Illinois (GOP Club)

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  • Republicans, Welcome to Human Resources

    02/01/2010 9:54:46 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 166+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | February 1, 2010 | John F. Di Leo
    Republicans, Welcome to Human Resources by John F. Di Leo, for Illinois Review, February 1, 2010 A.D. Good morning, Republicans. Congratulations; you’ve been hired for a job – one of very short duration, but of critical importance. For 13 hours, you'll be working in HR; you’ll be selecting your government. You have quite a task before you. Evaluate a stack of resumes and applications, and decide which of the newcomers is the best choice… and often too, decide which current employees deserve a promotion. When the contract hiring you was originally written, things were a bit different than they are...
  • Could Democrats Lose the Senate?

    01/25/2010 3:07:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 703+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | January 25, 2010 | Marc Ambinder
    The decision by Beau Biden not to run for Senate brings to mind an historical parallel. With no Biden in the race, with no Ted Kaufman serving another term, the Democratic candidate is likely to be New Castle County executive Chris Coons. Back in 1972, no Democrat wanted to run against a popular Republican, so a young New Castle County Councilman with no money entered the race. His name: Joe Biden. Historical parallels might be all that Democrats have to hang onto. Rep. Mike Castle (R) is sufficiently popular statewide and has a fairly unimpeachable record of service in Washington....
  • Negative Campaigning Backfires on Bassi

    01/24/2010 9:09:33 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 3 replies · 534+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | 01/24/2010 | John F. Di Leo
    by John F. Di Leo How do you best judge the strength of a challenger, when the race isn't "important" enough to have national interest and national polling? Sometimes a single negative flyer can reveal all. In the quiet, Republican northwest suburbs of Chicago recently represented by Rep. Philip M. Crane and the late Bernie "No New Taxes" Pedersen - roughly Palatine, Inverness, and South Barrington, Illinois - the Republican state representative for the past decade or so has been Suzie Bassi, a moderate who moved up to the general assembly from a school board. Like hundreds - or perhaps...
  • GOP Plans to Pour Funds Into Illinois (GOP Plans to Pour Funds Into Illinois)

    11/23/2009 10:04:44 AM PST · by chicagolady · 18 replies · 837+ views
    NBC 5 Chicago ^ | Nov 23 2009 | ANDREW GREINER
    What a coup it would be for the GOP to win Obama's former senate seat. There's no doubt that the post, which is currently occupied by recently admonished Senator Roland Burris, would be an emotional victory for the Republican party. So it makes sense that the national Republican Party has signaled a willingness to pour a sizable chunk of money into Illinois’ political races, according to Crain’s. Illinois State GOP Chairman Pat Brady said he received a commitment from the RNC to pour funds into the state in hopes of a political breakthrough. Brady said chairman Michael Steele told him...
  • RNC Chairman Steele in Chicago; will meet with Illinois GOP leaders and 10th CD hopeful Coulson

    11/20/2009 8:43:05 AM PST · by chicagolady · 19 replies · 781+ views
    POLITICO ^ | 11-20-2009 | Josh Kraushaar
    State Rep. Beth Coulson, one of the most moderate Republican candidates running for Congress, will be meeting with Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele tomorrow in Illinois to discuss her campaign – and the need for Republicans to have a big-tent party so it can compete in Democratic-minded districts.
  • Rod Blagojevich Award goes to : Republican Andy McKenna

    11/17/2009 6:52:46 AM PST · by chicagolady · 23 replies · 1,377+ views
    You Tube ^ | 11/17/2009 | Rosanna Pulido
    Andy McKenna is running for Governor in Illinois. The only person that would be worse that Rod Blagojevich is Andy McKenna. Andy McKenna is a DEMOCRAT in REPUBLICAN clothing. THIS you tube says it all it gives you the history of Andy McKenna who has gobs of money and is running for governor of Illinois RINO ALERT! RINO ALERT! RINO ALERT!
  • Primary to face Foster triggers bad memories for Illinois Republicans

    10/02/2009 4:05:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies · 527+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 1, 2009 | Aaron Blake
    Political payback could turn an Illinois primary campaign into a Republican grudge match. Less than two years after a divisive primary crippled the GOP’s hopes in a special election won by Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Republicans are setting up strikingly similar battle lines in their February primary. State Sen. Randy Hultgren announced his candidacy for the seat on Monday, joining attorney Ethan Hastert — the son of the district’s longtime congressman and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) — and several other candidates. Hultgren has drawn praise from state Sen. Chris Lauzen, who bloodied up businessman Jim Oberweis in the...
  • Former Dist. 155 board member wants to be in Congress (Illinois)

    08/03/2009 5:42:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 783+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | Bob Susnjara
    Former Crystal Lake High School District 155 board member John Dawson wants to take his politics to a higher level. Dawson, 52, of Barrington, announced Thursday he's running in the 8th Congressional District's Republican primary. Democratic U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean of Barrington holds the seat Dawson wants. Other candidates for the GOP or Democratic primaries in the 8th District have not yet stepped forward publicly. The district includes Cook, Lake and McHenry counties. The owner of a home building and remodeling company, Dawson said the need for job creation and getting a handle on the national deficit are two issues...
  • 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.