Quick Hits – January 26, 2016

Some statewide officials do a great job!

And one of them is Treasurer Michael Frerichs. At 10 o’clock this morning he’ll hold a press conference in Suite 1212 of the Merchandise Mart covering the new Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund.

frerichsThe Fund will be investing $200 million in emerging Illinois tech companies over the next three years creating 3,600 jobs. Better yet, that cash comes from existing investments utterly mitigating the need for the Governor and General Assembly to get their budgetary act together.

But wait, there’s more! Not only will that cool $220 mil support tech startups, but it will likely attract another $400 million in private investment. Who knows! If the treasurer has his way, Illinois might become the center of Midwest Tech innovation.

Kudos to Mr. Frerichs for pulling this off despite the downstate deadlock. I wouldn’t be surprised if he supplants our Governor in two short years (and I hope he does!).



And speaking of Springfield…

Word in those hallowed halls is that the Rauner bloom is long off the rose for all but his most ardent admirers.

Rauner3You see, the uber wealthy Rauner  doesn’t give a rat’s patootie about the rising budget standoff fallout, but GOP legislators in tough districts do! And they’re worried their reelection chances are fading faster than Paris Hilton’s career.

They’re also painfully aware of the Governor’s abject failure to master the art of the appropriately spun message as demonstrated by two popular former Republican Governors declaring the cure is worse than the disease…

And some Republicans aren’t all that enamored of potential term limits either

So the bulk of legislators on both sides have already given up on the guv. They won’t say it out loud, but actions – or lack of them – speak for louder than words. Ain’t nobody rushing to Rauner’s side for a photo op these days.

They’ll simply sit back, muddle through this silly status quo, and wait two years til the unable to govern governor is sent packing.

This is what happens when you elect a businessman to office – they can’t handle the politics.


With friends like this…

If you listen carefully, the whispers on those shadowy St. Charles streets are particularly interesting these days. It would seem that, when Kane County Chairman candidate Ken Shepro approached his former sugar momma for an endorsement, State Senator Karen McConnaughay summarily rebuffed him. She even claimed that Ken’s political maneuverings weren’t in the best interest of the party.

McConnaughay3 I can’t believe those words came out her mouth without provoking multiple lightning strikes, but the State Senator does have a knack for survival. Of course, what that statement really meant was; “Ken! Our former dalliance meant nothing to me and, with the 33rd all sewn up, I really don’t need you now. Since there’s no political benefit to endorsing you, I won’t be wasting my breath.”

And I actually feel sorry for Ken. He may be completely delusional, but he isn’t stupid, and Ms. McConnaughay clearly wouldn’t have made it through two chairman terms without his advice.

Ah well! This scenario clearly proves that the only folks you can count on in politics are your enemies!


The Kane County Chronicle stars in a remake of the Sixth Sense

Holy crap! Have you picked up a copy of the Chronicle lately? Some Sunday Tribune ads are twice as thick! Why, that paper is so thin an anorexic Eaglebrook teenager would be jealous.

thin chronicleAs a part of my nefarious plan to convince people I’m not the cad I truly am, I tend to look after my elderly neighbors. And part of that effort is bringing the Chronicle up the 100 yard driveway to one of their back doors.

Upon handing him his paper last week, the gentleman aptly noted, “There isn’t enough here to wipe your ass.”

So, much like Dr. Malcolm Crowe in The Sixth Sense, the Chronicle has already flat-lined, but they’re the only ones who haven’t quite caught on yet.

There certainly is an element of schadenfreude here, but it’s still sad to see a once proud paper flailing in their final death throes. As soon as the Shaws get tired of subsidizing it, the Chronicle will simply fade away and no one will even notice.


Speaking of inconsequential newspapers…

(Though I do like the folks who work there) The Elburn Herald ran yet another letter-to-the-editor, holding out the white Don King – Ken Shepro – as the Chairman messiah Kane County hasn’t really been longing for. This one was penned by former almost Congressional wannabee Mark Vargas.

If your first thought is, “Who the hell is Mark Vargas?” then join the club. I had to resort to my Republican friends to finally figure it out. And here it is, Mark:

•    Lives in Washington D.C.
•    Isn’t registered to vote in Kane County
•    Hasn’t attend a KC Board meeting in years
•    Has never been elected to public office
•    Dropped out of on the only race he’s run
•    Got a patronage job with the Department of Defense

And while I will certainly laud anyone – especially an Hispanic anyone – who dares to run for public office, I think this photograph says it all.

Vargas Hastert copy
Sometimes a picture really is worth 1,000 words.


I love double entendres!

Did anyone else catch the unintended double entendre in a recent Daily Herald piece? Their editors certainly didn’t!

Mating CoyotesLet me just say that, if you’re gonna cover coyote mating season, you probably want to avoid  opening the article with “The coyotes are coming! The coyotes are coming!”

Just a thought.

Quick Hits – January 25, 2016

The Kane County Chairman’s race – Part I

I really have to give GOP primary candidate Ken Shepro credit for not only recovering from what most folks thought was a coronary death sentence, but for running the kind of countywide campaign that gives bloggers goosebumps!


Ken! Your capacity to reject any reality and substitute your own is utterly unsurpassed. This Chairman and Board gave department heads 2.5 percent raises to match what the union folk got, not the 27 percent your robocall suggested. (And we all know it was your robocall.)

Perhaps you’re confusing this particular form of mendacity with the 35 to 50 percent raises former Chairman Karen McConnaughay doled out to department heads under your tenure as her legal adviser. Not only were you her attorney, but you were the County Board’s attorney and you also toiled on behalf of developers looking for a favorable response from the Chairman and the Board.

No conflict there, right?   I’m glad we finally got this one straightened out.


Does the Elburn Herald matter? Nah!

Apparently, Ken Shepro, auditor candidate Craig Lee, and incumbent coroner Rob Russell believe that running as an electoral trio will carry the day. Call me crazy, but I think their collective efforts run a little more along the lines of Moe, Larry, and Curly. stooges

To wit, while Ken and his minions send out all sorts of dire missives to local newspapers, only the Elburn Herald actually prints them. And I’ve gotta give the EH credit for this tactic because, much like that Twain-esque white washed fence, they’re suddenly getting all sorts of free content.

And as long as you’re getting free stuff, who cares about the truth?

But alas, the EH’s readers won’t make a lick of difference in the impending primary despite our intrepid trio’s persistent delusions of grandeur.


The Kane County Chairman’s race – Part II

Speaking of the Elburn Herald, If anybody really thinks that Kane County auditor candidate Craig Lee wrote that over-the-top letter-to-the-editor depicting auditor incumbent Terry Hunt as the closest thing to the Anti-Christ, I have a bridge over the Fox River I’m willing to part with dirt cheap.

Lee2That author was none other than our busy friend Ken Shepro who clearly played Mr. Lee for the kind of political patsy we haven’t seen since the likes of Bob Kovanic. Craig! Much like that proverbial player at the poker table, if you don’t know who the political patsy is, it’s you!





Prayers and thoughts

One of my favorite reporters (and that’s a very short list), Susan Sarkauskas, is going under the knife this week to have a torn meniscus repaired. While this kind of thing has become de rigueur, it wouldn’t hurt to send some healing energy her way. All such efforts will be greatly appreciated.


The Kane County Chairman’s race – Part III

When I read that KC Chairman candidate Ken Shepro took incumbent Chairman Chris Lauzen to task for his failure to respond reasonably to reasonable criticism, I immediately called our cantankerous County Chairman candidate.

My goal was to get him on Left, Right and You.

crocsWe actually had a pleasant conversation until he hung up on me – twice! And I’m such a sweetheart too!

But before he disconnected us, Ken said that no one listens to the show, that he’d take a lie detector test to prove he doesn’t listen, and then he quoted something I said on the show.

First, I would pay good money to see Ken Shepro hooked up to a polygraph machine because one of ‘em ain’t coming out of that confrontation alive. And second, you probably shouldn’t offer contrary evidence seconds after making a stern statement.

So sadly, the readers and listeners who’ve been pushing for an on-air Lauzen – Shepro debate will have to settle for being sorely disappointed. What I can say with certainly is that Mr. Shepro’s refusal to face Larry and me is the clearest case of the pot calling the kettle black I can remember.

Keep rockin’ those Crocs dude!


More to come!

This is the January 25, 2016 edition of Left, Right and You


And we want to thank former LR&Y co-host and 66th District State Rep candidate Allen Skillicorn for coming on the show and answering our questions. I gotta tell ya, I think he’s got a real shot.

Of course, the Smiling Conservative and I will continue to issue the call for more candidates to come forward and tell us exactly what they’re thinking.

Allen and Jeff

Larry will be back on Thursday when we’ll have a lot to talk about. Until then…

State Rep candidate Allen Skillicorn today on Left, Right and You

Yep! It’s deja vu all over again folks as Former LR&Y co-host Allen Skillicorn, once again, takes his place in the studio, but this time, he’s the guest!

Allen is running for Mike Tryon’s 66th State Rep seat and he’ll be happy to answer our open-ended questions in that regard.

If you have a question for the Allen, please call us at 847-931-1410 and the amazing Derek will be happy to pose it to the candidate.


That’s Left, Right and You, Mondays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and me, the Curmudgeonly Liberal, on WRMN AM1410. Don’t miss it!



This is the January 21, 2016 Edition of Left, Right and You!

The Smiling Conservative and I had a lot to talk about today, but why listen to me ramble on when you can listen to the show:


Primary season may not have started in earnest, but the festivities have! The opposition Chairman and Auditor candidates are certainly putting on a fascinating show.  All I can say is, DON’T BELIEVE ROBOCALLS EVER!

We invited a lot of candidates on the show today (Ken Shepro). Let’s see if they have what it takes to participate!

And BTW, the show is on WRMN AM1410!

Monday! Former LR&Y co-host and 66th District State Rep contender Allen Skillicorn will join us. Until then…

Jeff and Larry 3

We’ve got a lot to talk about on Left, Right and You!

With the smiling conservative back in the saddle, today we’re gonna cover topics like:

  • Why South Elgin is a dangerous place!
  • A review of our mini-forum with Kane County GOP Coroner candidate Dr. Bob Tiballi.
  • The first salvos in the KC GOP Chairman and Auditor races. It would appear that the the truth really doesn’t matter in this case!
  • With construction looming, the Longmeadow Loons are getting testy! And they’re having trouble with the truth too! Mark my words, someone’s going to chain themselves to something before this one’s over folks!

All this and more on Left, Right and You, Mondays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and me, the Curmudgeonly Liberal, on WRMN AM1410. Prepare to be enlightened!

Clown Joker


This is the January 18, 2016 edition of Left, Right and You!

Larry and I want to thank Kane County GOP Coroner candidate Dr. Bob Tiballi for coming in and answering our open ended questions. We love asking those question because the manner in which a candidate answers says as much about them as the answer itself.

We also want to thank Steve for calling in to make his point and friend of the show George Rawlinson for texting in an excellent question.


Larry will be back on Thursday and we’re working on GOP State Rep candidate (and former LR&Y cohost!) Allen Skillicorn for next Monday. Until then…