Donald Trump is the PBR of Jeppson's Malört

President Trump's first visit to Chicago was met with protests. https://t.co/r7WHL1QgEA — Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) October 28, 2019 Malört “tastes like pencil shavings and heartbreak.”[16] I met WWII veteran at protest. Told him that my Papa George was also a WWII vet. I thanked him for all he has done, including being at protest today….

Republican Congressman Shimkus Withdraws Support from Trump

kmox.radio.com/… Illinois Congressman John Shimkus has told a St. Louis area radio station that Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria is “terrible and despicable”. Shimkus goes on to tell KMOX's Mark Reardon that he told staff “to take my name off the I support Donald Trump list” and that he is “saddened…

Republican Congressman Kinzinger Calls Trump Retweet “Beyond Repugnant”

thehill.com/… Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL CD-16) strongly rebuked Donald Trump for retweeting a remark saying impeachment would cause a Civil War like fracture. Adam Kinzinger‏ @RepKinzinger Adam Kinzinger Retweeted Donald J. Trump I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. @realDonaldTrump I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President.  This is…

McCready Has Small Lead in NC CD-9 Special; Congressman Shimkus Retiring from IL CD-15

http://www.insideelections.com/… drive.google.com/… An independent poll released today shows Democrat Dan McCready has a 4% lead in the September 10th rerun election for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. State Senator Dan Bishop is the Republican candidate. The survey, conducted Aug. 26-28 by Harper Polling and Clarity Campaign Labs, showed McCready with a 46-42 percent advantage over Bishop,…

What Convicted Governor Rod Blagojevich Taught Me About Hillary Clinton

With primary season at an end, it appears that Democratic delegates won’t come to their senses and nominate a candidate who can unite the party to defeat Trump. Bernie Sanders supporters who listened to months of condescending, belittling language of force about accepting Hillary Clinton as the inevitable nominee will now suffer through a few more…

Will Barack Obama Run For Governor of Illinois?

President Obama’s nostalgic speech in Springfield has local Democrats wondering what he has planned after leaving the White House. “I miss you guys,” Obama said during his address in the Illinois statehouse on the anniversary of his Presidential campaign announcement. He returned to his frequent theme of bringing civility and compromise to politics.   Next year…

Illinois Legislators Face Backlash for Coal Mining Bill

Illinois State Senator Andy Manar is getting pushback from constituents after introducing a bill to help the heavily subsidized state coal mining industry. A coal industry lobbyist with Foresight Energy joined Manar and other legislators at a press conference for a bill to give Illinois coal an advantage over imports. Roughly 90% of coal burned…

Clean Energy Election Victory for Illinois' Largest Public Utility

Illinois' largest public utility will now be overseen by a mayor who pledged to keep renewable energy as part of its energy mix. Springfield's Democratic Mayor-elect Jim Langfelder deserves credit for talking about clean energy. Some candidates avoided the topic because it's controversial after a wind power contract became more costly than expected. With most…

Illinois Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Fracking

Nearly half of Illinois voters oppose fracking, according to a new poll by the Simon Institute. The statewide poll reveals 48.6% oppose fracking while only 31.8% believe it should be encouraged, even if there are economic benefits. Opponents outnumber supporters an all regions of the state, including downstate where fracking is promoted as a jobs…

America's Fracking Mayor: Rahm Emanuel

When Rahm Emanuel became mayor, the city of Chicago was making lists of top green cities in America. During the election he pledged support to a community movement aimed at closing the polluting Fisk & Crawford coal plants. But after taking office, Emanuel significantly increased Chicago's use of fossil fuels by negotiating an energy aggregation…

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln: Enemy of the 1%

Happy birthday Abraham Lincoln! When Lincoln anniversaries come around I sometimes enjoy comparing the views of the first Republican president to the Republican party of today. Tax policies offer a stark contrast. Lincoln supported progressive income tax structures that asked the rich to pay their fair share. As a member of the Illinois state legislature,…

Governor Rauner's Environment & Energy Adviser Represents Illinois' Worst Polluters

One of Bruce Rauner's first appointments as Governor is a troubling sign for citizens hoping he'll protect the public and environment from toxic pollutants. Rauner's new Policy Adviser for Environment & Energy is Alec Messina, previously Executive Director and registered lobbyist for the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group (IERG). At IERG, Messina represented the interests of…