Corruption in the Dan Walker Administraton

My first public meeting was in the Algonquin Township Garage. It was about putting roads in the Silver Lakes, an unincorporated subdivision. I was in college (1960-65) and my father suggested I might find it of interest. Larry Lee was … Continue reading

Governor Decentralizes Patronage

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Governor Signs Executive Order 15-16 to Improve Hiring Process in State Agencies SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 15-16 today to remove a layer of government bureaucracy in hiring civil-service positions … Continue reading

Ex-Crystal Laker Don Udsteun Surfaces in Latest RTA Report

Don Udstuen was a lobbyist for the Illinois State Medical Society, ultimately rising to the well-paid post of heading up the Society’s medical malpractice company. On the Metra Board representing McHenry County, he was caught up in a bribery scheme … Continue reading

Metra’s Jack Schaffer Calls Proposed Personnel Policy Way to Increase “Patronage”

Back when Jack Schaffer was State Senator and I was State Rep., we once had a conversation about patronage. Both of us agreed that we were pleased to let McHenry County Republican County Chairman Al Jourdan handle that aspect of … Continue reading

Jack Franks Calls Again in Favor of His County Executive Referendum

This afternoon came the third robo-call from Jack Franks urging people to vote for his County Executive referendum. You can read the text of the first one here. The last time he called, State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) told people … Continue reading

Governor Releases 2003 Jack Franks’ Patronage Request Memo

“Ask and you shall receive.” Jesus said that, but it’s pretty good advice, regardless of what you want. It is obvious that if one does not ask, one will not get. So, when I saw on Capitol Fax Blog that … Continue reading