Democratic state lawmakers are squeezed between voters panicked over news reports of cancer risks from industrial emissions of ethylene oxide (EtO), and a wealthy family of Democratic donors whose business in Lake County could be shut down under legislation that all but bans the use of the chemical.
House Speaker Michael Madigan used his absolute power over the legislative process to move legislation to the floor on Friday that exchanges Illinois’ constitutionally mandated flat income tax with a progressive tax.
An election guide posted on the Communist Party USA’s (CPUSA) website said that the party is “deploying its resources” to unseat U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), as part of a larger effort to flip 24 Republican seats the Democrats need to capture control of the House.
Former House Republican candidate Adam Solano told the Lake County Gazette he stands behind the website he created, scamyingling.com, that illustrates how low state Rep. Sam Yingling’s (D-Grayslake) property taxes are compared to his neighbors.
First-term state Rep. Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) has resigned his House seat in light of a news report that he posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend on a fake Instagram account as a ploy to lure men into online conversations.
Barrett Davie, Republican challenger to state Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), said voters should believe her candid, if inadvertent, spirited defense of higher property taxes before the Lake Forest City Council.
Joe Woodward, political director for the Illinois House Republican Organization (HRO), evidently learned a campaign trick or two when he worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential primary campaign.