Karen McConnaughay’s Successor Don DeWitte Sworn In As State Senator

After twenty-four years in public office, State Senator Karen McConnaughay left office for a position in the private secotor. Her successor, Don DeWitte, chosen by the Kane County Republican Party Chairman with the concurrence of his McHenry County counterpartreplaced her … Continue reading

State Senator Karen McConnaughay Resignation Follows Pam Althoff’s by Three Days

Just three days after State Senator Pam Althoff announced her resignation, State Senator Karen McConnaughay will officialy leave ofice. McConnaughay announced earlier that she intended to resign to take a job in the private sector. McConnaughay will be replaced by … Continue reading

Red Flag Gun Control Bill Signed, Along with 72-Hour Waiting Period for Gun Purchases, Roll Calls

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Gov. Rauner signs emergency “red flag” gun law, enacts 72-hour waiting period for all gun purchases Vows to veto gun dealer licensing bill again; urges action on broad public safety plan CHICAGO (July … Continue reading

Former St. Charles Mayor to Replace Karen McConnaughay as State Senate Candidate

Holding the majority of votes in State Rep. Karen McConnaughay’s State Senate District, Kane County Republican Party Chairman Ken Shepro decided to appoint former St. Charles  City Councilman and Mayor Don DeWitte to replace her. Having a decidedly minority vote in the … Continue reading

Karen McConnaughay Officially Withdraws from Fall Ballot

Yesterday, State Senator Karen McConnaughay has filed the official paperwork to withdraw her name from the General Election ballot. She was elected to the State Senate in 2012, following multiple terms chairing the Kane County Board. Seeking appointment to fill … Continue reading

Want to Replace Karen McConnaughay on the Fall Ballot for State Senate?

Here’s where you should send your resume and other relevant information: [email protected] The Republican 33rd District Legislative Committee will hold interviews of applicants wishing to fill the vacancy in nomination resulting from Senator Karen McConnaughay’s withdrawal as a candidate at the … Continue reading

Karen McConnaughay Applauds Signing of Ethics Bill, Outlines Additional Needed Reforms

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:: Gov. signs ethics reform bill, McConnaughay says more still needs to be done Springfield, IL… State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) applauds the Governor for signing House Bill 138 today, which improves … Continue reading

BGA Writer Credits Karen McConnauhay for Ethics Reform

State Sen. Karen McConnaughay is given credit by Better Government Association writer Madeleine Doubek for helping “drive” ethics reform this session. McConauhay said, ““I’m hopeful there was enough demonstration by rank-and-file members that there is momentum. This is just the beginning of … Continue reading

McConnaughay Bill Allows Police Nationwide Ongoing, Real-Time Notifications about Perp’s Run-ins with Police

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay: McConnaughay bill provides Illinois police with real-time notifications on a person’s criminal activity Springfield, IL… Legislation allowing Illinois to enter into the FBI’s Next Generation Identification Rap Back Program passed the Senate … Continue reading

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