McSweeney Bill Prohibiting Tax Dollars for Legislative Sexual Harassment Payouts Signed

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: McSweeney Bill Prohibiting State-Funded Sexual Harassment Payoffs Now Law Springfield, IL –Taxpayers in Illinois can now rest easy knowing state money will not be used to protect state legislators from sexual harassment … Continue reading

State Rep. Candidate Tom Weber Polls

Typing an article Saturday afternoon, I received an automated poll from, I would guess, Republican State Rep. candidate Tom Weber. Here are the questions/topics: Voting likelihood Party affiliation Satisfaction with direction state is taking Favorability of following candideates Bruce Rauner … Continue reading

The Wiring of Pete Pappas

“Do you know that guy Sam Skinner?” That’s what the Democrat across the aisle asked me one day shortly after our 1973 swearing in. “No, never met him,” was my answer. “That’s good, because he’s getting close to some of … Continue reading

Chicago Aldermen Have Taken Care of Themselves

When I was a freshman State Representative in 1973, State Reps. were paid $17,500. Chicago Aldermen were paid $10,000. Now legislators are paid are paid $67,836, higher if they are a committee chairman or spokesman (which most are). The lowest-paid Chicago … Continue reading

Remembering Running for Office at Age 23

Jason Blumenthal, a 23-year old is running for State Representative. Boy, did that bring back memories from 52 years ago. I was the same age when I stood outside in the really, really cold weather on the steps of the … Continue reading

Nancy Zettler Faces Off Against Allen Skillicorn at Jacobs HS

Someone else will have to tell readers what happened in the comment section, because I was at an Informed Choices banquet in Kildeer Thursday night. The crowd does not seem particularly robust. The two are running to replace retiring State … Continue reading

Campaign Advice for Steve Reick and Mike Walkup

From commenter “Priest”: Mike and Steve, you cannot intellectualize your way to winning any political seat except by accident. You both are running in a year which favors your winning for many reasons historical, political, economic, psychological and sociological. This … Continue reading

Letter Writer Cites Pattern of Dummy GOP Jack Franks Opponents

The following letter to the editor of the Northwest Herald is published with the permission of the author, Adam Liebmann: Stop at Nothing In 2004, the Northwest Herald reported, “Political newcomer Ed Beard announces that he is dropping out of … Continue reading

Democrat John Bartman Running for Jack Franks’ Seat

Seneca Township Democratic Precinct Committeeman and former Democratic Party Chairman John Bartman was selected Saturday to run for State Representative in Jack Franks’ place. In a closed door meeting of Democratic Precinct Committeemen from the 63rd State Rep. District, Bartman … Continue reading

Jack Franks Files Statement of Withdrawal for State Rep. Race

For those of you tired of my beating the drum of Jack Franks having said he was going to withdraw, but not filing the necessary paperwork, that series of articles is now over. This appeared on the Illinois State Board … Continue reading