Argument Against Highway Funding “Lockbox” Constitutional Amendment

Wonder Lake’s Kelly Liebmann wrote this letter to the Daily Herald. It is printed with permission of the author. The proposed Amendment to the Illinois Constitution will be on the top of everyone’s ballot. ‘Lockbox’ amendment won’t solve problems This … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 25

In an article about Jack Franks deciding to run for McHenry County Board Chairman Reboot’s Madeleine Doubek wrote, He talked about the political games of passing bills only to see them die in the other chamber or somewhere down the … Continue reading

Rauner on IL Supreme Court Pension Decision that Pension Reform Bill Unconstitutional

A press release from Govenror Bruce Rauner: Statement on Supreme Court Decision CHICAGO – Governor’s spokesman Lance Trover issued the following statement: “The Supreme Court’s decision confirms that benefits earned cannot be reduced. “That’s fair and right, and why the … Continue reading

Reapportionment Constitutional Convention Petition

Circulators of the petition to change the way the Illinois General Assembly is apportioned are complaining that they are not getting a fair deal from the Illinois State Board of Elections. The Chicago Tribune editorial yesterday points to radically desperate … Continue reading

Video Ad Aims at Democrat Jack Franks

State Rep. Jack Franks has told folks that he will vote to put the so-called millionaire’s tax Constitutional Amendment dreamed up by House Speaker Mike Madigan on the balloty. Seventy-one votes are needed to pass the Illinois House and there … Continue reading

David McSweeney Passes Constitutional Amendment to Abolish Office of Lt. Governor

State Rep. David McSweeney is on a roll. Yesterday he passed a bill stimulated by McHenry County College’s potential of borrowing over $40 million to almost double the size of the campus, plus build a health and fitness club that … Continue reading

McSweeney Gets Constitutional Amendment to Aboloish Office of Lt. Gov. Out of Committee

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: McSweeney Moves to Abolish Lt. Governor Position Approved by Committee Springfield – Illinois voters will hopefully have the opportunity to decide whether the state should have a Lieutenant Governor. State Representative David … Continue reading

Andy Shaw Wanted Lame Duck Legislators to Make “Tough Votes”

There’s a remarkable sentence in BGA Executive Director Andy Shaw’s column in the Chicago Sun-Times: “And yet this week, in a ‘lame duck’ session that included 35 exiting lawmakers who theoretically could have cast one final ‘though’ vote without fear … Continue reading

Recreating the Repealed Personal Property Tax – Part 2

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog suggested Governor Pat Quinn was attempting to recreate the hated personal property tax, which died an electoral death in November, 1970. I explained how county treasurers throughout Illinois tried to put heat on legislators by enforcing … Continue reading