Tribune Endorsed McConchie & Althoff for State Senate

The Chicago Tribune rolled out endorsements for the Illinois State Senate today.

In districts with representation in McHenry County, both Republican Dan McConchie and Pam Althoff got the nod.

Here’s what was said about McConchie:

Dan McConchie

Dan McConchie

26th District: This northwest suburban seat opened in April when incumbent Dan Duffy resigned early.

Local GOP leaders rallied to Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods, who won the March Republican primary.

McConchie didn’t get our endorsement in that race, but he’s getting it this time.

He has shown a willingness to work across the aisle and dig into policy, including school funding reform and anti-sex trafficking efforts.

His opponent, Democrat Kelly Mazeski of Barrington, is an impressive candidate who has been involved in her local government.

She characterizes McConchie as “a one-issue” lobbyist who is too socially conservative for the district.

We’re not convinced.

McConchie left his job with an anti-abortion organization and has shown he is not a one-issue legislator.

Let’s give him a chance. McConchie is endorsed.

The endorsement of Althoff follows:

Pam Althoff

Pam Althoff

32nd District: Sen. Pamela Althoff, R-McHenry, is running for a two-year term and says if re-elected, it will be her last: “I believe in term limits.”

Appointed to the seat in 2003, she has represented the northwest suburbs ever since.

She has been successful at passing legislation because she lobbies her colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers.

She knows Democrat staff just as well as Republican staff.

Not many legislators can say that.

We disagreed with her handling of a government consolidation bill this spring — she watered it down — but she still got the bill passed and signed into law.

Althoff is endorsed over Democrat Melissa Coyne, a small business owner and community activist from Fox Lake.


Tribune Endorsed McConchie & Althoff for State Senate — 2 Comments

  1. There is only one issue to deal with and that is pension reform.

    Unfortunately, neither McChonchie or mazeski have the background or intellect to understand let alone legislate this issue.

    Tribune was correct in endorsing McLaughlin in the primary unfortunately political insiders Duffy, Proft and Walsh made sure this did not happen.

    The result, voters are left with choosing between two insignificant characters, one a single issue lobbyist and the other a tree hugger

    Like the Kirk duckworth slot I intend to leave this blank.

  2. Leaving ballots blank.

    Super-effective strategy, especially when you post about it in the comment section of a blog.

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