Alexi Giannoulias (D CAND, IL-SEN) to get paid three times for Broadway Bank failure?
Nice work, if you can get it: The family of Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias stands to collect more than $10 million in federal tax refunds even if its Broadway Bank fails, which Mr. Giannoulias said this week is likely. A $75-million loss at the struggling lender last year generated tax benefits potentially worth between $12 million and $15 million to Mr. Giannoulias, his | Read More »
Meet Isaac Hayes (R CAND, IL-02).
The queue of interviews is full, by the way: I have a ton of them, but the video uploads are killing me. Expect them over the next bunch of days. Anyway, here’s Isaac Hayes: no relation, to his own regret. His site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Meet Joel Pollak (R, IL-09).
Joel Pollak’s website. My first CPAC video interview: hopefully not my last. Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Marco Rubio moneybomb today.
[UPDATE: By the way, the below link is to Demint's Senate Conservatives Fund's portion of the Rubio moneybomb. Said portion's sub-goal is 100K, and they're at 86.2K already.] He’s trying to raise 787 thousand (in ‘commemoration’ of the 787 billion dollar ‘stimulus’ that the Democrats have wished upon the country): he’s well on his way, but it would be excellent if the Rubio campaign had | Read More »
IL LT GOV Candidate Scott Cohen (D) drops knife, out of race.
As always, Cohen was going to stick it out to the end, right up to the moment that he decided to spend more time with the members of his family that don’t currently have restraining orders on him. Illinois Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Scott Lee Cohen announced Sunday evening that he is withdrawing from the race amid revelations about his personal history. Cohen, a millionaire | Read More »
Four days left on Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) drive.
(Reminded by AoSHQ) I could come up with a convoluted reason to repost this widget for the Adam Kinzinger campaign, but I shan’t: It’s just that it’d be great if the campaign had to reset the total amount that they were going for with days to spare. This district should be ours, and incumbent Debbie Halvorson doesn’t put her constituents first; so if you’re mildly | Read More »
The Illinois elections are turning nicely symmetrical.
Their side has a candidate who knives women. Our side has a candidate who takes down people who knife women. Adam Kinzinger for IL-11. And Jason Plummer for Lt. Governor. Because neither of them cut women. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) for Congress.
Now that the Illinois primary is over, we can show you the official GOP candidate for IL-11. Meet Adam Kinzinger: (Donate to Adam Kinzinger here: he’s trying to raise 10K by 02/10/10.) Adam’s a fiscal conservative, military veteran (Air NG, served overseas), and pro-life; his hobbies include toppling incumbents in elections, advocating smaller government, and subduing would-be knife-wielding maniacs with his bare hands. His opponent, | Read More »
The NRSC wastes *no* time on properly greeting Giannoulias.
(H/T: @sorendayton) You know, I noticed during the run-up to the Illinois Senatorial primary that more than one Democratic activist expressed worries about a Giannoulias primary win. And why were they worried? Pretty much because of what you’re about to see. Welcome to Chicago. Moe Lane PS: Mark Kirk for Senate. Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Illinois/FL-19 primary results.
[10:42 PM] So, at 83% in… Kirk gets the nod for the GOP SEN nomination, it looks like the Democrats didn’t manage to shut down Giannoulias, Gov Quinn is barely holding on, and Bill Brady is ahead in what looks a lot like a virtual three-way tie. [8:46 PM]: OK, with 11% in it looks good for Kirk, Quinn and Giannoulias both appear to be | Read More »
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D, IL-09), insurance industry profiteer.
This came up a couple of days ago: …while Rep. Schakowsky likes to attack health insurance profits, those profits have found a way into her own pocket. Her 2008 financial disclosure statement to the U.S. House of Representatives reveals that she owns several mutual funds that, in turn, own stock in major health insurance companies and provide her with dividend income. Through her mutual funds, Schakowsky has | Read More »
‘Rod Blagojevich, THOU ART AVENGED!’
Doesn’t matter if I had: it’s worth repeating. Via @MelissaTweets comes the wonderful news that Roland Burris is giving this ‘run for election’ thing serious consideration. Yes, I know that the conventional wisdom is that he won’t, but Roland Burris is neither conventional, nor particularly wise – and he’s not actually ruling out a run. Admittedly, right now his major problem is that he’d need | Read More »
The City of Chicago government will be closed today for lack of funds.
No, really. If you planned to check out a library book, visit a city clinic or have your garbage picked up on Monday, you’re out of luck. The City of Chicago is basically closed for business on Aug. 17, a reduced-service day in which most city employees are off without pay. City Hall, public libraries, health clinics and most city offices will be closed. They | Read More »
Roland Burris: Not so fast on my not running for IL-SEN.
Don’t tease us like this, Senator Burris. It’s unseemly in a Senator: “You never say never,” Burris told ABC News in a “Subway Series” interview for the ABC News program “Top Line.” The “Subway Series,” which debuts on Monday, features interviews with senators and other political leaders on board the Capitol Hill subway. “What I’m still hearing,” Burris said, is “people from all over the | Read More »
Rod Blagojevich hath a website.
This, I think, deserves Ace of Spade HQ‘s Flaming Skull: Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced and displaced former governor of Illinois, now has a website where he continues his fight for “ordinary people,” the Associated Press reports. He has a website, a… radio talk show (WLS-890 AM, although he’s not on the schedule yet), a book (The Governor*) – and he’s available for public speaking gigs! | Read More »
It’s been suggested that this Durbin (D, IL) video…
…is a bit busy. Too much distraction between the words on the screen and the words coming out of Durbin’s mouth. Opinions? Background on Durbin and his re-segregation efforts here and here. Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Rewarding party loyalty: Kirk, Castle, and Cao.
Like RS’s Erick Erickson and TNR’s Ironman, I instinctively shy from a boycott of the NRCC because they had eight members out of one hundred and seventy eight who flunked a test vote. Some of the names on that list hurt to see, and a couple are exercises in teeth-grinding; but perfect is the enemy of the good, and Congressional Republicans have done a good | Read More »
Meet Adam Kinzinger (R Cand, IL-11).
Brian’s excellent post about Debbie Halvorson and her fake independence lacked only one thing: this. Not his fault – it took a little bit of finding – but it’s an excuse to put this front and center. Adam’s main site is, of course, here. It’d be great if he hit his fundraising number by the deadline, wouldn’t it? Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Burris off the perjury hook…
Far be it from me to suggest that the Illinois GOP has decided to not do the Illinois Democratic party a favor: No perjury charge against US Sen. Burris-prosecutor CHICAGO, June 19 (Reuters) – An Illinois prosecutor investigating the appointment of Roland Burris to President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat said on Friday there was insufficient evidence to charge Burris with perjury. Some of | Read More »
I cannot *believe* that this is part of Blago’s Revenge.
I mean, how could he have known that Burris would end up on Armed Services? MR. LEMNIOS: Sir, in the — as director of Defense Research and Engineering, my critical role would be to work technology strategy across the Department of Defense; to identify those key areas where the Department needs to strengthen and drive its technology strategies, technology efforts; to work with the services | Read More »