Suburban Political Recount
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam put out a video late Monday with his take on the late-night shutdown fight.
I followed up on Mike Spellman's interesting story today about how the number of racing days at Arlington International Racecourse this year could depend on lawmakers' further approval of betting on horses online.
The law allowing Internet gambling on horses in Illinois expired at the end of 2012. It's known as advanced deposit wagering. Spellman explains why that affects Arlington:
It wasn't extended this year until the spring, and it cost the (Illinois Racing Board), which is partially funded by ADW, approximately $750,000 in tax revenues.
Now that primary season has picked up, I'll do this occasionally because it's the time of year when party leaders will back one candidate or another.
Today, we got notice that state Rep. JoAnn Osmond, an Antioch Republican who isn't running for re-election in 2014, said she's backing state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale for governor. Dillard is running against state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, businessman Bruce Rauner of Chicago and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa.
And U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, a Winfield Republican, will support state Rep. Darlene Senger for Congress in the 11th District over Chris Balkema of Channahon and Ian Bayne of Aurora.
The primary is set for March 18.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin spoke on the Senate floor today about yesterday's shooting.
Today I stumbled across the blog of Steve Kim, the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford.
Kim is from Northbrook, and his blog is a 2010 accounting of his bid that year to be Illinois attorney general. He lost that race, but his website is still up: http://www.stevekimforag.com/
The blog is full of interesting nuggets about the rigors of a statewide campaign, especially one run against a popular politician most people was certain would win (Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan).
Kim had some nice words for Rutherford even then: "Dan can definitely draw a crowd. He is going to make a great Treasurer."
Kim also had kind words for state Sen. Bill Brady, who is now Rutherford's - and by extension Kim's - electoral opponent.
Last month wasn't the first traveling of Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk did since suffering a stroke last year, but the Highland Park Republican is touting the extent of his visits in this video.
State Rep. Mike Tryon, a Crystal Lake Republican, vented today that it's been nearly 60 days since he asked for a meeting of the General Assembly's Mass Transit Committee to talk about the infamous hiring memo written by former Metra CEO Alex Clifford.
Clifford left Metra with a severance package of up to $718,000 after making allegations about improper hiring practices at the commuter rail agency, some tied to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
“It’s becoming pretty clear to me that Speaker Madigan has no intention of providing a platform where the truth can be learned about the serious allegations made by former Metra CEO Alex Clifford,” said Tryon, the top Republican on the committee.
Much has been made of businessman Rod Gidwitz backing Republican Bruce Rauner for governor despite his past support of state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale because of the the business community campaign cash that could elude Dillard as a result.
But could Dillard's addition of former Gov. Jim Thompson to his endorsement list with former Gov. Jim Edgar help in the money column?
Dillard campaign manager Glenn Hodas says maybe and says both men will have roles in the money side of the effort. But that's not their main role.
"We expect to be outspent," Hodas said.
Dan Proft told me a few weeks ago he was weighing a run for governor, but now he isn't, according to a statement at the conservative blog Illinois Review.
The former Wheaton resident and WLS-AM talk show host said he'll be working on backing certain Republican Statehouse candidates instead. He's part of the Illinois Opportunity Project, which has said it's working to draft conservative candidates.
"I feel a bit odd making a statement about something I am not going to do," Proft says in the statement. "However, since I have been openly contemplating another run for Illinois governor, it is appropriate I make my decision known for clarity's sake and for the sake of generous supporters past and present."
The local Republican faithful of Dundee township so far prefer businessman Bruce Rauner for governor, according to a straw poll at a picnic Sunday.
Rauner got about half of the about 70 votes, and state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale got about 41 percent. State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa split the rest.
So does it mean anything? Much like the famed straw poll of Ames, Iowa, even if it doesn't, it's still fun to talk about.
Dundee Township includes Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee and parts of Elgin, Hoffman Estates and Algonquin.