Former high-level aides to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has revealed that Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) told the then governor he was right for signing HB 40 in September 2017, the law requiring Medicaid funding of abortions. At a separate meeting, Brady also recommended that the governor sign gun control bills should they reach his desk.
When McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield challenged Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) in the Republican primary for the 66th District over three years ago, she received an endorsement from the Illinois Education Association (IEA). This spring, the powerful teachers’ union lobbied the General Assembly for approval of the progressive income tax, one of the largest tax increases in state history.
House Speaker Michael Madigan used his absolute power over the legislative process to move legislation to the floor on Friday that exchanges Illinois’ constitutionally mandated flat income tax with a progressive tax.
McHenry County Democratic officials, who organized last year’s March For Our Lives anti-gun rally in Woodstock, conspired with high school teachers to recruit students for the rally, emails obtained by the McHenry Times show.
There could be more people responsible for malicious campaign mailers targeting McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio in the March primary than the two Democratic political consultants named in McHenry County Court on Friday.
An election guide posted on the Communist Party USA’s (CPUSA) website said that the party is “deploying its resources” to unseat U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), as part of a larger effort to flip 24 Republican seats the Democrats need to capture control of the House.
The state GOP continued its backlash against conservative members of the party when it passed over State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) to fill the 33rd Senate district seat vacated by Karen McConnaughay.
Despite a history of ugly clashes with government watchdog groups, Jack Franks, chairman of the McHenry County board, recently received an award from a local bar association for working with others to find common ground in a “respectful and civil manner.”
Joe Tirio’s lawyer attached a proposed defamation lawsuit to a court petition that seeks to reveal who was behind three political mailers attacking Tirio during his Republican primary campaign for McHenry County clerk.
The shadowy political players that financed some vicious, completely unsubstantiated mailers targeting a slate of county-level Republican candidates will be unmasked if Joe Tirio, McHenry County recorder, wins his day in court.
House-approved legislation that would allow both township boards and residents to dissolve townships in McHenry County and reduce local taxes is the first step in eliminating other redundant, costly local governments statewide, state Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills), the sponsor of the bill, believes.
A Chicago-based printer with ties to the Democratic Party printed campaign mailers that targeted county-level Republican primary candidates, according to a Northwest Herald story. But the group that funded the mailers, Illinois Integrity Fund, remains a mystery; even a Hoffman Estates address used as the return address on the mailers could be bogus.
A post-primary poll shows that re-election prospects for incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner look bleak. An Odgen & Fry survey shows him down 22 points compared with Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker, and in an almost certain death knell for a politician, Rauner’s unfavorables are nearly double his favorables.