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October 31, 2006


The big bucks are pouring into the Mike Boland-Steve Haring race for the 71st District state representative seat.

Boland, the incumbent Democrat picked up more than $50,000 today --a $15,000 infusion of cash from the Democratic Party of Illinois, $10,000 in cash from the Illinois Federation of Teachers and a $25,000 in-kind contribution from the IFT. The in-kind money is for production of a radio ad and airtime to run it, according to the report to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Haring, the Republican making a second bid to unseat Boland, reported one Monday he got more than $50,000 as well. It's all from the House GOP campaign committee and is in-kind contributios, for purchase of TV, radio and cable advertising time.

Candidates are require to report contributions of more than $500 within 48 hours during the run-up to election. You can keep track of the money flow at the ISBE site:

-- Boland reports

-- Haring reports

Be prepared to wait a bit; the ISBE site for the most part is running like it's got superglue in it.

Posted by jcb at October 31, 2006 03:09 PM


Wouldn't it be fabbalus if all our local races were this hard fought? Rather than thinking of "elected" office as an entitlement, politicians should have to fight to convince voters that they would best represent the public's interest rather than just represent the party elite.

We need more of Haring vs. Boland and less of Jacobs vs. non-Jacobs, Hare vs. non-Evans and Verschoore vs. nobody.

Give us someone to vote FOR rather than someone to vote against.

Posted by: paladin at October 31, 2006 04:19 PM

Haring picked up close to $105K on 10/30/06 from his party leadership. Wow!

I'm thinking when it's all totalled, the 71st is going to be around a million dollar house seat, once both sides spending are added together.

Posted by: Anonymous at October 31, 2006 04:54 PM

paladin at October 31, 2006 04:19 PM, if you think that people are voting for Steve Haring you are sadly mistaken.
This is an anti-Boland vote. No one even knows who Haring is. Don't get delusional on me know!

Boland's time has come to an end as simple as that. Boland has fought with his own Democratic party for way to long. When you are fighting with Don Wooten in the paper it is bad. This along with the pay for play politics that Boland has been involved with throughout his career culminating with the scholarship for the daughter of his biggest campaign contributor and people have had enough.

If you like this kind of drag your opponent through the mud campaign then you are in the minority.

Haring isn't the strongest republican candidate running in the area as you suggest. What you really like is that Haring is going to win.

Call it like it is. Haring isn't that good of a candidate. He has an associate’s degree and is unemployed. What he does have is an incumbent that has placed himself in front of the people and that will end a political career as fast as anything.

Posted by: Anonymous at October 31, 2006 09:47 PM

9:47, both your mind reading and reading comprehension skills are severely lacking. Your spin on my comment isn't even close.

In my view the problem with the local Dems is that they have had it so easy for way too long and no longer know how to fight a fair (or even unfair) fight. With the dominance of the Democrats in this area, they have forgotten how to explain their views or defend their positions. They just let the locksteppers do the work for them (i.e. the "I'll do whatever Lane-Gianulis-Jacobs tell me to do" crowd and those who would vote for Pol Pot if he claimed to be a Democrat).

Few Democrats care to remember that Lane Evans had to cheat to win the last two terms before the 17th was gerrymandered in his favor. Lane Evans had no competition at all in '00, Verschoore has no competition this year. It would be interesting to see how many Democrats would win if they actually had some decent opposition and had to fight to win.

The local Republican Party is hopeless. Let's hope we can get some Green Party candidates to take on the soft and doughy local Democrats so we can have a REAL election.

Let us have a choice, not an echo. (h/t bg)

Posted by: paladin at November 1, 2006 10:48 AM


Somebody better inform the voters, as the latest poll has Boland down by three. Today's mail piece entitled, "Why are Rock Island Democrats upset with Mike Boland?" took even more votes away from Boland!

Posted by: Funinthesun at November 1, 2006 03:59 PM

Boland filed more reports today -- he picked up about $15,000 more, all of it from the Democratic Party of Illinois. They money's for printing and mailing.

Haring got $2,000 in cash from the state chamber.

Posted by: jcb at November 1, 2006 07:46 PM

paladin, could you provide more information on lane evans cheating in elections. i was in junior high and high school when it apparently happened, so i am kinda in the dark on the issue.

Posted by: Robbie at November 1, 2006 09:40 PM

Is it news to anyone that SOME Rock Island Democrats don't like Boland?

Somebody needs to get you Republican staffers a raod map, because this wouldn't be the 71st district without a good rivalry or two in the Democratic party. The Boland - Jacobs fued is legendary round thse parts.

Why would Haring wasted money telling voters what they already know? We all know that Mike Jacobs and Mike Boland work together grudgingly at best.

The machine has their people and Boland is mostly his own man. So what?

Posted by: Anonymous at November 1, 2006 10:28 PM

As a loyal Democrat Sen. Mike Jacobs will pull the wounded Boland to victory. Let's hope Boland is sage enough to understand what Jacobs is doing for him, Madigan surely is!

Posted by: Funinthesun at November 1, 2006 11:44 PM

Robbie, I was referring to the previously discussed FEC vs. Friends of Lane Evans. You can Google it if you need more information.

Posted by: paladin at November 2, 2006 07:49 AM

This is not the truth Anonymous at November 1, 2006 10:28 PM, Mike Boland has passed 15 bills in his 11 year carreer. Mike Jacobs sponsored 3 of those bills this year. Helping Boland get the most bills passed in a year in his carreer. Just because Mike Boland came out the day before the primary and stated that he was not supporting Mike Jacobs. Mike Jacobs has donated money to Mike Boland and has helped Boland have his best legilative year. Come on now Mike Boland his own man. I would say he is Chicago's machine boss, Mike Madigan that has given Boland $500,000 over the years.
He is bought and poaid for. Being bought has turned Mike Boland into the pperson that gives scholarships to his biggest campaign contributer's daughter. Boland has learned to buy off from being so bought off.

Posted by: Anonymous at November 2, 2006 08:47 AM

New mail ads featuring Sen. Mike Jacobs could rescue Mike Boland's sputtering reelection campaign. The back of the gigantic mail piece talks about how Jacobs passed Boland's bills and is working hard to make Boland a more effective legislator. Jacobs ad may well push Boland over the top. Clealry Madigan's steady hand is at work here. If Boland is to stupid to realize what Jacobs has done for him, so be it!

Posted by: Buckup at November 2, 2006 11:57 AM

Boland will pull the upset of the year. Boland will win with room to spare. The Democrats will pull together. Like John G. stated he will work tword a Boland victory because Boland is a democrat. It is nice to get positive mail from Boland and Jacobs together on one the same flyer. Great job of working together for the good of the party. I wish that Hare and Evans would come and help Boland like Jacobs has.
We need the D.

Posted by: Anonymous at November 2, 2006 12:53 PM

You say the GOP is "hopeless" and Dems have had no opposition. You then accuse Lane Evans of having to "cheat" to win. Which is it?

Posted by: Barb I at November 2, 2006 01:22 PM

Holy cats Barb, pay attention. Your mindless attempts at "gotcha" make me think you are a journalist, a troll or an out-of-towner who doesn't know what she's talking about. Or could be all three.

The FEC vs. Friends of Evans was for campaign violations in the late '90s. Evans had two very close and hard fought elections against Baker. But with a little help from his "friends" he was able to pull it off.

Evans had no opposition in 2000. After that, the district was gerrymandered to his favor.

Further, when I refer to the death of the GOP, I mean the RICO GOP.


Posted by: paladin at November 2, 2006 02:19 PM

Barb, I will answer for Paladin...'all of the above."

The GOP is hopeless. Just look at the slate for the top 2 local offices - Zinga and Beals?

The Dem's have had no opposition. As the QC Times pointed out in this mornings Endorsment - the Republicans have run news people in 5 of the last 6 races!

Evans had to cheat to win (by his own admission after the 1998 victory). Evans thanked 'Friends of Lane Evans for getting 15,000 votes." He won by 6,000. FoLE was an illegal entity.

Posted by: havinfun at November 2, 2006 02:31 PM

Wonder why Hare and Evans aren't big enough team players to step forward for Boland?

Maybe it's because their own internal polling still shows Phil losing in head to head primaries with Schwiebert or Boland in the 17th.

Word on the streets is that Jerry Lack is positive he could beat Haring head to head so the Evan's camp is the one Dem group that isn't worried about Boland's seat.

Posted by: Anonymous at November 2, 2006 06:11 PM

I just came from the big Jacobs-Leibovitz spaghetti dinner where a handful of county board members were. They are furious with the Haring campaign for taking their quotes out of context in the latest Haring mail piece attacking Boland.
They plan to go to the press to set the record straight. When Haring loses it will be because of these meat-axe attacks that attack the truth first and foremost.

I'm with the QC churches. I think it's high time we move toward positive campaigns. My idea is that a candidate can only talk about him/herself -- not his opponent. I think we'd see an immediate 25% boost in voter turnout.

Posted by: values matter at November 2, 2006 07:49 PM

Boland tried to shake down the county board. County Board memebers reacted as would any person being asked to render something they should not have to --- campaign cash for sefvice.

The qoutes are accurate. Is it you position Malvik, Armstrong, Wooten, Gianulis and Don Jacobs didn't say the things they are qouted as saying? Is that your claim?

Today Boland's falsely accussed Steve Haring of being a "Healthcare denier." That seems highly negative to me, doesn't it you VM?

Boland is not with clean hands, and for you to suggest he is disengenous!

Posted by: Buckup at November 3, 2006 01:40 AM

VM, I think it was an article on capitol fax the other that was talking about myths of voter turnout. One of them was that negative campaigning hurts turnout. They had looked back to the 80's when negative ads started becoming popular and couldnt find a link between negative ads and low voter turnout.

Heres the link i'm a link. click me!!!

Posted by: Robbie at November 3, 2006 08:19 AM

These county Board members will have to explain why they have said in the past that you have to pay Boland to see him. I know with some misstruths it can be done but the questions will come and the paper will answer when and why they said these things about Boland. I think they should let it rest. Why put salt into the wound?
I predict disaster if they try and answer these charges.

Posted by: Bob at November 3, 2006 08:38 AM

Haring has stated he would have voted against the bill to make sure all kids in Illinois get health care.

That's a health care denier in my book!

Posted by: all kids at November 3, 2006 08:41 AM

Boland didn't try to "shake down" anybody from the county board, and to assert that is an absolute lie.

A few years back Boland missed a legislative committee meeting that the R.I. County board invited him to attend. A series of unfortunate misunderstandings blew the whole thing up into a big mess.

It was really nothing more serious than a bruised ego or two, and I believe those usually heal pretty quickly. My name even ended up in the paper in response to the county board incident, and a quote I made was twisted and taken totally out of context by a reporter.

Because Boland's a uniquely independent legislator, he steps on toes sometimes. But in the end he gets the job done for the people.

Mike Boland was just named Legislator of the Year by the Childrenā€™s Advocacy Centers of Illinois. Mike was the ONLY Illinois legislator to get that award in ā€˜06. Thatā€™s a TREMENDOUS honor.

Boland's been the recipient of the Golden Helmet Award from the Professional Firefighters, and the White Helmet Award from the Volunteer Firefighters. Those are the HIGHEST possible honors a civilian can receive from Firefighters. Mike Boland earned the respect he has from firefighters and other first responders with hard work on their behalf.

Boland has passed bills banning state purchases of goods made by political and religious prisoners in repressive regimes overseas, as well as banning state purchases of goods made by child labor. How many State Reps can say they have taken a bite out of child labor and forced labor? Mike Boland can declare it proudly, he sponsored those bills.

Bolandā€™s been the recipient of the ā€œFriend of Agricultureā€ award in every term heā€™s served in the legislature. Boland's passed bills to help veteran's and seniors, he's been honored by groups representing individuals with disabilities and by a great number of others. Bolandā€™s been the recipient of more than 30 major awards and honors during his time in the legislature, including the ā€œFriend of the Taxpayerā€ award.

Ever buy one of those Veteranā€™s Lottery Ticket? In ā€˜06 that lottery ticket program will raise more than $6-$8 MILLION for veteranā€™s health care and other veteranā€™s needs. That bill was initiated and sponsored by Boland in the Illinois House.

The Military Family Relief Fund Checkoff was also legislation initiated and sponsored by Boland. It raises funds to help the families of Reservists and National Guardsmen from Illinois who have been called to active duty in the war on terror. Not only was Boland the House sponsor of this legislation which has now been enacted in Illinois, but we can even point to several other states with similar programs because of the example we set here in Illinois.

Posted by: Mike Huntoon at November 3, 2006 08:50 AM

Boland uniquely independent? Are you kidding me? How can you be independent if you take $500,000 from a Chicago Ward Boss? Please explain how taking cash from a legisltor that doesn't live in our area makes Boland independent. Tha fact is is that Boland is owned by Mike Madigan and his goons!

Posted by: Buckup at November 3, 2006 11:59 AM

No "gotcha" here, Paladin. Just trying to sort out some problems you seem to have with facts.
Evans was opposed in 2000 -- by Mark Baker. There actually were three races between the two. One would qualify as "very close."
The 54 percent margin in 1996 wasn't so close. Neither was the 55 percent victory in 2000.
You spoke specifically of the LE race when you proclaimed that Dems have had no "decent opposition."
If you wish to renege on that statement, you may do so. But that doesn't make me a troll.
As for yours and havinfun's assertion that Evans, "cheated," I presume you're talking about the $185,000 fine LE agreed to pay the FEC following the Victory Fund investigation?
Is it possible for me to point out, without being called names, that Evans paid the fine with the agreement it did not establish an admission of guilt? His camp claimed they wanted to avoid the expense of further litigation.
Take what you want from that, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't amount to "by his own admission."
I'll be careful about asking you for clarification on your errors in the future, Paladin. It clearly annoys you.

Posted by: Barb I at November 3, 2006 12:02 PM

You make it sound as if Boland is giving every child in Illinois healthcare, but the truth is he gave them the right to buy insurnace coverage from the State of Illinois. One would hope that Boland would be more carefull with the facts. To suggest this is free health care for children is false. Looks like it's soap tasting time again for old Boland!

Posted by: Buckup at November 3, 2006 12:30 PM

Gee, I bet Haring is really cryin' because a bunch of low-level RICO Democrat hacks are "furious" with him. Lord knows, that would send me into a swoon.(snort!snicker!guffaw!)

The RICO Dems are just so pathetic. In one of the few races where they have serious competition, instead of rising to the challenge, they cry, whine and throw hissy-fits like little girls.

Demand change! Fight the locksteppers! Vote out the corrupt RICO Democrats who have ruled for decades.

Posted by: paladin at November 3, 2006 01:07 PM

Paladin, you're beginning to sound like those corrupt party hacks from D.C. who are engineering these atrocious negative ads around here. Calling the RI Democrats "corrupt" is, I guess, your attempt to interview for a job with the national republicans who are devising the mudslinging ads against Braley, for instance.

Can we clean up these blog sites a bit. Can we quit the smearing. Let's talk issues, Paladin.
Let's start now. Your side wants to do everything they can do distract voters from the party that controls every lever of power in Washington and that given us the largest deficits in US history, the mess in Iraq, the page scandal and a series of indictments against congressmen.

I can see why you don't seem eager to talk about issues with that record.

Posted by: values matter at November 3, 2006 01:29 PM


Please provide a single example of any Democrat elected offical in Rock Island County that has been charged and convicted with "corruption"? Can't wait to hear your torchered reply.

Should we vote out the corrupt National Republicans that have run this country into the ground?

Posted by: Buckup at November 3, 2006 02:25 PM

all kids,

On the surface, I noble cause - providing healthcare to all kids in the State. However, how does one pay for such a noble thought?

What does one do when people with sick kids start moving into the State for free healthcare?

I know a person (50-year old man) who just just received a new knee compliments of the taxpayers of Illinois via the all-kids program (a 50-year old kid????).

Posted by: Anonymous at November 3, 2006 03:23 PM

The time to take Boland is now. If we are to have a young Democrat like Darrow, McNeil, Rumle or Ahearn in the house we will have to take Boland now. Madigan will protect his investment in a primary against any of these young guns. He has spent $500,000 to prop Boland up. If Boland wins he will be in for life. Non of the young Dem,s can raise the money to beat Boland. The speaker will support the next Democratic young gun from this district against Haring to the tune of $1,000,000. He neeeds this seat and he will start to take us serious.

Posted by: Anonymous at November 4, 2006 11:55 AM

Be careful what you wish for Anonymous at November 4, 2006 11:55 AM.

If Haring wins - the district loses, don't let anyone fool ya. Not only would the Dems lose a seat in the House, but the area would lose out BIG TIME.

When the Sterling/Rock Falls based seat of Penny Von Bergen Wessels was lost to Jerry Mitchell in a close race back in '94 , the Democrats lost for good. Dems have still never won the seat back, and Sterling / Rock Falls is Dem territory, Lane Evans always ran strong in that area.

Heck, I'd even wager that all the small towns Boland is helping would lose too.

Posted by: 'n-da-know at November 4, 2006 05:17 PM

Buckup, as I'm sure you know, "corruption" is not a strictly legal term. So your demand that I name an elected RICO Dem convicted for corruption is both silly and disingenuous. But if you want examples of who should be charged and convicted for corruption, I would name Mike Jacobs and Phil Hare. The manner in which they obtained their positions "torchered" the democratic process, to say nothing of the corruption that allowed them their privileged places.

Thanks for the invitation to play the Semantics Game, but I have to pass.

Nice try though.

Posted by: paladin at November 6, 2006 12:08 PM

vm, I would love to talk about issues, but unfortunately, you throw up the following impediments:

1. You insist on talking about national issues when this is a local election. The only national race we have is Hare/Zinga. If in 24 years, Lane Evans was not able to stop deficits, Iraq, Foley sending provocative IM's to interns and all your other canned DNC talking points, I seriously doubt that Phil Hare will have better luck. In fact, I expect Phil to be a figurehead just like Evans has been for the last decade. The Evans DC staff will be running the show and firmly in control, with Phil double-dipping our taxpayer dollars as he goes. Sweet.

2. Since this really is a LOCAL race (no matter how the press and Democrats want to spin it) please acknowledge that the Democrats control all branches of government in IL. At the state level, for only a few years, at the local level, for decades. But you consider any criticism of Democrats to be a "smear", which is a sweet way to take Democrat corruption off the table for discussion. Blago is up for re-election, shouldn't we be able to talk about the investigations going on concerning him? Even the sacred, sainted, newly-minted god, Barak Obama has been touched with corruption since he has had dealings with Rezko. As long as Democrat wrong-doing is taken off the table in a state/area where Democrats have full control (or "control every lever of power" as you say), we don't have much to talk about, do we? Save your DNC talking points for '08.

3. What the hell does Braley have to do with anything? Maybe this is the problem. Are you an Iowegian? If so, that could explain a lot.

4. Just because I don't march in lockstep with the Democrats as you do, doesn't make me a Republican (or "your side" as you charmingly call the GOP). Get a clue. The whole world isn't black and white, Democrat and Republican. I thought you Dems were all about nuance. As long as you hold on to this cartoonish view of politics, we will never have anything to say to each other.

Probably just as well.

Posted by: paladin at November 6, 2006 12:43 PM

Well Barb, ya win some ya lose some.

You are correct about Evans opposition. Somehow, I got the years mixed up and must have thought that the guy running between the two anchors (Calderone? Cardoza?) was the "unopposed" year. Thanks for the correction. The most upsetting aspect of this is that I will no longer be able to tell my favorite Evans/Hussein joke. Oh well, politics is a rich treasure trove for comedy and I'm sure I'll be able to come up with something else.

I don't know if what you say about Evans only having one close race is true or not, but since it's plain he cheated, what does it tell us about his character (or lack thereof) if he cheated when he didn't have to? Term limits in Congress is the only solution to the creeping corruption that affects many politicians after they have been exposed to the DC culture of corruption for any length of time.

You mischaracterized my statement of "It would be interesting to see how many Democrats would win if they actually had some decent opposition and had to fight to win." This comment was about the current races and not about Evans.

But the most interesting aspect of your comment was your childlike credulity regarding the Evans camp claim that "they wanted to avoid the expense of further litigation." Sweet. While I was looking up information to verify your statements, I came across the statement by the Federal Judge who presided over the Evans FEC settlement. He wrote that Evans' personal culpability in the scheme was clear. I believe the Judge and I'm surprised that you buy the "camp" spin. What did you expect them to say? That their boss was a crook? Sheesh!

Finally, I want to thank you again for setting me straight on the fact that Evans actually did have competition for all his runs. I also want to apologize for calling you names like "journalist", "troll" and "out-of-towner", since it is now clear that you are none of those things. I wasn't able to discern this before because you only left comments of one or two sentences, but now I know you are a partisan Democrat, and around here, that means your views are in the majority.

Posted by: paladin at November 6, 2006 01:15 PM

Democrats in RI are a stronger strain. If we lose this seat we will pick it up in the next election cycle!

Posted by: Anonymous at November 6, 2006 01:16 PM

If the 71st is lost, it will stay R until the next re-map.

I think Republican House Leader Tom Cross has almost been living here in the Quad Cities. I've seen his vehicle w/ house plates in Steve Haring's parking lot something like 5 of the last 7 days.

The investment the Republican's are making in Haring is significant, it's going to be well over 500K and probably will approach a three quarters of a million dollars.

If Steve wins, that investement will be protected with similar sums next cycle. It would be just like Ricca Slone's seat in Peoria, GONE!

Posted by: Anonymous at November 7, 2006 08:08 AM

Amazing what can happen when you get someone that does a good job in an area where a good job has not been done for a long time - the seat remains in the hands of the person doing a good job (even if that means bucking the Party trend)!

Posted by: Anonymous at November 7, 2006 10:38 AM

John it is to bad to see you fold like this. You were much tougher in the pramry than you have been here. Did you come to the conclusion that you were ineffectual or that you just got wore down.
Either way it just goes toshow you what a joke intermet blogging is.

Posted by: Anonymous at November 7, 2006 02:55 PM

Rock Island Coun ty ain't peoria! Please we raise Democrats here. If Boland is forced to eat soap, John G. and the Jacobs Boys will get it back in the next cyle. I hear they are looking at Ahern, McNeil, Lack, Rummler and Tory DeGrever

Posted by: Buckup at November 7, 2006 06:25 PM

I hope that every thing is OK with you. It seems like you quit the blogging responsabilities right in mid stream. I hope that you don't hang it up. Maybe a carreer in polotics where you can realy make a difference.

Posted by: Anonymous at November 8, 2006 08:36 AM

You plainly get things wrong and charge me with "childlike credulity?" Whatever it takes to get yourself through the day, I guess.
Try reading slower. If you do so, you will note that I said nothing about buying the LE camp spin. I merely pointed out that LE made no "admissions" re: Victory Fund as asserted in a prior post, adding, in fact, "...take what you want from that."
Maybe if you took a few deep breaths...

Posted by: Barb I at November 9, 2006 11:50 AM