BGA Supports McSweeney Abolish McHenry County Townships by Referendum Bill

Looking at an email from the Better Government Association, I found an endorsement of State Rep. David McSweeney’s House Bill 4637, of fifteen bills the organization is supported. The email describes the bill like this: HB 4637: Allows the board … Continue reading

McConchie Multi-Year Vehicle Registration Bill Passes without Dissent

A press release from David McSweeney: Senate passes McConchie legislation allowing for multi-year vehicle registration Springfield, IL… Legislation giving motorists the option to register their vehicles for more than one year at a time would provide a convenience and save … Continue reading

Internet Sales Tax Hike Advances with Support of Local State Senators – Roll Call

Former State Senator Steve Rauschenberger must be smiling. His family operated a furniture store in Downtown Elgin and took up the cause of charging sales tax on goods purchased over the internet from other states. Ironically, it was a U.S. … Continue reading

Governor Rauner’s Budget Address

Governor Bruce Rauner outlined his budget today. Governor urges pension reform, $1 billion tax cut FY19 budget to fund top priorities through expense control, cost shifts SPRINGFIELD (Feb. 14, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today urged the Illinois General Assembly to make … Continue reading

Three Local State Legislators Join Pro-Life Groups to Delay Implementation of Tax Paid Abortions

The following local legislators joined five others in a suit by numerous Pro-Life groups and the Catholic Diocese of Springfield to delay the date state government starts spending money for elective abortions for women on Medicaid and state employees: Rep. … Continue reading

State Aid To Education Bill Signing Statements

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Gov. Rauner signs historic education funding reform bill Compromise legislation includes equitable funding for districts, more school choice for families CHICAGO (Aug. 31, 2017) – Flanked by school children and legislative leaders, Gov. … Continue reading

The 2017 Family PAC Cruise with Ted Cruz

The Family PAC Cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan is my favorite fund raiser. People arrive early to get a seat on the main deck. The views are spectacular and I enjoy chatting with people I haven’t seen … Continue reading

Governor Rauner Views Sandbagging and Beginning of Flooding

Starting behind the Algonquin Public Works Building, Governor Bruce Rauner thanked volunteers filling sandbags, announced that Cook County was being added to the list of counties declared disaster areas and, then, moved to the street next to the Fox River. … 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