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New Tone: Illinois Democrat Leader Says Republicans Would Hire ISIS Terrorists

August 25, 2014 | Filed Under al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, Bruce Rauner, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Iraq, ISIS, Islamofascism, Jihad, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Progressives, Republicans, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last weekend Illinois GOP candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner took the ALS “ice bucket challenge.” When he did he urged Illinois Democrat leaders to join him in the challenge. In reply, the state’s Democrat House leader outrageously found a way to link the charitable challenge to a claim that Republicans are like the ISIS terrorists in Iraq!

Instead of picking a long-time politician, Republican voters in the Land of Lincoln chose businessman Rauner as their candidate for Governor and he has been quite a different kind of candidate. I suppose he felt that the ALS challenge was a feels good way to lighten politics up a bit in Illinois–a place where calling politics a “blood sport” is an understatement.

Well, to show that even charities aren’t beyond being used for mean spirited political jabs, the office of Democrat House Speaker Michael Madiagn responded to the ALS challenge by claiming that Rauner would like to hire ISIS terrorists for his campaign.
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Worst American Governor Pat Quinn Urges Obama to Bring all Illegals to Illinois

July 26, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Central America, Chicago, Children, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Entitlements, Ethics, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Hispanics, Homeland Security, Illinois State Government, Immigration/Immigrants, Jobs, Liberals, Mexico, Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has a great idea. He wants Obama to bring all the illegals to Illinois! In a state that sits at the bottom of every metric that makes a successful state–rampant unemployment, lowest job creation, highest debt, biggest pension crisis, worst business climate–Pat Quinn wants to import thousands of people who have no jobs and no prospects for one, people with no education, and people possibly full of diseases right here to the Land of Lincoln.

On Friday evening after the news day was done, Quinn announced that he is prepared to give as many illegals as Obama can spare a place to stay in Illinois.

During the announcement, Quinn spokesman Grant Klintzman said, “If a location is needed we are prepared to aid the federal government in finding a suitable one.”
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If Chicago Would Vote for Commie Karen Lewis, They Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Vote at All

July 15, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, Children, Communism, Constitution, Cook County, Cook County Board, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Elections, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Pensions, Progressives, Public Employees Unions, Public School, Rham Emanuel, Socialism, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Toni Preckwinkle, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new poll of likely Chicago voters seems to find that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in bad shape for his re-election coming up next year. The poll shows that two other candidates are far and away more popular than the incumbent mayor. One of those two is Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, a woman who is nearly an out and proud communist. But, if Chicagoans would vote for Lewis, they don’t deserve the vote at all.

This new Chicago Sun-Times poll shows Emanuel losing–and badly–to two other possible mayoral candidates in next year’s election. The biggest disparity is that between the mayor and Current Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. She really slams Emanuel beating him 55 percent to 31 percent in the poll.

Preckwinkle has made no moves at all to run against Emanuel and insists she won’t. Still, rumors abound that she will throw her hat in the ring, anyway.

To be honest, it really is no surprise that Emanuel is finding low favorables in polling this far out from the election. Mayor Emanuel has failed in many respects as Chicago’s mayor. He has done nothing at all to address the mounting pension crisis, spending is still skyrocketing, he’s solved none of the mess that previous mayor Richie Daley left him, and worse of all violence in the city has soared to never before seen rates of blood shed.
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Illinois Worst in Midwest for Private Sector Job Creation

July 3, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston


I have been chronicling all the major failures of the once great state of Illinois and this week we have yet another one. A new tabulation of private sector job creation finds that Illinois created a dismal 500 non-government jobs in 2013 making it the single worst state in the Midwest and almost the worst in the country (again).

The Illinois Policy Institute put out its jobs report card recently and found Illinois to be one of the worst of the worst. It was the worst of the Midwestern region and the second worst in the whole country.
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Illinois One of the Worst GDP Growth in Entire Midwest

June 25, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Nanny State, Pat Quinn, Progressives, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois has earned its spot as the state with the worst GDP in the entire Midwest. So, once again we find that Illinois turns out to be one of the worst states in the country for nearly any and every metric that makes a successful state.

Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute pointed out in a recent blog post that Illinois ranks only above Missouri as the worst for GDP growth among the 12 Midwestern states in the survey.

“Illinois recorded the second-worst growth in gross domestic product of any state in the Midwest,” Lucci wrote, “according to this week’s release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Illinois economy grew by just 0.9 percent in 2013. Only Missouri grew slower, at a sluggish 0.8 percent.”
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Ill. Democrat Demands Judge Delay Corruption Trial So He Can Vote For Tax Hike

May 22, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A judge in Illinois refused to delay the corruption trial of Democrat Derrick Smith, a Chicago-area State Representative, so he could vote yes on an upcoming tax hike bill. This will hurt the Democrats’ push to make a temporary tax hike permanent.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman didn’t say that Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan ordered the request that she delay the trial, but Madigan said that without Smith’s vote he will have trouble passing the tax hike.

Smith made the request of a delay so that he could vote for the tax hike but he also claimed that he had a “back injury” from a recent car accident. The judge said that Smith had never complained about any injuries in the several court appearances since the accident, so she found the claim unimpressive.
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Obama Library Starts Off With $100 Million in Corruption in Chicago

April 27, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn, President, Progressives, Rham Emanuel, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Why is it not a surprise that the first moves to make Chicago the home of the Barack Hussein Obama Presidential Library are born in corruption? But I suppose it is a fitting way to start a library for one of the biggest failure and most corrupt politicians ever to sit in the White House.

In the most bankrupt state in the union the Illinois Democrat Party floated the idea of using $100 million in taxpayer dollars to set up the BO Library and the way they went about it all was 100 percent corruption.

Illinois Democrats are desperate to have Chicago named as the site of the Obama Presidential Library, so desperate they pulled a sneaky “off-site” vote to spend $100 million in tax dollars on its construction. But the underhanded vote and the unfunded expenditure of millions the state doesn’t have had Democrats running for cover after politicians, the media, and the voters erupted in criticism of the move.

The snap decision to throw $100 million tax dollars at a project that isn’t even assured came in for heavy criticism in a state that has one of the worst budget overruns in the country. But the way the decision was made and the many conflicts of interest involved in the campaigning for the library also raised eyebrows all across the state.

One such conflict is that the woman who heads the Illinois Arts Council Agency is the wife of the Speaker of the Illinois House, Democrat Michael Madigan. Shirley Madigan expects to have a big role in the planning and construction of an Obama Presidential Library, a project of which her politician husband is a big booster.
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Poll: Even People in Illinois Say Illinois Worst State to Live In

April 25, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Property Taxes, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now, usually when a state is dissed it is dissed by people from outside the state. With the usual hometown bravado, and all, denizens of a state used to stick up for their own in the face of criticism. But a new poll finds that Illinois is so bad, even people that live there say it sucks.

America is a land of polls, for sure, but this poll is a particularly telling one. The Gallup polling firm asked residents of the 50 states (or the 57 states if you are our clueless President) what they thought about their own home states. It turns out that Montanans really love their state. But Illinois and Rhode Island? Not so much.

The top five states where residents are happy to live right where they are living are Montana (77% of residents love the place), Alaska (also 77%), Utah (70%), Wyoming (69%), and Texas (68%).

Further, if you ask everyone the general question of where the best place to live is, Texas wins, followed by Alaska then Hawaii.
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Eric Khon Slams Rich Miller as Anti-Capitalist

April 18, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Eric Kohn over at Illinois Mirror has a great piece that highlights the main difference between real capitalism and the sort of crony capitalism (which isn’t capitalism at all) that the left so dearly loves.

Rich Miller is a liberal who runs a well-trafficked website on Illinois politics called Capitol Fax. While he is certainly a Democrat and fully linked into that sort of politics, his site isn’t always mere propaganda for the left–though it is filled with such. Once in a while, Miller also slams a Democrat and he has certainly reported on situations and incidents that Democrats would rather be kept quiet. So, by this I mean his site isn’t mere propaganda as once in a while he does do some actual, good, unbiased reporting, or as Rush Limbaugh calls it a “random act of journalism.”

Miller’s site is also his business. He makes a tidy living off his efforts and he deserves his success for having built a website from the ground up that has become one of the state’s biggest sources of political news. It is also notable for being a website that makes money. Thar ain’t many of them around, to be sure. So, congrats to Rich.
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2014 Illinois Tea Party Tax Day Tea Party Rally in St. Charles

April 16, 2014 | Filed Under Adam Andrzejewski, Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Free Trade, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jim Oberweis, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Illinois Tea Party (illinoisteaparty.net) held its sixth annual Chicago Tax Day Tea Party rally, but this year without the “Chicago” part as the group held their rally in the western suburbs. Specifically, the event was held in the Arcadia Theater in St. Charles where some 300 participants attended to hear candidates for office, activists, and patriotic music.

The April 15 rally targeted Obamacare and Senator Dick Durbin, of course, but mentions of the Illinois Republican Party, Sec. of Treasury candidate and establishment GOPer Tom Cross, and Senator Mark Kirk drew as many boos as the Democrats showing that grass roots conservatives have about had it with the feckless, powerless Illinois GOP.


Head of the Illinois Tea Party Denise Cattoni

Not all elected Republicans were opposed, though. One of the very first speakers introduced by Ill. Tea Party chief Denise Cattoni was State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton. Ives, while not a dynamic speaker, had a great five-minute speech written up with her key point being that she was going to be troublesome to the state Republican Party. “I will continue to be troublesome, just as troublesome as possible in Springfield,” she said warming to her theme.


State Rep. Jeanne Ives

The first speaker was State Senator Jim Oberweis, who went on first so he could get to a fundraiser.


Candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Oberweis

Oberweis is running as an admitted “underdog” to ultra left-wing Senator Dick Durbin. Obie, as his supporters affectionately dub him, noted that we need to stop the extremism in Washington and made to whip the audience up to dump Durbin by having them repeat, “Millionaire. Career politician. Dick Durbin. Must Go!”
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Racist: Illinois Democrat Calls Bi-Racial Republican a ‘Half’ of a Minority

April 10, 2014 | Filed Under Children, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Progressives, Public School, Race, Racism, School Choice, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Aurora’s Democrat State Representative, Linda Chapa LaVia, decided to let her racist flag fly on the floor of the House earlier this week when she called a bi-racial Republican a”half” of a minority during a debate on her failed teachers union-backed attempt to harm Illinois’ charter schools.

Chapa LaVia was pleading with the minorities in the chamber telling them that only they really care about education in Illinois when she turned toward her right where Rep. John D. Anthony (R, Morris) was sitting whereupon she slammed him as only “half” a minority.

Of course, even by any measure of the left’s ideas of what a “minority” is ancestors wise Anthony fits the bill. He is part Africa and part Hispanic having a Puerto Rican background. He was a policeman and was elected as a Republican in 2013.

Ah, but there is Chapa LaVia’s racist clap trap coming into play, isn’t it? You see, merely being a Republican is enough for Chapa LaVia to claim that Anthony is only “half” a minority.
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Crooked Illinois Dems Sneak Ban of Farm Sold Milk into Restroom Access Bill

March 25, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Farming, Free Trade, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Health, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

This is the kind of crap that makes all politics seem crooked, conniving, scheming, and corrupt. With only days to go until the end of the legislative session a Democrat has sneaked in an amendment that would put a ban on farm-sold raw milk products into a bill meant to merely change the name of the state’s restroom access act.

That’s right, a ban on raw milk sales is now in a bill to provide fair access to restrooms. What do the two have to do with one another? Not a dang thing. But that is how corrupt politics works. If someone wants something stuck in an unrelated bill as a pay off, why all you have to do is set the right levers in motion.

The amendment to HB4036 would prevent the sale of non pasteurized milk products. The amendment was introduced by Chicago Representative Daniel J. Burke.

And what is this restroom bill? The only thing House Bill 4036 was introduced to do was to make a minor change to the name of the restroom act. That is all.
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Senator Mark Kirk is NOT a Republican, Now By His Own Admission

March 24, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Dick Durbin, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois State Government, Jim Oberweis, Liberals, Mark Kirk, Progressives, Senate, Socialism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Senator Mark Kirk (RINO, ILL) has always been a 50 percenter with the Republican Party, meaning that he only supports the party he is supposed to belong to around 50 percent of the time. But now, seemingly by his own admission, he’s become a full Democrat with his decision to fight against the GOP nominee for Senate and support the re-election of Democrat Senator Dick Durbin, the single most left-wing promulgator of lies in the U.S. Senate.

Today, Mark Kirk has just taken the penultimate step to becoming a Democrat with this decision to support Democrat Durbin over his own party’s nominee for U.S. Senate, Jim Oberweis.

Democrat Kirk, the cripple from Lake County, just said that he would rather “protect” his “relationship” with the most left-wing liar in the Senate than help a fellow Republican get elected.

“I’m going to be protecting my relationship with Dick and not launching into a partisan jihad that hurts our partnership to both pull together for Illinois,” Kirk said Monday during an event for Texas Senator John Cornyn.
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Illinois School: Gun Rights Only What Government Allows Them to Be

March 24, 2014 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Chicago, Concealed Carry, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Guns, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Law, Liberals, Liberty, Progressives, Public School, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The U.S. Constitution says that our Second Amendment rights shall not be infringed. That’s pretty straightforward. But a middle school in Illinois has decided that shall not really means that you have no rights unless government says you are allowed to have them.

According to a workbook handout from Grant Middle School in Springfield, Illinois–that happens to be the capital city of the most corrupt state in America–Americans only have Second Amendment rights if they go and “register” with government and if government has decided they are worthy of being allowed those rights. (See image below.)


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Here is the full text of that worksheet:
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Illinois Wins Again: Worst Unemployment Record in USA

March 16, 2014 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Green Energy, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Nanny State, Pat Quinn, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois continues to rack up plaudits as one of the worst states in the entire country for every measure that makes a successful state. Bad bond ratings, among the highest for people moving away from her, worst pension messes, crummy education, etc. And now, Illinois has won the booby prize as the single worst state in the union for its unemployment track record. Yaaaa, Illinois.

At 9 percent unemployment, Illinois now has the worst unemployment rate of every state around it in the Midwest. But even worse for the Land of Sinkin’–er, I mean Land of Lincoln–the state has the worst downward trends in employment for the whole country. Illinois’ unemployment rate has gone up more times than its gone down and that is the worst record in the whole country over the last five years.

As the Illinois Policy Institute recently noted, “Illinois’ recovery from the Great Recession has been hindered by self-inflicted wounds. After the 2011 tax hikes, the Illinois jobless rate jumped from 9.4 percent to 10.2 percent. The US average declined in the same period.”
Meanwhile, in the surrounding Midwestern state, every state but Illinois has had a downward trend for unemployment by about an average of some 2 percent. And yet, Democrat controlled Illinois has seen unemployment go up and up.
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Ill GOP Gov Poll: Rauner Still Leading, Dillard Takes Second Place

February 26, 2014 | Filed Under Bill Brady, Bruce Rauner, Chicago, Dan Rutherford, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Kirk Dillard, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The folks at Champion News has the results of a new poll that shows that race for the GOP nomination for Governor has tightened a little and a new candidate has stormed into second place.

Conservative businessman Bruce Rauner is still in the lead, but his numbers have dropped to 18 percent. This is to be expected as we get closer to primary Election Day.

But the more interesting aspect of this poll is that State Senator Kirk Dillard has stormed into second place while State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, the former number two man, has fallen to the bottom of the pack.

The poll gives Rauner a big lead at 35.6 percent. But Dillard has come from last place to second with 17.25 percent of the vote. Then, taking up a perennial third place, State Senator Bill Brady garnered 12.8 percent of the vote.
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2014 Primaries: Illinois Family Institute Voter Guide

February 16, 2014 | Filed Under Abortion, Children, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Gambling, Gay Marriage, Gays, GOP, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois Family Institute, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Policy, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Illinois Family Institute has been making its recommendations on elections in the Land of Lincoln for quite some time and with the GOP primary for the 2014 election year coming up very soon, I thought I’d pass on their thoughts on the matter here.

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For the offices of U.S. Senate and Congress, the guide is made up of ratings based on what the candidates say in answer to key questions on Obamacare, marriage, abortion and other questions, nine in all.
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Conservative Businessman Backs Dr. Julie Cosimo For Ill. 50th District

February 5, 2014 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Dr. Julie Cosimo, one of the three candidates vying for the Illinois State House from the 50th District and it seems has found a big supporter in businessman Richard Uihlein.

According to state campaign finance reporting, Uline donated $5,300, the maximum amount that can be given by an individual.

Businessman Richard Uihlein was reported as one of the biggest tea party supporters in Illinois.
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Illinois Democrats Are Planning to Raise Income Taxes on the Middle Class

January 24, 2014 | Filed Under Americans For Prosperity, Budget, Business, Chicago, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Progressives, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois Democrats want to put a measure on the next ballot to get Illinoisans to agree to change the state constitution to allow a progressive income tax to be instituted. But Democrats are lying to the faces of every citizen when they say that this would only raise taxes on “the rich.” The fact is a progressive rate would immediately raise taxes on every single citizen not to mention open the door for a constant jiggering and re-jiggering of the rates–a jiggering that would only and always go upward.


Illinois State Senator Michael Connelly is leading the charge to stop the progressive tax scheme in Illinois.

Currently the state constitution has an amendment that stipulates that the state will only have an across the board flat tax for everyone. It won’t be higher for some and lower for others as a graduated tax is. Those who wrote this measure in the constitution put it into law because they felt that a flat tax would help small businesses and give the state’s tax structure some stability. Now, Democrats want to throw that stability to the four winds.

To sell the idea, Democrats are pretending that this progressive income tax would only hit “the rich,” but right at the outset this is a lie. Several proposals show that it would hit everyone right at the beginning.
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Illinois Wants Potheads to Give Up Their Second Amendment Rights

January 23, 2014 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Guns, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Nanny State, NRA, Progressives, War On Drugs, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois is mulling a new medical marijuana law that would force pot users to sign away their right to bear arms.

Those who focus on the right to bear arms love to say, “what part of ‘shall not be infringed’ don’t you understand,” as a catch phrase to show that the founders did not want government to be able to sweep in and take away our rights to self defense. That phrase can be asked of Illinois legislators who are proposing that to get a medical marijuana permit citizens would have to relinquish their right to bear arms.

The plan would require pot users to be fingerprinted for a background check, they’d have to pay a yearly $150 permit fee, and they would be forced to give up their Second Amendment rights to be allowed to get pot.

Interestingly, the National Rifle Association is not too keen to jump into this one. Apparently coming to the aid of pot users is a role they aren’t comfortable with so for now the NRA is not taking a position on the proposed law other than to say it will be interesting to see how the courts are going to reconcile it.
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Bruce Rauner Not So Against ‘Career Politicians’ as He Seems?

January 19, 2014 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Congress, Conservatives, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Doug Ibendhal over at RepublicanNewsWatch.com has a very interesting observation about Illinois GOP outsider Bruce Rauner’s claim that he stands against “career politicians.” Rauner is actually supporting one of the biggest career politicians in the country quite despite his posturing against that class of public servant.

Of course, we know that Rauner has spared no expense out of his large personal fortune to launch TV and radio ads saying that he is fighting both the profligate Democrats and the slothful career politicians that have enabled them on the GOP side. We’ve heard his ads all over the state, to be sure.

In fact, that’s about all anyone knows of the GOP race for governor thus far, Rauner is against career politicians and he’ll somehow magically institute term limits. The good people of Illinois have been inundated with Rauner’s ads to the point where he’s practically sucked all the oxygen out of the room for the other three Republican candidates.

There have been a few dents in Rauner’s domination over the last few weeks with his flip flop on cutting, then not cutting the minimum wage and his supposed pay-to-play donations to his daughter’s exclusive school so that she would get accepted as a student there.
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Proft Says No Connection Between PAC and Anti-Rauner Group as Rauner Takes Hits for Flip Flop

January 11, 2014 | Filed Under Bill Brady, Chicago, Conservatives, Dan Rutherford, Ethics, GOP, Government, Illinois State Government, Kirk Dillard, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The good folks at Illinois Review recently reported that a large donation to Liberty Principles PAC–a group helmed by WLS talk show host Dan Proft–caused rumors to circulate that claimed that the $1.5 million donation was in response recent anti-Rauner ads being funded by a pro-union group and headed up by a one of GOP Congressman Arron Schock’s associates. Tonight, Proft is responding to the rumors.

Proft told IR that the donation by Dick Uihlein is earmarked only for state legislative races, not federal races, not the Governor’s office or other top spots. So, the donation is not intended to help get Rauner elected through efforts by Proft’s PAC.

As Proft told IR: “The investment represents Mr. Uihlein’s ongoing commitment to the economic liberty policy agenda and to Illinois state legislative candidates who share that commitment. Mr. Uihlein’s financial commitment is shared by a growing number of Liberty Principles PAC donors who understand the need for new political leadership in Springfield in order for Illinois to attract and retain businesses and grow jobs.”
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Illinois Gun Maker Flees State, Moves to Iowa

September 24, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Ill. County, Guns, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Progressives, Property Taxes, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Liberal Illinois is one of the most inhospitable states for Constitutional rights in America and because of that and other considerations yet another gun manufacturer is closing up shop in the Land of Lincoln and fleeing to a neighboring state.

Lewis Machine & Tool Company–known as LMT–has been in Milan, Illinois since it was founded 33 years ago. The company produces rifles for both the civilian market, the military, and law enforcement agencies.

But now that business owner Karl Lewis wants to expand he is logically moving his company to a better state.

Lewis is headed to Davenport, Iowa.
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Illinois Gov. to Make it Easier for Convicts to Get State Jobs

August 12, 2013 | Filed Under Budget, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Pat Quinn, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It’s Illinois, so naturally our accidental Governor had to figure out a way to make it easier for convicted felons to get a state job. After all, what would half of the state’s politicians do after they got out of prison? Live off the millions they stole from the government before their trial? Sheyeah, like that will last forever!

So, coming to the rescue is Illinois Governor Pat Quinn who may be about to issue an administrative order eliminating one particular little check box that appears on applications for state jobs. It is the box that demands that applicants inform the state whether or not they have been convicted of a crime or pleaded guilty to one.

Quinn is under the microscope of a group called the Worker’s Center for Racial Justice, a group pushing a campaign to urge the Illinois Governor to “ban the box,” and eliminate the self-reporting requirement on job applications. Quinn has promised that in the next few weeks he will acquiesce to the activist group’s demands.
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Mayor of Illinois’ 3rd Largest City Quits Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns Group

June 24, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government, Ill. County, Guns, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-Second Amendment group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has lost another member, this time the mayor of Rockford, Illinois–the state’s third largest city.

At a townhall-styled event sponsored by the Rockford Tea Party on June 22 in Loves Park, Illinois, Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey announced that he has, indeed, quit Mayor Bloomberg’s gun group because Bloomberg’s group was not fulfilling what Morrissey felt was the group’s stated intentions.

Morrissey has for some time been saying he intended to quit the anti-gun group and some citizens wondered if this was just electioneering, but at this most recent townhall event, Mayor Morrissey has for the first time said definitively that he is out.

In the video shot by local political blogger Ulysses Arn, Mayor Morrissey said the chief reason he left Bloomberg’s group is because he thought the group would be against illegal guns but has instead become a group looking for ways to ban legal guns and attack the rights of legal gun owners. He also said that he intends to get a concealed carry license himself when they become available in Illinois.

Morrissey also made a salient point about the sort of guns Bloomberg’s group keeps harping on. The mayor pointed out that the sort of gun crime he sees in Rockford has nothing whatever to do with “assault rifles” but is instead criminal use of handguns. Yet Bloomberg’s group seems chiefly interested in so-called assault rifles despite the fact that little crime is committed by criminals using assault rifles.
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Dissing Erika Harold: Racist Rant Gets GOP Chairman in Hot Water

June 20, 2013 | Filed Under Congress, Elections, GOP, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Race, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Former Miss America, Erika Harold recently announced that she is running to take the 13th Congressional District seat now held by Rodney Davis of Springfield.

So, for the upcoming 2014 mid term elections, Davis has a competitor for the 13th District seat. But one Davis supporter is not happy at all about the competition.

In his zeal to come to the support of Rodney Davis, County Chairman Jim Allen of the Montgomery County GOP made an ass of himself with a racist, email rant slamming Harold as “the love child of the D.N.C.”

The email rant was sent on June 18 and reported by Dough Ibendhal of RepublicanNewsWatch.com.

Here is the full text of the email:
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Useful Idiot: Illinois Democrat Says Govt’s Job is to ‘Give Rights’

May 7, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Cook County, Declaration of Independence, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, Gay Marriage, Gays, GOP, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Progressives, Socialism, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz thinks her job is to “give rights” to people. Feigenholtz recently blurted that out in an interview giving us a perfect example of the key difference between those interested in preserving the American system, its morals, and traditions, and those that have no interest in such niceties and instead what to wholly remake the relationship between government and citizen giving government more and more power over everyone.

In the interview, Feigenholtz, a Chicago Democrat in the 12th District, announced her intention to “give rights” to the gay community in Illinois and felt that this “giving” of rights was one of the most important jobs of elected officials.

“For me, the most precious thing I do as a lawmaker is giving people rights,” Feigenholtz said. “We have a powerful opportunity as elected officials to do this.”

As an aside, Feigenholtz then went on to disgustingly exploit the Holocaust in WWII as a means to push her “gay rights” issues.

Of course, this little admission shows there is a monumental chasm here between progressives and left-wingers like Feigenholtz and the rest of us that hew closer to American tradition.
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Champaign Mayor Accused of Assaulting Local Musician

April 11, 2013 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Champaign Mayor Don Gerard, once a local rock and roll musician, has been accused of assaulting a local musician at a public event.

Champaign musician Jim Bean has filed for an order of protection against Mayor Gerard saying that he physically assaulted him at the Boneyard Creek Community Day sponsored by the Champaign Park District.

Bean told police that he was playing a song on his guitar when Mayor Gerard interrupted him and began to verbally assault him. The argument continued until Mayor Bean called the police on the musician. The police came but no charges were filed at that time.

Gerard claims that the musician had somehow harassed his teenaged daughter, but musician Bean says he doesn’t even know the Mayor’s daughter.
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All Other Problems Solved, Chicago Democrats’ New Law Worried About Dogs Behind the Wheel

March 30, 2013 | Filed Under Animals, Budget, Business, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, John Cullerton, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Having apparently solved all of the other debilitating problems Illinois is facing, Chicago Democrats have now turned their considered attention to making sure dog owners don’t let their puppies get behind the wheel of an automobile.

This important bill (HB1581) amends the Illinois vehicle code to ban drivers from putting their pooch on their laps as they drive. Presumably the Democrats understand it is the humans that are doing the driving, not the dogs–but we may need to launch a second legislative campaign to clarify that.

As Chicago-based Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Bully Burke, says, “Because I travel, I can’t help but observe the number of people with dogs on their laps.” And so, ol’ Billy is out to correct this egregious public safety issue. He’s all about solving the puppy-distracted driver issue.

This is a vital issue, to be sure.

Why? Well, it’s obvious that Illinois Democrats have solved every other nagging issue in the Land of Lincoln, right?
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Adam Andrzejewski: ‘I’m Not Running for Office in 2014′

March 19, 2013 | Filed Under Adam Andrzejewski, Budget, Economy/Finances, For The Good Of Illinois, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Many thought that conservative activist Adam Andrzejewski was going to announce that he would be running for Illinois State Treasurer this afternoon, but he pulled a fast one on everyone with his announcement on March 19 at the University Club in Chicago.

Andrzejewski, who ran for Governor on a reform agenda in 2010, called a press conference on Tuesday morning leaving some in the room clearly stunned when he announced that instead of seeking office in 2014, he would dedicate himself to his various government transparency efforts.

“After consulting with supporters, donors, advisors, and my family,” Andrzejewski said in a statement, “I have decided not to run for office in 2014 election cycle.”

Andrzejewski went on to announce that he is going to dedicate himself to his newest project to put the federal checkbook online. The effort called Open The Books (http://www.openthebooks.com/) will give citizens access to government spending across the nation.
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