December 13, 2017
2018 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY WILL BE "ALMOST ABOUT THE SAME," BUT PRECKWINKLE, BERRIOS AT RISK

Cook County's upcoming 3/20/18 Democratic primary will be ALMOST ABOUT THE SAME -- although it's entirely possible that Toni Preckwinkle and/or Joe Berrios will get beat. For county board president, Bob Fioretti goes one-on-one with Preckwinkle, setting up a referendum on her governance. Fioretti filed 38,405 petition signatures. Todd Stroger's non-filing definitely helps Fioretti. Without a huge black vote, she will lose. Ditto for Assessor Joe Berrios: He needs Preckwinkle to deliver a huge black vote to him, or he could lose to Fritz Kaegi. Fioretti says voters want "change." They will have ample opportunity to get it next March. Full Article...


December 6, 2017
GUTIERREZ, GARCIA PULL "BAIT & SWITCH" IN 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DIST.

It's a bait and switch. In politics, that means an incumbent (US Rep Luis Gutierrez) feigns a campaign for re-election, then conveniently fails to file at the petition deadline, or shortly thereafter withdraws, so that some kin or ally (Chuy Garcia) can effortlessly win the incumbent's seat. That's just what happened in Chicago's 4th congressional district. It was Chuy for Luis. Others like Bill Lipinski and Mike Sheahan perfected the stunt, but Ald. Gene Schulter (47th) failed in 2011. Nevertheless, a whole bunch of 4th Dist. candidates energized themselves to get 800-plus signatures in a few days. Garcia, Gutierrez's choice, faces Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno (1st) and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), plus others. Sending Garcia to Washington gets him out of the 2019 mayoral picture. He got 43.8% in the 2015 runoff. Ramirez-Rosa was booted off Dan Biss's ticket for lieutenant governor when it was revealed that he advocates a Palestinian homeland, and Jewish PACs and donors will spend whatever it takes to beat him. For county board president, Todd Stroger has taken a hike. Full Article...


November 29, 2017
"BEST AND BRIGHTEST" ABSENT FROM 2018 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT

"Hold your nose, close your eyes; vote for the candidate you least despise." That succinctly summarizes the upcoming 3/20/18 Democratic primary for Cook County board president, which features such loveable luminaries as incumbent Toni Preckwinkle, laughable predecessor Todd Stroger, and 2015 mayoral loser Bob Fioretti -- presuming they get on the ballot. It's definitely not the Best and the Brightest. Stroger's DNA got him the president's job in 2006, after his incumbent dad had a stroke; Preckwinkle got the job in 2010 after promising to rollback the 1% sales tax hike, but then proceeded to reimpose it, and add a 1-cent per ounce tax on soda with sugar. Both Preckwinkle and Stroger are reviled by voters, and Fioretti, who got 7.4% for mayor, is not a credible alternative. Voters will need a clothespin and blindfold when the vote in this contest. Full Article...


November 22, 2017
"MARGINALIZED" SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES FIELD RAUNER OPPONENT

Here's a totally off-the-wall thought: IL Gov. Bruce Rauner is insufficiently conservative and insufficiently Republican. Say what? Rauner IS the Republican party in Illinois. Without his millions, the party would be even more marginalized than it is now. Remember, Trump lost IL by 944,714 votes, and a Republican has won statewide in just 5 of 30 elections since 2002. Nevertheless, Jeanne Ives, a socially conservative state rep from Wheaton is challenging Rauner in the 3/20/18 Republican primary, ripping the governor's pro-choice stance on abortion, and calling him a RINO -- Republican-In-Name-Only. Being a fiscal conservative, blocking a tax hike for two years, and backing right-to-work IS NOT ENOUGH. Ives will get 30%, which is normal for a social conservative in a Republican primary. Full Article...


November 15, 2017
"CULTURE OF SPRINGFIELD" ENSNARES SILVERSTEIN, JEOPARDIZES RE-ELECTION

Just as beauty maybe in the mind of the beholder, so is "sexual harassment" entirely in the mind of the accuser -- or, in the case of St. Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-8), entirely within the mind of the state's incoming legislative Inspector General (IG).. A Springfield lobbyist has accused Silverstein of the deed, and has submitted 444 pages of Facebook messages as proof. Most of them are tepid, if not downright foolish. Nevertheless, Silverstein is now Springfield's "Poster Boy" for sexual harassment, even though he clearly does not fall within the parameters of the term -- which is a word or a deed which creates a hostile environment or gives offense, which is rebuffed, and the doer has power over the accuser.Not here. Nevertheless, a lot of politically-correct Democrats are demanding that he resign.The IG's job is to investigate "ethics" complaints against Illinois' 177 state legislators, and that doesn't happen quick. Already, Silverstein has 2 opponents in the 3/20/18 Democratic primary. Unless the IG exonerates Silverstein before the primary, Silverstein will be an ex-senator. Full Article...


November 8, 2017
NORWOOD PARK TOWNSHIP IS JOBS-R-US LAND

If one has a craving for a well-paying elective office, the place to go is northwest suburban Norwood Park Twp., which includes Norridge and Harwood Heights. The ratio of registered voters to officeholders is a breathtaking 636-1; in Chicago it's 29,632-1. The township, which contains the economically boisterous Harlem Ave. corridor and Harlem-Irving Plaza, is becoming a Republican bastion, hastened by the retirement of Democratic committeeman Martwick. Full Article...


Previous Articles