Union & Trial Lawyer Money Finances Three More Pieces Hitting Steve Reick and More

The goal of the no-name pop-up committee called is, quite simply, to destroy Steve Reick as an effective opponent against a cowering incumbent State Representative named Jack Franks. Franks, just two years from maxing out his legislative pension, is the … Continue reading

Two More of the Madigan Coalition Kick in $20,000 More to Kill Steve Reick Candidacy

Here’s another reason to attend the McHenry Township Republican Meet & Greet and Candidates’ Forum at the Johnsburg Community Club right across from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon from 3-6. The cost for the corned beef and cabbage … Continue reading

Second Teachers’ Union Hit Piece Against Steve Reick Arrives

I figured when I saw that the Illinois Education Association had dropped $12,500 on a no name pop-pop committee that there would be three hit pieces aimed at the real Republican candidate for State Rep. against Jack Franks, Steve Reick. … Continue reading

Teachers’ Union About to Attack Steve Reick

Acting in concert with the Democrats who put Jeffrey Lichte up to run in the Republican Primary Election to clear the way for State Rep. Jack Franks to have no fall opponent, the Illinois Education Association has allocated $12,500 to … Continue reading

Serwatka Lays Out Reasons for Withdrawing, Supporting Skillicorn

An email from Lakewood Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn: For those following the race for our next State Representative – yesterday, I made a very difficult decision to step out of this race, but, ultimately, I believe it was the right … Continue reading

TV Ad Slams Carolyn Schofield

The following television ad financed by Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles Political Action Committee played on Channel 7 three times from 5 to 7 on Monday night. Twice during local news and once during Wheel of Fortune. That’s what a $63,070 buy … Continue reading

Paul Serwatka Withdraws from State Rep. Race in Support of Allen Skillicorn

As the ice was leaving Crystal Lake, Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka was leaving the four-way race to replace State Rep. Mike Tryon. He withdrew in favor of East Dundee Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn. The news was announced in a … Continue reading

Did Serwatka Taxpayer PAC Contribution Pledge Lead to Teacher Union Mega-Contribution to Schofield?

I awoke yesterday morning with the thought that a campaign promise by 66th District Republican Primary Election candidate Paul Serwatka may have stimulated the biggest teachers union in the state to give 66th District opponent Carolyn Schofield $53,900. Serwatka’s press … Continue reading

Serwatka Pledges Salary to Fight Property Tax Hikes

There are three reasons people run for office, the Field Director for the Republican National Committee told a campaign management school held in Jacksonville in about 1968, mid-way through my term as McHenry County Treasurer. He helped us to remember … Continue reading

Tribune Gets It

I have written periodically of how teacher unions during the 1990’s encouraged legislative leaders to take money governors earmarked for pension payments and put it into current teacher salaries through the State Aid to Education program. Articles on this subject … Continue reading

Franks Sat. Fundraiser Hosts

State Rep. Jack Franks is holding his annual breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning at Donley’s south of Union. The price is $40 per person, but the Democrat is willing to accept more. $2,500 is listed on the back. Committee members … Continue reading

Teachers Union Wanted It Both Ways

Crain’s Chicago Business has a really good article by Dave McKinney about how Illinois got into the pension mess that now exits. I found this particularly insightful: Education Association President Cinda Klickna was not in union leadership in 2005. But she … Continue reading

Part 11 – Who’s Got What

Today’s Political Action Committee is one run by the teachers of Crystal Lake High School District 155. It spent $3.348.25 in the lead up to the April school elections. The election was on April 7th, so it is likely that … Continue reading

The Teachers’ Union Role in the Pension Shortfall

You will perhaps remember my writing that when a Governor presents his education budget it comes in three parts: higher education k-12 pensions In the 1990’s (at least) the IFT (Illinois Federation  of Teachers) and IEA (Illinois Education Association) lobbyists … Continue reading

Teachers’ Union Elects Two of Three to Crystal Lake High School Board

Teachers at Crystal Lake High School District had three candidates they wanted to elect. They were Amy Blazier Brian Pelz Adam Guss They succeed in placing two out of three on the District 155 Board, plus one they most wanted … Continue reading

Tribune Pins Tail on Teacher Unions

Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune editorial was about the teacher pension problem. Too many claims on too few dollars. As regular readers know, teacher union lobbyists regularly urged legislators to skip making payments for pensions in order to increase State Aid … Continue reading

Rauner’s Handout to Legislators on Policy Agenda & Public Union Conflict of Interest

The following two sheets of paper were what Illinois State Representatives and Senators were reading as Governor Bruce Rauner was delivering his State of the State Speech Wednesday. First the policy pitches: 1. Economic Growth and Jobs Package Pass a … Continue reading