The Scam ‘Teapublican’ mailer

Local Democrat/Advocates throw their Republican /Advocate buddy Bob Barnett under the bus for endorsing Don Jankowski. Pass the popcorn.

This is a not a TEA Party mailer. The short story is Julia Beckman (Democrat State central Committeewoman from Darien, as Emperor Palpatine) and Megan Schroeder (as Darth Schroeder) were furious and this was the result.

Teapublicans Mail piece side 1

This mailer went out to D only households in Downers Grove. It was done through a LaGrange UPS store to hide. It used stamps instead of a bulk mailer to try and wipe off fingerprints of culpability. What they forgot was that some people have long memories, and can understand connections between the obvious. Read the rest of this entry »


Sore Winner (Pt.1)

First things first. The primary is over and Ron Sandack is the Republican nominee for Representative of District 81. Now we move on to crush any Democrat silly enough to stick their foot in the race, and work hard to elect “other” to the White House in November. Because after the primary we close ranks, right? That’s what Radogno said way back when.

Sandack doesn’t seem to remember what Radogno said way back when. Read the rest of this entry »

Obscure endorsement…

…that took 6 years to make.

I’ve received more than a few emails and phone calls asking for my take on the Boyle/Sandack election. Most of you, if you’ve gotten here, for better or worse know who I am I’ve tried to keep my focus on other things than wading into the tit-for-tat, but here’s my two cents. Read the rest of this entry »

You Can Fool Some of the People Some of the Time…

..but it’s starting to look like you can’t run doodly past Waking America Up. Defiantly and unapologetic-ally conservative, this recent post outs one Lucy Lloyd, shill and cut-out for Megan Schroeder and her Advocates pals.

After reading Lloyd’s calumn I have to wonder why Wurster and Krajewski even bothered answering the phone when she called.

Cross check the Voter History for Mr. Peters III- he’s never pulled a primary ballot here, and voted once in 2010. The DGTRO has open precincts that need PC’s. If any of them bothered ever coming to a meeting they’d have found that out.

Waking America Up left out that Ms. Lloyd was also Campaign Manager for Megan Schroeder’s infamous Advocates 2007 election, and has been a reliable shill for Advocates causes and candidates ever since.

They also left out that Julia Kennedy-Beckman is the Democratic Party State Central Committee Representative for the 13th District. She’s a fixture at every Advocates function, in addition to being a founding member. They don’t have her name listed anymore. Rewriting history maybe.

PS- Because some jackass will bring this up later like it’s a deep dark secret, I vetted Deb’s packet, I even went through it and had Deb delete invalid signatures. I filed her packet that Monday morning at 8:00am, and met some folks, like Ms. Boyle, who were looking to bring change, to stop how our state is run into the dirt. No Sandack people were anywhere to be seen. Who filed for him?

I pulled Ron’s packet and vetted it. It was a mess, but as near as I could tell he actually had 500 valid signatures. Ron had a research professional from a top downtown law firm pull Boyle’s. Ron’s been planning this run since this summer, lining up big wheel support. Boyle waited to see if Patti Bellock would run in 81.

Maybe voters should look at both packets to help decide who takes this more seriously.

UPDATE- I was emailed that Ms. Lloyd no longer lives in Downers Grove, nor in House District 81, nor in Illinois.


Selling out cheap. 

SB1652 supposedly guarantees Illinois power delivery moves into the 21st Century, just like California and most of the Northeast. Nevermind the states that have moved forward on Smart Grid type technologies now have the highest electricity rates. Never mind the obvious logic that if it would make power delivery more efficient and cost effective, power companies looking to lower cost and increase returns would find the financing to impliment it. Nevermind most states that have stood pat, like Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri, have industrial rates 24-25% lower than Illinois, making them even more competetive for manufacturing and the jobs that follow. Never mind that ComEd, serving over 3.7 million customers at 10.9 cents/KwH, rakes in over $4.5 billion in annual revenue. By the way, size doesn’t matter: Naperville Electrical Department (NED) serves 56 thousand accounts, at 8.82 cents/KwH, almost 20% cheaper than ComEd.*

Is private risk for private profit a foreign concept in Illinois? Baseball teams get lavish deals on taxpayers tabs. The Chicago Park District gets a football stadium built with state tax dollars. Power companies have taxpayers pay ahead on rquired upgrades to their systems instead of taking on the risk and debt themselves. Our leaders socialize the costs out of our wallets, yet still privatize the profits back to the companies we pick up the tab for.

Why stop there, though? The Illinois GA this week also guarantees a profit every step of the way for these private companies. No risk, yet guaranteed private profit. Wouldn’t we all like that kind of investment? I bet the teachers would right about now. That such a skewed result of legislation gets the limelight, while no budget fixes, or pension fixes that actually address the problem remain completely unaddressed, doesn’t matter. What matters in Illinois? That both sides of the General Assembly aisle got to slop at the trough of lobby money. For less than a penny on the dollar, Ameren, Exelon, and ComEd have locked in billions of future profits, by simply buying the votes of most of the Illinois General Assembly.

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform collates and creates a sortable database of who buys what in Illinois. so far just in 2011 the three power companies have walked the halls of Springfield and handed out the goodies, the grease that keeps incumbent campaigns running, that keeps caucuses loyal, and that keeps business as usual churning away.

Results for 2011

Ameren gave $ 103,408.00
Ameren CILCO gave 
$ 1,000.00
$ 2,500.00
Ameren CILCO gave 
$ 19,700.00
Ameren CILCO c/o Michael Sullivan gave 
$ 2,000.00
Ameren CIPS PAC gave 
$ 3,000.00
Ameren Government Relations Dept gave 
$ 1,000.00
Ameren IL PAC gave 
$ 8,250.00
Ameren IL. PAC gave 
$ 1,000.00
Ameren Illinois gave 
$ 94,651.00
Ameren Illinois PAC gave 
$ 151,399.00
Ameren Illinois Utilities gave 
$ 1,000.00
Ameren PAC gave 
$ 1,500.00
Ameren, IL gave 
$ 1,000.00
AmerenCilco gave 
$ 500.00
AmerenIllinois gave 
$ 3,500.00
AmerenIllinois PAC gave 
$ 1,000.00
Amerenn CILCO gave 
$ 2,500.00

Sub total all Ameren: $398,908

Results for 2011
ComEd gave 
$ 10,117.00
ComEd PAC gave 
$ 77,550.00
ComEd PAC Attn. Cheryl L. Hyman gave 
$ 8,000.00
ComEd PAC. gave 
$ 250.00
ComEdPAC gave 
$ 47,200.00

Sub total all ComEd: $143,117 

Results for 2011
Commonwealth Edison Co- Affiliate of Exelon Corp, PAC gave 
$ 500.00
Exelon gave 
$ 9,250.00
Exelon Gen Pac gave 
$ 500.00
Exelon Generation gave 
$ 1,000.00
Exelon Generation Co gave 
$ 500.00
Exelon Generation Company gave 
$ 9,750.00
Exelon Generation Company LLC gave 
$ 5,000.00
Exelon Generation Company PAC gave 
$ 8,500.00
Exelon Generation Company, LLC gave 
$ 4,750.00
Exelon Generation Copmpany gave 
$ 250.00
Exelon Generation PAC gave 
$ 4,000.00
Exelon Generaton Company PAC gave 
$ 1,000.00
Exelon PAC gave 
$ 8,750.00
Exelon-Commonwealth Edison Company gave 
$ 2,000.00
Exelonpac gave 
$ 1,000.00

Sub total all Exelon: $56,750

Total all contributions for 2011 only: $598,775

House votes are here, Senate votes are here.

The First Lady, Someone Who Has Eaten Countless Meals, Weighs In

from Michelle Obama
to Mark Thoman <>
date Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM
subject These dinners

Mark —

Not everyone knows how to prepare for a dinner like this. As someone who’s eaten countless meals with my husband, I want to tell you the one thing to do if you’re selected to join him…

Just relax. Barack wants this dinner to be fun, and he really loves getting to know supporters like you.

I hope you’ll take him up on it before Friday’s deadline.


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An Unusual Come-On

Mark, can we meet for dinner?

from Barack Obama
to Mark Thoman <>
date Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM
subject Mark, can we meet for dinner?

Mark —

Supporters like you are the reason I’m here, and the values we share have always made our organization more than just a political campaign.

So whenever I can, I want to take the opportunity to meet you. Last month, that meant I got to talk to folks in Iowa about small-business opportunities, and sit down with a group of volunteers from around the country who helped build this campaign in their communities this summer.

Today, I want to ask if you’ll join me and three other supporters for a meal and conversation sometime soon. Read the rest of this entry »