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  • Illinois GOP leader critical of Lauzen (RINO ALERT!)

    04/27/2009 3:55:13 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 30 replies · 484+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 26 2009 | Rick Pearson
    Illinois’ Republican national committeeman said that state Sen. Chris Lauzen of Aurora should “take a deep look” to see if he wants to say in the GOP and shouldn’t make another bid for Congress in the far west suburbs. Pat Brady, who last summer became Republican National Committeeman from Illinois to replace the controversial Bob Kjellander, also said he expected a GOP primary contest next year for nomination to the 14th Congressional District seat won last year by freshman Democrat Bill Foster of Geneva. Among those considering a bid for the seat formerly held by longtime Republican U.S. House Speaker...
  • 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...
  • Does anyone remember Jack Ryan and Obama's Senate run four years ago?

    08/23/2008 6:27:04 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 55 replies · 3,961+ views
    23 August 2008 | Vanity
    Four years ago Obama was in a tight race with a Republican opponent--Jack Ryan. Wikipedia records what happpened. ...Ryan married actress Jeri Ryan in 1991; together they have a son, Alex Ryan. They divorced in 1999 in California, and the records of the divorce were sealed at their mutual request. Five years later, when Ryan's Senate campaign began, the Chicago Tribune newspaper and WLS-TV, the local ABC affiliate, sought to have the records released. On March 3, 2004, several of Ryan's GOP primary opponents urged release of the records.Both Ryan and his wife agreed to make their divorce records public,...
  • Hastert's Illinois Approach to Politics

    10/10/2006 11:21:11 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 616+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 11, 2006 | Dennis Byrne
    Pundits glued to their Potomac seats, applying their usual Beltway explanations for everything that happens in America, would have it that House Speaker Dennis Hastert bollixed up the House page scandal because he is an unredeemed Republican partisan. Or that he doesn't care enough about congressmen hounding boys. Or that his conservatism made him do it.Blind partisanship, moral failings, hypocrisy, gay bashing or any of those other explanations that don't come close to the reality that Hastert was simply doing politics as it is practiced here, in Illinois.Hastert knows no other way, having been bred, born and raised in the...
  • Bradys Send Letter to Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Topinka

    09/15/2006 10:31:23 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 22 replies · 764+ views
    US Newswire Press Release ^ | 9/14/06 | Jim & Sarah Brady
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Illinois native Jim and Sarah Brady today sent the following letter to Illinois Gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka: Dear Ms. Topinka, We heard about your comments from last week regarding assault weapons: "I'm the sword of justice... We will take him out with my little rolling pin known as the assault weapon. I will prove to him, indeed, it is an assault weapon." Jim and I pride ourselves in having decent senses of humor, but we didn't find your remarks funny. We now understand that you have been asked to apologize and that you...
  • Topinka Plans Tax Credit For Teachers

    08/18/2006 7:35:47 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 49 replies · 688+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 18 AUGUST 2006 | AP
    Candidate Would Propose Credit Of Up To $150 For Teachers Who Spend Own Money On Classroom Needs (AP) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka plans to propose a state income tax credit of up to $150 for teachers who spend their own money for classroom needs. Topinka's plan would reduce teachers' tax bills by $1 for every $2 they spend out of their own pockets on supplies and other classroom expenses. Teachers must work full time and would have to document their expenses to qualify for the credit. The proposal, scheduled to be made public this weekend,...
  • NYC's Republican Mayor Endorses Blagojevich

    08/18/2006 5:54:20 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 38 replies · 769+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 18 AUGUST 2006 | AP
    Topinka Spokesman Dismisses Endorsement (CBS) CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich has won a surprising endorsement from the Republican mayor of New York City. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Chicago on Thursday to promote New York as a host of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Bloomberg called Blagojevich a fighter for the people of Illinois, especially in health care issues. “If I lived here, I would vote for him,” Bloomberg said of the Democratic governor. In response, a spokesman for GOP rival Judy Baar Topinka dismissed Bloomberg’s endorsement as from an “out of towner.”
  • Gay marriage amendment lacks ballot vote(Illinois)

    08/11/2006 4:20:10 PM PDT · by Dane · 2 replies · 269+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times, AP ^ | August 11, 2006 | Deanna Bellandi
    Gay marriage amendment lacks ballot vote August 11, 2006 BY DEANNA BELLANDI ASSOCIATED PRESS The state Board of Elections agreed Friday with a hearing officer that an advisory referendum on gay marriage doesn't have enough signatures to be on the November ballot. But gay marriage opponents have taken their fight to federal court contending that the process to get a referendum on the Illinois ballot is burdensome and unconstitutional. "Unless they pull a rabbit out of a hat in federal court, it's not going to be on the ballot," said Patricia Logue, senior counsel for the Lambda Legal Defense and...
  • McCain, Giuliani to campaign for Topinka

    07/09/2006 8:00:56 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies · 404+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 9, 2006 | A.P.
    Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and U.S. Sen. John McCain will travel to Illinois in the next week to stump for Republican gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka, her campaign said Sunday. Giuliani, who was Time magazine's "Man of the Year" for 2001 and has been mentioned as a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, is scheduled to appear Tuesday at a campaign event in Bolingbrook in Will County. McCain, a Republican from Arizona, is slated to appear with Topinka at a campaign event in Fairview Heights near St. Louis on Saturday. "Our campaign is gaining momentum and I appreciate...
  • Two Gay Rights Supporters Are Vying For Governor (IL)

    06/12/2006 8:52:11 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies · 601+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 12 JUNE 2006 | AP
    Blagojevich, Topinka Are Both Moderates On LGBT Issues (AP) CHICAGO -- While some Washington politicians want to use gay marriage to divide the electorate in November, Illinois voters are choosing between two candidates for governor who are regular crowd favorites at this city's gay pride parade. Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his GOP challenger, state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, are nearly identical in their support for gay rights. Both say a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is unnecessary, and Topinka supports the state law signed by Blagojevich protecting gay people from discrimination. "As gay voters we have good choices,"...
  • Bush hopes to paint town red on date with Topinka

    06/11/2006 12:08:15 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 59 replies · 1,185+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 11, 2006 | LYNN SWEET
    Democratic blue state Illinois is flashing onto the radar of the Bush White House, with the governorship up for grabs and two high-profile House seats. The Sun-Times has learned President Bush is coming to Chicago July 7 for a fund-raiser for Judy Baar Topinka. The White House political operation, run by Karl Rove -- who helped convince Topinka to run against Gov. Blagojevich -- is also closely monitoring two of the most-watched House races in the country, in the west and Northwest Suburban 6th and 8th congressional districts.
  • Topinka's gibes give critics ammunition

    04/07/2006 7:43:36 PM PDT · by Richard from IL · 10 replies · 389+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/7/2006 | Rick Pearson
    In the last month, Judy Baar Topinka called her Republican opponents "morons," described Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich as having "little weasel eyes" and stood by as an aide said her campaign would like President Bush to raise money for her "late at night--in an undisclosed location." For Topinka, the state's three-term treasurer and the Republican candidate for governor, such remarks have been her stock in trade. The accordion-toting politician, who revels in discussions about her unnaturally red hair dye and thrift-shop wardrobe, once mentioned flatulence at her inauguration.
  • Ill. GOP Gov. Candidate--NOT a Team Player?

    04/06/2006 12:33:54 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies · 148+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 4/6/06 | Warner Todd Huston
    George Will has an interesting article about our Illinois Gubernatorial candidate, Judy Barr Topinka. (A 'Straight Talk" Test For 2006) It's mostly just straight forward discussion of the GOP's tenuous possibility to get back in political power in Illinois, with a mention of same in California and New York state. But, the article is mostly about Illinois' situation with our brash "straight talking" candidate, Judy Barr. Most of it isn't too revealing until you get to the last two paragraphs and then you hit paydirt... Topinka says Karl Rove urged her to run, hoping to offset in Illinois a probable...
  • Can Topinka Turn Illinois Red?

    04/06/2006 5:58:45 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 24 replies · 789+ views
    Washington Post Writers Group ^ | April 6, 2006 | George F. Will
    CHICAGO -- Illinois' northernmost bit is north of Cape Cod and its southern tip is south of Richmond, Va. Scattered the length of the state, from the Wisconsin to the Kentucky border, are fragments of wreckage from the state party that produced the first Republican president -- who was born in Kentucky and nominated by a Republican Party born in Wisconsin, at Ripon. In the last four presidential elections, Republican candidates have averaged just 40 percent of the Illinois vote. In 2004, the Republican Senate candidate, a raging resident of Maryland, won just 27 percent of the vote. Judy Topinka,...
  • Illinois Governor - GOP Primary Election Thread

    03/21/2006 2:33:54 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 460 replies · 7,955+ views
    Open Thread ^ | 3-21-06 | TitansAFC
    This is an open thread for Illinois Freepers to talk about the GOP Primary Election today. Can Judy Baar Topinka be stopped?!?!? Stay tuned!
  • Illinois' Campaign 2006: Is This All There Is?

    03/21/2006 4:19:24 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 500+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 21, 2006 | Dennis Byrne
    If you want to discover how a perfectly healthy pink state turns into a lasting blue one, look no further than Illinois.For years, Republicans often won statewide and federal elective offices. But thanks to a bungling party "leadership" way out of touch with its constituency, Tuesday's primary election to select a GOP nominee for governor presents voters with indecision, disappointment or disgust. Among the candidates, "I don't know" has made a strong showing.We columnists have raked this field of candidates to the point of tedium, but why not? Why should Republicans be forced to choose among marginal, inexperienced, unqualified or...
  • Weather could impact primary results (Illinois)

    03/20/2006 9:28:35 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 17 replies · 533+ views
    March 20, 2006 - Voter turnout Tuesday in Illinois could break an all-time record, a record low. That is because an Election Day snowstorm is headed straight for central Illinois. A non-presidential primary election usually attracts about a third of all of the registered voters in Illinois. Election experts say a central Illinois snowstorm could reduce Tuesday's statewide turnout to less than 25 percent which would be the lowest in many decades. the turnout forecast for Chicago and the collar counties is good, no rain or snow but windy and chilly. City turnout expected in the 38 percent range. but...
  • Showtime in Illinois

    03/20/2006 6:58:27 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 722+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 20, 2006 | Tom Bevan
    Tomorrow is primary day in Illinois and there are three races to watch. The first, and biggest, is the GOP primary for Governor which has essentially boiled down to a two person race between moderate Judy Baar Topinka and conservative Jim Oberweis.Topinka is the only Republican currently holding statewide office (Treasurer) which demonstrates her appeal in a state where the GOP has basically been reduced to a smoldering heap of ruins. However, Topinka's longevity also has a downside; she has ties to the lowly-regarded Illinois political establishment and she served with former Governor George Ryan - who sits awaiting...
  • Oberweis proposed game of chance to challenge Topinka (IL Governor Race)

    03/19/2006 12:01:25 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 480+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 18, 2006 | Carlos Sadovi and Liam Ford
    At the end of a political campaign it's not uncommon for a candidate to grasp at straws, but Jim Oberweis literally proposed drawing straws to decide who should stay in the race for the Republican nomination for governor, two of his rivals said Saturday. On the Democratic side, Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) extended his feud with his son-in-law, Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, by featuring primary challenger Edwin Eisendrath at a bingo game of senior citizens in the ward. But Mell stopped short of a formal endorsement. As the GOP candidates for governor fanned out across the state on the final...
  • Phyllis Schlafly Endorses Jim Oberweis in IL GOP Gubernatorial Primary March 21

    03/17/2006 12:54:49 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 28 replies · 403+ views
    Email from Eagle Forum | 03-17-06 | Theodore R.
    ON TUESDAY, REPUBLICANS WILL VOTE FOR THE HEART AND SOUL OF OUR PARTY. THIS IS PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY, PRESIDENT OF EAGLE FORUM. MANY OF YOU KNOW ME FROM MY YEARS WORKING FOR CONSERVATIVE AND PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES. TODAY I AM ASKING YOU TO SUPPORT JIM OBERWEIS FOR GOVERNOR. REPUBLICAN VOTERS NEED TO RALLY BEHIND ONE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE. JIM OBERWEIS IS THAT CANDIDATE. HE WILL PROTECT THE SANCTITY OF INNOCENT LIFE, SUPPORT THE PRO-FAMILY MARRIAGE AMENDMENT, STAND UP FOR OUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND LEAD THE FIGHT HERE IN ILLINOIS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. IF THESE ARE ISSUES THAT YOU CARE ABOUT, THEN IT...
  • Ill. Republicans Seem to Be Struggling

    03/17/2006 12:11:36 PM PST · by libstripper · 15 replies · 436+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | March 17, 2006 | CHRISTOPHER WILLS,
    These are tough times for the Illinois Republican Party. Their former leader is on trial on corruption charges. The biggest name in the party decided not to run for governor. The people who did run are slinging mud and calling each other names like "moron." And whoever wins the nomination for governor in Tuesday's primary gets the pleasure of challenging an incumbent with a huge campaign fund in a Democrat-leaning state. "It's wonderful, if you're into abuse," said Maureen Murphy, a member of the GOP State Central Committee.
  • Chicago Tribune / WGN-TV Poll Shows Blagojevich, Topinka Leading in Primary Races for Governor

    03/13/2006 8:50:23 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 11 replies · 528+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/13/06
    CHICAGO, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich maintains a comfortable advantage over his Democratic primary rival, while Judy Baar Topinka, the state's three-term treasurer, is losing some of her sizable lead over the pack of potential Republican candidates for governor, according to a new Chicago Tribune / WGN-TV poll. Complete story and poll results appear in the Tuesday, March 14, edition of the Chicago Tribune and online at chicagotribune.com/elections . The poll, surveying 600 likely voters in the Republican primary and another 600 indicating they would cast a Democratic ballot, was conducted March 8-12 by Market Shares Corp. of...
  • IL Governor's Race: Phyllis Schlafly joins Oberweis Endorsements.

    03/12/2006 9:15:34 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 1 replies · 255+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 3-12-06 | Mickey Ciokajlo and Ofelia Casillas
    Hopefuls put politics on parade By Mickey Ciokajlo and Ofelia Casillas, Tribune staff reporters. Tribune staff reporters Liam Ford, James Kimberly, Carlos Sadovi and John Chase contributed to this report Published March 12, 2006 ......During the session at the Rose Garden restaurant, Oberweis received the endorsement of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, founder and president of the Eagle Forum. "You were one of my heroes," Oberweis told Schlafly, adding that her 1964 book "A Choice Not an Echo" inspired him. The book, used that year to promote Barry Goldwater's presidential run, argued that grass-roots elements of the Republican Party must stand...
  • Oberweis gains on Topinka!

    03/12/2006 7:18:11 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 99 replies · 1,065+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 3-12-06 | Kevin McDermott
    Topinka 36% Oberweis 25% Gidwitz 19% Brady 11% Martin 1% Undecided 8% Oberweis closing on Topinka, poll finds SPRINGFIELD BUREAU 03/12/2006 Judy Topinka continues to pose the most serious threat to Gov. Blagojevich, still holding him under 50% support among likely voters, according to a new Post-Dispatch/KMOV-TV poll. But two weeks out from the GOP primary for governor, Topinka herself faces a growing threat from Jim Oberweis. Oberweis, a wealthy dairy owner, has made substantial gains against her in the past month. The poll of 800 likely voters was conducted Monday through Wednesday by Research 2000. The poll has a...
  • Politicians parade; poll shows Blagojevich, Topinka out front (Oberwies closing the gap)

    03/11/2006 7:53:31 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 5 replies · 366+ views
    BellevilleNews.Democrat.com ^ | 3/11/06 | DEANNA BELLANDI
    CHICAGO - On an afternoon when March felt more like summer, politicians turned out Saturday for the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, waving to voters they hope will remember them on Election Day. Some GOP gubernatorial candidates were there, including state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, as were the Democrats, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his challenger, former Chicago alderman Edwin Eisendrath. "Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, it's wonderful," said Topinka, who is Czechoslovak but was decked out in shamrock beads. A new St. Louis Post-Disptach/KMOV-TV poll released Saturday shows Topinka leading the pack...
  • Arguments against Topinka

    03/07/2006 5:43:35 PM PST · by Richard from IL · 23 replies · 818+ views
    http://www.gopillinois.com/ | Me
    The following is a letter I wrote which will be published in the Winnetka Talk on Thursday. I sent it to Dave Dierson and he included it in his daily summary yesterday.
  • Illinois Governor: Blagojevich (D) Struggling But Ahead

    02/28/2006 11:38:09 AM PST · by Kuksool · 5 replies · 278+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | February 25, 2006 | Rasmussen Reports
    With his administration freighted by scandal, Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich (D), is a well-funded but controversial incumbent. He has yet to reach the 50% level of voter even the weakest Republican in the field. That's a sure sign of potential vulnerability. The governor has nonetheless gained ground since our last poll, when he did not reach even 40% support in a match-up with the strongest Republican candidate, State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka. Blagojevich now leads Topinka 42% to 36%. He leads businessman Jim Oberweis 49% to 37%, leads businessman Ron Gidwitz 47% to 33%, and leads State Senator Bill...
  • Battle for Heart and Soul of GOP – StopTopinka.com

    02/27/2006 5:19:32 PM PST · by jimluke01 · 7 replies · 555+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | February 27, 2006 | J. Matt Barber
    The Republican Party has become deeply divided. In recent years, the conservative pro-life/pro-family base of the GOP has not only had to stand its ground against the Democratic Party, but now finds itself constantly having to fight off liberal, pro-abortion/anti-family interlopers within the Republican Party. These liberal “Republicans” really have more in common with the Democratic Party than they do with Republicans, yet they insist on trying to water down and infect the Republican Party Platform with their liberal social agenda. We truly are in the midst of a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. This...
  • Judy Baar Topinka: Pro-Homosexual Activist

    02/24/2006 8:55:29 AM PST · by TheRightGuy · 90 replies · 5,691+ views
    StopTopinka.com ^ | 2/22/06 | StopTopinka.com
    Judy Baar Topinka: Pro-Homosexual Activist  As she seeks to become the next governor of Illinois, it is crucial, now more than ever, that Illinois voters understand that Republican gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka holds extremely liberal values that are contrary to those embraced by the vast majority of Illinois Republicans. In fact, Judy Baar Topinka’s pro-abortion and pro-homosexual positions are in keeping with the Democratic Party Platform—and opposed to the national Republican Party platform to which she would seem to owe allegiance.Consider the following facts: • Every year, Judy Baar Topinka fields a contingent at the Chicago “Gay Pride”...
  • Illinois Governor: Topinka (R) Leads Blagojevich (D) (Rasmussen)

    02/07/2006 9:04:02 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 50 replies · 1,802+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | February 7 2006
    February 7, 2006--State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R) leads Governor Rod Blagojevich in an early look at the 2006 campaign for Governor of Illinois.The latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows Topinka with 48% of the vote while the incumbent Governor attracts 37%.Blagojevich does better against two other potential challengers. Blagojevich is tied with Ron Gidwitz at 40%. The Governor holds a very slight lead over Jim Oberweis, 43% to 39%.None of the candidates are viewed favorably by 50% or more of Illinois voters. Blagojevich and Topinka have far higher name recognition than the other candidates.Topinka is viewed favorably by 46% of...
  • GOP sources say Birkett to join Topinka ticket (Illinois)

    12/10/2005 10:27:25 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 1 replies · 265+ views
    ABC7News ^ | 12/10/05
    ABC7 News has learned two top Illinois republicans are teaming up for the state's two top political positions. Illinois Republican Party officials tell ABC 7 News that gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka has asked DuPage County state's attorney Joe Birkett to be her running mate. Birkett has apparently accepted the offer. Topinka is a moderate republican, Birkett is more conservative. An official announcement is expected sometime next week.
  • Rauschenberger - IL Lt gov; Backs Gidwitz for Governor

    12/07/2005 5:37:44 AM PST · by NormalGuy · 13 replies · 337+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | 12/7/2005 | Eric Krol
    Conservative Elgin state Sen. Steve Rauschenberger will drop out of the Republican governor’s race today to become the running mate of moderate Ron Gidwitz in an attempt to salvage both men’s statewide hopes next year. The move to form a balanced ideological team comes a week after state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka entered the GOP governor primary amid a state party poll that showed her with a wide lead with many voters still undecided. While Gidwitz and Rauschenberger had been talking prior to that, the meeting helped speed up their decision to join forces after perceiving the party establishment was...
  • Rauschenberger Drops Out Of Governor Race (Illinois)

    12/06/2005 10:03:30 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 17 replies · 406+ views
    CBS2 News ^ | 12/6/05
    (AP) CHICAGO Steve Rauschenberger plans to drop his bid for the Republican nomination for governor and instead run for lieutenant governor as the running mate of Chicago businessman Ron Gidwitz, an individual familiar with the arrangement said Tuesday. A Rauschenberger aide would not discuss the conservative state senator's plans. "We have no comment on the rumors," campaign manager Dan Proft said. The plan would combine Gidwitz's personal fortune with Rauschenberger's appeal to conservatives, creating a potentially powerful challenge to the front-runner for the GOP nomination, state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka. Rauschenberger is one of several candidates who have been splitting...
  • Illinois Politics: A one-party state's weak link (SIT THROUGH AD TO VIEW)

    12/05/2005 2:37:42 PM PST · by fzx12345 · 1 replies · 289+ views
    The Economist ^ | December 3
    A struggling governor may be saved by death-wish Republicans THE good news for Illinois Democrats is that they do not need their governor, Rod Blagojevich, to be a star. The state party already has plenty of those: from Richard Daley, the mayor who has helped to restore Chicago's lustre, and Rahm Emanuel, who heads the national party's congressional campaign committee, to Senator Barack Obama. The bad news, however, is that state Democrats do need Mr Blagojevich to hang on to the governor's seat in next year's election.
  • It's official - Topinka is running for governor

    11/30/2005 12:46:01 PM PST · by Mike Bates · 10 replies · 596+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11/30/2005 | MAURA KELLY LANNAN
    CICERO-- State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka formally kicked off her campaign for governor Wednesday, saying she believes she is the candidate who can "take out" Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Topinka formally announced her candidacy at an appearance in Cicero, the Chicago suburb where she grew up. She also has scheduled stops Wednesday in Peoria, Marion and Springfield. "My decision to run is going to be based on the belief that we can and do better and frankly I'm the candidate that can take out Rod Blagojevich and I intend to take him out," she said.
  • Illinois Gubernatorial Race: Topinka gets a sign from top GOP leaders

    11/26/2005 9:09:34 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 33 replies · 1,276+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 25, 2005 | Lynn Sweet
    Publicly, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman traveled to Chicago last Monday to keynote a fund-raiser for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), meet with top state GOP fund-raisers and rally suburban activists at another stop. Privately, Mehlman, who managed the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign, huddled with state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, who on Wednesday officially jumps into the March 2006 GOP primary for governor. Topinka kicks off her bid at the Klas Restaurant in Cicero, a hangout of Al Capone's in the 1930s that, with its Bohemian cuisine, bills itself as the largest Czech eatery in the United States....
  • For insiders, Topinka may be the ticket

    11/12/2005 5:27:32 AM PST · by JTN · 6 replies · 379+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 11, 2005 | John Kass
    Each stirred up some frenzy at first. The beleaguered French peasantry and the largely illiterate and brutal nobles believed the teenage Joan to be the savior of France. She led them to many stirring victories against the English. Things were quite good, until that unfortunate burning at the stake business. In Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, the bipartisan political combine that runs things in the state also seeks a savior. In order to perpetuate themselves, they must play both sides to make sure. And though they've burned other candidates, they'd never toast an accordion player as accomplished as Topinka.
  • Keyes Asserts Himself!

    08/31/2004 5:03:14 PM PDT · by WillRain · 28 replies · 1,012+ views
    NBC News ^ | August 31, 2004 | WillRain
    Some uneasy moments Tuesday for the head of the Illinois Republican party at the Republican National Convention. Judy Barr Topinka was holding an impromptu news conference when Senate Candidate Alan Keyes pushed in and took over. Topinka had finished telling reporters that right wing Republicans do not win elections. Later Republicans fanned out across New York to perform a day of community service. Illinois delegates, Topinka with them, chose a painting project. They painted two rooms at the Boys and Girls Harbor, a youth development center in East Harlem.
  • Co-chair denies ILGOP mutiny in the works for Tuesday

    07/31/2004 8:43:16 AM PDT · by LandOfLincolnGOP · 7 replies · 414+ views
    Illinois Leader ^ | July 30, 2004 | Illinois Leader Chicago Bureau
    Co-chair denies ILGOP mutiny in the works for TuesdayFriday, July 30, 2004 By The Leader-Chicago Bureau CHICAGO -- Rumors are swirling that the IL GOP State Central Committee may come out of next Tuesday's meeting in Chicago with not only a candidate for U.S. Senate, but a new party chairman. Steve McGlynn, the current IL GOP co-chairman, chuckled when the scenario was presented to him this afternoon that he may emerge from Tuesday's meeting as the new state party chairman. Sources say that an attempt to replace current chairman Judy Baar-Topinka may be in the works. Topinka has taken harsh...
  • IL GOP chairman prominent in Gay Pride Parade

    06/29/2004 3:18:52 PM PDT · by Mini-14 · 13 replies · 563+ views
    Illinois Leader ^ | June 28, 2004 | The Leader-Chicago Bureau
    IL GOP State Party chair Judy Baar-Topinka was in Sunday's Gay Pride Parade. Over 400,000 people lined the streets, parade organizers said.Photos courtesy of John Birch   Obama blue signs were prominent at the Gay Pride parade. CHICAGO -- While President George W. Bush promotes the sanctity of marriage by promoting a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one woman and one man, the Republican State Party Chairman Judy Baar-Topinka was featured on her own float in the Gay Pride parade yesterday on Chicago's Northside. In a pre-parade interview with the Chicago Tribune, Topinka took time away from...
  • Illinois Senate: Obama 54% Ryan 30% [Other Republicans Look Stronger Against Obama]

    06/25/2004 7:48:45 AM PDT · by BlackRazor · 13 replies · 315+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 6/25/04 | N/A
    Illinois Senate: Obama 54% Ryan 30% June 25, 2004--In the race to fill a U.S. Senate seat for Illinois, Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican Jack Ryan 54% to 30%. The survey was conducted for the Daily Southtown. Ryan has been dealing with the fallout from release of his divorce files in recent days. Many people believe he will withdraw from the race. The Daily Southtown quoted Scott Rasmussen as saying Ryan "can lose or withdraw. He's not going to the Senate." Our previous survey found a much more competitive race (Obama 48% Ryan 40%). Since that time, Ryan's ratings have...
  • Illinois GOP rebuilding itself by opening doors, reaching out

    03/27/2004 7:04:11 AM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 101+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 27 2004 | JUDY BAAR TOPINKA
    The Republican Party is quite well, thank you, and getting better. Especially better in light of last November's election, which left the party in shreds and I the only constitutional officer to survive. We can now claim some serious money in the bank; an influx of volunteers and workers, especially among young adults; an active outreach to women and minorities (long lacking); a focus on new voters and, for the first time in almost 30 years, a field organization that carries our message to all parts of the state. Don Rose [Commentary, March 20] is right: The state leans Democratic,...
  • GOP political newcomers enter Illinois Senate race

    06/18/2003 10:57:59 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 6 replies · 292+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/18/03 | Peter Savodnik
    Illinois Democrats looking to recapture retiring Republican Sen. Peter Fitzgerald's seat have been mobilizing for months -- raising moneiy, rounding up endorsements, recruiting volunteers. Republicans, meanwhile, have had trouble even finding candidates. First Fitzgerald said he wouldn't seek a second term. Then political veterans Jim Edgar, Judy Baar Topinka and Jim Ryan bowed out. In the past month, a handful of newcomers have stepped in. With 17 months to go before Election Day, Republicans, already tainted by former GOP Gov. George Ryan's scandals, must now fight a costly, uphill battle to hold the seat. "They kind of had that head...
  • IL GOP teapot brewing: GOP leaders call for Topinka to step down

    06/07/2003 10:04:24 AM PDT · by 7 x 77 · 9 replies · 192+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | June 06, 2003 | The Leader-Chicago Bureau
    CHICAGO -- Just when the Illinois Republican Party was doing its best to ride through the Operation Safe Roads investigation with minimal damage, the heat was turned up this week with allegations concerning party officials. Now the controversy is heated to the point that at least one U.S. Senate candidate -- Republican John Cox, who has not officially announced his candidacy -- is speaking out, calling for the state party chairman, Judy Baar Topinka, to step down -- temporarily. Another prominent Republican, former Senator Patrick O'Malley of Palos Park called for a change in the party, which includes the resignation...
  • Recruiting for Senate Races Stumbles at Start

    06/03/2003 12:17:57 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 2 replies · 221+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/2/03 | Helen Dewar
    Two years after a successful effort to round up winning candidates for last year's Senate elections, Republicans are running into some obstacles in recruting for 2004: a lack of strong contenders in several key states, and too many aspirants in others. The good news for Republicans is that Democrats appear to have even more acute problems, including the likely retirement of Democratic incumbents in several tossup or GOP-leaning Southern states in addition to recruiting difficulties. Largely because of these opportunities in these open races, Republicans are the early favorites to retain or expand their current 51 to 49 majority in...
  • Banker Jack Ryan jumps in Senate race (Illinois)

    05/14/2003 10:50:44 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 20 replies · 277+ views
    One Ryan is skipping the U.S. Senate race, and another is jumping in. Former investment banker Jack Ryan announced Wednesday that he will run next year for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Peter Fitzgerald. That makes Ryan the first Republican to formally enter the race. A day earlier, former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan said he would not run. Ryan, the GOP's nominee for governor last year, said he chose to continue practicing law and teaching at Benedictine University after a discussion with his wife. "Marie and I pretty much decided I'm not going to run," Ryan said....
  • Jim Ryan latest to reject GOP Senate bid

    05/14/2003 12:08:59 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 7 replies · 218+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 5/14/03 | Scott Fornek
    Former Attorney General Jim Ryan said Tuesday he will not run for the U.S. Senate--making him the fourth major Republican to opt out of the high-profile race in less than a week. The former GOP gubernatorial nominee's decision came as four wealthy Republicans moved closer to joining the contest to succeed Sen. Peter G. Fitzgerald (R-Ill.). North Shore businessman Andy McKenna Jr. said he will file the paperwork for a fund-raising committee today. Former investment banker Jack Ryan said he will issue a statement about his plans. Gold Coast accountant and lawyer John Cox said he is 95 percent sure...
  • With Edgar out, GOP needs strong Senate candidate

    05/13/2003 10:19:57 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 5 replies · 282+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 5/12/03 | Steve Neal
    Can the Illinois GOP compete for the U.S. Senate? It has been 63 years since a Republican, the late C. Wayland "Curley" Brooks, last won an open U.S. Senate seat in the Land of Lincoln. Next year, for the fourth time since 1980, Republicans have a chance to fill a soon-to-be vacated senatorial seat. In the previous three contests, each GOP nominee lost by pluralities of more than 500,000 votes and received about 42 percent of the overall vote. If former Gov. Jim Edgar had made the race for the seat of the retiring Peter G. Fitzgerald, he would have...
  • Jim Edgar to announce run for Senate within days (My title)

    05/02/2003 12:23:14 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 11 replies · 167+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 5/2/03 | Michael Sneed
    It's called the countdown. Word is former Gov. Jim Edgar will announce his decision to run for the U.S. Senate within days, according to top Republican sources. President Bush wants Edgar to run. And so does Bush's top adviser Karl Rove, who hit town Thursday. "It's the world's worst-kept secret that George W. Bush and Jim Edgar are close personal friends who have the highest regards for each other. They have a great personal relationship," said Rove, who's in the Midwest for political fund-raising. *The flipside: But in case Edgar gets the heebie-jeebies, Rove said financial whiz Jack Ryan, who...
  • Springer, Edgar weigh pros and cons of Senate runs

    04/28/2003 12:59:15 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 7 replies · 375+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 4/28/02 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Talk show host Jerry Springer, considering a U.S. Senate run from Ohio, said he will form an exploratory committee in the coming weeks, while former Gov. Jim Edgar pondered through the weekend whether to jump into an Illinois Senate race. Springer, a former mayor of Cincinnati who hosts a raucous Chicago-based show, said he hired Democratic pollsters Paul Maslin and Diane Feldman to conduct polls and focus groups to determine his viability. "The question is whether I can cut through the clutter of the show,'' said Springer, who attended the White House Corres- pondents Association annual dinner Saturday night...