State of Illinois Archives: on Principles & Values


Jim Oberweis: Milk Dud: poured dairy fortune into 5 failed campaigns

They don't call him the Milk Dud for nothing. Jim Oberweis made most of his fortune in the family business, a high-end dairy delivery service & chain of ice cream parlors. And he poured many gallons of his riches into 5 failed campaigns for high-profile positions--earning not only that enduring nickname, but also the enmity of Republican operatives.

Now Oberweis has launched his 2nd act in American politics by winning 2 straight elections. He took an open state Senate seat in the GOP outer suburbs of Chicago in 2012, and last week he claimed the nomination to try and stop Senator Dick Durbin. But virtually no one expects Oberweis to extend his winning streak come November. At best his caustic rhetorical approach and willingness to tap his own bank account could combine to make the fall campaign more expensive and uncomfortable for Durbin. And at worst, losing a sixth high-profile election could doom Oberweis to live with the ridicule that comes with the label "perennial candidate."

Source: Roll Call.com blog on 2014 Illinois Senate race Mar 23, 2014

Pat Quinn: Say "no" to world of powerful feeding upon the powerless

Pope Francis has urged all of us to say "No" to a financial system which rules rather than serves. "No" to an economy of exclusion and inequality. "No" to a world in which "the powerful feed upon the powerless." And the Pope is right.

Illinois is best served when we build and protect the middle class and when we open the door to those struggling to join it. By creating more jobs, making early childhood education a top priority, and building an economy that works for everyone--we can create a stronger economy than ever before and reform Illinois for the next generation. So I ask today for your partnership.

Source: 2014 State of the State speech to Illinois legislature Jan 29, 2014

Doug Truax: The Great Experiment known as America shines brightly

U.S. Senate candidate and Army veteran Doug Truax today released the following Veterans Day statement:

Ninety-five years after we celebrated the end of the "War to End All Wars," sadly there were more wars to come. The one constant for almost a century since then has been the generations of brave men and women who have sacrificed greatly to preserve our freedoms and allow the Great Experiment known as America to shine even more brightly.

On this day and all others let us never forget those men and women who put their lives on the line for us. We owe them our great gratitude and commitment to work extra hard to preserve our union so their efforts cannot ever be said to be made in vain.

We owe it to our veterans to continue our tradition of peace through strength and to never let our guard down at home or abroad. Thank you again, warriors.

Source: AdWatch: press release in 2014 Illinois Senate race Nov 11, 2013

Richard Durbin: Bipartisan dialogue instead of gridlock

Q: Have you ever seen Washington as gridlocked as it is at this particular time?

DURBIN: No, I never have and I have been through some pretty rough periods of time. I can recall the ascendancy of Newt Gingrich and what it meant to us. It was a very frustrating and emotional upheaval in Washington, but what we have here is a steady diet. I don't want to point fingers, but I will. The House Republican approach to this is we're either going to do it exclusively with Republicans or we just won't do it at all. Only when they're pushed to the absolute extreme will they allow a bipartisan vote. We're trying to establish a new standard in the Senate, a bipartisan dialogue that might lead to a solution. If the House would embrace the same basic concept, I am certain, certain the president would sit down and work in good faith to get us through this.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2013 series: 2014 Illinois Senate race Mar 3, 2013

Steven Sauerberg: Put $1.3M of his own money into campaign

Little-known Republican Steve Sauerberg got his chance in the spotlight during a televised debate Monday to remind voters that Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbinís seat is up for grabs next month.

Sauerberg has lacked the money to mount a traditional campaign. When statewide races can cost $10 million or $15 million, he has raised only $1.8 million, according to the latest records -- and $1.3 million of that was Sauerbergís own money.

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate reported in Chicago Sun Times Oct 7, 2008

Alan Keyes: Great principles at stake: marriage & innocent life

What shocked me most was a line I read in a letter that Mr. Obama had sent to Jack Ryan that said there was no great issue of principles here like there were in the great debates between Lincoln and Douglass. I think that showed a lack of understanding in the issues at stake in this race on issues like abortion. I think these are among the most important issues in the race, dealing with the notion that we are endowed by our creator with unalienable rights. That is whatís at stake in this election as it was in that great election that was the dividing line between Lincoln and Douglass in 1858. I stand for the defense of innocent life. I stand for the principle of traditional marriage. I stand for those great great principles that Martin Luther King and Frederick Douglass espoused as they fought against great injustices. In the black community the number one taker of black life is abortion, more than AIDS, more than homicide. This is the practical truth of the moral situation weíre in.
Source: Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes Oct 21, 2004

Barack Obama: Seek common ground, not a moral crusade

I came to Chicago 20 years ago to help communities that had been damaged by steel plants that had closed. Iíve worked 20 years to bring jobs to the unemployed. After law school, I worked as a civil rights attorney, helping to bring affordable housing and for the last 8 years Iíve worked as a state Senator. Iíve provided tax relief to those who needed it, health care to those who didnít have it and helped to reform a death penalty system badly in need of repair. I accomplished these things by setting partisanship aside and seeking common ground. Thatís what you, the people of Illinois have told me you want, someone who can reach out and find practical solutions. Now my opponent has a different track record. He is on a moral crusade and labels those who disagree with him as sinners. I donít think that kind of talk is helpful. I think government works best when we focus on practical solutions for affordable health care and jobs, and working together, Iím certain we can accomplish all of these tasks.
Source: Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes Oct 21, 2004

Alan Keyes: Jesus Christ would not vote for Obama

Q: ďWould Jesus vote for Obama?Ē

A: I actually think that statement is a self-evident truth that Christ could not vote for Barack Obama. Obama voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. He has cast a vote three times to allow a practice to go on that allows infant babies, fully born and with no dispute over their humanity or anything else, to be set aside like garbage to die. The simple question I have to ask myself as a person of Christian conscience, is Ďwould Christ do that?í We know He wouldnít because Christ put special emphasis on the children and spent some of his harshest language about people that would harm children.

Barack Obama has said he is in line 100 percent with the agenda for gay rights, he said he would vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act which is aimed at making sure that gay marriage is forced upon all the states in this union. Those views are also inconsistent with the Christian conscience.

Source: Q&A with Southern Illinoisan reporter Sep 13, 2004

Alan Keyes: Family and home important, but Obama needs opponent

One fact is obvious to people who know me: I am from Maryland. Itís not the first time that folks have approached and talked to me about the possibility of going to some state other than Maryland and running for the Senate of the United States. On those occasions, I listened, as I always try to do, politely, and I told them no. I told them no for a number of reasons.

First, I have a clear and serious objection, in principle, to the notion that people of national reputation have the right to

Source: Senate announcement speech in Arlington Heights, Illinois Aug 8, 2004

Alan Keyes: Family and home important, but Obama needs opponent

One fact is obvious to people who know me: I am from Maryland. Itís not the first time that folks have approached and talked to me about the possibility of going to some state other than Maryland and running for the Senate of the United States. On those occasions, I listened, as I always try to do, politely, and I told them no. I told them no for a number of reasons.

First, I have a clear and serious objection, in principle, to the notion that people of national reputation have the right to go around this country, cherry-picking the states as platforms for their ambition.

My father was in the army. The whole idea of home and roots and heritage was very important to me, and I made the determination that I wanted my children to have a sense of that [instead of traveling often].

But it just seemed wrong that somebody with Obamaís record should kind of waltz into the United States Senate unopposed.

Source: Senate announcement speech in Arlington Heights, Illinois Aug 8, 2004

Alan Keyes: Obama is likable but his liberalism needs opposition

Like most Americans, I didnít know much about Barack Obama more than what I saw on the Democratic convention. He didnít seem to me to be some rabid threat to the future of the country. He looked like a pretty likable guy. Certainly intelligent and articulate.

And then I looked at his record. I found somebody who has never seen a spending bill he couldnít find some excuse for, and has never seen a tax increase he didnít like. We find somebody who would rather that our children were educated

Source: Senate announcement speech in Arlington Heights, Illinois Aug 8, 2004

Alan Keyes: Obama is likable but his liberalism needs opposition

Like most Americans, I didnít know much about Barack Obama more than what I saw on the Democratic convention. He didnít seem to me to be some rabid threat to the future of the country. He looked like a pretty likable guy. Certainly intelligent and articulate.

And then I looked at his record. I found somebody who has never seen a spending bill he couldnít find some excuse for, and has never seen a tax increase he didnít like. We find somebody who would rather that our children were educated in schools controlled by impersonal bureaucracy than in schools under the influence and control of the parents who love them. I found someone who appears to believe that even when a criminal has entered into the sacred precinct of your home with intentions you couldnít possibly fathom, you donít have the right to defend your life & the lives of the people in your family! By the time I got through those parts of his record, I was absolutely convinced that SOMEBODY had to run against Barack Obama!

Source: Senate announcement speech in Arlington Heights, Illinois Aug 8, 2004

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