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Rauner, Oberweiss Say Wealth Means They’ll Be Honest

Rauner, Oberweiss Say Wealth Means They’ll Be Honest

Republican candidates Bruce Rauner and James Oberweiss said Tuesday that they will be less tempted to corruption than poorer candidates would be. “Voters can be sure that if we’re elected, we won’t engage in corruption as so many other Illinois politicians have done” said Oberweiss. “Quite simply, we don’t need the money.” Rauner, who made more than $53 mi... »

Flamm urges Democratic voters to vote in Democratic primary

Flamm urges Democratic voters to vote in Democratic primary

Matt Flamm, who is seeking to become the next Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman, Monday urged voters to participate in their own party’s primary. “Illinois law permits voters to switch from one party’s primary to another with no waiting period,” said Flamm. “This means that a Democratic voter can participate in the Republican primary, or vice-versa. But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.”... »

You can now vote by mail – and you should

You can now vote by mail – and you should

Many people intend to vote, but don’t. Our elections are on a work day for most people. You have to drive to the polling place, park, wait in line, vote, and return home. If you don’t have a car, you need to find a ride. If you have young children, you may need to bring them with you. Early voting gives you more flexibility, but you still have to make time to get to a voting site durin... »

Forpe Endorses Flamm for Committeeman

Forpe Endorses Flamm for Committeeman

Shirley Forpe, a longtime Palatine teacher and union official, has announced her support for Matt Flamm to be the next Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman. She had had filed petitions to run for the position but withdrew from the race. A resident of Palatine for more than 40 years, Forpe is a retired District 211 teacher and continues as a substitute teacher. She was a Vice President of the ... »

Bruce Rauner Wants to Cut the Minimum Wage – Or Does He?

Bruce Rauner Wants to Cut the Minimum Wage – Or Does He?

At a candidates’ forum in the Quad Cities on December 11th, Bruce Rauner said “I will advocate moving the Illinois minimum wage back to the national minimum wage.” You can click on this video and watch the first five minutes. Rauner’s proposal would reduce the minimum wage in Illinois from $8.25 per hour to $7.25. Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, pointe... »

Good Daily Herald series on FOID cards

Good Daily Herald series on FOID cards

The Daily Herald recently ran an excellent three-part series on Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) Cards. About 10% of people in the suburbs have FOID cards, which means that 90% of us don’t. Even among those who have FOID cards, most are hunters or people who have  a family heirloom or a gun for protection in their home. Most of them support reasonable regulation of privately-owned firea... »

Kudos to Congress

Kudos to Congress

Everyone notices when Congress fails to do its job (for example, the government shutdown). It’s important to notice when they do things right. Over the past few weeks, the House passed a bipartisan compromise budget that will avoid going from crisis to crisis for the next two years. The Senate changed its rules to reduce abuse of the filibuster. And despite a lot of counterproductive rhetori... »

Obama organizer running for Palatine Township Committeeman

Obama organizer running for Palatine Township Committeeman

Matt Flamm, a Democratic activist and organizer for President Obama’s campaigns, is a candidate for Democratic Committeeman of Palatine Township. Flamm filed his nominating papers with the Cook County Clerk on Monday morning. Flamm is running to succeed incumbent Committeeman Sue Walton, who is not seeking reelection. “Under Sue Walton’s leadership, Palatine Township has changed ... »

Flamm announces formation of Campaign Committee

Flamm announces formation of Campaign Committee

Matt Flamm, candidate for Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman, has announced the formation of his campaign committee. “I am honored to have the support of so many public-spirited, progressive people,” said Flamm. The committee is chaired by Sue Walton, the incumbent Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman. Nancy Shepherdson and Lauren Beth Gash, Democratic State Central Commtte... »

Good news, part 2 – Marriage Equality Comes to Illinois

Good news, part 2 – Marriage Equality Comes to Illinois

Yesterday, the Illinois General Assembly voted for marriage equality. Governor Quinn will sign the bill into law. This is the kind of “good news” that shows us our society is moving in the right direction. Of course, there will always be dissenters like my State Representative, Tom Morrison (who defeated me in the 2010 general election). Tom is of the mistaken belief that allowing gay ... »

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