Quick Hits – Feburary 12, 2016
I wouldn’t want to be Frank Mautino
Take heart, my beleaguered Land of Lincoln compatriots! There’s at least one bipartisan effort in Illinois! But before we go there, let’s set up this inspiring story with the sad tale of our Auditor General.
If former State Rep and soon to be former Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino thought the heat was on before, it’s about to get a heck of a lot hotter!
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that law enforcement folks have taken note of his rather creative campaign financing. What seems to have particularly piqued their interest is the former State Rep allegedly encouraging contributors to write checks to directly his bank during fundraisers and golf outings.
For a complete rundown of the Auditor General’s questionable campaign expenditures, the Madison Record did a really good job reporting them.
Only in Illinois, could the man charged with turning an eagle eye towards our tax dollars be this blisteringly blatant about fiddling with his own finances.
Since everyone is innocent until proven guilty, at best it’s some of the worst campaign record keeping I’ve every seen. At worst, it’s something else entirely.
But back to our original point, there is a silver lining to this preponderance of Prairie State corruption. Think about it! If you add up Guv Ryan (R), Guv Blagojevich (D), former Speaker Hastert (R), and the Auditor General Mautino (D) possibility, it becomes eminently clear that Illinois graft is a bi-partisan endeavor. And if our legislators can agree on this particular political point, perhaps the sky’s the limit!
Who says I never look on the bright side?
Anna Moeller stays on the ballot
I somewhat misspoke on last night’s Facebook report! Forty-third District State Rep Anna Moeller did not prevail in the Appellate Court, she won an appeal of the 6 – 2 Illinois State Board of Elections ruling in the Sangamon County Circuit Court.
In other words, the challenge against her nominating petitions failed a second time.
Should Elgin Tea Partier Julie Schmidt and attorney Jeff Meyer continue to pursue this, they would have to move on to the Illinois 4th District Court of Appeals where the answer would be no different.
The statute and precedent are crystal clear in this regard. Anna signed her own Democratic petition first, which means any subsequent non-Democratic petition signature is automatically invalid. So let’s hope sanity finally prevails here because the Illinois Supreme Court would see it exactly the same way.
With all due respect to my two favorite conservatives, pursuing this further will continue be a complete waste of the court’s time and the taxpayers’ money. I understand their frustration at the state of the State and the Springfield Democratic supermajority, but what took decades to develop will not be undone by the mere stroke of a Court’s pen.
Instead, Illinois Republicans really have to let go of the social issues, come up with a coherent message, and wage the kind of campaign that actually wins elections. Look no further than what 66th District State candidate Allen Skillicorn has been doing. (Don’t disappoint me Allen!)
Anna is a reasonable State Rep who, unlike Governor Rauner, understands that you have to start with where you are before you can accomplish anything.
No ifs, ands or head butts
Though Illinois Youth Soccer, the group that governs youth soccer clubs, stands barely above the IHSA in my estimation, they do deserve credit for banning headers when it comes to players 10 and younger.
As a former coach, given the three possible outcomes, I would cringe whenever a gaggle of tween players attempted to head a high flying soccer ball.
The most likely result was three or more players cracking their skulls together as they leapt for the lofty sphere. Then every one of them would have to be taken out of the game.
The second possibility was the player who actually managed to head the ball would do so squarely on the top of his head which meant he’d have to come out of the game.
The third and least likely occurrence was a fundamentally sound header in which no one could possibly predict where the ball would actually go.
So here’s to Illinois Youth Soccer’s efforts to prevent needless concussions. Perhaps the NFL can take a cue?