Ward & Jones at 3 on AM1410

Today, the Smiling Conservative and I will discuss:

  • A hit mailer against the Elgin Township Republicans
  • The Affordable Care Act survives!
  • Youth sports and concussions
  • Sears warns they won’t be around much longer
  • Does law enforcement have a right to scan your face?

That includes your on-topic calls too at 847-931-1410. Don’t forget! You can text the show at 224-325-4458 with any questions, comments, or anything you think we missed!

Where’s the only place you get this kind of in-depth local, northern Illinois, and Springfield news coverage? That’s right! Ward & Jones, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 3p.m. on WRMN AM1410. Don’t miss it!


Jeff and Lary Bravo


The 3/24/17 edition of Ward & Jones

… is right here:


Larry and I want to that Hanover Township Supervisor Brian McGuire for coming on the show and proving that some politicians actually do want to consolidate local government. We also discussed Elgin City Councilman John Prigge’s IRS problem and the sudden move to legalize marijuana in Illinois.

The Smiling Conservative and I will be back Monday when I’m sure we’ll have all sorts of local news to discuss. Until then…


Larry, Brian and Jeff



Ward & Jones is coming up at 3 on AM1410!

On today’s installment of Ward & Jones, Larry and I will discuss Hanover Township’s referendum with Supervisor Brian McGuire. What! A local government body is trying to reduce redundancy!

That just doesn’t happen in Illinois.

Then Larry and I will tackle Elgin City Councilman John Prigge’s tax lien and whether a Springfield bill to legalize pot is worthwhile.

And now you can text Ward & Jones at 224-325-4458. If you think we missed something or got too insider on a subject, simply text the show!

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


Jeff and Lary Bravo

The 3/22/17 edition of Ward & Jones

… after some technical difficulties, is right here:


The Smiling Conservative and I discussed Pope Frank, anti-Semitic flyers at UIC, punishing heroin dealers for other folk’s overdoses, and, of course, the U-46 Dual Language program.

We want to thank Lisa Hopp for calling in and filling in those dual language blanks.

We’ll be back on Friday at 3. Until then…


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Quick Hit – The PD email scandal – part 3

If you haven’t caught up with this story, please refer back to here and here first.

When we last left off, we were awaiting the hearing that would determine whether the privileged public defender emails “accidentally” obtained by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office would torpedo the Daniel Rak murder trial.

But Public Defender Kelli Childress’ motion to dismiss the charges got pushed back to April 4 after a Judge D. J. Tegeler trial went into overtime. Perhaps the 16th Circuit should adopt an NHL style shootout system.


But that temporary respite hasn’t stopped special prosecutor and Hinshaw and Culbertson attorney, Daniel Purdom, from tripling down on the kind of indefensible act that makes the President’s wiretapping claim seem plausible.

In a sweeping condemnation reminiscent of a Trump tweet, citing a Childress email that stated she didn’t believe the privileged emails were read, Purdom declared:

“If anyone has caused actual harm or prejudice to these proceedings, causing judicial resources to be wasted it’s Childress. It is clear that PD Childress only makes these allegations for purposes of gaining plea leverage.

These allegations are entirely unsupported and made in bad faith. Nonetheless, despite that this (eavesdropping) statute is unapplicable, ironically it made its way into a Daily Herald newspaper article. It is readily apparent that these allegations are present only for the purposes of making salacious, outrageous claims, and for no legitimate purpose.”

(By the way Dan, the word is “inapplicable.”)

Yikes! That makes Childress sound even worse than me and that’s not an easy thing to do. “Salacious?” I’d also suggest Purdom look up that word and consider whether he’d apply it to a male attorney’s motion.

I won’t bore you with the rest of the attack. Suffice it to say it’s the kind of thing you say when you don’t have anything substantive to say. But before we get into the heart of my rebuttal, let’s address the irony of Purdom’s “wasting resources” claim.

Maybe it’s just me, but isn’t State’s Attorney Joe McMahon’s decision to hire his old law firm to defend this motion a massive waste of resources too? Hinshaw and Culbertson don’t have a reputation for giving their clients a break.

Or better yet, perhaps if McMahon wasn’t so busy prosecuting high-profile Chicago cases on the Kane County taxpayer’s dime, he could’ve handled this one himself. But that wouldn’t help him land the federal prosecutor job he so covets, now would it.

But I digress!

I don’t believe Assistant State’s Attorney Deborah Lang read those emails either. BUT THAT’S NOT THE BLEEPING POINT. It utterly astounds me that the very folks charged with carrying the weight of the people believe the standards they’re sworn to uphold don’t apply to them.

At least Lang’s original memory lapse about “obtaining” the emails showed some sense of guilt. But not Assistant State’s Attorney Alex Bederka, the actual Rak prosecutor. He’s the one they had in mind when they wrote the joke:

“What’s the difference between Alex and God? God doesn’t think he’s Alex Bederka.”

Bederka would never let a DUI defendant get away with a motion claiming, “You have to let me go because there’s no harm done. I made it home without killing or maiming anyone.” But that’s exactly what he and the state’s attorney’s office are trying to do here.

We prosecute drunk drivers who don’t do damage so they won’t do damage the next time. It doesn’t matter whether those emails were read. Bad acts, intentional or not, cannot be rewarded. Our justice system has a vested interest in deterring this kind of blatant prosecutorial overreach.

Though he certainly hasn’t sought my opinion, Judge Tegeler should toss the Rak case faster than Kellyanne Conway from a Mensa meeting. Any other ruling would send a  message that prosecutors can get away with the kind of malfeasance that would put the rest of us regular folks in jail.

And I can’t wait for Purdom’s response to this piece.

All I can tell you is, after all of this, I’m thinking of running for state’s attorney. Clearly, a law degree only gets in the way.

Quick Hit – Re-elect Ron Singer!

When my family moved to Geneva in 1997, Fourth Ward Alderman Ron Singer was the very first Kane County politician I met. And that man worked relentlessly to resolve an issue we had with a recalcitrant strip mall owner.

Normally I don’t look back on such sticky situations with a sense of affection, but in this case, I do. You see, as Ron provided regular updates, we’d talk about many other things. My understanding of Geneva came directly from Ron Singer.

Fast forward twenty years, and I’m honored to be counted among Ron’s friends. Who else would immediately rescue a semi-frantic constituent who managed to lock himself out of his truck at the Judicial Center? It’s just one of the many services Alderman Singer provides.

All kidding aside, Ron Singer’s 16 years of service to the city he loves is one of the reasons Geneva is what it is. He’s never too busy to talk to a constituent, he’ll work on your concern until it’s reasonably resolved, and I’ve never heard him complain about the endless hours he puts into that “part-time” job.

Ron Singer

Ron & Marilyn Singer

If I have half his energy when I’m 84, I’ll consider myself blessed. (Actually, if I had half his endurance now, I’d be happy.)

Ron Singer brings a keen sense of where we’ve been and where we need to go to the Geneva City Council. He can get his hackles up, but I’ve never seen him put on a show or disrespect a fellow councilman just to make a point. He’s a passionate champion of Geneva’s senior citizens as well.

I could go on extolling his virtue, but let’s get right to what I admire most about Ron.

At a time when partisan politics make this a lost art, he still understands that, when a vote isn’t going your way, a tactical retreat might be the best part of your long-term strategy. Put more simply, Ron knows that prudently keeping your powder dry is how you get things done on the dais.

But most of all, since becoming a columnist in 2006, I have enjoyed every last one of our 15 minute debates. Trust me, I don’t say that about too many people. Most of you all are kind of annoying.

As you would expect, Ron and I have disagreed on a number of issues over the years and I haven’t always been able to persuade him to my point of view. But I look forward to those conversations because they’re always civil, they revolve around the facts, we truly listen to each other, and we never seem to lose sight of the current political realities.

I also applaud Alderman Singer for having the courage to recently and respectfully question the Mayor’s leadership. You know, if Ron Singer says something like that…

One of the perils of participating in this fascinating existence is we’re occasionally faced with difficult choices. But this ain’t one of them. Please join me in sending Ron Singer back to the Fourth Ward City Council seat he has so clearly earned.

Ward & Jones at 3 on AM1410!

The Smiling Conservative and I have a real treat for you today folks! Damon Fowler, the up and coming blues, swamp, country, soul artist who opened for George Thorogood at the Aracada Theater last night, will call into the show to talk for a bit.

Damon’s power trio blew my wife and I away last night. We’ll play a bit of his music too!

Then we’ll discuss things such as:

  • Is the U-46 Dual Language Program really a leftist plot?
  • Four Sugar Grove men are charged with the heroin overdose of a 21 year-old woman. This “logic” makes me very nervous.
  • Anti-Semitic flyers at UIC?
  • And your on-topic phone calls at 847-931-1410

Where’s the only place you get this kind of in-depth local, northern Illinois, and Springfield news coverage (and the occasional musician)? That’s right! Ward & Jones, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 3p.m. on WRMN AM1410. Don’t miss it!


Jeff and Lary Bravo