Rauner Edges Out Dillard in Cuba Township Straw Poll

A press release from the Cuba Township (just east of Algonquin Township in Lake County) Republican Party: BRUCE RAUNER AND KIRK DILLARD TOP FIRST CUBA TOWNSHIP REPUBLICANS STRAW POLL November 10, 2013 – North Barrington, Illinois – The winner of … Continue reading

Four GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Coming to Cuba Township

It’s not just Nunda Township that can attract candidates running for the Republican nomination for Governor in Illinois. The most southwestern township in Lake County, Cuba Township, population just under 17,000, has all four coming in the next two months. … Continue reading

Family PAC Cruises Lake Michigan

My favorite fund raiser of the year is the cruise put on by Family PAC every summer. On the drive down to Chicago, it was raining and 65 degrees. We feared for the worst, wondering if the boat would have … Continue reading

Topinka, Rutherford, Dillard, Brady Headline McHenry County GOP Play Day

While all four Republican candidates for Governor were expected to make appearances at the McHenry Country Club Wednesday, only three turned up.  Missing was Bruce Rauner. Bill Brady made a late morning appearance well before the four o’clock cocktail hour … Continue reading

Bill Brady Visits Crystal Lake

A crowd gathered Tuesday night at the Cottage in Downtown Crystal Lake to meet Republican gubernatorial candidate State Senator Bill Brady. Brady met with McHenry County folks (plus Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn from East Dundee) at the Cottage in Downtown … Continue reading

All Four GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Court Pro-Life Vote at Irene Napier’s McHenry County Farm in Crystal Lake

A testimony to the political strength that Crystal Lake’s Irene Napier has built for the Pro-Life community in McHenry County is the appearance of all four candidates for the Republican nomination for Governor at the annual Pig Roast at her … Continue reading

Survey of Republican Primary Voters Shows Rutherford with Strong Lead

Remember that poll I wrote about getting yesterday? Turns out it was not from a candidate. The “Mark” recorded the questions for Battleground Polling. Here are some results. Looking at the 2014 Illinois Republican Party candidates for Governor, who would … Continue reading

Another Statewide GOP Candidate Seeking Political Information

Mark called me about noon with nine questions about the upcoming Republican primary election. First, he wanted to know whether I considered myself a Republican. Next, he wanted to know what faction (although he didn’t use that term). First was … Continue reading

When Your Electric Bill Goes Up, Who’re Gonna Thank?

It won’t be Ghostbusters. The Senate roll call of override of Governor Pat Quinn’s Senate Bill 9. which overrides an Illinois Commerce Commission decision,  is below: Besides two of three State Senators representing McHenry County–Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay–potential candidates … Continue reading

Joe Walsh Characterizes Potential Gubernatorial Opponents, etc., on WTTW

Pretty amazing that a losing Congressional candidate would be interviewed by liberal commentator Carol Marin, but on Wednesday night, there was Joe Walsh, all alone, answering her questions on WTTW. Under the posted interview is the following explanation: “National star … Continue reading

McSweeney Responds to Beaubien Pounding on Abortion Issue

Last week Dee Beaubien (Ind.-Beaubien) played Rock-em-Sock-em with Dave McSweeney on the issue of abortion in the mailbox, on radio and television. To that point McSweeney had taken the pinata approach to the campaign, much as State Senator Bill Brady … Continue reading

Auditioning at the State GOP Convention to be Illinois’ Scott Walker

John Kass lamented the lack of an Illinois Scott Walker last Thursday. He certainly is asking the right question: “Where is Illinois’ Scott Walker?” I was tempted to prepare a sign to affix to me chest asking. “Are you the … Continue reading