Suburban Political Recount

Suburban Political Recount

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.

Truax gets DuPage boost

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 14:57

U.S. Senate hopeful Doug Truax, a Downers Grove Republican, will get some fundraising help from former U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, a Hinsdale Republican who lost in 2012.

Biggert will host the event at her home Jan. 22.

Truax is running in a one-on-one primary race against state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove for the seat now held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

Last week, Truax stopped by the Springfield press room on a meeting swing through town. Asked about the differences between he and Oberweis, Truax said, first, "we're both pretty conservative."

He said he's trying to emphasize his military background and experience consulting with businesses about their health care costs at a time when that issue is at the forefront of the political debate.

Opponents question candidate's 1991 arrest

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:51

Republican Keith Matune is facing criticism from his primary election opponent for the Illinois House, state Rep. Ron Sandack, over an arrest of Matune in 1991.

Matune, a Downers Grove Republican, sent out a news release Monday to try to explain the situation. Here's what he said:

Keith unintentionally wrote a $150 check that was returned for insufficient funds while attending college out of state. While home for the summer, Keith was stopped by local police for a broken headlight and was notified during the stop that there was an out of state warrant issued for an insufficient check.

Agree to disagree

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:48

Wheeling Township Republican Committeeman Ruth O'Connell sent over the endorsements the group decided on Saturday. And one the biggest local party groups in Illinois disagreed with the Cook County GOP in a couple big races.

For one, Wheeling picked state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale for governor and Cook County picked businessman Bruce Rauner of Winnetka.

Wheeling picked state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove for U.S. Senate and the county picked Doug Truax of Downers Grove. And for Illinois Treasurer Wheeling picked DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan over Cook County's choice, state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego.