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August 12, 2006


"Kate Nelson" inquires below about money matters in the Haring-Boland 71st District race.

As previously posted, Here are the links to the disclosure reports, and the amount each had on hand June 30: State Rep., Mike Boland, District 71: $137,011.02.

Steve Haring: $12,040.09.

I haven't had time to look at them. Kate (or anyone else) feel free to snoop around. Let us know what you find out.

Posted by jcb at August 12, 2006 10:19 PM


Word is that Haring has doubled his total money raised in the first reporting session already and that the money continues to flow in. I am sure Boland can keep up with they money though. I also heard that some additional Madigan staff and Cross staff has come to the district in the last week. Why now is this district so competitive? I know people that have received phone calls from both sides, Boland and Haring, polls from both sides. One even was a regular poll and at the end was a push poll against Haring. You know that nasty little thing they Bush did against McCain in the 02 primary. Does anyone know why both sides are targeting this race, what do they know that we don't?

Posted by: Joe at August 13, 2006 09:41 AM

Nobody has a chance against Rep. Mike Boland. He has done great work for the community. He would be our congressman if the people could have decided. He is the most dynamic leader that we have in the community. Opening the Thompson prison and bringing the Triumph plant to the Quad Cities. He has helped the tax base greatly. Mike is great with people and will run over Harring in November. Boland has plenty of money and more where that came from.

Posted by: Fulton Jane at August 14, 2006 08:12 AM

It's not hard to see that Haring had some success the last time around and the Dem's are not too fond of Boland (making him vulnerable).

Posted by: havinfun at August 14, 2006 09:57 AM

I don’t know Fulton Jane, I have heard allot of people talking about how Boland has forgot about his district for years and focused his energy on moving up to another office. His signs say "Boland for Illinois" and the catch phrase some have mentioned to me is it should say "Boland for Chicago".

I don’t know how the democrats here feel about Boland but he sure is running quite hard for someone who has done a great job. Dishing out all that pork money to Savanna and Orion seems like a desperation move to me, kind of like what the Gov. is doing. You know, it what a candidate would do if their negative were high.

Posted by: Joe at August 14, 2006 11:13 AM

Mike Boland deserves praise for standing up for progress and leading the charge to give Triumph the millions they needed to build in Barstow.

Without Boland's support this project would have died a slow eath.

Those in favor of the hog plant will stand behind Mike Boland and ensure he gets reelected. We are the majority, and the anti-progress crowd can't stop us.

Doug Reihl is a piped piper leading people off the dock. Mike Boland switchedd his mind and told Reihl and his crowd to get lost. Progress is more important than preserving the status qou.

Posted by: loyaldem at August 14, 2006 11:36 AM

Mike Boland should be the Congressman if the people had their way. He has been a voice of the people. Boland has saved the average Joe thousand of dollars a year on the Utilities with his work on the citizens Utility. If it weren't for the political machine and people owing Phil Hare for all that he had on them over the years, we would be voting for Congressman Boland. Boland was the most electable and would have beaten Zinga by a wide margin.

Posted by: Bobbie Sue at August 14, 2006 03:18 PM

OK, so I've had a few minutes to look at the Mike Boland-Steve Haring money reports. Striking things:

-- GOP, as an organization, is putting some fairly serious money into the Haring's second shot at Boland. He took in $26,310 in the first six months, including $11,432 in in-kind contributions from the House Repubican Organization for such handy items as computers and software, printing and mailing and payroll.

The Carroll, Rock Island and Whiteside county GOPs also are in, R.I. for $2,000.

Also helping are House miniority leader Tom Cross ($1,000), assistant minority leader Mark Beaubien ($2,000), U. S. Rep. Ray LaHood ($1,000) and several other Republican lawmakers.
Net result for the six months was that Haring went from having just more than $2,000 on hand to having just more than $12,000 on hand.

-- While Haring's healthier, he still trails far behind Boland, who had $137,000 on hand at the end of the period, during which he took in just $14,000 while spending $25,000.Biggest contributors ($1,000 each) were PACs representing beer distributors and community banks. Most of the rest came from unions.

In their first match-up, in 2004, Boland managed only a 55-45 win over the unknown and under-funded Haring, who carried Carroll and Whiteside counties, and came close in Henry. R.I. County saved Boland.
So, is there blood in the water in 2006?

Posted by: jcb at August 14, 2006 07:51 PM

All I know about this race is that both the House Republicans in suburban Cook County and the House Democrats in Springfield are targeting this race. What that will mean, in terms of funds directed, we don't right now. Clearly, Mike Boland's inability to secure solid support from elected Democrats is weakening his re-election bid. That is one reason key Democrats may be looking for an alternative to Boland after he wins in 2006.

Posted by: values matter at August 14, 2006 07:54 PM

This is the only race in the area that seems to be targeted by those in power. What do you all think is the most important issue in this district? What will Haring use against Boland and likewise for Boland against Haring? The two campaigns are so quiet that I am not sure.

Posted by: joe at August 14, 2006 08:09 PM

Hard to say what the issues will be, but here's a Haring media advisory from before an Aug. 7 press conference (not sure any media covered it).


" As campaign season has started, so have the pork project that politicians dish out to gain voters attention. While this is business as usual in Illinois the pork is raising the ire of many medical professionals that are going without Medicaid payments. Some medical providers are owed payment in the millions; such as the Trinity Medical Center that has a backlog of over $13 million.

"The Governor recently has been visiting different portions of Illinois dishing out millions of dollars, for example, the $4 million in grants to help fund lawyer John Simmons Baseball Field in Marion. At the same time Representative Boland is making the same promises, especially in areas like Savanna, in which he lost by more than 70% in 2004 to Steve Haring.

"On Monday Steve Haring will talk about specific hardships being caused on our medical professionals, veterans, businessmen and women, and our local schools by the pork projects the Democratic Majority is dishing out as political ploys."

And follows the post-press conference news release:

Steve Haring, candidate for State Representative, stood with Veterans, Business leaders and supporters at a press conference in Silvis Illinois to speak out against frivolous spending by the Governor and Representative Boland. In an election year pet projects have always been used for incumbent campaigns but with the financial burdens the State of Illinois is dealing with, this frivolous spending is hurting real people.

While veterans homes go understaffed and correctional facilities bust at the seams, Governor Blagojevich recently awarded an additional $1 million in taxpayer?s funds to Marion, Illinois aiding in infrastructure to support the baseball team of prominent Metro-East trial attorney John Simmons. John Simmons is a partner in the law firm Simmons and Cooper, a major Democrat donor in Illinois

According to Steve Haring, candidate for State Representative, the state should be taking care of Illinois? Medicaid providers?not baseball fields. While the State of Illinois falls deeper in debt, liberal lawmakers are spending tax dollars stolen from specific state accounts to campaign with throughout the state.

Some facts about the States Fiscal Crisis:

Illinois has the largest State Budget deficit in the nation at $3 billion dollars

Illinois has about $51 billion dollars in liabilities and that exceeds our assets by $17 billion dollars

Illinois has the highest pension liabilities of any state in the nation at nearly $35 billion

Illinois Pharmacists, Doctors, Hospitals and Nursing Homes are waiting up to six months for Medicaid reimbursements

?Illinois is a fiscal disaster; hospitals are laying off employees because the state can?t pay its bills on-time and veterans are being short changed when it comes to basic needs,? said Haring. ?Democrats like Blagojevich and Boland need to end pork-barrel politics and begin focusing on the real problems of real people.?

Blagojevich had already provided Simmons with $3 million in taxpayer funds for the stadium, the additional $1 million brings Simmons total taxpayer funding for his private stadium to $4 million.

John Simmons, through his firm Simmons Cooper and other entities, has contributed more than $30,000 to Governor Blagojevich?s campaign. During the last campaign, John Simmons and his partners provided over $1 million to the Democrats throughout Illinois mainly to support a Democratic candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court.

?Their firm handed out millions to Democrats fighting the premise of medical malpractice reform, and are now being rewarded with a sweetheart deal by the Governor to support the Simmons baseball venture,? stated Haring. ?This is just plain wrong.?

The State of Illinois owes various healthcare providers over $1.5 billion. Whether it is our Pharmacists, Doctors, Hospitals or Nursing Homes, business is very tumultuous. These professionals that provide needed services to our families are forced to take out personal loans to help keep the lights on and their doors open, while the State dilly-dallies with their payment schedule.

Examples include Trinity Medical Center, as recently as last month being owed over $17 million dollars in back Medicaid payments from the State. Or Genesis Health Network being owed over $7 million, with the Genesis closing its Port Byron clinic due in large part to continued delay in Medicaid reimbursements.

?It is often the case that politicians hand out project money in election years to garner favor with the voters,? he added. ?Look at my opponent. He has suddenly found money for Savanna, three months before the election. I am not saying it is bad that the district is finally receiving capital dollars. I just find the timing suspicious.?

Veterans programs continue to be cut. SB14, legislation supported by Representative Boland and signed into law by the Governor diverts over $374,000 from the Illinois Veterans? Rehabilitation Fund and over $26,000 from the Military Affairs Trust Fund.

In addition under the fiscal year 06 Democrat passed budget, more than $2.6 million in funding support for our four Illinois Veterans? Homes is scheduled to be raided by the end of the year, with another $2 million fund sweep by the end of 2007.

?These fund raids are part of an ongoing outrageous pattern by the Governor and other liberal Democrats including my opponent.?

Posted by: jcb at August 14, 2006 08:39 PM

Even if Harring gets every veteran’s vote in this election Rep. Mike Boland will prevail. He is the only candidate to push for the average Joe. His citizen’s utility board has kept the Utility companies from gouging the consumers. Boland is the right choice for this office. He is a born Representative. He has been a teacher and has served the youth of this country well. He is a roll model for us all.

Boland is making Illinois a better place for all of us.

Posted by: Average Joe at August 14, 2006 09:09 PM

As a veteran, Average Joe, your comment ticks me off. I am an average joe and so I joined the military to get some training and make a future for myself. If he is not fighting to take care of veterans who is he fighting for? What has the Citizens Utility board done for me? That media advisory really gets me HOT!

Posted by: Joe at August 14, 2006 09:26 PM

If you read Haring's above information it is clear that all he cares about is the big spenders. He is trying to take care of the big guys on the backs of the little guys. It is good that we have a fighter to stand up to the big corporate types like this Haring. He thinks that he can just waltz in and start pushing Mike Boland around he has another thing comming. Mike Boland is a friend of the little guy. Haring is a friend of the greedy elite.

Posted by: Boland for Illinois. at August 14, 2006 09:46 PM

Boland for Illnois (or Chicago), what are you talking about? If you could give us a sample of what your point is I would love to hear it. Harings father worked in the factories as a union employee, Haring has an associates degree and he is from Savanna. What elite are you talking about?

Posted by: Joe at August 14, 2006 10:02 PM

Speaking of campaign websites, as we have been here and there, both Haring and Boland need one.

Posted by: jcb at August 14, 2006 10:07 PM

Boland is a wholly owned subsidiary of Speaker Madigan.

When Madigan tells Boland to jump, Boland asks, "How high?" What a joke.

I find it ironic that Boland is trying to pass himself off as a consumer activist when his only "Individual Contibution" over the past six month came froom Mid American Energy for $500 big ones.

Posted by: loyaldem at August 15, 2006 08:24 AM

Not sure I heard Mr. Haring's indignation when GOP Governor Ryan and GOP Treasurer Topinka helped ring up a $5 billion deficit. But now he complains about a $4 million baseball field in Southern Illinois? Hope the House GOP staff can do better than that.

Posted by: values matter at August 15, 2006 11:46 AM


According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, Mike Boland received a single “Individual Contribution” over the past six months. Boland's lone contribution came from utility giant Mid America ($500). Over the same period, Steve Haring, Boland’s hard-charging opponent, generated $9,805 from 38 “Individual Contributors.” Out of 38 individual contributors a full 36 reside inside the 72nd District. Locals include:: Jim and Monica Sadler ($1,200), Wayne Trautmen ($1,000), John Deere ($750), John McConnel ($500), Richard Deets ($400), Ken Smith $375), Dennis Bowman ($300), :arry Slebbin ($300) Betty Steinert ($300), Bill Dayton ($250), Tom Getz ($250) Grevace Law ($250) and Burce Stout ($250) to name a few..

Boland raised more “PAC Contributions” than did Haring, but not by much. PACs gave the incumbent $7,868. ABDI PAC led the way giving Boland $1,000, as did the Community Bank PAC. Utility companies, financial institutions and labor organizations accounted for the remainder of the special interest giving. Over the same period, Haring “Transferred In” $7,800. Haring's top contributors include: Rep. Beaubien ($2,000), Congressman Ray Lahood ($1,000), Rep. Tom Cross ($1,000) and Sen. Todd Sieben ($500). In the end, Boland raised just $700 more in PAC money than did Haring.

Both political parties gave generously to their respective candidates. Democrat Party Boss Mike Madigan showered his proxy (Mike Boland) with $15,365.76. Not to be out done, House Republicans targeted $13,349 to Haring.

Over the six-month period, Boland expended $4,150 per month, or $24,900. The bulk of Boland’s spending ($10,921) was directed to a Davenport, Iowa frim for mail. Matt Pidgeon of Springfield, a little known consultant, got $3,800. As the reporting period waned, Boland made a series of mail drops. Leaving us to wonder if expenses for Boland's failed Congressional race were paid by his state campaign account? Haring for his part expended only $15,171. His “Itemized Contributions” include payments for fundraising expenses incurred at Buck's Bar ($1,782) and Johnny Steakhouse.

Over the past six months, the entrenched incumbent and hard-charging challenger have been locked in bitter fund-raising battle. During that time Boland collected $14,260 to Haring's $26,310. The combatants’ “In-kind Contribution”were similar in number with Boland raking-in $15,517 and Haring $13,438.

On the expenditure side of the ledger, Boland spent more money than Haring. Boland expended $25,292.94 in six-month period compared to the challenger’s $15,768. Reviewing Boland’s “Itemized Expenditures” one wonders if Boland used his state campaign account to fuel his failed federal election campaign? Does anyone know about law regarding expending state campaign funds to pay for federal elections? If so, please advise.

After reviewing D-2 Reports, it is apparent the campaign between Boland and Haring is going to be one worth watching.

Posted by: bytheNUMBERS at August 15, 2006 12:38 PM

I always get a kick out of state Republican leaders trying to smear downstate Democrats as "Chicago Democrats." As they say,that dog won't hunt.

House Republican leadership emanates from the Chicago suburbs. They're paying Haring's bills.
Do you think they really care about NW Illinois?
What a joke.

Mike Boland, Pat Verschoore and Mike Jacobs are focused on solving problems in this region, regardless of who supports them. Just because Verschoore or Jacobs receives contributions from Chicago groups does that make them beholden to Chicago? Again, what a joke.

Anyone who calls Mike Boland a "proxy" for Mike Madigan has no idea about the real and independent Mike Boland. House Speaker Madigan has joked to more than one about the independent nature of Rep. Boland.

Republicans love to dish out that message, but to keep that consistent let's turn the tables on Mr. Haring. Oh, since House GOP leader Tom Cross of the Chicago suburbs is bankrolling his campaign Mr. Haring is a puppet of the Chicago suburban GOP leadership.

Let's keep it real, folks. Neither of those dogs will hunt so let's not clutter up the blogs with that trash talk. Can we try harder to keep this a no-spin zone?

Posted by: values matter at August 15, 2006 02:15 PM

That's all this blog is - a spin zone. Nature of the beast when you can say anything you want about your favorite or unfavorite public official without consequence.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 15, 2006 04:09 PM

One more thing about House Speaker Michael Madigan. Ask former State Sen. Denny Jacobs. Ask former State Rep. Joel Brunsvold. Ask former State Rep. Bob DeJaegher. They worked alongside Speaker Madigan of the big and bad Chicago for two decades and they will tell you that when they needed help on school funding for NW Illinois, when they needed help getting a riverboat gaming bill, when they needed help on economic development -- they got help from Speaker Mike Madigan of Chicago. Is Madigan perfect? Far from it. But my point is this: when QC legislators needed something they had decent success at getting the Speaker's ear.

Posted by: values matter at August 15, 2006 04:36 PM

Speaker Madigan has spent a ton of money and staff to Boland over the years. This must make him a slave to Madigan. Boland couldn't even run for Senate because the Speaker told him so. How independent of Chicago can Boland really be.

Posted by: LoyalR at August 15, 2006 05:23 PM

Values Matter, you obviously have not looked at the D-2 Report. The only candidate in this race that is solely funded by interest groups and Chicago big wigs is Boland. That is a dog that does hunt!

Posted by: Joe at August 15, 2006 05:38 PM

LoyalR, with all due respect, you don't know Mike Boland. He is one of the most independent legislators in Illinois. In fact, he's so independent that he drives Speaker Madigan crazy at times.

Posted by: values matter at August 15, 2006 07:41 PM

I know that a lot of veterans are not on board with Boland for his stance on the viet nam war. That was years ago and that doesn't have anything to do with Boland as State Rep. He is a very effective representative and deserves all of our support.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 15, 2006 09:36 PM

Hey Joe,

It's just not shocking that a legislator like Boland is receiving campaign donations from groups in Chicago. What's the point? Nearly every legislator in Illinois receives funds from groups headquartered in Chicago. Proves very little. Any legislator who's been around the block a few years like Boland is receiving campaign contributions from Chicago-area PACs.
Take a look at House Republican Leader Tom Cross's D-2. Lots and lots and lots from Chicago area PACs. Now his money is being funnelled into his "proxy" in NW Illinois, Steve Haring, to quote a previous post.

Until we have true campaign finance reform, which most Republicans bitterly oppose, we'll never reform the manner in which we fund campaigns. We should challenge both Haring and Boland and the others to pushing for campaign finance reforms.

Posted by: values matter at August 15, 2006 11:00 PM

The thoughts of all legislative candidates on campaign-finance reform ought to be on the record.

If you wander around through the records you'll discover that the big boys -- Speaker Madigan, the gop leader and assistant leader, the top senators -- all take in lots of special interest money and redistribute it. Not much ideological about the money they get, either. Looks like most any interest with a PAC chips in.

Posted by: jcb at August 15, 2006 11:42 PM

I think Mike Boland is in BIG trouble. And the funney thing is, Mike wont work for his seat because he thinks it is set in stone that the seat is his. It will be close only because Boland is so lazy. Can anyone say AARON SCHOCK!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Joe at August 16, 2006 09:25 AM

I would like to know why "KATE NELSON" wanted this topic and since then, has not posted.

But while we are on the topic of Democrats and their financial reports. Where is the semi-annual report for Denny Jacobs?

His committee is still active and showed around 20,000 in the pre-election report. His report is late. Why?

He will be fined, like his boy.

I want to see how much more money he gave to support Grchan in the Democratic Primary against Huff.

How about a post dedicated to the Sheriff's race?

Posted by: Observer at August 16, 2006 12:20 PM

Mad props to Haring for sticking the Dems with the highest state budget in the nation (note to partisans: Haring {or Beals} was not part of the legislature during Blogo's or Ryans's tenure---- the legislature was dominated by Democrats). It looks like Haring has a good message. Some polls I've seen show earmarks and immigration to be the top concerns among voters, even though the Republicans say it is national security, and the Democrats say is the federal deficit.

We don't have much of a problem here with illegals, but Democrats who shriek about the federal deficit, while giving a pass the state deficit just look silly.

But the good news is that a cross-partisan effort is being launched by the Sunlight Foundation to ferret out all earmarks. Here's a link for those who want to fight pork. This is being touted as a cross-partisan effort at network journalism where both pro journalists and amateurs work together in common cause.

For those who want illegals to, you know, actually obey the law of the land, be prepared to be denounced as a racist and xenophobe.

Posted by: paladin at August 16, 2006 01:01 PM

Observer - this post is about Boland and Haring - not Jacobs. Who are you that you care so much about the democratic sheriff's primary that took place 5 months ago? Who cares if an ex politician's late filing his report. Why don't you find something to really worry about.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 16, 2006 02:55 PM

I wish that Mike Boland would get as interested in the rights and wrongs of this war as he did about the Viet Nam war. If Boland used his office to make a statement about peace in Iraq he would be a true state wide candidate.

Posted by: Joan Batista at August 16, 2006 10:03 PM

Helen -- I've got no clue whether you're right about Boland's Viet Nam position. Not sure that, or his thoughts on Iraq, are particularly pertinent in a state rep race.

Now, Phil Hare, definitely. A clearly enunciated position on Iraq is one of the things he owes voters; so does Zinga.

Posted by: jcb at August 16, 2006 11:31 PM

I agree, the war in Iraq has nothing to do with a State Representative candidate. Ecconomic development and pocketbook issues like gas prices, now that is fair game. What does everyone think about a Gas Tax Holiday?

Posted by: Joe at August 17, 2006 05:59 AM

I think it is interstng that Boland's only individual contribution came from Mid America Energy? I though Boland was going to lower rates, not put utility money in his pocket.

In response, I looked over Boland's D-s and noticed since 3/5/05 Boland has taken $2,250 from Mid American Eergy. But that is not all, Boland also took $1,200 from Exelon and $1,000 from telephone giant AT&T.

Does anyone think it strange that giant utility companies are funding Boland?

I also came a cross an odd contribution in the amount of $12,500 from Barb Suehl. Does anyone know about this contribution and her relationship with Boland? Please advise.

Just wonderi'?

Posted by: bytheNumbers at August 17, 2006 09:38 AM

I know the concept behind state candidates not getting into national issues like Iraq. But I disagree with the concept. I feel that as long as young men and women from Illinois are fighting any dying, I feel it is the responsibility of state legislators to represent the views of the people of Illinois. So if the people of Illinois have had enough or Iraq, then I would personally like to see the state legislature at least take a stance on the issue. I know there's only so much they can do to influence the all-mighty federal government, but its worth a shot.

Now whether or not the people of Illinois are sick or Iraq, that's an issue of debate, but I do feel that we should not demand our elected officials be silent on issues that might occur outside their jurisdiction.

Posted by: Robbie at August 17, 2006 10:53 AM

Barb lives in Fulton. Good friend of Mr. Bolands.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 17, 2006 11:29 AM

From what I've heard, Barb Suehl is a powerful realtor and aspiring politician from the 16th congressional district. She ran for office there but I think lost. Given her generosity to State Rep. Boland, one has to conclude she's a very strong supporter, indeed.

As to Boland's utility contributions, that's just par for the Illinois campaign course. Utlilities like Mid-American are concerned that incumbent Boland will vote against their interests and for the consumers. They are hedging their bets and trying to neutralize Boland's natural pro-consumer views. Not sure how well that works in this case, but that's their likely strategy.

Posted by: values matter at August 17, 2006 11:49 AM

I believe that if abortion is a state issue jcb, then Iraq is also fair game.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 17, 2006 01:15 PM

Anon 01:15 PM -- The difference is that state legislators can and often do act on matters related to abortion. South Dakota's legislature, for example, this year passed a bill banning abortion, period.

If state legislative candidates want to make Iraq an issue -- say, by declaring they'll introduce a "sense of the legislature" bill that we should bring the troops home, or by introducing a bill forbidding Illinois guard members from serving in Iraq -- they can certainly do so.

Otherwise, Iraq is an issue on which congressional candidates are most obligated to speak.

Posted by: jcb at August 17, 2006 02:28 PM

Worst political move ever, Boland has come out and defended the Gas Tax. Boland came out as the pro-tax candidate. www.ramblerblogger.blogspot.com

Posted by: Joe at August 17, 2006 06:49 PM

I do have a Haring website address now. It's www.haringforrep.com. Nothing on it right now except a "gas-tax holiday" petition he's pushing.

Posted by: jcb at August 17, 2006 07:37 PM

I love the campaign gimmicks, like suspending the gas tax or the gas tax holiday. It's all about being election time for Mr. Haring. When was the last time you heard Mr. Haring rail against the excessive oil company profits? Hmmm, I hear a lot of silence on that issue.
Haring's petition should be directed straight at President Bush and VP Cheney, the two oil industry executives who have helped the oil companies rip off Americans.

Posted by: values matter at August 17, 2006 10:45 PM

Steve Haring pusing a gas tax holiday? Gimme a break. He's a Bush-Cheney Republican; they love the oil companies and never lift a finger to challenge their profiteering.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at August 17, 2006 10:57 PM

Campaigns have no gimmicks. They have ideas that sometimes turn into popular ideas which turn into policies. That my friend is how politics work. It is funny, at the state level whenever a democrat cant get their way with an issue they throw out federal issues as a safety. Haring is right; the State is making windfall profit off of these high gas prices to the tune of 137 million dollars. We should push to get some of that back to the people who put it there before Mike Boland and other Democrats vote to send it all to Chicago for road construction and leave us empty handed.

Posted by: Joe at August 18, 2006 06:23 AM

Mike Boland will not even have to work hard to beat this Haring guy. Boland will beat him 80%-20%. He is very hurt by all of this negative talk. Lets help Boland get the best win that he can get this November. He deserves it.

He is the only one that is pushing for consumers. He is the one that keeps our utility bills reasonable. Without him they would be much higher.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 18, 2006 08:20 AM

"Hey Joe" ... I agree, campaign ideas can sometimes turn into real policy. But I detect, in this House GOP "gas tax holiday" a slight bit of campaign engineering. If you can show me at least one when Mr. Haring has challenged the oil companies excessive profiteering and challenged the pro-oil co Bush-Cheney administration, then I'll bite my tongue. Otherwise, this gas tax holiday looks like election-year pandering to one observer.

Posted by: values matter at August 18, 2006 11:17 AM

Boland is against helping people at the pump and is for pork barrel spending. He takes thousands of dollars from big energy companies. He doesn’t seem to be for me and I am a consumer!

Posted by: Consumer at August 18, 2006 11:59 AM

I realize it was hard for Mr. Boland to change his mind and supportthe pig plant, but it was the right thing to do. Heck, even the D/A supports the pig plant.

After the pig plant is constructed and the jobs arrive Boland will be proven correct.

Thanks Mr. Boland. Without your strong support the pig plant and the jobs would have gone to South Dakota. Your stand on this issue is a true profile in courage!

Progress over stupidity!

Posted by: KateNelson at August 18, 2006 12:12 PM

Hey "Consumer" -

When Sen. Jacobs and Rep. Boland help reel in state funding for the Thomson Prison is that "pork barrel spending"?

When Rep. Boland and Sen. Jacobs win state funding for Rte. 30 in Whiteside County is that "pork barrel spending"?

Anyone knows that when you vote for a state budget you are voting for spending throughout the entire state of Illinois, including Chicago, the largest economic engine of the state. To suggest otherwise shows real naivette.

Posted by: values matter at August 18, 2006 03:31 PM

The Gas Tax idea is obviously created by the times and the election, I will agree. That doesnt mean that it is not becoming a popular idea. Mabe we need to do something about the gas tax? Mabe the State of Illinois has to take a new look at the way it taxes gas? I dont know, thats not my field, what I do know is that droping 50 dollars in my tank every time I fill up gets me thinking.

Posted by: Joe at August 18, 2006 08:32 PM

Here's recent article from the Tax Foundation about the pros and cons of using the gasoline tax to provide relief to people.

Illinois has a state gasoline tax of 19 cents per gallon. That hasn't hit consumers any harder now than it did before prices spiraled upwards.

But Illinois is one of the few states that also subject gasoline sales to a sales tax --6.25 percent. That means Illinois is getting something on a windfall from soaring prices. At $2 a gallon, you pay 13 cents in sales taxes. At $3 a gallon, 19.5 cents.

The state needs money. Take the windfall? Give some or all of it back? How to assure any cutback ends up in the pockets of ordinary folks, and not on the bottom line of an oil company?

Very legit topics in a campaign season.

Posted by: jcb at August 18, 2006 08:50 PM

Consumer, you say that Boland isn't helping you. He is a part of the citizens Utility Board and without him your rates would be through the roof. Boland is for the people and if you don't know Mike you deserve to go and meet him and have him explain how much he has done to keep Illinois from being gouged by the utility companies.

You need to be fair and look at the facts.

Boland is the best choice for Rep.

After this election Boland will be in great position to go after the Congressional seat that he was cheated out of. If the people would have goten a chance to decid whom they would like to be their Congressman then we would be talking about Boland for Congress.

We will get to this position in 2008!

Posted by: Bobbie Sue at August 18, 2006 10:36 PM

Bobbie Sue -

Hate to burst your bubble, but I've spoken with Representative Boland. He told me that he will run for his House seat at least two more times and then maybe run statewide in 2010. He may have found his right niche as a state rep, and that's just fine.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at August 18, 2006 11:18 PM

Because you spoke to Boland does this make it true. Until Boland comes out and says it publically then it just doesn't ring true to me. Boland will be our favorite son when he takes on either Hare or Zinga in the 2008 season. Mike wants and deserves this position.

Posted by: Bobbie Sue at August 20, 2006 12:31 PM

You all are in some sort of dreamland! People do not necessarily like Mr. Boland. He is a polarizing figure in most areas of his district and only can hold the line in Rock Island, and even that is questionable this year. Boland is going to be lucky to win this race he is in right now and given the negative way Boland runs races even more people in the qca will dislike Boland after it is all said and done. He's not a vary good politician to be in the shape he is in with the type of district that he has. Being that in an Obama year and a presidencial year an 9 year incumbant only won by 9 points against an unfunded and inexperienced candidate tells me he is in BIG trouble.

Posted by: Joe at August 21, 2006 07:44 AM

Boland's strong support for the pig plant has rallied the Democrat Party leadership to Mike's side. If Boland would have done what he said and "fought against the pork plant

Posted by: KN at August 21, 2006 01:03 PM

Boland's ability to win the state dollars necessary (along with Sen. Jacobs) to open the Thomson Prison in Savannah is a huge boost to Mr. Boland's re-election. Getting the prison open will mean Boland will win in Carroll County, Mr. Haring's home base.

Posted by: values matter at August 21, 2006 04:40 PM

At the rate our politicians are moving to the Darkside we will have to open the Thompson prison and build another just to accomodate our would be political Dark Lords of the Sith.

Posted by: NMP at August 21, 2006 08:49 PM

I don't know Boland at all. What I do know is that he seems to be a 50-50 proposition in his own party.

I do know Steve Haring and he is a quality man and a man that is well liked by all people, regardless of party affiliation.

Posted by: havinfun at August 22, 2006 06:56 AM

Boland has $137,000 and Haring has $12,000 and someone on this site thinks the race will be close? What am I missing?

Posted by: values matter at August 22, 2006 10:24 PM

Values Matter, from what I heard this week get ready for THE House Race of 2006. The flip-flopper and the hilbilly from Carroll county are going to but heads with the full support of thier respective State Parties.

By the way this web site is really funny

Posted by: Joe at August 23, 2006 05:09 PM

to values matter
remember the race against Jacobs and Rummler
money is not the key to everything
Mike Boland has stepped on some toes
most of them in his own party

Posted by: who knows at August 30, 2006 03:48 PM

who knows at August 30, 2006 03:48 PM, So you are saying that Boland will beat Haring by a landslide as Jacobs did Rumler. That will be OK with us.

Posted by: Boland for Illinois at September 1, 2006 08:25 AM

Boland for Illinois,

Yes, yes, yes, Boland will win, abliet not by the wide margine that Jacob did, but say 5 points.

The Speaker has sent so many people to Boland's District that Boland doesn't know what to do. Madigan will not fail, as the Speaker has a great deal at stake. I don't care who our Representative is as long Madigan controlls Illinois. The last Madigan need is some hillbilly when he has a controlled factor like Boland!

I do not care that Boland ran to Candada during the war. His brothers both served and I don't think Boland's mother should have risked losing Mike. Alot of people were against the Vietnam War, as they are against this war. You can't blame young people for not wanting to go and die!

That's enough!


Posted by: KN at September 1, 2006 10:52 AM

I'm seeing more & more misinformation from the desperate . . . so it appears that "silliness season" (my name for campaign season) has begun.

Boland's stance on Vietman?

Mike Boland supported the war, because he had a brother serving in the armed services. Boland had brothers who served in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

Will / Would Boland run for Congress in '08?

ONLY if Phil Hare were to lose to Zinga (and that ain't likely to happen.)

Will Boland quit being so damn independent and actually make peace with the local democrats?

THAT ain't likely to happen either I'd guess, because Boland is Boland and his interest is in serving the people not kissing John G's . . . er . . . umm . . . "ring" ;)

Posted by: Anonymous at September 1, 2006 10:54 AM

Draft Dodger.....jerk!

Posted by: Joe at September 1, 2006 07:54 PM

M.Boland, nor anyone else has to kiss John G's ass or ring or any other part of his anatomy...
M.Boland, and everyone else who seeks public office, simply have to get along and work together in order to serve their constituency well. This is where I have a difficult time with M.Boland. Listen to him speak and all he talks about is how he fights for this or fights for that, stands for this or stands against that; When you are constantly fighting or standing for or against something or someone, how are you building consensus and coalitions to get things done? Well, simply you're not. M. Boland's time is almost at its end, and it is a little sad how the man has crafted no lasting change, no lasting image or no lasting impression in and on a job. It is time to move on Illinois, it is simply time to move on....

Posted by: future at September 1, 2006 11:00 PM

Why doesn't M. Boland do the job we hired him to do? All he wants to do is run for othher offices. Doesn't he like being our state representative?

It's good to know that M. Boland supported our boys in Vietnam from the cozy confines of his dorm room? By the way, how does a person win a 12-year student deferment?

M. Boland can't raise the money to run for any other office. As a result he has become one of Madigan's "controlled factors." When Madigan needs a vote for Chicago, all he has to do is pull Boland's string! How is this Independencs?

Posted by: Mist at September 2, 2006 05:14 PM

Boland's voting record is VERY different than a Chicago liberal - you aren't fooling anyone (but perhaps yourself) with rhetoric about Boland "belonging" to anyone but himself!

Citizen Action of Illinois ARE a bunch of Chicago LIBERALS. Here's the addy of their legislative ratings - http://www.citizenaction-il.org/issues/scorecards/legislative_scorecard2005.pdf

Look at that list carefully and you will see Madigan and the Chicago liberals all with approval ratings of near 100%.

But Boland is solidly in the group of MODERATES which includes not only his colleague Pat Verschoore, but it also includes a great number of moderate and well respected Democrats and Republicans alike. Here's a quick "cut 'n' paste" of the group Boland's with - Bassi, Bradley, Dugan, Hoffman, McAuliffe, Osmond, Tryon, Beaubien, Brady, Flider, Holbrook, Meyer, Parke, Verschoore, Beiser, Chapa LaVia, Froehlich, Krause, Mitchell, Phelps, Bellock, Coulson, Gordon, Lindner, Moffitt, Poe, Biggins, Cross, Granberg, Lyons, E. Mulligan, Saviano, Boland, Daniels, Hassert, Mathias, Munson, Schock

Hmmmmmmm . . . Doesn't look like a list of folks who Mike Madigan "owns" to me. In fact it's far from it!

Me personally, I’m an independent minded voter who distrusts the extremes of BOTH parties. The way I see it, the fellow trying to unseat Boland comes from the FAR right wing of the Republican party, while Boland himself sits in the mainstream of Illinois politics.

The truth IS out there!

Posted by: Anonymous at September 3, 2006 09:02 AM

All you have to do is look at the money. Mike Boland is bought and paid for by Mike Madigan. Mike Madigan says jump Boland says how high.

Proof positive: Boland was told by the speaker to be nice to Jacob's, Whom had won the Senate appointment over Boland. He was told not to do anything without his approval.

That doesn't sound like a free man to me.

Steve Haring is the man that will give us all the freedom that we deserve.

Posted by: Republicans for a change at September 3, 2006 10:25 PM

The ONLY money Steverino is getting is from Republican leadership - so PLEASE do look at the money!

Haring is not just bought and paid for by his party's leadership - he's OWNED!

Posted by: Anonymous at September 5, 2006 10:02 AM

Records filed at the State Board of Elections show Haring took in $9,805 from 38 “Individual Contributors” over the past six months. Of the 38 Individual Contributions 36 where from residents in Boland's House District. Local Individual Contributions to Haring include: Jim and Monica Sadler of Moline ($1,200), Wayne Trautmen of East Moline ($1,000), John Deere of Moline ($750), John McConnel of Savanna ($500), Richard Deets of Milledgville($400), Ken Smith of Thomson $375), Dennis Bowman of Savanna($300), Todd Slebbin of Geneseo ($300) Betty Steinert of Morrison($300), Bill Dayton of Savanna ($250), Tom Getz of Moline ($250) Grevace Law of Lanark($250) and Burce Stout of Galena ($250) to name a few.

By comparision, Boland took in one Individual Contribution during the same period. The sole $500 contribution came from none other than Davenport utility giant Mid America.

Anonymous September 5, 2006 10:02 AM, why do you think Rep. Pat Verschoore raise his own money, but Mike Boland doesn't?

Moreover, do you think Boland's reliance on Madigans cash is bad for our area? When the chips are down and Boland has to choose between us and Madigans, which do you think Boland would choose?

Are there more numbers you want me to look over?

Posted by: BytheNUMBERS at September 5, 2006 11:50 AM

I have never had anyone from Boland's office come to my door before crying for my vote but they did the other day.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 5, 2006 12:45 PM

Those people are not from Boland's office, they were sent here to protect Madgian's investment.

Posted by: BytheNUMBERS at September 5, 2006 04:21 PM

Hey out there, don't think Mr. Haring won't dance to House Republican Leader Tom Cross's tune. He will. Republicans in the Illinois House vote in lockstep, like ducks walking down the path. For them, it's all about protecting the tax breaks for the suburbs and collar counties. Haring may not realize it yet, but he'll be required to vote to protect the millionaires and billionaires in the wealthy Chicago suburbs of DuPage County.

Posted by: values matter at September 5, 2006 09:36 PM

Bush, Zinga and Beals are no-good Republicans. All three politcans are anti-choice, pro-war and favor giving the rich more and more. Haven't we had enough of these no good Republicans?

Posted by: Anonymous101 at September 6, 2006 09:50 AM

Haring's staff is 100% paid for with "in kind" contributions from Republican leadership . . . at least Boland has local folks (Mike Huntoon of East Moline is is Chief of Staff) running the show for him.

Tom Cross has already been to the 71st district a number of times to campaign for Haring - but you don't see Madigan standing w/ Boland at his events.

Those are both critical details for the informed observer to note.

The truth is that Haring is a radical right winger - I even heard he was supporting the far rightist militia group that patrol our borders and call themselves "minuteman" - not good!

Posted by: Anonymous at September 6, 2006 12:26 PM

Boland is going to loose because he is an old guard democrat that has been bought and paid for by Madigan and Special Interests. People know that and they are going to show their anger on November 7th.

Posted by: Joe at September 6, 2006 12:29 PM

"...at least Boland has local folks (Mike Huntoon of East Moline is is Chief of Staff) running the show for him."

I thought it was against the law to use state employees for campaign purposes. Is Madigan paying Hotton, or are the taxpayers. Well, which is it going to be?

Posted by: Anonymous101 at September 6, 2006 03:34 PM

Mike Huntoon is a good and decent guy. He is on the state payroll. He does good work. Leave Mike Huntoon alone.

Posted by: values matter at September 6, 2006 05:42 PM

For the record, my name is Mike Huntoon, and I do work in Boland's state office. I'm not a regular blog poster, but upon occasion friends do give me a "heads up" about postings I should check out. This is one of those cases. Just for clarification, in the spirit of spreading information, I'd like to post my understanding of current ethics laws in Illinois as they apply to legislative staff.

As a state employee, I am prohibited from actively campaigning or participating in campaign activities while working in the state office, or, while on state time. In other words, I do not and can not campaign during the hours I am "on the clock."

What I do with my private time remains my personal choice, and I am free to actively support candidates and participate in party activities during my own time. For instance I've served a couple of terms as Democratic Precinct Committeeman in South Moline 10 (I didn't run for re-election last Primary Election because of personal health reasons.) As long as my duties as a precinct committee person all took place during my personal time, there was no conflict with that position and being a state employee.

The same holds true for campaigning for Mike Boland. During the normal work day I serve the people of the State of Illinois to the best of my ability, and I do not participate in political activities. After I've gone home for the evening, during my own personal time, I can campaign as hard as I wish for candidates of my choosing.

I will be spending some evenings and weekends campaigning for Rep. Boland. I'll be doing it because I do believe that Mike has a lot of positive attributes as an elected official. I also believe that it is essential for Democrats to hold the 71st District, because it?s one of the few "swing" districts in Illinois that are pretty evenly matched in numbers of Democrats and Republicans. If the Dems lose the 71st, it would be exceedingly difficult to win back simply because of the current demographics.

That's who I am, and where I'm coming from.

Any other questions?

Posted by: Huntooner at September 6, 2006 06:54 PM

Mike -- thanks. A little light always helps.

Posted by: jcb at September 6, 2006 07:02 PM

You are very welcome jcb.

I'm new to reading your Blog, but I do have fond memories of playing chess against you, many many years back. I only managed to attend a few meetings of the chess club, but my recollection of you is of a tough opponent with an agile mind.

Looks like I'll need to make it a point to come round these parts more often.

Posted by: Huntooner at September 6, 2006 07:45 PM

How do I know which Hutton I am dealing with? Do you wear a white hat in the day and a black one at night, so we all know when your working for us and when you are working for yourself?

As Boland's Chief of Staff you should be very carefull. Ryans' Chief of Staff Scott Fawell tried to do the dance you are doing. In this day and age, it makes sense o clearly seperate campaign workers from legisltive works. If you don't you may find yourself sharing space with Fawell or Ryan.

The days of using legisltive staff as campaign staff has passed.

Posted by: Anonymous101 at September 7, 2006 08:04 AM

To compare someone like myself who is subsisting on far below even the national average wage, with the former Governor's Chief of Staff is quite the joke indeed. Ha, ha ha!

For the record, I am not managing Boland's campaign, nor do I serve as his Treasurer, in fact I am not holding any position with the campaign other than part-time "volunteer."

And, it's very easy to tell "which Huntoon" you are dealing with. At the Boland Legislative office on River Drive in Moline, I'm there to be a state employee to serve the constituents of the 71st district.

If my health allows me to make calls from the new campaign office in East Moline, an evening or two a week, I'd be calling folks up and very clearly identifying myself as with the "Mike Boland Campaign."

And, I'm not anything like Fawell either - to me the comparison is pretty laughable. I'm certainly not telling anyone if they contribute here or there they can have a good state job (or keep their job.) Heck if I knew how to get one of those prime patronage positions, I'd be sorely tempted to grab one for myself.

I love to find a job helping folks without an axe over my head every two years, but in some ways the ability to help people in need from a legislative office is an opportunity too hard for me to pass up. I can likely do more good for folks where I'm at then I could by returning to Citizen Action or by going to work for Project NOW, so serving the people thru Boland's office is a good fit for now.

I'm just a simple public servant who enjoys serving the regular people who come to our office with needs. I'm not even building up any pension as a state employee (you can look it up!). I do what I do because I like helping folks, it's just that simple.

I share a 15 year old econo-box type car that's seen more than 150,000 miles with my disabled mother, and my alternate transportation is a 1989 pickup that need brakes and has a "moth eaten" bumper. My wardrobe is almost as old and perhaps is even simpler in style.

Because I have asthma, emphysema, degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis I don't have much of a social life, but I can relate well to the disabled and elderly because I'm almost there myself. Not too many people would really want to walk a mile in my shoes.

I'm not much of a target really. You are going to need to pick on somebody else I am afraid!

Posted by: Huntooner at September 8, 2006 07:21 PM

I can't believe Mike Boland would allow you to live in such a deplorable condition. The least Boland could pay you and your wife a liveable wage. Do you have two have state insurance? How about a juciy state retimenet account? You make it sound like you are doing the lords work.

Aren't you the guy that ran the GOTV campaign for Boland last time? I looked over the D-2's of old an saw that both you and your wife got campaign checks. What gives?

I am sorry about your health issues, but your are the one that keeps interjecting himself into Boland's politcal business.

Posted by: Ialsowonder at September 9, 2006 03:38 PM

Huntooner, who are you kidding. You are the glue that holds the whole thing together. You are doing the whole aw shux thing and it may work for you but it is clear and always has been that you are the brains of the outfit. You are swaying the way that voters look at your candidate. You will do your job and propel Mike to a much deserved victory. When all is said and done Mike shoud give you the credit that you deserve.

Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 9, 2006 09:40 PM

Am I the straw that stirs the drink?


I appreciate the compliment, but that's not the way I see myself.

Do I make it sound as though I am doing the Lord's work?

Not quite sure I understand how you'd get that from what I've written.

I do believe that one measure of our worth as human beings is the contribution we make to our fellow man. I also believe in working hard to make government work for regular people, I did that with Citizen Action before I came to work for Boland.

Did I run Boland's last GOTV effort?


In making full disclosure, I?d freely admit that I have done a little bit of paid work for Boland's campaign thru the years outside of my work at the state office. For instance, he's paid my wife and I to collect signatures on petitions. But let's be really clear here, what I've accepted for outside campaign work in all the years I've worked with Boland, is about 1/20th of what Mike Jacob's paid his local campaign guy for the last Primary.

Like I said before, I really don't think I make much of a target. But if people want to waste their time lobbing shells in my direction, I'm going to just stick to my guns, and keep setting the record straight.


Posted by: Huntooner at September 11, 2006 08:33 AM

Mike, we know the Speaker has sent in campaign staff to manage Rep. Boland's race so you're off the hook.

The much more interesting aspect in all of this is what is House GOP Leader Tom Cross doing? What's he up to? Has he sent staff in to help Mr. Haring? I hear Mr. Haring quit his job to focus full time on his campaign? How is he making ends meet, campaigning unemployed. That can't be easy.

Anyone on the Haring campaign out there? What's up? Just curious.

Posted by: values matter at September 11, 2006 10:33 PM

Grass roots are quiet! Just wait.

Posted by: joe at September 11, 2006 11:10 PM

Boland's first direct mail piece hit yesterday and another arrived today. After 12 years one would hope everyone would know who and what Mike Boland was all about. Perhaps that's the problem.

From my perspective, if people don't want to re-elect Boland today, no amount of propoganda is going to change the tide.

Is Boland in serious politcal trouble?

Posted by: Sexton at September 12, 2006 04:09 PM

Mike Boland is going to roll to victory, folks. He's got a good name, he works hard on good issues, he's likeable and he's an incumbent. Any smart pundit would say he's sure to win, perhaps in the 55-45% range. He'll roll to victory without a sweat.

Posted by: James Carville II at September 12, 2006 10:37 PM

Something tells me Boland will never be the same after this race is over. Anyone heard the radio ad running against Boland. It's quite ruff for this early.

Posted by: John at September 13, 2006 09:23 AM

I had a kid at my door for Boland pushing hard for my vote and to put a sign in my yard (because all my neighbors were puting a sign for him in). I never received his mailing but have heard it's not worded very well and has invoked some serious negative energy with constituents. He must be worred. Have not heard the radio ad - what station is that running on? By Haring?

Posted by: Anonymous at September 13, 2006 11:25 AM

First Boland wanted to be Treasurer. Then he wanted to be Comptroller. Next Boland wanted to run for Senate. And then Mr. Boland wanted to be our congressman. Now Mr. Boland wants my family to put him back into office. For what? So he can run for another politcal office?

I hired Mr. Boland to do a job. He clearly doesn't want to do it. The time has come to give someone esle an opportunity to get the job done. Mr. Haring seems to want the job.

I am a staunch Democrat, but this time I am voting against Mr. Boland.

Posted by: TheDonald at September 13, 2006 01:37 PM

Not sure, I was just fliping the channel and there it was. House Republicans are paying for it according to the tag line at the end.

Posted by: John at September 13, 2006 01:52 PM

Get ready for the House Republican Party from the wealthy Chicago suburbs to come in here and start spending money for Mr. Haring. The question we need to then ask Mr. Haring is how many tax breaks for billionaires and suburban golf course owners is he going to have to support for this help? How many times is he going to have to vote to outlaw abortion, even in the case of rape and incest, for this help from the GOP? How many times is he going to have to vote against labor in return for this money?

These are the key questions in mid September of 2006.

Posted by: values matter at September 13, 2006 04:25 PM

Boland is bought and paid for by chicago politicians.....Fact!

Boland has failed to fight against those politicians when it comes to raising taxes and fees, in most cases voting to support those raises....Fact!

Boland has failed to bring good paying jobs to this district, Union or not.....Fact!

Boland voted for multiple Blagojevich budgets that squander our hard earned dollars for pork projects in Chicago.....Fact!

Boland sat buy while State jobs have been stolen by Blagojevich and moved to Chicago and given to his freinds and financial supporters.....Fact!

Representative Boland is in love with his fat cat lifestyle, living on his State retirement and also pulling a $60,000 a year paycheck at taxpayers expense.....Fact!

He even voted for a pay raise for himself.....Fact!

He is also in line to collect the best funded and most profitable pension sytem the State of Illinois has to offer, his State Legislators Retirement. All of this while he votes to steal money from our State workers pension systems making them unstable.....Fact!

It is time to kick this Fat Cat out of Sprinfield and vote in someone who is willing to work for the poeple and not himself.

Good Bye Mr. Boland.

Posted by: Joe at September 13, 2006 06:26 PM

I always enjoy comments by "values matter" who seems to be a strong and wise voice for the kind of Democratic values which I also hold near and dear to my heart.

For Servicemen and Veterans - Boland sponsored and passed legislation creating the Military Family Relief fund - a voluntary income tax check-off that funds assistance for active duty Reservist and National Guard families in Illinois. He also sponsored and passed legislation creating the Veteran's Lottery Scratch-off ticket, with the money that program generates going to help a range of issues including Veteran's health care.

For the Elderly Boland has been a long time advocate for expansion of the Circuit Breaker program. Every year Boland's office signs up hundreds of lower income elderly and disabled for the Circuit Breaker which provides pharmaceutical assistance, property tax relief, and license plate discounts. Boland has also worked to expand the Senior Citizen's Tax Assessment Freeze which is signed up for thru Township offices. This is critical for assuring that seniors aren't forced out of their homes by rising property values.

For all of us Boland also supported increasing the minimum wage in Illinois to help people of all ages who struggle at lower wage jobs to make ends meet. He passed from a bill from the House and Senate this session requiring that the state of Illinois purchase flex fuel and E85 fuel vehicles, as a way to help promote energy independence and economic development for the Ethanol industry in Illinois.

I could go on and on about the positive legislation that Boland has sponsored and/or supported, but I'd start to sound like a commercial and we're all going to get sick of those soon enough.

Mike's not perfect. He's got an independent streak and that causes problems within his own party from time to time. But, his voting record is more than solid and his track record in passing good legislation is very good.

Posted by: Huntooner at September 13, 2006 06:35 PM

I will write more latter but did you know that Mike Boland voted to cut seniors comprehensive benefits by supporting Blago's Illinois Cares RX. What a jerk!

ooh and Boland's Scrach off lottery ticket only provided 1 million dollars in six months. He is talling everyone that the lottery ticket will produce 10 million dollars to pay for the new Vet Care program. so he voted to cut 12 million dollars from vet programs and says he created a program that will produce 10 million when it will only produce 2 million. He is 10 million short as I calculate. He better run scared cuz his lies wont work this time!

Posted by: Joe at September 13, 2006 10:33 PM

Joe --

I see you've got the GOP's anti-Boland talking points next to your computer and God Bless you.
The game of spin requires talking points and we all fall prey to them from time to time.

A couple of obervations. How many Republican legislators earn and keep their pensions? How many Republican legislators voted for deficit spending during the George Ryan era? How many Republican legislators voted for and are keeping their legislative pay raises? How may Republican legislators voted for budgets during the Ryan era that send millions of dollars to the wealthy Chicago collar counties and to the city of Chicago?

If you're honest and you answer those questions correctly, you'll find that 99% of legislators from both parties collect pensions and do all the rest.

So singling out Mike Boland on these issues is a cheap shot that hits below the belt.

What might be more helpful is telling us how many jobs Steve Haring created and what, specifically, he'll do to fund schools better than Mike Boland and Mike Jacobs and Pat Verschoore.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at September 13, 2006 10:37 PM

Mike Boland a fat cat?

Ha! Ha! Ha! Thanks for the great belly laugh, I really needed that this morning.

That's almost as funny as the folks comparing me as Boland's Chief of Staff to Governor Ryan's Chief of Staff. It's a pretty big stretch and it shows how desperate the Republicans are to try and find a weakness in Boland's record.

I know you Republican staffers have your talking points and are required to stick by them, but this "cookie-cutter" attack isn't going to stick to Boland. People know him a bit better than that!

Boland was a founder of the Citizen's Utility Board and an educator for 30 years. Mike's former students know him too well to believe you and the thousands of constituents we've helped at Mike's office know better too.

Your math is fuzzy too! The Vet's scratch off ticket has already generated at least double your projection (in the range of 5-6 million) and if I remember correctly Steve Haring himself was only quoting IL Vet's budget cuts at about 1/12th of your figure.

Because of the Veteran's scratch off - the budget to help Vets in IL is going to increase - that's the fact!

Posted by: Huntooner at September 14, 2006 08:06 AM

My figure is based on his entire tenure as state rep. You see Huntooner your boss has been screwing veterans for that passed 11 years.

I would also ask you, because you do work for the State, to get those numbers on the scrach of lottery ticket yourself. The Madigan hack machine did not give you the right numbers.

The overall amount of money going to veterans programs will decrease and because of Mike Bolands attempt to apease Blagojevich by voting for Vet Care he has enlarged the tent of those who qualify thus forcing the program to reduce services. Spin it how you want, his votes were bad.

Look I have met you before and thought you were a nice guy. Doesnt it tick you off that Boland does not pay you what you are worth? It doesnt upset you when you see him driving around in his catty?

That "Fat Cat" Boland only cares about himself!

Posted by: Joe at September 14, 2006 09:57 AM

Boland drives a cadilac? U are kidin me. Right?

Posted by: SavannaSmiling at September 14, 2006 02:40 PM

Take a deep breath, Joe, and let me put this race into perspective if I may.

Voters know Mike Boland as a decent guy who votes right and represents their values on education, health care, jobs and quality of life issues. They basically like him. So to come in here and try to hit him these issues looks desperate and looks like an orchestrated Republican negative campaign.

You can tell how much Chicago-suburban outside influence there is in any legislative race by one factor: negativity. If Mr. Haring starts running a negative campaign against Mr. Boland, then you know the House Republicans from the Chicago suburbs are channeling campaign tactics to the shore of the Mississippi River.

Voters beware. It might be time to tell the House GOP to take their negative campaign tactics back to the Chicago suburbs where they may play better.

That's not how we run campaigns in the Quad Cities because, to us, values actually matter.

Posted by: values matter at September 14, 2006 03:31 PM

Values? Are we talking about the values that make Boland think it is okay to kill babies? Or are you talking about the values that sent Boland to college for 12 years rather than fight for his country in Vietnam? Or are you talking about the vlaues that let our representative be controlled tby Madigan and his speciual interest money while our area decays? Or is this the value to running to lower utility bills and then taking thousands and thousands of tainted money from giant telophone and energy companies? Are these the values you are talking about?

Posted by: TammyWayneSmith at September 15, 2006 10:28 AM

TammyWayneSmith --

Don't try to dodge the topic. The topic is the House Republicans' negative mudslinging against Boland. Quad Citians and the 71st District should tell them to take their campaign tactics, Chicago style, back to the Chicago suburbs. We are good people out here. We have values. We don't go for negative campaigns that are full of mudslinging.

Mr. Haring should immediately call a press conference and repudiate the House Republican radio ads.

Posted by: values matter at September 15, 2006 06:05 PM

Something tells me that the ads, while ruff, are not even close to what is comming. Everyone put on your helmets and into the fox holes, the truth could have a large kill radius.

By the way, is it negetive campaigning when someone clearly marks the difference between an opponents personal values and their own? What is negetive campaigning, really!

Posted by: Joe at September 15, 2006 06:40 PM

I've never met a politcan down around the Cities that wasn't able to take care of themselves. Even the women politcans down thier are tough.

Boland's negative antic have drawn a lot of negative attention to our area. I figure it's more Haring telling the truth and Boland saying it feels like hell.

Didn't Boland promise he was only going to be in office for two terms? What happened to his support for term limits? How about his old pledge not to accept PAC money? What happened to that? And I though he was not going to accept money from utility companies? What happened to that? Boland ought to do us a favor and resign.

Posted by: TammyWayneSmith at September 15, 2006 08:23 PM

Go ahead, Haring campaign and House Republicans from the wealthy Chicago suburbs, go negative. Start some mudslinging. I'll make you a bet right here and right now. You run that kind of campaign against Mike Boland and he'll take you to the cleaners. Voters around here don't like negative campaigning. They want to hear why a candidate deserves your support, from that candidate, not why the other guy doesn't deserve your support.

The House Republicans are importing sleazy, mudslinging tactics. Mike Boland and Mike Jacobs and the rest of the team should stand up right now and say, `We won't tolerate this type of campaign. If Beals and Haring want to run negative campaigns, they should find some other district. People here don't go for it.

Same holds true for Hare and Zinga -- they should both stay positive and issue oriented.

Running on issues and where you disagree -- that's not negative, that's legitimate. But just running radio ads, like Haring is doing, tearing down Boland, won't wash here. Keep that up and Boland will win 60-40.

Posted by: values matter at September 15, 2006 11:14 PM

George Bush ought to do us a favor and resign, because what he's done is literally criminal! That's the resignation to call for HUH?

Haring's just another BUSH REPUBLICAN! And Boland's really is a former school teacher working for us in Springfield. Boland's about the farthest thing from a corrupt politician you'll ever meet.

Boland pledged to NOT accept PAC money?
Show me when and where that happened!

Boland pledging to only serve two terms?
Again, show me when and where that happened!

Boland is for killing babies?
Talk about an extremist viewpoint. Are you related to the nut case who drove his car into the women's health center? Or perhaps connected?

Look . . . These are the same kind of lies desperate individuals have been trying to spread about Boland for years, but the voters know by now that they are at best distortions, and at worst outright lies. Another example of the desperation is all that Vietnam BS some others have been telling. It's just wrong!

The last time I heard most of this BS was from that crazy Druid Cary Mirocha, so I guess that's a sign of where this is going. Negative whisper campaigns show Haring's desperation, those are tactics for losers!

Posted by: Don Quixote at September 16, 2006 08:51 AM

there has been one common thread in all negative, juvenile and petty campaigns up in western illinois, and that common thread is mike boland. from his first race against jacobs, to madigan and boland's stunts and negative campaigns against toppert, leibovitz, mirocha, ahern and now haring. for mike boland this type of activity is par for the course. its true to his style and all his real and phony apologist, to cry foul when someone says something even remotely critical or tough about mike. being tough is not the same as being negative. haring is running a good campaign, not a negative one and he may well beat boland. there is nothing wrong for the democratic leadership to try to protect this seat, as there is nothing wrong for the republican leadership to go after this seat. lets see what the voters say.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 17, 2006 05:22 PM

The only time Mr. Boland expresses interest in being my state representative is when it is election time. The rest of the time, Mr. Boland is spent angeling for other offices. I wish Mr. Boland would just do the job we hired him to do in the first place.

Posted by: Ms.Merrit at September 18, 2006 10:39 AM

when has Boland gone negative on his opponents?

I sure don't remember his campaign saying a darn thing bad about Miricha or Ahern or even Haring. I'm not quite old enough to remember the other races but I doubt Boland's behavior was any different in those instances.

Apparently you'd rather be represented by some mope with no ideas, or ambition. Perhaps you'd prefer George Bush's style of government, because Boland's opponent is just another lock-step "W" republican?

Last I saw, Mr. Boland had been representing you quite well in Springfield, Ms.M. In fact it seems like the very fact that he's always working hard and carrying his ideas around the state to promote them that gets him in trouble with people like you.

Posted by: TommyLee at September 18, 2006 12:45 PM

Name one good idea that Boland thought up himself. Be careful to not let Boland to take credit for anouthers ideas. Realy, just let us all know what great things Boland spearheaded while in office. I guarantee he did almost nothing.

Posted by: Joe at September 18, 2006 05:50 PM

4 days and counting no ideas.... Boland must go...don't persecute Haring for actually doing what hundreds if not thousands think and feel- its time for Boland to go. Too bad incumbents have to die or retire and name their replacement in order to leave office.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 22, 2006 05:18 PM