Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is publicly preaching party unity on the campaign trail. But behind the scenes, Rauner is quietly leading an effort to purge conservatives from the Illinois Republican State Central Committee, which governs the party and has elections this month.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman and Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider (R-Bartlett) is president of an Elgin car wash that owes $21,448 in overdue property taxes from 2016, according to the Cook County Treasurer.
H.J. Mohr, which has sold crushed limestone, sand and clay from its south Oak Park location since 1893, is closed for business, citing “financial woes.” Whatever the circumstances, the company’s nearly $107,000 annual property tax bill on its plant at 915 S. Maple Street last year didn’t help.
The three major local government entities serving the Village of Oak Park have more than doubled their spending over the past 40 years, according to an analysis by Local Government Information Services, which publishes West Cook News.
A lawyer for House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) has threatened Local Government Information Services, which owns this publication, via two cease-and-desist letters after reporters asked questions about the legislator.
Three years ago this week, State Reps. Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside) and Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) were plotting to override a veto of their bill that would have regulated Uber and Lyft out of existence in Illinois.
When state legislators and their aides analyzing a 500-page public education bill have had questions-- about what its language intended, or what its complex mathematical formulas meant-- they've heard a common response.
"You'll have to ask Ralph."