McSweeney Bill to Inventory Governments Whose Boards Are Appointed by County Boards Advances

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: House Committee Advances Cullerton-McSweeney Bill to Promote Local Government Consolidation Springfield, IL…The Illinois House Counties and Townships Committee today approved a proposal to help reduce the number of units of local government … Continue reading

MCCD Escaping Consolidation Threat

Thursday, the Senate Executive Committee approved by a 17-0 vote State Rep. Jack Franks government consolidation bill. A memo from the McHenry County Council of Governments says, HB 229 – the Consolidation Bill that applied to McHenry and Lake Counties … Continue reading

McConnaughay and Tryon Criticized for Road Fund Diversion

Part of the deal to cope with the gaping hole that Illinois Democrats passed onto Republican Governor Bruce Rauner resulted in the raiding of various earmarked funds. The Road Fund was one of them. The Democrats have raided it repeatedly … Continue reading

Rauner Offers Ten “Reforms,” One of Which Madigan Will Hate

Bruce Rauner has released eleven pages of suggestions for reforming state government: His ten “key reforms” include: Making government spending more transparent and accountable. Ending the shuttle service and selling state planes. Eliminating political slush funds. I’ll take no salary and … Continue reading

If Congress Should Fly Coach, How about Illlinois Legislators?

ABC Channel 7 is reporting a bill that would require Congressmen to fly coach. How about Illinois State Reps. and Senators? They would have little choice out of Springfield’s Capitol Airport, but I doubt any use it. Instead the legislative … Continue reading

Two Gubernatorial, AG and State Treasurer Candidates Speak to McHenry County Republican Reformers’ Rally

I’ve been to a lot of Republican Party functions since I came back from Washington to run for McHenry County Treasurer in the spring of 1966. The meeting at the Woodstock VFW Thursday night, however, had more energy than any … Continue reading

Pro-Life Pig Roast at Irene Napier’s Farm

The annual Pro-Life Pig Roast was held again at Irene Napier’s farm on Valley View Road. There was a goodly crowd of supporters of the Pro-Life position. Old friends renewed acquaintances. Candidates from Lake courted voters. Lake County Republican Bob … Continue reading

Dan Duffy Asks Folks to Email Madigan and Cullerton about Tax Hike

State Senator Dan Duffy, who spoke forcefully against the Democrats 67% income tax hike bill, has issued the following statement in which he asks people to email House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. The statement follows: “In … Continue reading

Rebuttal from Senate President John Cullerton’s Office

Apparently my little article on State Senator Dan Duffy’s impeachment speech and parking space relocation found its way to Springfield. And, from the reaction from Senate President John Cullerton’s office, I guess I didn’t pay enough attention to the coverage … Continue reading

Mr. Smith Went to Washington. Mr. Duffy Went to Springfield.

Last night at the Prairie Grove Village Hall, State Senator Dan Duffy talked about Springfield. The more I heard, the more it reminded me of the principal character in black and white movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Duffy managed … Continue reading

Jack Franks Votes Against Allowing Bill He Co-Sponsors Get to House Floor

That’s what an article on (serving Southwestern Illinois and the St. Louis region) says. What’s the legislation? House Bill 6200, a Democrat Party bill limiting campaign contributions to legislative leaders. “Even Reps. Karen May and Jack Franks, Democratic sponsors … Continue reading