Quick Hits – March 9, 2016

Oh lord! Pay the damn fine already!

Trust me! I understand that working for someone State Sen Mike Noland could drive anyone to the brink of insanity – or beyond. I understand that being a gay couple ain’t all wine and roses in this day and age because the persecution can be very real.

Rich Jacobs

Rich Jacobs

I also understand that the individual who made the “anonymous” complaint against that RV in your driveway can be quite aggravating at times.

But Rich (Jacobs) and John (Dalton)! The fact that you’re Noland’s legislative assistant and a sitting judge respectively, doesn’t mean that you’re above the law! We’ve all received questionable citations and we’ve all ended up paying the fines.


Yes! You were well within your rights to appeal that $250 penalty, and you can appeal that loss too, but do you really want the press to keep writing about it? Do you really want Larry and me to having more fun with in on Left, Right and You? (Because we will!).

John dalton

John Dalton

Do you really want the average Elginian to come to the conclusion conclude that you two harbor an entitlement mentality that’s bigger than Montana – or even Donald Trump? Rich! They’re already saying you’re getting way too big for your britches!

No one better than me understands the desire to fight back, but when you insist upon dragging something like this out, the only winner is the complainant who’s laughing his ass clean off as this unfolds in a way that proves his stilted point. Like it or not, you’re public figures and, like it or not, you have to set the standard for everyone else.

If you can’t handle that higher standard, then walk away and join us in the private sector. Otherwise, move the Damn RV (if it hasn’t been moved already) and pay the damn fine! If you can afford Attorney Ron Roeser, it shouldn’t be much of a problem.

Just some friendly advice gentlemen.


The 66th is gettin’ interesting

Because where there were once four GOP candidates, only three remain. Claiming he’d run out of financial steam and unwilling to split the fiscal conservative vote, Paul Serwatka withdrew from that State Rep race this week.


Allen Skillicorn

While that would certainly seem to help fellow conservative candidate Allen Skillicorn, Serwatka’s departure from the show means his name will stay on the ballot and the unwashed voter masses won’t know the difference.

And speaking of campaign finances, Skillicorn opponent Carolyn Schofield has certainly been raking in the contributions lately! She’s received:

  • $53,900 from the Illinois Education Association PAC
  • $40,000 from State Sen Pam Althoff
  • $5,000 from current 66th State Rep Mike Tryon

 All within the last three weeks! Apparently some folks don’t like Allen very much.

Carolyn Schofield

Carolyn Schofield

But just when you thought those cresting campaign coffers could make an Election Day difference, word is, Ms. Schofield’s spending most of that cash on TV ads which fall completely flat in State Rep races.

There are simply too many cable and streaming options to make that kind of shotgun messaging approach work at that lower level. Specifically targeted mailers and teams of folks knocking on doors would be far more effective.

Yes! You did see some earlier Skillicorn commercials but those were produced by Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles PAC which, by law, cannot directly coordinate with the candidate.

In the end, despite 6th rate campaign manager Drew Veeneman’s “help,” I think Mr. Skillicorn will pull it off.

Send in the clowns

I’m not going to spend a lot of time on Ken Shepro because it would be a waste of mine.

Suffice it to say that those candidates who can successfully inject a little levity into their electoral efforts tend to win a bit more often. Six-foot-eight Treasurer Michael Frerichs saving the cat from the tree commercial is a perfect example.

Dr. SheproBut not many hopefuls can pull that kind of thing off because there’s a fine line between funny and buffoonery. And Shepro not only crossed that line, but he ran right off the cliff in his best Wile E. Coyote holding an Acme anvil fashion.

In an effort to imitate Coroner candidate Bob Tiballi, he donned a white lab coat claiming he was “the only juris doctor in the race.” Shades of a middle school cafeteria on a Friday afternoon. Then, just for good measure, he filed a patently frivolous campaign ethics complaint against opponent Chris Lauzen just to get some press.

The main reason that one isn’t very funny is because Kane County now has to waste a ton of time and money appointing an impartial special prosecutor to “investigate” and rule on those allegations.

Of course, the real joke here is that Ken Shepro has long been a walking ethics violation. How did that song go? “Send in the clowns, don’t bother they’re here.”


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