Suburban Political Recount
For your amusement, here is a compilation of the latest ads to run in congressional races across the suburbs.
14th Congressional District
After months of soft serve from Republican Jim Oberweis, the candidate has gone a bit negative in his latest ad against unlikely greenhorn incumbent Bill Foster.
Here is Bill Foster’s rosy ad.
There's a hot race out in the far western suburbs where Democratic state Sen. Linda Holmes of Aurora tries to hold her seat against Republican Terri Wintermute.
Holmes is being accused of backing tax increases in ads.
This was sent to a Daily Herald reporter to back up the claim.
"We stand by our ads stating that Linda Holmes is considering an income tax hike. An increase from two percent to three percent represents a 33 percent increase in the income tax."
Oh, so close.
An increase from two percent to three percent is actually a 50 percent increase.
Something else to keep in mind ...
The personal income tax rate in Illinois is already 3 percent.
The Associated Press has the early story here
“The governor says his 13 percent job approval rating is unrelated to the federal corruption investigation that's been swirling around his administration.”
Hold on. I’ve heard this argument before.
Now where was it.
Oh yeah, now I remember.
Gov. George Ryan.
When Ryan’s popularity tanked early on, he said it had far more to do with his 1999 decision to push higher alcohol and vehicle taxes – which paid for construction spending – than the federal investigation of his administration. There was also his decision to support O’Hare expansion after telling suburban voters he’d fight against more runways.
In today’s editions, I’ve got a story about a SIU poll of registered voters regarding the state’s lingering budget woes.
Bottom line: People don’t want tax increases; they’d prefer budget cuts. That is unless the things they like get cut. And those things – education, prisons and police, care for the needy – are on the chopping block.
Of course those things make up the overwhelming majority of the state’s spending. Cutting elsewhere doesn’t yield the billions needed to truly fix the situation.
Democrat Scott Harper, the well-organized start-up who is giving U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert a bit of a late-campaign scare, has launched a TV ad.
Harper reported raising nearly a $1 million and had more than $333,000 on hand at the beginning of the month. Biggert raised $1.2 million and hand more than $800,000 on hand at the beginning of the month.
Here is Harper's ad, which could be considered both amusing and creepy. At the very least, it is memorable.