This morning the Chicago Tribune added to its endorsements with GOP incumbents Sid Mathias and JoAnn Osmond in the 53rd and 61st Districts, respectively, and challengers Tim Stratton and Bill Anderson in the 51st and 60th Districts.
The Trib called Sid Mathias "a terrific legislator, an independent thinker and a perfect fit for this district." And, no surprise that the Trib glowingly endorsed former GOP County Chairman JoAnn Osmond, saying "JoAnn Osmond has been an effective, energetic representative. She's a very independent voice, a hard worker and a leader on insurance issues. She's one of the best legislators in Springfield."
In the 58th District, the Trib said that newcomer Tim Stratton "is a sharp young business guy who has been active in Glencoe municipal affairs. He is endorsed over Democratic Rep. Karen May, who is too intensely partisan."
In the 60th, the Tribune notes that incumbent Eddie Washington angered the Lake County Dem establishment (a/k/a Terry Link), but still managed to eke out a victory, and that Bill Anderson is picking up some Democratic support. The Tribune said of Anderson: "He is a lawyer, member of the Waukegan public school board and president of the library board. He is knowledgeable on budget matters and would focus on school funding reform. Anderson is endorsed."
Finally, an honorable mention goes to GOP challenger Dan Sugrue, a great guy and extraordinarily hard worker who has a tough job against incumbent Dem Kathy Ryg in the 59th District. The Trib gave a favorable mention to Sugrue, even though it went with Ryg, stating that Sugrue is "a smart, principled attorney." While I like Kathy Ryg as a person, I think the Trib gave her a little too much credit for "reaching across the aisle," and find her way too supportive of the Democratic agenda in Springfield. She would also do well to disassociate herself from Terry Link, but I figure she's banking too much on being able to step into his shoes at some point in the relatively near future (and after seeing what Link does to Dems that don't bow and scape--just look at what happened to Eddie Washington when he fell from favor); thus, Ryg continues to pin her hopes on linking with Link.
We should also note that the Trib previously endorsed GOP incumbents Ed Sullivan, Jr. (51st Dist.), and Mark Beaubien (52nd Dist). The Trib noted that Sullivan Jr "is very knowledgeable about property tax and business issues. (He's the Fremont Township assessor.)" and that Beaubien "is a passionate, hard-working legislator and brings an intelligent approach to pension reform issues. " Sandy Cole (62nd Dist.) did not receive an endorsement, but that's because her opponent was knocked out due to Terry Link's screw-up with Cole's opponent's nomination papers, and therefore it's not a contested race.
For anyone keeping count, between the legislative district endorsements and the senate endorsements (which were given to Dan Duffy, Matt Murphy and Keith Gray), only ONE Democrat (Ryg) received endorsement from the Tribune. As we noted previously, the Lake County News-Sun didn't even give the nod to Ryg, and encouraged a "GOP Sweep" of the Lake County legislative delegation to remove the political cobwebs out of Springfield.
People nationwide may be hungry for change, but the desire of Illinoisans to clean up Springfield may come as a rude awakening to some Dem legislators next week. We can only hope.