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

Wow! What a great show! Dave McKinney actually managed to make Larry and I look good and you all know how difficult that is! Of course Mr. McKinney is the former Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief and you just don’t get political insights like this from very many people.

McKinney2Thus, the Smiling Conservative and I want to thank Dave for taking the time to come on the show. We would encourage you to listen to the podcast.

Larry and I also want to offer congratulations to Bob, Valerie, and Bonnie for winning Peter Frampton/Michael McDonald tickets at Festival Park in Elgin on June 19. Thanks for calling in!

On Monday, Larry and I talk about coroners that hire press secretaries and the prevailing wage kerfuffle that’s brewing in Kane County. Until then…

It almost time for Left, Right and You!

Not only is the Smiling Conservative back in the studio today, but we have a real treat for all of you dedicated listeners! Former Sun-Time Reporter extraordinaire, Dave McKinney, will join us for the full hour today. Dave was the Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief for 19 years and he knows those players better than virtually anyone else!

Dave McKinney

Dave McKinney

We’ll be talking about where the stalled pension reform movement might be going and how the Speaker/Governor budget   showdown might play out.

And we might just have two or three surprises for all of you music fans!

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. Trust me! You don’t wanna miss this one!

The Race to the Kane County Republican bottom is on!

A few months back, after Sheriff Don Kramer single-handedly blew a gaping $2.5 million hole in his own budget, a local politician called and asked me, “Who’s the happiest man in Kane County?” I thought about it for a while, and when I couldn’t come up with an answer, he chortled, “Rob Russell! He’s no longer the village idiot.”

Apparently unhappy with the loss of that title, Coroner Russell seems determined to get it back and he may well have succeeded. You see, I just came back from the Judicial and Public Safety Committee meeting where they announced that the Coroner had just hired a press secretary!

I mean c’mon! If the President has one… Although I will say that at least the Commander-in-Chief’s constituency is actually alive.

Rob Russell

Rob Russell

And this new hire is brought to us by the same elected official who has more trouble staying within his budget than a middle-aged Mill Creek housewife with a brand new credit card. Despite signing a document – in my presence – swearing to keep his budget flat for three years after getting an early increase, Russell has ignored that promise every step of the way.

And let’s not forget the liquefied bodies and destruction of evidence as a the result of his failing to label a light switch either

But let’s humor the Coroner for a second and consider that his 6 to 8 person office really does require the services of a press secretary… Sorry, I can’t do it because I’m laughing too bleepin’ hard.

Perhaps this new hire could field those once-every-three-month calls from the only remaining newspaper. Or they could fend off the adoring throngs that regularly besiege the Coroner’s front door. There’s always the possibility of working on the website to attract new customers – though I suppose that move could be perceived as being a wee bit morbid.

To make matter even more interesting, this hire once worked for 33rd District State Senator and former Kane County Chairman, Karen McConnaughay, in both capacities. And to put the icing on the clown cake, the Coroner didn’t even bother to show up to this morning’s meeting either.

So what I want to know is, when are Kane County Republicans finally going to stand up and stand behind all that party of fiscal sanity blather? When are they going to prove their insistent and specific conservative talking points by calling out their own for violating those precepts first?

Because, while Illinois Democrats certainly have their problems, they’re nowhere near as embarrassing as far too many Kane County Republicans clearly are.

So the race to the Kane County GOP bottom is on and not even I’m willing to place a bet on who’s gonna win this one. All I can tell you is Coroner Russell just took the lead against a guy who blew his budget in just 15 days. And that, my friends, takes real talent.

This is the June 6, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You!

Larry and I want to offer State Rep Anna Moeller a huge thank you for filling in this morning and being such a great guest! If you wanna know how the bill passage process works in Springfield, then this is the Left, Right and You for you!

moeller3We also talked about the perhaps temporary impasse between the Governor and Speaker Madigan, the importance of political compromise, and some of the good things getting done on our behalf in Springfield.

Larry should be back on Thursday when we’ll have Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney. Dave, one of the best there is, will discuss where the pension and budget situations are likely going. Until then…

Left, Right and You makes Mondays better!

Especially when you have Elgin State Rep Anna Moeller on the show! Anna will be sitting in for Larry who should back on Thursday!

moellerIf you recall, we heard from State Rep Steve Andersson regarding our ongoing Springfield follies so now it’s time to hear from the other side of the aisle. We’ll talk about how bills move through the General Assembly, whether Messrs. Madigan and Rauner can come to terms, her thoughts on Elgin moving forward, and more!

If you have any questions for Anna, please give us a call at 847-931-1410.

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. Don’t miss it!

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

Again, the Smiling Conservative and I want to thank Kurt Kozjarek for filling in while Larry’s on that mission from God. If anybody can bring those Springfield pols to their knees, it’s Larry Jones! We’re looking forward to his return next Thursday.

Larry, Kurt and JeffAs for today’s show, Kurt and I added the kind of insights into the sad Denny Hastert saga and Mike Madigan Governor Rauner brouhaha that you just won’t get anywhere else. You might wanna listen to this show a couple of times just to be sure you catch it all.

Monday! We got the Republican Springfield perspective from State Rep Steve Andersson and we’ll get the Democratic side from State Rep Anna Moeller on Monday. Anna always provides the kind of political clues that most people miss. Until then…

Let Left, Right and You lift your Thursday spirits!

Today! Kane County Board member and political pundit extraordinaire Kurt Kozjarek will fill in for Larry who’s on a mission from God. We’ll explain more about that later!

kozjarek3Meanwhile Kurt and I are gonna discuss the sad Denny Hastert Saga and what it’s likely end will be. Then we’ll talk about the message House Speaker Madigan sent the Governor on Rick Pearson’s Sunday Spin radio show. Let me tell you, that message was loud and clear.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does! Courtesy of Tim Elenz and the Grand Victoria, we’ll be giving away two sets of two seats to Saturday’s George Thorogood and the Destroyers concert at Festival Park right here in beautiful downtown Elgin.

So bone up on your Mike Madigan trivia because the first caller to answers those questions gets two tickets! The call-in number is 847-931-1410 of course!

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. It’s gonna be another good one folks.

This is the June 1, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You

Though I certainly missed my favorite radio co-host this morning, having Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall on for the whole show was great!

Sean StegallAnd we certainly covered a lot of ground so I’ll leave all that for your listening pleasure!

The Smiling Conservative will be back on Thursday at which time we’ll discuss the Denny Hastert Saga and Michael Madigan’s appearance on Rick Pearson’s Sunday Spin radio show. Until then…

Left, Right and You is coming up!

Today! Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall joins us in the studio to talk about things like:

  • The Tower Building redevelopment
  • The Hemmens
  • The challenges in retaining and attracting downtown businesses
  • Festival Park

and where The City in the Suburbs might be headed in the next four years


If you have a question for Sean, please feel free to call the show at 847-931-1410 and our trusty producer Derrick will get it on the air!

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. Be there or be square!