Tuesday, February 28, 2006

8th District Race...

The race for the 8th District Republican nomination to face Congresswoman Melissa Bean is going to be one of the most highly contested primaries in the Mid-west... The candidates are shown to the right... they include (from left to right, top first), Aaron Lincoln, S. David McSweeney, Kathy Salvi, Rep. Bob Churchill, and Ken Arnold.

Which one of these candidates do you think can win the primary? Beat Melissa Bean? What are their strengths and weaknesses?

Here is Roll Call's overview of the race http://www.rollcall.com/electionmap/IL.html#8th

Terry Link staffer is an ex-con

Cynthia Marie Alexander a political aide to Senator Terry Link has an interesting history--- a history of money laundering, aiding and abetting a narcotics conspiracy, and obstructing justice. Alexander who works in Link's office was sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for her part in a Lake County cocaine ring in 1992. Below is a Chicago Tribune article from May 15, 1992:

A Lake County lawyer was sentenced in federal court Thursday to more than 7 years in prison for aiding a childhood friend's multimillion-dollar cocaine operation.Cynthia Alexander, 33, of Long Grove, was convicted by a jury last August of money laundering, aiding and abetting a narcotics conspiracy, and obstructing justice.Alexander's longtime friend, Clifford Jones, the admitted leader of the drug ring, pleaded guilty and testified at her trial that she was his adviser and accomplice in a cocaine business that at its peak made $7,000 a day in 1987. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber sentenced Alexander, whose law office is in Waukegan, to 7 years and 3 months in prison.He also imposed a 10-year prison sentence on Jones that had been worked out by his lawyer and the government.Also convicted of money-laundering at the trial were the parents of Jones' former wife, James and Lavern Young; and Riley Barnett, a North Chicago real estate agent.In addition, Willie Coleman, a former North Chicago police officer, was convicted of providing security for the drug ring and allowing Jones' workers to use his home as a drug house.Previously, Leinenweber sentenced James Young to 2 years in prison, gave Young's wife 3 years of probation and sentenced Barnett to 3 1/2 years in prison and Coleman to more than 4 years in prison.In lengthy testimony at the trial last summer, Jones said he first met Alexander when both worked in a summer camp as teenagers. Years later, when Alexander was a lawyer in downtown Waukegan in 1985, Jones hired her to represent him on a gun charge.After that, the government contended, she helped Jones in numerous criminal ways for up to 2 1/2 years in the late 1980s.Alexander, who was once touted as a possible future judge, advised Jones to have his drug sellers carry less than five grams of cocaine at a time to avoid stiffer prison sentences if they were arrested, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Patricia Holmes.Alexander also suggested the workers wrap the cocaine in magazine paper rather than the common white paper that might attract the attention of police, Holmes said.Alexander also let workers leave drug money at her office at the end of the day and let Jones use her law firm's bank accounts to launder drug money, Holmes said.With the assistance of the Youngs, Alexander also helped Jones launder money used to buy a $212,000 house in Chino Hills, Calif.Jones started cooperating with authorities months before the indictments took place.In one conversation secretly recorded by Jones, Barnett, the real estate agent, took Jones on a tour of the buildings he had bought on Jones' behalf and admitted he knew the money came from drug proceeds, Holmes said.

Blagojevich appoints a bigot to his hate crime panel

Governor Rod Blagojevich is starting to earn himself a reputation throughout the state --and its not a good reputation. With lots of rumors floating around about the Governor, and truths about his improprieties becoming public, one would think he would not appoint a Louis Farrakhan advisor to his 'hate crimes panel.' And this guy wonders why he is stuck at 35% in the polls... unreal

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-hate24.html click here to read the story

http://www.adl.org/special_reports/farrakhan_own_words2/farrakhan_own_words.asp click here to read Farrakhan's racist and anti semitic comments

http://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactthegovernor.cfm click here to email Governor Blagojevich-- tell him not to allow Louis Farrakhan or his people to be part of any hate crimes panel

This guy, Rod, he is a joke

Lake County Traffic...

It seems like all people do in Lake County is talk about how bad traffic is... But, Congressman Mark Kirk actually has done something about it. Click the link below watch a newsclip from ABC7 TV on the Lake County Intelligent Transportation System that Congressman Kirk led the fight for.


This is something that Democrats and Republicans in Lake County can be happy about!

New Blog!

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