SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
About those endorsements

Monday, Mar 3, 2014

* The Tribune endorsed Erika Harold over freshman GOP Congressman Rodney Davis

Davis, of Taylorville, is running a cautious race. It’s not an inspiring act. Harold is more passionate and forthright — unafraid, for example, to argue for specific (and unpopular) changes to Medicare and Social Security benefits. Yes, it’s liberating to be the underdog. But Harold is saying things that need to be said, and Davis — the incumbent — isn’t. Harold is endorsed.

Whatevs. The Trib’s gonna do what the Trib’s gonna do.

* But check out Mother Tribune’s endorsement on the Democratic side

Our pick is George Gollin, a physics professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He’s a good fit for a district that is home to nine colleges and universities, including U. of I., Illinois State University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He has experience writing and advocating for federal legislation on higher education and made headlines in 2008 for helping to expose and shut down diploma mills across the country. We disagree with many of his positions, but at least we know where he stands.

Gollin did, indeed, help shut down diploma mills.

* But he’s endorsed Carol Ammons to replace retiring Democratic state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson. Ammons got a degree from a sketchy online university that even she now admits could’ve been a diploma mill

A candidate for Illinois’ 103rd House District seat says she’s now questioning the degree she received from an online university based in the United Kingdom.

Democrat and Urbana Alderwoman Carol Ammons issued a statement Wednesday on her campaign website, saying she’s contacted Walsingham University asking them to explain what she called their ‘misrepresentation.’

Questions about the school were raised by fellow alderman Eric Jakobsson, husband of retiring 103rd District representative Naomi Jakobsson. He called the school a diploma mill.

Ammons said she completed online and correspondence coursework in business administration and earned a degree in 18 months. She says representatives from Walsingham told her it was fully accredited.

She got a degree in 18 months and didn’t think something was up?

* Also, the Trib endorsed Aaron Schock’s potential Democratic opponent

Miller won us over with his selfless assessment of the recently passed farm bill, which protects needless subsidies to growers while cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — barely addressing eligibility requirements. “We get more crop insurance while people on food stamps get less,” he says. “That makes me as a farmer kind of red-faced.” Miller is endorsed.

[Oops. Miller is Schock’s potential Dem opponent. My bad. I just haven’t bothered to keep up with his district. Oops.]

- Posted by Rich Miller        


18 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    –Miller won us over with his selfless assessment of the recently passed farm bill, which protects needless subsidies to growers while cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — barely addressing eligibility requirements.

    “We get more crop insurance while people on food stamps get less,” he says. “That makes me as a farmer kind of red-faced.” Miller is endorsed.–

    Don’t know anything about the guy, but a common-sense, decent comment like that makes me want to learn more.


  2. - Lucky - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    Schock doesn’t have a primary opponent. Trib endorsed Miller over Mellon in the Dem primary.


  3. - Johnny Justice - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 12:00 pm:

    What is wrong with the Tribune endorsing candidates the newspaper thinks will actually do the best job? One of the reasons the federal & state governments are in such dire straits is our private campaign $$ electoral system tends to elect bland white bread candidates who have little vision or passion for anything but staying in office.


  4. - 47th Ward - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    I’m embarrassed for the Tribune. There was a time when its endorsement was coveted. Now it’s as if they know how little readers care who they endorse so now their endorsements are tinged with petty spite.


  5. - Liandro - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 12:10 pm:

    Should the Tribune care about winning? I’ve said it before: the intense focus on taking care of partisan interests and focusing on who is most capable of the “win” is part of what got us into this mess.

    I wouldn’t vote for George Ryan because I thought he was a…., but he could “win” so the party was fine with him. Blago first term was bad enough, but second term everyone in power knew him for what he was. Heck, he can “win”, so it was good enough. I can go all the way down the line to local races. Lot of short-term wins causing long-term problems for IL (and often for their party, too).

    Each race is a judgement call, sure. I just wildly disagree with some past judgement calls made by party bosses. Not a commentary on these particular races–just on the idea that incumbents always deserve support and that electability trumps all.


  6. - Big Debbie - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 12:11 pm:

    Also, here is a recent unsurprising dodge by George Gollin’s campaign about Ammons’ degree issue:

    ===Gollin’s campaign manager Monica Biddix responds: “George isn’t going to comment on that. It’s an unfortunate situation.”=== http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-02-28/toms-mailbag-feb-28-2014-ellen-buffalo-and-henson.html

    It is widely suspected in C-U that Gollin is not just endorsing Ammons, but that they are coordinating campaigns together.

    For example, Callis recently went on a radio show hosted by Carol Ammons’ husband where he grilled her about the drug war - since she is a former judge - and took a series of not very friendly telephone calls.

    Gollin has money, Ammons doesn’t - and Ammons has an organization and Gollin at least didn’t at the beginning. So the coordination was a smart move, at least at first.

    But now with the “diploma mill” allegations, it has put Gollin in a really weird position. Basically he has to ignore that he devoted a decade of his life fighting against diploma mills through his endorsement of Ammons.

    Personally, I don’t really care too much about the issue. Most likely, Carol was a victim of some sophisticated fraud, and I won’t fault her for that. But this is a real problem for Gollin now.


  7. - Wensicia - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 12:12 pm:

    I’ve long since ceased taking anything the Tribune editorial board says seriously.


  8. - circularfiringsquad - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    Have the Tribbies started endorsements? This was once the talk of the state. Now unnoticed


  9. - jake - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    Walsingham is a bit hard to contact these days, because some time in the last few weeks the web site walsingham.ac vanished. One can still find it in the Wayback Machine of archived web sites however.


  10. - Champaign Gollin guy - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 1:07 pm:

    The idea that Gollin is “selling himself out” because he supports Carol Ammons is completely false. George went after diploma mills, not diploma mill victims, which is what category Carol Ammons was in. By the way Rich, Carol did not complete college in 18 months. She transferred credits from Joliet Junior College, then finished her 4 year degree in 18 months. Here’s a link where she explains it all:
    http://www.carolammonsforstaterep.com/#!truth-behind-the-news/c9ux


  11. - LincolnLounger - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 1:16 pm:

    It’s delightful to see the good folks in the People’s Republic of Urbana going after each other.


  12. - Keeping it Real... - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    We keep it real in the PRU (People’s Republic of Urbana)….

    Real stupid that is.

    Urbana needs to be annexed and given to Kentucky.


  13. - jake - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 1:29 pm:

    At this writing, the Carol Ammons page on both Project Vote Smart and Ballotpedia say that Carol has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois. No mention of either Walsingham or Joliet Junior College. Both of those web sites rely on biographical material supplied by the candidate. It must be tough to keep your autobiography straight when you have written so many different versions of it.


  14. - wayward - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 1:43 pm:

    In a 2008 WaPo article, a co-director of an association for registrars and admissions officers says, “People who buy diplomas from diploma mills are not victims; they are co-conspirators.”

    The article and quote were included in Gollin’s anti-diploma mill website:
    http://www.hep.uiuc.edu/home/g-gollin/pigeons/


  15. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 2:25 pm:

    The Tribune Editorial board are less like a real newspaper people and more like fraternity members voting on who they are going to take on as Pledges for the semester;

    I “state your name”, pledge allegiance to the Frat, with liberty and Fraternity for all. Amen

    Only these Pledges represent the hypocrisy of being an unbiased arbiter, in a very biased way to themselves and who they are beholden to.

    You Pledge-Name is …”Sellout”


  16. - Chavez-respecting Obamist - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 3:20 pm:

    So the Trib is pro-diploma mills?


  17. - thechampaignlife - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 4:08 pm:

    ===So the Trib is pro-diploma mills?===

    Of course! It’s pro-capitalism and free market! Degrees to the highest bidder!


  18. - Just The Way It Is One - Monday, Mar 3, 14 @ 10:37 pm:

    As to the Gollin pick, I wonder if one of the things the Tribune takes issue with are how and where he places his Campaign Signs(!!)–when as photos on CAP FAX recently highlighted, SOME of ‘em apparently end-up right in the middle of Bushes where no one else can POSSibly retrieve them??!! As a Professor in the field, I wonder, is that some sort of LAW of Physics which George is applying?!If so, he might work WONDERS in
    CONgress some day, too?!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Caption contest!
* Rauner on ILGOP hits: "This is the job we've chosen"
* Rauner says he's "proud" of the Exelon deal
* *** UPDATED x2 - Plaintiff responds to Rauner - Rauner weighs in *** Some legislators considering intervening in pay lawsuit over "Unclean Hands" doctrine
* Question of the day: Golden Horseshoes
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Judge expected to block Rauner from implementing contract
* The school funding problem you may not have known about
* Unclear on the concept
* About those 14 minutes
* Nope. No emotional, thoughtless, negative, immature finger-pointing here
* Still crazy after all these years
* Pritzker getting more serious about bid as Cook rates race as "lean Republican"
* Rhetoric can have consequences
* Rauner was looking for an excuse to veto CPS bill
* Sunday leaders meeting notes: Madigan counts the minutes, Republicans claim "new level of stalling"
* 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

  
* Mainland Europe getting Lenovo Phab 2 Pro at €499
* Android distribution ends 2016 mostly with Lollipop
* Android Pay holiday promo in the UK takes advantage of crackers
* Android 7.1.1 Nougat launches
* The latest Android Nougat update brings a piece of Pixel to Nexus phones
* Netflix becomes the Top Grossing iPhone app for the first time
* Android Distribution December 2016: Nougat crawls to 0.4%

* For Hahn and White Sox, patience a virtue
* Interest swirls around Sale, but price is high
* Quintana commits to World Baseball Classic
* White Sox rebuild set to begin at Meetings?
* Several teams showing interest in Sale
* White Sox plans could clear up at Meetings
* Lawrie, Garcia settle with White Sox for 2017

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


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

Archives
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
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


* Brown: Delaying legislators’ pay a cheap stunt .....
* Rauner to sign Exelon bill Wednesday at Riverda.....
* Illinois lawmakers prove whose interests matter.....
* Rauner to sign energy bill Wed. in Clinton - MD.....
* Labor board formalizes AFSCME ruling; union wil.....
* Rauner takes aim at lawsuit to force comptrolle.....
* Uncertainty Ahead as State Budget Deadlock Cont.....
* Mendoza Sworn in as Comptroller, Faces Paycheck.....
* Rauner Talks Agriculture, Legislator Pay Lawsui.....


* Correction: Oil Pipeline-Protest-Quotes story
* Correction: Oil Pipeline-Protest story
* East St. Louis corruption investigation leads to arrests
* Hammond to spend about $1 million more on street lights
* Trump not saying what he'll do about Dakota Access pipeline
* Central Illinois officials bash idea to end cash-bond system
* Could Dakota Access pipeline move after permit is denied?
* Oil industry urges Trump to approve Dakota Access pipeline
* Mendoza sworn in as comptroller, faces paycheck suit, Rauner
* Man tied to thefts of $90M in goods gets 7 years in prison

* Mendoza on state's financial crisis: 'We're going to get out of this'
* State employee's friends, coworkers rally after stroke
* Labor board formalizes AFSCME ruling; union will fight
* Mendoza sworn in as Illinois comptroller
* Another year of financial uncertainty looms for Illinois
* Lawmakers sue comptroller for not paying them
* Electronic road signs are dark near Effingham due to budget
* State lawmakers vote to spare 2 nuclear plants
* Legislature OKs Exelon subsidy plan, goes to Rauner
* Rauner: No more stopgap budgets without property tax freeze, term limits

* DRW's Wilson faces industry ban in CFTC showdown
* Roosevelt reveals donor of record $25 million gift
* United Airlines mechanics OK contract
* With Amazon looming, Mondelez dives deeper into online retail
* Chicago's longest-running show will go on


* Bulls hoping to have McDermott back for Spurs game on Thursday
* 78-year-old woman dies in Winnebago County crash
* Hahn on White Sox rebuild: ‘We know what we want to do’
* Disney World: New holiday attractions light up the season
* Editorial: Restaurant shooting shows danger of fake news
* Mendoza takes office: ‘Keep me in your prayers’
* Police: Fake news story led gunman to popular D.C. pizzeria
* Sweet: Shooter turns fake news into danger at D.C. pizza shop
* Film Study: Rookie LB Nick Kwiatkoski has best day as Bear
* Alou wants to help Cubs ease Bartman’s pain


* Man told police he was armed to save child sex slaves, left D.C. pizzeria when he didn't find any
* Prosecutors say murder charges could result from Oakland fire investigation as death toll hits 36
* Man says he was shot in Evergreen Park after leaving Chuck E. Cheese's in Oak Lawn
* Charges filed in Orland teen's death
* Newly elected Kim Foxx details plans to reshape state's attorney's office
* ID of woman whose body was found in Sylvan Lake has been determined
* College Football Playoff committee got it right, but 8-team format could work
* Trump taps Carson for HUD secretary, raising concerns about lack of experience in Cabinet picks
* Chicago Tribune sues Police Department over Laquan McDonald emails
* Marian Hossa and Blackhawks - how they came together, where they're headed


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Mendoza on state's financial crisis: 'We're going to get out of this'
* State employee's friends, coworkers rally after stroke
* Labor board formalizes AFSCME ruling; union will fight
* Mendoza sworn in as Illinois comptroller
* Our View: Susana Mendoza, be a voice of reason for the state’s finances
* Lisa Madigan: Illinois needs to protect children from lead exposure
* Another year of financial uncertainty looms for Illinois
* Our View: Fall veto session leaves Illinois in worse state than before
* Bernard Schoenburg: Divine intervention on budget? Still waiting
* Statehouse Insider: No budget deal; see you in January


* Illini Preview: Extending winning streak would be 'nice'
* Murder trial over 1990 death pushed back to April
* Cape Girardeau man gets 103 years for 2014 murder of woman in Makanda
* Life Remembered: Longtime academic 'always faced his fears'
* PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 12-05-16
* Boil Water Order issued in Carbondale
* UI Research Park director gets court supervision for DUI
* New comptroller Mendoza vows to continue prioritizing money for service providers, delaying lawmaker pay
* Business leaders uncertain on immigration reform during Trump presidency
* Daily Bread Soup Kitchen move


* Uncle Kracker, .38 Special, Brit Floyd tribute band coming to Genesee Theatre
* Rosemont man admits killing 14-year-old Des Plaines boy
* Rosemont to host Leno, NKOTB
* Raiders begin preparations for Thursday showdown vs Chiefs
* Naperville sets ballot order among 8 council candidates

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* A dream not to be deferred - New York Dail......
* Sen. Dick Durbin Unveils Protection Effort......

* SEIU leaders say planned Monday strike by ......

* CTU Prez plans to "occupy" Dept. of Education over Trump pick
* Judicial Watch pursues Obama and other FBI interviews about Blagojevich
* New class of Circuit Court judges sworn in today
* Keeping retirement weird. How not to fight back in the Trump era.
* Blaming teachers. I am a “negative demographic change.” I ain’t dead yet.
* Higgins: Corrupt Illinois Human Rights Commission vs. Christian Business Owner
* Group of GOP lawmakers call for "clean hands" to complain about overdue paychecks
* Where's Weyermuller? Listening to Planned Parenthood head lecture about "reproductive rights"
* 2018 Illinois governor's bid could be "Race of the Billionaires"
* "Chicago Justice" Filming In Uptown December 6 and 7


* Rauner calls on Democratic legislators to withdraw lawsuit seeking paychecks
* Illinois Department of Labor Moves Registrations to Online Format - Another step in the Rauner Administration’s efforts to modernize government
* Illinois Student Assistance Commission Announces 2017-18 Illinois State Scholars - More Than 19,300 high school students recognized for outstanding academic achievement
* Get Your Flu Shot During National Influenza Vaccination Week And Stay Healthy For The Holidays
* Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Brings Lowest Fatality Rate In Six Years




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