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Why No Prosecutions
After The Election?


I received quite a few comments in response to my editorial last week regarding the “nasty campaign commercials” from politicians and political parties that flood our broadcast media between Labor Day and the General Election every two years.
John Harvey wrote: “One thing that strikes me about the charges leveled against political opponents, is with all of that thievery, mopery,  and criminality that has been discovered, why is nobody ever prosecuted after the election?
     “I realize that we get the best politicians that money can buy, but why do they have to be so expensive?”
Good point.
What is even more amazing is that, in primary election campaigns, where candidates run against members of their own party, regardless of how worthless a candidate says his opponent is, after his opponent wins, he or she usually campaigns to try and get him elected in November.
If his opponent was so worthless, but won in the primary round, is he not still worthless heading for the General Election?
I guess he views members of the opposite party as even more worthless than the primary winner of his own party that he ran against in the Primary Election.

‘Assault’ or ‘Assualt’?

I couldn’t help but notice a political tv commercial the other night that had the word “assault” spelled “assualt” in describing how worthless his opponent was on an issue.
Hopefully, his opponent is a better speller.
That commercial has been on many times since and the word is printed twice.  The second time it is spelled correctly, but the first time it is used, the word remains “assualt”. 
I guess they don’t want to spend the money to correct it, or figure that being correct 50% of the time is good enough.
Of course, they could also think the people they want to vote for their candidate are not smart enough to notice the word is misspelled!
Based on that commercial against Governor Pat Quinn, maybe Quinn should challenge Bruce Rauner to a spelling bee contest.

No Opponent For Rose

It was nice to sit down and talk with Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) who was in my office recently.
Rose’s Senate District takes in part of Macon County on the east and south of Lake Decatur.  (Sen. Andy Manar’s district includes the rest of Decatur and Macon County.)
Unlike Manar, Rose has no opponent in November’s election so he hasn’t been receiving much publicity in his run for re-election.  I can now predict that he will win re-election.
Rose does a good job for his constituents.  Maybe that’s one of the reasons he doesn’t have an opponent in this election.

Senator Andy Manar Reminds Me Of Famous Football Quarterback


Bart Starr

Ever since I met Sen. Andy Manar a few years ago, when he ran the first time (and won) the senate seat he now holds, there was something about him that reminded me of someone else -- and I couldn’t figure out who.
Now I have.  Manar reminds me of a young Bart Starr, legendary quarterback of the Green Bay Packers from 1956-1971. When Vince Lombardi took over as coach of the Packers in 1959, Starr came into his own and was a key part of the football dynasty built at Green Bay. I found an old photo of Starr when he was a little older than Manar is now. Put a smile on Starr’s face and comb his hair a little different and I think there’s a definite similarity.  (Well, at least that’s the person I kept trying to think of when I would see Andy Manar.)
Manar should be thankful he is not running in a Chicago Senate District, especially this time of year.
The rivalry between the Bears and Packers is about the oldest in professional football -- if not the oldest.
Actually, there was and is a lot of respect for Starr in Chicago, as well as Green Bay.

Bad, Good News About Starr  
  
When I was checking the background of Bart Starr, I found that he suffered a stroke last month but he is recovering and his family says his condition is “fully functional”.
It is hard to believe that Starr is now 80 years old.  (Of course, I was in high school when he signed with the Packers -- a 17th Round Draft Pick.)
Starr lives in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, with Cherry, his wife of 60 years.
Best wishes to Bart Starr.  I wonder if anyone ever told him he looks like Sen. Andy Manar? (smile)

Ray Has Decided To Run Again

City Councilwoman Dr. Dana Ray has decided to run for re-election. Based on her strong finish four years ago, she should be an odds on favorite to retain her seat on council. That means the other two council seats that are up for election will be fought over by the rest of the challengers.



Attention:
Citizens And Dogs!


Sorry.  I couldn't resist the headline because the Water Services Division of the City of Decatur will be flushing fire hydrants to remove harmless materials that collect in the water mains beginning on September 29, 2014 until completed. Crews will work between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
During the hours of flushing residents connected to the City water system may experience discolored water and lower than normal water pressure. Residents should wait until the water clears up before drinking or washing clothes and dishes, even though the water is perfectly safe to drink.
The general area that could be impacted by the hydrant flushing is located east of Lake Decatur and north of U.S. Route 36 and include the Baker Woods, Bayview, Country Club, Country Manor, Lakeridge, North Fork and Shorewood neighborhoods.
For further information call Water Services at 875--5705.


Linda Little

Sen. Andy Manar
Attack On Incumbent
Little: Manar Doesn't Want Voters To Know He's A State Senator


Linda Little, Republican candidate for State Senate in the 48th District, says that her opponent, Democrat incumbent Andy Manar, “doesn’t even want voters to know that he’s a state senator, let alone one of Pat Quinn’s most reliable votes in the senate.”
It’s apparent that Little has gone into “attack mode” which concentrates more on attacking her opponent than explaining her own positions on the issues.
“Earlier this month, Andy Manar released his first television advertisement,” says Little.  “It’s telling that Senator Manar failed to mention his tenure in the Senate-- I’d try and hide my record too if I was Andy Manar.”
In her attack on Manar, Little says “he supports ‘decent schools, good jobs and honest government,’ but the reality is that he has failed his constituents on all three accounts.” 
Little emphasized, in a recent news release, that Manar “might talk about bringing good jobs to the 48th District, but the region continues to suffer from an unacceptably high level of unemployment.
“Manar’s been a Springfield insider for years and a sitting senator for the last two,” Little pointed out. “You’d think with his long tenure in Springfield he’d be able to point to one significant accomplishment that brought jobs to our area, but area residents should ask themselves, ‘How has my family fared under the leadership of Manar and his Chicago Democrat patrons?’ The reality is, Manar’s actions have driven jobs and economic development out of Central Illinois.”
  Little also questioned Manar’s commitment to honest governance, saying that Illinois can no longer afford public officials that look the other way in the face of corruption.
“Andy Manar doesn’t talk about his record in Springfield, because it’s a record of inaction and failure in the three areas Manar himself says are the most important.  Andy Manar’s been AWOL when we needed him most.”

Manar Responds To Attack

Manar was in my office a few days ago for a one-on-one interview and I asked him about the accusation that he was trying to hide his record and “doesn’t even want voters to know he is a state senator.”
Manar said, “I don’t know what she means.  I’ve had 35 town hall meetings in my district since being elected and I would challenge her to find another member of the legislature who has stood up for a cumulative 70 hours and taken questions from constituents.  Those town hall meetings are not designed to produce agreement on every issue, but to promote a discussion about our state’s problems.  They provide me the opportunity to know constituents better from their perspective and it provides constituents the opportunity to hold me accountable for the votes I have made.”
Manar said his record is out there for all to see and “it is absolutely opposite of what she (Little) is saying and there is a lot of evidence to prove that I am in touch with constituents.
“I’ve held so many town hall meetings because I believe legislators need to be accountable for their votes.”
Manar said that, he has never refused to talk to any reporter regardless of what they want to talk about.
“Even more than that, I have never refused to answer questions because I think that responsibility comes with the turf,” he said.  “It is part of the process.”
Manar said that Little did not make a formal announcement of her candidacy and she hasn’t explained to the voters why she is in the race.

Little, Manar Fundraising

Candidates’ D-2 Quarterly Report for the quarter ending Sept. 30th, will be filed next month with the Illinois State Board of Elections, and will show us total amounts candidates have collected and spent.
However, I checked contributions on A-1 Reports (required to be filed within two business days for contributions of $1,000 or more) and found information on the Little-Manar race.
Little, who reported $8,953.60 as a fund balance at the end of the second quarter (after contributions of $6,800 during the second quarter), has collected over $160,000.00 in $1,000-plus contributions so far during the third quarter.
There’s hardly any private donation from someone inside the district.  The only one I saw in briefly scanning all of them was Kevin Breheny, who contributed $1,000 earlier this month.
The overwhelming majority of contributions came from the Illinois Republican Party, other Republican campaign committees and the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee (which contributed in sums as much as $44,972.00).
Manar, who had a fund balance of $578,404.11 on his D-2 at the end of the second quarter has reported a total in $1,000-plus contributions of $216,000.00 during the present quarter -- so the huge fundraising gap between he and Little remains.
Manar’s contributions come from a variety of business, labor, democratic party organizations and individual contributions. 




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