Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Perennial candidate wins race for 25th State Senate seat.
Jim Oberweis has finally won his seat in Springfield. The Republican outpaced Democrat Corinne Pierog Tuesday night by a total of outpaced 51,282 to Pierog's 37,802. Oberweis won yet another GOP primary this March to take on Democrat Pierog for the 25th District State Senate seat. The campaign was far from his first: Oberweis, chairman of Oberweis Dairy, has made tries for the U.S. Senate and House, as well as running for governor. This time around, he was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, despite the paper's vocal criticism of him in the past. Pierog, a St. Charles resident, sits on the St. Charles School board and was appointed to the St. Charles Housing Commission. -------------------------- Be part of the conversation as the votes …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attends a reception in his honor in Wheaton Tuesday night.
Mitt Romney stopped in Wheaton for an unpublicized private reception at a home in the 1400 block of Forest Avenue Tuesday night. Romney, awaiting the results of Illinois' Republican presidential primary, greeted children and other neighbors who gathered outside waving American flags and chanting “Mitt for President!” as he arrived. Neighbors said they received notice of the event earlier this week. Romney was scheduled to travel to Schaumburg for his Illinois election night party. We're on Facebook. Click here to like us! Patch reported earlier: Earlier in March, MyFoxChicago.com reported that Romney planned a fundraiser in Wheaton on primary day, March 20. According to the Wheaton College archives website, Romney wanted to hold a rally at…
Monday, March 12, 2012
On the Web: Burns, Sarto, Tiballi, Herwick and Wallet win Tribune nods.
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Chicago Tribune has named its favorites for Kane County races. GOP: Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns over state Sen. Chris Lauzen "(Burns') extensive experience in municipal and county government merits endorsement over state Sen. Chris Lauzen, who has had something of a quixotic career in the Senate." DEM: Bill Sarto over Sue Klinkhamer "Sarto is a former auditor in the state Comptroller's office, skills that should serve him well in this office. He is endorsed over former St. Charles Mayor Sue Klinkhamer." GOP: Elgin physician Robert Tiballi over DuPage County Sheriff's Sgt. Rob Russell "(Tiballi) says his 'professional status of being a medical detective, the doctor other doctors call when they are unable to make a diagnosis, makes me …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Journalism major and Geneva Patch contributor Tara Knott asks why a primary race between two nice guys had to get so low.
Friday, February 24, 2012
To the Editor: Hi, boss! I know I’m completely unqualified to write this letter to you, but I’ve been monitoring this Kane County Board chairman race all the way from Nashville, and I have a question for you. In the interest of full disclosure for readers who don’t know, I’m a journalism major at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, but I grew up in Geneva, and I honed my reporting skills interviewing both of the candidates in this race. During my senior year at Geneva High School, I was a student correspondent at The Beacon News (also under your supervision, Rick, though I’m sure I wasn’t on your radar screen then!) For one of my first articles, I covered a city meeting where state Sen. Lauzen spoke against opening a controversial …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Chris Lauzen political consultant Jon Zahm releases 116 pages of e-mails sent by Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns using a city e-mail account, then calls for the resignation of Burns and other Republicans.
Kane County Conservative Coalition Chairman Jon Zahm called for the resignation of Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady and Batavia Township Chairman Ellen Nottke on Wednesday after he released 116 pages of e-mail transcripts showing that Burns conducted campaign-related business using a city of Geneva e-mail address. Zahm held a press conference at 4 pm. Wednesday at Cabooses Bar & Grill at the Geneva train depot. Zahm is a paid political consultant for state Sen. Chris Lauzen, who is running against Burns in the GOP primary race for Kane County Board chairman. "What we have here is an inside look at how this group plays politics," Zahm said in a prepared statement. "The mask is off, and the taxpayers of …
Friday, January 27, 2012
That’s right! I’m officially declaring Barack Obama to be the winner of the 2012 presidential election. (Colin and Ken made me do it!)
First, reader Colin Campbell dared me to grace the virtual pages of Patch with my prescient predictions. In general, I tend to avoid gazing into the future because, as it was with the Old Testament prophets, some people feel a sudden urge to throw stones when you tell them something they don’t want to hear. You’ve already seen just what can happen when you write something about cheerleaders. I had to hire Glen Ellyn and Burr Ridge Patch Editors Samatha Liss and Sabrina Wu just to protect me from the salvo of incoming pom pons. And speaking of cheerleaders, Ken Loebel also chided me for tackling tough topics like cheerleading, club soccer and whether pork really is the other white meat. He then dared me to write about the more pressing …
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald writes to endorse Chris Lauzen as the GOP nomination for Kane County Board chairman.
Dear Editor, Illinois state Sen. Chris Lauzen is running for Kane County Board chairman. His credentials as fiscal conservative, pro-life, pro-Constitution including Second Amendment rights, and pro-traditional family are impeccable. Sen. Lauzen has served the people of Kane County with distinction for 19 years. We first served together in 1993, as two of the “Fab Five” freshman state senators who came from various business backgrounds and demonstrated independent thinking. We successfully co-sponsored Truth-in-Pensions that took three years to pass both chambers of the legislature and Truth-in-Budgets that took five years to pass before Gov. Jim Edgar signed it into law. Sen. Lauzen has built a solid reputation, on both sides of the …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
In a debate of Republican 25th District Illinois Senate candidates Wednesday night, Jim Oberweis pledges to serve no more than eight years and calls on opponents to do the same.
At a debate between three GOP 25th Senate District hopefuls Wednesday night, Jim Oberweis vowed he would serve no more than eight years and challenged his opponents—Dave Richmond and Rick Slocum—to make the same pledge then and there. "I wlll sign a pledge that I will not serve more than eight years if elected, and I would like to ask my friends here to do the same," Oberweis said during the follow-up portion of the question-and-answer period. Richmond said he would consider it. Slocum said he wasn't going to answer a question that wasn't proposed by the debate monitor. All this took place at a 7 p.m. debate at the Urban Grille in Geneva that was sponsored by the Kane County Young Republicans. Oberweis is the prominent dairy owner and …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
At a press conference Tuesday, state Sen. Chris Lauzen, who is seeking the GOP nomination for Kane County Board chairman, says the current board chair is using vendors and other county "players" to boost her campaign coffers.
At a "press conversation" Tuesday at the "Honest Abe" Lincoln Inn, a Republican candidate for Kane County Board chairman seat accused the present board chairman of "pay-to-play" politics. GOP candidate and Illinois state Sen. Chris Lauzen handed out documents showing donations made to Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay, according to an article by Eric Schelkopf in the Kane County Chronicle. Lauzen said 80 to 90 percent of the donations McConnaughay received are from folks who've done business with the county, according to an article by James Fuller in the Daily Herald. Lauzen is facing off against Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns in the March 20 primary for the GOP board chairman nomination. McConnaughay is running for the …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Kevin Burns and Chris Lauzen trade punches on the GOP side. Bill Sarto and Sue Klinkhamer battle for the Democratic nomination on issues of style and substance.
There wasn't a lot of blood but there were a few verbal punches and a little high-sticking in the opening face off of Kane County Board chairman candidates Friday afternoon (Jan. 13) during a lunchtime forum sponsored by all three Tri-Cities chambers of commerce. Credit Democratic candidate Bill Sarto for the hockey analogy. He said he was at the Blackhawks game last night, and apparently, the images from the Hawks' 5-2 win were as fresh in his mind as the ice behind a Zamboni. "Mayor Burns has taken the gloves off already," Sarto said, after listening to the opening statements. The candidates involved in the free-for-all were two pairs who will be competing in the March 20 primary: Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns versus state Sen. Chris Lauzen …