* First, some background from the Champaign News-Gazette…
Terry Cosgrove, who cut his political teeth long ago as a leader of the Gay Illini group on the University of Illinois campus, was the target of some heated rhetoric last week on the floor of the Illinois Senate.
Cosgrove, the president and CEO of the pro-choice Personal PAC political action committee in Chicago, was up for reappointment to his $46,960 a year position on the Illinois Human Rights Commission.
He won reappointment on a 36-30 roll call, with no Republicans supporting the appointment and only two Democrats (southern Illinois senators Gary Forby and William Haine) voting no. All area senators voted no, except Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign.
But the vote came after Sen. Dan Duffy, R-Barrington, delivered a blistering attack on Cosgrove, calling him “unethical and immoral” and a liar.
“Besides being on the Human Rights Commission, he will not leave the Personal PAC, the PAC that he’s set up and where he’s worked since 1989. So he’s been conducting this unethical and immoral behavior, according to himself and his own testimony, since 1989,” Duffy said. “He is also a highly paid lobbyist and he’s worked as a lobbyist for decades with Personal PAC. As you all know it’s against our ethics code in the state of Illinois to appoint anybody to a board who has been a paid lobbyist. Now Terry Cosgrove will tell you that he’s not actually a paid lobbyist.”
Duffy also said that Cosgrove lists himself as a political independent but has voted in only one Republican primary election in the last 25 years.
* Not mentioned is that Sen. Kirk Dillard voted for Cosgrove in committee. Dillard’s campaign spokesman explained the vote… kinda…
GOP gubernatorial candidate State Senator Kirk Dillard says there was confusion about the qualifications for Human Rights Commission appointees, and that while he voted in committee to approve an pro-abortion activist for the spot, he opposed the nomination on the Senate floor.
“Senator Dillard voted ‘no’ on the floor to Terry Cosgrove … the actual or ‘real’ recorded vote,” Dillard campaign spokesman Wes Blood told Illinois Review. “There was some confusion over qualifications in committee. Sen. Dillard definitely opposes Mr. Cosgrove’s appointment to the Human Rights Committee.”
During the October 15th Executive Appointments hearing, Senator Dillard was the only Republican that joined the Democrats in approving abortion activist Terry Cosgrove for re-assignment to the Human Rights Commission. Cosgrove, who actively raises campaign funds for abortion supporters through Personal PAC, will be paid $46,960 annually for serving on the commission from March 2013 until November 2017.