Category: Illinois Politics

GOP Gubernatorial Primary 2018: Competent Uniter v. Incompetent Divider

Here is the WBEZ headline and lede for an article about one of the big news stories this week in Illinois:

Surviving War, But Not The Veterans’ Home
Since July 2015, 13 residents of a veterans’ home in west central Illinois have died
from Legionnaires’ disease. Eleven families are suing the state for negligence.

Typically this kind of governmental failure cannot be blamed on a guy who just took office less than three years ago. However, among the most publicized accomplishments of the Bruce Rauner administration is that fact that state-funded social services got short shrift during the two-year state budget impasse.… Continue Reading

National Review: Rauner is the Worst GOP Governor in America

Written by John Biver

Illinoisans have a lot to be proud of — we live in a beautiful state in the heart of America. Our people are hardworking, our soil is among the most productive in the world, our transportation systems are first rate, we have a world-class city and hundreds of great small towns. The list could go on and on.

But to our shame is our state government. Illinois is at or near the top on a lot of bad lists: corruption, tax burden, unfunded liabilities, and debt.… Continue Reading

Poll: Liberals More Committed Than Conservatives

Written by John Biver

When Jeanne Ives announced her primary campaign challenge to Governor Bruce Rauner this week, one of the most common questions was — can she overcome Rauner’s incredible war chest which contains tens of millions of dollars of his own money?

The question that came to my mind was — do Illinois conservatives who support Ives realize that they have a role to play in her campaign? Never before have the grassroots taken on a such an enormous responsibility than what they have between now and the March primary election.… Continue Reading

Is Gov. Rauner Buying the Support of Illinois GOP County Chairmen?

Written by John Biver

Because the Illinois Republican Party nominated a radical left-winger in 2014 who has demonstrated an inability to lead, three years into his term Illinois finds itself worse off than when Governor Bruce Rauner took office.

What happens when that aforementioned Republican governor is willing to spend millions of dollars of his own money to purchase support? We’re witnessing the answer as candidate Bruce Rauner meets with county party chairmen and offers them assistance — in the form of money, candidate training, website support, etc.… Continue Reading

Let’s Go Illinoisans! Send Jeanne Ives to the Governor’s Mansion!

Written by Laurie Higgins

With the country riven by unbridgeable ideological divisions and all manner of corruption, we here in one of the sorriest-run, most corrupt states have a breath of fresh air in gubernatorial candidate State Representative Jeanne Ives.

Conservatives of all stripes have a candidate in Ives who unapologetically embraces the entire Republican platform and does so with courage, wisdom, grace, and integrity. Ives is a smart, well-informed, tireless straight shooter. Illinoisans must not pass up this opportunity to elect a candidate of this caliber.… Continue Reading

Republican Vince Romano Challenges State Rep. Lou Lang in the 16th District

Written by John Biver

Vince Romano is once again challenging state Rep. Lou Lang in district 16, which includes parts of Chicago, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and Skokie. Rep. Lang has held his Illinois House seat for 30 years, and is Speaker Madigan’s Deputy Majority Leader.

Romano, a former financial advisor for Morgan Stanley, senses a growing discontent with Rep. Lang around the district, even among Democrats. Lang has a growing reputation of not being a man of his word, Romano said, “he makes a lot of promises and doesn’t have to bother fulfilling them because he sees his reelection as guaranteed — he’s a part of the Madigan machine.”

Speaker Mike Madigan, who has been House Speaker for all but two years since 1983, is becoming a more familiar name as Republicans target him as one of the main sources of Illinois’ problems.… Continue Reading

Pinocchio Rauner vs. West Point Grad Jeanne Ives: No Contest

Written by Laurie Higgins

Last week, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Donna Brazile, revealed that in order to access Hillary Clinton’s filthy lucre, the bankrupt DNC agreed to be in cahoots with Clinton to ensure her victory. Surely conservatives are not so naïve as to believe this type of corruption is limited to the DNC and the Clinton cabal.

Here in Illinois, we have seen GOP governors go to prison; boorish Pat Brady, former chair of the ILGOP, stab conservatives in the back by privately urging Republican lawmakers to support same-sex faux-marriage, and “No-Social-Agenda” Rauner bald-face lie to Illinoisans.… Continue Reading

James Marter Challenges Adam Kinzinger in the 16th Congressional District Primary

Written by John Biver

Politics has changed within the past two years and that is a very good thing. If you’re a conservative and don’t think much of President Donald Trump, you cannot deny he’s someone who wishes to get things done. Not a common trait among conservative politicians, at least not since Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich left the field.

Here in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner has behaved in such a way that conservatives are finally waking up, speaking up, and stepping up.… Continue Reading

Fiscal Conservative and Pro-Family Candidate for Governor Jeanne Ives Needs Your Help Gathering Signatures

Written by John Biver

Taxpayer funded abortion. A sanctuary state. Government mandating that pro-life medical professionals provide patients with pro-abortion information. Government prohibiting counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction. $16 billion in unpaid bills. A still-unreformed pension system that is hundreds of billions in the red. Three more unconstitutionally imbalanced budgets.

And that is just the start. Four years ago candidate Bruce Rauner ran for governor as a “fiscal conservative” who had “no social agenda.” Now we know he lied.… Continue Reading

(More) Conservative Christians (Still) Needed to Rescue Illinois

Written by John Biver

The above (slightly altered) title, which was added to a recent post after I wrote it, is too good to use only once. Conservative Christians are needed — and it is a rescue mission.

Is Illinois too far gone? Too many big problems that can’t be solved?

No and no. As bad as things are, Illinois can be saved. This state has many advantages — from it’s Midwestern location to its transportation systems, its natural resources, its number of great communities, businesses, churches and people.… Continue Reading

Modified by Matthew Medlen.com