Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » The wrong way and the right way
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The wrong way and the right way

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

* Kerry Lester compares two noted House independents, Democrat Scott Drury of Highwood and Republican Dave McSweeney of Barrington Hills.

Rep. Drury is characterized as a “sullen and withdrawn” loner, “ostracized” by his colleagues.

* Rep. McSweeney, on the other hand, comes off as a happy warrior

McSweeney rarely attends [House Republican] caucus meetings at all.

“The governor doesn’t need to tell me what to do. And that’s what the Republican caucus is, getting marching orders from the governor’s office,” said McSweeney, an investment specialist.

Instead, McSweeney spends his time trying to drum up votes for the bills he hopes to pass and dining with Democratic lawmakers and close confidants of Madigan. He’s made a habit of inviting members of the black caucus, including Democratic state Rep. Christian Mitchell of Chicago, to town hall meetings in his Northwest suburban district.

Unlike Drury’s experience, where many of his bills have died in committee, McSweeney said he hasn’t been retaliated upon by the GOP, and his bills — which also depend on Democratic leaders calling them for a vote — have tended to pass by wide, bipartisan margins. They include legislation that prohibits local government officials from using taxpayer money for entertainment expenses and limits their travel and meal allowances. A push for a constitutional amendment to eliminate the office of lieutenant governor passed the House in 2013 and 2016, but it hasn’t moved further.

McSweeney says he admired the relationship between Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill during the 1980s.

“My mindset down here is to build relationships,” McSweeney said. “This political war between the governor and the Democrats, that is not what my constituents want.”

Rep. McSweeney recognized early on that even though he was against all tax hikes and was very socially conservative, he had to make friends on the other side of the aisle. That very real effort and his independence from his chamber’s party leader and the governor have prompted the Democrats to help/allow him succeed. His bills fly partly as a ding to the Republican Party. But, the dude also really knows how to work a roll call. You can’t help but like the man, although he does come in for lots of criticism from his own side of the aisle.

* Related…

* News-Gazette editorial: Downsizing government?: The General Assembly remains awash in acrimony, Democrats and Republicans disagreeing on virtually every issue. Even when they say they agree, they disagree. So give state Rep. David McSweeney, a Republican from Barrington Hills, some credit for hanging in as he continues to push legislation that, at least from the outside, doesn’t look like it has much chance of passage.

* EDGE Tax Credit Expires: Critics of the incentives, such as state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, have said EDGE has the government pick winners and losers and instead, taxes should be decreased across the board for everyone.

* News-Gazette editorial: Let’s look under the rock: Illinois taxpayers recently took another unnecessary financial beating in a questionable leasing deal for which they paid far too much in exchange for far too little. The questions surrounding the deal are these: Is this government corruption as usual? Or is it government incompetence as usual? With any luck, answers will be forthcoming. Two legislators — Democratic state Sen. Tom Cullerton and Republican state Rep. David McSweeney — have asked the Legislative Audit Commission to look into the deal and report back.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Grand Avenue - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 11:59 am:

    How’s the Scott Drury Exploratory Committee coming along?

  2. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 12:09 pm:

    Wait - what?
    Someone on the GOP side demonstrating that the majority party isn’t full of repulsive crooks?

    Does he know who his party’s governor is?

  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 12:11 pm:

    To the Post,

    While I agree with Rep. McSweeney 80% of the time, and I know he’s a Republican, and also s conservative in policy that I may not agree with in theory, I know that McSweeney has done an outstanding job at learning his craft as legislator and is willing to see/hear the other side and allow himself to hear/see the other side as a way to build good relationships where McSweeney can find agreement elsewhere with others.

    Now, I totally get the comparison of Drury and McSweeny, I also suggest the comparison of McSweeney and Oberweis.

    Both are considered “conservative”. Where McSweeney just takes Oberweis to school is that McSweeney understands, 1,000%, that politics and governing is about the game of addition, while Oberweis carts out pints of ice cream to pass a speed limit increase bill because, unlike McSweeney, Oberweis would rather grate on colleagues and dole out ice cream, McSweeney understands working a whip count on his own, and parlaying the tweak to Republicans can get things done.

    McSweeney is about the idea of trying to do good within his own beliefs to do so, but also willing to see the raw “good politics” is the way to “good government”.

    Oberweis, and Drury, will never understand that skill or skill set.

    Yep. McSweeney really took to learning first when he got down there and it continues to pay off. I greatly respect McSweeney and as a real “non-Raunerite” party, the GOP needs McSweeney due in large part to his integrity, honesty to his beliefs, and his willingness to find the 60 and 30 all at the same time.

  4. - hockey fan - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 12:23 pm:

    “My mindset down here is to build relationships,” McSweeney said.

    Kudos to Rep. McSweeney for seeing the value in collaboration and relationships!

    the other guy not so much

    The other guy? Not so much. The House Dems didn’t like Drury from the beginning even when he was obeying Madigan - Drury’s isolation has a lot less to do with the Speaker vote than he thinks. Jay Hoffman has disobeyed the Speaker - he is not isolated. Drury’s total isolation has a lot more to do with his . . . style . . er personality.

  5. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 12:34 pm:

    === The House Dems didn’t like Drury from the beginning even when he was obeying Madigan===


  6. - Annonin' - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 1:00 pm:

    let’s all admit Drury is viewed as a dud. He tends to whine and make a lot of baseless accusations when he does not get his way. To bestow some kind of victimhood doesn’t really work here

  7. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 1:09 pm:

    - Annonin’ -

    All Drury has left is to BE a victim…

    … granted it’s of his own device, but I digress…

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a member of any legislative body despise his/her own colleagues the way Drury does. It’s so transparent you’d think its a schtick, but he really feels that way… lol

  8. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 1:38 pm:

    ===You can’t help but like the man, although he does come in for lots of criticism from his own side of the aisle.

    I interviewed him years ago when he was running for Congress. He was a genuinely nice guy who had different views of government from me, but was open to new ideas.

  9. - NorthsideNoMore - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 1:57 pm:

    Its kinda sad, but when you have their kind of $$$$ you don’t need the party apparatus to win primaries in protected districts. McSweeny puts in the effort to meet people and exchange ideas. Not heard of Drury doing that ?

  10. - lake county democrat - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    It’s funny - Pate Philip used racial slurs (including the N-word, reported by Steve Neal), did everything he could to keep minorities out of DuPage County, etc. and the media seemed to like him. His fellow legislators (especially those oh-so-respectable moderate Republicans) sure didn’t treat him like he was untouchable or something. You could say something similar about Rickey Hendon. But Drury - oh yes, they hate him. I guess being an egotist angers people more. Ironically, I suspect Speaker Madigan could care less, as I don’t see too many “happy warrior” independent Democrats.

  11. - Liberty - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 2:23 pm:

    Arch Pundit… LOL, tell us in what capacity you conducted this interview, an unbiased journalist?

  12. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 2:27 pm:

    —Arch Pundit… LOL, tell us in what capacity you conducted this interview, an unbiased journalist?

    As a blogger. How is this funny?

  13. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 2:34 pm:

    - lake county democrat -

    ===used racial slurs===

    You may want to refrain from that example or way of explaining. The last time you did… you used me as an example, then never, ever apologized for it.

    I’m not engaging you, nor do I want any response. it’s just reminding you of your OWN words and a lack of understanding what you said.

  14. - walker - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 3:09 pm:

    Rich nailed it. McSweeney is admired for fighting for his beliefs. Drury is seen as fighting for attention.

    In the article, Drury is reported to say: “There is no representative democracy in Illinois”– (because Madigan). McSweeney would never assume the victim position.

    My only beef with McSweeney has been arithmetic. If you’re right, show me the numbers work. But he’s certainly not alone there.

  15. - Morty - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 4:39 pm:

    Lake County Dem your example involves a politician and a political parties actions 20 years ago. I’m not sure that’s totally relevant to what is transpiring today.

    BTW, way back when I used to bartend for Pate Phillip when he was still active in politics. While I would never condon his (or anyone else’s) use of racial slurs (if indeed true)- I found the guy to be very gregarious and charming even though the two of us had virtually no common ground politically.

    That lack of charm, personality, or even personal insight might have more to do with Rep. Drury’s lack of legislative success more than any other factor.

  16. - Soccermom - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 4:43 pm:

    Archpundit, don’t you know that reporters are supposed to dedicate the vast majority of their waking hours to covering government activities and the people who lead them, but are not supposed to have a single idea in their little heads about how government might best be managed?

    You’re just supposed to be vacant little newsbots. Did you miss a memo, dude?

    (Note to the world: A reporter doesn’t have to agree with you to provide a fair and accurate accounting of what you say. I’ve covered plenty of people I didn’t agree with — that doesn’t mean I was a bad reporter, just a thinking reporter.)

  17. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 5:18 pm:

    Maybe Drury can stop reminding people that he used to be a federal prosecutor. Maybe he could quit whining for attention like a spoiled only child in the freshmen dorm who brought his sports trophies and scrapbook to college. Maybe, he’s just a jerk and nobody ever told him before. Either way, he’s reached the high point of his elective career so maybe he can go practice law and see if anybody notices that he left.

  18. - anon2 - Tuesday, May 30, 17 @ 6:54 pm:

    McSweeney certainly stands out in the mushroom caucus. Would that more legislators in both parties understood what McSweeney does about building relationships across the aisle. I would respect him more, however, if he admitted that more revenues are indispensable.

    He would be in Congress today had he not listened the Speaker Hastert and challenged the ineffective Phil Crane in the primary the year Bean knocked Crane off.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Amazon HQ2 site list unveiled
* Out of sight out of mind?
* Frerichs tries to use state investments to prod Facebook into cleaning up its act
* The rise of the billionaire governors
* Camelot promises to grow lottery sales by 40 percent
* Munger tries to defend Rauner veto of Debt Transparency Act
* Rauner: "I can’t comment on any business disputes"
* Question of the day
* Rauner finally takes a stand on a federal issue
* Moody's says "political backlash" against pop tax could make other tax hikes more difficult
* Report: Amazon subsidy could add up to $2 billion
* *** UPDATED x1 *** 10,800 jobs lost in a single month, but Illinois media barely notices
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* MLB open thread
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...





* Governor's race could be costliest in US histor.....
* Illinois governor's race could be costliest in .....
* Rauner expected to announce re-election bid Mon.....
* Rauner expected to announce reelection bid Mond.....
* Illinois governor's race could be costliest in .....
* Rauner expected to announce run for reelection .....
* Illinois governors race one pace to be most exp.....
* Rauner to announce re-election bid on Monday, s.....

* 'Welcoming City' resolution considered for Springfield
* Family donates boxed linked to Lincoln to historical society
* Family donates boxed linked to Lincoln to historical society
* Vietnam veteran from Coffeen has been awarded Bronze Star
* New testing benchmarks to rely only on SAT exam in Illinois
* New testing benchmarks to rely only on SAT exam in Illinois
* Lincoln Museum plans special events on Veterans Day
* EXCHANGE: After years of searching, adoption mystery solved
* EXCHANGE: Architect saves his deteriorating childhood home
* Chicago restaurant brawl leaves 3 with gunshot wounds

* Governor's race could be costliest in U.S. history
* Voter advocates push Illinois to exit multistate database
* Lawmakers set to return Tuesday for veto session
* Illinois Lottery's new manager projects $4B in sales
* UIS students could study at newly proposed Chicago research center
* Aaron Schock attorneys contest federal claims on misstatements
* Under the Dome Podcast: Will lawmakers address gun control during the veto session?
* Chicago lawyer announces bid for Illinois attorney general
* Illinois borrows $1.5B at reduced interest to pay down debt
* Rauner cuts human services, other area in state budget

* Like our roundup? Share it around.
* Northwest Indiana: 'Right-to-work zone'
* Is Dem primary over? No, but Pritzker rivals need to pick up pace
* The biggest Chicago-area building sales
* Here are the sites Chicago is pitching to Amazon

* Police: Man found dead with gunshot wounds to back, head in Austin
* Gov. Rauner to announce re-election bid on Monday, sources say
* Crews rescue disabled man from burning Des Plaines home
* Pit bull bite in Woodridge sends woman to hospital
* Bears slow ‘slippery’ Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey in win
* Bears’ Akiem Hicks salutes Willie Young, says own injury will be ‘OK’
* Why did Bears coach John Fox kick a FG from inside the 1-yard line?
* Week 8 Further Review: Notre Dame is up there with any one-loss team
* Three-and-Out: Tarik Cohen ‘I blame myself’ for not scoring long TD
* Run-heavy plan works again, but John Fox will need Mitch Trubisky soon

* McCain seems to swipe at Trump with comment on Vietnam 'bone spur' deferments
* Dramatic sentencing hearing expected in Bowe Bergdahl case
* 1 killed, 4 injured in shootings on Sunday
* Trump's sons see green in the blues as they build hotels in rural Mississippi
* As monuments to the Confederacy are removed from public squares, new ones are quietly being erected
* Bears defense attacks Panthers QB Cam Newton early, often in dominant win
* Panthers QB Cam Newton on rocky day: 'We squandered that opportunity'
* After 2 opponent forfeits, Hope Academy to host playoff game next weekend
* Bears get after Cam Newton, will go as far as their defense will take them
* 'Not for the faint of heart': Lincoln-Way East set for tough 8A test

» Voter Advocates Push Illinois To Exit Multistate Database
» Lawmaker Says Facebook Refuses To Fact Check Ads
» State Week: Chasing Amazon, Bonding Debt
» Teaching Kids To ‘Say Something’ In An Era of School Shootings
» Illinois Issues: Cities Lose Out On Retail Tax As Online Shopping Booms
» What Could Hurt Chicago’s Bid For Amazon’s HQ2?
» At CPS, More Special Education Dollars Go To White, Wealthier Students
» Illinois Bond Sale To Help Pay $16bn Debts
» Mayor To Propose Higher Prices For Ridesharing, Big Concerts
» WBEZ Investigation: CPS Secretly Overhauled Special Education At Students’ Expense

* George Will: The fatal conceit of planning for the future
* Our View: Overriding this veto is a no-brainer
* Governor's race could be costliest in U.S. history
* Statehouse Insider: Will veto session show GOP revolt?
* Our View: Figure out how to make Innovation Network a reality
* Angie Muhs: Recognizing what resonates with readers
* Guest View: It's time for more oversight at CWLP
* Young Philanthropists: Banding together to make a difference
* Voter advocates push Illinois to exit multistate database
* Lawmakers set to return Tuesday for veto session

* Photos: Coming home
* Driver escape serious injury in Decatur rollover accident Sunday
* Video: Mary McMillin-Koski
* Upcoming Services
* COMING UP: Stories we're working on this week
* Murphysboro City Council to discuss railroad wanting charge homeowners for use of road
* Ikebana Demonstration
* Altamont driver hurt in rollover accident Sunday
* Driver strikes, kills pedestrian near Collinsville, police say
* 100 REASONS: Oriental Garden a picturesque place near Scovill Zoo

* Workers rally as negotiations resume in Palatine District 15
* Two police officers rescue disabled man, suffer smoke inhalation in Des Plaines fire
* Bouma, Wingels energizing Chicago Blackhawks
* Defense leads way as Steelers get comfortable atop AFC North
* Texas QB Ehlinger being evaluated for head injury

* Naperville's Lauren Underwood to run for R...
* Will Trump continue to unravel Obama's leg...
* Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes job t...
* Hundreds of high school students tour Smit...
* Measure extends term of FSOC independent m...
* Rival: Kinzinger not conservative - MyWebT...
* Teacher raised in Yorkville running agains...
* Dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US Rep. Ran...
* Democratic 14th Congressional District can...
* GOP congressmen say Rauner 'let down' Illi...

* Dreaming about better legislation - The Tr......

* Infrastructure a priority in meeting with ......

* October 24 fundraiser for Christine Svenson
* Campaign website launched, November 2 fundraiser set, for Judge Toya T. Harvey
* Jack Hagerty campaign website launched
* In CPS it is the squeaky wheel and the color of your skin when it comes to special education services. Rahm says “they get what they deserve.”
* Sunday week in review.
* Democratic Party Chairman and tax man Joe Berrios is back to his old dirty tricks.
* JB and Joe Berrios. The hovel next door.
* Volunteer Actors/Extras Sought For Disaster Scenario
* Maryville Progress By Day and By Night
* Sarah Karp’s report on Forrest Claypool’s secret study, special ed service cuts and outrageous consultant fees. $15 million for proof reading?

* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

* Lower-cost iPhone X due in 2018, but who’s it for?
* Essential Phone gets a $200 price drop, existing customers get credit
* Project Loon flies over Puerto Rico, iPhones to take special advantage of Band 8 LTE
* iPhone X leaked video shows poorly optimized Instagram app
* In single spotlight, it’s HTC U11 Life over U11 Plus on November 2
* Emonster sues Apple for violating Animoji trademark
* GitHub’s scandalized ex-CEO returns with Chatterbug

* Steep climbs ahead for oft-injured White Sox
* #AwardWorthy: Vote for Engel's glove
* Sporcle Saturday: Long bombs
* Petricka undergoes surgery on right elbow
* Avisail sees similarities in rebuild, stellar year
* White Sox Arizona Fall League overview
* Ron Gardenhire’s second chance back in AL Central

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

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