March 22, 2017
"BOSS" LANG MAINTAINS "STATUS QU

Marty Maloney, the current acting mayor of northwest suburban Park Ridge, is over-worked, underpaid, unappreciated, unknown and, according to his April 4 opponent, Lucas Fuksa, is inept, devious, disingenuous, non-transparent and unaccountable. That’s a huge mouthful of negativity. The conundrum confronting Fuksa is simple: How do you convince voters to throw out an “acting” incumbent nobody knows, in an election where nobody cares? Maloney is “Mayor Nobody,” which makes attacking him dicey: It either makes him better known, or negatively defines him. Fuksa is doing neither. Full Article...


March 15, 2017
"BOSS" LANG MAINTAINS "STATUS QUO ANTE" IN NILES, LINCOLNWOOD AND SKOKIE

In the northern suburbs of Niles, Lincolnwood and Skokie, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-16) is the benevolent boss: He doesn't really care who runs the municipalities in Niles Twp., where he is Democratic committeeman -- as long as they don't run against him. Lang is one of several "speaker-in-waiting" IL House members, and had $1,095,981 on-hand as of 1/1/17, plus another $160,358 invested. Until Speaker Madigan departs, Lang will maintain the "status quo ante." Nothing has changed politically since the 1960s. In Skokie, 18-year Mayor George Van Dusen is unopposed on April 4, and the "Caucus Party" (i.e., Democrats) remain in control despite demographic change. In Lincolnwood, 12-year Mayor Jerry Turry and his insiders are unbeatable. In Niles, first-termer Andy Przybylo has put the stigma of Nick Blasé behind, and is popular. All are allied with Lang. Trumpism and zeal for change is hard to find, as Clinton won the township 32,816-13,007 (68.8%). But in less diverse and more white-ethnic Niles, Trump got 41.4%. Full Article...


March 8, 2017
"SUB-HUMAN KNUCKLE-DRAGGERS" NO THREAT TO ALD. ARENA OR COLONIZATION IN 45TH WARD, BUT "KID-CARE" SURFACES IN 39TH, 40TH WARDS

Ald. John Arena has a rather low opinion of the 6,587 45th Ward voters who supported Donald Trump, calling them on his Facebook page "knuckle-draggers" and "generally sub-human puddles of DNA," and the new president a "pussy." How articulate. But Arena need not worry about niceties and civility. He can insult with reckless abandon, as 16,082 45th Warders voted for Clinton. Arena is trying to expand his liberal base by colonizing the Gladstone Park-north Jefferson Park part of his ward with high-density apartment complexes filled with low-income renters, who are largely liberals and Democrats. It's "Kid-Care" time in the 39th and 40th wards, as aldermen Marge Laurino (39th) and Pat O'Connor (40th) plot to make their kid their successor -- like real soon. If they resign after 5/4/17, the mayor can appoint their kid for the remainder of their term, giving the kid a leg-up in 2019. In Ald. Anthony Napolitano's 41st Ward, where Trump is popular, Democratic committeeman Tim Heneghan bolstered his bona fides for 2019 with unions and Madigan by moving out of St. Sen. John Mulroe's (D-10) law office because Mulroe didn't endorse Merry Marwig in 2016. ATTACHED is a VOTE CHART on the 2016 results in northwest side wards. Full Article...


March 1, 2017
POLYGRAPHS, LAXATIVES DEFINE 2017 DES PLAINES MAYORAL RACE

Remember that iconic 1960s TV show "Hawaii Five-0"? The good guy police chief, after thwarting the bad guys, would bark "book 'em, Danno." In northwest suburban Des Plaines, the operative phrase is "poly 'em." When not trying to "rebrand" the city with a new motto:"Good Move City" -- which was flushed after it was thought to be a brand name for a laxative -- Des Plaines' officials are busily cementing the city's reputation as a laughingstock by giving lie-detector tests to elected officeholders, attempting to find out who purloined some "confidential" documents detailing with the city's numerous and sundry lawsuits. "We're a joke," said State Rep. Marty Moylan (D-55), a former mayor. Current mayor Matt Bogusz, who refused to be polygraphed, is opposed on April 4 by Ald. Malcolm Chester, who sees a conspiracy, and took a polygraph. Bogusz has been a competent mayor, but it's hard to be taken seriously in a city now renowned for polygraphs and laxatives. Maybe "Dumb and Dumber" could be the new motto. Full Article...


February 22, 2017
WHITE'S "UNRETIREMENT" UPSETS TAKEOVER PLANS IN NORRIDGE

To be AND to be, that is the Skakespearean question to be answered by voters in northwest suburban Norridge on April 4. Tom Benigno is Illinois' $165,000-a year deputy Secretary of State and wants to be Norridge's $50,000-a year village president. He faces 4-year incumbent James Chmura, who enraged a lot of Democrats by endorsing Mike McAuliffe in 2016. Back in 2016 Benigno's boss, Jesse White, announced his retirement in 2018, after 20 years. Norridge loomed as a soft landing for Benigno, even though he lost 1,910-1,403 to Chmura in 2013. Benigno now promises to resign if he wins, even though he didn't make that promise in 2013. White's "unretirement" is imminent, as Democratic bosses like Madigan and Preckwinkle are pressuring him to run again, so as to avoid a nasty, expensive and racially divisive primary. "He won't quit his state job if he wins," said Chmura of Benigno. Norridge is a tough sell for Benigno, as Chmura is popular, and it went 3,268-2,884 for Trump in 2016 and 1,918-1,402 for Rauner in 2014. Benigno is spreading a lot of disinformation -- i.e., lies --about Chmura. But there will be a "happy ending": Chmura wins, White runs, and Benigno keeps his day job until 2022. Full Article...


February 15, 2017
EMANUEL'S FUNDRAISING IS LESS THAN INTIMIDATING

Either step it up or step out. That's Mayor Rahm Emanuel's financial predicament as 2019 approaches. He's not going to part of a Clinton Administration, so he either runs for re-election or quits. He had $1,068,829 on-hand as of 1/1/17, and raised a modest $1,595,872 in 2016; he's going to need at least $40 million to get re-elected in 2019 -- that's $500,000-a month in 2017 and $1 million-a month in 2018. As depicted in the ADJOINING FUNDRAISING CHART, other mayor contenders are not asleep. Toni Preckwinkle had over $700,000. Statewide, Gov. Rauner had more than $50 million, about 15 times more than Lisa Madigan. Assessor Joe Berrios had $1,333,748, and will likely face Proco Joe Moreno, who had $318,349, in the 2018 Democratic primary. Some state reps raised enormous amounts: McAuliffe $2,274,886, Moylan $844,755, and Lang $545,476. Local aldermen are raising adequate sums, but none can compare to Burke ($8,772,840 on-hand), Reilly ($606,771), or O'Connor ($363,054). Full Article...


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