McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim Off Hook in ICE Detention Situation Stimulated by Bruce Rauner’s Signing Santuary State Bill

A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally: Last Remaining “Illinois Trust Act” Legal Action Dissolved A civil suit against McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim alleging unlawful incarceration was dropped Wednesday, putting an end to the protracted litigation … Continue reading

McSweeney Working to Defeat Rauner-Madigan Teacher Pension Shift to Local Property Taxpayers

State Rep. David McSweeney took up the fight to prevent the enactment of the shift of burden for teacher pensions from state taxpayers to local real estate tax payers. He has introduced House Resolution 27, which “States the opinion of … Continue reading

Governor Rauner’s Budget Address

Governor Bruce Rauner outlined his budget today. Governor urges pension reform, $1 billion tax cut FY19 budget to fund top priorities through expense control, cost shifts SPRINGFIELD (Feb. 14, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today urged the Illinois General Assembly to make … Continue reading

Rauner Proposes Shifting Teacher Pension Payments to Local Taxpayers

To lessen the ongoing burden of paying pension costs of retired teachers, Governor Bruce Rauner wlll support House Speaker Mike Madigan’s idea to force local school district taxpayers to foot the bill. That’s what the Chicago Tribune is reporting today. … Continue reading

Electrifying GOP Primary Commercial Continues to Attract Attention

A press release from Jeanne Ives’ for Governor Campaign: GOP State Central Committeeman Chastises GOP Chairman, Supports Ives Ad According to a report in Prairie State Wire, John McGlasson, a member of the Illinois Republican Party’s State Central Committee, is … Continue reading

Republican Governor Candidate Jeanne Ives’s Controversial Commercial Creates Reaction

Video Exposes Rauner’s Anti-Conservative Actions State Rep. Jeanne Ives caused controversy last week after releasing a TV ad which some categorized as “racist”, “sexist” and “transphobic.” But late Sunday Ives’ campaign announced that her campaign received a $2 million contribution … Continue reading

“Crusher” Jeanne Ives Seeking Donations After Rauner Knockout

War Chest After Debate Victory is $500,000 Bigger Thanks to Donation From Conservative Lake Forest Businessman Richard Uihlein Jeanne Ives came out the victor in the Tribune debate against Governor Rauner for the Republican primary. You can read a previous … Continue reading

Will Rauner’s Fixation on Mike Madigan Lead to a Veto on Bill to Make Jack Franks a More Powerful Legislative Leader Than Madigan?

An article by Charlie Wheeler in Illinois Issues contains the following sentence: “As candidate filing this week officially kicked off campaign 2018, one might suspect that Rauner’s new mantra is, ‘Vote for me because I’m not Mike Madigan.’” I continue … Continue reading

Steve Reick Calls Out Franks on Springfield End Run Around County Board Rules

Look at this commentary State Rep. Steve Reick posted on his web site: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Go to Springfield to Get Your Way In 2012 the voters of McHenry County voted down a referendum which would have … Continue reading

Legislature Passes Bill To Give Jack Franks Total Power Over Appointment of Committee Chairmen and Membership

After 43-3-3 approval of a Jack Franks-initiated bill in the Illinois Senate, in lickty-split action this week in Springfield, Democrats in the Illinois House pushed House Bill 171, originally introduced az a shell bill by House Speaker Mike Madigan, through on … Continue reading

Rauner Touts Location, Skilled Workforce as Reasons for National Firms Location of Distribution Centers

Back in the late 1970’s future Congressman and then-State Rep. John Porter conceived of a commission to consider how Illinois should approach the year 2000. Ironically, Porter was not appointed to the commission, but I was. The following press release … Continue reading