June 7, 2005

Steve Haring announces for 71st District

Mike Boland officially has a challenger.

Steve Haring, an economic development official from Savanna, Ill., announced this week he will try again to win a seat in the state legislature in District 71.

The seat is currently held by Rep. Mike Boland, D-East Moline.

A Republican, he said the equitable funding of education in the state, promoting new ventures in agriculture and opening the Thomson prison are key issues.

Haring formally announced his candidacy at a series of stops in the district Thursday. Haring also said he is concerned about the possible realignment of Arsenal Island and noted he was directly involved in the redevelopment of the Savanna Army Depot, which was ordered closed by the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

Haring, who said he has never stopped running after losing the 2004 election, has been the economic development director for the Blackhawk Hills Economic Development District since 2000. The agency serves six counties: Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Whiteside.

In a not too veiled slap at certain local Democratic politicians, Haring said, "I will go to Springfield as your state representative not looking for just a photo opportunity and a headline, but to work on legislative changes that will help us to grow and prosper."

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At 6/07/2005 8:50 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Will Boland be running for Rep again? I thought he was running against Mike Jacobs.
If Boland runs against Jacobs doesn't that create a problem for the unions? Boland has a very progressive pro-union voting record.

At 6/07/2005 9:13 AM, Blogger rope-a-dope said...

Steve’s an economic development coordinator for the Carroll County area right?

and Carroll County is an economic backwater with a high rate of unemployment and a low per-capita income -(btw -the per capita income would be even worse if we take out a couple of Steve's rich Republican supporters)

So where's your economic development Stevie boy???

At 6/07/2005 9:13 AM, Blogger rope-a-dope said...

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At 6/07/2005 10:22 AM, Blogger Dissenter said...

Haring has worked for many years on a local proposal to expand U.S. Highway 30 from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway through Whiteside County. His efforts in that regard have accomplished nothing but headlines and photo opportunities. U.S. Highway 30 remains a two-lane roadway. And some limited funding that has been provided to conduct some preliminary studies on the matter came to Whiteside County as a direct consequence of the efforts of our fine democratic representation at the federal level.

U.S. Highway 30 should be a topic of discussion in a campaign against Haring, particularly in light of his recent comments. On that issue, he looked for photo opportunities and headlines, but ultimately accomplished nothing.

At 6/07/2005 10:47 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I think if Steve Haring wants to run again he is planing on being an open seat.

At 6/07/2005 12:42 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Boland's options continue to shrink.

Haring's re-entry into the general election wratchets-up pressure on Mike Bolond.

House Reoublican Leader Tom Cross is telling all that will listen about prospects of Haring beating Boland.

Cross is promoting the idea that Boland's indifference and inattentive attitude towards his consituents can be turned against him. In addtion, Corss says Boland's "anti-trial lawyer" vote will serve to dry-up Boland's only campaign cash source, besides the Speaker.

If Boland isn't samrt enough to mend fences with Congressman Lane Evans (Boland recently conducted a poll to gauge a race against incumbent Congressmen Lane Evans), Boland may find himself the odd man out.

Look for Ahern, Lack, Smiddy, McNiel, Hutton, or Tony McCombie (girl power/go girlfriend!) to announce, adding addtional pressure to the once "safe" Boland.

As for Boland's labor record -- it's moot. Boland quite his union (IEA) but took every hard fought gain without ever paying a single due. My father used to call them "scabs." Boland's supporters are said to be suprised by the news, and determined they will have a hard time explaining this fact to their unsuspecting brothers ans sisters!

Look for Boland to flirt with a statewide bid, before running back to the safety of Speaker Madigan's wide open arms.

At 6/07/2005 3:40 PM, Blogger hud50 said...

If memory serves, the vote tally was 16,000 (Boland) to 13,000 (Haring) in that district. I remember the guy came pretty close. The problem is that they carved up 71 and 72 improperly. They should have shifted more of 72nd's democratic areas to 71 to offset the rural republican areas. the problem is that moline sits between some of the heavy dem precincts in R.I.

At 6/07/2005 4:58 PM, Blogger none said...

haring only came close because bolands numbers have dwindled over the years, and 20% of all democrats would never vote for the man. (remember endorsing the republican Mike) So harrings numbers are artificially high, at best. he still does not beat mike b. nor does he beat ahern or mcneil. he should try for the senate, no true incumbent there. but a mediocre e.d. director with a aa degree, and a mild political pedigree suffices for republicans these days in western illnois. He won't cut it.

At 6/07/2005 6:53 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Hey None - who are you referring to on the low qualifications for Senate? Jacobs or Harring? Just curious.

Something all these guys should consider is that Andrea Zinga could run for State Senate against Mike Jacobs and maybe win this time. She is not a great candidate for office in my opin-- esp for Congresss but I think the RI County Republicans would put cash behind her in a smaller race even thou she embarrassed them a couple years ago.

Plus the Rubs love women candidates when they have no sure fire win. Then the man incumbant or no has a hell of a time trying to go negative on a woman and sometimes they win by luck. It can work for both sides as history shows -- look at Hillary Clinton's Senate race and Mr. No-name dumb
a---- who lost due to his macho male arrogance towards her among other factors.

If I were Andrea, (and I am glad I am not) that's what I'd do - run for a smaller post and try to actually win.

At 6/07/2005 6:57 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Oh and Usher you may be right about Boland's membership and credentials as a former member of his union..... I don't have those facts and won't comment.

I am no Boland fan and never have been but I have to underscore that Mike Boland's record on Labor votes is pretty dam good. So that's a stretch if you think the Unions will fail to back him. At least they know he's with them when it counts now. And he's not trying to cozy up to the Republicans while professing to be a Dem.

Usher, you are incorrect on that count and tryin to spin it - and you seem to be quite self-serving here. I wonder why??

At 6/08/2005 6:30 AM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

Plain and simple Boland needs to go. So does Lane Evans. unfortunatley we gave a pass to denny for so long (I know why), that little Mike J may be the beneficiary of no opponent as well. Regardless, Boland and Lane have done nothing, nothing for this area. Jobs lost, prisons empty, Galesburg, the new East St. Louis, unemployment above 10%. The men don't get it. We need new blood. Go Haring Go.

At 6/08/2005 6:53 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Comon Republican Joe - tell us what you know about Denny getting a pass. That's odd - probably all made up anyway. Not fair to say you know and not tell us - unless you are just full of s----! I think I see your little game.

I am betting you would vote for an ax murderer if he had Republican next to his name - but that's just the way you Republicans are......
All the while talking trash about how you vote for "the person" not the party. Typical from what I have seen in my decades of observation.

Quit talking trash unless you can back it up R Joe.

At 6/08/2005 7:59 AM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

denny got passes on generals for a # of reasons. Mainly due to he could not be beaten. I would not vote for an axe murderer, nor would I vote for a man who leaves his girlfriend in the bottome of the Chappaqutic (sp) River. I say I know because, Denny took care of business concerns(which R's like) Second, one of his closest and longest friends was/is Larry Burns; one of the only few R's elected to South Moline Townhip slots. Denny got passes because of his cross over appeal. ( I did vote for the man; but that doesn't mean his son should be given a pass).He has friends in the Jumers, Topperts, Fromis (at least the old man)and your favorite whippig boy, the dispatch loves denny; he sneezes, they run an article on him and kleenex. come on, all democrats cry all day long about how republican the dispatch is, yet the dispatch falls all over themselves for denny; locally and reeder in s'field. So I am not full of s---; Typical democratic banter, don't address Lane and Bolands amazing lack of accomplishments, just attack S. Haring for trying to make things better, and attack me for stating denny got passes on generals, when I am sure you know the reasons why he did get those passes as well, if not better than I.

At 6/08/2005 9:26 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I'm sure Mike will sell out to the Republicans just like Denny did. The people with money and power have only one unified goal to hold on to it. Regardless whther they be Rs or Ds! that is why the Democratic party is in trouble around the country they sell out to the Rs when it comes to the envoirment,orginized labor and so called free trade!
But on the Dispatch I agree with you Joe its just a shitty newspaper it probaly doesnt have as much to do with its politics.
But they tend to attack little guys like Pat O'Brien who really has no connection with Madigan, Emil jones or Lane Evans.
He barly got any help from the Dems.
Way to go Dispatch you beat the crap out of a retired laborer that only wanted to help the average working people. Thats really some tough journalisim. you can be proud Jerry Taylor!

At 6/08/2005 10:48 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

I don't know about you, but where I am from if a person quits his or her union and work as a "SCAB", you are a RAT!

A RAT can vote, but it takes courage and character to stand arm and arm with your brothers and sisters.

Boland's anti-labor actions will speak a lot louder than his after-the-fact votes.

If Boland runs against Lane, everyone will know about Boland's shamefull action.

At 6/08/2005 12:00 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Usher - who are you? Running for office somewhere?? Seems like it.

At 6/08/2005 4:28 PM, Blogger diehard said...

If you look at Bolands voting record on labor issues alone and you are a union member you vote for Mike Boland.
But my guess heis not running against Mike Jacobs, Mike Darrow is.

At 6/08/2005 5:17 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...


You may have hit the mark! Let's bring back the 1986 Darrow v. Jacobs contest. Here's what would be very interesting. If both Jacobs and Boland ran, splitting up the East Moline vote, and Darrow ran out of Rock Island. That would likely result in State Senator Clarence Darrow.

Jacobs and Boland have got to be scared to death of that scenario!

At 6/08/2005 5:22 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

One more thought and I'll let you all go. Let's further suppose that someone like Pat O'Brien runs for that State Senate seat. Boland and Jacobs divide up the East Moline-Hampton vote, Darrow sucks up the Rock Island vote and Pat O'Brien mops up the Moline vote.

Who wins? You might see Darrow and O'Brien in a battle for first, with Jacobs and Boland trailing third and fourth.

It's all about where the votes are, folks.

At 6/08/2005 5:25 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

My final thought. We all know that U.S. Rep. Lane Evans was ready to appoint his loyal staffer, Jerry Lacke, to the State Senate seat when Denny Jacobs was talking about retiring.

What if Evans pushes Lacke for that Senate seat?

By golly, we could see a real primary contest for the State Senate!!

I get around Rock Island a lot, and I can tell you that some of the liberals want a real liberal progressive in the State Senate,.

At 6/08/2005 5:51 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Welcome to the blog Politicalwind.

Your scenarios are interesting.

At 6/09/2005 3:10 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

I will never forget the day Mike Boland crossed the picket line and tried to break the teacher's union. Nor will I forget when Boland tried to decertify the union (IEA). Nor will I forget when Boland turned in his card and quit the union.

For two and a half years Boland failed to pay a single due, but pocketed every gain won by labor.

I don't know about you "Diehard," but this lady will never forget Boland's union busting past.

Flowery words cannot trump Boland's union busting past. Solidarity forever!

At 6/09/2005 5:44 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

Hey Headusher,

Why didn't that Boland labor problem ever hit the local media back in the eighties? Do you think that is why Boland has put together a near perfect labor voting record in the House, to make up for that mistake? Hmmm, I wonder.

I heard Rep. Boland was in Fulton County the other day doing a press conference about his legislative session highlights. He really gets around -- must have tremendous energy.

At 6/09/2005 9:12 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Yes, several newspaper articles regarding the Boland's abit-union activity ran in the Moline Daily Dispatch.

A retired local union offical posses the articles. Sources familar with Boland's anti-union past, predicted the information will surface as election day nears.

Like you politicalwind, Boland's union-busting activity makes me weary of every vote he casts. Thanks for spinning that angle boyfriend, as I had never quite thought of the issue in that way before.

Are you aware that Boland was so weak on election day that he failed to vote?

I am so sad to have missed the Fulton press conference, as reviewing "Boland's legislative accomplishments" must have been among the shortest press conference in history. Sorry I missed that one!

At 6/10/2005 1:39 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

One might be forgiven for actually believing that HeadUsher is someone other than Mike Jacobs, or at least hoping so.
I believe Jacobs actually attended a couple institutions of higher learning. Surely he'd at least be fairly literate. The multiple misspellings in HeadUsher's posts, including five spelling and grammar errors in the first two short paragraphs above alone, would make one hope it's not actually our state Senator.

At 6/10/2005 9:21 AM, Blogger Miss Manners said...

Senator Mike Jacobs holds a master's degree. I happen to know that he reads the blog but does not participate as a commenter.

At 6/10/2005 9:26 AM, Blogger diehard said...

maybe hes doing that on purpose! So we dont get wise! A Masters degree big deal hes a proffesional student whoppeee!!!!

At 6/10/2005 9:26 AM, Blogger diehard said...

maybe hes doing that on purpose! So we dont get wise! A Masters degree big deal hes a proffesional student whoppeee!!!!

At 6/10/2005 12:23 PM, Blogger Miss Manners said...

So you believe that holding an advanced degree makes one a professional student, DIE HARD? Interesting theory to say the least.

At 6/10/2005 6:30 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Ok - Usher says he is a woman - and mis-spells his words - maybe even on purpose. The better to mislead us all.

I think it's Jacobs trying to promote himself as much as he can and he has found a way to artificially pump up his support with little effort-- or make it appear stronger than it may be at this date. It's erie that this Usher character knows way too much about Boland to be an average person who watches this stuff. Thus the speculation continues.

Has Sen Mike Jacobs ever had a real job where he had to compete for hire to get the position against others with experience before? Has MJ ever been accountable to anyone in a job other than a patronage one or a Senate seat gifted to him? I think not to all the above.

And Diehard - the professional student comment may have merit - depending on the type of Masters degree held by young MJ. I have known many people who got big degrees just by having money and a pulse. George Bush comes to mind......

At 6/10/2005 6:38 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I think there is something in the wind here and the young senator MJ may have the rug pulled out from under him in the near future.

There are a lot of folks out there that are quite disgusted with him - his attitude and his free ride from cradle til now in every way you look - free jobs - free ride to a big Senate seat others would be interested in holding and would work to earn.

MJ needs to show us he knows how to work and give us some reason to vote for him. Right now, I see mainly puffing up his chest and some posturing. Nothing really substantial. So what if he can drive around and not get lost in Springfield. SO what he knows the names of the players. That is not what counts here - getting votes is what it's all about baby.

I think that MJ is a short timer in the seat. I predict someone with more experience running for office or holding one before on their own merit will beat MJ and he will be toast in the near future. Boland aside in or out- I think it will happen.

Without the gift of an office, MJ can't hold on - he gets appointed and does not know how to hang on to it. Money does not buy everything and does not win all the time. Once in a while the voters connect with someone despite all the odds against them and surprise us all.....

At 10/21/2006 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night I heard the most outragous lie regarding Mike Boland. This negative attack ad crossed the line from creative reframing of a fact, into the realm of absolute slander.
A screachy, nails on a blackboard voiced woman, stated that Mike Boland is against deporting illegal immigrants who are convicted of crimes.

The reality: Boland wants all convicted felons to serve their prison time BEFORE they are deported. Simply deporting them brings these criminals back onto our streets within days of deportation.

Haring is coming off desperate and stupid.


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