The middle of last week, the Daily Herald endorsed McSweeney.
The Daily Herald called Beaubien out for not saying for whom she would support in the all-important vote on the next Speaker of the Illinois House:
“Since then, Beaubien has been criticized for accepting money from House Speaker Michael Madigan and thereby beholding herself to him and Democrats,” the editorial says.
“But the larger issue for us is her unwillingness to reveal which caucus she would align herself with in Springfield. Voters cannot know what they would get when she keeps her cards so close the vest.”
The NW Herald followed suit:
“She says she is a fiscal conservative, but she has accepted financial and campaign help from Madigan.
“This will make her beholden to him if she is elected. In an interview with the Northwest Herald’s Editorial Board, she would not commit to not voting for Madigan for speaker.”
As one individual who considers Madigan a friend told me,
“Mike doesn’t spend a quarter million dollars without getting something.”
To the best of my knowledge, the NW Herald editorial was the first mention in the paper than Madigan is supporting Beaubien.