Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sandack (R-Downers Grove) withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday morning, citing his controversial decision to support same-sex marriage.
State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) has formally pulled out of the race for the next chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. "After much contemplation and discussion with several Republican activists, I am withdrawing my name from consideration," Sandack said in a statement Wednesday morning. "Being nominated by my peers is a great honor and I will continue to work hard in representing the Republican Party in the 81st House District." The Chicago Sun-Times reported May 9 that Sandack was one of nine chairman finalists being considered by the Republican State Central Committee; of the nine, Sandack won the paper's informal reader poll with nearly 44 percent of the vote. Sandack would have likely been a controversial choice given his…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Kirk now joins Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio as the two lone Republican senators in support of marriage equality.
Senator Mark Kirk is now the second Republican senator in the nation to back same-sex marriage after a Tuesday statement posted on his website. “When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others. Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back-- government has no place in the middle.” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin applauded the decision. “Senator Kirk ... (has) shown tremendous leadership in announcing (his) support for marriage equality," he said. "Democrat or Republican, there can simply be no excuse…
Friday, January 4, 2013
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Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Western Springs Republican (District 82) said that Illinois government is attempting to circumvent a thoughtful discussion on several controversial bills.
Illinois State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82nd, Western Springs) is speaking out against some state lawmakers' attempts to pass new laws, including banning assault weapons and allowing same-sex marriage during Springfield's lame-duck session, The Doings Oak Brook reports. According to the paper, while Durkin has not yet stated clear support or opposition to either assault-weapons bans or same-sex marriage, he said that rushing bills through without extensive discussion and public input is unfair, and that he intends to sponsor a new bill "to prevent lame-duck session abuses." “I’ve had it with the 11th hour passage of bills which do not get the thorough vetting before the public and members of the legislature," the paper quoted Durkin as saying. "…