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

McHenry County Residents Lobby Springfield on Gun Issues

Mickey Schuch, President of McHenry County Concealed Carry, reports, “We had huge turnout from McHenry County and upwards of 3,000 from around the state “I brought some of our group to meet with Representatives Tryon, Wheeler, Andersson, and Senators Althoff … Continue reading

Report on Community College Springfield Lobby Day

This comes from Elgin Community College Trustee Robert Getz: Each year, the Trustees from Elgin Community College (ECC) travel to Springfield to participate in the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Lobby Day. This year’s Lobby Day was April 29, … Continue reading

Hammerand Disagrees with County Board Colleagues Direction to Lobby for More Power & Taxes

A press release from McHenry County Board member John Hammerand: McHenry County directs lobbyists to expand authority to tax, and asks for additional authority in all areas At the McHenry County Board meeting on January 21st the County passed the 2014 State Legislative … Continue reading

Hiring DC Lobbyists Gets 4-3 Approval of County Finance Committee

$82,000 will be paid to Ferguson Group, LLC for Federal legislative consultant services. After being previously approved by the McHenry County Board’s Legislative and intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee voted 4-3 to agree to keep the same lobbying firm … Continue reading

The Role of Teacher Union Lobbyists in the Pension Debacle

The Southtown has a Phil Kadner column about the negative effects (more later than soon) of shifting the burden of paying teacher pensions from State government to local school districts. He missed one aspect that some may find significant.  I … Continue reading

The Other Tuesday Night Meetings – Township Annual Meetings & McHenry County Board’s with Vote on Slot Machines in Rural Bars

Besides the 6 PM meeting at McHenry County College at which the lame duck Board seems destined to renew President Vicky Smith’s contract, there are other meetings people might find of interest. Each of McHenry County’s 17 Townships will hold … Continue reading

Jack Franks and the Illinois Federation of Teachers – Follow the Money

Regular readers may remember my extreme disappointment with liberal Democrat Jack Franks’ vote to sentence poorly-educated Chicago children to more of the same. Chicago Pastor and State Senator James Meeks got a bill through the State Senate that would have … Continue reading

Township Officials Oppose Tax Diversion, Limitation

The lobbying arm of Illinois Township Officials is urging local members to call their legislators to ask them to oppose two bills. One takes money from a state subsidy that should have been phased out decades ago. It looks like … Continue reading

WBBM Thinks Some Ads More Political Than Others

Over a two-day period, I heard two issue advocacy radio ads on WBBM. One was preceded by a disclaimer saying it was a political ad. The other wasn’t. The one with the disclaimer, making it less likely that people would … Continue reading

RTA Uses Tax Dollars to Lobby Citizens to Lobby Legislators

It’s certainly not unusual for tax dollars to be used to lobby Illinois legislators. Former legislators, whether that way through retirement or ouster, often get contracts from local tax districts to influence their former colleagues. The Regional Transportation Authority, now … Continue reading

RTA Uses Tax Dollars to Lobby Citizens to Lobby Legislators

It’s certainly not unusual for tax dollars to be used to lobby Illinois legislators. Former legislators, whether that way through retirement or ouster, often get contracts from local tax districts to influence their former colleagues. The Regional Transportation Authority, now … Continue reading