By Joan McCarthy Lasonde-
The United States recently met its target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees. My opponent for the U.S. Congress, Jan Schakowsky, supports expanding that number to “at least” 100,000, a tenfold increase. President Obama also recently endorsed an additional 11,000.
Either way, that would be a horrible mistake.
First, I have a different priority: Americans who deserve help. We have homeless veterans and others living under ‘L’ lines here in my Ninth District of Illinois. Tent cities for homeless Americans have become so common that Wikipedia now catalogs them by name.
PITTSBURGH - In an keynote in Pittsburgh Thursday, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump addressed the racial riots that are escalating in Charlotte North Carolina this week.
Before going any further today, I want to address the turmoil unfolding right now in our country.
Our country desperately needs unity, and it needs the spirit of togetherness that has not only got us through our toughest times – but which has lifted us up, in the past, to our greatest achievements as a nation. Every day, I see people of different backgrounds working together for a common good, and we need to bring that spirit to every part of our country – and become One American Nation, united by our shared values and principles as American Citizens.
We all have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, see things through their eyes, and then get to work fixing our wounded country.
Many Americans are watching the unrest in Charlotte unfolding on their TV screens. Others are witnessing the chaos and the violence firsthand.
GALESBURG – Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) Wednesday, saying the Democrat incumbent is a "champion" for Illinois families. Unfortunately, Illinois families know that is not the case, her Republican challenger Patrick Harlan replied.
"When it comes to supporting Illinois families, Cheri Bustos consistently votes the wrong way, siding with corporate elites and party interests over the people she was elected to represent," Harlan said in a statement. "We need a representative in Congress who will protect manufacturing, support the Rock Island Arsenal and our military, and fight for farmers in our district."
By Mark Weyermuller -
Chicago area suburban Republicans came out in force last Saturday for the annual GOP Fall Rally 2016. It was held at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva, Illinois. The beautiful ball park is home of the Kane County Cougars who just finished their season.
The afternoon featured fun, hot dogs, brats, burgers, beer, and of course political speeches. The Jumbotron in centerfield showed local and national candidates, including a big ad for Donald Trump. The rally was hosted by local committeeman Stan Bond with Bob Grogan as master of ceremonies. The evening ended with a magnificent fireworks show.
PALATINE - The Abstinence & Marriage Education Partnership will honor former Illinois State Representative and President of Life Advocacy Resource Project at the group's Annual Banquet on Thursday, October 20th at the Cotillion in Palatine, IL.
The evening's keynote speaker will be author and political commentator David Limbaugh.
A&M Partnership will present Penny Pullen with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her pro-life work over the past several decaes as well as for her longtime support for abstinence education.
ELMHURST - When Pete DiCianni graduated from high school, his dad had news for him: Start a business and pay your own way through college.
Being one of seven children in an Italian Catholic family, he set out to follow his dad's instructions and started a printing business while attending the local community college. The business took off while DiCianni finished his graphics arts degree at Elmhurst College. DiCianni Graphics has grown to be a million a year business.
By Howard Foster -
The pathetic cycle of slow death goes on and on. More bombings by another Muslim radical legally admitted to this country in the name of “diversity.” Just think about what we have endured in the last 15 years because our leaders have silently decreed we shall become more diverse.
We are endlessly told that we must have a “diverse” society which includes porous borders, liberally issued visas which can be overstayed without consequence, and hundreds of thousands of foreign students, partially responsible for sky high tuitions in higher education. Diversity advocates tell us they add “vitality” to American life.
Follow up and try to define that “vitality” and they will, one way or another, settle on two things: cheap labor and ethnic dining. As for the first, it is true, porous borders have saturated the low-end labor market with foreigners looking for jobs Americans used to do - at lower wages. That has benefited the elites at the expense of everyone else. And I’ll leave it to you to decide how much you value ethnic restaurants. I think Devon Avenue in Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago and most of Miami look and feel like the third world. I avoid them at all costs.
DuBUQUE IA - If you as an Illinoisan are not happy with the presidential choices on the November ballot, you're not alone, a poll by DuBuque's Loras College found last week. Nearly six out of 10 Illinois voters are dissatisfied with the choices of Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Partier Jill Stein.
Hillary Clinton is viewed more favorably than Donald Trump in Illinois, with Clinton at a -6 favorability rating compared to Donald Trump's -40 rating.
“Many voters are thinking of this election in almost defensive terms—of which outcome they most want to avoid,” Christopher Budzisz, Ph.D., associate professor of politics and director of the Loras College Poll said. "Fear and anxiety can be great motivators in electoral politics, and given the unfavorable ratings of both candidates this year, voting against someone may be an easier sell to voters than voting for someone. It remains to be seen if such appeals to fear and anxiety will impact voter turnout.”
And with the higher favorability ratings, the former secretary of state maintains a double-digit lead over the New York businessman in Illinois:
|Hillary Clinton||43 percent|
|Donald Trump||30 percent|
|Gary Johnson||8 percent|
|Jill Stein||3 percent|
SPRINGFIELD - This week, the Illinois chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses released its record of votes Illinois state legislators made on key small business issues over the past two years in the 99th General Assembly.
Eleven votes are listed among those most crucial to the NFIB, including leave mandate legislation, workers' compensation reform, prevailing wage requirements and minimum wage hike bills.
Lawmakers that received a 100% rating were named "Guardian of Small Businesses."
ANNA - "She said to me point blank, 'Keep your mouth shut and you won't be fired," Denise Goins, who blew the whistle on activities at the Veterans Home in Anna Illinois, opens in a new political ad from the Mark Kirk campaign.
Duckworth, who served as the director of the state's Veterans Affairs, settled out of court with a $26,000 fine paid by taxpayers. The accusation? Duckworth worked to silence staff that was pointing to abuse and neglect of veterans in their care.
Duckworth's legal counsel was provided by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, also at taxpayers' expense.
"Director Tammy Duckworth was trying to protect Governor Rod Blagojevich," says Christine Butler, another whistleblower at the facility, in the ad. "The veteran was not Tammy Duckworth's top priority."
Tammy Duckworth is the Democrats' nominee for U.S. Senate in November, challenging incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Krik.
MURPHYSBORO – Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost released the second television advertisement in his re-election campaign for Illinois' 12th Congressional District, titled "Belleville Boot." The ad, narrated by Belleville Boot Company President Mark Ferguson, highlights Bost's successful efforts to stop a federal rule change that would have made it more difficult for the company to compete with big corporations for supplying boots to our men and women in uniform.
"When Washington politicians tried to change the rules and put big businesses ahead of a Southern Illinois job creator, I went down to the House floor and helped stop them," said Bost. "Because we were successful, Belleville Boot Company will remain one of the largest providers of military boots in the nation. That's the type of positive result that hardworking Southern Illinois families deserve."
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, announced Tuesday his plans to hold an oversight hearing on the terror financing dangers of the Administration’s three airlift payments to the Iranian regime totaling $1.7 billion in difficult-to-trace foreign cash as part of a quid pro quo for the January 2016 release of American hostages.
The hearing will be held Wednesday, September 21st, at 10:30 a.m. at the nation's Capitol. The Senate Banking Subcommittee has oversight of the Treasury Department, Iran sanctions laws, and terrorist financing.
By Mark Weyermuller -
Limiting the the size, scope, and cost of government is a hot topic as people leave Illinois due to high taxes coupled with massive spending and borrowing. There are people concerned and they are called the Tea Party.
The Illinois Tea Party held their annual golf outing and dinner last Friday at The Links at Carillon in Plainfield, Illinois. The event was organized by Denise Cattoni with these goals in mind: Advocating for Limited Government, Free Markets, and Fiscal Responsibility.
By Nancy Thorner & Ed Ingold -
While Obama’s complicity in Hillary’s email scandal might be impeachable, hers is definitely indictable. The punishment for impeachment is limited to removal from office. No criminal sanctions can be imposed. However if Trump wins, and a new justice department is organized, indictment of Hillary, Obama, Lynch and others becomes a distinct possibility. Look at the numbers. It takes a simple majority of the House to impeach, but two-thirds of the Senate to convict. It only takes 12 to convict in a criminal trial, and they’re not drawn from Congress. Even if an indictment were not to follow, the damage to Obama’s “legacy” would be devastating. His Presidential Library would consist of donations from Marvel Comics.
By Scott Reeder -
SPRINGFIELD – Sometimes smart people do really stupid things.
And sometimes good people do things that they wish they hadn’t.
None of us is perfect.
I’ve learned that in the 30 years I’ve been in the news business. When people make mistakes, if a public trust isn’t violated, sometimes mercy rather than judgement is the best response.
That’s why my heart goes out to former state Rep. Ron Sandack. He’s a good man who got caught up in something awful.
By Frank J Biga III -
Just a few short weeks ago, Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency was written off for dead by many. Hillary Clinton, after her well-choreographed convention and a few stumbles by Mr. Trump, was winning in some polls by 11 points. All of the battleground states, with few exceptions, were showing HRC with a small but consistent lead. Even a few generally Republican leaning states like Arizona and Georgia were dead heats or even had Hillary leading in some polls. Fear had gripped the GOP that not only would Trump lose big but the Senate could be written off and even the House majority was potentially in danger.
But my, oh my, how things have changed in just a few short weeks! Trump has been showing consistent leads in Iowa, Ohio and Florida and if this pattern can hold, he only needs to pick off a few more of the battleground states and he will win the Presidency. But polls in other states indicate Trump has gained ground. In Nevada he has been up in many polls. Virginia is tightening significantly, mirroring the 2014 Senate race by Ed Gillespie. Pennsylvania is within striking distance, as is Michigan. One poll by Emerson in Colorado the other day had Trump up 4. The GOP bigwigs in WI are doing everything in their power to put Cheeseland into the GOP fold. Trump even has a chance in Oregon and Minnesota.
ST. CLOUD - USPSA Shooter, 3-Gunner, and NRA-certified firearms instructor Jason Falconer has been identified as the man who shot and killed a 22-year-old Somali immigrant who went on a stabbing rampage inside a St. Cloud, (MN) Mall on Saturday.
The apparent terrorist—who apparently asked victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them—was engaged by Falconer inside the mall, Bearing Arms reports.
Falconer is the president and owner of Tactical Advantage LLC, a shooting range and tactical training facility with a strong focus on arming concealed carriers. He’s also a former chief of the Albany (MN) police department, and he remains a part-time officer.
Read more HERE.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be its next Chief Justice. Justice Karmeier was unanimously elected to the office by his fellow justices and will serve a three-year term commencing October 26, 2016. He succeeds Rita B. Garman, whose tenure as Chief Justice ends October 25, 2016.
An installation ceremony honoring Justice Karmeier’s election as Chief Justice will be held at the Supreme Court Building in Springfield on Monday, October 31. Justice Garman will administer the oath of office. Justice Karmeier will be this State’s 120th Chief Justice and the second person from Washington County to hold that office. Justice Byron O. House, for whom Justice Karmeier served as a law clerk, was the first.
“I appreciate the confidence shown by the other members of the court in electing me to this position,” said Justice Karmeier. “Since joining the court in 2004, I have had the privilege of serving under five different chief justices, all of whom have done an outstanding job. I will do my very best to live up to the high standard they have set.”
CHICAGO - Planned Parenthood investigator David Daleiden will be honored at the Thomas More Society's annual fundraiser Thursday night at The Carlisle in Lombard - and will share the inside story about his 30 month long work to gather evidence of how Planned Parenthood is illegally selling baby body parts. For more information on Thursday's event, go HERE.
Daleiden was featured at Family Research Council last week in Washington D.C.:
SPRINGFIELD – The Rauner Administration announced Monday it has abolished the staff assistant position at the Illinois Department of Transportation. The position was central to the IDOT patronage hiring scandal that began under previous administrations, according to a press statement.
“Every day we are working to restore the people’s faith and confidence in government,” Governor Rauner said. “Ending this illegal patronage hiring and abolishing the staff assistant position is another step in regaining the trust of Illinois taxpayers. Government should work for the people and not the government insiders.”
UPDATE: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, the man believed to be behind the bombings in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, is reportedly in custody following a shootout with police in Linden, N.J. (More below)
NEW YORK - The FBI is asking for assistance in locating New Jersey resident Ahmad Khan Rhami in connection with a bombing in which 29 persons were injured in New York over the weekend.
According to a local ABC affiliate, Rahami was shot several times before being taken into custody and is now en route to hospital. Two police officers were hurt in the shootout, but neither sustained life-threatening injuries.
Rahami was allegedly discovered sleeping in the walkway of a bar in Linden, and the owner called police. When police arrived, a shootout ensued.
By John F. Di Leo -
Reflections on the Checks and Balances of America in honor of September 17, Constitution Day
When patriots gather, especially in the autumns of leap years, they sometimes drift into retrospection, and ask the question “Where did we go wrong?”
Not that any of us actually have a time machine, of course… we harbor no delusion that we could go back and fix the mistake if we could… but in the hope of learning for the future, we would like to know, for sure, if there was one point at which the nation turned away from the Founders’ plan for a nation of freedom and prosperity that could only be guaranteed by limited government.
Some make a case for the error being the election of a particularly destructive individual – Obama, Clinton, Carter, Nixon, Roosevelt, Wilson. Some make a case that an amendment or war was to blame – the income tax or World War One or even the Civil War.
And yes, a strong case can be made that some of those errors turned the nation severely for the worse.
By Mark Weyermuller -
Former Congressman and current radio talk show host Joe Walsh came out yelling to fire up the voters here in Park Ridge. He supported Donald Trump while saying the down ballot races are the key to the success in Illinois. He talked about the importance of controlling the redistricting process and getting Bruce Rauner reelected in the following election cycle.
This week's most liked Illinois Review posts included:
DOWNERS GROVE - The Downers Grove police report filed by former State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) raises more questions than it answers. The report says that Rep. Sandack was blackmailed by a woman in the Philippines - and any details concerning what prompted the relationship and the financial exchange are redacted from the report.
What information did the woman have that would make Sandack feel compelled to wire her money? Why did he attempt to satisfy her demands rather than immediately file a report? Why did he feel it necessary to resign rather than deal with the issue in his role as a lawmaker?
The information below is found on Rich Miller's CapitolFax blog, accumulated by various Chicago area political writers:
PALATINE - Republican township GOP committeemen agreed with Governor Rauner and picked Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney Thursday night to succeed resigning Senator Matt Murphy.
Governor Rauner's staff did reach out on behalf of those making the decision Thursday night, Wheeling Township Committeeman Ruth O'Connell confirmed. O'Connell's first preference was State Rep. David Harris (R-Mt Prospect), who dropped out of the race earlier this week, as did State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine).
SPRINGFIELD - CapitolFax blogger Rich Miller says he was "duped" into participating in a documentary that he learned only yesterday is financially backed by the Illinois Policy Action - which, he believes, means the film is certain to be anti-Madigan.
"I had no idea that the Illinois Policy Institute was behind this thing, but I did get a couple of hints during Tuesday’s interview when some of the group’s stories were used as a basis for a few of their questions," Miller wrote on his blog Thursday. "They also asked me about Rauschenberger, which I thought was kinda odd. So, I have no clue what they’re gonna do with my interview. Sigh..."
Miller, who is invited to private events hosted by high level Republicans as well as Democrats, is walking a tightrope in order to not offend his insider scoop sources on both sides of the aisle.
The documentary that created all the furor drew attention Thursday when the Illinois Policy Institute distributed a press release about the anti-Madigan film scheduled to be released in October.
According to POLITICO's Theodoric Meyer and reported by Natasha Korecki, a leading "gay-rights" group is defending Illinois Rep. Bob Dold - a prominent, GOP proponent of the left's anti-conscience agenda - against a new Democratic attack ad casting him as anti-gay.
As noted by Korecki, the ad highlights a rare split between the Democratic Party and the left-wing Human Rights Campaign, which has endorsed only one Republican House candidate this year: Bob Dold.
Where does your electricity come from? Whether it's charging your phone or keeping your refrigerator running, the energy sources that power modern life have allowed electricity in the U.S. to remain inexpensive. But these very energy sources are under attack. What are these energy sources? And why are they under political siege?
By Laurie Higgins -
A second article was needed to address adequately the problems exposed in Monday’s school board meeting in Illinois School District U-46 in the Elgin area. It is important for taxpayers in every community to pay close attention to what is being done and said by leaders in U-46, because the serious issues regarding modesty, privacy, the meaning of biological sex, parental rights, and gender dysphoria will confront every community. And the arrogance, ignorance, and hypocrisy of “progressives” who are driving this destructive assault on truth and reality will need to be identified and boldly confronted.
CHICAGO - The Chicago Republicans are happy about a decision in federal court that allows them to control the party affiliations of people serving in their party - something one would assume was the case, which wasn't, until this week's decision made it clear.
Now a person can't vote in Democrat primaries and serve as a Republican committeeman.
Chicago GOP Chairman Chris Cleveland wrote the following to GOP Party Leadership today:
Republican Party Leaders,
Late yesterday afternoon we scored a significant victory in federal court over Chicago Democrats and the Chicago Board of Elections. U.S. District Court Judge Milton Shadur ruled that we have a First Amendment right to prevent those who vote in Democratic primaries from being seated as Republican committeemen in Chicago, and to that extent our bylaws override state law. The net effect is that 13 ward committeemen have been permanently removed from office.
This ruling has broader implications for the Party in Illinois.
CHICAGO - Wednesday, Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger's campaign called on Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza to pass on one of her two public pensions to make up for ten years of simultaneously taking two government paychecks.
During a Sun-Times Editorial Board meeting Thursday, Mendoza defended herself against Munger's charges, showing a 2002 memo in which Mendoza specified to the City that her pay be "docked" for the dates the Illinois House met.
Munger campaign manager Phil Rodriguez's accusations about double-dipping were fierce against Mendoza.
CHICAGO– While the number of non-farm jobs in Illinois increased by over 40,000 since August of 2015, the manufacturing sector lost 4,400 jobs in August, bringing the year's loss for that sector up to 11,400, a report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Thursday.
The unemployment rate in August decreased -0.3 percentage points to 5.5 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. The decrease in Illinois’ unemployment rate is largely due to a decline in the labor force. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -46,400 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.
“In this 30-day snapshot, manufacturing losses were heavy, which contributed to more than half of the month’s decrease in nonfarm payroll jobs,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The surveys have shown a great deal of fluctuation over the past year; seeing how the numbers develop over the long-term should make the trend clear.”
While conservative stalwarts shuddered at the idea of yet more government intervention into families, Family Research Council's political action group is raving about Donald and Ivanka Trump's child care proposal introduced this week. From Thursday's daily newsletter, FRC Action writes:
The two presidential candidates may not be separated by much in the polls, but they're miles apart when it comes to most policy issues. Yesterday, the Trump campaign unveiled a pro-family revamp to the tax code that goes beyond any policy initiative that we've seen in years. At a meeting outside Philadelphia last night, Donald Trump proved that he understands the challenges of moms with young children by unveiling a proposal that will give families the flexibility they need to care for their own kids.
Spurred on by daughter Ivanka, a successful businesswoman in her own right, Trump set out to show that he has a lot more to offer than the competition in relieving at least some of the burdens parents shoulder in providing for their children. Believe it or not, Ivanka points out in a thoughtful op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, almost two-thirds of moms with kids under the age of six are working outside the home. "And the majority of these women," she explains, "work in low-paying jobs without flexibility or benefits."
By Mark Rhoads -
It is not just conservatives who do not trust the mainstream media. A Gallup Poll today shows that trust by all Americans in the media is now at an all-time low.
CHICAGO - An ad placed by "Catholics for Choice" in Monday's Chicago Sun-Times and 19 other news sources nationwide calling for taxpayer funding of abortion drew fire from the Chicago Archdiocese and Catholic leaders in the pro-life movement.
The ad launched a nationwide petition campaign the group is calling "Abortion in Good Faith," saying "Our campaign tells the stories of Catholics across the country who want meaningful, accessible reproductive healthcare choices for everyone, no matter how much money they have, where they live or what they believe. We believe hat everyone deserves access to abortion."
Catholics for Choice is not affiliated with the Catholic Church, and the ad was "deceptive," New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Wednesday.
ELGIN - Last week when Elgin, Illinois' U-46 School District students returned to class after the Labor Day holiday, a policy was set into action at one of the middle schools that would allow a transgender student access and use of locker rooms of the opposite biological sex.
The new policy concerned board member Jeanette Ward that she had been notified of the change, but parents were not. So she posted a notice on her School Board member Facebook page, which was shared 251 times:
Starting tomorrow, U-46 Administration is changing its practice concerning students' access to locker rooms of the opposite sex. Students who identify as the opposite gender (regardless of biological sex) will be able to use the locker room that corresponds with the gender with which they identify, at the same time as other students. U-46 has opted not to inform parents or the community at large of this change. I am informing you. I encourage you to contact U-46 administration about this matter if you have concerns.
Board President Tony Sanders proposed that any student that wasn't comfortable with the new policy talk with their school principal.
By Mark Weyermuller -
ELK GROVE VILLAGE - Republicans gathered to eat hamburgers, talk politics, and to support Donald Trump along with local candidates. Who ever said Republicans don't have fun? Probably a Democrat. On Sunday, about 1000 folks showed up at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village for the 36th annual Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic.
There was a petting zoo, an inflatable jumping jack, pony rides, canine police dog exhibit, Vietnam Veteran Display, face painting, hot dogs, burgers, ice cream, beer, campaign signs and, of course, lots of political speeches. There even was a pie eating contest.
CHICAGO - Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk wants Illinois Hispanic voters to know that he "does not support Trump" in a new ad rolling out Wednesday on Telemundo and Univision.
In Spanish, Kirk condemns the top of his own party ticket, saying in the ad that when Trump has said bad things about immigrants, "I have spoken out against him."
He also says he has worked with Democrats to fight gang violence. Kirk is being challenged by Democrat Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth in November.
By Dan VanDerMolen -
The impact of the Affordable Care Act has been the complete opposite from what was promised.
The ACA promised we could keep our plan. For the 20 years prior to the ACA, we were able to purchase affordable health insurance and never had a policy cancelled. Like millions of others we didn’t gain health insurance coverage through the ACA we lost our coverage because of it.
The ACA promised we could keep our doctors. The new ACA plans issued in 2016 gutted the number of doctors and hospitals available to us. We lost doctors, prescription coverage, and access to the specialists at the teaching hospitals in Chicago.
CHICAGO - Sources inside the loop are telling Illinois Review that Governor Rauner's pick to succeed retiring State Senator Matt Murphy is Rolling Meadows' Mayor Tom Rooney.
The Daily Herald is reporting that State Rep. David Harris dropped out of the six-person competition, leaving Rooney, State Rep. Tom Morrison, Palatine Township Republican Committeeman Aaron Del Mar, Palatine Township Supervisor Sharon Langlotz-Johnson and Arlington Heights Trustee Joe Farwell as those who are still in the running.
Rep. Morrison told Illinois Review Tuesday evening that he recommended support for Rooney.
SPRINGFIELD - Tuesday, the Illinois Supreme Court denied a motion to rehear their decision denying voters the opportunity to vote on a redistricting referendum in November.
“Today’s court decision is very disappointing, but not unexpected," Governor Bruce Rauner said. "Now that the courts have denied Illinoisans the right to vote on a redistricting referendum in November for the last time, it is up to the General Assembly to address political reform - term limits and independent redistricting - as soon as they reconvene this fall.”
And the likelihood of that happening is null - as House Speaker Mike Madigan was behind the court challenge and has been opposing the effort all along. Still, the Illinois Republican Party called on Democrat lawmakers to support the effort.
GLEN CARBON - State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) is facing stiff opposition in November from Democrat challenger Katie Stuart, who was backed Tuesday by the Illinois Alliance of Retired Americans - a group made up of retired members of labor unions such as AFSCME, the UAW, SEIU, AFL-CIO and teachers.
Among the issues the IARA is interested in is expanding Medicare and Medicaid, lifting any caps on Social Security and "Fair Trade," according to its website.
Rep. Kay has faced stiff opposition by Democrats in the past, and was able to ward off the challenges.
The senior group, which is staunchly opposed to Governor Rauner as well, has endorsed Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election.
WASHINGTON - The Senate races in Illinois and Pennsylvania are likely must-win for Democrats, but liberal groups breaking ranks and endorsing Senator Mark Kirk are frustrating the Democrat leadership, a Hill story says Tuesday.
While Kirk’s seat appears to be the one Republicans are most likely to lose, Pennsylvania's Senator Pat Toomey’s not far behind. The Democrats need to win four seats in order to gain back the U.S. Senate Majority.
Kirk has completely ignored and rejected any attempt to gain support from Illinois conservative ranks - instead, Kirk has courted and won approval from some of the Leftist of the Leftist groups.
By Mark Weyermuller -
September 11, 2001 is a date that will be remembered by people in my generation forever. This being the 15th anniversary is no different for me: I'm as traumatized, scared, and sad as ever.
Fifteen years ago, four airplanes were hijacked and two crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, one into the Pentagon in Washington DC, and the fourth in a Pennsylvania field. Nineteen Islamic terrorists hijacked the planes, killing over 3000 Americans. The country remembered with tributes and remembrances last Sunday.
By State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) -
Anyone paying attention in Illinois knows government operations are being held together with promissory notes, shoe laces and chewing gum. Most also probably know that all sorts of social service providers and parents of college students have been howling to get their funding.
For perspective then, what’s the opportunity cost of $400 million?
Here’s just a few examples of what $400 million can buy in Illinois, as verified by state agencies:
By Nancy Thorner -
As previously discussed, (read it here) renowned scientist, speaker, author and Heartland Institute Science Director Dr. Jay Lehr and Colorado State University Atmospheric Science Professor Dr. Scott Denning debated two film clips from Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. The debate was hosted by The Heartland Institute on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, to determine how the movie has fared through the test of time on its 10th anniversary.
The first two film clips debated in Part 1 were; “Solar Radiation in the Form of Light Waves Passes Through the Atmosphere,” and “The Coral Reefs Off the Coast of Australia Are Being Bleached and Destroyed Due to Global Warming.” (View the entire debate here.) In Part 2, I will recount how Lehr and Denning debated the final four of the six featured film clips.
Film Clip #3: Fresh Meltwater is Tunneling Straight Down Through Greenland.
Claim: Tony Blair’s Scientific Advisor said in 2005 that if Greenland breaks up (even half of it) maps will have to be withdrawn because the Netherlands and other low lying areas would be covered with water. Among areas affected would be San Francisco Bay, Beijing, Shanghai, and Calcutta.
Denning: Sea level rising has gotten much worse because of melting ice. Ice can melt very fast with a huge impact, such as in property loss and the creation of a refugee crisis worse than the one that exists today.
Lehr: This is fear mongering at its worst, a global warming fraud that is casting an extremely negative impact on the future of the world. Between 1000 and 1250 there was farming in Greenland during a mini warming period. Corn and barley were grown. As far as loss to our economy, billions have already been squandered trying to develop green energy to replace fossil fuels. Why? Because green energy sources are more expensive to operate and maintain.