Ibendahl on Politics

Has Bill Brady worn out his welcome?

February 9, 2006

Tom Roeser, a respected voice within the Illinois conservative community, has a very insightful post on his blog about the Republican Primary race for Governor. Tom Roeser asks the question many conservatives in Illinois have also been asking: "Why would Brady want to carry the collar for an Oberweis loss in the primary by...

Mr. Birkett, tear down this stonewall!

February 5, 2006

Late last week with Joe Birkett at the controls, the Topinka/Birkett "straight-talk" express ran off the rails and burst into flames. It looks like a total loss for Mr. Birkett's credibility. We must say though, we are delighted that Joe Birkett has joined our rapidly growing readership. Maybe Mr. Birkett wants to see real...

Prove it Judy!

February 2, 2006

It's not that we don't trust Judy Baar Topinka. Wait, who are we kidding - of course we don't trust Topinka. But in any case we think a statement Judy Baar made through a spokesman last week deserves some follow-up. CBS 2 Chicago on January 27th highlighted charges of hypocrisy against Topinka. The report...

So much for that Illinois GOP Code of Conduct

January 27, 2006

Jim Oberweis must be doing something right. This past week he was viciously bashed by an angry homosexual activist and by an immature Republican opponent. On Tuesday the campaign held a press conference to renew Oberweis' commitment to the Protect Marriage Petition drive. Oberweis presented the leaders of the project with a check for...

It’s time for some of that “straight talk” from Birkett

January 26, 2006

When Judy Baar Topinka tapped DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett as her running mate, she introduced Birkett as "the new sheriff in state government." Topinka vowed that as Lt. Governor, Birkett would clean up a mess left behind by Governor Rod Blagojevich's scandal ridden freshman term. But it appears that the "new sheriff...

Topinka’s crew finds even basic GOP issues “divisive”

January 24, 2006

That humorous caption on the photo accompanying this piece, "we're doomed" - is the fate that awaits the IL GOP if Republicans continue to be denied the principled leadership they deserve.

Topinka’s Boss Hogg keeps Illinois GOP the backwater of American politics

January 23, 2006

The IL GOP's National Committeeman Bob Kjellander truly is the Boss Hogg of Illinois.

Topinka’s vicious campaign style prompts Illinois GOP to take action

January 23, 2006

Up until yesterday, Republican Primary voters were being treated to a cordial and informative campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor. And although Jim Oberweis, Steve Rauschenberger, Bill Brady and Ron Gidwitz have differing opinions on how to solve our state's problems, they have treated one another respectfully. These four gentlemen have been just...

Republicans should be spared the preaching from Topinka’s Camp

January 18, 2006

Haven't Illinois Republicans suffered enough? Must we now be subjected to demeaning lectures from Topinka's camp on how to behave professionally? What's next - a mandatory marriage retreat hosted by Bill Clinton?

Sacrificing the Illinois GOP’s soul on Topinka’s altar

January 16, 2006

So you think that the Illinois Republican Party is weak and in disarray? Well, apparently it's not weak enough for some people. When the goal is to nominate a Democrat like Judy Baar Topinka from the Republican side, it's just not safe having any energy exhibited within the Grand Old Party.