McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally Opposition to Family Recovery Task Force Legislation Lands on Front Page of the Chicago Tribune

Patrick Kenneally As previously reported on McHenry County Blog on May 2, May 3 and May 4, McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally (R, Crystal Lake) has publicly opposed SB 3136, which sets up a task force for family recovery. … Continue reading

Another Message of the Day: Elon Musk on Doxing

If Elon Musk can talk about doxxing to his nearly 172 million đť•Ź followers with the warning he used, doxing must be serious No matter how you spell it, “doxing” or “doxxing”, it means the same thing and this is … Continue reading

Illinois New Doxing Law Effective January 1, 2024, Expands Residents Opportunity to Hold Each Other Accountable under First Amendment

Users of McHenry County Blog including comment posters using pseudonyms could be held accountable under new law A Note from John Lopez: Happy New Year to all! Before beginning, I want to welcome Andrew Gasser as a fellow author to … Continue reading

Chicago Has Stricter Revolving Door Lobbying Rules than General Assembly

It’s hard to believe that Chicago has rules that are more stringent than those that affect Illinois State Representatives and Senators, but they do. Former Alderman Will Burns, from supposedly ethical Hyde Park, agreed to pay a $5,000 fine because … 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

Republican Senators Calling for Legislative Action on Robo-Calls

A press release from the Illinois General Assembly: Suburban lawmakers sponsor legislation to combat robo-calls Springfield, IL… Several suburban Republican senators are calling for legislative action on a bill that would put stricter consequences on those who are behind the … Continue reading

Reick: Remap Decision Bodes Poorly for GOP

State Rep. candidate Steve Reick’s latest post on his web site: Dance Band on the Titanic There’s an old saying that bad news comes in threes. It’s certainly true today for Illinois. First comes the news that Illinois’ insurance rates … Continue reading

Legislators’ “Cadillac” Health Benefits

State Rep. David McSweeney is featured in an article about legislators’ health insurance in an Illinois Network News article.  (The Illinois News Network is a part of the Illinois Policy Institute.) The headline is GA health benefits cost taxpayers $1.2 … Continue reading

Rauner Continues Effort to Kill Legislative Pay Hike

From Governor Bruce Rauner: Time Running Out to Stop Legislator Pay Raise – Legislators have until Friday to stop pay hike – – Pantagraph Newspaper: “Legislator Pay Hike Another Insult to Taxpayers” – As Illinois legislators head back to Springfield, … Continue reading

Politicians Tempted to Inflate Accomplishments – Part 2

Yesterday I digressed to relate how I didn’t brag about being an employee of the Executive Office of the President when Lyndon Johnson was in office when I ran for McHenry County Treasurer in 1966. How could that have helped … Continue reading

Mike Tryon Talks about Illinois’ Financial Situation

Below Mike Tryon comments on the economic situation in Illinois: The Next Step in Changing Illinois’ Dismal Economic Forecast Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes is predicting a dismal forecast for Illinois’ economy due to the state’s $4 billion in unpaid … Continue reading