Illinois state Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) plans to hit the ground running following his recent appointment to a newly created commission looking for ways to curb political corruption in Springfield.
Republican House candidate Peter Breen wonders just how much state lawmakers could really have done during the just-concluded legislative session to change the rising culture of corruption in Springfield.
The Property Tax Relief Task Force established by the General Assembly is just another prop in a multi-year game of sleight of hand by state lawmakers holding out the promise of property tax reductions, according to former state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), who is running in the Republican Primary to take on first-term Democratic Congressman Sean Casten in the 6th District.
Jeanne Ives is blasting her 6th Congressional District opponent, incumbent U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-Downer's Grove), for his public support of the reauthorization of the long-troubled Export-Import Bank.
Even as he voted in favor of Democrat-sponsored legislation touted as bringing ethics reform to Springfield in the midst of a number of federal corruption probes, Illinois state Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) blasted the depth and sincerity of the bills as “legislative malpractice.”
Illinois state Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) believes the legislation recently passed by the House to create another task force to help stamp out corruption in Springfield is no more than smoke and mirrors by the Democratic Party, multiple members of which are themselves under investigation.
Democrats are hypocrites on this issue. They claim to be for the little guy. They say they oppose corporate greed. Then they pass regulations and unfunded mandates on small businesses and give large corporations and big banks handout after bailout. I saw it in Springfield. The same happens in Washington.
‘Quite frankly, I don't think you can use the word 'crisis' to describe it (unfunded pension liabilities) at the state level. It's something we have to deal with, but it's not something that we're on the verge of bankruptcy on.’- John Cullerton, 2013