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Illinois (GOP Club)

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  • Dennis Hastert's son to run for father's seat

    06/08/2009 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 1,132+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 8, 2009
    Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's son, Ethan Hastert, has announced he'll run for his father's Chicago-area seat in Congress. The 31-year-old Hastert said Monday he would begin campaigning and fundraising for the 14th District seat. Dennis Hastert held the seat for 20 years and was the longest-serving Republican House Speaker. He announced in August 2007 that he would not seek reelection. Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Batavia won the seat in the November general election. The younger Hastert has never held elected office. The self-described economic and social conservative grew up in Yorkville and now is...
  • A Kirk alternative? (Illinois Senate race)

    05/30/2009 5:07:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 1,290+ views
    The Politicio ^ | May 26, 2009
    In Illinois, Republicans have been anxiously waiting for Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) to decide whether he’s running for the Senate. If the popular, suburban Chicago congressman enters the race, strategists on both sides of the aisle expect the Illinois Senate race to be highly competitive. But, as Kirk takes his time in making a decision, the party is beginning to consider an alternative plan. And a new name is now being floated – Steve Preston, who served as Housing and Urban Development Secretary in the final year of President Bush’s administration. Preston is a former executive vice president at ServiceMaster...
  • House Republicans join Democrats to swell gambling, taxes and fees

    05/22/2009 8:25:04 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 8 replies · 702+ views
    Champion News ^ | May 22, 2009 | Doug Ibendahl
    Unbelievable. On Thursday, 25 House Republicans joined Democrats in passing HB255. The vote was 86 to 30, with one Democrat voting “Present.” HB255 is a three-pronged attack on the Republican Party Platform. First, it massively expands gambling in the state by legalizing video poker. It also allows lottery wagering over the Internet. Second, it raises the fee for a driver’s license. And third, it imposes sales taxes for the first time on previously exempt grocery items like candy, non-carbonated beverages, and health and beauty aids. Taxes on wine, beer and other alcohol are also increased. Here are the names of...
  • Pat Brady picks up where Bob Kjellander left off (IL GOP)

    05/15/2009 7:06:02 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 10 replies · 914+ views
    CHAMPION NEWS ^ | May 13 2009 | Doug Ibendahl
    Well here we go again. There are very few actual leaders in Illinois Republican politics to begin with. But whenever we do see one – there’s some school yard bully ready to personally attack that person. A couple of weeks ago a sewer blogging little punk named Tom Swiss made a complete fool of himself for about the 150th time by trying to smear Jack Roeser. [By the way, just earlier today – Jack was awarded the de Fleury Medal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in honor of his significant contributions to Army Engineering. So be sure to...
  • Ill. Democrats step into GOP split over leadership

    05/07/2009 8:08:54 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 21 replies · 1,056+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | May 7 2009 | Christofer Wills
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Party interests blurred and twisted at the state Capitol Wednesday as Democrats, led by a former Republican, teamed up with disgruntled GOP members to change the way they choose their leaders. Top Republicans oppose the change, even threatening to sue over it. What's at stake is whether rank-and-file Republicans will get to vote on who serves on the party's central committee, the governing board for the party in Illinois. Right now, Republican leaders in wards, townships and precincts across the state choose the central committee. Some Republican activists say that system produces a central committee that's out...
  • McKenna calls you insurgents – history will call you leaders (Illinois GOP Thug)

    04/21/2009 6:08:17 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 4 replies · 682+ views
    Champion News ^ | April 20 2009 | Doug Ibendahl
    State GOP Chairman Andy McKenna was at it again last week. He continued to push the ridiculous lie that Senate Bill 600 Of course McKenna never even attempts to explain how it's "punishment" for Republicans voters to have a right restored - one they had for over 70 years, and one the Democrats have always enjoyed. McKenna's faction can't even come up with decent lies anymore. They're finished. In the same article linked above, McKenna was also complaining again about primaries, and worries they are "not constructive." That's all very interesting of course coming from a guy who no one...
  • Hastert's son may be eyeing dad's old seat

    04/18/2009 11:23:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 34 replies · 1,283+ views
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 18, 2009
    Could another Hastert be in line for a run at the 14th Congressional District seat? Ethan Hastert, the 31-year-old son of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, confirmed Friday that he has started meeting local leaders and introducing himself as a potential candidate. He said he has made no decisions yet. Hastert's father held the far west suburban seat for nearly 21 years, serving as speaker from 1999 to 2007. Ethan Hastert is an associate at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago. He worked for more than a year in then-Vice President Dick Cheney's office.
  • Illinois GOP: Chairman says 2006 gubernatorial primary 'was not constructive'

    04/13/2009 11:33:22 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 57 replies · 1,412+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 13, 2009 | Rick Pearson
    Illinois' Republican chairman acknowledged Sunday that his party's often-bitter 2006 primary for governor "was not constructive" in helping nominee Judy Baar Topinka challenge wounded Democrat Rod Blagojevich's bid for a second term. Andy McKenna also criticized Democrats in the legislature for being "small-minded" by helping push legislation that would let primary voters rather than party officials decide the Republicans' top leaders. Speaking on WGN-AM 720, McKenna said Republican leaders and donors don't want to see a repeat of the four-way 2006 GOP primary for governor that he contended produced a weakened Topinka who was unable to challenge a better-funded Blagojevich...
  • Topic: President Obama is Destroying Our Economy on Purpose. Heres proof!!!

    03/08/2009 7:12:01 AM PDT · by christsnation · 24 replies · 2,510+ views
    Worldview Radio ^ | September 2008 | James Simpson
  • Rosanna Pulido: Biography and questionnaire

    02/11/2009 5:03:39 PM PST · by chicagolady · 11 replies · 754+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | Feb 10 2009 | Rosanna Pulido
    Candidate for 5th Congressional District primary February 9, 2009 Party affiliation: Republican Date of birth: May 12, 1956 Web site: Occupation: Senior Citizen Advocacy Previous political experience (elective and appointed positions): I have been a grassroots activist that has worked on issues that affect the everyday life of the people who reside here. Senior citizen advocacy and Senior transportation issues, 2ND Amendment rights issues and illegal immigration issues. I have testified before the Illinois General Assembly and in Washington DC. My life experience of seeing problems and lobbying, writing letters and educating the public about the issues is a...
  • Help us retake the U.S. House...GOP's Greg Bedell for Congress...(Rahm's Old Seat)

    02/04/2009 1:06:00 PM PST · by obamaisandrogynous · 12 replies · 1,002+ views
    Barack Obama's election has already brought about change -- a vacancy in Rahm Emanuel's old seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Fifth Congressional District ofIllinois -- and that is giving hope to Republicans. Hope that we can begin to take back the Congress, and push back the Democrats' massive, trillion dollar deficit spending plans. Since Obama's election on Nov. 5, Republicans have won the Senate seat in Georgia, and a House seat in Louisiana. Let's make it three straight wins this spring and elect an amazing Republican, Greg Bedell for Congress. We need your support. The March...
  • Roskam expects crowded (2010) Senate race, may run

    01/22/2009 3:35:55 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies · 1,272+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2008 | Aaron Blake
    Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) said Monday that he expects a crowded field to pursue the Senate seat of Roland Burris (D) and that it might include him. “I do think that Roland Burris is going to be political sorbet,” Roskam said of embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s (D) appointee. He added: “I think you’ll see a whole host of folks coming forward.” In an interview with The Hill, Roskam promoted his Illinois GOP colleague, Rep. Mark Kirk, saying he would be “a very, very strong candidate.” But Roskam also said he would consider the race.
  • Obama Administration Already Knee-Deep in Corruption

    01/04/2009 11:28:17 AM PST · by The Patriot RWC · 47 replies · 2,406+ views
    First, Obama's fellow Daley machine hack, Rod Blagojevich, tried to sell Obama's Senate seat. Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, discussed the future of the Senate seat with Blagojevich. Obama has since "cleared himself" of any wrongdoing. Then, Obama's advisor, Caroline Kennedy, tried to steal a Senate seat in New York, citing royal prerogative. Now, Obama's Commerce Secretary nominee, Bill Richardson, has withdrawn his nomination, amid speculation that he will be indicted for corruption. All this, and Obama hasn't even been sworn in!
  • Lightweight Burris Just Part of the Spectacle

    01/01/2009 10:00:49 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies · 916+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 01, 2009 | David Broder
    And then Tuesday, we learned that Roland Burris, a guy who has been hanging around in Illinois politics for decades, saw in all of this an opportunity to vault himself into the Senate -- no matter what Obama and every other Democrat from Springfield to Washington thought. Everyone, including Obama, has been exceedingly polite in their public comments about Burris. I have known him for years and I like him. But I have never been confused about the level of his talent. He was elected as far back as 1978 as state comptroller and stayed in that low-visibility office for...
  • O Rahm, O Rahm Emanuel!

    12/21/2008 2:12:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 675+ views
    Positive Liberty ^ | December 21, 2008 | D.A. Ridgely
    ♫ O Rahm, O Rahm Emanuel! Come and give jobs to Liberals That wait for their appointments here Until Barack Obama appears.Employed! Employed! Emanuel Shall find thee work, oh Liberal! ♫ O Come, thou Rahm with Jesse’s boy, Thy Democratic colleagues to employ. After two terms in the wilderness It’s time that situation to address.Employed! Employed! Emanuel Shall find thee work, oh Liberal! ♫ O Come, thou Chief of Staff and appoint On behalf of The One we did anoint. Disperse those NeoCons from our sight And make some office space for us forthright.Employed! Employed! Emanuel Shall find thee work,...
  • Lt. Dan for Senate from Illinois!!! Draft Gary Sinise!!!

    12/15/2008 8:26:51 PM PST · by ebiskit · 17 replies · 1,293+ views
    vanity | 12/15/08 | tahDeetz
    Lt. Dan for Senate from Illinois!!! Lets draft Gary Sinise for US Senate.
  • Maverick McCain Goes Soft Again … Scolds GOP for Fanning Democrat Illinois Blagogate Scandal

    12/14/2008 12:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 2,236+ views
    Scared Monkeys ^ | December 14, 2008
    Why did John McCain lose to Obama in the 2008 Presidential election? Was it because of the Obama faux message of change? Obama’s get out the vote? Nope. It was because too many Conservatives and Republicans were not inspired my the maverick because they did not trust McCain to act like a Republican. Suddenly, in the wake of a senate seat for sale scandal and Obama not being openly honest, McCain decides to be “mavericky”. Dear Senator McCain, the way that this has been handled by Obama screams that people ask questions. When even Democrats begin to question the silence...
  • Valerie Jarrett (Compliments of The GOP)

    12/12/2008 8:44:57 PM PST · by earmarksrus · 3 replies · 895+ views
    Barack Book ^ | none | Republican National Committee
    Valerie Jarrett Who Am I? Chicago Medical Center As Well." (Jay Newton-Small, "Campaign Insider," Time, 4/7/08) "Chicago Is In The Running For The 2016 Olympics … One Of Obama's Top Advisers, Valerie Jarrett, Is The Vice Chair Of Chicago's Bid Committee." (Lynn Sweet, "McCain, Obama, Clinton All Push Bush On China Games," Chicago Sun-Times, 4/10/08) Under A Plan Devised By The City Of Chicago And Habitat Co., "The City Has Lost More Than 13,000 Housing Units For The Poor." (Jason Grotto and Laurie Cohen, "Obama Adviser Shapes City Housing Policy," Chicago Tribune, 7/5/08) "Habitat Has Earned $6.8 Million In Fees...
  • Team Barry begins to throw the Chicago machine under the bus

    12/09/2008 8:27:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,631+ views
    Sister Toldjah ^ | December 9, 2008
    And in the process, they contradict themselves … twice. Jake Tapper reports: “Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney’s office today,” said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. “But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time.” Asked what contact he’d had with the governor’s office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect...
  • Oberweis: 'No plans' to seek office again

    11/07/2008 4:10:30 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies · 774+ views
    The Geneva Sun ^ | November 7, 2008 | Andre Salles
    Since the start of his race for the Fox Valley congressional seat which took him through two primary elections in February, a special election in March and Tuesday's general election, Oberweis spent more than $4.6 million and pumped a significant amount of his own money into the campaign. After this latest defeat, Oberweis said he has "no plans" to run for office again. "I've learned never to say never because things change, but I'm not planning anything like that now," he said.