Posts in category "Illinois Politics"

Illinois Election for Governor: Pat Quinn leads Bruce Rauner 48% to 37%

Illinois Election for Governor: Pat Quinn leads Bruce Rauner 48% to 37%
There is an election in less than two months.  Among other decisions, Illinois’ voters will be forced to decide on our next governor.  The race pits incumbent, Pat Quinn, against wealthy venture capitalist, Bruce Rauner.  This race excites me about as much as Chicago baseball over the last two seasons.  Not at all. The Chicago... Read more »

Bruce Rauner wins GOP nomination, now will he get trounced by Pat Quinn?

Bruce Rauner wins GOP nomination, now will he get trounced by Pat Quinn?
I did something yesterday I had not done since 1994: I pulled a Republican ballot.  It felt alien.  There were other years I flirted with pulling the GOP ballot, but then I always go back to pulling the blue one. I think I got a look from the woman behind the desk like: “Really?”  Or... Read more »

QUICK HITS: ILLINOIS PRIMARY ELECTION NIGHT

QUICK HITS: ILLINOIS PRIMARY ELECTION NIGHT
DONE AND DONE!  Rauner holds on to win the Republican nomination. 41% to 37% Now that Dillard lost again, is it HIS fault or is it the fault of one of his opponents (AGAIN)? Is the Rauner/Dillard race good news for Quinn?  Or is it just more Republicans voting for the moderate Republican vs the... Read more »
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Why I’m voting for Bruce Rauner

Why I’m voting for Bruce Rauner
Four years ago I voted for Pat Quinn.  I did it while holding my nose.  I think it was less of a vote for Quinn and more of a vote against the Republican nominee, Bill Brady.  I didn’t– and still don’t– see eye to eye with him on social issues and I felt very comfortable... Read more »

Gay Marriage passes in Illinois: Why am I not more excited?

Gay Marriage passes in Illinois: Why am I not more excited?
Tuesday, in a historic vote, the Illinois’ General Assembly passed a bill allowing for same-sex marriage in the state of Illinois. If you have read this page, you know I am a staunch advocate for strengthening marriage.  This bill, by allowing all people who love each other to marry regardless of sexual orientation, clearly does... Read more »

Lisa Madigan proves she is one of few adults in Springfield by not running for Illinois governor

Lisa Madigan proves she is one of few adults in Springfield by not running for Illinois governor
Lisa Madigan is one of the few adults in Springfield.  On Monday she announced that she would not run for governor of Illinois citing the inherent conflict of concentrating too much political power in one family. Her father, longtime Speaker of the House Mike Madigan, is arguably the most powerful politician in Illinois.  Had Lisa... Read more »
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Election Day Ramblings: Missing Tim Russert, voting for the president, the Supreme Court, and Tea Party example of post election involvement

Election Day Ramblings: Missing Tim Russert, voting for the president, the Supreme Court, and Tea Party example of post election involvement
–I really miss Tim Russert.   In my mind’s eye, he is with his white board that says “Ohio Ohio Ohio”   –Listening to the news this morning, my wife, Amy, and I were pretty nervous about President Obama losing tonight.  I still don’t feel great about Ohio and if the president loses Ohio, he could... Read more »

VOTE!

VOTE!
Polls close today at 7pm! It’s time to have your voice heard. You may not be enthusiastic about the candidates, but please go vote. For a more selfish reason to vote: your representatives are there to be in your service; when you call on them over the next two to four years, they will check... Read more »

What does Representative Joe Walsh care more about, his family or his congressional seat?

What does Representative Joe Walsh care more about, his family or his congressional seat?
One question I have had for the last few weeks is: Who the hell would vote for Joe Walsh? And now in response to Tammy Duckworth’s charge that he’s a deadbeat, he parades his son out for a press conference as cover. Its like the old Dusty Baker trick of having his son sit on... Read more »
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Will Congressman Joe Walsh have to find a new job come November?

Will Congressman Joe Walsh have to find a new job come November?
If you were forced to choose between Joe Walsh and Sarah Palin to represent you in Congress, who would you choose? Death is not an option. Fortunately, the countdown on the amount of time we have to listen to Congressman Walsh may be winding down, if fundraising for the 8th Congressional seat is an indicator... Read more »