Pardoned Mayor Urlacher files paperwork with stated intent of running against Senate GOP Leader McConchie
Friday, May 7, 2021
[Bumped up from Thursday evening for visibility.]
* Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher, who was pardoned by President Donald Trump in January after he was indicted on a couple of sports gambling-related charges, has filed a new Statement of Organization (D-1) with the Illinois State Board of Elections with the intention of running for the 26th Senate District seat.
That district is currently represented by Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie. Leader McConchie defeated Urlacher in the 2016 Republican primary by just shy of 4 percentage points in a pretty rough race.
Urlacher was reelected mayor last month as a write-in candidate. He decided not to run while under indictment then jumped back in after his pardon.
Reached by phone tonight, Urlacher politely declined comment and hung up.
Urlacher is the brother of former Bears great Brian Urlacher, who had a private meeting with President Trump at the White House last year.
On January 7th, the day after the insurrection attempt at the US Capitol, Leader McConchie penned an op-ed for the Sun-Times that expressed horror at the violence, called for unity and took a thinly veiled swipe at the POTUS. “The Republican party is not, and has never been, one person,” McConchie wrote at the time.
Never a dull moment in Illinois, campers.