Friday, April 15, 2016

Sen. Kirk To Skip Republican National Convention

Kirk says he's working on his own re-election bid.

Add Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) to the list of dignitaries who will not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Republicans like Kirk, who are involved in difficult re-election fights, have been advised by the party to consider skipping the convention.  They're fearful attending a contested convention pitting Donald Trump against Ted Cruz could hurt their re-election chances.

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After lawsuit, McHenry County to rescind resolution supporting Rauner agenda

After lawsuit, McHenry County to rescind resolution supporting Rauner agenda Thursday, Apr 14, 2016
* Northwest Herald
Gov. Bruce Rauner may have to turn Illinois around without the symbolic help of the McHenry County Board, which is settling a lawsuit prompted by its support of the governor’s agenda.
The County Board will vote next Tuesday to rescind its nonbinding 2015 resolution backing Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda,” in exchange for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 dropping its lawsuit alleging that board members who met with Rauner prior to the vote violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act. While the county admits no wrongdoing in the resolution, the settlement includes paying the union $25,000 to cover its legal fees.
The lawsuit seeks to get the vote rescinded and the resolution declared null and void, and alleges that it had its origins in an illegal meeting. Local 150 filed the lawsuit about a week after the County Board voted April 9 to approve a resolution backing Rauner’s agenda to reverse Illinois’ increasingly desperate economic fortunes, which among other things would significantly curtail union collective bargaining laws.
That whole local government maneuver by Team Rauner was silly and counter-productive from the get-go. And now it’s ending with a whimper.

- Posted by Rich Miller

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