Category: Illinois State Legislature

I'm proud to be part of the stampede out of the GOP

I'm proud to be part of the stampede out of the GOP
A little over a week ago I joined the Democratic Party. I had been an independent for a year and realized not being part of a party meant I was a voice in the wilderness. I’m not content to just be an observer on the sidelines. I want to be an agent for change. From... Read more »

44 years a Republican, 1 year an Independent, today I'm joining the Democratic Party

44 years a Republican, 1 year an Independent, today I'm joining the Democratic Party
This was not an easy decision to make.  Politics is like one’s religion, you just don’t change it unless you have a moment of clarity and realize you are on the wrong path.  My family’s involvement in the GOP goes all the way back to the mid-1850s and the start of the GOP in Illinois.... Read more »

Illinois GOP unleashes hate and racism in the budget fight

Illinois GOP unleashes hate and racism in the budget fight
Senator Toi Hutchinson, (D-Chicago Heights) has long been a target of Governor Rauner and the Illinois Policy Institute.  Illinois Policy is a lobbying arm of Governor Rauner.  Today Senator posted a sample of the hateful, and racist messages she is receiving by email and on social media.  The Senator told me all members who oppose... Read more »
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Republicans break ranks with extremists in the Illinois budget mess

Republicans break ranks with extremists in the Illinois budget mess
Twenty-three GOP members of the Illinois House broke ranks with the extremist minority in the House to pass the first budget draft Illinois has had in years. You may read the final version by clicking here. The dogmatic and extreme Illinois Policy Institute singled out the 23 for scorn. IPI has been vocal in keeping... Read more »

Illinois politics reminds me of the Hare Krishnas

Illinois politics reminds me of the Hare Krishnas
Come on, Illinois. Once upon a time, Illinois was the crown jewel of the Midwest. New York, California, and Illinois were the Big Three economic giants that drove business in the USA. New York drove finance, California drove entertainment and aviation, and Illinois drove the rest. If you were in the manufacturing business, odds were... Read more »

A racist cartoon from the Illinois Policy Institute

A racist cartoon from the Illinois Policy Institute
Can we please have conservatism without racism?  Illinois Policy Institute was a think-tank I had a lot of respect for until they published the above racist cartoon.  It is overtly racist, and they are not even subliminal about it.  Illinois Senate passed a budget, the first one in years.  As part of the budget is... Read more »
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What's next for the GOP?

What's next for the GOP?
It’s safe to say there will be a major butt kicking by the Democrats in less than two weeks. Polls have Hillary Clinton up by double digits. Donald Trump is running around the country trying to establish an alibi for his loss with “the system is rigged” rhetoric. It appears trickle-down will work. I don’t... Read more »

Illinois' own Kim Jong-un

Illinois' own Kim Jong-un
The Illinois State Supreme Court has spoken: they take their orders from Mike Madigan and have no use or regard for the constitution of the State of Illinois. Ballot measures are supposed to be the citizen’s self-defense tool against a tyrannical state government. Not in Illinois. Speaker Mike Madigan, the State’s tyrannical and corrupt dictator... Read more »

Illinois' slippery slope

Illinois' slippery slope
Today is a mental health day away from Donald Trump. We can all rest confident and assured he will find some absurd antic to top the last. Finding something more stupid than implying using our Second Amendment Rights to eliminate one’s opponent is a hard act to follow, though. Former Governor Rod Blagojevich did not... Read more »
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I'm betting on Illinois

I'm betting on Illinois
The obituaries for the State of Illinois have been flying around like flies at a July picnic in the wake of the State Legislature’s failure to do its job. The doomsayers are out preparing the mass grave for a once great state. Let’s not get those grave digging tools out so fast; leave them in... Read more »