Suburban Political Recount

Suburban Political Recount

Proft will back Matune, too

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:04

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.

Voting registration ends in a week

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:40

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.

Oberweis' election history

Posted by Mike Riopell on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 17:12

Roskam backs Senger for Congress

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:41

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, says he'll back state Rep. Darlene Senger of Naperville in her March 18 primary race to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster for Congress.

“Darlene Senger has been the voice for fiscal reform in Springfield and I know she will carry on the fight in Washington,” Roskam said in a statement.

She's also won backing from U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, a Winfield Republican.

Senger, though, hasn't raised campaign money at nearly the rate of Hinsdale businessman Bert Miller, owner of Naperville's Phoenix Closures. Miller raised about $261,000 in the last three months of 2013 compared to about $49,000 for Senger.

Roskam backs Senger for Congress

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:41

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, says he'll back state Rep. Darlene Senger of Naperville in her March 18 primary race to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster for Congress.

“Darlene Senger has been the voice for fiscal reform in Springfield and I know she will carry on the fight in Washington,” Roskam said in a statement.

She's also won backing from U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, a Winfield Republican.

Senger, though, hasn't raised campaign money at nearly the rate of Hinsdale businessman Bert Miller, owner of Naperville's Phoenix Closures. Miller raised about $261,000 in the last three months of 2013 compared to about $49,000 for Senger.

Crane's son gets 12 years in prison

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:33

Former U.S. Rep. Phil Crane's son, George Washington Crane, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for "conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone," according to the U.S. Attorney's office in eastern Virginia.

From their news release:

Crane pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone on Sept. 11, 2013. According to court documents, between 2008 and 2011, Crane purchased Oxycodone several times each week from sources on the street in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. Crane then brought the Oxycodone to Leesburg, Va. and distributed the pills primarily to high school students and recent graduates. Crane sold Oxycodone to multiple customers daily from his residence and car.

He had pleaded guilty.

Young enthusiastic voters

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:29

Veronica Malesinski and Andrea Garneata of Maine East High School won Cook County Clerk David Orr's contest to make a video promoting the new state law that lets some 17 year olds vote in the March 18 primary.

A photo finish?

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:31

The Quinn's Speech

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:31

House Speaker "Petey" Roskam?

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:35

The Washington, D.C., publication Roll Call featured a lengthy interview with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, on his prospects for re-election in 2016, among other things.

The 54-year-old Republican knows he isn’t the spry Naval reservist he was when he won President Barack Obama’s seat in 2010. So his team has divided the Land of Lincoln into 10 major media markets, aiming to hit each area as often as possible, shuttling the senator around the state on American Eagle regional jets.