Marter Attends Trump Fundraiser

From 14th District GOP congressional hopeful Jim Marter:

James Marter attends Wisconsin event with President Trump today to support his 2020 re-election campaign to ‘Keep America Great’

Jim Marter at the Huntley Trum Announcement event.

WEGO, IL, July 12, 2019 — Conservative Republican James Marter, who is running for Congress in the Illinois 14th Congressional district in 2020, is attending an event with President Trump and his re-election campaign in Milwaukee, Wisconsin today. 

“Our President is under attack by the dishonest democrats and very liberal bias media.

“We need to be out there supporting him and his re-election to ensure we have another four year term to implement the America First policies that are working for hard working Americans around the country,” said Marter in a statement.

“The out of touch democrats are selling their irrational policies that will give our country away and really destroy the middle class Americans, who are finally rebounding,” said Marter. 

Due to the event having a high level of security measures with only an exclusive list of attendees, details have not been publicly disclosed. 

Last week, Marter released a campaign video detailing his avid support of the president because he believes the President’s policies are working for America and he is putting American citizens first. 

Here is a link to the campaign video shared on YouTube supporting

President Trump. https://youtu.be/LGlusPOX9cw

Marter is a conservative Republican who lives in the 14th district, which is currently represented by Democrat Rep Lauren Underwood. 

Here is a link to Marter’s campaign that officially launched May 30. Former Kendall GOP chairman announces run for Congress in 14th District

Pro-Life Picnic in McHenry Sunday Afternoon

From McHenry County Right To Lilfe:

Dear Friends of Life,                                                  Saturday, July 13, 2019


God is so good and does not get outdone in generosity!

Last school year Right to Life McHenry County financially sponsored some local high school students to attend a few pro-life events.

We paid for tickets to the Gosnell Movie and tickets to Speak Out Illinois, a pro-life conference.

Well, the students came back so inspired and motivated from attending the conference that they had decided that they wanted to return the favor….. and host a fundraiser for us so that we can continue to encourage more students to become active in defending innocent life.

You can surely imagine our surprise and delight at this!

The Holy Spirit appears to have stirred these students!

So I invite you and your family to help us encourage these students by joining us at the inaugural, the first ever, student-run Night 4 Life!

It’s a family friendly picnic, fun fair type games, bouncy house, raffles, food, and live music.

We are featuring a guest speaker, Mary Kate Knorr – Executive Director of Illinois Right to Life at 7 pm.

The lovely Emily Malmgren, will provide live music and share her unexpected story with listeners from 4:30 – 6:30.

All this will be at the outdoor pavilion of the Church of the Holy Apostles from 4-8pm, Sunday, July 14th.

So, I am kindly asking you all, if you would consider spreading the word and invite your parish members and friends to this event.

This is also a great event for grandparents to bring their grandkids.

Above is our flyer hot off the press.

It could be forwarded as an email or bulletin blurb or insert. Please let me know if you have any questions! I hope to see you there!

Thanks for all you do for life,

  • Michael P. Rauh, President
  • Stephanie Hanlon, Vice President
  • Holly Wilkinson, Treasurer
  • Helen Jost, Secretary
  • George Jost, Director

Right to Life McHenry County

14th Congressional Report

From Former Quigley Supporter:

14th Congressional District Update 7/13/19

Underwood Tweets About Shirley Chisholm, She Needs to do What Chisholm Would Do When Race Card Played Against Pelosi

Last night Congresswoman Lauren Underwood tweeted, through her campaign Twitter account, about Shirley Chisholm, a genuine hero of American history:

The New York Times story linked to her tweet is a very good read. 

Chisholm, along with other women who have served in Congress, like Barbara Jordan of Texas, are women who can be role models for us all. 

The tagline of the Times reference, “today’s progressive politics”, is one which in the past three weeks, have exposed an even deeper division within the House Democratic majority caucus that would make Chsholm and Jordan turn over in their graves. 

Specifically, the current feud between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and progressives in the House, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) or AOC, Ilhan Omar (MN), Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ayanna Pressley (MA), who call themselves the “Squad”. 

Progressive politics is quickly associated with this Squad, or a better phrase might be the Four Horsewomen of the Progressive Apocalypse. 

This feud between Pelosi and the Squad has been written about in these updates this past week for good reason, and this is traced to something Congresswoman Underwood did that was right back on June 27th, voting with Speaker Pelosi, and all but 7 Republicans for the Senate amended emergency border funding bill, H.R. 3401. 

The 95 Democrats who voted against this bill that passed 305-102 were primarily progressives. 

But after the closed-door Democratic caucus meeting Wednesday morning where Speaker Pelosi laid-down the law, the Squad, in particular AOC, fired back in a way that Shirley Chisholm did not intend when she used the “Unbought and Unbossed” quote she originated. 

Because AOC told The Washington Post the following cited by The Wall Street Journal:

…[The] persistent singling out…a point where it was outright disrespectful… the explicit singling out of women of color.”

As The Wall Street Journal editorial from yesterday (7/12) points out:

“And there it is—the old accusation of racial animosity.  We should have seen it coming.  We’re no fans of Mrs. Pelosi’s politics, but the suggestion that her criticisms had anything remotely to do with the color of these four women’s skin is preposterous.”

Wow, from the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal

But Speaker Pelosi found a vigorous defense somewhere else, from President Trump himself who shortened his reference to AOC to “Cortez”:

“I think Cortez is being very disrespectful to somebody that’s been there a long time.

“I deal with Nancy Pelosi a lot, and we go back and forth and it’s fine.

“But I think that a group of people is being very disrespectful to her, and you know what?

“I don’t think that Nancy can let that go on…Cortez should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect! 

“She should not be doing what she’s doing.

“And I’ll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do.

“She is not a racist, OK?

“She is not a racist!

“For them to call her a racist is a disgrace.”

Again, wow. 

Whether you like President Trump or not, he used the bully pulpit to tell the powerful truth about Speaker Pelosi and what AOC is doing is wrong. 

Now it is time for Congresswoman Underwood to step up, and do what is right. 

While Underwood does not have the bully pulpit of the presidency, she is a woman of color, inspired by a real champion in Shirley Chisholm. 

Other women of color have stepped up during this feud with progressives, for example, Congresswoman Terri Sewell of Alabama, who is African-American. 

AOC’s chief-of-staff tweeted about the House New Democrats Caucus, where Sewell is vice-chair, along with the Blue Dog Coalition:

“Instead of ‘fiscally conservative but socially liberal,’ let’s call the New Democrats and Blue Dog Caucus the ‘New Southern Democrats.’

“They certainly seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did the 40s,”Sewell, as reported in POLITICO responded:

“I’m not going to talk about my own private talks with members.

“But it’s enough to say that I’ve issued my statement about the tweet that her chief of staff did.

“I was highly offended by that — I represent the Deep South.”

Loren Underwood

Congresswoman Underwood needs to do something, and if she’s doing something in private, she needs to share it. 

If she’s done something and I’ve missed it, I’ll stand corrected. 

But in addition to continuing to cast votes with Speaker Pelosi, as Underwood continues to do, she needs to step up and say/do more, and that means confronting the Squad and/or denouncing their outrageous attacks of Pelosi and moderate Democrats being racist. 

Yesterday’s the House passed H.R. 2500, the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020. 

Underwood voted with the Speaker, but the Squad again voted against it along with the Republicans and were joined by Congressman Mark Pocan, who is a co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus. 

Please note, this legislation passed the House with 2 votes to spare (218 votes needed to pass anything in the House).

The Senate version passed by an 86-8 vote late last month, so it’s on to a conference committee to make a final NDAA for FY2020. 

But Underwood needs to step up, and really live-out the “Unbought and Unbossed” slogan made famous by Shirley Chisholm. 

It’s widely known that Underwood received help from AOC to raise money back in late March, through an AOC tweet. 

Always remember, when AOC tweets, it goes to over 4 million people as this one did in late March:

Towards the end of June within 5 days of the end of 2nd quarter fundraising, Underwood was endorsed by the progressive group, Democracy for America:

And in DFA’s April endorsements, there you see the Squad at the end of the DFA screenshot.

Congresswoman Underwood needs to stand up to the Squad more visibly and forcefully. 

If President Trump and the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal can do so, among others, so can Underwood. 

As I have done in the past, I will pray for Congresswoman Underwood to do the right thing. 

The last time I prayed for Underwood to embrace real bipartisanship, her first bipartisan bill, complete with a Republican co-sponsor was made known through an Underwood press release this past Monday, H.R. 3526. 

Maybe if all of us join in prayers to end this Pelosi-progressive feud and stop throwing around labels like “racist” at someone who is not, we will all better off.

None of the 14th Congressional Candidates Have Filed Their 2nd Quarter FEC Reports, and Deadline is Monday

It’s early afternoon on Saturday, and to-date, none, of the 6th and 14th congressional district candidates, including the incumbents, have filed their 2nd quarter Federal Election Commission (FEC) fundraising reports. 

While Congresswoman Underwood and Congressman Casten released their fundraising numbers to the press on Monday, and 14th candidate Jim Oberweis told a reporter his fundraising total, none have filed their reports with the FEC.  Monitoring this over the weekend. 

In addition to the incumbents, the following Republican challengers are obligated by the law to file reports:  Ted Gradel,  Danny Malouf, James Marter, Jim Oberweis

Once the disclosure reports are filed and processed by the FEC, then everyone will see who is contributing to the incumbents and their Republican challengers.

Female Dies as Result of Friday Evening Accident at Stonegate Countyline Road in Algonquin

From the Algonquin Police Department:

Traffic- Pedestrian Crash- County Line Rd. at Stonegate

Countyline Road and Stonegate in Algonquin.

On Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7:18 pm, Algonquin Police Officers responded to a report of a traffic crash at the intersection of County Line Rd. and Stonegate Rd, Algonquin, IL.

As of this time, our investigation has determined that at approximately 7:18 pm. a female subject was crossing County Line Rd. at Stonegate Rd. when she was struck by a vehicle driving west on County Line Rd.

The pedestrian was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in critical condition.

She was later flown to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital where she
later succumbed due to her injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, a 23-year-old male was not injured and showed no signs of from impairment.

He was issued a citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a cross-walk.

The east and west bound lanes of County Line Rd. and the north and south bound lanes of Stonegate Rd. were closed for several hours on Friday night for the investigation to take place.

The incident remains under investigation by the Algonquin Police Department, Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Anyone having witnessed this crash is encouraged to contact the Algonquin Police Department at (847) 658-4531.

Updates will be provided as additional information pertaining to this incident becomes available.


CL Polilce Report on Independence Day Week Enhanced Enforcement

From the Crystal Lake Police Department:

The Crystal Lake Police Department Completes the Independence Day Crackdown to Save Lives

The Crystal Lake Police Department recently completed participation in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program conducted for the 2019 Independence Day holiday period, designated as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over / Click It or Ticket.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this statewide effort from June 17 through July 8 to save lives by encouraging motorists to refrain from drinking and driving and to buckle up during late-night hours.

During this period the department conducted saturation patrols on three dates, June 29, July 3, and July 6 to increase safety on our community’s roadways.

During the mobilization, the Crystal Lake Police Department:

 Stopped an additional 31 motorists for traffic violations
 Issued a total of 33 traffic citations and warnings:
 7 safety belt citations
 1 child restraint citation
 4 unlawful use of an electronic communications device citations
 10 speeding citations
 1 operation uninsured motor vehicle citation
 2 equipment and other moving citations
 1 operating a vehicle without a valid license citation
 7 written warnings

The recent traffic enforcement effort was funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled over” and “Click it or Ticket” campaigns.

Additional enforcement campaigns are planned for the future.

SEECOM Recertified

A press release from Southeast Emergency Communications:

SEECOM Training Program Nationally Re-Certified

CRYSTAL LAKE, IL – Southeast Emergency Communications (SEECOM) has successfully received Agency Training Program Certification from the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International.

This national certification is a formal process which ensures that SEECOM has a training program that meets or exceeds national standards as specified in APCO American National Standards (ANS).

SEECOM submitted its training manual, training records, policies and supporting documentation which underwent a thorough review from APCO.

On July 2, 2019, APCO confirmed that their evaluation found the program met the specifications set forth in the national standard.

“Successfully attaining APCO’s Agency Training Program Certification clearly demonstrates an agency’s commitment to the citizens and public safety responders they serve,” said APCO International President Holly Wayt.

“I am extremely proud of the continued hard work and commitment from our training team and public safety telecommunicators.

“Their daily desire to provide a high level of service for the communities we serve is evident in this certification,” stated Executive Director Jason Kern.

SEECOM is one of four Emergency Communications Centers (ECC) in Illinois to be listed as having their training program nationally certified and one of less than 100 across the country.

This is the second consecutive three-year certification for SEECOM.

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Southeast Emergency Communications (SEECOM) is a consolidated emergency 9-1-1 communications center created in
2005 by the Village of Algonquin, Village of Cary and City of Crystal Lake. SEECOM proudly serves 13 agencies
(Algonquin Police, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire, Cary Police, Crystal Lake Fire Rescue, Crystal Lake Police, Crystal Lake
Park District Police, Huntley Fire, Huntley Police, Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN), Lake in the Hills
Police, Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 5, McHenry County College Police, and Oakwood Hills Police)
and a combined residential population of over 215,000 in McHenry County, Illinois.

Wilcox Reports

From State Senator Craig Wilcox:

Senate Week in Review: July 8 – 12, 2019

McHenry, IL. — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is recommending Illinoisans be earthquake prepared following the recent earthquakes in California. Elsewhere, the Illinois State Police (ISP) recently stepped up efforts to recruit new Troopers through a “Fast Track” program that offers job opportunities for local police officers. Also in this report, helping veterans, honoring a public servant and keeping cool on hot days.

Illinois’ Earthquake Zones

The recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake in California and its thousands of aftershocks led IEMA to issue a plea on its Facebook page July 8 for earthquake awareness and preparedness in Illinois:

“The recent earthquakes in southern California serve as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any time of day!”

Southern Illinois is bordered by two seismic zones, the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone on our east and the New Madrid Seismic Zone on our west and south. The agency says more than 3,000 earthquakes have been recorded in the New Madrid Seismic Zone since 1974, most of which were so small as to go unnoticed. The New Madrid Seismic Zone is the more active of the two, according to a Northwestern University study published in 2010. The largest quakes ever recorded in the continental United States occurred along the New Madrid Seismic Zone during the winter of 1811-1812. Three major quakes ranged from 6.8 to 8.8 magnitude.

IEMA’s earthquake preparedness tips include, assessing your home for safety and being prepared for self-sufficiency for 14 days. More information – including helpful videos – can be found at the agency’s website: IEMA.Illinois.gov. Click on the Preparedness tab.

Involve Your Children in Disaster Planning

Also during the month of July, IEMA is focusing on preparing young people for emergencies. IEMA says preparing them individually, and as part of the family, can instill confidence at a time when panic can easily rise.

The agency suggests the following tips:

·         Involve children in the development of a family emergency plan;

·         Use real-world events to teach about emergency situations and disasters;

·         Use media coverage of current disasters (floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, power outages), talk to children about how your family would respond if this happened to you; and

·         Discuss where to go, what to do and how you will ensure their safety during an emergency.

For more information about youth preparedness, visit Ready.Illinois.gov.

State Police Recruitment

Three State Police cars stop a car on I-55 in 2010 near the Normal Exit in McLean County.

The Illinois State Police are looking for ways to increase the number of Troopers and are reinstituting their “Fast Track” program, which offers current certified police officers the opportunity to join the ISP.

Fast Track is an accelerated 13-week training program for current police officers, as opposed to the typical 26-week class for new cadets. To qualify for Fast Track, applicants must be a current certified police officer, a graduate from an accredited law enforcement academy and have at least two years of experience while employed full-time.

According to ISP, “Individuals interested in applying for a future Fast Track Cadet Class must complete the online application on the ISP Merit Board’s website…” The website can be found at IllinoisTrooper.com.


The Fast Track Cadet Class is expected to begin in the spring of 2020.

Celebrating Independence Day

It was great to see so many folks at the Independence Day parades in Spring Grove (July 4) and Crystal Lake (July 7), celebrating our nation’s birthday, and keeping the tradition alive.

The festivities remind me of the words of John Adams, our second President, who wrote about what he thought Independence Day would be or should be like in the future: 

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” — Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776

McHenry County Patriot Run

A big thanks to all those who participated in this year’s Patriot Run on June 30 to help our local veterans. Proceeds will help provide funding to TLS Veterans and Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County for their great work. I was unable to be there this year, but I greatly appreciate the turnout for our veterans.

Sue Keener: Dedicated Public Servant

I recently had the pleasure of honoring Ringwood Postmaster Sue Keener after 29 years of loyal service to the community. Happy Retirement Sue! and thank you for your dedication.

Summer Heat Hits Hard

If you need to escape from the high heat and humidity, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) says you can get relief by visiting one of the agency’s 120 state facilities that serve as cooling centers. Four of those locations are within a 20 mile radius:

  • 512 Clay Street in Woodstock

The IDHS cooling centers are open to the public during regular business hours from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m., Monday through Friday.Additional information about the state’s cooling centers is available by calling the IDHS toll-free hotline (800-843-6154).

Sheriff Reports on Holiday Enhanced Enforcement

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office announces July 4th Holiday “Click it or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization results

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce highway fatalities by cracking down on unbuckled motorists and impaired drivers during the July 4th holiday.

During the mobilization, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office issued the following citations / making the following arrests:
 5 DUI arrests
 2 Seat Belt citations
 1 No Valid Driver’s License arrest
 97 Speeding citations
 17 No Insurance citations

This law enforcement mobilization was funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation and is part of the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns. For more information, visit www.idot.illinois.govhttp://www.idot.illinois.gov.

As Pointed Out by McHenry Township Trustees, PACE Can Provide Rides to Seniors & Disabled

From McHenry County:

MCRide Offers a Transportation Alternative for McHenry Township Seniors

Pace, a.k.a., McRide provide transprotation to the mid-day Friday food distribution at the Nunda Township Hall sponsored by the First Methodist church of Crystal lake.

WOODSTOCK, Ill. – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, while critical of the McHenry Township Board’s decision to end its senior bus service at the end of November, wants its riders to know that MCRide, the county’s dial-a-ride service, is available to them.

“I’ve heard from many township residents who are angry and frustrated over the township board’s vote, and I, too, am disappointed in that board’s short-sighted decision,” Franks, D-Marengo, said.

“If the township board doesn’t change its mind, MCRide is ready to help fill the void.”

The MCRide program provides curb-to-curb public transportation throughout much of McHenry County. Seniors age 60 and older and individuals with disabilities can ride anywhere in McHenry Township, as well as anywhere in Nunda, Richmond, Greenwood, Dorr, Grafton, Riley and Marengo townships, as well as the municipalities of Harvard, Union and Fox River Grove. McHenry County partners with Pace, the Regional Transportation Authority, eight townships and 11 municipalities to deliver this service. 

Fares are based on the distance of the trip, and seniors and individuals with disabilities pay a reduced rate.

The average MCRide fare is about $2 a trip. All MCRide buses are wheelchair accessible, and drivers are trained to assist riders with using the lift and securing a wheelchair on the bus.

MCRide’s hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m, to 5 p.m. on weekends. The service is closed on major holidays.

To schedule a ride, call the Pace Call Center at 800-451-4599. Senior citizens and individuals with disabilities can schedule trips up to seven days in advance. 

Click here to learn more about MCRide, or you can call the McHenry County Division of Transportation at 815-334-4960, or email mcride@mchenrycountyil.gov.

Also, depending on your needs, Pace runs several fixed routes through McHenry Township. Route 806 serves Crystal Lake, Prairie Grove, McHenry, Johnsburg and Fox Lake, and Route 807 serves Woodstock and McHenry.

“My support of MCRide in no way is intended to support or justify the township board’s decision, or to downplay the impact it will have on senior citizens and people with disabilities. I just want affected residents to know that have a flexible and easy-to-use alternative that can take them to most places in McHenry County,” Franks said. 

Environmental Defenders Have Summer Interns

The McHenry County Environment Defenders have two summer interns, both from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point;

  • Jacob Karkowski and
  • Isabel Dunn

Photo caption:

The Environmental Defenders is fortunate to have three wonderful college interns this summer working on projects from plastic reduction to water protection and land restoration.  Shown here at a recent planning meeting are two of the interns, Jacob Karkowski and Isabel Dunn, both students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, with their supervisors. From L to R: Cindy Skrukrud (supervisor), Ed Ellinghausen, Nancy Schietzelt (supervisor), Isabel Dunn, Jacob Karkowski and John Zahina-Ramos. Not shown but in attendance at meeting was Scott Kuykendall.

Algonquin Township Refuses to Provide Information to Attorney General

From Illinois Leaks, reprinted with permission:

AG: Algonquin Township violated FOIA, refused to cooperate –

BY JMKRAFT ON JULY 11, 2019 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT )

ALGONQUIN TOWNSHIP (ECWd) –

The Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (“PAC”) issued a determination letter stating that Algonquin Township violated the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) when they denied my March 21, 2019, FOIA request for certain records of the township.

James Kelly, Algonquin Township Attorney, after repeated phone calls and requests for information from the AG’s PAC Office, apparently refused to provide the information requested by the PAC.

The FOI Act requires a public body to provide the PAC with the information they request, even if it is privileged, and requires a public body to fully cooperate with the PAC.

Algonquin Township did neither, and this isn’t the first time they have refused to cooperate or provide records to the PAC.

Algonquin Township Board at its June, 2019, meeting.

It is becoming a habit for them, and apparently, the Township Trustees are happy spending taxpayer’s hard-earned money on an attorney that refuses to comply with the law.

In its determination letter, the PAC asked the township to provide a copy of the requested records to me with only permissible redactions.

Any further failure on the township’s part to comply with this request will generate another FOIA lawsuit against Algonquin Township.

As with any other FOIA request – all the township has to do is comply with the law, but recent history shows us they are not willing to do that.

We urge residents to tell their township trustees how much they appreciate throwing tax money at the township’s attorney in these matters.

Our work is funded entirely thru donations and we
ask that you consider donating at the below link. 

Underwood Ranked Most Liberal in Congress

From Former Quigley Supporter:

6th and 14th Congressional Districts Updates 7/12/19

UPDATED RANKINGS through June 25:  Underwood Still Most Liberal House Freshman in Congress According to Voteview

It’s official.  Congresswoman Underwood still ranks as the most liberal House freshman in Congress.  This is according to Voteview, which is a research project of UCLA’s Social Sciences Division of the Political Science Department.  The rankings use a metric known Dynamic Weighted NominaThree-step Estimation, or DW-NOMINATE.  You can read about the metric in detail at the link below.  Here’s the ranking:

While Underwood tops the rankings, her D.C. roommate, Congresswoman Katie Hill (CA) is number 4, but well back of Underwood. 

Interesting to see a 7-way tie for #10, and Sean Casten is ranked at #37, and well out in front of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). 

The Voteview article link below gives an explanation why AOC’s ranking makes her look like a moderate. 

Yesterday’s Washington Post examined the political tension between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the progressives, in particular the “Squad”,  of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.  

The Post took the latest rankings from Voteview with data from Cook Political Report, and compared the Squad with the ideological data of their respective districts with a startling call-out for Lauren Underwood:

The Washington Post summary says it above — “Underwood is an outlier in her caucus.” 

Why? 

Her liberal voting record does not match her district, given the Post analyzed the DW-NOMINATE data from Voteview with Cook Political Report data for the districts the Squad and Underwood represent.  Underwood has not improved her score — she’s the most liberal freshman in Congress.

The full article from The Washington Post is linked below, as well as detailed data about both Underwood and Casten.

OK Republican candidates in the 6th and 14th districts and their supporters, fresh empirical data to use for your respective campaigns. 

What you do with it is up to you.  

Hyde Amendment Passes House with Support of Casten and Underwood

The Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal taxpayer monies for abortions outside of cases of rape, incest or threat to the mother’s life, lives for another fiscal year.  The Hyde Amendment must be renewed every year through the congressional budgeting process. 

As was reported on various news sources last month and in spite of Democratic presidential candidates, including Joe Biden’s flip-flop to oppose it, promising to end the Hyde Amendment, the House passed an appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2020 with the Hyde Amendment language intact. 

About a month ago, House Democratic leadership decided to keep the Hyde Amendment in place for FY2020 appropriations. 

This was the same time the Democratic leaders abandoned the congressional pay raise.  

The specific appropriations legislation is H.R. 2740, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020. 

The Hyde Amendment Language, which was included in the original legislation from the House Appropriations Committee, is highlighted below:

Casten was an original co-sponsor for H.R. 1692.  This legislation has gone nowhere in the past 4 months and will definitely being going nowhere anytime soon. 

Underwood did not co-sponsor the legislation, but she left no doubt where she is on Right-to-Life last month from her campaign Twitter account:

Time for pro-life Republicans running for Congress to shine by defending the Hyde Amendment and utilizing legislation like H.R. 1692 as reasons both Casten and Underwood should be replaced.

Additional State Senator Sue Rezin Coverage

Additional coverage of radio interviews with State Senator Sue Rezin yesterday, after her formal entry into the 14th congressional district Republican primary.  She mentioned there will be an October launch to formally introduce her stances on the major issues for her campaign.  It is worth noting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has yet to chime-in on Rezin’s candidacy.  Obviously, a DCCC chime-in would be a “hell’s bells” defense of Underwood, but thus far through mid-morning on Friday, nothing from DCCC, which is lead by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  
Marijuana Legalization, Congressional Boundary

Progressives Play Race Card in Pelosi-Progressive Feud

As was written in Wednesday’s update, the tensions between Speaker Pelosi and the Progressives, led by the “Squad” of four previously mentioned, has escalated, according to POLITICO particularly about AOC’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti:

As said in Wednesday’s article, this feuding could likely convince general election voters in the 6th and 14th that the Democrats lack the maturity to be in the majority and to return to Republican representation. 

As the POLITICO article says, there are significant debates coming in the next few months, including the budget for FY2020 and immigration, which could be shattered if the progressive wing of the Democratic House majority continues behaving like children.

This is an argument to replace Casten and Underwood that could write itself for voters.  Keep watching.


Algonquin Township Said to Have Offered $30,000 to Settle Suit with Edgar County Watchdogs, a.k.a., Illinois Leaks


Both of the Edgar County Watchdogs availed themselves of the Algonquin Township Board’s Public Comment period.

Yesterday, John Kraft’s “Bring it on!” challenge was conveyed.

Today, let’s look at what colleague Kirk Allen had to say.

“Have you been provided a copy of our settlement offi of over a month ago?” Kirk asked Trustees.

I’I didn’t see [any indication that you have].”

$30,000 was the “counter offer,” Kirk revealed.

“It’s more games being played,” he said.

Trustee David Chapman chats with Kirk Allen after the eeeting.

He complained that the Clerk’s official FaceBook page was not being provided pursuent to a Freedom of Information request.

“It’s a game.

“I don’t know why you allow your attorney [to continiue doing that].

“I would urge you to seek new counsel.”

Northwest Herald Writes Story about Edgar County Watchdogs, But Refuses to Point Out Illinois Leaks Publication

Reading the story by the Northwest Herald about the failure of Algonquin Township Attorney to provide documents requested by the Illnois Attorney General’s Public Access Bureau has an interesting omission.

No where does the fact that the Edgar County Watchdogs publish “Illilnois Leaks” mentioned.

Neither does the article mention the Wednesday court loss by Algonquin Township.

Tip a Cop at Huntley Culver’s Saturday for Special Olympics

From the Huntley Police Department:

On Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., at Culver’s of Huntley, 12950 Route 47, members of the Huntley Police Department will serve as waiters in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for
Illinois Special Olympics.

For the sixteenth year in a row Culver’s will host “Tip a Cop” in order to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Illinois.

During “Tip a Cop” members of the Police Department and Special Olympic Athletes will serve as waiters and receive donations for Special Olympics.

The 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run merchandise (hat, shirts and
pins) will also be available during this event.

Special Olympics Illinois supports nearly 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 20,000 young athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities from communities throughout the state including Huntley.

Algonquin Township Raod Salt Payment Rejected Again

Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser ordered road salt without bidding last fall.

In October, Trustee Rachael Lawrence asked law enforcement for a “proper investigation.”

After delivery, the amount billed by Compass Minerals was $107,095.43.

When Gasser realized his bidding mistake, he asked for bids and Compass came in with the same price. No other firm bid.

The matter was referred to the McHenry County State’s Attorney, who referred the case to the Illinois Attorney General.

That state office concluded that criminal prosecution was not warranted.

The road salt bill again came before the Algonquin Township Board Wednesday night and again the Trustees refused payment.

When the bill was reviewed by the Township Board, Rachael Lawrence said, “As we know, ‘unlawful’ doesn’t always mean ‘criminal.'”

Township Attorney Jim Kelly commented, “That still doesn’t change [the fact] that it wasn’t bid.”

Lawrence oved toremove the bill from those offered for approval.

The motion was passed 3-0.

Illinois Leaks: “Bring It On”

On top of a stinging court defeat for Algonquin Township by the Edgar County Watchdogs, a.k.a., Illionois Leaks, Township Trustees had to withstand criticism from John Kraft during the Public Comment period Wednesday night.

John Kraft

He called the second subpoena of his not-for-profit’s Drop Box account “a waste of money.”

The subpoena was quashed by Judge Thomas Meyers earlier in the day.

“You know you’re not going to get it.

“You’re costing taxpayers money.”

Kraft also informed the Board that the Township had violated the Freedom of Informaton Act when its attorney, Jim Kelly, “refused to supply the proper documents to the Attorney Genral’s Office.”

If the Township continued to violate the law, Kraft said, “Bring it on!”

He called for the Trustees to dismiss Kelly.

Finally, Kraft observed that he “couldn’t find the agenda on the township web site,”