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Potential candidate: Unions “spreading propaganda” about Rauner

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

* Bernie

Sangamon County Board member TOM MADONIA JR., R-District 9, is considering a run for state representative in the 96th House District, where Rep. SUE SCHERER, D-Decatur, is now in office.

Madonia, 44, is son of late Springfield Ward 1 Ald. TOM MADONIA, who died in 2002, and nephew of WFMB-AM 1450 talk-show host SAM MADONIA. He was unopposed when he won his county board seat in 2014 but was also campaign manager for Ward 1 Ald. CHUCK REDPATH earlier this year. […]

Why take on Scherer?

“I don’t like to get into name-calling or anything, but a person like Sue Scherer who’s kind of beholden to (House Speaker) MICHAEL MADIGAN, I’m not a big fan of that,” Madonia said.

OK, he probably can’t win, but so far so good.

* And then

He said he hadn’t talked to Gov. BRUCE RAUNER’s political team, but he is a union member and talk that Rauner wants to “ruin unions” is just “the union spreading their propaganda.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 11:53 am:

    Aw, it’s fun when candidates can’t see beyond the end of their noses.

  2. - Nick Name - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 11:54 am:

    He should take Scott Reimers’ advice.

  3. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 11:55 am:

    Madonia Is Full Of Bologna

  4. - Anon - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 11:55 am:

    “I’m not much, but I’m all I have”- Tom Madonia Jr.

  5. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 11:56 am:

    “(Scott Reimers) told me that it would be an idiotic move and a suicide mission because it’s a presidential election (in 2016) and it’s a heavily Democratic area.”

    Some people just can’t be helped.

    – MrJM

  6. - Wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 11:56 am:

    I think if I were Gov. Rauner I’d be offended by those remarks.

    By word and deed, Gov. Rauner clearly sees union busting as his mission in life.

    He could have chosen to do anything, or nothing at all. But he chose that.

    Geez, give the guy some credit for knowing what he wants.

  7. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 11:59 am:

    Mr. Medonia: Please read Governor Rauner’s “non-negotiable” demands re: union negotiations that factor into the budget impasse.

  8. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 12:01 pm:

    It would be great if we could get an actual democrat to beat her in a primary. As soon as she voted against equality, she was done for me.

  9. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 12:02 pm:

    Bruce Rauner’s words on pensions one year ago: “Don’t modify them at all.”

    Yet today wants to modify them by coercing people into a second tier, likely illegal system.

    Bruce Rauner’s words on collective bargain one year ago: ” I don’t want to take away collective bargaining.”

    Yet today he wants to remove the subjects unions can collectively bargain over to the point where there is no bargaining in practice, form, or function.

    Maybe Mister Madonia should wise up.

  10. - Mama - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 12:03 pm:

    Hope he doesn’t plan to spend a lot of his money campaigning.

  11. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 12:03 pm:

    Medonia: Bruce give me a call and send $$$ for my campaign. I’m with you!

  12. - Wensicia - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 12:05 pm:

    ==but he is a union member and talk that Rauner wants to “ruin unions” is just “the union spreading their propaganda.”==

    I’m trying to figure out who he’s trying to impress with this statement.

  13. - Mouthy - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 12:11 pm:

    Ask him if ASFCME were to go on strike and picket the Capitol Buliding would he cross the picket lines…

  14. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 12:12 pm:

    He doesn’t sound very well-informed.

  15. - Anon - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 12:28 pm:

    I don’t want to get into name calling or anything, but Mr. Madonia, you sound very foolish.

  16. - Thinking - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 12:36 pm:

    Madonia needs to be careful not to violate the Hatch Act. If his position at IEPA is paid with federal funds, he has to resign his position if he runs for office. Of course, Brucie and Riemers will probably just move him to a position paid for with state funds. Quinn did that with a person at IDNR, old trick.

  17. - The Dude Abides - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 12:56 pm:

    I was shocked when I read that comment by Madonia this morning. If he really believes that Rauner doesn’t have a desire to ruin Unions he is way out of touch.

  18. - nadia - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 1:01 pm:

    DOA, even against Scherer.

  19. - ToughGuy - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 1:39 pm:

    See ya Tom.

  20. - Norseman - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 1:46 pm:

    Looks like he’s beholden to Rauner and I’m not a fan of that! I would love to show him how right Scott is, unfortunately I don’t live in the district.

  21. - Tournaround Agenda - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 2:32 pm:

    I wonder if these are the kinds of superstar primary opponents Rauner’s going to prop up next year.

  22. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 2:36 pm:

    ==No coffee for me, thanks.

    I will take a refill on the Kool Aid though.==

  23. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 2:37 pm:

    If I’m not mistaken his wife runs the operations in the Comptroller’s office.

  24. - Langhorne - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 3:14 pm:

    Tom, if you want to just blow thru money, buy a boat. Less embarrassing. More fun.

  25. - RNUG - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 3:40 pm:

    Can we please have a third choice?

  26. - LIberty - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 3:54 pm:

    Sounds like he makes as much sense as his uncle.

  27. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 5:09 pm:

    ====I’m trying to figure out who he’s trying to impress with this statement.

    I don’t think he knows.

  28. - anon - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 5:19 pm:

    Rainer, of course!

  29. - anon - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 5:22 pm:

    Oh, I give up

  30. - Slimexwatch - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 6:54 pm:

    The gov is a con man everyone now knows this

  31. - Bibe - Thursday, Aug 27, 15 @ 7:31 pm:

    Seems like he is already violating the Hatch Act with his county board seat. How can that have slipped past EPA management up to now? Sounds like more of a suicide mission than he realized.

  32. - NewWestSuburbanGOP'er - Friday, Aug 28, 15 @ 12:10 am:


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