Willis elections: (we TRIED to get rid of her) she was installed by Madigan when reliable republican Skip Saviano had a falling out with Mike Madigan.
The article quoted below Explains EVERYTHING, including the heavily gerrymandered district # 77.
So YES - Willis IS a tool, of Madigan.
kathleen willis d 70.6 15,420
anthony airdo r 29.4 6,429 ( I worked on this )
kathleen willis d 70.37 20,806
anthony airdo r 29.63 8,762
kathleen willis d unchallenged
2012 this is the first election of the heavily gerrymandered district, designed to get Angelo "Skip" Saviano out of office.
kathleen willis d 52.6 15,420
angelo saviano r 47.4 12,357
from Crain's Chicago Business in 2012:
Speaker Madigan declares war on ex-ally Skip Saviano
November 02, 2012 07:00 AM
Of all the stories being told this campaign season, the best may be of the final unraveling of the gentleman's agreement
that long governed who got what on the Far Northwest Side and in the suburbs just east and south of O'Hare International Airport.
The deal principally was between Democrat Mike Madigan, the speaker of the Illinois House, and the late Don Stephens,
a Republican who built and ruled Rosemont and served as Leyden Township GOP committeeman. The symbol of their alliance
was state Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano, who is a Republican but who everyone in Springfield knew would be there for the
speaker if he really was needed.
But that was then. This election, Mr. Madigan's top priority -- other than electing Mike Madigan speaker, that is --
may be to knock off Mr. Saviano, who is struggling for survival against a Democratic foe who has money, muscle and more
behind her, thanks to the speaker.
Insiders say a lot of things caused the breach, including Mr. Stephens' death in 2007 and Mr. Saviano's decision to go on
the record last year in an article by my colleague Jim Ylisela about how the speaker's decision to block refunding of
McCormick Place bonds may have cost Illinois taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
But the first and main reason was the death of the Rosemont casino.
Mr. Stephens always had considered the casino to be the capstone of his career. Enabling legislation to move the 10th casino
license to Rosemont passed with the speaker's help. As per that and the greater alliance, Mr. Stephens was a big backer of
Lisa Madigan, the speaker's adopted daughter, when she ran for Illinois attorney general in 2002, supporting her over Republican Joe Birkett.
But once in office Ms. Madigan declared war on the Rosemont casino, saying insiders there had mob ties. Mr. Stephens felt betrayed,
and along with Mr. Saviano made what I'm told were some most injudicious personal remarks about the attorney general. Even now,
Mr. Saviano says that "his (Madigan's) daughter's disloyalty to Don Stephens" really caught in the old man's craw.
That was the start of the breakup. But there's more.
Mr. Saviano always had been the main sponsor of legislation to allow the agency that operates McCormick Place to refinance its debt.
But the speaker, saying that the agency had become too close to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, said no. Mr. Saviano was quoted extensively
in last year's Crain's article on the matter, an article which was most unflattering to the speaker's view.
By the 2010 election cycle, Mr. Saviano had turned into a major financial backer of other House Republicans, raising and donating
hundreds of thousands of dollars, sources say.
The speaker couldn't do much about all of that at the time, since Mr. Saviano had a safe district anchored in the turf that had been
controlled by the Stephens clan — first the old man and now his son successor, Bradley Stephens. But in remap last year, the Madigan
controlled House produced a map that moved Mr. Saviano's new district entirely out of Rosemont and pretty much out of Leyden Township
Steve Brown, Mr. Madigan's spokesman, pretty much accuses Mr. Saviano of holding a grudge against the attorney general over the casino,
which instead opened in Des Plaines.
"The attorney general's decision was based on fact," he says. "The decision was made, and you go forward....People have to move on."
The speaker was right to block the McCormick Place refunding, Mr. Brown adds. "We weren't going to turn over that process to the Blagojevich fundraisers."
And, the speaker is backing Democrat Kathleen Willis in the district because, "The district would be better served by having a Democrat," Mr. Brown says.
Mr. Saviano isn't going easily — and, thanks to some Democratic bungling, is considered the front-runner in the race.
"Mike has changed," Mr. Saviano says.
"AS he's gotten older, he doesn't do anything that doesn't help him or Lisa...
I've just started telling him no. In fact, I haven't talked to him in two years."
But though the core of the old Northwest Side alliance is gone, pieces remain. Both area Democratic Sen. John Mulroe and
GOP state Rep. Mike McAuliffe somehow got good, winnable districts in the same remap that bonked Mr. Saviano.
And, I hear the speaker and the new Mayor Stephens had a lovely round of golf a few weeks ago.
So, things have changed. But not everything.
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another take on it, from Capitolfax: https://capitolfax.c...n-saviano-race/
And then Madigan moved Heaven and Earth to find an opponent for the locally popular Saviano, finally convincing an almost totally unknown local Republican to switch parties and challenge the incumbent.
Madigan dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaign, forcing Saviano to work harder on his reelection than he ever has.
Other shenanigans ensued - interesting reading.... follow the capitolfax link.
Deeper history on Madigan, written in 1997: https://www.lib.niu....7/ii970412.html
Edited by markthesignguy, 21 May 2019 - 06:11 PM.