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Illinois’ House Reps Have More Wealth Than Average Member of Their Electorate

January 24, 2015 | Filed Under Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Bill Foster, Budget, Business, Chicago, Congress, Danny Davis, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jan Schakowsky, Jobs, Liberals, Luis Gutierrez, Progressives, Randy Hultgren, Robert Dold, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Illinois’ House Reps Have More Wealth Than Average Member of Their Electorate

(Here is my very first piece over at The Watchdog….)

-By Warner Todd Huston

A recent survey of the wealth of members of Congress revealed that, on average, it would take the combined wealth of 18 American households to equal the wealth of a single member of Congress. While this is an averaged statistic and individual cases vary, a review of the wealth of members of the Illinois delegation to Washington proves the rule rather than the exception.

The January report by OpenSecrets.org found that, “The median net worth of a member of Congress was $1,029,505 in 2013… compared with an average American household’s median net worth of $56,355.”

It is apropos to review what members of Congress are paid as they serve in Washington. Members of the House of Representatives are paid $174,000 a year, a salary that has been frozen in place since 2009. Speakers of the House and majority and minority leaders make a bit more than the average Congressman to befit their higher positions. Members of the House cannot collect a pension until they have served for five years, meaning they’d have to win election three times. Their pensions are never higher than 80 percent of their highest salary and is paid out at retirement age–unless they are still working somewhere in the federal government. In that case, they can’t collect a pension until they are no longer earning a federal salary.

So, what about Illinois? Well, the congressional salary itself certainly puts our representatives in a higher tax bracket than the average citizen of their state. According to information released by the U.S. Census, the median household income of the 13 million some citizens in Illinois is $56,777 annually. That is about 7 percent higher than the national average…

Read the rest at Watchdog Arena.
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Now Illinois Dems Want Crook They Supported in Primary to Step Down?

March 22, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Chicago, Cook County, Crime, Danny Davis, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, House of Representatives, Liberals, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Now Illinois Dems Want Crook They Supported in Primary to Step Down?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now the very same accused criminal that Chicago Democrats wanted people to vote for in Tuesday’s primary is being pressured to to step down from his office now that he won — pressured by the exact same Democrat officials that told people to vote for him only three days ago. This particular story is a perfect example of how Democrats a). Don’t care what voters want, b). Don’t care if their elected officials are crooks, c). Would rather see criminals in office than see a single Republican win an election.

To recap: Derrick Smith was appointed by the party to take a State Rep seat left empty by another Rep that moved on to a different office. As soon as he got in that office he began soliciting a bribe to fill his pockets. The FBI arrested him and charged him with the crime. Up comes the primary and Chicago Democrats, including Congressman Danny Davis, told Chicago voter to vote for this crook anyway because a criminal in office is better than having any Republican, says Davis and his crook-supporting crew The primary arrives and this crook wins his election. And now that he won

The Democrats’ endgame is to muscle Smith off the ballot and out of the House. Gov. Pat Quinn and Secretary of State Jesse White on Wednesday called on Smith to resign; Davis said Smith should not appear on the November ballot.

Just what is going on here?
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Danny Davis Quits Chicago Mayor Race, Leaves One African American in Race

December 31, 2010 | Filed Under Carol Moseley Braun, Chicago, Cook County, Danny Davis, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Gery Chico, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Danny Davis Quits Chicago Mayor Race, Leaves One African American in Race

-By Warner Todd Huston

The theme of the race for mayor has thus far been twofold. One, will Rahm Emanuel be allowed to stay on the ballot, and two, will there be too many African Americans in the running effectively splitting the black vote all to pieces allowing Rahm to waltz in unopposed?

When we started this off a few months ago there were four black candidates. Rep. Danny Davis, former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Reverend James Meeks, and the least known of the pack William “Doc” Walls.

Since then we’ve seen several of these candidates drop their bid, leaving two. First to fall was James Meeks and now the Sun-Times is reporting that Danny Davis has also given up his campaign and will be endorsing Carol Moseley Braun.
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Meeks Out, One More Quits Race for Chicago Mayor

December 24, 2010 | Filed Under Chicago, Cook County, Danny Davis, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Gery Chico, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, James Meeks, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Meeks Out, One More Quits Race for Chicago Mayor

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few weeks ago four names were dropped from the race for Chicago Mayor’s office. This week Reverend James Meeks has suspended his campaign to run for the top seat at City Hall, too.

Further more, the election board responsible for determining if Rahm Emanuel is eligible to even run for mayor has made its decision. Rahm stays on the ballot.

Certainly more will be removed as time rolls onward, but here is the list of candidates as it stands now:
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Come One, Come All: 20 Candidates for Chicago Mayor

November 24, 2010 | Filed Under Chicago, Cook County, Danny Davis, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Gery Chico, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Come One, Come All: 20 Candidates for Chicago Mayor

-By Warner Todd Huston

It’s a veritable cornucopia of candidates for the 2011 race for Chicago Mayor. From the infamous, to the locally well known to the completely obscure (so obscure I can’t even find any info out about them), these are the 20 folks that filed to run for mayor. And where known I added their website.

Carol Moseley Braun – Former U.S. Senator, Hyde Park resident
http://carolforchicago.com

Gery J. Chico – Former President of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Public Schools, Downtown Chicago (Loop)
www.gerychicoformayor.com

Danny K. Davis – Current U.S. Representative 7th District, Austin Neighborhood
http://dannykdavis.com/

Wilfredo De Jesus – Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Humboldt Park, Logan Square
www.dejesusformayor.com

Miguel Del Valle – Chicago City Clerk, Belmont
www.delvalleformayor.com

Rahm Emanuel – Former U.S. Representative 5th District, West Town, White House Chief of Staff
www.chicagoforrahm.com

Ryan Graves – Engineer with the Dept. of Water Management, Lakeview
www.gravesformayor.com

John Hu – Real estate broker, Rush and Division
http://citizenmayor.net/index.html

M. Tricia Lee – Children’s book author, business consultant, Archer Heights
www.mtricialeeformayor.citymax.com

James T. Meeks – Current Illinois State Senator 15th District, West Pullman
www.jamesmeeksformayor.com

Jay Stone – Hypnotherapist, West Ridge
http://stoneformayor.com

William Walls III – Community Activist, former aide to Mayor Harold Washington, Galewood
http://wallsformayor.com

Patricia Van Pelt Watkins – Community Activist, CEO of Target Area Development Corp., E. Garfield Park
www.patriciaforchicago.com

Fredrick K. White – City Employee, Logan Square
www.fredrick-k-white.com

Roland W. Burris – Chatham, Former Senator

Tyrone Carter – Austin, Music Producer, Author

Rob Halpin – Businessman (famous for being the tenant living in Rahm Emanuel’s house), Lakeview

Tommy Hanson – Real estate broker, River North

Fenton C. Patterson – ??, Englewood

Howard Ray – ??, Humbolt Park
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Chicago Mayoral Contest Begins: Gery Chico Calls for 10 Debates

November 15, 2010 | Filed Under Chicago, Cook County, Danny Davis, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Gery Chico, Illinois, James Meeks, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Chicago Mayoral Contest Begins: Gery Chico Calls for 10 Debates

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, the field of contenders for Chicago’s mayoral election is taking shape. Hats in the ring currently were tossed by James Meeks, Danny Davis, Miguel del Valle, Carol Moseley Braun, and of course Rahm Emanuel.

Then there is former school board chief Gery Chico. Chico claims that over 50,000 voters signed his petition as he filed them on Monday morning. Chico says “the time to debate is now.”

Mayoral candidate Gery Chico called for at least 10 debates in the neighborhoods of Chicago on Monday, after filing his petition signatures at the Chicago Board of Elections. Chico filed 50,254 signatures and will unveil the first major proposal of the campaign this week.

“I am calling for all the candidates to commit to at least 10 debates in Chicago’s neighborhoods before the election,” Chico said. “The future of our city is at stake and Chicagoans deserve nothing short of a full and vigorous debate of the issues. Let’s debate ways to create more jobs, make our streets safer and fix education and let’s debate them now because Chicago needs a mayor who is ready on Day One.”

My guess is that Rahm will do his best to ignore all contenders and assume the mantle of clear winner. I’d also guess he will refuse all debates until very close to the end of the campaign.
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