Suburban Political Recount

Suburban Political Recount

The 10th District money race

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 15:28

The race to raise money in the north suburban 10th Congressional District is both narrow and active.

Democratic U.S. Rep Brad Schneider of Deerfield says he'll report raising about $550,000 in the first three months of the year, and Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth says he'll report about $520,000.

That's a lot, yet another hint of foreshadowing to the race that's to come.

Schneider was outspent by Dold in 2012, so the Democrat's camp is happy to see its candidate raising a little more money than Dold this time. The Republican Dold won't have to deal with President Barack Obama at the top of the ticket this time, though.

Libertarians pick candidates

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:54

The Illinois Libertarian Party has announced their candidates for statewide office. Now, the party has to gather 42,000 signatures by this summer to get their candidates on the ballot.

Here's their list:

Governor: Chad Grimm of Peoria
Lt. Gov.: Alex Cummings
Attorney general: Ben W. Koyl of Downers Grove
Comptroller: Julie Fox
Secretary of state: Chris Michel, Romeoville
Treasurer: Matthew Skopek of Lemont
U.S. Senate: Sharon Hansen of Pontiac

Primary 2014: Rolling updates

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:58

Primary 2014: Bruce Rauner

Posted by Mike Riopell on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:56

Primary 2014: Bill Brady

Posted by Mike Riopell on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:56

Primary 2014: Kirk Dillard

Posted by Mike Riopell on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:55

Primary 2014: Dan Rutherford

Posted by Mike Riopell on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:55

Tonight's debate.

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:08

Changing minds on property taxes

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:41

A group of House Republican state lawmakers Monday touted legislation that would freeze how much local governments can collect in property taxes if home prices go down.

Among the supporters are lawmakers in tough March 18 primary races, including state Reps. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove, Sandra Pihos of Glen Ellyn and Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst.

This idea has been around before, from Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo. In fact, a similar proposal came to a vote and was defeated in November of 2011. Here's how people voted.

Reboletti and Pihos voted against it then. Sandack was in the Senate at the time.

Absentweet

Posted by Mike Riopell on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:29

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, posted a photo on Twitter Wednesday with stoner comedy star Seth Rogen, who was in Washington, D.C. to testify about the need to keep fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

Rogen tweeted back, saying: “(P)leasure meeting you. Why did you leave before my speech? Just curious.”

Kirk responded that he had a meeting with space hero and Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell but watched Rogen’s testimony later. “Keep in touch,” Kirk said.

Rogen, who needled most of the Senate committee he testified before for leaving early, responded: “(S)ymbolically, it hurts the cause to see that many empty seats. Wish you hung around. Nice meeting you.”