Governor Rauner Views Sandbagging and Beginning of Flooding

Starting behind the Algonquin Public Works Building, Governor Bruce Rauner thanked volunteers filling sandbags, announced that Cook County was being added to the list of counties declared disaster areas and, then, moved to the street next to the Fox River. … Continue reading

Two Income Tax Hike “No” Voters React to Veto Override

First, this is what State Rep. Allen Skillicorn has to say: Skillicorn Says ‘Junk Budget’ Fails Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Following votes to override Gov. Rauner’s vetoes of a tax hike and unsustainable budget, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) called … Continue reading

LITH Sanitary District Trustee Point-Counterpoint

As I take a look at the moves and counter moves involved in the fight over who has the right to appoint the $6,000 a year Lake in the Hills Sanitary District Trustees, I’m taken back to my favorite course … Continue reading

McSweeney Points to Pork in “Compromise” Bill

From State Rep. David McSweeney: I was shocked to see Senator Bill Brady’s recently filed SB 2216 [see more examples than listed below], which is described as “FY 18 Member Initiatives.” Special earmarks lead to wasteful spending and potentially corruption. I … Continue reading

Mailed Notice of Constitutional Amendments on the Way Out

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: Senate Approves Rep. McSweeney-Backed Initiative Ending Mailing Requirement for Constitutional Amendment to Eliminate the Office of Lt. Governor Eliminating mail requirement would save taxpayers about $1.3 million Springfield, IL – The Illinois … Continue reading

Barb Wheeler Barely Passes Bill to Cut Power of Precinct Committeemen in Party Caucuses

The Illinois General Assembly settled a fight among McHenry Township Republicans Wednesday. Four years ago, insurgent Republicans took control of the McHenry Township Republican Party from followers of long-time power house Al Jourdan, Jr. Members of the former ruling faction … Continue reading

Batnick-Skillicorn-McSweeney Introduce Bill to Allow Comptroller to Withhold Legislative Pay

A press release from State Representatives Mark Blatnick and Allen Skillicorn: Batinick, Skillicorn file legislation to give Comptroller greater discretion following court ruling on legislator pay SPRINGFIELD – In response to the recent court ruling authorizing the prioritization of state … Continue reading

Mailing of Constitutional Amendments Would Stop Under Bill McSweeney Passed

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: House Approves Rep. McSweeney’s Measure to Eliminate Mailing Requirement for Constitutional Amendments Eliminating mail requirement would save $1.3 million each time a Constitutional Amendment is placed on the ballot Springfield, IL – … Continue reading

McSweeney Says Senate “Grand Bargain” Is “Code Phrase for the Largest Tax Increase” in Illinois History

State Rep. David McSweeney is playing the role of Paul Revere. But, it’s not the British that’s coming; it’s the tax eaters. In an interview, McSweeney said, “The Senate’s ‘Grand Bargain’ is not dead.”‘Grand Bargain’ is a code phrase for … Continue reading