Saturday, September 23, 2017

Allen West to Speak at Illinois Family Institute Banquet

A message from the Illinois Family Institute, a socially conservative political organization:

Illinois Family Institute is proud to be welcoming Lt. Col. West to our fall banquet to share his faith, military and political experience and vision for our country. He truly inspires hope for this generation and his leadership has been, and continues to be, critically important for our faith and families. His service to our country and fearless approach to voicing conservative principles distinctively equips him to communicate in a powerful and persuasive way.

When: Friday, October 27th, 2017
Where: Stonegate Conference Center, 2401 W Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates, IL
Ticket prices: 80 dollars before September 29th, 100 dollars after; table of 10 for 750 dollars, 900 after September 29th; private reception with Allen West, 150 dollars

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mary Mahady to Run for District 32 Senate

Mary Mahady, the Assessor in McHenry Township, is running for office in the 32nd Senate district as a Democrat.

She may face off against Craig Wilcox or John Reinert, who have both announced they're running for that seat as Republicans.

Democratic Attorney General Candidates

I've heard of four candidates on the Democratic side running for Attorney General since the announcement that Lisa Madigan would not seek reelection.

So far, one of Ed Burke's daughters (Burke wouldn't say which one), Kwame Raoul, Elaine Nekritz, and Scott Drury appear to be running for AG.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pot Isn't Cool

A new survey from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services shows that marijuana use among teens has dropped to a 20 year low.

Only 6.5 percent of teens aged between 12-17 report having consumed cannabis in the last 30 days.

That number is down 21 percent since 2002.

Marijuana use among teenagers has been on a steady decline since 1996.

The survey also indicated that tobacco and alcohol use was down.

However, marijuana use among the general population has gone up.

As to the claim that liberal marijuana policies would increase use among young people, it appears that claim has gone up in smoke.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

In Defense of the DMV

Libertarians and many conservatives hate the DMV, and while I'm quick to point out government failures, I don't really share their hatred of the DMV. My experience with it has been alright.

I went there a few days ago for a title transfer and was out in ten minutes. In fact, the last three times I went to the DMV I was out in ten minutes or less. The person I went to the DMV with spent more time in a private insurance office than I spent in the DMV, even though the ratio of employees to customers was higher at the insurance office.

It seems like most of the hatred of the DMV is directed at a few things.
  1. Long waiting times because of lines. There are long waiting times at amusement parks as well (though I admit DMV's are not nearly as fun as amusement parks). Long lines and waiting times are to be expected when there are a lot of customers. Have you ever been in a long line at a fast food or grocery store? Maybe people should plan a better time to go to the DMV.
  2. Prices. I admit the prices associated with driving are too high, but are these things set by the DMV or state law? I thought it was the General Assembly who set the prices. So why get mad at the DMV for charging prices that state law commands? A private entity would have to do that too. 
  3. The workers are lazy/incompetent. Some of them are, but I've seen bad employees at private businesses as well. You know, like people who forget to put cheese on a cheeseburger. I've also had helpful employees at the DMV.

Some contend that it should be privately run, but why should an organization that deals with state interests (titles, plates, stickers, etc.) not be run by the state?

Post comments to let me know what you think.

(Image from the music video "DMV" by Primus. (C) 1993 Interscope Records.)

Food Truck Event in Woodstock

Food Truck Fest is taking place in the Woodstock Square tonight.

The event starts at 5 and goes until 9. It is free to attend, but bring money to buy food.

15 vendors are supposed to be there serving all sorts of edibles including shrimp, chocolate, juice, pirogi, cookies, cheese, and more.

There will also be live music.

The event will help raise money for the Alexander Leigh Center for Autism.

Friday, September 15, 2017

More Lt. Governor Candidates Selected

Candidates running for Lieutenant Governor, much like candidates running for Vice President, are selected as running mates as opposed to elected on their own.

I've covered Ameya Pawar, J.B. Pritzker, and Daniel Biss's running mates so far.

Recently, two other Democratic gubernatorial candidates (it's a crowded field) have picked their running mates.

Chris Kennedy has selected Ra Joy, an activist whose son was shot and killed. Joy is the director of Change Illinois. Fighting crime and violence will be a focal point of his message. Read more here.

Scott Drury, who has made a name for himself by not playing nice with House Speaker Madigan, has also announced his running mate. It is his campaign consultant, Alex Hirsch. See more here.