July 17, 2019
ALDERMAN SEEK 'CLOSURE' IN 39TH AND 45TH WARDS

Former Chicago aldermen, especially defeated aldermen, are a species of pesky and hardy political critters, particularly if they remain their ward's Democratic committeeman. IN THE 45TH WARD, where former alderman John Arena lost 7,570-5,382 to Gardiner on Feb. 26, there is a flurry of comeback activity, with the two-termer Arena intensely lobbying the Lightfoot administration for $100,000-plus city job, needed for at least 2 years, thereby enabling him to get a first-tier city pension. (SEE WEIGHTED-VOTE CHART ATTACHED.) Full Article...


July 10, 2019
U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING WILL PERPETUATE MADIGAN'S RULE

Who would have thought that the conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court would give Mike Madigan the gift that keeps on giving – namely: perpetual Democratic control of the Illinois legislature? And with it the opportunity to eradicate more Republicans from the state’s congressional delegation, further cementing Nancy Pelosi’s control of the U.S. House. Speaker Madigan is a longtime master of the arcane art of gerrymandering, a phrase coined in 1812 when Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry and his Jeffersonian Democratic legislature drew legislative and congressional district lines in a politically advantageous way. Gerry invented the concept of “packing,” which back then meant stuffing a maximum number of opposition Federalists into a minimum number of districts. One district looked like a salamander. The practice continues to this day, with the party in power staying in power by crafting post-census maps which “pack” and “bleach” the opposition. Full Article...


July 3, 2019
DISINGENUOUSNESS RUNS RAMPANT AS DEMOCRATS PICK MARTWICK FOR SENATOR

It has long been said that if one wants a friend, especially in the realm of politics, one should get a dog. As 41st Ward Democratic committeeman Tim Heneghan discovered to his immense chagrin on June 28, when he attended the Democrats’ meeting at the Roden Library to pick John Mulroe’s replacement for the 10th District state senate seat, he would have been much happier had he gone to an animal shelter.“I really got screwed,” said Heneghan. Heneghan coveted the Mulroe appointment, and worked for three months to assemble a weighted-vote majority among his fellow committeemen. Instead of Heneghan, State Rep. Rob Martwick (D-19) was picked by "acclamation." It was a DONE DEAL. The fix was in. Full Article...


June 26, 2019
"DONE DEAL" FOR STEPHENS, NOT YET FOR MARTWICK

“It will be a done deal” before Democratic ward and township committeemen meet to pick State Senator John Mulroe’s (D-10) replacement, said State Representative Rob Martwick (D-19), the 38th Ward Democratic committeeman. No deal has yet been done. But it will be done on June 28. “I have strong support” among the committeemen for the Mulroe seat, said 41st Ward Democratic committeeman Tim Heneghan. CONVERSELY, it is already a DONE DEAL in the 20th House district, which comprises the west half of the 10th senate district. 23-year State Representative Mike McAuliffe (R-20) abruptly resigned on June 17, and his replacement WILL BE Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens, a longtime ally and Leyden Township Republican committeeman. Full Article...


June 19, 2019
STATE SUPREME COURT'S "BLACK SEAT" IN JEOPARDY

Unbeknownst to most Illinoisans, there is an unofficial “black seat” on the state Supreme Court. Acutely known to Illinois Democratic politicians is that said “black seat” may not exist after 2020. For politically-correct, identity-obsessed Democrats, this possibility, which is now bordering on probability, is causing some serious anxiety. There are three African-Americans, two Hispanics, three women and four men running for ONE Supreme Court vacancy, with the one white man (Shelly Harris) being Jewish and the one white woman (Margaret Stanton McBride) having a coveted Irish surname, each being very well-funded.Also running are appointed justice P. Scott Neville and Appellate justices Nathaniel Howse and Cynthia Cobbs, all blacks, and Hispanic Appellate justice Jesse Reyes. Full Article...


June 12, 2019
ARENA'S 45TH WARD DEFEAT BOTH RESOUNDING AND ASTOUNDING

“Resounding” is an adjective which defines an event as thoroughgoing, complete and reverberating, and a verb which defines an event as celebrated, loud and echoing.The defeat of two-term 45th Ward Alderman John Arena on Feb. 26 certainly qualifies as being astoundingly resounding, and a source of much happiness and celebration. The liberal Arena’s complacency precipitated a 7,570-5,382 defeat by Jim Gardiner, a 2,188-vote margin in a 14,858 turnout. Arena got 3,106 fewer votes than in the 2015 runoff, when he beat John Garrido 8,488-7,263. Full Article...


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