Althoff Passes Bill Forbidding New County Board Members Pensions

State Senator Pam Althoff passed her IMRF reform legislation, Senate Bill 2701, as it was amended by House sponsor State Rep. Jack Franks. No one opposed the legislation, which says future Downstate County Board members will not be allowed to … Continue reading

Franks’ IMRF Bill Passes without Dissent, Members Elected This Fall Ineligible for Pensions

State Rep. Jack Franks has won his legislative battle about IMRF pensions. Senate Bill 2701 with his abolition language passed 110-0 Sunday. It is now in the State Senate waiting for approval of House amendments. Because the McHenry County Board … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Outmaneuvered by Nimble Jack Franks Again

Democratic Party Jack Franks has a great sense of timing. And, as I have told many folks, timing is pretty much everything in politics. Franks pushed for an elected County Executive and ended up with an elected County Board Chairman. … Continue reading

Sangamon County Board Gets IMRF Spotlight

Veteran political reporter Bernie Schoenberg of the State Journal-Register has picked up the county board member pension story. The issue was started by McHenry County by State Rep. Jack Franks, who is polling to see if he should run for … Continue reading

American Conservative Union Praises Area Legislators

The American Conservative Union has rated Illinois legislators for their votes in 2015. Local legislators Dan Duffy and David McSweeney make the top bracket of the list. Karen McConnaughay and Barbara Wheeler gained recognition in the second tier. Democrat Jack … Continue reading

Althoff Makes Top Donations List

The Illinois Sunshine Project keeps track of big political contributions. In its top donations in the last week feature, the Chicago Land Operaters Jt Labor Management PAC is cited for kicking in $52,900 to State Senator Pam Althoff’s campaign fund. The … Continue reading

Althoff Gets $52,900 from Operating Engineers-Linked PAC

You may remember the $40,000 contribution from State Senator Pam Althoff to State Rep. candidate Carolyn Schofield about two weeks before the election. Less than a week after the election, a Political Action Committee headed by James M. Sweeney, the President-Business … Continue reading

Skala and Calomino Merge Campaigns in Legislative Endorsement Mailing

Retiring State Rep. Mike Tryon and State Senators Karen McConnaughay and Pam have lent their endorsements to two candidates running for District 5 County Board nomination in the Republican Primary Election. They are incumbent Mike Skala and aspirant Joe Calomino. … Continue reading

Barb Wheeler Endorses Dan Wilbrandt for State Representative

Her State Senator Pam Althoff has tossed in $40,000 to the campaign to elect McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield to replace State Rep. Mike Tryon. That was shortly after the teachers’ union called the Illinois Education Association gave Schofield … 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