Walsh Campaigning in New 14th Congressional District

It is unclear where Congressman Joe Walsh will run for re-election.  It is clear he will run somewhere. But, he has announced that he will run for re-election. Walsh now shares McHenry County with veteran Congressman Don Manzullo. His district … Continue reading

Joe Walsh & Bobby Schilling Featured in Rockford Tea Party Baseball Game

A press release from Joe Stefani, President of the Rockford Foresters Baseball Team: FORESTERS TO HOST TEA PARTY NIGHT FEATURING TWO CONGRESSMEN ROCKFORD, IL – June 17, 2011 – The Rockford Foresters Baseball Team announced today it will be hosting … 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

When a Teacher “Salary Freeze” Isn’t

While I was doing the story on how the Rockford Register-Star is trying to hold onto circulation, I found a story on the Rockford school district that had an interesting paragraph. Here it is: Union contract talks In March, the … Continue reading

Illinois Patriots Plan Invasion of Madison to Counter Union Demonstrators

The Chicago Tea Party email says, “Patriots are gathering together tomorrow in Madison, Wisconsin to counter protest the riots led by Organizing for America. “While the Wisconsin led Republican house and governor tries to put their fiscal crisis to bed, unions are rioting … Continue reading

Mexican Sister City Visitors in Woodstock Monday

Big doings locally Monday and Tuesday as Sister City representatives from Mexico’s Guadalupe and its state government, Zacatecas visit Woodstock, Carpentersville and Marengo. President of Guadalupe Rafael Flores Mendoza and Zacatecas Governor Miguel Alejandro Alonso Reyes head a delegation that … Continue reading

A Day in Zane Seipler’s Court Case Against Sheriff Keith Nygren – Part 3

Part 1 and Part 2 of my day in Magistrate P. Michael Mahoney’s Rockford courtroom last Friday have run previously. The attorney representing three deputies involved in the Pavlin court case sought to have his clients exempted from deposition questioning … Continue reading

A Day in Zane Seipler’s Court Case Against Sheriff Keith Nygren – Part 2

Yesterday, I related the first part of what I saw in Federal Magistrate P. Michael Mahoney’s Rockford courtroom last Friday. We ended with the attorney for Sheriff’s Deputies Greg Pyle, Chris Jones and Jeremy Bruketta trying to keep his clients, … Continue reading

Manzullo Blast Pentagon for Weakening U.S. Defense Industry

The following press release has been received from 16th District Congressman Don Manzullo: Manzullo: Pentagon Continues to Send American Jobs Overseas, Weaken U.S. Defense Industrial Base [WASHINGTON]  Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) today said the Pentagon has again flouted the Buy American … Continue reading

Veterans Facility, Jobs Escape McHenry County

In a recent Northwest Herald column in the Northwest Herald Woodstock’s Don Peasley revealed the McHenry County loss of a 205-bed Veterans nursing home and supportive living facility to Rockford. It’s a $70 million facility, according to the Rockford Register-Star. … Continue reading

Illinois Railway Museum’s Executive Director Nick Kallas Analyzes Amtrak Route Selection through McHenry County

I had this great idea for a follow-up story to my Saturday article about Amtrak’s coming to southern McHenry County. What if the Illinois Railroad Museum offered its station to serve Amtrak passengers on the line that Governor Pat Quinn … Continue reading

The Chicago Tribune’s Blinders

A paragraph from a Chicago Tribune article about Illinois Tea Party demonstrations: “A typical protest will draw a few dozen vocal participants, including last month’s rally at the Schaumburg office of U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean intended to persuade the Democrat … Continue reading

Quinn Says Amtrak Going Through Belvidere

In a Monday Rockford political press conference (as opposed to a governmental press conference) with his newly chosen running mate former Carbondale city councilwoman and failed candidate for mayor Sheila Simon at his side (proving it was a political appearance), … Continue reading

Politicking in the Dells

When we at Wisconsin Dells, we again stayed at the Kalahari Resort. The main draw was the water park, of course, even though the lazy river was closed “because someone did something bad,” according to one of the lifeguards. The … Continue reading

Manzullo Offers Four Suggestions to Encourage Exports

16th District Congressman Don Manzullo has issued the following press release with suggestions of how small and medium-sized businesses could export more: Plan to Help Small Employers Export More Products Overseas, Create American Jobs [WASHINGTON] Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) today … Continue reading