Posts tagged ‘Kendall County’

Kendall Republicans Welcome Racial Profiling as New Family Value

by , posted on Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

The Kendall County Republican Central Committee invited one of the most divisive people in America to be the keynote speaker at their annual family picnic. I guess the six or seven Republican presidential hopefuls are skipping Kendall County, and Sarah Palin was not available, so they turned to the other media hound, Joe Arpaio.

What is scary is that Joe Arpaio, who put Arizona taxpayers on the hook for his illegal racial profiling, and is also being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, drew several hundred Republicans to a fundraiser. 

I read this Beacon News article and decided Sunday afternoon was an appropriate time to pen my response.  On this Sunday, I am certain that many Republicans who pledge to the Christian faith were in church pews, but where were they on Saturday when Joe Arpaio was in town?  Were they at the protest outside or did they venture inside the GOP fundraiser?

Being raised on the mission field in West Africa I learned a Sunday School song that has this verse, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.  Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.”



Keep the Focus on the Unemployment Crisis!

by , posted on Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Last week I attended a town hall meeting (THM) with freshman Repesentative Randy Hultgren in Sandwich, and a second in Geneva.  The third THM is in Yorkville on Aug. 29.  See details at the end of this post.

Question after question, the crowd pushed for Jobs-Jobs-Jobs!  Many also called for a fair, progressive tax on the wealthiest of our society, the card-carrying members of the millionaire and billionaire clubs.  Others pushed more spcifically for H.R. 870, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act, a bill that imposes a speculation tax of .25% on Wall Street trading.  The revenue would be used to create 2.5 to 10 million jobs.

Keep reading for press coverage, video of the THM’s, and details for the next THM. 



Another Blow to Dennis Hastert’s Highway

by , posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 9:40 am

Last night, May 11, 2009, Alderman Bob Hausler was sworn in as the new Mayor of Plano.

It was an exciting night for progressives, union members and environmentalists — Bob Hausler is all of the above. The retired UAW Local 145 member

is well known for taking his retirement in stride by enjoying the outdoors at Silver Springs State Park with a fishing rod in his hands. He successfully ran for Alderman in 2007 and became the popular voice of the people almost instantaneously. A year into his first term as Alderman, Bob became the voice of opposition to a proposed waste transfer station in Plano and we all knew that Plano would soon have a new Mayor.

Bob fought off two strong opponents with a steady, consistent door-to-door campaign and became the Mayor-elect on April 7th. Much more could be written about the shy, grassroots Mayor of Plano and the many activists who helped get him into the winners circle, but I want to get to the good stuff.



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.”