Suburban Political Recount

Suburban Political Recount

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.

Painting the dome

Posted by Mike Riopell on Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:57

Elizabeth Roskam, wife of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, painted depictions of the U.S. Capitol dome for a calendar sent out by the Wheaton Republican's campaign this year.

The Roskams Roll Call inspiration for the pictures came from photos taken by family. We'll have more photos of the calendar in Friday's column.

VIDEO: Durbin references Antioch man in debate

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 14:38

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, references a man from Antioch on the Senate floor while supporting the extension of unemployment benefits.

"A 35-year-old man from Antioch, Ill., Ryan, writes to me, with two children, about how difficult it is for him to keep his family together while he continues, day after weary day, looking for a job."

Getting kicked?

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 17:27

The state Board of Elections is set to meet Thursday and could make final decisions then about whether some local candidates can stay on the March primary ballot.

Among the highest-profile suburban questions: Will Republican Manju Goel of Aurora be allowed to stay in the 8th District Congressional race?

Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville is her opponent, and the winner will take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth in the fall.

Thursday is, by law, the last day to certify the March ballot, so we should get some answers by then. Stay tuned.

Mark Kirk's 2013

Posted by Mike Riopell on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 15:08

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, released this video about his 2013, which began with a climb up the Capitol steps to mark another milestone in his stroke recovery.

Cashing out

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 12/31/2013 - 11:50

In hunting through campaign finance records, we noticed former state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, a Des Plaines Republican, closed out her account in the past few days. She finished her legislative career in 2012, and there was no money left in her final report.

Looking at the report before that showed that Mulligan had paid herself the remaining balance of the fund, $23,662.71, in July.

Can lawmakers just give themselves the remainder of their campaign funds? Usually not.

Candidate: 'Duck Dynasty' star is like Rosa Parks

Posted by Mike Riopell on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 12:53

As the controversy continues over A&E's suspension of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson over comments he made to GQ magazine, Republican candidate for Congress Ian Bayne of Aurora sent a statement this morning comparing Robertson to Rosa Parks.

From the statement:

Parks, famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white person, as was the rule of her day, provided inspiration for a movement of equality of black people and white people in America.

"What Parks did was courageous," said Bayne. "What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too."

Bayne believes that the Duck Dynasty star knew that going on GQ (magazine) would result in the current controversy going on surrounding his suspension...

Lottery mania

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:22

I found this tweet from Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka amusing because, first, everyone is caught up in lottery mania, and, second, I usually do these calculations for the blog, too. Now I don't have to.