guess what?

Madigan, undoubtedly as Franks’ suggestion, put his home is another State Rep. district.

(That action could have resulted in Franks being featured in the John Oliver excellent report on reapportionment.  He cites a parallel situation in Brooklyn.)

In 2010, Franks again exercised the prerogative of being one of Mike Madigan’s members by excising the precincts he lost in Spring Grove to John O’Neil in the 2010 election.

Jack Franks 2012 district, redrawn to eliminate areas in Spring Grove where John O’Neill won in 2010.  Franks’ district is the one on the western part of McHenry County.

And those of us in the Crystal Lake area are continually reminded of how our area was carved into three state senate and state rep. districts by Madigan.

Crystal Lake is in three State Rep. and three State Senate districts.  The eastern side of Crystal is represented by State Rep. David McSweeney and State Senator Dan McConchie.  The southern regions have State Rep. Allen Skillicorn and State Senator Karen McConnaughay in Springfield. Starting in my precinct south of Crystal Lake (the lake) going north, the State Senator is Pam Althoff, which the State Rep. is Barb Wheeler.

So, reapportionment counts.

That’s why I shall be supporting Bruce Rauner for re-election.


Reapportionment the Best Reason to Re-Elect Bruce Rauner — 7 Comments

  1. He did veto the bill, also sponsored by Althoff, that would have allowed the County Board Chairman if elected at large to pick all of the committees.

    Expect that to re surface and be signed this time.

  2. Sure there are plenty of scraps out there.

    Just as long as you continue to finance this Idiocracy’s Viagra and condo in Scottsdale.

  3. Sorry, I just couldn’t vote for the liar Rauner.

    When people see the McCann vote totals they’ll now we don’t take kindly to liars like Rauner.

  4. If only the conservative run United States Supreme Court shared your concerns with partisan gerrymandering!!!! But they don’t.

    Big picture – You shouldn’t be that upset with partisan gerrymandering. It’s how Republicans were able to control the House. It’s also how GOP was able to make big gains at the state level. That, in turn, allowed them to engage in enacting voter suppression laws! That allowed them to make even further gains at the local and national level!

  5. One of the guys in the picture has the statures of the tiny dancer mayor of Chicago or the leftist Democrat apologist on tv, George Stephanopolous.

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