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Friday, Apr 13, 2018

* Hillary Clinton won US Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s district by 45 points. Tammy Duckworth won it by 30. Susana Mendoza won it by 18. Schakowsky won by 33.

But, today, Schakowsky’s Republican opponent John Elleson booked $10,885.60 of cable TV ads that are scheduled to run from April 16 through September 2nd. I kid you not. Click here to see the buy yourself.

* From early March

Elleson — who’s running in the Republican primary to challenge U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky in November’s general election — was ordered by a judge to complete 150 hours of community service and to return $49,000 in benefit payments he’d improperly collected after pleading “no contest” to a first degree theft charge in Hawaii in 2003, court records show. […]

Elleson sold Bethel half of his church, but after his plan to build a wall dividing the worship area into two was rejected by the village, he “repeatedly interrupted” Sunday services at Bethel by cutting off the electricity to the public address system, removing microphones from the podium during services, and by playing loud music and projection screen TVs during services, according to the lawsuit.

A Cook County jury sided with Bethel, ordering Elleson’s church to pay Bethel $257,600, plus costs. […]

Elleson wrote that he was “not aware of” a 1998 criminal damage conviction he holds in Cook County, according to court records, which indicate he plead guilty to the misdemeanor.

There’s so much more. Go read it.

* The Question: Your suggested campaign slogans for what appears to be the first Illinois candidate to buy general election cable TV ads?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

20 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:26 pm:

    “It’s never too early to burn or waste money.”


  2. - Just Me - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:27 pm:

    My father (a tea party Republican who lives downstate) often complains that if Republicans just ran in Chicago they would win because their message of creating jobs would help a city that needs them. He is blind to political reality and Elleson probably feels the same way.

    Slogan idea: But vote for us anyways.


  3. - JoanP - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:27 pm:

    “My “contentious and noncooperative spirit” makes me a perfect fit for today’s Congress.”


  4. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:28 pm:

    Can you hear me now?


  5. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:29 pm:

    Evanston Stands With Trump-Rauner-Elleson.


  6. - d.p.gumby - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:35 pm:

    Bringing religion back into government!


  7. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:36 pm:

    no serious Republican entered that race. Welcome the political competition, but yes, waste of money.


  8. - Incognito - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:36 pm:

    Along with the Nazi running against Lipinski, Mike Madigan must be embarrassed that the people he handpicks as opponents are practically qualified.


  9. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:39 pm:

    John Elleson: He’s Not the Nazi Running for Congress.


  10. - Amalia - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    Jan has spent tons of time already working against Roskam. When Quigley puts up ads for a primary election, you know that others are thinking the same way. defend. you can bet that getting Jan to even think about what’s going on in her district election takes away a teeny bit from what she can do elsewhere. Roskam is a why. this is the same tactic legislatively. run against Martwick so less can be focused against McAuliffe.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    “You won’t forget someone who annoys you”


  12. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:44 pm:

    God, forgiveness & Elleson

    Hey, I am better than the Republican in the Third District

    Thank you Republican Party for your candidate recruitment a fine job done by all


  13. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:44 pm:

    April Ads brings May “Crabs”


  14. - PJ - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:45 pm:

    == this is the same tactic legislatively ==

    I hope that’s truly their “tactic”, because what a comical waste of money.


  15. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:45 pm:

    ===Elleson sold Bethel half of his church, but after his plan to build a wall dividing the worship area into two was rejected by the village, he “repeatedly interrupted” Sunday services at Bethel by cutting off the electricity to the public address system, removing microphones from the podium during services, and by playing loud music and projection screen TVs during services, according to the lawsuit.===

    He’s running on a platform to separate church from hate.


  16. - very old soil - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:53 pm:

    I’m wasting money. Please waste your vote.


  17. - Blue dog dem - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    About as silly as Rauner wasting money.


  18. - Soothsayer - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 3:22 pm:

    “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”


  19. - anon2 - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 3:26 pm:

    The state GOP fell down on the job allowing this character and the Neo-Nazi against Lipinski to win Republican primaries in two congressional districts.


  20. - Amalia - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 4:31 pm:

    Distraction


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