Suburban Political Recount

Suburban Political Recount

Three suburban Republicans make list for financial sector backing

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 15:47
Republican candidates Steve Greenberg and Steve Sauerberg along with GOP U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert landed on the Center for Responsive Politics list of "Wall Street's Favorite Candidates" Thursday. The list calculates the congressional candidates who have the most Wall Street "investments" in their campaigns. Greenberg, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean in the northwest suburban 8th District, was listed as the tenth highest candidate for congress in terms of Wall Street backing. He has taken in more than $125,850 from the finance sector, nearly 20 percent of his total haul as of mid-year.

Roskam's ad blitz aims to shred opponent's credibility

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 11:32

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam launched an ad blitz today aimed at destroying his opponents credibility.

Democratic challenger Jill Morgenthaler has yet to get on the air and the one-two punch of a 1 minute radio spot and 30 second TV ad threatens to define her as early voting starts next week.

The ads paint Morgenthaler as a "crony" of Gov. Rod Blagojevich who helped "convicted felon" Tony Rezko land Iraqi leases.

"That's shady," the ad says of Morgenthaler.

And to push it just an extra bit further, the ad blasts Morgenthaler for not living in the 6th Congressional District.

Morgenthaler served as Blagojevich's homeland security chief. She is a retired Army colonel who served in Iraq.

Here is the TV spot and the radio spot, which started runningon on 780AM this morning:

Durbin-Sauerberg, Round II tonight

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 10:45
You can listen to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Steve Sauerberg debate tonight. The radio debate starts at 8 p.m. on 780AM in the Chicago area. Here is a loot at what happened in the last debate on Monday in case you missed it... Republican Senate candidate Steve Sauerberg accused incumbent Dick Durbin of turning a blind eye to Democratic dysfunction in Springfield and also called for keeping American troops in Iraq as the two candidates met Monday in their first debate. Durbin, seeking a third term in the U.S. Senate, countered that Sauerberg would end the Medicare and Medicaid health programs if he could. He also reminded voters of his clout in Washington as the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate.

Fitzgerald testifies for McCain against Obama

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 16:07
Former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald of Inverness came out today for the John McCain campaign to say Barack Obama is no reformer. "It is not something he actually does when he gets in office," Fitzgerald said in a conference call with reporters. "I don't ever recall him working across party lines. He is a very partisan and ideological Democrat." Fitzgerald said Obama "rode the Chicago machine" to power and never once questioned Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Fitzgerald worked for two years with Obama in the state Senate between 1996 and 1998. At the time, Obama was in the early part of his first term and Fitzgerald was running for U.S. Senate. Obama served as the ranking Democratic member on one of Fitzgerald's committees.

Romney is coming to town for Roskam

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 14:27
Former Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is set to swing through the suburbs and raise cash for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam. The fundraiser is set for Oct. 21. The entrance fee is $150 or $250 with a date. It will run $1,000 per person and $1,500 per couple to get into the dinner and for a photo with the former Massachusetts CEO. "Romney coming to campaign for the congressman is a reflection of the congressman's accomplishments," boasted spokesman Matt Vriesema when asked about the recently announced fundraiser. Roskam was actually an early and staunch supporter in the primaries of Sen. John McCain, who easily took DuPage County and the state. The fundraiser will be held in Oak Brook.

Is Dan Seals beating Mark Kirk?

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 22:20
After weeks of polls showing U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk leading Democratic challenger Dan Seals, a Roll Call poll taken over the weekend shows Seals ahead - by a lot. The poll paid for by the respected Washington publication shows Seals leading the Highland Park Republican 52 percent to 44 percent. The SurveyUSA poll drew from 600 surveyed voters and had a reported error margin of 4 percentage points. This is going to turn heads, but it doesn't fall in line with any previous poll, including one paid for by liberal blogger Daily Kos that showed Kirk with 44 percent and Seals of Wilmette with 38 percent. The Kirk campaign will likely call this latest poll into question because of the political makeup of those surveyed.

Duckworth campaigns for Obama in Wisconsin

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 10:25
Tammy Duckworth’s recent brush with Illinois ethics laws hasn’t put her out of favor with Barack Obama. The Illinois veteran affairs chief is campaigning for Obama in Wisconsin today, hitting events in Fond Du Lac, West Bend, Kenosha and Whitewater. Obama previously granted Duckworth, who lost both her legs in the Iraq war, a primetime speaking roll during the Democratic convention in Denver that positioned her as the party’s spokeswoman on veterans’ issues. But in mid-September Duckworth hit an ethical snag when she showed up to a Wheeling campaign event for Democratic congressional challenger Dan Seals in a state car.

Mark Kirk up in polls, but Seals close

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 23:44
A new poll out over the weekend gives U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk a 6 percentage point edge in his north suburban 10th District race against Democrat Dan Seals. The poll commissioned by the liberal Daily Kos blog shows Kirk of Highland Park with 44 percent and Seals of Wilmette with 38 percent. The poll was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday among 400 respondents with a 5 percent margin of error. The results are much closer than an earlier poll conducted by the Kirk campaign that puts the incumbent Republican at 51 percent and Seals at 29 percent with 21 percent undecided. That poll was taken on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. Both polls focused on ‘likely voters’ and they both have relatively high margins of error, calling their validity into question.

Democrat hopefull takes hits on pay-to-play

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 18:30
Democrat Aurora Austriaco's law firm gave more than $130,000 to Gov. Rod Blagojevich and it has won nearly a $1 million in state contracts over the last four years. Austriaco is a proficient fundraiser in her bid to unseat Republican state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan in the northwest Cook County's 65th District. Austriaco has hit cable TV already with ads that paint Mulligan out of touch and she has been railing against "pay-to-play" on the campaign trail. But Mulligan is now getting started. The veteran incumbent from Des Plaines dropped a mailer this weekend that paints Austriaco as buying state contracts with campaign donations to Blagojevich.

Baseball and taxes

Posted by JP on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 12:37
I was hoping to turn this info into a story but the way things are going, there won't be any Chicago teams in the playoffs next week. While much of Chicagoland dreamed of a crosstown World Series, there's a financial reason as well. It would ensure that all the players are paying income taxes in Illinois rather than some other state. Baseball, and other professional athletes, usually pay income taxes based on the days they are in each state. So if there's a 7-game series between a Chicago team and a California team, those California team players owe Illinois for the days they are in Illinois. To maximize tax revenue for Illinois, you'd want every series to go the maximum and the Cubs and Sox to play high payroll teams along the way.