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...


November 1, 2017
SCORNED QUINN READIES BID FOR IL ATTORNEY GENERAL

As they say, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And the same applies to politics. Pat Quinn was scorned by Illinois voters when he sought re-election as governor in 2014. losing to Bruce Rauner. But Quinn has spent his life running for -- and usually losing -- public office. Now he's attempting to win the attorney general post being vacated by Lisa Madigan. Against the about-to-be slated Kwame Raoul, and maybe 7 others, Quinn's 40-plus years of name ID may be sufficient to get him nominated on 3/20/18. Full Article...


October 25, 2017
MADIGAN PUSHES MARWIG INTO McAULIFFE REMATCH

Hapless bordering on hopeless. That aptly describes Merry Marwig's (D) prospects for beating Mike McAuliffe (R) in their upcoming 2018 rematch for state representative in the 20th Dist. In 2016, despite Mike Madigan's $2.1 million in campaign expenditures, McAuliffe thrashed Marwig 25,387-19,724 (56.3%), largely because Gov. Bruce Rauner and friends evened the playing field and kicked in $2.8 million to the McAuliffe campaign. Rauner won the proxy war. Will Madigan spend another $2 million in 2018? If he does, so will the governor. If Marwig couldn't beat McAuliffe in a Democratic-friendly year like 2016, with a higher turnout, she won't do so in 2018 -- even if there is an anti-Trump backlash. Full Article...


October 18, 2017
"IRRECONCIABLE DIFFERENCES" PROMPT ALD. SPOSATO TO QUIT AS 38TH WARD DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEMAN

"Irreconciable differences" is normally used as the pretext for a no-fault divorce. In the case of Chicago Ald. Nick Sposato (38th), it's the reason why he resigned as ward Democratic committeeman and bailed out of the Democratic Party. Of the 80 ward and township Democratic committeemen, Sposato fully understood that all but a handful are just ciphers -- toothless, powerless and ignored (like himself). Sposato resigned from the city council's leftist "Progressive Caucus" last year, and recently concluded that being a committeeman has "no power," that slatemaking is "a farce," and that the Democrats nationally and locally are "too far to the left." Replacing Sposato as 38th Ward committeeman will be State Rep. Rob Martwick (D-19) -- the Master Multi-tasker. In addition to his Springfield job, Martwick works for his dad's law firm, which specializes in property tax reductions, and has his own political consulting firm, which makes a bundle. He also has credible primary and election challenges in 2018. Sposato said he will seek re-election in 2019, and Martwick promises that he won't run against him. We'll see. Full Article...


October 11, 2017
JUDICIAL JOCKEYING ALREADY FIERCE FOR 2018

Justice is supposed to be blind, but those aspiring to be a Cook County judge are neither deaf, dumb nor blind. The meek don't inherit a judgeship. Cunning and luck are required. Finding worthy 3/20/18 democratic primary concludes December for and the jockeying for 7 countywide vacancies, and at least 4 "late" vacancies is under way, along with 15-20 subcircuit vacancies. The democrats' slate is qoataized, which has spurred competing slates of blacks, women and former prosecutors. A black is running for 6, and a woman for 5 of the county slots. Victory in any judiciary primary depends not on qualifications, but on gender, race, ballot position, slating and Irish-surnames. The democrats will also have a "late slate," ranging the retirement of 3-5 judges around December 4, and then rushing replacements on the ballot, thereby eliminating competition. A turf battle is raging in the Hispanic 6th sub circuit, where local bosses Berrios and Arroyo have different forces. The race in the 10th subcircuit also looks complicated. Full Article...


October 4, 2017
"DUDS" APLENTY ON POLITICAL SCENE

Life, as well as politics, is full of "duds." In sports, a dud is a player who doesn't help his team win. In politics, a dud is a politician who doesn't win re-election to a second term. "Unfulfilled expectations" are usually the reason. If a candidate is elected to office on the basis of grandiose promises, or does not pass the "quality of life" test, they are gone. There have been a plethora of duds: Carter, Bush I, Walker, O'Connor, Rice, Clewis, Rittenberg, Stroger, Bilandic, Brraun, A Chicago alderman has $6.2 million at his/her disposal during the first term. There is no excuse for losing. Full Article...


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