Vulnerable Appointed Democrat Opposes Pension Tax

When long-time State Rep. Dick Mautino Auditor General, it left a vacancy that was filled by Andy Skoog, former LaSalle County Circuit Clerk. Mautino underwent a withering campaign, barely winning. No wonder Mautino welcomed being appointed to a post with … Continue reading

Wheeler Considers Imposing Retirement Income Tax

The Northwest Herald plunged into the coming income tax hike fight in Monday’s paper. First revealed to the public in a Pioneer Press (owned by the Chicago Tribune) article on October 21st, Republican leaders are considering taxing retirement income. McHenry … Continue reading

Barb Wheeler Invites Email List to Patrick Kenneally’s Announcement for State’s Attorney Tonight

State Rep. Barb Wheeler was not a supporter of the candidacy of Bill Prim for Sheriff. Prim was strongly supported by McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. Now, however, the Nunda Township legislator has lined up behind the man that … Continue reading

Other Local Legislators Thinking about Rubio

State Rep. Barb Wheeler announced that she was supporting Marco Rubio in the Daily Herald on Monday. I got an explanation, which was posted yesterday. I sent emails to the other Republican legislators representing parts of McHenry County asking if … Continue reading

Joni Smith Sets Fundraiser

Monday, September 21st, is the date set by McHenry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Joni Smith for a $60 5:30 to 7:30 Port Edward fundraiser. Listed on the Host Committee are Phyllis Walters, the current Recorder of Deeds State Rep. … Continue reading

Behind the Dance to Stop Legislative Pay Hikes

On May 28th, Republican State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield)introduced House Bill 4225. Here’s how the Legislative Digest described it: Prohibits cost-of-living adjustments for or during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 for State government legislative and executive elected officers … Continue reading

Tryon Signals Readiness to Vote for Tax Hikes, Others Opposed or More Cautious

Responding to a Democratic Party amendment that would freeze property taxes, retiring State Rep. Mike Tryon asked sponsor John Bradley if he had talked to Governor Bruce Rauner. While the language was the same as the Governor’s Bradley, admitted that … Continue reading