Written by Laurie Higgins
In response to an article we sent out over the weekend, we have been hearing from concerned constituents in Senator Jason Barickman’s legislative district who are unhappy with the response his office is sending out regarding his vote in favor of legalizing “same-sex marriage.” Barickman’s constituents have much cause to be troubled by both his vote and his feckless defense of it.
In a response to an IFI voter guide survey prior to the election, Jason Barickman stated that he supports an amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and just a few months later, he voted to legalize “same-sex marriage.” He is now using religious liberty protections as political cover for his indefensible vote.
The amendment Sen. Barickman is using to rationalize his vote is a terrible amendment.… Continue Reading
Senator Jason Barickman Breaks With GOP
Written by David E. Smith, IFA Executive Director
Despite the fact that Illinois is facing serious financial and unemployment issues, including a bankrupt pension system, the Illinois Senate recently approved a bill to redefine marriage and family — on St. Valentine’s Day no less.
The vote results were 34-21 with 2 voting present. This destructive and foolish decision reveals the ignorance — or in some cases cowardice — of those who voted for the legal recognition of same-sex unions as marriage. Lawmakers who approved this proposal have now formally and publicly declared that government-sanctioned marriage has no inherent connection to sexual complementarity or reproductive potential. They have proclaimed that the sole inherent constituent feature of marriage is love.
One of the legislators in the Illinois Senate who joined with anti-family proponents of same-sex marriage is Jason Barickman, a freshman Republican Senator from Bloomington. … Continue Reading
Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise today released the following statement after President Obama’s State of the Union address.
“It’s fitting that President Obama gave his State of the Union on Mardi Gras Day, since he’s spent the last four years throwing record levels of taxpayer money at failed federal programs like cheap beads at a parade,” Scalise said. “If higher taxes and more government spending were the solution to our economic woes, our economy would be humming on all cylinders, but all the middle class has to show for the last four years is a hangover of record debt and a weak economy that hasn’t produce jobs for hard-working families.
“Unemployment hovered above or around eight percent throughout President Obama’s entire first term. The president’s attempts at job creation and middle class revitalization have proven hollow and damaging.
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Written by Dan Proft, WLS Radio Host
Winston Churchill reportedly said of Clement Attlee, the man he both preceded and succeeded as Prime Minister, that Attlee was “a sheep in sheep’s clothing.”
I write here not to review British political history but to wonder aloud what Churchill would say about the dithering of inconsequential men in the face of crisis today. That rumination inevitably leads me to Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State Address in Springfield on Wednesday.
Quinn created the cartoon character Squeezy the Pension Python to explain the depths of the fiscal abyss that is the state’s public sector pension system to low information voters like the members of the General Assembly.
Squeezy has been such a hit that Quinn enlisted Barney to write a kindergarten-friendly State of the State Address about a fantastical world called “Our Illinois”.… Continue Reading