McConnaughay Seeks Probe of Madigan Patronage Power

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay: McConnaughay calls for independent investigation into Rep. Cassidy’s allegations Springfield, IL… State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) joins several other lawmakers in calling for an investigation following the recent allegations made by … Continue reading

McConnaughay Says She Supports Bill to Allow Voters to Abolish Townships by Referendum

A commenter to one of the articles about State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill that would allow voters to abolish their township by referendum suggested that McHenry County Senators were opposed to the legislation. Word has come from State Senator Karen … Continue reading

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

Pro-Life Leaders Break with “Pro-Life” Senators Who Voted for ERA

From the Illinois Family Institute, re-published with permission: Pro-Life Groups Withdraw Support from Republican Senators that Supported the ERA Written by John Biver The leaders of six pro-life organizations issued a public statement on Friday criticizing the 8 Republican state … Continue reading

Stunning Display of Ignorance with Passage of Equal Rights Amendment

The following is published with permission from the Illinois Family Institute ERA Passes Illinois Senate Written By Laurie Higgins In a stunning display of ignorance, the Illinois State Senate just voted 43-12 in favor of the resolution to adopt the Equal Rights Amendment. … Continue reading

Senate Women’s Caucus Announces First Bipartisan Effort

Pension Reform…Nope…Equal Rights Amendment A press release from the Illinois Senate: Caucus endorses ratification of Equal Rights Amendment SPRINGFIELD –The Equal Rights Amendment is the first measure to earn the backing of the Senate Women’s Caucus, members of the bipartisan … Continue reading

Sen. McConnaughay Sponsors Public Safety Legislation

A press release from Sen. McConnaughay’s office: McConnaughay attends first Legislative Public Safety Working Group meeting Springfield, IL… This week, State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) attended the first meeting of the newly formed bi-partisan Legislative Public Safety Working Group. … Continue reading

Republican Senators Calling for Legislative Action on Robo-Calls

A press release from the Illinois General Assembly: Suburban lawmakers sponsor legislation to combat robo-calls Springfield, IL… Several suburban Republican senators are calling for legislative action on a bill that would put stricter consequences on those who are behind the … 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

Commentary on Bill to Give Jack Franks More Power

From former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster, who is running for McHenry County Board in District 6. Who is Behind This Legislative Imitative? OR: Do Our County Board Members Understand the Unintended Consequences? In today’s political climate, one would … Continue reading

Message of the Day – An Oxymoron

“Legislative Ethics Commission” That’s it. And proving that it is an oxymoron is the twelve-month time limit for considering complaints while there has been no Legislative Inspector General to process complaints that go to the Legislative Ethics Commission in a … Continue reading

McConnaughay Introduces Bill to Increase Power of County Board Chairman

Just took a look at Senate Bill 2243, legislation introduced by State Senator Karen McConnaughay on October 18th. It does the following: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that with the advice and consent of a majority of the county board, … Continue reading

Governor Criticizes Senate Override of Bill That Outlaws Local Regulation of Collective Bargaining, Althoff & McConnaughay Flip

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Gov. Rauner Statement on Senate vote on SB 1905 Chicago (Oct. 24, 2017) – Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement following the Senate vote on SB 1905: “Today’s vote could create a … Continue reading