SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Rising stars?

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006

The Hotline has updated its rising stars list for Illinois.

# Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole (R): “Very politically savvy,” he was recently appointed the the state GOP central cmte. His only downside: He served in the admin of ex-Gov. George Ryan (R), “which could hurt him.”

# State Rep. Jim Watson (R): An Iraqi war vet, Watson was briefly considered as a running mate by Topinka. “Given his age, he has a long future in the party.” Could be a candidate to replace Reps. Ray LaHood (R) or John Shimkus (R).”

# State Rep. Aaron Shock (R): At age 19, Shock beat the President of his local school board. Now 23, Shock is seeking his second term from heavily Dem Peoria. He faces what will be one of the most expensive re-election bids in the state.

# State Rep. Roger Eddy (R): “Well-liked, respected on both sides of the aisle.” A possible future candidate for Congress.

# Alderman Ed Smith (D): While he’s older than others on the list, Smith just passed a smoking ban in Chicago, over the objections of Mayor Richard Daley (D). He’s currently pondering a county-wide bid for office in ‘08.

# State Sen./Rev. James Meeks (D): A strong ally of Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., (D), Meeks “has become a real powerhouse very quickly in the” legislature. Is considered a possible future mayoral or congressional candidate.

# Alexi Giannoulias (D): A former college basketball star at Boston University, Giannoulias comes from a banking family. Now, at 29, he’s making a run for State Treas.

# Madison Co. State’s Atty Bill Mudge (D): Is considered one of the front-runners when Rep. Jerry Costello (D) retires in IL 12.

Your thoughts?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


28 Comments
  1. - WurfWhile.com - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 12:38 am:

    I’m think Hotline’s right about Alexi Giannoulias. I’m guessing he may win it this time.


  2. - Leroy - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 6:43 am:

    Rahm’s people missed a list to pay to have Tammy put on!

    Someone must be asleep at the switch over there.


  3. - downstateyp - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 8:20 am:

    Not sure if they’re right about John Sullivan retiring in 2006, that is the first I’ve heard of it.


  4. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 8:36 am:

    As a republican, I must assume that rising star means upward mobility . . . whether within the caucus to minority leader, Speaker, or President . . . or the ability to run for state-wide office and then move up.

    None of these have that kind upward mobility save Giannoulous, because of his $$ and fact he is running for a statewide office from nothing.


  5. - anon - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 8:45 am:

    how about State Sen. John Millner, the DuPage Republican…He’s squeaky clean and good law enforcement guy, he could go statewide in the future


  6. - Anon - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 8:58 am:

    I know people are excited about Alexi, but having seen him speak recently, I don’t know why. He didn’t say much about what he’d do as treasurer and his pitch essentially boiled down to vote for me because I’ve given lots to charity and Obama and Jesse are supporting me. I’m willing to be proven wrong, but so far…


  7. - Krezler - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 9:03 am:

    I like this list. What the state GOP needs is new blood, and by that I mean elected officials and staff, and the only way that’ll happen is if JBT loses.


  8. - Fouts - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 9:30 am:

    I honestly do not understand the buzz with Alexi G for Treasurer. If his credentials are so great why did he not attend the state slatemaking session? The Democratic state ticket is trying to achieve some balance by including a non Cook County candidate. I anticipate Alexi G criticizing Paul M as pro life. Abortion stances are irrelevant in the Treasurer’s office job description. Why doesn’t Alexi G run for City of Chicago treasurer along with Jesse J Jr for Mayor of Chicago. I predict they would both lose.


  9. - star? - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 9:35 am:

    Alexi G was a basketball star? Not according to this:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/college/men/stats/1998/ban/all_by_steals.html


  10. - Randall Sherman - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 9:37 am:

    I’m sorry Mudge isn’t running against the ethically-challenged Congressman Costello THIS year. Costello’s only opponent in the Democratic Primary (which in the 12th District is tantamount to election) is clearly a finge candidate, who is also not worthy of support. As a result, the Illinois Committee for Honest government must instead issue a “NO ENDORSEMENT” in this race, and the residents of this district must wait another two years to gain a Congressman that they don’t have to be ashamed of.

    RANDALL SHERMAN
    Secretary/Treasurer, Illinois Committee for Honest Government


  11. - IL Predictor - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 10:29 am:

    I think the rising stars of both parties are those who are currently not elected officials. Instead of those elected’s that are paying their dues and spending decades in the state legislature, watch out for those in the private sector who make a big run at a statewide or federal office to make a splash.

    However, gov’t is not attracting quality candidates these days because many believe it is not worth it.


  12. - SO ILL - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 10:49 am:

    I couldn’t agree more with the Brad Cole pick. The guy is a total firecracker. The Ryan factor is minimal - Cole has shown himself to be far above the old guard thinking that is literally sinking the state GOP. Dare I say it, he’s progessive while maintianing the core values of promoting the common good, seriously - look what he’s done with the city of Carbondale in a matter of three years. He took the med-mal issue by the horns, he has created programs that wreak of civic responiblity, he’s promoted enivormental issues and business.
    Cole is the guy to watch.


  13. - Damn - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 11:07 am:

    People should go check out the stat link that was provided about Alexi’s college hoops. I, and a lot of people who I have spoken with, thought that it was silly to lead with being a ‘basketball star’ on his site running for a statewide office,and while I give him credit for making the team, seeing that he averaged 2/10 of a pt. per game, with a season high of SIX points, and that he played 46 minutes all season - his statements are downright disingenuous. He was barely a benchwarmer let alone a standout. This isn’t a talent issue, it’s an integrity issue. VERY disillusioned.


  14. - Anon - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 11:45 am:

    James Barr (Alderman DeKalb) at 27 he is also a former DeKalb Township Trustee and DeKalb County Board member.


  15. - Goodbye Napoleon - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 1:23 pm:

    Not a bad list, but Ed Smith? Rising star? Maybe they are thinking of someone else. Where’s Manny Flores? I thought that guy was on every list he could find.

    I’d also add David Miller to that list. He’s a close ally of JJJ and is a very smart guy who didn’t get enough credit from a lot of reporters (including CapFax) for his work on the payday loan legislation.


  16. - Mike's Used Sport's Section - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 1:29 pm:

    Alexi G’s stats prove he WAS a basketball star. According to that link above the dude was 100% from the free throw line (4/4) for that entire season. That’s amazing!

    Oh no . . .we’re out of paper in this stall. Can someone throw my guy a roll?


  17. - Anon. - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 1:35 pm:

    To go one further on your Ed Smith question — Daley didn’t exactly oppose the smoking ban. Rode the fence - but never put his foot down (does the Hotline think the ban would have passed if Daley didn’t want it to?).

    Oh, and the wording on Giannoulias’ web site is “Schoolboy legend.” It goes on to say he was all-star at Latin School, and “helped” BU reach the NCAA tourney (like legislators who vote “yea” “help pass” legislation”).

    It makes none of the bold claims you are making.

    So, really, it is you who are being disengenuous, not Giannoulias.


  18. - SalukiDog - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 2:18 pm:

    I agree with SO ILL. As a former Saluki, and someone who has kept an eye on Brad Cole’s rise in Republican politics recently, I agree that he is a rising star. Cole was the youngest ever member of the Carbondale City Council and the youngest mayor ever elected in Carbondale.

    Carbondale has made huge strides in the 3 years of his administration.

    He’s becoming known in the inside political circles as someone who is smart, witty, and a work-horse.

    There really is no issue of him working for GHR. Does this mean that everyone who ever worked in this administration is guilty of crimes? Hardly. Not to mention…Cole won Mayor of Carbondale AFTER he worked for GHR.


  19. - Levois - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 2:54 pm:

    I would really be exciting by the future of James Meeks. Especially for the work he attempting to do for the Far South Side of Chicago. He already took on the power brokers of that area which is about the 9th ward and then the south suburbs.


  20. - saluki - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 4:57 pm:

    Cole, are you kidding me? The guy’s going to have a tough time winning reelection for a small town mayor’s office that only pays $9,000 a year.


  21. - No Comment - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 5:23 pm:

    I think at least one person might have come on here and mentioned himself as a “rising star.”

    Not that there is anything wrong with self-promotion.


  22. - Between the Flags - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 7:01 pm:

    The list given by Hotline is truely wrong, How about the real rising stars of Illinois politics,
    1. Cook County Commisioner Roberto Maldonado;
    2.Cook County Commisioner Claypool;
    3.Cook County Commisioner Peraica;
    4.Alderman Manny Flores;
    5.State Rep. Toni Berrios;
    6.State Rep. Cynthia Soto;
    7.Attorney General Lisa Madigan;
    8.Mayor Daley’s son who is in the Army;
    9.State Senator Dan Cronin;
    10.Dorothy Brown;
    11.Alderman Banks;
    12.Alderman Ocasio;
    13.State Rep. Skip Saviano(Who should be running the Illinois Republican Party and should replace Tom Cross, because Saviano is the”Madigan” of the Republicans,he is the smartest and shrewdist politican in Illinois only Mike Madigan can match his “game”!

    10.And people who will be future stars who are currently not elected officials,such as’
    1.Fernando Grillo
    2.Dean Martinez
    3.Andres Fox
    4.Dr. Frank J. Yanez
    5.Mike Manzo
    6.Bill Hogan
    7.Frank Avila
    8.Rich Garza
    9.Tom Dart
    Andy McKenna
    These are some great future polticians who will lead Illinois into the future!
    Please fellow bloggers,if you agree or disagree give reasons why or why not these individuals should or should not be considered.


  23. - Anon - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 8:53 pm:

    I wish my parents owned a bank & that I went to private school. Fitzgerald was a son of a banker, but he studied the classics at an Ivy & cut his teeth in the Senate. Alexi is a sweet kid, but come on. Besides….Greeks don’t vote in the primary.


  24. - Jim Muir - Tuesday, Jan 24, 06 @ 11:23 pm:

    I know the political terrain in Southern Illinois pretty well and Brad Cole is a breath of fresh air.

    I think he is a straight shooter and when he tells you something it’s the gospel. I’ll bet and give decent odds that C’Dale mayor is far from his last stop on the political trail.

    Any takers?


  25. - Deconstructing Circe - Wednesday, Jan 25, 06 @ 12:10 am:

    Alexi is not a rising star. He is stupid and naive. There is so much about him that people don’t know…it’s all going to come out in the next couple of weeks. Rather incriminating and unethical information


  26. - Fearless Freep - Wednesday, Jan 25, 06 @ 4:50 pm:

    I thought that Alexi was about to get kicked off the ballot? Some rising star.


  27. - demystify - Wednesday, Jan 25, 06 @ 8:27 pm:

    I agree thatMeeks is a rising star too bad he doesnt represent African American issues like he should


  28. - corvax - Wednesday, Jan 25, 06 @ 11:49 pm:

    Fearless, Trib and others reported a couple days ago the petition challenge was abandoned in light of the finding at the first level that Alexi had far more than the minumum number. it was doomed from the start, just a combine tactic to distract an independent campaign and waste its money.

    Circe, got anything to back that up or just messing around? let’s talk in acouple weeks. Naive yet unethical…right.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Oberweis now for gay marriage
* The patented Pat Quinn close has begun
* Question of the day
* McKinney resigns from Sun-Times: "I’m convinced this newspaper no longer has the backs of reporters like me"
* Another one pops
* Reality vs. reporting
* New anti-Rauner theme: "Wolf of Winnetka"
* Redefining Bobby
* Pat and Bruce
* The lindane file
* US judge orders hiring monitor at IDOT
* Underdog endorsements
* Birth control, millionaires and the minimum wage
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Barnes & Noble and Samsung release new Nook tablet
        * Inbox by Gmail gives you another way to look at email
        * Google Inbox, iOS 8.1 Jailbreak, Android Beam boost & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Android Lollipop imminent, new Nexuses nearing, no more Nokia | Pocketnow Weekly 119
        * How Mia Mullarky made the world’s most a-mew-sing Lumia cat video
        * The Week in iOS Accessories: New products for new iPads
        * Samsung Galaxy Note 4 scores a Developer Edition for Verizon

        * Broga Mats: Yoga Mat Bags for Bros
        * Camera-Covered Jacket Is the Ultimate in Sartorial Surveillance
        * 27 Autumn Photos That Will Leaf You Wanting More
        * iPad Air 2 Teardown Reveals Smaller Battery Than Its Predecessor
        * Bank Of America Acknowledges Apple Pay Glitch, Promises Fix Today
        * Working Apple 1 Computer Sold At Auction For $905,000
        * Apple Defeats Patent Suit Challenging Its Mobile Technology

        * World Series Game 2: Notes and discussion
        * 23 potential MLB free agents as SkyMall items
        * World Series Game 1: Notes and discussion
        * The e-gus off-season plan
        * Reading Room: A wild card of a World Series
        * Following same path as '59 White Sox, KC eyes title
        * larry's Offseason Plan


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * What's next as Sun-Times/Rauner story explodes?..
        * Court-appointed monitor ordered for IDOT hiring..
        * Selig, MLB grateful for strides in fight vs. ALS..
        * Gubernatorial Debate: How to Tackle the State F.....
        * How do Rauner and Quinn plan to fix IL's financ.....
        * Sun-Times reporter resigns following Rauner com.....
        * Reporter quits Chicago newspaper, says governor.....
        * The Best Of The Dish Today..


        * Chicago jail escapee sentenced to 36 years
        * Durbin, Oberweis face off in 1st US Senate debate
        * Biden in Illinois: Each vote for Democrats crucial
        * Indiana killings case prompts Illinois searches
        * Reporter resigns following Rauner complaint
        * Illinois adding press-box medical staffer
        * VP says Democrats working to protect middle class
        * Former Illini coaches speak at McClain's funeral
        * Editor defends Sun-Times after reporter quits
        * Court-appointed monitor ordered for IDOT hiring

        * Minimum wage increase supporters urge early voting
        * Sun-Times political reporter resigns following Rauner complaint
        * Minimum wage hike supporters urge early voting
        * Federal judge orders court-appointed monitor for IDOT hiring
        * Rep. Raymond Poe to undergo stem cell transplant
        * Bill Clinton campaigns for Quinn, Durbin
        * Quinn, Rauner spar over jobs, taxes
        * Election 2014: Learn about all the candidates
        * What to watch for in third governor debate tonight
        * U of I sees turning point as election nears

        * Ken Griffin says wife's claims are 'devoid' of merit
        * What's next as Sun-Times/Rauner story explodes?
        * Bob Fioretti, Nicki Pecori are engaged
        * Ebola? Biz travelers say 'meh'
        * New city Treasurer Summers learning the political ropes fast


        * Scandal or not, Bring on that  federal monitor
        * Father Bob Botthof, teacher who became priest after losing wife, dies at 85
        * Father Bob Botthof, teacher who became priest after losing wife, dies at 85
        * Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before Board of Ed vote on Hancock school
        * Indiana officials identify fourth body found after arrest of suspected serial killer
        * Jail guard smuggled weed in sandwiches, feds say


        * Durbin, Oberweis clash on immigration, health care in debate
        * 1 dead, 1 wounded in Richton Park shooting
        * Aldermen question speed cameras
        * Man charged with arson in Logan Square fire
        * 17-year-old charged in West Side man's slaying
        * Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney resigns, calls time off 'house arrest'
        * Suspect in serial killings charged in 2nd death
        * CPS sells first shut-down school
        * CPS asks feds for delay on new standardized test
        * Man dies in Long Grove crash


        * Real estate and religion: The tale of Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist
        * Suspicion lingers over Ebola treatment
        * Judge Orders Court Appointed Monitor For IDOT Hiring
        * 13th Dist. Candidates Talk NAFTA, Ebola During Springfield Debate
        * Attorneys Due In Court For Quinn Hiring Lawsuit
        * Small Campaign Contributions Amount To Chump Change
        * Civic Fed: Lawmakers Once Again Taking Illinois Down Bad Budget Path
        * Cheddar's Leaves Springfield WUIS-SJR Business Report
        * Area Cub Scouts Burned In Explosion
        * Notes On The Final Governor Debate


        * Our Opinion: Frerichs has the expertise to be Illinois treasurer
        * Robert Kaestner: Good education policy is good health policy
        * Eugene Robinson: Warren makes the case for a presidential run
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Local Rauner ad leaves out ‘everything Springfield isn’t’ line
        * Minimum wage increase supporters urge early voting
        * George Will: In Kentucky, a constitutional moment
        * Sun-Times political reporter resigns following Rauner complaint
        * Federal judge orders court-appointed monitor for IDOT hiring
        * Our Opinion: Choice for Illinois comptroller comes down to experience
        * Rep. Raymond Poe to undergo stem cell transplant


        * Aldermen get behind casino rezoning
        * Board agrees to add paths at five Champaign parks
        * Wednesday's prep highlights: Danville, STM soccer teams advance
        * Oct. 24 Illinois football/recruiting chat
        * One injured in motorcycle crash
        * Regional HS Soccer: Danville vs. Urbana
        * Davenport aldermen approve coyote hunt
        * Rotaract Club hosting Halloween Fun Run
        * Municipal court notes
        * Artist to sell glass pumpkins


        * St. Charles North blanks Elk Grove
        * Coach Q likes change, but Blackhawks' top line staying put
        * Schwarz: Knee injury puts Nyarko's Fire future in doubt
        * Lutzenkirchen family making something positive of terrible loss
        * No school in Waukegan for rest of week

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Durbin, Oberweis face off in 1st US Senate......
        * Senate candidates Durbin, Oberweis debate...
        * Durbin, Oberweis engage in first debate in......
        * Senate candidates Durbin, Oberweis debate...
        * Senate candidates square off in debate...

        * Officials continue push for funds to clean......
        * Online Marketplace for Sex Led Indiana Ser......

        * The True North Strong and Free...
        * The College Football Report: Jameis State
        * Chicagoetry: Sixteen Movies Ago
        * More Details About Decatur Classical School's Possible Move To Uptown
        * New poll numbers for Illinois congressional races
        * McKinney’s “Why I quit” gone from Facebook. But here it is.
        * Electing school boards.
        * Waukegan update. End the curfew.
        * Stand for Children PAC supports SB16, donates to both Dems and Republicans
        * New Polls: Illinois legislative races


        * TV Breaking News: Ethics blow for Pat Quinn
        * Federal judge deals Quinn ethics blow on IDOT patronage hiring
        * Rauner Statement on Federal Hiring Monitor at IDOT
        * Governor Quinn Announces Ebola Task Force - Group of Healthcare Experts to Advise State on Ebola Response Efforts
        * New TV Ad: Endorsed




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller