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Illinois 2010 Elections: State Rep. Deb Mell Pours Money, Mail, Manpower into Race against Joe Laiacona

(Chicago, IL) — January 29, 2010. Rather than a sprint–it’s a mad dash. The petition challenge to State Rep. Deb Mell (D-Chicago) by her primary opponent Joe Laiacona, which had threatened to toss her off the ballot, shackled the contest’s start. And it shows in the fund-raising of each in the second half of 2009. … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Republican Primary-Governor: Poll Says Andy McKenna, Jim Ryan and Kirk Dillard Lead GOP Governor Race; Bill Brady, Adam Andrzejewski, and Dan Proft Lag

(Chicago, IL) — January 24, 2010. Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it may be able to buy an election–which would be happiness for the winner. Perhaps. Given the financial collapse that is Illinois, the winner may just end up with the booby prize. Anyway. Former Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna … Continue reading »

In Memory …

(Chicago, IL) — January 18, 2010. Today’s issue of THE iLLLINOIS OBSERVER is dedicated in memory to a muse and an inspiration. Marlene Ormsby April 14, 1935–January 15, 2010 Now we’re on our own.

Jesse White, Lisa Madigan, John Cullerton, Barbara Flynn Currie, Robin Kelly and Other Illinois Pols Attend White House Holiday Party

(Chicago, IL) — December 5, 2009. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed a group of Illinois Democrats to a glittering holiday party at the White House on Thursday. A select group. Heading up the Illinois White House party goers–with an invitation–were: Secretary of State Jesse White, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, State Senate … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Seven Reform Cook County Candidates Form Joint 2010 Campaign Coalition–ChangeCookCounty.Com

Six Democratic Cook County reform candidates have formed a joint 2010 campaign coalition —“ChangeCookCounty.Com”— to help advance an electoral victory for a “change agenda” in Cook County government. Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Three Unions Totaling 40,000 Workers Back Dan Hynes for Governor

(Chicago, IL) — December 4, 2009. Three important unions yesterday endorsed Comptroller Dan Hynes’ candidacy for governor, giving the Hynes campaign a crucial boost. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546, and the International Brotherhood of the Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers Local 1—representing approximately 40,000 … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Barbara Currie, Lou Lang Endorse State Rep Candidate Ann Williams, Giving Boost to Campaign to Succeed John Fritchey

House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) and Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie)–the number two and three leaders respectively in the Illinois House–have endorsed Ann Williams’ candidacy. Continue reading »

Governor Pat Quinn Signs Bill to Tap $488 Million in New U.S.-Backed Construction Bonds

(Chicago, IL) — December 3, 2009. December 2, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed a bill that allows the State to issue $488 million in federal-supported bonds to fund critical capital projects, such as roads, bridges and schools. This funding is part of Quinn’s capital construction bill signed in July. Quinn estimates the capital program … Continue reading »

White House Party Crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi Crashed 2nd Party with Roland Burris, Barack Obama–Obama Stalkers?

(Chicago, IL) – December 1, 2009. White House party crashers Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq Salahi get around. And they seem to be stalking Barack Obama. Before they crashed President Obama’s first White House state dinner, they also crashed the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Awards Dinner on Sept. 26, 2009, according to the Associated … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Adam Andrzejeski: “We’re the only campaign surging in the polls” – LOL

From the Department of Kid-You-Not, Illinois 2010 Republican Governor candidate Adam Andrzejeski announces in a new press release “We’re the only campaign surging in the polls…” Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Schoenberg, Reitz Law to Grab $1.15 Billion from Feds for Illinois Hospitals

(Chicago, IL) — November 20, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation at a press conference today that could draw an estimated $1.15 billion in new federal Medicaid dollars to Illinois to help speed payments to thousands of local hospitals, fund social service providers, and provide relief to the state’s beleaguered budget. “Trucking off to Children’s … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER Today on “Mornings with Ray Hanania” WJJG 1530 AM

Yours truly, the editor of THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER will appear today morning at 8:00 a.m. on “Mornings with Ray Hanania”, a lively new radio show in Chicagoland. Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Democrat James Meeks and Republican Dan Proft Meet to Talk Education

(Chicago, Illinois) – November 18, 2009. On Monday, Illinois 2010 Republican primary governor candidate Dan Proft and Rev. James Meeks, a Democrat State Senator and Chairman of the Illinois Senate Education Committee, met to talk education. Proft and Meeks met at the administrative offices of the 20,000 member Salem Baptist Church in Roseland to discuss … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Dan Proft Wins New Trier Township GOP Endorsement

(Chicago, Illinois) – November 14, 2009. The New Trier Township Republican organization today endorsed Dan Proft for Governor in the Illinois 2010 Republican primary. In a field of seven candidates, Proft garnered the most votes on the first ballot, tying with Andy McKenna on the second ballot, resulting in a dual endorsement of Proft and … Continue reading »

Sign-Off…

(Chicago, IL) — November 6, 2009. Shutting down for Friday … off to Spanish lesson and gym. Hasta pronto, folks. David Ormsby

Illinois 2010 Elections: Pat Quinn Gets Fritchey, Lang, Silverstein Endorsements–Chicago Tribune Says “…Former Blagojevich Allies”

(Chicago, IL) — November 6, 2009. Illinois Democratic lawmakers State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago), Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie), and State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) today endorsed Governor Pat Quinn in the Illinois 2010 Democratic primary for governor over Comptroller Dan Hynes at a press conference on Chicago’s North Side. Hynes, a constituent … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Jim Ryans Joins Crowded 2010 Illinois Republican Governor Primary

(Springfield, IL) — November 4, 2009. Jim Ryan, the former two-term Illinois General who lost to Rod Governor in the 2002 governor’s election, entered the overflow 2010 Illinois Republican primary for governor yesterday. Ryan, an Elmhurst Republican, returns after nearly seven years of teaching government and politics at Benedictine University in Lisle. “The uncomfortable truth … Continue reading »

Pro-Life-Cherry-Picker “Investigates” State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz’s Receipt of Community Service Award in Cathoic School Basement

(Chicago, IL) — November 4, 2009. From the Department of Kid-You-Not, a Pro-Life Cherry-Picker has launched an “investigation” to determine how State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) received a community service award in the school basement of St. Clement’s Church in Chicago. “Catholic columnist” Matt C. Abbott revealed in a blog post at Renew America on … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: 7 Candidates in Scramble to Succeed Rep. Art Turner, Including Turner’s Son–Who Filed Petitions Twice

(Chicago, IL) — November 3, 2009. There are seven candidates–all Chicago Democrats–who filed nominating petitions to capture Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Art Turner‘s 7th district House seat, including Turner’s son, Art–who filed petitions twice. Rep. Turner is running for Lt. Governor. The candidates are: John Burros (W. Erie Street) Keith Jackson (W. Adams Street) … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections-Governor: Each Party-GOP, Dems and Greens Have a Primary; 13-Men, 0-Women File

(Springfield, IL) — November 3, 2009. There are 13 candidates who filed petitions to run for Illinois governor in 2010. Each party–the Republicans, the Democrats and the Greens have a primary. There are 13 men, 0 women candidates. There are 7 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 2 Greens There are 6 candidates from Chicago–3 Democrats, 2 … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Of Statewide Candidates Only 10% are Women, Down from 19.6% in 2002

(Springfield, IL) — November 3, 2009. For the 2010 Illinois elections, 60 candidates filed nominating petitions for the offices of U.S. Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Comptroller and only 6, or 10 %, of those are women, down from 19.6% in 2002. In 2002, for the same offices, there … Continue reading »

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