* I reached out to Mickey Straub’s campaign three times last week about this and haven’t heard one word back. As you already know, the Burr Ridge mayor is running as a Republican against House GOP Leader Jim Durkin. Click the pic for a larger image…
Mickey Straub Refuses to Say Why He Used Taxpayer Dollars to Attend Political Fundraisers
“Madigan Mickey” remains silent as he faces questions about his misuse of public funds
“There’s a reason why Mike Madigan’s union allies support Mickey Straub. First we discover that Straub defended a friend who abused his public office. Now we learn that Straub has done the same. Public records reveal that Straub used taxpayer dollars to attend political fundraisers, but refuses to answer questions about his misuse of public funds. ‘Madigan Mickey’ Straub is the worst type of politician - special privileges for him, higher taxes for the rest of us.” - Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Aaron DeGroot
There’s a reason why Mike Madigan’s union allies are revving up the Chicago Machine for “Madigan Mickey” Straub.
Weeks ago, we found out that Straub believes politicians deserve special privileges. In the late 1990s, a friend of Straub’s was accused of abusing his public position to get out of traffic violations. Straub took to the papers to defend his friend’s abuse of power. Straub later said there will always be “favoritism” and “we all do it to friends.”
But it gets worse.
Now we learn that Mickey Straub used taxpayer dollars to attend political fundraisers. Public records reveal that Straub used his position as Mayor to steer public resources to his own political priorities, but Straub refuses to answers questions about his misuse of public funds.
“Madigan Mickey” Straub is the worst type of politician - special privileges for him, higher taxes for the rest of us. What will Illinois voters learn about “Madigan Mickey” next?
* Bailey calls for change in direction as he takes on Reis in District 109: As for all the growing rumors about Durkin now working hand and hand with House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), Bailey said there’s no denying that the majority of Durkin’s leadership team aligned themselves behind the record-setting 32 percent tax hike passed as the recently enacted new state budget… Bailey said his hope is that current Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub will find a way to knock off Durkin in the March primary.
Burr Ridge is in Radogno’s old district. Radogno used to hold a lot of event for the community paid for with political funds instead of state funds. For example, if you want a table at the senior fair, you have to pay for it and the check goes to the political committee not the state. It is possible that the checks to Radogno’s campaign was for something like a table at a community event. That is a public purpose, not a fundraiser.
It says “Christine Radogno reception”. I see what you’re saying, but the language makes it pretty clear that it was for tickets to a political fundraiser. Which is blatantly illegal. ==
A “reception” isn’t necessarily a fundraiser. It could be a reception for seniors in the district. Could be a reception for vets in the district. You can’t know from that document. If they were certain it was a fundraiser, why wouldn’t they use the word “fundraiser” instead of “reception”? The didn’t provide the backup showing what actually happened at each event, which is suspicious.
===A “reception” isn’t necessarily a fundraiser===
In political parlance it is. Fundraiser is considered crass. You’re right that it’s impossible to know for sure, but “reception” is the verbiage of choice for events where you buy a ticket, get some booze and the proceeds go to the campaign fund.