Walsh, Hultgren, Manzullo & Johnson Call for Conceal & Carry Gun Law in Light of Bloody Chicago Memorial Day Weekend

A press release from Congressman Joe Walsh: Rep. Walsh to Governor Quinn: Give Our Constituents the Right to Protect Themselves Urges passage of a conceal and carry gun law WASHINGTON –Today Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) and 3 other Members of … Continue reading

The Vetting Questionnaire for Tim Johnson’s 13th Congressional District Replacements

When a former Assistant U.S. Attorney gets involved in the process of replacing Congressman Tim Johnson, you might expect that the questionnaire would be thorough. I give the credit to political consultant Jon Zahm, who has had his run-ins with … Continue reading

Illinois GOP Congressional Candidates Reveal Monetary Resources, Walsh’s & Hultgren’s Analyzed

Since the deadline for reporting third quarter of the year campaign contributions and expenditures is mid-October, I decided to take a look at how Illinois Republican Congressmen/woman are doing. I looked at the 14th District GOP candidates first. It pits … Continue reading

Illinois Dems’ Remap Not Good Enough to Attract Re-Election Bid by Democratic Party Congressman Jerry Costello

In the article about President Barack Obama’s declining, but still good poll numbers in Illinois, there were two elements of weakness–the collar counties, about which I wrote, and Downstate. Let’s look at those numbers again: Collar Counties -45-53% unfavorable Downstate … Continue reading

Manzullo Asks Lisa Madigan to Buck Democratic Party Line

Not much chance of success, I’d suggest, but here is 16th District Congressman Don Manzullo’s press release asking Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to challenge the Health Care Reform bill that President Barack Obama just signed: Manzullo Joins Illinois Colleagues … Continue reading

Earmarks in the Health & Human Services and Labor Budgets – Part 4

Again thanks to Taxpayers for Common Sense, McHenry County Blog can give you an idea what pork in this year’s congressional budget looks like. We continue in alphabetical order. Today we are reaching the middle of the alphabetical. We cover … Continue reading

The Illinois Congressional Pork Report

Taxpayers for Common Sense have totaled up the congressional earmarks in the budget bill being voted on this week. I was reminded of that when I read an editorial cartoon sent to me by my Joplin, Missouri, brother-in-law. It was … Continue reading

Illinos Corps of Engineers Pork

Barge users get subsidized transportation from the Corps of Engineers on the Mississippi River. Army engineers get to stay on the payroll. Past environmental sins like the creek that flowed past the old Chicago Stockyards called Bubbly Creek has money … Continue reading

Illinois Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Congressional Earmarks – Part 3

In our look at pork found in the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development part of this year’s budget, we have gotten through the letter “D” in the Illinois congressional delegation. The congress critters don’t make it easy. There is … Continue reading

Illinois Earmarks for Interior, Environment Bills

Pork in the Forestry Service and pork in the EPA is found in today’s report. Most is contained in the Environmental Protection Agency part of the budget. Again, McHenry County gets nothing, but 16th District Congressman Don Manzullo inserts $500,000 … Continue reading

Pork Where You Might Expect It – in the Agriculture Budget

Below are the Illinois congressional earmarks in the Department of Agriculture budget. Again, one of the major sponsors, Peoria’s Ray LaHood is no longer in Congress. Ag $188,000 Durbin – Natural Resources Conservation Service, Illinois River Water Conservation, Illinois Department … Continue reading

Illinois Defense Department Pork

Looking at the web site of Taxpayers for Common Sense is a list in the Defense appropriation bill. We published the list from the Commerce, Justice and Science bill yesterday. Again, nothing I can see for McHenry County, but Republican … Continue reading