Candidates’ Night Thursday to be Televised

DeKalb City Council Chambers will serve as the setting for a candidates’ night on Thursday evening involving some of the candidates City of DeKalb residents will vote on, and will include a telecast on Channel 14, the city’s public access channel. The newly reconstituted League of Women Voters of DeKalb County (LWVDC) is hosting. Participating…

Straightforward Explanation of Illinois Budget Complications

Eric Zorn explains why calling for 10% across-the-board cuts in the state budget wouldn’t solve our money problems. I happen to disagree with him about the value/ROI of a forensic audit of state spending, however. Here’s another discussion, including a recap of Adam Andrzjewski’s arguments in support of such an audit, here.

Brady’s Conflicts of Interest

The Chicago Trib reports that Bill Brady, Republican candidate for governor, almost certainly has benefited from votes he’s cast as a state senator. In 2003, the state legislature gave the local government authority to take land for sewers along Curtis Road east of Brady’s property. A final vote to enact the law occurred Nov. 4,…

Brady & His Tax Returns

While the hoo-ha over State Sen. Bill Brady’s reluctance to disclose his tax returns is understandable — we are the transparency crowd here, after all — I also understand his reluctance under the circumstances. Additionally, the actual content of the returns don’t concern me much. We all are careful to pay only what we have…

Andrzejewski Runs for Governor

Click here to watch the Illinois Channel interview with declared GOP candidate for Illinois governor Adam Andrzejewski. It’s about 35 minutes long and covers his business background, his dad’s runs for state rep. against George Ryan in the ’70s, budget strategies (the 14-18 minute stretch is the most interesting to me), schools, and environmental regulation.…

Election Judge Notes

I’ve been an election judge on the Northern Illinois University campus for two years now. If memory serves our precinct got 62 votes in the 2006 General, “winning” the “contest” over the other three precincts stationed at the Recreation Center. From then it was all downhill, the lowlight having only 4 or 5 ballots rattling…

Gov Weighs in on Con-Con

Chicago Tribune’s “Clout Street” Blog: The governor said he likes the “concept” of a constitutional convention, but said it could be a costly endeavor that “could upset the delicate balance between the executive branch and the legislative branch.” … “Thank God that the constitution gives the executive branch a lot of power to get around…

Con-Con Talk

At least one local educator is telling children that a state constitutional convention (con-con) equals elimination of their beloved teachers’ pensions. Evidently the subject of special-interest propaganda, along with the dangers of driving and drugs and death-metal music, must be discussed with the offspring both early and often. So be it. I’ll also go on…