Quick Hits – March 9, 2018

I’ll pay you to vote for Steve Weber

Apparently undaunted by last Friday’s Quick Hits, Kane County 13th District County Board member Phil Lewis continues to try to top himself in the “what insane idea can I come up with next” competition he’s playing against himself.

Trying to vote “no” on a presentation is gonna be kinda tough to beat, but Phil really is giving it his best shot.

This time, not only does he want to greatly increase building permit fees, but he just proposed eliminating the non-profit discount for schools, churches and social service agencies. You see, he wants them to foot the bill restore the temporarily defunct Kane County criminal defendant GPS monitoring system.

If you recall, in an attempt to avoid the 3.6 percent budget cuts requested of all Kane County departments, Chief Judge Susan Clancy Boles and Court Services Director Lisa Aust played GPS chicken with the County Board and lost. Now Lewis wants to save them from themselves on the backs of entities who can least afford it.

Furthermore, Phil wants to jack those building fees up by a factor of three or four because, in his words, “Kane County is a destination location and, just like it is with country clubs, developers should have to buy in.”

There simply aren’t enough walls in my house on which to bang my head. Talk about someone doomed to repeat history out of ignorance of it!

Before the Great Recession, Sugar Grove became so enamored of themselves they increased builder impact fees to heretofore unforeseen heights. As a result, developers simply built elsewhere. Now, even with a modest real estate recovery, they avoid Sugar Grove like the plague.

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Steve Weber

Not only that, but at last night’s Batavia candidates’ forum, Lewis declared, while most county board members are swearing off the ridiculous benefits and pension, he will continue to avail himself of both those perks.

Full time benefits for a very part-time job? Right!

Please! I beg you! As a card carrying member of 13th County Board District, please vote for Steve Weber and put Phil Lewis out of our misery.

 

 

And speaking of trying to top himself…

Just when you thought former Elgin State Senator and current Kane County Judicial candidate Michael Noland couldn’t top:

  • Getting thrown out of a Carpentersville polling place by the police
  • Suing Springfield for back pay after making a big deal out of forgoing that pay
  • Getting caught plagiarizing a JFK speech on the Senator floor
  • Getting stopped for speeding while driving on a no-insurance citation
  • Getting caught stealing his opponent’s yard signs red-handed on video
  • And then there’s all those other wom…, well, you know…

he’s trying to do just that!

Noland

About an hour ago, an impeccable source told me his team has, or will send a mailer tying his Democratic primary opponent, Lark Cowart, to Donald Trump and Governor Bruce Rauner.

Not only is that a patently absurd contention, but it’s a blatant violation of the Illinois Judicial Canon of Ethics, which explicitly states you CANNOT issue ad hominem attacks against your electoral opponent(s). And the consequence for that kind of bad behavior is disbarment!

The fact that the mailer might be sent under the auspices of a “third party” will not shield Mr. Noland from the Judicial Inquiry Board’s wrath, either.

The canon also states that judicial candidates CANNOT engage in any kind of fundraising activities, whatsoever. They must appoint a fundraising chairman to do that. Ah! But word is, Mike’s been reaching out to the usual suspects himself, which is another big JIB no-no.

So, Mike! If that mailer does fly, the same team I’ve put together to remove Judge John Dalton from the bench will apply their vast talent in seeing that the only way you ever darken a courtroom doorway is as a defendant.

The irony, of course, is that Noland is the only person I’ve met who’s actually worse than Donald Trump in every regard.

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Lark Cowart

Please pull a Democratic primary ballot and vote for Lark Cowart for 16th Circuit judge. She’s been protecting our children as a prosecutor for 14 years and she can do even more as judge.

 

In for a penny…

Did I say I don’t do endorsements anymore? The best laid plans of mice and men, right?

So, while we’re at it, might I humbly suggest Sharon Fairley for Attorney General. She’s managed to pull off the Tribune, Sun-Times, and State Journal Register endorsements in an absurd field of eight Democratic primary hopefuls.

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The Trib gave her the nod on the basis of her service as chief administrator to Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability and general counsel for the City’s Inspector General’s office. Both are tough gigs that Fairley has handled incredibly well.

In another race, Lauren Underwood has the kind of impressive resume that’s gotten her written up in Time Magazine as well as the Tribune and Daily Herald endorsements. She’s running in a field of six candidates for our 14th District Congressman.

Underwood

Her campaign may be one of the worst I’ve ever seen, but Underwood is the only hopeful capable of beating Randy Hultgren, who really has to go. You can learn more about Lauren right here!

2 thoughts on “Quick Hits – March 9, 2018

  1. Jeff – I can assure you that home building is alive and well in Sugar Grove! Impact fees have been adjusted to reflect the market realities resulting from the Great Recession and residential development is healthy. Two subdivisions have sold out in the last couple of years. Custom homebuilders are doing strong business in Hannaford Farm and Pulte Homes has already sold over a dozen homes since opening up in Settlers Ridge late last year.

    I agree that all governing bodies needs to be cautious when considering adjusting fees. First, any increase should be justified by the direct costs that it is intended to cover. Second, the market’s ability to absorb a fee increase needs to be evaluated. Other factors may go into what is ultimately a policy decision, and there may be valid reasons to increase fees, even if it will slow growth. (I am not aware of any governing bodies attempting that these days.)

    In addition to the residential growth, Sugar Grove has experienced strong commercial growth the last few years and the future is looking good!

    If you ever want to discuss what’s going on in Sugar Grove, don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Brent Eichelberger
    Village Administrator

  2. Brent, I appreciate your weighing in here. But the key to your statement is, “Impact fees have been adjusted to reflect the market realities resulting from the Great Recession.” Meanwhile, Phil Lewis wants to go the other direction.

    Jeff

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