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Reagan Won Illinois. Three times.

May 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Reagan Won Illinois. Three times.

Political pundits and party leaders in DC assume that Illinois is a solid Democratic state and cannot be won. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush are evidence to the contrary. Illinois has certainly changed since [...]

Justice for Voters in the Balance: Transforming the Supreme Court

May 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Justice for Voters in the Balance: Transforming the Supreme Court

A decade ago, conservative talk radio host Mark R. Levin wrote Men in Black, warning how the role of the Supreme Court was being politicized to impose liberal progressive policies on America in the courts. [...]

John Tillman and the Illinois Policy Institute: Can Illinois be the Texas of the Midwest?

May 6th, 2016|Comments Off on John Tillman and the Illinois Policy Institute: Can Illinois be the Texas of the Midwest?

by Nancy J. Thorner It was on a mild day in early December 2015, when I traveled with great anticipation using the Metra Union Pacific North Line from my home in Lake Bluff to the [...]

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Congressional Fundraising: Investing in winners and losers without a strategy.

In 2016, Republican donors may invest roughly $30 million in the 18 Congressional district races in Illinois without actually having a strategy for achieving a better outcome. Much of the money will go to defend safe incumbents rather than to win Democratic districts. Since Democratic voter turnout has historically been [...]

By | May 5th, 2016|Categories: Feature Story, Fundraising, Illinois|Comments Off on Congressional Fundraising: Investing in winners and losers without a strategy.

A Call to Action: Run for Office

Editor’s note: The filing period has passed for individuals interested in getting on the 2016 primary election ballot. However, the call for new candidates never ends, since 2017 will see municipal and other local level elections. ATFC recently spoke with a Republican circulating petitions to run for office in Illinois [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Categories: Election Coverage, Feature Story, Illinois|Comments Off on A Call to Action: Run for Office

Money in Illinois Politics

Polls consistently show that voters favor more disclosure of political donations. Democrats and liberal media routinely decry the influence of “millionaires and billionaires” even as they raise more money from them than Republicans. The reality is that few people ever look at the vast amount of campaign finance disclosure information [...]

By | May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Feature Story|Comments Off on Money in Illinois Politics

General Assembly Fundraising: Can donors reform Springfield to save Illinois jobs?

In 2016, there may be roughly 5 million votes cast again in November, but they may be more evenly split between the two parties. If that happens by significantly improving the Republican party turnout, even though the party does not seem to have any strategy or plan to grow the [...]

By | May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Feature Story, Fundraising|Comments Off on General Assembly Fundraising: Can donors reform Springfield to save Illinois jobs?

Historical Democratic Perspective for November

While spending Illinois into bankruptcy and driving jobs away over the last 40 years, the Democratic Party has worked to grow their base from 2 million in the Reagan years to over 3 million in 2008 and 2012. The question for 2016 is whether the record high turnout of the [...]

By | May 1st, 2016|Categories: Analysis, Historical|Comments Off on Historical Democratic Perspective for November

Historical Republican Perspective for November

Party leadership choices have consequences. Illinois largely missed the “Reagan Revolution” of the 1980’s, as well as the economic boom which continued into the Bill Clinton years. Neither Bush was competitive In Illinois. While Springfield remained dominated by progressive Democrats, the party leadership wrote off Illinois as a hopeless “blue [...]

By | April 29th, 2016|Categories: Analysis, Historical|Comments Off on Historical Republican Perspective for November

Voter Turnout: Republican Perspective

For the March 15 Illinois Republican primary, look for a significant increase in turnout as in other 2016 primaries. Turnout could significantly exceed 1 million votes, while the Democratic turnout may be down sharply from record 2008 levels. If the turnout is over 1.25 million, Illinois may be competitive in [...]

By | April 18th, 2016|Categories: Analysis|Comments Off on Voter Turnout: Republican Perspective

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