Get ready for the Thursday edition of Left, Right and You!

On today’s show we’ll start with Elgin pizzeria own Michael Butirro who’s doing his best to bring legalized sports betting to Illinois. C’mon! Who wouldn’t want to bet on the Cubs to win the World Series?

Micheal Butirro (center) helped announce Small Business Saturday in 2014

Micheal Butirro (center) helped announce Small Business Saturday in 2014

Then the Smiling Conservative and I will finish off the show by talking with proposed downtown Elgin Shared Harvest grocery store co-op project manager Kari Christensen. I do think that group may be on to something!

ChristensenThat’s Left, Right and You, Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and me, the Liberal Curmudgeon, on WRMN AM1410. We certainly hope you’ll join us!

Senator McConnaughay ain’t ready for reform!

I’m not sure why she’d risk the almost inevitable lightning strike. Wouldn’t she be terrified of her pants spontaneously bursting into flames? Perhaps her nose now really is the length of two full football fields!

But in a fearless Farragut-esque damn the torpedoes maneuver, the current 33rd District State Senator and former Kane County Chairman ignored all of the obvious risks to pen a letter to the Tribune entitled “Keep Politics Out of Government Jobs.”

And I thought I had balls! No wonder she wears such long skirts. Hers must be hanging right down to the floor.

As a friend sardonically, yet correctly noted, “What! A hypocritical politician? That almost never happens.” True! But this brazen woman harbors a special kind of chutzpah that sets her apart from even the most audacious of those Illinois general assembly creatures.

McConnaughayTo quote another chairman, of the 177 State legislators, “It had to be her!”

You see, Karen McConnaughay coming out against political hires is like Attila the Hun doing a PSA denouncing rape, looting, and pillaging. It’s like Bill Clinton heading up a fidelity in marriage seminar. It’s like Rod Blagojevich teaching an “Ethics in Government” college class. It’s like Kanye West…well…by now you know what I mean.

The unforgivable and utterly antithetical nature of her Tribune missive simply can’t be ignored.

To make matters much worse, our esteemed State Senator from St. Charles is apparently willing to go as far as sponsoring legislation that will, “severely limit the number of employees who can be classified as exempt from stringent hiring laws,” and “prevent this cronyism from happening again.”

Just like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s response to Lorne Michaels’ post 9/11 inquiry regarding whether SNL could be funny again, I wanna say, “Why start now?”

Wow! The next thing you know St. Karen will be donating every last penny of the $1.5 million in campaign contributions she took in during her 8-year tenure as county chairman to the poor. And remember, it was then Beacon-News reporter Dan Campana who noted that 80 plus percent of that cash came from companies armed with hefty county contracts.

Daily Herald reporter Jim Fuller wrote a 2010 piece covering just her 2009 county contractor contributions, but it ran on his blog because the list was so long there wasn’t enough newsprint in Illinois to put it in the paper.

For comparison’s sake, McConnaughay predecessor Mike McCoy raised a mere $300,000 during his eight years. Republican Adam Andrzejewski, Open the Books head honcho and Chairman of the For the Good of Illinois PAC, referred to McConnaughay’s former fundraising efforts as a “legalized money laundering scheme.”

Then there were the all the political hires and connected consultants.

There’s no point in naming names at this point and some of those folks worked out well. But many didn’t, the most infamous of which was a former Kane County Animal Control director who happened to be a friend of McConnaughay campaign manager and general Republican lackey Chris Dudley.

The problem was, this director had no previous Animal Control experience and she drove that department straight into the ditch, costing Kane County taxpayers millions of dollars.

Oh! And by the way, Ms. Dudley now heads up the Illinois Film Office. I wonder how she got that job?

Do I really need to remind any Kane Countian of hires like the politically connected former Development Director Phil Bus who subsequently caught on as the Kane County Fit for Kids consultant? Phil wasn’t exactly the poster child for diving into a exercise program.

All I can say is, I’m convinced that our illustrious state senator has a staffer following her around with a fire extinguisher aimed at her lower half at all times.

But perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps her time in Springfield has solicited some sort of political satori. Maybe, like the great Carlos Santana once implored, she really has changed her evil ways. Perhaps our former chairman now truly holds our best interest in mind and she’s on the brink of becoming the bright political light that the State of Illinois so desperately needs.


Recycling an old Beacon-News column ending which paraphrased the eminently insightful late 43rd Ward Chicago Alderman Paddy Bauler, “Karen McConnaughay ain’t ready for reform.”

This is the May 11, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You!

How can it possibly be a bad show when Elinor Richow calls in! We also want to thank Bob for offering his always on-the-mark thoughts.

The smiling conservative and I talked about:

  • Why State Senator Karen McConnaughay’s pants just bust into flames
  • How Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Illinois” resolution has aggravated absolutely everybody in Kane County
  • How, instead of poisoning coyotes, my lovely Geneva neighbors are poisoning pets
  • What the Illinois Supreme Court pension reform failure might mean for the State
  • The real reason Elgin’s Gasthaus bar was denied an outdoor liquor license
  • And how Mike Madigan showed Bruce Rauner who’s really the boss

On Thursday, we’re working to get someone who can tell us what the State’s gonna have to do next to fix the pension problem. Until then…


Left, Right and You is comin’ atcha!

Today, the Smiling Conservative and yours truly will cover a number of timely topics including:

  • The continuing Rauner resolution saga
  • Jeff’s Geneva neighbors poisoning family dogs
  • Kane County Sheriff Don Kramer finally meets with the County Board
  • Illinois pension reform is dead in the supreme court water
  • Speaker Madigan slaps Governor Rauner in the nose with a rolled up newspaper
  • Perhaps suing the City of Elgin isn’t a good idea if you want an outdoor liquor license

And we’ll be taking your calls too at 847-931-1410. Please be on topic! (Unless you’re Elinor who can call us for any bleepin’ reason she wants!)

LRY2That’s Left, Right and You, Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and me, the Liberal Curmudgeon, on WRMN AM1410. Larry and I can’t wait!

This is the May 7, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You!

And Larry and I can’t thank Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg for coming on the show and making it one of the best Left, Right and Yous yet!

NeilSteinbergWhile we certainly talked about the late Cardinal George and incoming Cardinal Blase Cupich, we covered so much more than that you will simply have to listen.

On Monday! The Smiling Conservative and I are gonna cover a number of fermenting local topics, including, but not limited too, the ongoing Governor Rauner resolution kerfuffle, my lovely Geneva neighbors poisoning neighborhood pets instead of coyotes, and the fact that KC Sheriff Don Kramer finally met with some County Board members. Until then…

Please get ready for Left, Right and You!

Today! Larry and I get to play host to one of our favorite guests, Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg.

steinberg2Neil has been pondering the passing of Cardinal Francis George as well as incoming Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich quite a bit of late, so we’re looking forward to getting his insights on both men. We’ll also discuss how he’s engaged some of his more zealous readers in some interesting conversations.

There aren’t many absolutes in this life, but I can tell you with certainty that Neil Steinberg is never dull!

That’s Left, Right and You, Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and me, the Liberal Curmudgeon, on WRMN AM1410. You really don’t wanna miss this one!

This is the May 4, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You!

Not only did the Smiling Conservative and I analyze the political fallout from Governor Rauner’s “Turnaround Illinois” resolution, but we agreed that it certainly wasn’t helping his budgetary cause. We also agreed that we want to see the Governor succeed in his reform efforts.

Liberals and conservatives don’t have to be at each others throats to make a point!

And Larry and I want to thank Pete for calling in with his typically cogent comments. Pete’s right! The Governor needs to get something done before the end of May or he’s lookin’ at the veto session.

Jeff and Larry2On Thursday’s show we’ll have Sun-Times columnist extraordinaire Neil Steinberg. Neil has been devoting a lot of column space to the late Cardinal Francis and incoming Cardinal Blase Cupich. We can’t wait to hear his thoughts on this transition. Until then!