The 3/20/17 edition of Ward & Jones

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Let’s all get together and do something about the mental health care issue once and for all. It was a main topic of today’s show as was the continuing coverage of the St. Charles. The Smiling Conservative and I also discussed the COD lawsuit and whether parentally accompanied 18 – 20 year-olds should be able to drink beer and wine in restaurants.

We also want to thank Leah Unser for not only filling in as producer, but adding some cogent points to the show. I also want to thank Larry and Leah for carrying me up those 22 steps even though Larry dropped me twice.

We will be back on Wednesday at 3 p.m. to tackle even more local news topics! Until then…

Jeff and Lary Bravo

Quick Hit – Vote Rich Marks!

Quick Hit – Vote Rich Marks!

As Ward & Jones co-host Larry Jones and I always say, you have to applaud anyone willing to throw their hat into that city council ring. No matter what Kane County municipality we’re talking about, that job truly is a public service.

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Rich & Cheryl Marks with Scooter and Tucker

So when it comes to these endorsements, I like to be positive, and I’m going to do my best to do that here. But it’s a bit more difficult when you consider the crew Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns threw at Mary Seno, Ron Singer, and Rich Marks.

Burn’s theory is, if they’re too busy fending off opponents, those aldermen wouldn’t be able help challenger Tom Simonian. Who knew Simonian, in cahoots with self-proclaimed Geneva kingmaker, Joe Stanton, would concoct the kind of municipal campaign that give you night terrors?

My fear, is that horrific electoral effort could hurt the folks who clearly should retain their city council seats. In that vein that I’d like to point out the flaws in Second Ward aldermanic challenger Mike Clements campaign, as opposed to any flaws in his character.

1. Why are you running?

That’s the first question Larry and I ask every single candidate we interview. But when I posed that query to Clements on Facebook, he blocked me. Yes! I can be tough on candidates, but if you can’t deal with the softest of journalistic softball questions, how are you going to handle the inevitable gaggle of angry constituents?

2. “My age group is underrepresented”

Clements did answer the question down the road, but that’s not a good reason to run. The best answers include:

  • I want to give back to a city that’s given so much to me
  • I have a passion for public service
  • I’ve served on (name boards) and I want to apply that experience

“My age group is underrepresented on the city council” sounds more like an anti-discrimination claim than a reason to run for office.

Clements added there are no parents of kindergarteners on the council, but that’s not technically true. Aldermen Marks’, Jim Radecki’s, Ron Singer’s, and Craig Maladra’s children all went through Geneva schools.

And as any Geneva parent will attest, those kindergarten days seems like they were scant seconds ago. No parent forgets that or any other part of their children’s sojourn through a school system.

3. He’s never voted in a consolidated election

Mr. Clements is not nearly the only one who’s failed to cast a ballot in any local election, but there is an unmistakable irony in someone running for alderman when they’ve never voted for one.

4. How you get electoral experience?

When challenged regarding his lack of political experience, Clements asked the question, “How do you get that experience until you serve?”

That’s easy! You do what Rich Marks and County Board member Becky Gillam did. They  attended every single bleepin’ council/board meeting for two years before they ran. That “experience” allowed them to hit the ground running.

Clements attended a couple of Geneva city council meetings early on, but he’s been  missing from that chamber while important issues like the places for eating tax were discussed.

Michael Clements is not a bad guy and he may be reasonable candidate someday, but he’s not there yet.

Meanwhile, Rich Marks puts a ton of time and energy into that part-time gig, he fought the good tax fight back when the council was simply rubber stamping the mayor, and he’s one of the most responsive alderman in Geneva.

Ron Singer can count on my vote and I fervently hope my Second Ward compatriots will similarly vote for one of the best aldermen I’ve ever met, Rich Marks.

Ward & Jones Monday at 3 on AM1410

The Smiling Conservative and I have another action packed news installment coming up! We’ll be talking about things like:

  • Eliminating Meals on Wheels? I knew Republicans weren’t Christians!
  • The St. Charles tragedy coverage has wholly bypassed downright morbid.
  • Should 18 year-olds be allowed to drink wine and beer in restaurants with parents?
  • COD should settle the David Breuder lawsuit now!
  • Anti-Semetic flyers at UIC? Is this what we’ve become?
  • An homage to Chuck Berry
  • And 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 coverage? That’s right! Ward & Jones, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 3p.m. on WRMN AM1410. Be there or be square!

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The 3/17/17 edition of Ward & Jones

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This is the real deal folks! This is what it’s all about. Having a Democratic and Republican state rep on the show to give us a hint of what’s really going in in Springfield. To that end, Larry and I truly appreciate Anna Moeller and Steve Andersson spending part of their Friday with us.

But why would you want to listen to me when you can listen to the show.

Larry and I will be back on Monday with all the local news you crave. Until then…

Jeff, Larry, Anna, Steve

Ward & Jones today at 3 on AM 1410

And the Smiling Conservative I have been promoting the crap out this one all week, because 43rd District State Rep Anna Moeller and 65th District State Rep Steve Andersson will be in-studio to discuss the grand budget bargain and more.

If you have a question for Anna or Steve, please call the show at 847-931-1410 and the lovely Dave Weiser will ask it on air.

Where’s the only place you get this kind of in-depth local, northern Illinois, and Springfield interviews? That’s right! Ward & Jones, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 3p.m. on WRMN AM1410. Prepare to be enlightened!



The 3/15/17 edition of Ward & Jones

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Larry and I did cover State Senator Jim Oberweis’ recent poor choice of words, but then we spent the rest of the show on the proposed U-46 charter school. And we want to thank Melanie, charter group President Kerry Kelly, and involved U-46 parent Lisa Hopp for calling in and enlightening us in that regard.

I’m sure Ward & Jones will be talking about this prospect again!

We’ll have 43rd District State Rep Anna Moeller and 65th District State Rep Steve Andersson in studio to discuss the faltering Springfield grand budget bargain. Until then…

I’m not so sure we should use Kurt Kojzarek’s new meme, but since he went to all the work…

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Ward & Jones on AM1410 at 3!

Another exciting episode of Ward & Jones is on the way! Today, at 3 p.m., the Smiling Conservative and I will tackle such relevant topics such as:

  • Oops Jim Oberweis did it again, he said something silly
  • Is a charter school good for U-46?
  • The COD board should settle with their former President now!
  • Should 18 year-olds be able to drink with their parent in restaurants?
  • The return of the Longmeadow Loons? Not really!

And 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, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at3 p.m. on WRMN AM1410. Prepare to be enlightened!