Note from John Lopez: With the expected announcement on MLK Day tomorrow of Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin seeking the Republican nomination for governor in the primary, moving this article, originally published on December 18, for readers to learn more about Irvin.
“But the [Aurora Mayor Richard] Irvin issue that should truly frost your cookies is his propensity to put former girlfriends in cushy City jobs. That list amounts to four with one making $132,000 a year in an utterly unnecessary position created just for her.
“It gets better, too! In what has to be the worst-kept ‘secret’ in Kane County, Irvin had twins with long-term former girlfriend and attorney, Brittany Pedersen.“ — Jeff Ward, “The First Ward Report – It’s time to elect a new Mayor, Aurora”, The First Ward, September 30, 2020
From the desk of John Lopez: I know it’s a week before Christmas, and most people are not thinking about politics or the 2022 elections right now, in spite of the flurry of activity which took place surrounding the Illinois governor’s race for 2022, including:
- Leaked private conversations Democrat Governor JB Pritzker has presidential ambitions for possibly as soon as 2024
- State Senator and Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Darren Bailey announced former radio show host Stephanie Trussell will be his lieutenant governor running mate next year
- Ken Griffin, the richest man in Illinois, and/or his consultants leaked, after Bailey’s announcement he is recruiting a slate of candidates for next year’s election including the possibility of Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin as his choice for governor
The timing of the Griffin team’s leak of his own recruitment efforts for statewide candidates next year, with the metaphor of the “Henry F. Potter” character from It’s a Wonderful Life scheming with his money to make a different “Bailey” character’s life miserable within two weeks before Christmas resonates irony, McHenry County Blog began its own vetting of the 2-term mayor of Aurora, plus noting Irvin served as an at-large alderman on the Aurora City Council for 10 years prior to his mayoral election.
Since fellow blogger Jeff Ward of Geneva, who knows Kane County politics better than most in part through his 16 years as a reporter and columnist for the old Aurora Beacon-News in its pre-Chicago Tribune days has documented more about Irvin’s record as mayor, it’s time to be the good conservative and appropriately re-use the work Ward researched, and published especially since Ward served as a general consultant for Irvin during the 2017 elections.
Continuing the excerpt cited above from Ward’s September 30, 2020, article opining for a successful challenge to Mayor Irvin in the 2021 elections, that Ward himself predicted in the same article would fail:
“To be fair, Richard is a part of their [illegitimate twins’] lives and he pays a reasonable amount of non-court ordered child support. But guess who’s paying at least a portion of that trios’ insurance bill?
“That’s right! They’re insured through the City which puts the fine citizens of Aurora squarely on the hook.
“To be clear, Richard’s love life is none of my or anyone else’s business until and unless he starts using taxpayer money to placate his ever-growing harem.
“Now [fall of 2020] Irvin’s promoting and helping Pedersen run for Kane County judge when her comportment and general track record clearly indicate she shouldn’t judge a third-grade science fair. We need more judges like her opponent, Elizabeth Flood, not fewer of them.”
The election Ward alludes to was for 16th Circuit Judge elected county wide between Republican Appointed Circuit Judge Elizabeth Flood and Brittany Pedersen, with the following result:
|Candidate||Votes||% of Vote|
|Republican Elizabeth Flood||115,330||52|
|Democrat Brittany Michelle Pedersen||108,432||48|
Given the countywide Republican races wipeout (circuit court clerk, auditor incumbents lost; open seats for county board chairman and state’s attorney flipped) in Kane County in 2020, Judge Flood escaped the carnage with a victory of just under 7,000 votes over the mother of Irvin’s illegitimate twins.
Those five races in Kane County last fall verified running countywide last year was a “year of the woman”.
So when it comes to “womanizing”, clearly what Irvin did with his involvement with Ms. Pedersen and other women Ward alluded to in his article last year, the younger Millennials and adult Gen Z readers may not be familiar with what “womanizing” really means. Merriam-Webster definition can be viewed here under the “intransitive verb” definition.
If Irvin does run for governor next year, expect the adjective of that term to be used frequently during the campaign given it’s involved taxpayer funds, per Ward’s research.
Jeff Ward’s full article on his The First Ward blog, a very informative read can be viewed here.