Twelve Civil Union Licenses Issued First Two Days in McHenry County & Legislative Roll Calls

Just in case you are interested, the McHenry County Clerk’s Office reports that twelve couples were issued civil union licenses during the first two days after the law became effective. The House roll call is below. Representing McHenry County, State … Continue reading

The Senate Roll Call on the Gambling Expansion Bill

Monday, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 744 by a vote of 30 to 27 with two voting “Present.” The Senate roll call follows. The roll call by state representatives and an explanation of the bill can be found here. … Continue reading

Massive Gambling Bill Passes with a Little Help from a McHenry County Friend

And who is that friend who voted for a casino in Chicago and many other places? State Rep. Mark Beaubien (R-Barrington Hills). The 65-50-2 vote roll call is below: In McHenry County State Representatives Jack Franks and Mike Tryon voted, … Continue reading

End of Session Contributions for McHenry County Legislators

The newly-amended Illinois Campaign Contribution Disclosure law requires contributions of $1,000 or more to be reported relatively quickly. Previously, donations could not be viewed until late July…well after the General Assembly members had gone home. Today, we shall look at … Continue reading

Those New McHenry County Legislative District Lines

What has happened in Crystal Lake is pretty incredible. The lines the Democrats have drawn will give Crystal Lake three state representatives and three state senators. Four state representatives, if you want to count the one Dorr Township precinct on … Continue reading

New State Rep. Maps Appear on Speaker’s Web Site – But They Are From 2001

Go figure. There are two reapportionment web sites out there. The 2001 is still active and that’s what I happened upon last night before I wrote the article below, which might be useful for historical purposes but has nothing to … Continue reading

How Temporary Is That 67% Illinois Income Tax Hike?

The Chicago Tribune today discusses Democrats (and Republicans, although the GOP has almost no say in the legislative process) are doing to fulfill the legislative pledge of rolling back the 67% income tax hike according to the schedule in the … Continue reading

Jack Franks, Mark Beaubien Fail to Support Abortion Clinic Standards Bill

Thanks for Illinois Review for the preliminary roll call you see here. The bill would raise standards a bit over those of veterinary clinics.  It would require abortion providers to meet the same requirements as all other free-standing surgical centers. … Continue reading

Jack Franks and Mark Beaubien Vote for Gay Rights Bill

Democrat Jack Franks, a man who has fashioned an image that portrays himself as a conservative, voted for legislation to legalize civil unions among same sex partners in Illinois. Senate Bill 1716 pass the house 61-52 after an hour debate. … Continue reading

Beaubien Joins 76 Others Voting to Hide MCC Ex-President Walt Packard’s Performance Evaluations

Here’s the 77-36 roll call that was taken yesterday: McHenry County’s other state representatives, Mike Tryon and Jack Franks voted on the side of openness. When the bill was first up, Beaubien voted against it. The bill now will be … Continue reading

The Abortion Stands of Local Candidates, According to Those Favoring No Limits on the Operation

Does the headline shock you? Could it be that anyone wants to allow a baby to be aborted the day before its due date? That’s the law now in Illinois and Personal PAC doesn’t want any limitations on current law. … Continue reading