Commentary on Bill to Give Jack Franks More Power

From former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster, who is running for McHenry County Board in District 6. Who is Behind This Legislative Imitative? OR: Do Our County Board Members Understand the Unintended Consequences? In today’s political climate, one would … Continue reading

Message of the Day – An Oxymoron

“Legislative Ethics Commission” That’s it. And proving that it is an oxymoron is the twelve-month time limit for considering complaints while there has been no Legislative Inspector General to process complaints that go to the Legislative Ethics Commission in a … Continue reading

McConnaughay Introduces Bill to Increase Power of County Board Chairman

Just took a look at Senate Bill 2243, legislation introduced by State Senator Karen McConnaughay on October 18th. It does the following: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that with the advice and consent of a majority of the county board, … Continue reading

Governor Criticizes Senate Override of Bill That Outlaws Local Regulation of Collective Bargaining, Althoff & McConnaughay Flip

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Gov. Rauner Statement on Senate vote on SB 1905 Chicago (Oct. 24, 2017) – Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement following the Senate vote on SB 1905: “Today’s vote could create a … Continue reading

McConnauhay Says New State Aid to Education Law Provides No Property Tax Relief, Roll Call

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:: Sen. McConnaughay: School-funding plan does not address local needs SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) says she could not support school funding reform legislation approved by the Senate Aug. 29, … Continue reading

Althoff, Andersson, McConnaughay and Wheeler Get 100% Environmental Score Card

A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff: Sen. Althoff honored for 100% pro-environment voting record Springfield, IL… State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) has been honored with a perfect voting record by the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC), which released its … Continue reading

McConnaughay Weighs In on State Aid to Education Amendatory Veto

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay: Sen. McConnaughay Statement on Governor Rauner’s Amendatory Veto on School Funding Legislation SPRINGFIELD – Saying all Illinois schools need fiscal stability and certainty, State Senator Karen McConnaughay urged her Senate colleagues to … Continue reading

McConnaughay, McConchie, Althoff React to Senate Democrat’s Passage of 32% Income Tax Hike

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay: McConnaughay Reacts to Budget, Tax Hike Votes SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) offered the following reaction after the Illinois Senate voted to pass a permanent income tax hike and … 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