Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ten things Americans want from their elected officials

Ten things Americans want from their elected officials

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hundreds gather to protest global warming!

I'm sorry... just couldn't resist. From

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Local organizations plan protest of Gitmo detainees this Tuesday in Sterling, Illinois

From an e-mail:

Many groups, including the Band of Mothers and Illinois TEA Party Patriots, are organizing a protest at the only public hearing that will be allowed for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to Thompson. In an effort to ignore Illinois citizens, Gov. Quinn is only allowing one public hearing and he's holding it far from Thompson and far from the Chicago media in Sterling. Please include information about this protest on your blog so we can get as many people to travel there on Tuesday as possible.

Here is a link to the full details of the event.

For futher information, please contact:
Steve Ruggiero
(630) 890-3834

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tazewell County Government launches new website

The long awaited Tazewell County website is now on-line! It has many useful links including events, government officials and phone numbers and important community links! Congratulations to all who undoubtedly worked long and hard to compile no small amount of data. What a great resource for residents of Tazewell county. Be sure to add it to your "Favorites"!

hat tip - John Ackerman

Monday, December 14, 2009

Be careful what you wish for...

Republican political opponents of US Senator Barbara Boxer are making hay over her famous "Call me Senator" remarks to Brigadier General Michael Walsh as he reported to her at a Senate hearing last June.

The full AP story is here.

Below is the entertaining video. In politics, one must be forever mindful of their P's and Q's, cause these days, it seems that anything goes! It's likely Ms. Boxer would give anything to have those moments back.

Candidate for Governor Jim Ryan says he will veto any conceal carry bill that crosses his desk...

So much for Jim Ardis' plan to use Peoria as a test market for conceal carry in Illinois if Jim Ryan would become Governor.

70% of "Blogging While Republican" readers expressed support of the Ardis proposal for conceal carry. (see side margin).

According to an AP questionnaire, Jim Ryan promised to veto any such legislation.

QUESTION: "Would you sign or veto legislation allowing concealed-carry for handguns?"

-- Jim Ryan: "I would veto. I believe reasonable people can differ on this issue but on balance, drawing from my experience as a law enforcement official, I believe we are better off without concealed-carry."

I give him an "A" for honesty, but here is a newsflash for Jim - most Republicans disagree!

If you are a strong supporter of second amendment rights, it appears that Jim Ryan is not your guy! Here is a list of all 13 Governor candidates. Their websites are hyperlinked to their name. Pick your candidate, make a donation if possible, and get to work putting an individual in the Governor's mansion that will best represent the issues you care about!

Mike Unes announces candidacy for State Representative

From a press release:

East Peoria Councilman Mike Unes officially kicked off his campaign for State Representative of the 91st Illinois House District on Saturday.

Unes was introduced to the crowd by retired East Peoria Police Officer Charlie Morgan and East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus. Morgan, a lifelong Democrat, regaled the hundreds of supporters gathered at the announcement hosted at the Embassy Suites Hotel, with his story of how he came to know Unes from his East Peoria City Council campaign. “This old Democrat studies every candidate before voting, and Mike Unes will earn your vote, as he did mine in 2007,” Morgan stated.

Mayor Mingus stated that he, “doesn’t always agree with Mike Unes politically, but he does appreciate his thoughtful study of issues and his ability to be collegial despite tough debates.”

Unes then took to the microphone to thank the speakers, the crowd, and to lay out his reasons for seeking this position. Unes said that he has, “profound disagreement with his [Mike Smith’s] priorities as a legislator. I cannot sit back any longer. I cannot sit idly-by while he continues to support a Speaker of the House and bad policies that are ruining our state.”

Unes stated that he also disagrees with Smith’s voting record on raising taxes; Unes stated, “I have voted against raising taxes on our people. Raising taxes is the easy way of solving every budget problem but is the wrong choice because it is a terrible burden on our taxpayers and leads to a loss of business and a loss of jobs. I take the approach to government budgeting the same way my wife, Natalie, and I do with our household budget--with four children—well considered prioritization and careful management.”

The last time the 91st District race was contested was in 2006. Many people remember the race taking a negative turn towards Election Day. Although Unes stated that he again expects this will be a top-tier race in 2010, he cast off any personal attacks on Smith, stating, “I want to be very clear, Mike Smith is a very nice person. I will not demonize or attack him personally in this campaign. But a campaign is the time for the people to review the performance of their government servants. And I intend to shed light on Representative Smith’s record in an accurate portrayal, which I believe has contributed greatly to the mess our state is in.”

The 91st House District includes parts of Tazewell, Fulton, and Peoria counties. Incumbent legislator Mike Smith is serving his 8th term in the Illinois House.

For further information regarding Mike's campaign for State Representative, please call Dan Pelphrey, Citizens for Unes, 309-472-8535 or visit

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New Communication Tool

In an continual effort to improve overall communication with my constituents, I offer a new blog,, which will carry:

A) All of my Monthly Political Columns
B) All of my Tazewell County Board Recaps
C) Some of my Newsletters

This format will allow for you, my constituents, another avenue to communicate your thoughts and opinions with me. You can currently find and will continue to see these postings on the Illinois Review Blog, McLean County Pundit and Peoria's Blogging While Republican. I respect each of these groups and strongly recommend them to you.

During my campaign for office, I discussed my goal of greater communication and availability of information. This new blog, in conjunction with my website ( and newsletter, is just one way in which I hope to accomplish that goal. Government only works properly when the elected officials have proper information from the people and I encourage you to help me with this by providing your input. Together, we can continue to strengthen and grow Tazewell County and the State of Illinois.

A few months ago, the Bloomington Pantagraph said this about my website: “Give Tazewell County Board member John C. Ackerman a "sunbeam" award for his role in improving access to public information for his constituents.” They went on to say, “Normally, we wouldn't promote a single board member's site…But it contains useful information - information that should be, but isn't, on the official government site…we commend Ackerman for filling in the gap and for following through with his campaign pledge to improve communication and access to information.”

While this compliment from a leading Central Illinois Newspaper is appreciated, my goal of greater communication is just as never-ending as the continual growth of new technologies. You can also communicate with me via the web at and via my Newsletter, which you can sign up for on the Home Tab of the website.

As always, I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve you on the Tazewell County Board and if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

John C. Ackerman
Tazewell County Board Member

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brady Earns Endorsement of Legislative Colleagues

written by John C. Ackerman

Senator Bill Brady, Republican Candidate for Governor, was in Peoria today
(12/03/09) as part of a statewide announcement tour to tout the endorsements of 14 Republican Legislators. A good crowd of Peoria and Tazewell County residents greeted him at Byerly Aviation. Elected Officials joining him at this stop and declaring their endorsement were:

Assistant Senate Republican Leader Brad Burzynski of Clare, Illinois
Assistant Senate Republican Leader John O. Jones of Mt. Vernon, Illinois
State Representative Shane Cultra of Onarga, Illinois
State Representative David Reis of Willow Hill, Illinois
State Representative Keith Sommer of Morton, Illinois
City of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis
Tazewell County Board Member Jan Donahue of Pekin, Illinois
Tazewell County Board Member Mel “Dutch” Stanford of Mackinaw, Illinois
Tazewell County Board Member John C. Ackerman of Washington, Illinois

From L-R; Darin LaHood, Peoria County Republican Chairman Rudy Lewis, Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brady, Tazewell County Board Member John C. Ackerman, City of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and State Representative Keith Sommer

“Bill Brady has a proven track record of platform Republican principles and possesses the common sense and business experience we so desperately need in Springfield.” Said Representative David Reis of Willow Hill, Illinois. “It’s critical we return geographical and political balance to our state government, and I feel Senator Brady is best suited to lead this charge.”

“I have had the honor of serving with Bill in the Senate. I have found him to be a man of character, honesty and integrity,” said Senator Brad Burzynski, “Bill has earned my trust and would serve this state well as its governor.”

Senator John O. Jones said, “The State of Illinois needs to be run like a business, and Bill Brady is the candidate who can do that. His plan to restore fiscal discipline in Springfield and bring jobs back to Illinois will help Illinois businesses and working families throughout the state.”

“As a businessman, he knows how to meet a payroll and how to put Illinois back on its feet”, said Representative Rich Myers. “His experience, integrity, and leadership are what we need in the Governor’s Office in Springfield.”

Senator Brady also made stops in Marion, Champaign, Moline and Rockford today both before and after the stop in Peoria. He will be in Chicago on Friday.

“I am grateful to my colleagues in the General Assembly for their support for my campaign, because together we are working to make Illinois a great state once again”, said Brady. “As Governor, I will need them working by my side to build a New Illinois that ensures greater opportunity for all Illinoisans and a future promise and prosperity for our children and grandchildren.”

Legislators who have endorsed Brady are:

Senator Tim Bivins, Dixon
Assistant Senate Republican Leader Brad Burzynski, Clare
Assistant Senate Republican Leader John O. Jones, Mt Vernon
Assistant Senate Republican Leader David Luechtefeld, Okawville
Senator Dale Risinger, Peoria
Representative Mike Bost, Murphysboro
Representative John Cavaletto, Salem
Representative Shane Cultra, Onarga
Representative Bill Mitchell, Forysth
Representative Donald Moffitt, Gilson
Representative Rich Myers, Colchester
Representative David Reis, Willow Hill
Representative Keith Sommer, Morton
Assistant House Republican Leader Ron Stephens, Greenville