Insull and the ICC

I have previously told of my encounter with Samuel Insull’s secretary on a train ride to Springfield. He told me that Insull got tired of bribing the Illinois General Assembly. Insull decided that creating a Commerce Commission would be cheaper … Continue reading

General Assembly Technology Gains Derision from Woodstock Advocate

Gus Philpott, publisher of Woodstock Advocate, has been watching the General Assembly in action recently. You can, too. Look here. The last days of the session are particularly busy and often run late into the night. And what do visitors … Continue reading

David McSweeney Sworn In as State Representative

I missed the press release below about Dave McSweeney’s having been appointed to succeed appointed State Rep. Kent Gaffney, who replaced State Rep. Mark Beaubien. Apparently, Gaffney decided to give McSweeney something of a head start. Seniority doesn’t mean as … Continue reading

Forbes Ranks Springfield 4th “Most Dangerous U.S. Cities For Women”

A Friend of McHenry County Blog sent the following paragraph from Forbes: “The fourth most dangerous city as ranked by our list is Springfield, Ill., a metro area of 200,000 four hours south of Chicago where the FBI reports 855 … Continue reading

Illinois House Chainsaws Jack Franks

It hasn’t been a good week for Democratic Party State Representative Jack Franks. “Chainsaw Jack” got lots of blowback from his venture into playing gofer for the electric utilities of Illinois. He quickly figured out he did not have the … Continue reading

Nygren-Franks Relationship Goes Both Ways

McHenry County Blog reported on Republican McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren’s involvement with Democrat State Representative Jack Franks’ fund raiser. Apparently the relationship is reciprocal. Over the transom, so to speak, comes the silent auction sign-up sheet below: It is … Continue reading

Illinois Loses a Gentle Leader

Former 1970 Constitutional Convention Delegate, State Representative and State Senator Virginia Macdonald died this week. I learned that when I read the Chicago Tribune’s obituary. During the 1970’s, Ginny sat in front of me all but my first term. She … Continue reading