Serwatka Unveils Walk Piece

Thursday night I attended Family PAC’s boat cruise fundraiser on Chicago’s lakefront. Among the legislative candidates seeking support was Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka. He was the only General Assembly aspirant who was handing out more than a business card. … Continue reading

Tryon on Revenue Forecasting and Pension Review Panel

A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon: Rep. Tryon Named to Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability CRYSTAL LAKE….. State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) is one of three House Republicans who has been named to the prestigious Commission … Continue reading

Franks, Heatedly, and Tryon, More Calmly, Debate County Executive Form of Government

I haven’t had the opportunity to see State Rep. Jack Franks turn up the heat in a debate for a long time, but tonight he had all four burners turned on high. The problem was, the man he wanted to … Continue reading

Tryon’s Plastic Re-Cycling Bill Bagged by Governor Quinn

The bill that State Rep. Mike Tryon passed to set State standards for re-cycling plastic bags got vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn over the weekend. The report of the veto, a wish-fulfillment of 13-year old Abby Goldberg of Lake Zurich, … Continue reading

Tryon Votes to End Legislative Scholarships as Next Year’s Announced

A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon: Tryon Co-Sponsors Legislation to End Scholarship Program SPRINGFIELD – A controversial scholarship program that provides full tuition waivers for each State Representative to award to students in their home legislative districts will … Continue reading

Tryon-Althoff Bill Limiting Special Prosecutors’ Bills Passes Senate 58-0

A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff: Senate OKs law seeking to avoid hefty county legal bills SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Senate today approved a measure aimed at preventing county boards from paying State’s attorneys’ exorbitant and unexpected … Continue reading

Could What the Democrats Did for Ill Benefit McHenry County Disproportionately? Or, Why I Think Donna Kurtz Will Win the Primary

I’ve written previously that McHenry County will gain congressional clout because those of us who live in Algonquin Township will be represented by U.S. Representative Peter Roskam, assuming no court challenge is successful. Recently I’ve been thinking how McHenry County … 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

Wish I Could Read Something Like This from All the Republicans Representing McHenry County

First there was his sign. Now in the Galesburg Register-Mail: “We didn’t do a headcount, but there are nowhere near 60 votes (needed to pass it),” said Rep. Jack Franks, D-Woodstock. Franks is against raising the income tax. I’ve asked … Continue reading