Archive for April, 2009

Sutcliff and Laesch receive Illinois Democratic Women awards

by , posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Illinois Democratic Women honored two Fox Valley women Friday evening at their annual conference banquet, held at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. Yorkville’s Robyn Sutcliff was awarded the organization’s Hillary Rodham Clinton Leadership Award and Jennifer Laesch, of Aurora, received a Penny Severns Memorial Scholarship for Government Service.

Sutcliff, who currently serves as Alderman for the Third Ward of the city of Yorkville, and is in her second term as Treasurer of the Kendall County Democratic Party,

was also a member of the Illinois Women in Leadership class of 2008. She was nominated for the IDW award by the Kendall County Democratic Women organization.

Previous recipients of the award include Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, and DeKalb County Democratic Party Chair Eileen Dubin.

Laesch is currently a student at Waubonsee Community College, where she is pursuing two avenues of study, public policy and teaching.

In addition to running the 2006 and 2008 congressional campaigns of her husband, John Laesch, and helping a number of other candidates seek office, she has been active in Democratic Party politics through the Kendall County Democratic organization and the Aurora Democratic Party organization.

Illinois Democratic Women, formerly known as the Illinois Democratic Women’s Caucus, was founded in 1971. It describes itself as “a grass-roots organization whose purpose shall be working for more equitable representation and participation of Democrat women in all levels of the Democrat Party and in all levels of government.”


Ethan Hastert officially “exploring”

by , posted on Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Laesch had it first, but the Daily Herald is now reporting that Ethan Hastert is exploring a run in IL-14.

Lovely. We can now look forward to a run by a guy whose two greatest claims to fame are:
a.) being the son of the Speaker-from-hell who presided over the gutting of the checks and balances that we should expect from the People’s House in order to serve instead as the Cheerleader in Chief for a criminal administration
b.) working for the only person, Scooter Libby, actually convicted from that administration

Just charming.

UPDATE (already)
Andre Salles at the Beacon has it here.


Another Hastert for Congress Effort?

by , posted on Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 8:06 am

Last evening on my drive home from work, I received a call from a campaign supporter by the name of Ben. He was calling to tell me that he had received a polling call yesterday.

Ben, who lives in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, did not know who conducted the poll, but he recognized that the polling questions were framed by the Republican Party. Issue questions framed Obama’s agenda in a negative light and focused on tax cuts. It always amazes me that the Republicans have not figured out the fact that their tried and true message of the past, “tax cuts will save America,” is not working.

The interesting part of the poll was the question about Dennis Hastert.

“If the election were held today, would you vote for Dennis Hastert or Bill Foster.”

The next question was similar.

“If the election were held today, would you vote for Ethan Hastert or Bill Foster.”

Speculate away.