Trump Goes for Congressional Jugular on Obamacare Repeal, Rauner Has Similar Pressure Point He Hasn’t Used

People are surprised when they learn that congress critters has better medical coverage than Obamacare. The last person to mention that fact expressed outrage. Now it appears as if President Donald Trump is threatening to remove that very special privilege. … Continue reading

League of Women Voters Plan Forums

Here’s what is on the McHenry County League of Women Voters’ calendar: Thursday, January 21, 2016 7 pm McHenry County College Rt 14 Crystal Lake IL Building B Conference Center Congressional Districts 6 &14 – Forum. Tuesday, January 26, 2016 … Continue reading

Dems React to Boehner’s Stepping Down

Don’t know how, but I’ve gotten on some Democratic Party congressional fundraising email lists. Thought you might be interested in how Democrats are using House Speaker John Boehner’s announced resignation from the top post. Before today, their pitch was aimed … Continue reading

John Nelson Seeks Democratic Party Nomination to Run in 16th Congressional District

Rockford attorney John Nelson is a State Central Committeeman for the 16th Congressional District. He also is Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore’s attorney in her the ongoing litigation with the Township Trustees. Periodically, I ask him what’s going on in … Continue reading

Illinois Dems’ Remap Not Good Enough to Attract Re-Election Bid by Democratic Party Congressman Jerry Costello

In the article about President Barack Obama’s declining, but still good poll numbers in Illinois, there were two elements of weakness–the collar counties, about which I wrote, and Downstate. Let’s look at those numbers again: Collar Counties -45-53% unfavorable Downstate … Continue reading

Republicans File Dream Congressional Map – Walsh and Manzullo Would Have with No GOP Incumbent Opponent

It was filed in Federal Court today. Here’s the press release that goes with it: Statement of Republican U.S. House Members from Illinois on the Proposed Congressional Map Filed Today in Federal Court “The Fair Map filed in federal court … Continue reading

Why Was Jack Franks the Only Democrat to Vote “No” on the Congressional Remap?

I commented on State Rep. Jack Franks’ having criticized the reapportionment process, but voting for the terribly gerrymandered map his Democratic Party leaders concocted for the Illinois General Assembly. The article was entitled, “Jack Franks Wants It Both Ways on … Continue reading

712,813 – Size of New Illinois Congressional Districts – Where the People Came From

Did you know that each congressional district but two in Illinois have 712,813 people? The other two have 712,812. So, as far as making them of equal size, Illinois Democrats did a superb job. Although the ethnic concentration requirements, which … Continue reading

Illinois GOP Members of Congress React to Democrats Remap

A press release from all of Illinois Republican Members of Congress: Statement of the Republican U.S. House Members from Illinois on Democrats’ Proposed Redistricting Map The Republican members of the Illinois Congressional delegation today issued the following statement in response … Continue reading

Anti-Poverty Support Index vs. Put Your Own Money Where Your Mouth Is Index

A group called the Sergeant Shriver National Center on Poverty Law has developed what it calls a “scorecard” on support of government programs to fight poverty. I found out by reading Diane Novak’s article, “Congress’ strong polarization clear in poverty … Continue reading

Sensing an Issue If Jack Franks Challenges Joe Walsh for Congress – Part 2

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog laid down the background for this conclusion of a discussion of what might be characterized as the fringe benefits clash of a Jack Franks’ challenge of Joe Walsh in a congressional race after reapportionment in 2012. … Continue reading

Sensing an Issue If Jack Franks Challenges Joe Walsh for Congress – Part 1

The Chicago Sun-Times focused in on Congressional health insurance on page of its Sunday edition. It wasn’t a locally written article, however, by one by Bill Straub of the Scripps Howard News Service. It seems congressional Democrats, I an attempt … Continue reading