Illinois politics opens Tuesday for February primary

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Illinois' wild, seemingly non-stop political season opens a new chapter Tuesday as hundreds of candidates for federal, state and county offices in next year's elections begin gathering voter signatures to appear on the Feb.
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Aug 3, 2009
 
The way this reporter tells it, you'd think there were only two parties. In fact, the Green Party will also begin petitioning tomorrow as well. They have seven candidates for statewide office. I'll wager a guess that he didn't bother to check who they were. When a reporter can't get basic facts right, it kind of undermines his credibility.
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Aug 3, 2009
 
Remember:
Vote the bums out.
Social Justice

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Aug 3, 2009
 
Whatever you folks do, please do not mess with the "A" Team in Illinois!

The State runs like clockwork, Illinois government is ethical.

The taxes are low- why the sales tax is practically zero in Cook County, isn't it?

Property taxes are so small you don't even notice them.

And the Illinois unemployment rate, well.. let's ignore that one right now.

The Chicago parking meters work great and are practically free.

The Olympics won't cost a penny.

The kids' Brightstart program maybe was invested in subprime but that does teach them valuable life lessions!

Blago is clean as can be and approaching the end of his second term.

Your taxes are way too low, they need to be increased by at least 50%, minimum.

When things are working great, you do not mess with success.

So please reelect DALEY, STROGER, QUINN, ALEXI, SPEAKER MADIGAN and the rest of the Democrat legislature. Cook County is the best run county of all, please keep the Democratic Machine in charge. They're doing a heck'uva job!
GOP Turn

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Aug 3, 2009
 
The MSM will be pumping up the democrats which I don't understand.

The dems in Illinois have gouged into our pockets enough !

The dems WILL NOT give us ANY ETHICS REFORMS. They really think we are stupid ! VOTE REPUBLICAN .

Vote for CHANGE REAL CHANGE/ NOT obama CHANGE !!!
Nick

Mundelein, IL

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#5
Aug 3, 2009
 
I'll be voting libertarian or republican.

The liberals had their shot and we all can see where that got us.

Its time we vote these bums out. Obviously politics is politics but ANYTHING would be better then these progressive liberals policy.
Chris

Chicago, IL

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Aug 4, 2009
 
State Sen. Michael Boland of Grayslake is no longer running for the 10th Congressional seat.

Since: Oct 07

New York, NY

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Aug 4, 2009
 
One word. DREAD. No one wants to listen to these clowns out lie the other guy.
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Chatham, IL

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Aug 4, 2009
 
Meet the new candidates, same as the old candidates - lying, self-serving, egotistical layabouts. Alexi, learn your current job before trying to move up the ladder. If any of these people had any self-worth, they would know that it's not a plus to be a candidate in the state of Illinois.
You will all be tarred with the same brush as the current bunch of yahoos.
Is your dignity worth it?
We The People

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Aug 4, 2009
 
No known politicians should be allowed to run for office in Illinois.
In fact, scrap 'elections' in this state entirely.
Instead, let's have a lottery for all public office{s}[exectuive, legislative, boards, commissions, etc].
Anyone here legally, a citizen {born here - or naturalized}, neither they nor any of their household being the recipient{s} of any entitlement programs - whatsoever, without a criminal record, age 25 or older, registered to vote, being employed, having filed their tax returns inclusive to date, being current on all of their taxes, being a property owner and paying real-estate taxes on their property{s}, could be eligible for the 'lottery.'
Compensation for all positions would be cut in half from their current levels - with no benefits: medical insurance, pension, etc, and they would be allowed to keep their current jobs and/or their businesses interests [conflicts of interest arising would preclude them from voting on any given bill or measure]. Legislative sessions would be cut by 2/3rds.
It's LONG past time that we return 'government'{well, what passes for same in the dire state of Illinois} to non-'professional' citizens and to reduce both the costs and amount of time such is in session. Less government in Illinois can ONLY be better government; and those who 'run' government should be upstanding members of the community{s}- not scoundrels, skallywags and/or plunderers.
Naturally, anyone selected by the lottery could choose not to serve and - should they serve, they would not be allowed to fill any discretionary position with any family members, nor anyone with a criminal record.
If we want good government in Illinois we have to return it to the citizens/taxpayers, preclude patronage and establish expedited and draconian penalties for abuses of office!
Those who either don't contribute to society {e.g. entitlement recipients living off of the largess of others} and criminals shouldn't be allowed either to vote and/or to serve in ANY government position.
Let's get rid of the Daley's, Madigan's, Cullerton's, O'Conner's, Jones', Gutierez's, Quinn's, Jackson's, Rush's, Burris', Stroger's, Lipinski's, etc, etc - in a CLEAN SWEEP!
Return Illinois' government to 'We The People...'
Joe

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Aug 4, 2009
 
Disgusted wrote:
Meet the new candidates, same as the old candidates - lying, self-serving, egotistical layabouts. Alexi, learn your current job before trying to move up the ladder. If any of these people had any self-worth, they would know that it's not a plus to be a candidate in the state of Illinois.
You will all be tarred with the same brush as the current bunch of yahoos.
Is your dignity worth it?
If you think you can do better, now's your chance. That was the point of the article.
Fibbity Gibbit

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Aug 4, 2009
 
Instead of holding primaries or elections in Illinois we should have open hunting season days on politicians.
Let's put a bounty on dez bums' heads and clean up Dodge {aka: Illinois}.
I'll gladly bring my own ammunition and pay for the priviledge of a hunting permit.
Egads these politicians in Illinois aren't even fit for land-fill or dog-food. They're simply too... rancid; they pollute everything they get near.
'Illinois politician'- presumed guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Joe

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Aug 4, 2009
 
Fibbity Gibbit wrote:
Instead of holding primaries or elections in Illinois we should have open hunting season days on politicians.
Let's put a bounty on dez bums' heads and clean up Dodge {aka: Illinois}.
I'll gladly bring my own ammunition and pay for the priviledge of a hunting permit.
Egads these politicians in Illinois aren't even fit for land-fill or dog-food. They're simply too... rancid; they pollute everything they get near.
'Illinois politician'- presumed guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Yeah, I really want to expand gun ownership with nitwits like you around.
Whatadummies

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Aug 4, 2009
 
...No internet links to five-term North Shore U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk of Highland Park? I wonder why?
Whatadummies

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Aug 4, 2009
 
stan wrote:
Remember:
Vote the bums out.
...you mean Democrooks???
Whatadummies

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Aug 4, 2009
 
We The People wrote:
No known politicians should be allowed to run for office in Illinois.
In fact, scrap 'elections' in this state entirely.
Instead, let's have a lottery for all public office{s}[exectuive, legislative, boards, commissions, etc].
Anyone here legally, a citizen {born here - or naturalized}, neither they nor any of their household being the recipient{s} of any entitlement programs - whatsoever, without a criminal record, age 25 or older, registered to vote, being employed, having filed their tax returns inclusive to date, being current on all of their taxes, being a property owner and paying real-estate taxes on their property{s}, could be eligible for the 'lottery.'
Compensation for all positions would be cut in half from their current levels - with no benefits: medical insurance, pension, etc, and they would be allowed to keep their current jobs and/or their businesses interests [conflicts of interest arising would preclude them from voting on any given bill or measure]. Legislative sessions would be cut by 2/3rds.
It's LONG past time that we return 'government'{well, what passes for same in the dire state of Illinois} to non-'professional' citizens and to reduce both the costs and amount of time such is in session. Less government in Illinois can ONLY be better government; and those who 'run' government should be upstanding members of the community{s}- not scoundrels, skallywags and/or plunderers.
Naturally, anyone selected by the lottery could choose not to serve and - should they serve, they would not be allowed to fill any discretionary position with any family members, nor anyone with a criminal record.
If we want good government in Illinois we have to return it to the citizens/taxpayers, preclude patronage and establish expedited and draconian penalties for abuses of office!
Those who either don't contribute to society {e.g. entitlement recipients living off of the largess of others} and criminals shouldn't be allowed either to vote and/or to serve in ANY government position.
Let's get rid of the Daley's, Madigan's, Cullerton's, O'Conner's, Jones', Gutierez's, Quinn's, Jackson's, Rush's, Burris', Stroger's, Lipinski's, etc, etc - in a CLEAN SWEEP!
Return Illinois' government to 'We The People...'
....Absolutely great idea...
Kiss My Astronomy

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Aug 4, 2009
 
GOP Turn wrote:
The MSM will be pumping up the democrats which I don't understand.
The dems in Illinois have gouged into our pockets enough !
The dems WILL NOT give us ANY ETHICS REFORMS. They really think we are stupid ! VOTE REPUBLICAN .
Vote for CHANGE REAL CHANGE/ NOT obama CHANGE !!!
WT-Fuj ck you talkin about Willis???!!! George Ryan was Republican. Both sides gouge our pockets. Problem is, you bend over and say thank you to one side.
Just Observing

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Aug 4, 2009
 
Social Justice wrote:
Whatever you folks do, please do not mess with the "A" Team in Illinois!
The State runs like clockwork, Illinois government is ethical.
The taxes are low- why the sales tax is practically zero in Cook County, isn't it?
Property taxes are so small you don't even notice them.
And the Illinois unemployment rate, well.. let's ignore that one right now.
The Chicago parking meters work great and are practically free.
The Olympics won't cost a penny.
The kids' Brightstart program maybe was invested in subprime but that does teach them valuable life lessions!
Blago is clean as can be and approaching the end of his second term.
Your taxes are way too low, they need to be increased by at least 50%, minimum.
When things are working great, you do not mess with success.
So please reelect DALEY, STROGER, QUINN, ALEXI, SPEAKER MADIGAN and the rest of the Democrat legislature. Cook County is the best run county of all, please keep the Democratic Machine in charge. They're doing a heck'uva job!
Well written and very funny.
Voter

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Aug 4, 2009
 
Fibbity Gibbit wrote:
Instead of holding primaries or elections in Illinois we should have open hunting season days on politicians.
Let's put a bounty on dez bums' heads and clean up Dodge {aka: Illinois}.
I'll gladly bring my own ammunition and pay for the priviledge of a hunting permit.
Egads these politicians in Illinois aren't even fit for land-fill or dog-food. They're simply too... rancid; they pollute everything they get near.
'Illinois politician'- presumed guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Great, a military government ala N. Korea. Love it man. Why not got here and be happy. Leave this nation for those of us who believe in ballets over bullets.
Voter

Chicago, IL

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Aug 4, 2009
 
We The People wrote:
No known politicians should be allowed to run for office in Illinois.
In fact, scrap 'elections' in this state entirely.
Instead, let's have a lottery for all public office{s}[exectuive, legislative, boards, commissions, etc].
Anyone here legally, a citizen {born here - or naturalized}, neither they nor any of their household being the recipient{s} of any entitlement programs - whatsoever, without a criminal record, age 25 or older, registered to vote, being employed, having filed their tax returns inclusive to date, being current on all of their taxes, being a property owner and paying real-estate taxes on their property{s}, could be eligible for the 'lottery.'
Compensation for all positions would be cut in half from their current levels - with no benefits: medical insurance, pension, etc, and they would be allowed to keep their current jobs and/or their businesses interests [conflicts of interest arising would preclude them from voting on any given bill or measure]. Legislative sessions would be cut by 2/3rds.
It's LONG past time that we return 'government'{well, what passes for same in the dire state of Illinois} to non-'professional' citizens and to reduce both the costs and amount of time such is in session. Less government in Illinois can ONLY be better government; and those who 'run' government should be upstanding members of the community{s}- not scoundrels, skallywags and/or plunderers.
Naturally, anyone selected by the lottery could choose not to serve and - should they serve, they would not be allowed to fill any discretionary position with any family members, nor anyone with a criminal record.
If we want good government in Illinois we have to return it to the citizens/taxpayers, preclude patronage and establish expedited and draconian penalties for abuses of office!
Those who either don't contribute to society {e.g. entitlement recipients living off of the largess of others} and criminals shouldn't be allowed either to vote and/or to serve in ANY government position.
Let's get rid of the Daley's, Madigan's, Cullerton's, O'Conner's, Jones', Gutierez's, Quinn's, Jackson's, Rush's, Burris', Stroger's, Lipinski's, etc, etc - in a CLEAN SWEEP!
Return Illinois' government to 'We The People...'
Great, only property owners can participate. So much for We The People.
Patrick

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#21
Aug 4, 2009
 
You all complain about the Republicans and Democrats who control every aspect of our political system, but experience has shown that this grousing rarely leads to action. You may not like the current leaders, but are you really supporting candidates who are more focused on individual liberties, putting the government back on the job of improving our communities and not improving corporate profits? Time to get off your butts, people. This reporter didn't even mention anything about independents, Greens or Libertarians...time to fight back

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