Quick Hits – As the 25th State Senate District Turns

Quick Hits – As the 25th State Senate District Turns

A great part of the reason I write is my firm belief in the American political process. If it truly was beyond hope, there’d be no point in trying to improve it. Sure! There will always be the inevitable pendulum swings, but if the press applies their craft correctly, they should be nothing more than mere speed bumps on the path to a higher ideal.

As the great Winston Churchill theorized in 1947, “Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

But that boundless faith is being sorely tested. This hyper-partisanship is getting old, the simmering bigotry of my Caucasian compatriots as prompted by the President is rearing its ugly head, and even the good guys seem prone to corruption.

To wit, I thought DuPage County State Senator Tom Cullerton wore a white hat until the Feds indicted him on what amounts to 39 counts of ghost payrolling. Heavy sigh! To be clear, he is innocent until proven guilty, but I wouldn’t be making any long-term plans if I were him.

But what really frosts my flakes is, whenever the political proceedings descend to this disastrously dysfunctional level, it becomes the kind of self-fulfilling feedback loop that brings out yet more bad candidates while the reasonable possibilities avoid running like the plague.

Which brings us right back to my 25th State Senate district! I wish I had good news, but let me tell ya, the current about-to-announce crop of candidates is nothing to make the folks write home.

It starts on the Republican side with perennial candidate Beth Goncher who’s racked up so many losses that she couldn’t win an election if she ran unopposed. Her claims to fame are being one of former State Rep Tim Schmitz’ legislative aides and sending yours truly a cease and desist order which didn’t phase me or my then Beacon-News editors in the least.

If you’re so thin-skinned that you can’t deal with a journalist, how the bleep are you going to effectively deal with the morass we refer to as Springfield? Add Ellen Nottke and Dennis Cook (massive eyeroll) as her campaign team and we’re talking another guaranteed loss.

That said, Goncher may actually prevail in the primary because, as it stands now, just when you thought the GOP candidate pool couldn’t possibly get any worse, it does! Yes! Wacky former U-46 School Board member Jeanette Ward’s announcement is equally imminent.

You remember Jeanette, right? She’s the board member who ignored her responsibility to the children by co-opting and turning that position into an ultra-right-wing platform. Her greatest hits include regular racist pronouncements, spitefully attacks on transgendered children, and warping the Christian religion into a cudgel she’d used to go after anyone who disagreed with her.

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Jeanette Ward

The impetus behind Ward’s board seat win was an absurd Kane County Clerk tax error combined with former U-46 Board member Tracee Ellis’ regular reverse racism. Without those kinds of conservative “hot button” issues around to rile the faithful, she will go down in the same sort of electoral flames as she did in her massive 2019 school board loss.

The 25th may be conservative, but they’re not Louisiana conservative.

The view ain’t any rosier from the other side, either. Karina Villa, fresh off her 49th District State Rep win, Karina Villa will seek the Democratic nomination.

Though it’s not setting the bar too high, Villa is a far better candidate than Goncher or Ward, but it’s beyond disingenuous to promise to represent a constituency and then bail on them one short year later when something better comes along. Despite their vast ADHD, the voters tend to take notice of that kind of thing.

Though I lean Democratic, even I realize we don’t need to be sending any more Democrats downstate. Villa lacks the political intelligence, the backbone, and the capacity to keep promises that would allow her to rise above being just another cog in the Madigan machine.

Given the generally dismal Democratic 25th prospects, she’d most certainly lose against any decent Republican candidate, but Goncher and Ward are so underwhelming that, considering the impending 2020 Trump backlash, the Dems could certainly flip that district.

And that’s the last thing Illinois needs.

So, here I go again! Of the distinguished 219,999 25th Senate District denizens (I don’t count!), there’s gotta be at least one moderate Republican candidate who has the capacity to get something done. Please get ahold of me – it’s not that hard – and I will run your campaign for the eminently low friends and family rate.

C’mon! Can’t we do better than this? Trust me! It won’t take much of an effort to beat the other three.


15 thoughts on “Quick Hits – As the 25th State Senate District Turns

  1. Get me s RINO and I will walk a precinct. Except for the fact he got paid off and may live out of District former Rep Andersson is someone I would vote for. As a former DuPage Committeeman I used to wish the ultra right wing Christian conservatives would take over my part and crash and burn and let us get back to the despised Country Club Republicans fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Guess that will not happen soon.
    Politics used to be art of compromise now art of destruction. What normal person would run? Both extremes should be tossed out of their respective parties. Let normal people govern
    Oh and I am glad you are back after a vacation day

  2. The problem is why would you want to spend a bunch of money and time to run for a 60k job? Plus, someone like me, a moderate with integrity, would be unlikely to get much done (or even win).

  3. No thank you Jeff I had my opportunity
    I will walk a precinct and man the polls
    Nothing like a good ground game
    Out here in Kane I look to the omnipotent Mr J Ward for advise and direction

  4. I don’t know this Karina Ward, so if you say she’s “just another cog in the Madigan machine,” I’ll take your word for it.

    But I’m a little puzzled by your assertion that her seeking a Senate seat constitutes bailing on her constituents. After all, the Senate district she wants to represent encompasses the House district she now represents. So if she wins, she’ll still be representing the same constituents, just at a higher level.

    It’s like if a higher position opened up at my company and I applied for it. That wouldn’t make me disloyal to the company. Excessively ambitious and perhaps delusional, yes, but not disloyal.

      1. Jeff, I think you meant to attach Ballotpedia map link to IL HD_049.JPG, not SD_049.JPG that was in your reply to Pan.

        Where Pan is going is since two IL House districts are “nested” within 1 Senate district, than Pan’s assertion is Villa wants to represent her current constituents plus House District 50’s constituents through election to Senate District #25’s state senator position.

        In essence, Villa wants to be 1 of 59 senators, instead of being 1 of 118 representatives.

        It’s similar to when Allen Skillicorn wanted to be appointed to the state senate last year, he would have continued to represent his 66th House district constituents plus 65th House districts as the senator for the 33rd district.

        Had he received the senate appointment, then party leaders would have had to appoint a replacement for Skillicorn in the House for the 66th district.

      2. Quigley,

        You are dead on! I was too quick to click on Google and I got the 49th State Senate District instead of the State Rep variety. So Pan was dead on.

        Though it doesn’t change my theory that we Don’t want any more Democrats down in Springfield, especially one like Ms. Villa, she would indeed, be representing the same constituency plus more.

        I will make that correction in tomorrow’s Quick Hits – thank you for catching the error.


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