Illinois politics with a twist of the knife
Some comic relief for Dave Blanchette. It's been a rough week in state government.
that's the standard uniform, for human services lobbyists these past few years.
ILLINOIS COMMITTEE FOR HONEST GOVERNMENT2008 GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS (* - Incumbent in non-judicial race.) (D – Democratic, R – Republican, G – Green) PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT: Barack H. Obama & Joseph Biden (D). US SENATOR: *Richard J. Durbin (D). REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: *Bobby L. Rush (D – 1st).Anthony W. Williams (R – 2nd).*Daniel William Lipinski (D – 3rd).Omar N. Lopez (G – 4th).*Rahm Emanuel (D – 5th).Jill Morgenthaler (D – 6th).*Danny K. Davis (D – 7th).*Mellissa Bean (D – 8th).Michael Benjamin Younan (R – 9th).Daniel J. Seals (D - 10th).Deborah “Debbie” Halvorson (D – 11th).Timmy Jay Richardson, Jr. (R – 12th).Scott Harper (D – 13th).*Bill Foster (D – 14th).*Timothy V. Johnson (R – 15th).*Donald A. Manzullo (R – 16th).*Phil Hare (D – 17th).Colleen Callahan (D – 18th).Daniel Davis (D – 19th). STATE SENATOR: *William “Willie” Delgado (D – 2nd).Jason Allen Braswell (R – 5th).*John J. Cullerton (D – 6th).*Heather Steans (D – 7th).*Ira I. Silverstein (D – 8th).*Jeffrey M. Schoenberg (D – 9th).*Louis S. "Lou" Viverito (D – 11th).Ray Wardingley (R – 14th).*James T. Meeks (D – 15th).*Donne E. Trotter (D – 17th).*Edward J. Maloney (D – 18th).*Dan Cronin (R – 21st).*Carole Pankau (R -23rd).*Kirk W. Dillard (R- 24th).Bill Gentes (D – 26th).Peter Gutzmer (D – 27th).*Susan Garrett (D – 29th).*Terry Link (D – 30th).*Pamela J. Althoff (R – 32nd).*Daniel M. Kotowski (D – 33rd).*Mike Jacobs (D – 36th).Steve Stout (D -38th).*Don Harmon (D – 39th).*Christine Radogno (R – 41st).*Linda Holmes (D – 42nd).*John M. Sullivan (D – 47th).*Larry K. Bomke (R – 50th).*Frank Watson (R – 51st).*Dan Rutherford (R – 53rd).*John O. Jones (R – 54th).*William R. "Bill" Haine (D – 56th).*James F. Clayborne, Jr. II (D – 57th).*Gary Forby (D – 59th).STATE REPRESENTATIVE:*Susana Mendoza (D – 1st).Ante “Tony” Marijan (G – 2nd).*Luis Arroyo (D – 3rd).*Kenneth "Ken" Dunkin (D – 5th).*Karen A. Yarbrough (D – 7th).*La Shawn K. Ford (D – 8th).*Arthur L. Turner (D – 9th).*Annazette R. Collins (D – 10th)*John A. Fritchey (D – 11th).*Sara Feigenholtz (D – 12th).*Gregory Harris (D – 13th).*Lou Lang (D – 16th).Daniel Biss (D – 17th).*Julie Hamos (D – 18th).*Joseph M. Lyons (D – 19th).Michael C. Marzullo (D – 20th).Michael J. Zalewski (D – 21st).*Michael J. Madigan (D – 22nd).*Daniel J. Burke (D – 23rd).*Elizabeth "Lisa" Hernandez (D – 24th).William D. “Will” Burns (D – 26th).*David E. Miller (D – 29th).*William “Will” Davis (D – 30th).*Mary E. Flowers (D – 31st).Andre Thapedi (D – 32nd).*Constance A. "Connie" Howard (D – 34th).*Kevin Carey Joyce (D – 35th).*James J. Brosnahan (D – 36th).*Kevin McCarthy (D – 37th).*Maria Antonia "Toni" Berrios (D – 39th).Deborah L. Mell (D – 40th).*Sandra M. Pihos (R – 42nd).*Ruth Munson (R – 43rd).*Fred Crespo (D – 44th).Jim Hagerty (D – 45th).Gary Nowak (D – 46th).*Patricia R. “Patti” Bellock (R – 47th).Joseph Henegan (D – 48th).*Timothy L. Schmitz (R – 49th).Mary Schneider (D – 50th).Amanda D. Howland (D – 51st).*Mark H. Beaubien, Jr. (R – 52nd).Carol Javens (D- 53rd).*Suzanne “Suzie” Bassi (R – 54th).Broc Montgomery (D – 55th).*Paul Froehlich (D – 56th).*Elaine Nekritz (D – 57th).*Karen May (D – 58th).*Kathleen A. Ryg (D – 59th).*JoAnn D. Osmond (R – 61st).*Sandy Cole (R – 62nd).*Jack D. Franks (D – 63rd).*Michael W. Tryon (R – 64th).Aurora Austriaco (D – 65th).Mark Walker (D – 66th).STATE REPRESENTATIVE (continued):*Charles E. "Chuck" Jefferson (D - 67th).Clint W. Little (D – 68th).Greg Tuite (D – 69th ).*Robert Pritchard (R – 70th).*Mike Boland (D – 71st).*Patrick Verschoore (D – 72nd).*David R. Leitch (R – 73rd).*Donald L. Moffitt (R -74th).*Careen M. Gordon (D – 75th).*Frank J. Mautino (D – 76th).*Angelo “Skip” Saviano (R – 77th).*Deborah L. Graham (D – 78th).*Lisa M. Dugan (D – 79th).Miriam Shabo (R – 80th).Rich Kelly (D – 81st).*Jim Durkin (R – 82nd).*Linda Chapa-LaVia (D – 83rd).*Tom Cross (R – 84th).Emily Klunk-McAsey (D – 85th).*Jack McGuire (D – 86th).*Bill Mitchell (R – 87th).*Dan Brady (R – 88th).*Jim Sacia (R – 89th).*Jerry L. Mitchell (R – 90th).*Michael K. Smith (D – 91st).Jehan Gordon (D – 92nd).*Jil Tracy (R – 93rd).*Richard P. “Rich” Myers (D – 94th).*Mike Fortner (R – 95th).Dianne A. McGuire (R – 96th).*Jim Watson (R – 97th).Gary Hannig (D – 98th).Kent E. DeLay (D – 99th).*Bob Flider (D – 101st).*Ron Stephens (R – 102nd).*Naomi D. Jakobsson (D – 103rd).Lori A. DeYoung (D – 104th).*Shane Cultra (R – 105th).*Keith P. Sommer (R – 106th).Jason A. Warfel (D – 108th).*Roger L. Eddy (R – 109th).*Chapin Rose (R – 110th).*Daniel V. Beiser (D – 111th).Dwight D. Kay (R – 112th).*Thomas "Tom" Holbrook (D – 113th).*Wyvetter H. Younge (D – 114th).Cheryl Graff (D – 115th).*Dan Reitz (D – 116th).*John Bradley (D- -117th).*Brandon M. Phelps (D – 118th).COOK COUNTY OFFICES:CIRCUIT COURT CLERK: *Dorothy A. Brown (D).RECORDER OF DEEDS: *Eugene Moore (D).BOARD OF REVIEW: *Joseph Berrios (D – 2nd). *Larry R. Rogers, Jr. (3rd). METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT: *Frank Avila (D).DuPAGE COUNTY OFFICES:AUDITOR: Bob Grogan (R).RECORDER: David R. Meek (D).COUNTY BOARD: Rita Gonzalez (D – 1st). Barbara Dahl (D – 2nd). Robert “Bob” Brandt (D – 3rd). Karol Sole (D – 3rd). Richard L. Dunn (D – 4th). Tony Michelassi (D – 5th). *James D. Healy (R – 5th). *Dirk Enger (D – 6th).KANE COUNTY OFFICES:STATE’S ATTORNEY: *John A. Barsanti (R).CIRCUIT CLERK: Edmond J. Nendick (D).RECORDER: *Sandy Wegman (R).AUDITOR: Thomas K. Sandor (D).CORONER: *Charles H. West (R).KANE COUNTY BOARD: *Donnell Collins (D – 2nd).*Bonnie Lee Kunkel (D – 4th).Ron Ford (D – 6th).Jesse B. Vazquez (D – 8th).*Thomas R. Van Cleave (R – 10th).*Mark Davoust (R – 14th).*Michael J. Kenyon (R – 16th).Jeanette Mihalec (D – 18th).Cristina Castro (D – 20th).*Jackie Tredup (R – 22nd).*Hollie Kissane (D – 24th).*Andrew E. “Drew” Frasz (R – 26th).LAKE COUNTY OFFICES:STATE’S ATTORNEY: Michael Jacobs (D).CIRCUIT COURT CLERK: Cynthia Pruim Haran (D).RECORDER: *Mary Ellen Vanderventer (D).CORONER: *Richard L. Keller, MD (D).LAKE COUNTY BOARD: Peter Grant (D – 1st).*Suzi Schmidt (R – 3rd).*Bonnie Thomson Carter (R – 5th).Melinda Bush (D – 6th).*Robert Sabonjian (D – 8th).*Mary Ross Cunningham (D – 9th).*Diana O’Kelly (R – 10th).Patrice T. Carey (D – 11th).*Angelo D. Kyle (D – 12th).*Audrey Nixon (D – 14th).Denise Rotheimer (D – 17th).Davita Siegel (D – 20th).Michelle Feldman (D – 22nd).SUPREME COURT JUDGE: Anne M. Burke (D-1st - McMurrow vacancy). APPELLATE COURT JUDGE: Sharon Johnson Coleman (D-1st – Burke vacancy).John O. Steele (D-1st – Campbell vacancy).James M. Wexstten (D-5th – Hopkins vacancy).CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE: (Cook County Circuit - Countywide):Dennis J. Burke (D-Disko vacancy).Jesse G. Reyes (D-Glowacki vacancy).Maureen Ward Kirby (D-Healy vacancy).Marilyn F. Johnson (D-Keehan vacancy).Thomas J. Byrne (D-Lott vacancy).Debra B. Walker (D-Montelione vacancy).Kristyna Colleen Ryan (D-Murphy vacancy).Michael B. Hyman (D-Nowicki vacancy).Joan Powell (D-Thomas vacancy). (Cook County Subcircuits):Donna J. Cooper (D-1st, Turkington vacancy).Pat Rogers (D-4th, Shultz vacancy).Jackie Marie Portman (D-5th, Bush vacancy).Dominique C. Ross (D-5th, “A” vacancy).Maurico Araujo (D-6th, Figueroa vacancy).Anita Rivkin-Carothers (D-7th, Young vacancy).Ann Collins Dole (D-8th, Sheehan vacancy).Ursula Walowski (D-10th, Kowalski vacancy).Diana L. Kenworthy (D-10th, Morrissey vacancy).Eileen O’Neill Burke (D-10th, Pucinski vacancy).Pamela Elizabeth Loza (D-12th, Devlin vacancy).Ann Catherine Brady (D-13th, Ryan vacancy).Margarita Kulys Hoffman (R-13th, Tobin vacancy).Anna Helen Demacopoulos (D-15th, "A" vacancy). (Downstate Circuits): Steve Stone (D-1st, Stewart vacancy).Joe Jackson (D-1st – Massac Co., Foster vacancy).Joseph M. Leberman (R-1st –Pope Co., Lowery vac.).Walden E. Morris (D-1st – Saline Co., Henshaw vac.).L. James Hanson (D-2nd, Wexstten vacancy).Tom Tedeschi (D-2nd – Franklin Co., Lewis vacancy).Dennis R. Ruth (D-3rd, Ferguson vacancy).Richard L. Tognarelli (D-3rd, Madison Co., Byron vac.).Steven L. Garst (R-5th – Edgar Co., Andrews vacancy).Diane M. Lagoski (D-8th – Brown Co., Slocum vacancy).Paul l. Mangieri (D-9th, Hultgren vacancy).Robert L. Freitag (R-11th, Bernardi vacancy).Jennifer H. Bauknecht (R-11th – Livingston County, Frobish vacancy). Thomas M. Harris, Jr. (R-11th – Logan Co., Coogan vacancy).Jeff Allen (D-12th – 2nd Subcircuit, “A” vacancy).Sarah Jones (D-12th – 3rd Subcircuit, “A” vacancy).Paula A. Gomora (D-12th – 4th Subcircuit, “A” vacancy).Joseph P. Hettel (D-13th, LaSalle Co., Carter vacancy).Daniel A. Fish (R-15th, Payne vacancy).Ron Jacobson (R-15th – Lee County, Fritts vacancy).Jim Murphy (D-16th – 1st Subcircuit, “A” vacancy).Patricia Piper Golden (R-16th – 2nd Sub., “A” vac.).Ronald “Ron” J. White (R-17th, Gill vacancy).Marilyn Hite Ross (D-17th, Kapala vacancy).Gwyn Gulley (D-17th – 1st Subcircuit, “A” vacancy).Paul A. Logli (R-17th – 2nd Subcircuit, “A” vacancy).Blanche Hill Fawell (R-18th, Duncan, Jr. vacancy).John J. Kinsella (R-18th, Moy vacancy).Jay W. Ukena (D-19th – 1st Subcircuit, “A” vacancy).David S. Weinstein (D-19th – 2nd Subcircuit, “A” vac.).Adrienne Wakat Albrecht (D-21st – Kankakee County, Householter vacancy).RETENTION BALLOT: The Illinois Committee for Honest Government, after evaluating the record of the five Judges of the Appellate Court seeking retention for another 10-year term, endorses each of them and recommends a “YES” vote for Appellate Court Judges Michael J. Gallagher (1st District), Margaret Stanton McBride (1st), Robert D. McLaren (2nd), Sue E. Myerscough (4th) and Richard P. Goldenhersh (5th). (Please remember that since these judges run on their own records, and not against partisan opposition, each judge must receive at least 60% “YES” votes in order to be retained.) We also endorse the retention candidacies of the 78 Circuit Court Judges seeking another six-year term from Circuits outside of Cook County across the state. They have acquitted themselves well and each merits a “YES” vote from the electorate on November 4. Of the 68 remaining judges on the retention ballot, seeking another six-year term as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge, the ICHG supports the retention of 63 of them. However, five Circuit Court Judges have been found wanting by us, and we recommend a “NO” vote for each of them: Evelyn Clay – NO! Vanessa Hopkins – NO! Edward Pietrucha – NO! Casandra Lewis – NO! Sheila McGinnis – NO!CON-CON QUESTION Under the provisions of the Illinois Constitution, the question of whether or not to hold a State Constitutional Convention is required to appear on the ballot every 20 years. This year Illinois voters will have that opportunity, and the ICHG strongly endorses a “YES” vote on the question of calling for a convention. It is painfully evident that there will be no real reform of Illinois government in our lifetime without at least a number of overhauls in the state constitution. Those in power will not make those changes, so we must take this action on November 4 and vote “YES” for a State Constitutional Convention.
The most important issue is to impeach Rod Blagojevich.Also get Larry Dominick out of Cicero.
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