General Primary Election – March 19, 2002 Endorsements

General Primary Election – March 19, 2002 Endorsements

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GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION – MARCH 19, 2002 ENDORSEMENTS

Editor’s note: Uncontested races are not included in these endorsements. Also, if not enough information was available at press time, no endorsements were made.

SCHOOL PROPOSITION

PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $23,500,000 BONDS for School District Number 205 in Winnebago and Boone Counties

Vote: “NO”

Make that a resounding “NO!” vote. Voters in School District 205 are asked to decide if the district should issue $23.5 million in bonds in order to raise money to pay refunds to taxpayers who protested the illegal use of tort fund monies for desegregation programs. The proposition also includes a tax increase which is referred to as “unlimited.” The administration’s deception on test scores may only be the tip of a red-ink iceberg. The school board is unwilling to freeze the fat off the administration and eliminate unnecessary programs, rather than focusing on emotional ones for their own and the administration’s benefit. The teachers shouldn’t pay, and the students especially shouldn’t pay. The only realists on the board seem to be Strommer and Caltagerone. Williams may come around. Until the district shows adminstrators can live within their means it should get no more from taxpayers.

SCHOOL PROPOSITION TO

INCREASE THE

EDUCATIONAL FUND TAX RATE

for School District Number 122 in Winnebago County

Vote: “Yes”

The dollar flight from District 205 has stressed surrounding districts. They need help.

PECATONICA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT PROPOSITION TO

INCREASE THE ANNUAL PUBLIC LIBRARY TAX RATE in Winnebago and Stephenson Counties

Vote: “Yes”

Books must be. Libraries need support. We are investing in our future and culture.

NORTH BOONE COMMUNITY UNIT

SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER 200

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE MAXIMUM EDUCATIONAL TAX RATE TO ISSUE $9,998,000 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS

Vote: “NO”

This district has also suffered from the dollar flight from District 205; however, this district has too many traits in common with District 205. Their taxes are too high and they used the taxation-without-representation Tort Fund. They should combine with the other schools in the county.

VILLAGE OF CHERRY VALLEY

PROPOSITION TO CREATE A POLICE PENSION FUND

“NO endorsement”

Here’s a tossup. Policemen need pensions, just like everyone else; but Cherry Valley’s finances are leaning to the red. You choose.

CITY of ROCKFORD PROPOSITION

QUESTION TO ISSUE $8,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION STREET IMPROVEMENT BONDS OF THE CITY OF ROCKFORD, WINNEBAGO COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Vote: “YES”

Give our tires and suspension systems a break. But, gee, sure would be nice to have better quality and design for our blacktop and concrete. Why do Wisconsin’s roads last longer?

DEMOCRATIC

PRIMARY RACES

FOR GOVERNOR

(Vote for One)

PAUL G. VALLAS

Vote: ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH

ROLAND W. BURRIS

On the Democratic side, we choose the guy with the odd name—Rod Blagojevich.

While Paul Vallas has shown administrative ability, it will take more than that to guide this state out of the mess the present governor has created. Blagojevich seems more straightforward, more interested in dealing with state needs, including those of Rockford. He talks METRA (Mayor Scott backed him early), but he also talks too much Peotone. Blagojevich seems like he would have more of the common people’s interests at heart; yet, his finances make you wonder. Let’s hope he attends the D.C. meetings that the Rockford delegation is holding on bringing passenger air service to Rockford.

Roland Burris, while politically experienced, doesn’t even know that passenger planes don’t fly out of Rockford anymore.

FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

(Vote for One)

F. MICHAEL KELLEHER, JR.

Vote: PAT QUINN

JOYCE W. WASHINGTON

Traditionally, this position has had about as much functionality as an udder on a bull. Of the entire crowd we pick Pat Quinn, principally because he doesn’t give up, and he has no shyness in saying what he thinks about issues. We like his Lincoln Amendment and his support of Granny D Haddock’s campaign for campaign finance reform. Also, he’s for equal ballot access.

FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

(Vote for One)

LISA MADIGAN

Vote: JOHN SCHMIDT

The choice is clear. Lisa Madigan is a talented young lady, and Speaker Mike Madigan’s daughter, but John Schmidt has the record. Too much of Dad’s money and clout have hurt her, especially since this is her first state race. We hope to see her again. Schmidt has the qualifications, the experience and the determination to get the job done.

FOR STATE CENTRAL

COMMITTEEWOMAN

16th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

(Vote for One)

Vote: BARB GIOLITTO

LINDA MC NEELY

Gioletto has beat Ron Wait, but then he got her next time around. She’s been downstate and is very active in the community. McNeely spends time in Chicago and can’t match Giolitto’s experience.

FOR STATE CENTRAL

COMMITTEEMAN

16th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

(Vote for One)

Vote: JOHN NELSON

KURT E. BRUNNER

Nelson has been in the party works for years. He’s paid his dues. Brunner needs more time. John Nelson is the current state central committeeman. An attorney and veteran Democratic party activist, he was successful in 1990 in overturning the Republican reapportionment map. Kurt Brunner is Whiteside County Democratic chairman. Nelson appears to be the more experienced.

FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

67th REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT

(Vote for One)

Vote: CHARLES E. “CHUCK” JEFFERSON

CAROL D. BELL

DANIEL P. CONNESS

In our view, Charles “Chuck” Jefferson deserves to continue as state representative from the 67th District. He has plenty experience and is well versed in the political process. In his short time in the legislature he has been effective. The rest of the field, we think, just doesn’t compare. Plus State Senator Dave Syverson is playing games bringing in Republican votes to this race for Conness. Jefferson was appointed by the Democratic Party. Bell is in to split the black vote. Jefferson is in good stead with the Black Caucus, which is good for Rockford. He is actively involved in working for the airport. Jefferson is our first African-American representative. He deserves a chance to really prove himself, instead of falling prey to insider politics. Vote for Jefferson.

FOR COUNTY CLERK

(Vote for One)

Vote: ROBERT (ROB) HUMPHRIES

MIKE DANIEL HUGHES

This one is simple. Humphries has more experience than Hughes, who must pay his dues. We’d like to see Hughes again, but Humphries really knows his way in county politics.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT SIX

(Vote for Two)

Vote: DOROTHY REDD

PEARL HAWKS

Vote: MARK C. PHILPOT

Hawks played the game for Cohn and the special interests against the Ditzlers. She’s got too much baggage. Redd is a newcomer, and Philpot has run for office before. Also, he really stood up for the Ditzlers’ property rights and is working hard to know his constituents. We strongly recommend Mark Philpot. He is young, energetic, and a community activist. Philpot says he will work to bring more business into his district and also will make an effort to promote Greater Rockford Airport.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT ELEVEN

(Vote for Two)

Vote : JIM HUGHES

GEORGE BILL COFFEY

TUFFY QUINONEZ

MARK DAUENBAUGH

Jim Hughes is a long-time Democrat who did not get the support he deserved in his challenge to Cohn. He is working with YouthBuild and knows the turf. He also is a former city alderman.

Tuffy Quinonez is personable, but has too many legal problems coming his way—can’t recommend him.

It’s a tossup between Coffee and Dauenbaugh.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT TWELVE

(Vote for Two)

JACK D. CROOK

Vote: GEORGE ANNE DUCKETT

REGGIE A. TAYLOR

AMY L. HILL

CONSTANCE KING-STURDIVANT

Working hard, Reggie Taylor was put in by internal Black political bickering to knock out Duckett. Our choice in this district is George Anne Duckett. She is not the darling of party honchos because she speaks her own mind and she asks questions. That’s a “no-no” in today’s society. Reggie Taylor is allied with Victory Bell and his wife and is cast as a spoiler, hoping to eliminate Duckett in this race. Amy Hill is an incumbent and was a servant of the establishment in the Ditzler ripoff. She is also one of four board members seeking to boost rental fees at Memorial Hall, thereby forcing the ouster of Charlotte’s Web, Second City Chorus and others, who use the auditorium there.

Its a tossup between Crook and King-Sturdivant.

FOR JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT

17th JUDICIAL DISTRICT

(Vote for One)

THOMAS O. MEYER

WADE MORRIS

MARILYN HITE ROSS

No endorsement. Meyer has represented too many powerful special interests as an attorney and politcal activist. The other contenders, Ross and Wade Morris, were too low in the rankings to merit endorsement.

REPUBLICAN

PRIMARY Races

FOR UNITED STATES SENATOR

(Vote for One)

JAMES D. OBERWEIS

Vote: JOHN COX

JIM DURKIN

The office of U.S. Senator from Illinois has drawn more than the usual share of contenders this year. Three Republicans and the incumbent Democrat are seeking the office.

We choose John Cox. He has tossed his hat in the ring previously without success. So far as we can tell, Cox has demonstrated a greater degree of integrity. The other two Republicans—James Oberweis and Jim Durkin—are largely unknown in Rockford and speak little of us.

FOR GOVERNOR

(Vote for One)

Vote: CORINNE WOOD

PATRICK J. O’MALLEY

JIM RYAN

We need a woman in the Governor’s Mansion. On the Republican side, we endorse Corinne Wood because she appears to be listening to the people and to have some understanding of Illinois’ needs. Taxpayers’ groups say Jim Ryan is backed by the same special interests that backed George Ryan. Patrick O’Malley has passed internet accountablity for school districts.

FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

(Vote for One)

CARL HAWKINSON

JACK J. MC INERNEY

CHARLES G. OWENS

Vote: WILLIAM A. O’CONNOR

O’Connor has been chosen by Wood, so that’s the choice.

FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

(Vote for One)

Vote: JOE BIRKETT

BOB COLEMAN

Our choice on the Republican side is Joe Birkett. He has the experience and the ability. Bob Coleman is a cartoon character with no track record and a frivolous attitude toward the job. His own silly ads have defeated him.

FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

67th REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT

(Vote for One)

ANTHONY A. SAVAIANO

Vote: GLORIA CARDENAS CUDIA

Cudia gets the call here. A Latina is needed to represent all of our area. She has experience on the school board where we rarely agreed with her, but she is very personable and knows her way around the political arena. Savaiano is too new, but we’d like to see him again.

FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

68th REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT

(Vote for One)

RONALD A. WAIT

Vote: JOHN YOUNG

Incumbent Rep. Ron Wait, in his campaign ads, portrays himself as a leader. Have you heard from Ron Wait in the past year? Have you heard of him doing anything in that period? We haven’t. Therefore, we believe John Young, who has a real interest in the district, will accomplish something positive. He gets our endorsement. He has a real commitment to rail and airlines for the area, rather than just doing what Ryan tells him to do. Young was really impressive in the television debates.

FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

89th REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT

(Vote for One)

DEAN WRIGHT

JOHN C. BUFORD

JIM SACIA

Vote: JERRY P. DAWS

TERRENCE N. INGRAM

We pick Jerry Daws. As chairman of the Ogle County Board, Daws has shown a concern for the taxpayer and the solvency of government in his county. We think he’s the best choice to represent the 89th District.

FOR COUNTY CLERK

(Vote for One)

Vote: TOM HAWES

DAVID F. JOHNSON

This is a key post in county government. Our choice is Tom Hawes. Hawes’ personal integrity and uncompromising honesty prompted an effort to smear him with the mud of the financial muddle in Roscoe. Hawes pointed out he is a township official, not a village official. We think he would be a strong breath of fresh air in the Republican club of county government.

Alderman David Johnson is a veteran Rockford politician. He is beholden to too many special interests for our liking. His D-2s tell the story.

Hawes deserves special credit for his efforts to beat the Perryville extension. We hope he keeps that attitude if he wins.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT ONE

(Vote for Two)

Vote: RANDAL OLSON

DENNIS S. OWENS

Vote: OWEN T. BACH

In this district we like Randy Olson. He had a very respectable run against Sheriff Meyers. He also is very committed to the Greater Rockford Airport and has the business acumen to make things work.

We also opt for Owen Bach. He has served as Owen Township Supervisor and still holds that position. Bach is knowledgeable about township and county matters and would bring good management and analytical skills to this position.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT TWO

(Vote for Two)

LAWRENCE M. BAUER

SUSAN MC DONALD

BRADLEY C. MIESENBURG

Vote: DAVE YESKE

We believe the best choice in this district is Dave Yeske. He has shown a degree of honesty, industriousness and integrity that is rare in politics. He would provide a needed addition of good judgment and sense on the board.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT FOUR

(Vote for Two)

JOHN TERRANOVA

DAVID J. FIDUCCIA

DONALD J. KERESTES

Vote: CHRIS K. JOHNSON

Our choice in this district is Chris Johnson. He is a member of the board at Rock Valley College and a former clerk of Rockford Township. He has no ax to grind. He’s been a hard, talented worker for his party. Another tossup between the remaining three.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT FIVE

(Vote for Two)

RANDY F. STURM

Vote: PETER M. “PETE” MAC KAY

Vote: EUGENE S. “GENE” BOLEK

KEVIN J. MC CARTHY

The obvious choice here is Pete MacKay. He is ostracized by the county Republican machine because he represents his constituents. That warrants our endorsement. Yes, MacKay is one of the very few that consistently stands up for the taxpayers at board meetings. We also favor Eugene Bolek.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT FOURTEEN

(Vote for Two)

W. TIMOTHY SIMMS

JOHN M. SWEENEY

BRUCE ROBERTS

No endorsement. All of these fellows have worked hard for their party. Your call.

FOR JUDGE OF THE APPELLATE COURT, SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT

(Vote for One)

Vote: THOMAS E. CALLUM

S. LOUIS RATHJE

The contender we choose is Thomas Callum. Fresh blood and a fresh viewpoint always is good in the judicial system. Callum is a Vietnam vet and has strong support. Rathje is an insider and subject to an insider’s mindset. He ran for the U.S. Supreme Court and lost.

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