DEA Finishes Probe of Green Dragonfly Meth Clinic: The News-Sun reports today that the Drug Enforcement Administration has completed its investigation of the private Green Dragonfly Meth Clinic in Waukegan, in which scandal Democratic Lake County Coroner Richard Keller is in up to his eyeballs. DEA told the News-Sun that Green Dragonfly would have to reapply for a DEA license to distribute methadone IF they reopen, which will be tough until they find a replacement for Dr. Keller, who was the only one working for the clinic who was licensed to prescribe the drug. The State's Attorney's investigation into Keller is still pending.
10th District Dem Candidates: Progress Illinois reports that (to no one's surprise), State Senator Susan Garrett officially endorsed State Rep. Julie Hamos for the 10th Congressional District, thereby joining Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky in abandoning their former darling, Dan Seals. Seals seems to be getting a slow start to his campaign, and plans an official announcement at a suburban rec center this coming week.
IL Senate Dems: Senator Garrett also endorsed newcomer and former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman over State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, according to Sneed. Given recent endorsements of former Blago spokeswoman Cheryle (Robinson) Jackson by Congressman Bobby Rush and State Senator James Meeks, this means the Dem senate primary will be a lot better of a show than we had anticipated once.
IL Senate GOP: An immigrants right group is trying to make hay out of two-year old comments by Congressman Mark Kirk on unchecked population growth in Mexico relating to the problem of illegal immigration in the United States. Kirk appears to have stopped the incendiary ads from airing (featuring his face in the middle of a condom, even though his comments did not reference "condoms"), at least for now. Details at Capitol Fax Blog. Several commentors (see Mark Brown at the Sun-Times, more from Marathon Pundit) think the ad is unfair, if not outrageous. You can guess what Ellen thinks. But some wonder if this tactic might not backfire, considering it could bolster Kirk's creds amongst conservatives. Others aren't sure but not looking forward to another year of this.
Speaking of Kirk's conservative creds, newcomer Pat Hughes is betting his campaign on the proposition that he represents Republican "mainstream" principles, and Mark Kirk is too far to the left (Cap Fax has links to some video here). Remember that immigrant-rights group? They say Kirk is a right-wing radical.
Where does that leave Kirk? That's right, in the middle.
Meanwhile, speaking of extremists, perennial candidate Andy Martin attacks Hughes for failing to disclose that an obstensively objective letter of support of Hughes from several 'conservative leaders' was orchestrated by conservative activist Paul Caprio, who Martin accuses of taking $10,000 from Hughes for political work. Says Martin:
“Conservatives should strive to achieve honesty and openness in their political activity, not Daley Machine-style corruption. For Caprio to put $10,000 in his own pocket, and then seek to orchestrate an ‘endorsement’ of his employer was not far short of criminal fraud. Some would say he crossed the line. Caprio’s tactics are a disgrace to both himself and his ‘client’ Mr. Hughes.
So, while the second, third and four tier-candidates continue to snipe at each other and battle over their conservative 'creds', meanwhile, Congressman Mark Kirk continues his downstate tour, connecting with voters in Decatur at the 2009 Farm Progress Show.
Kirk stopped in 40 towns in 27 days and has raised $2 million for his campaign, he said. "It's going to be tough, but we're ready," Kirk said.
Lake County GOP Picnic: The annual Lake County GOP picnic will be hosted by the Lake County Republican Central Committee next Sunday, September 13, 2009, from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Holy Mother of God Serbian Monastery, Route 45 in Lake Villa, IL.