Definitive Article about 14th District Congressional Candidate Catalina Lauf on Patch

Mark Konkol, recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, has written what so far is the definitive piece on Catalina Lauf’s campaign for Congress.

‘Anti-AOC’ Candidate Catalina Lauf’s Rise To Republican Stardom

Lauf, 26, is a “woman minority with a lot of spunk” some say has better chance win to 14th Congressional District than an “old white guy.”

The 3,500 word story, built around an appearance on WLS-Radio’s morning Mancow’s show. appears on Patch, whose editions pretty much cover the 14th congressional district.

Those interesting in her candidacy, whether a support of hers or of another candidate need to read the piece.

It comprehensively covers her campaign’s spread beyond the congressional district from the New York Post rollout to her employment history, her family, her education, major contributors, all wrapped around her WLS-Radio appearance.

Thirteen people contributed $2,800–the maximum allowed by Federal law.

Two were Johnsburg’s Gary Rabine and his wife.

Rabine’s comments follow:

“I was impressed. I liked everything about her right away,” Rabine said. “She’s from my hometown of Woodstock. I met with her with her parents. Her dad’s an entrepreneur. She’s conservative. She’s got guts and spunk and won’t back down from anything. She’s got grit and I think she’ll be strong.”

Rabine, who owns Rabine Group, a national “one-stop-shop” for commercial paving, roofing and snow removal, among other things, said he decided to support Lauf over his friend and fundraising frontrunner, Oberweis.

“I decided to support this girl over Jim. I don’t like to look at things this way but she’s a woman minority with a lot of spunk and Jim is an older fellow,” he said. “She can beat this Underwood gal way easier than an old white guy.”

Rabine said he’s not worried about Lauf’s limited work experience.

“Unfortunately, today, not a lot kids her age have a ton of work experience. But politics isn’t rocket science if you do what’s best for people and best for the country,” he said. “We’ve got stagnant politicians in D.C. How about some bright minds?”


Definitive Article about 14th District Congressional Candidate Catalina Lauf on Patch — 15 Comments

  1. How informative and newsworthy. A photo of someone taking a selfie. How about a photo of someone taking a photo of someone taking a selfie. Or a photo of someone taking a photo of someone taking a photo of someone taking a selfie.

  2. “Thirteen people contributed $2,800–the maximum allowed by Federal law.”


    Comparing the maximum allowed for US v State candidates in Illinois.

    For example candidates for US Rep and Senator v State Rep and Senator.

    The maximum for state candidates is $5,800 from an individual.

    Not sure if that applies to local candidates also.



    State Board of Elections

    Contribution Limits Per Election Cycle

    Effective January 1, 2019

  3. I’m guessing Mancow’s hanging on to that hipster douche look, because it makes him cool and relevant.

    Also guessing it comes in handy when on vacation in Ipanema, with his younger “partner” Ramon. Allowing for a younger mind to shape without quite raising eyebrows.

  4. I’m assuming the “Mike Turner” from Woodstock who contributed 500 dollars to Lauf is the same Mike Turner on city council who acts as mayor pro tempore when Sager is away.

  5. Correcting, yup, same guy, and he gave through WinRed (but I think you already knew that).

    At least one elected official supporting Lauf’s campaign.

  6. Catalina is a good candidate but she isn’t going to win.

    She won’t be able to raise much money and doesn’t have the wealth of the other candidates to keep up financially.

    Between Oberweis, Rezin and Gradel she has no hope.

  7. I don’t consider myself knowledgeable on disclosure and FEC related topics.

    I saw Cat was getting a lot of money from WinRed but unaware of a way to track down where the money from WinRed originally came from.

  8. Correcting, I see, actually, when I downloaded Catalina Lauf’s financials from the FEC, the WinRed had a track-back to the individual donor.

    I thought you were looking at the data dump.

    You must have been looking at the report online through

    The address in the data dump matched Council member Turner’s address for his political committee, so it is the same person you assumed in your morning comment.

  9. I disagree with FLamont.

    I think the others can maybe out raise but they bring absolutely nothing to the table and she’s the best chance against actually winning against Lauren.

    That’s so obvious and I think most voters see that.

  10. I just took a selfie with the monitor showing this post. Unforgettable moment! Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  11. Little Miss Catalina ain’t so bright.

    That’s my conclusion after hearing her rather lame interview on 560 this evening.

    Her father was German, so why does she continually hoist the Guatemalan flag?

  12. Does anyone know what this cupcake did that causes her to say she was a “Trump Advisor?”

  13. Mr. Heinrich, show respect and dispense with the name-calling. Read the article, and Lauf’s website and you’ll learn more.

    And if you haven’t read my latest article fully, see why she is resonating with so many people in such a short (2 months) time.

  14. She’s a self-described “Latina”.

    AOC is a self-described “ Latinx” [no gender bias}

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