It’s been awhile since we’ve done a multi-topic column so let’s get right to it!
McMahon may not run
Just as Mr. Spock referred to military secrets as “the most fleeting of all” when fleecing the Romulans of their cloaking device in ‘The Enterprise Incident,’ the same can be said of political revelations. It always pays to take them with a grain of salt.
So, when a series of sources told me that former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wasn’t running, it’s not that they were wrong, it’s that, after someone as morally questionable as former State Senator Karen McConnaughay finally turned down his request to pinch hit, he had no choice but to face the electoral music himself.
With that caveat in mind, I’ve been hearing that, primarily as a result of First Assistant Jody Gleason’s moving on to a Kendall/DeKalb County judgeship, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon might not run in 2020.
You see, Gleason was one of his few competent chief staffers, and with her gone, Joe might actually have to start showing up to work. And that kind of radical act would put a massive crimp in his quest for fame, glory and running triathlons.
Word is Misdemeanor Division head Joe Cullen will get that First Assistant spot which, considering he’s universally loathed by prosecutors and support staff alike, won’t make that rock bottom office morale situation any better.
To a lesser degree, McMahon has absolutely no interest in running a truly contested campaign because he’s never had to. He was appointed state’s attorney by then County Chairman Karen McConnaughay, and he’s never had to face a primary or general election opponent since.
But former Kane County prosecutor Jamie Mosser just announced her run for that gig, and from what I can see, she looks like a quality candidate. All signs point to 2020 being the year of the woman, so McMahon would have to pull out all the stops to beat her.
That means my source and I are starting to think he’ll try to capitalize on his successful Cook County Jason Van Dyke prosecution and catch on with a major downtown law firm. And that means head felony prosecutor Bill Engerman will throw his hat in the ring.
Considering the number of skeletons in his closet, I am fervently praying to the journalism gods that that will be the case. Talk about manna from heaven!
Why be incompetent at one job when you can be incompetent at two?
So, current Kane County Board member and 83rd District Illinois State Rep, Barbara Hernandez, a politician who’s never had an original thought, is going to keep both jobs? Why am I not surprised?
To be fair, she will no longer be accepting the 25 grand a year and Cadillac benefits package those-part time county board members receive, but not even Elgin State Senator Cristina Castro tried to pull off that possibility.
For background purposes, Ms. Hernandez is a Linda Chapa LaVia protégé who was appointed to the state rep gig after Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker tabbed Chapa LaVia as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
The irony there is, former Kane County Board member and legend in his own mind, Brian Pollock, a man who’s responsible for more campaign losses than the Italian Army, thought he was gonna be anointed as her successor.
But Chapa LaVia’s tragic flaw is her vast insecurities which mean she’ll turn on a friend in a heartbeat, and she’d never put someone in that state rep seat she couldn’t completely control. Hernandez’ claim to fame is simply taking up space while smirking at her colleagues.
In response to her recent vast County Board absences, that body is about to approve a non-binding conduct policy specifically targeting Ms. Hernandez who’s only managed to make it to 38 percent of board and committee meetings since getting the state rep gig.
Hernandez told the Daily Herald that May was “a bit hectic” and she said that “The people elected me, and I want to continue representing them…,” which is an outright lie. The real reason Hernandez won’t step down is she wants to prevent Chairman Chris Lauzen from appointing a replacement who would be more sympathetic to his causes.
You see, the Aurora Dems – a group who puts the “fun” in dysfunctional – are still seething at Lazuen for defeating former Aurora County Board member Don Ishmael in 2018. I tried to tell Chris it’s bad practice for any chairman to unseat any board member, but they all do it anyway. So, now their twofold goal is to win a Democratic board majority, which would stymie the Chairman’s agenda, and then defeat him.
But the Aurora Dems can’t even get themselves re-elected, much less defeat a man who will be chairman as long as he want’s to be chairman.
So, here’s my original thought! Since you clearly can’t shame Hernandez or the Aurora Democrats into doing the right thing, all those concerned board members really have to do is insert one of those carpool lane dummies equipped with a long brown wig into her board seat.
Trust me! No one will be able to tell the difference.