Saturday, March 14, 2015

Q the Eye/03.15.15

Dear LakeCountyEye,

I read with interest your article on how to secure a commission appointment with the Rauner administration:
Clout of Commissions
You advised prospective appointees to make a significant monetary contribution to the Bruce Rauner Transition Committee. Surely you were joking.

All kidding aside, how do I go about obtaining a seat on a State Commission?

A New Bruce Sweeps Clean
Dear Lobby Broom,Ὥρος Hōros

Absolutely. Your LakeCountyEye was only kidding, haha. No doubt about it, whatsoever at all.

It is not only unseemly but illegal to make a donation to an elected official with the expectation of a political favor in return.

Instead, you should emulate the example of Jeffrey Brincat, a Highland Park resident and CEO of Consumer Financial Services Inc. Jeffrey Brincat, Kelly Brincat, and Cynthia Brincat made contributions totaling more than $13,500 to Citizens for Rauner, Inc:

Illinois State Board of Elections
Furthermore, various Consumer Financial Services franchises made contributions totaling $29,000 to Citizens for Rauner, Inc:

Illinois State Board of Elections
The contributions total-up to: $13,500 + $29,000 = $42,500

Now, anyone who made a significant contribution to Bruce Rauner's election committee, while hoping to see a State Commission appointment, would automatically have a strike against him. In some cases 42,500 strikes. Last week, nevertheless, Governor Rauner appointed Jeffrey Brincat to chair the Illinois State Racing Commission.

All of which goes to illustrate your LakeCountyEye's point: you may have 1, 2, 3 even 42,500 strikes against you, but can still obtain a high-profile Illinois Commission appointment. Just overcome your obstacles with hard work, perseverance and by being the best man for the job!

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