No State Oversight on Electronic Raffle Machines in House Bill 1140

This article started with a press release from the Illinois Church Action Council on Alcohol and Addiction. There are so many bills expanding gambling (despite the loss of the one to give Chicago, Danville, Rockford and the Waukegan area casinos) … Continue reading

When Your Electric Bill Goes Up, Who’re Gonna Thank?

It won’t be Ghostbusters. The Senate roll call of override of Governor Pat Quinn’s Senate Bill 9. which overrides an Illinois Commerce Commission decision,  is below: Besides two of three State Senators representing McHenry County–Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay–potential candidates … Continue reading

Cross, Gaffney, Schmitz Vote Against Easing Recording Prohibition

I have written how reformer State Rep. Jeanne Hurley got snookered into sponsoring a bill in 1957 to prohibit reporters like Jack Mabley from using tape recordings of legislative corruption. Hurley married Paul Simon and is Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon’s … Continue reading

Huntley Tea Party Gun Conrol Forum Tonight Taking on Life of Its Own

Here are the latest details of tonight’s event at the Huntley Park District Building, where both candidates for the 14th District congressional seat–Randy Hultgren and Joe Walsh–will be courting Republican primary voters, as will State Senate candidate Karen McConnauhay and State … Continue reading

Those New McHenry County Legislative District Lines

What has happened in Crystal Lake is pretty incredible. The lines the Democrats have drawn will give Crystal Lake three state representatives and three state senators. Four state representatives, if you want to count the one Dorr Township precinct on … Continue reading

Reapportionment Hearing in Marengo

Jack Franks brought colleagues to his home town of Marengo Saturday to the hard-to-find new Marengo High School for a reapportionment hearing whose process will be completely controlled by Democrats in the General Assembly and Governor’s Mansion. To reach the … Continue reading