Suburban Political Recount
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.
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.”
We reported last week that conservative talk show host Dan Proft has been spending on behalf of the Illinois House GOP primary campaigns of Peter Breen against Rep. Sandra Pihos and Rep. Jeanne Ives against challenger Adam Johnson.
Now, Proft confirms he's sent a mailer supporting Keith Matune against Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove.
The piece says: "Could Illinois state government use a civics lesson? Keith Matune thinks so." Matune is a teacher.
Proft's Liberty Principles committee last month received $1.5 million from Lake Forest businessman Richard Uihlein, far more money than House Republican Leader Jim Durkin - who still has to wage campaign battles in November - has to spend.
Reporter Zachary White reminded us last week that voting by mail has started in Illinois.
This week's reminder: You have a week left to get registered for the March 18 primary.
Registration ends Tuesday, a week from today.
Yes, there is a grace period after Tuesday when you can register.
Yes, it is a hassle compared to registering in advance.
To register, visit your county clerk or election authority's web site for places you can go to sign up.