Being “Wired” by the Feds in the Days of Governor Dan Walker Copy

October 31’s Chicago Sun-Times has an article about one of Governor Rod Blagojevich’s employees having been “wired” by Federal investigators. That’s never happened to me, but it happened twice that I know of during Governor Dan Walker’s term in the … Continue reading

Governors’ Ghost Employees

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER — Illinois comptroller wants to stop governors’ payroll “off-shoring” – Doug Finke When I saw this article in the State Joural-Register, it brought me back to the time Dan Walker was in office in the … Continue reading

Corruption in the Dan Walker Administraton

My first public meeting was in the Algonquin Township Garage. It was about putting roads in the Silver Lakes, an unincorporated subdivision. I was in college (1960-65) and my father suggested I might find it of interest. Larry Lee was … Continue reading

Pat Quinn Follows Dan Walker’s Example on Bonding Furniture

Chicago Sun-Times Capitol reporter Dave McKenney reported Sunday that Governor Pat Quinn’s Capital Development Board has decided to sell bonds to finance furniture. “That’s a financing deal most homeowners looking for a new living room or bedroom set never would … Continue reading

“Vote the Recumbent, Not the Incumbent”

I don’t know which is the bigger story: Green Party candidate Rich Whitney’s coming to McHenry County or the Northwest Herald’s finally covering a 2010 gubernatorial appearance in McHenry County Let’s start with Whitney. I made it to the Woodstock … Continue reading

About Those State Policemen Pat Quinn Wants to Fire

No loss of any consequence to McHenry County to Governor Pat Quinn’s announcement that 400 State Policemen would be laid off. We didn’t have any in the 1990’s until I asked Governor George Ryan’s Director of the Department of Law … Continue reading

Daily Herald Endorses McHenry County Incumbents

Looking for something else, I found a summary of the Daily Herald’s endorsements in McHenry County’s Republican primary. All the incumbents were endorsed. When the paper couldn’t find enough incumbents running, it endorsed incumbent Republicans who were defeated by Democrats … Continue reading

More Tom Hanahan Rememorances, This Time from his Republican State Senator, Jack Schaffer

when I saw the Chicago Tribune editorial on McHenry County’s former Democratic State Representative Tom Hanahan, I sent his and my former State Senator Jack Schaffer an email asking for his memories. It gave me two of the five belly … Continue reading

The Pat Quinn of the Dan Walker Days – Part 5 – What Quinn Thought of Walker’s Term

The title of former Governor Dan Walker’s biography is “Dan Walker, the Glory and the Tragedy.” Written by Taylor Pensoneau and Bob Ellis, it reports on page 355 what Pat Quinn thought of Walker’s term as governor. Playing off Blackburn … Continue reading

The Pat Quinn of the Dan Walker Days – Part 4 – Quinn’s View of the 1972 Campaign

You’ve read what others thought of Patrick Quinn’s role in Dan Walker’s 1972 primary and general election gubernatorial campaigns. Today, we look at what Taylor Pensoneau’s and Bob Ellis’ biography of Dan Walker heard from Quinn himself. It’s on page … Continue reading