Quick Hits – February 21, 2017

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody’s there to hear it, does it make a sound?

bustosNo it doesn’t!

Hot on the heels of Chris Kennedy’s Springfield mansion aspiration announcement, Illinois Congresswoman (Quad Cities, Rockford, Peoria) Cheri Bustos told the press she was no longer in the running.

But the truth is, she never was. And neither is Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar for that matter.

Moving on!

A bridge too far!

This author has been known to press the verbal envelope, but even I know when to let it go!

To wit, as long as I’m Caucasian I won’t use the n-word, it’s best not to drop the F-bomb on the radio, and I remain eternally grateful to then Beacon-News Managing Editor Rick Nagel for catching a column line that could’ve been misinterpreted as harboring a predilection for underage girls.

Not that that ever stopped Ted Nugent!

milosBut sadly, Milo Yiannopoulos had to learn that lesson the hard way (no pun intended), when videos of him criticizing age of consent laws as he extolled the virtue of a 13 year-old encounter with a Catholic priest recently resurfaced.

Yiannopoulos, of course, is a Breitbart provocateur who, despite a lack of any real talent, learned to get all sorts of attention by being the conservative political equivalent of a shock jock. And as we all know, it really ain’t that hard to get liberals going. As Bill Maher so eloquently put it, “Stop taking the bait, liberals. The fact that they all freaked out about this little, impish, British, fag. You f*cking schoolgirls.”

But apparently, pedophilia is going too far – even for the alt-right.  (I was beginning to wonder!) Because when those tapes were resurrected, CPAC immediately rescinded their invitation for Yiannopoulos to speak at their annual Intolerance Fest and Simon and Schuster canceled his book ‘Dangerous’ an hour later.

All I can say is, thank you Rick Nagel!

And speaking of girls…

With all due respect to the fairer sex everywhere, then we have Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner who seems to be suffering from a long-term case of of PMS.

When Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and Senate President John Cullerton first embarked upon restoring balance to the budgetary force, the Governor started strolling those Springfield halls singing heraldic poems in honor of our dynamic duo’s efforts, all to the the tune of a lute.

It was a scene that would’ve made Homer envious!

Rauner4But then, Bruce inexplicably told the Tribune Editorial Board that he was the intransigent object that no irresistible force could budge! Why, he would not as much as sit down with those scurrilous Democrats unless and until they agreed to his impracticable pro-business reforms and/or gave him the unilateral power to cut the budget himself.

And the only thing he offered the Dems was the opportunity to gaze upon his gleaming visage! Who could resist that? But now, in an effort to be just as entertaining as an episode of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey,’ Bruce backtracked again!

Just last week, the Governor heaped praise upon the “tremendous leadership” that brought this “grand bargain” to the legislative forefront. And he suddenly said he could support an income tax increase and a broader state sales tax too.

It’s like he’s negotiating with himself and he’s still not sure who’s gonna win!

Meanwhile, assemblymen on both sides tell me these budget talks are all that Springfield can talk about. As one state senator put it, “We can’t go another two years without a budget.”

Oh! I think we can!

Don’t forget! The Smiling Conservative and I will cover all of this and more on the final Thursday edition of Ward & Jones at 3 p.m. on Feb. 23rd at 3 p.m. Next week, Ward & Jones goes to MWF at 3 p.m!

A bomb drops in Aurora

With Ward & Jones heading to three days a week and my good friend Jeff Meyer requesting the return of Quick Hits, perhaps it’s time to start posting some local news teasers once again.

Through my frequent role as campaign manager, I’ve become a connoisseur of fine political mailers. You see, unlike great wines, reasonably good campaign messaging missives are much fewer and further between.

So when this Economic Freedom Alliance (Ron Gidwitz) piece hit Aurora consolidated election voters last week, I got downright giddy:



This is how it’s done folks! I fervently hope I never get on Mr. Gidwitz’ bad side.

While most candidates and PACs harbor a vast ego borne need to follow in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s discursive footsteps, this is a clear case of someone finally understanding that a political picture is worth far more than a thousand words!

As I said on the Ward & Jones this morning, considering she has one of the worst campaign teams in local election history, Ms. Chapa LaVia won’t even make it out of the Feb. 28 mayoral primary. It will be Messrs. Irvin and Guzman facing off on April 4th.

Even if I didn’t have a dog in this fight, one has to admire this kind of rare campaign artistry.

The 2/20/17 edition of Ward & Jones

is right here:


Don’t forget! Starting February 27, Ward & Jones is going to 3 days a week! Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. That’s 50 percent more local news insights, 50 percent more interviews, and, best of all, 50 percent more Jeff and Larry!

Today we covered a number of topics mostly based on the fact that that conservatives are just a bunch of snowflakes!

Larry will be back Thursday at 3 p.m. Until then…




Ward & Jones, 9 a.m. Monday on AM1410

Although, with the Smiling Conservative and supersub Kurt Kojzarek dispatched to an unknown location, it’s pretty much gonna be Ward tomorrow with your calls and a little producer, Mark Bialek, thrown in for good measure.

We will cover:

  • A yuge Ward & Jones announcement!
  • Whatever happened to buying music?
  • A Day Without immigrants
  • Donald Trump’s first press conference (holy s..t!)
  • Congressman Peter Roskam is a whiny girl
  • Governor Rauner doubles back on the Springfield budget compromise – again!
  • The Aurora mayoral primary is shaking out and Jeff has a prediction!

And of course, your on-topic calls at 847-931-1410.

Where’s the only place you get this kind of in-depth local, northern Illinois, and Springfield news analysis? That’s right! Ward & Jones, Mondays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. on WRMN AM1410. Let’s continue the conversation!


Jeff Ward


The 2/16/17 edition of Ward & Jones

is right here:


Though my recent near death experience from the flu made today’s show a bit more Jones and Kojzarek! And while we certainly appreciate supersub Kurt filling in, I would like to remind both co-hosts that revenge is a dish best served cold!

Meanwhile, they did provide a ton of insights into a number of local races so, even without yours truly, it’s a show worth listening to.  Meanwhile, I will be back on Monday with an as yet unknown co-host. Until then…

Larry, Kurt and Jeff

Larry, Kurt and Jeff

Ward & Jones Thursday at 3 on AM1410

And it’s gonna be a little different, because it will be the first show I’ve missed due to sickness in five years! So Larry Jones will be partnered with Kane County Board member and supersub Kurt Kojzarek.

In Larry’s own words, “We’re going to talk about local issues and not play your music.” I’m not sure the show will ever be the same!

Where’s the only place you get this kind of in-depth local, northern Illinois, and Springfield news analysis? That’s right! Ward & Jones, Mondays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. on WRMN AM1410. Be there or be square.


The 2/13/17 edition of Ward & Jones

is right here:


The Smiling Conservative and I covered most of what we set out to:

  • The continuing South Elgin Kenyon Woods Middle School saga
  • The Campton Hills rehab center (It’s comin’ folks)
  • Does Dan Proft really think it’s voter fraud?
  • Will State Rep David McSweeny prevail in his effort to ban red light cameras?

We also want to thank Jeff for calling in today. Ward & Jones will be back on Thursday at 3 p.m. Until then…

Clown Joker