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Anna Moeller, 43rd District State Rep.

29 March 2014 Elgin Illinois 75 Comments

Anna Moeller in 2011 Anna Moeller in 2011 (Photo by The Elginite).

Anna Moeller, a member of the Elgin City Council, has been selected to replace Keith Farnham as the representative for the 43rd District in the Illinois House of Representatives. Mr. Farnham (D-Elgin) recently resigned in the wake of a child pornography investigation.

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  1. Her first vote will be to raise taxes next week!

    “With Speaker Madigan’s pick of big-spending Anna Moeller, it’s clear that we are headed for higher taxes, even less accountability, and more of the same status quo politics from Springfield. I think the voters of the 43rd district deserve better.” Said Allen Skillicorn, Secretary of the Kane County Republicans,

    • paul says:

      Dalton and Moeller at Danny’s pizza.
      Sounds like a den of thieves. And crappy pizza too.

  2. bw says:

    Let me say first that Allen Skillicom has no idea what he is talking about. Next let me point out, once again, to all you people posting on this board who were and are worried about 2015. I told you months ago that no one can predict what tomorrow will bring, as in the case of Moeller. She will not be a candidate in 2015 for city council and no one knows who will be around to run in 2015. Stop trying to play the only one who knows what the future will bring and be concerned about the present. As far as Moeller, she will be a yes person, rubber stamp, for MM. I pray she can to something right for the city of Elgin. Her dumb move to raid TLC via the COP cost the taxpayers dearly. Anna, please no more dumb moves in Springfield. The next thing is to pick her replacement on the council that will vote with the majority. I’m sure the mayor will see that it will happen that way.

    • Margaret Miller says:


      Mr. Skillicorn is correct in his observations and is just reporting what he has seen in Ms. Moeller’s voting record of higher taxes and pet projects for Elgin. He brings his observation to her new position for taxing all the citizens in the district. Mr. Moeller just increased her net to a larger body to tax.

      Second, if Mr. Farnham hadn’t been raided, Ms. Moeller would have run again for Council, make no mistake about that.

      Third, you just said…”I pray she can to something right for the city of Elgin.” Implying she hasn’t been doing things right for Elgin. (Welcome aboard bw!)

      You continue saying…”Her dumb move to raid TLC via the COP cost the taxpayers dearly. Anna, please no more dumb moves in Springfield.” That sounds to me that you agree with many on this site that think she’s a “yes” person and you are advising Ms. Moeller to do something right for Elgin by telling her “no more dumb moves”. So accordingly to your posts, you have been backing someone you just advise “no more dumb moves” indicating she has made dumb moves and since she was a “yes” person on the Council, she will be a “yes’ person in Springfield too.

      Make up your mind bw. I thought, according to you, that Ms. Moeller was one of the smart ones on the Council due to higher education. You sound confused to me however, that’s just my opinion.

  3. James Madison says:

    Anna Moeller just joined the “Big Boys (and not many Girls) Club.” To this point she just had to deal with the local barbs from John Prigge and his ghostwriter (MM). Now she will have daily scrutiny from Allen Sillycom and his financial heavyweight backers (can you say Jack Roeser)and will be vilified on a daily basis as a tool of Madigan (which she may become). At least let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she will represent the 43rd District in a manner that will be constructive for this region. Her campaign for election in her own right begins at 2:01 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Let the mud slingin’ begin.

    • Margaret Miller says:

      Mr. Madison, please don’t speak to me about ghostwriting for Councilman Prigge. Have you looked at the name you write under lately?

      As for people scrutinizing her, she deserves it. Specifically from the people that feel she has cost them and the city large amounts of their money, her embracement to Elgin and those who thought representation meant “all” not just her “yes” votes for her special interests.

      You said…”Give he the benefit of the doubt.” Why, a zebra doesn’t change their strips just because they move to a larger plain for game. She will forever remain the taxing princess of Elgin and become the new agent of tax and spend for the rest of her district.

      • James Madison says:

        My, my Ms. Miller much mockery must mean mischief. (Or, since you are the only person in the world with the same initials as Mickey Mouse, I was obviously targeting you.)

        • Margaret Miller says:

          Who cares!

          • Margaret Miller says:

            Thanks, I saw it about an hour ago. Try to post a comment. Courier has a new one too.

          • Margaret Miller says:

            Since the Daily Herald seems to be blocking comments at that link, here is the comment/s I made that didn’t post.

            Didnt she swear the same thing for Elgin City Council? Well, we know how that turned out don’t we?

            Hmmm, “move Illinois and the region in the right direction.” I wonder what that means? Helping the progressives move Illinois and the region into further debt through taxes and moving her and others special interest projects forward? Jobs…the ones she couldn’t help create while in Elgin? Education, you mean ditching U46 for a Charter School all will ripping off the Elgin citizens of a huge and valuable piece of real estate? Good thing the TLC lawsuit is settled!

            What an interesting comment for Noland…
            State Sen. Michael Noland of Elgin said he is looking forward to working with Moeller. However, he added, “The process for making the appointment locally here needs some improvement.” He said would have liked to have seen the process opened up to a wider body of individuals.

  4. bw says:

    At least she is a member of the party that runs the state. I don’t think the GOP can find a candidate to run against her in the November election. No one wanted to take on Farnman. Why would they want to take on Moeller? The Dems will see to it she gets financial help and she can start building her own war chest. I don’t know that the 43rd district is that important in state politics. MM will continue to call the shots in the Illinois GA. Moeller knows how to vote YES on things like more income taxes, schools etc. She should feel right at home in her new job. Just another chapter in Illinois politics.

    • Margaret Miller says:

      Yes, and do you want to run down the long list of how this ruling Illinois party has destroyed the State of Illinois and it’s reputation? Can you say Detroit, just on a larger scale? High unemployment, businesses leaving to open in more tax friendly states, people leaving just to get away from the high taxes, education test scoring, illegals, taxes at every level, welfare abuse, unfunded pensions and statewide corruption.

      Now bw, you are doing what you just accused others of doing buy guessing what the GOP will or will not do come November. How do you know? A lot can happen and you don’t have that crystal ball you claim others had. As for starting to build her war chest, she started that back in October 2013 with her fund raiser all the Dems will do is add to it.

      bw, if this was your impression of Ms. Moeller in the past, why is it that you defended her actions and behavior so vehemently?

  5. One Vote says:

    There’s no time to waste here. The city needs to sell that school property to the state.
    Now Anna can lobby some other entity to fund her private experimentation school.
    The contract needs to be iron clad. How about a clause like this: “If Pat Quinn’s check bounces the state still gets the property.”
    On another note, Madigan didn’t pick her because of her leadership. He wanted someone he could control; someone firmly committed to the gravy train; someone who wouldn’t make noise about the system.
    He got a blue minion in Moeller.

  6. bw says:


    Ms. Moeller is most the smartest member on the council measuring IQ. I have no more or less favor towards her than the other five who often vote with her. As a person, I would not know her from Eve if I ran into her on the street. She, like the other five, have all made dumb votes but not as dumb as Prigge, Gavin, and Shaw. If I agree with the way she votes or backs an issue I give her credit. Like you, if I disagree with her position, I will let it be known. My positions change from person to person and issue to issue. Today I might you. Tomorrow I may dislike you. As people Prigge, Gavin, and Shaw are fine. AS members of the council thy don’t cut it. If I think you’re right I will agree with you. I move back and forth with the issue. People like you make a decision and pour it into concrete. How do I know this, I read your post. I think, see, and act using my own mindset. YOU, or no one else can change my mind about Elgin, Illinois, or the USA.

    • Margaret Miller says:


      Blah, Blah, Blah and Ha, Ha, Ha!

      I do not recall one time when I read a post by you chastising any of her votes. In fact, I don’t recall you commenting on any other liberal Council person’s voting record or how you disagreed with them. You say…”She, like the other five, have all made dumb votes” if that is the case and your an issues kind of person, why haven’t you ever posted that you didn’t like any of their votes?

      Make up your mind what side you are on. You complain you don’t want higher taxes but vote, support and favor the ones on the Council who raise them. You claim Ms. Moeller is smart due to some higher education. Show me where higher education allows for common sense thinking. Liberal thinking is collective thinking not independent thinking. She has not and will not favor the taxpayer. She is smart when it comes to pushing her personal agenda forward, manipulation and non disclosure but you don’t need a higher education to see that, just common sense.

      You said…”People like you make a decision and pour it into concrete.” My positions are no more in concrete than Ms. Moeller’s, its just from the extreme opposite side of the fence. Your positions seem to be on the fence, flavor of the day, and wishy washy.

      I would rather be steadfast in my beliefs and support the ones who think along those lines than blindly follow people who claim they will represent us and don’t, as her and others history shows.

      I’m not looking to change your mind. I have run up against brick walls in the past and know one when I read one.

  7. bw says:

    ’m not looking to change your mind. I have run up against brick walls in the past and know one when I read one.

    At 78 I think I’m much more steadfast in my beliefs than you or any of your conservative friends. Don’t consider yourself a flavor of my day. I agree that you’re the hardnose writer people say you are.

  8. Margaret Miller says:

    Thank you!

  9. Cruex says:

    The Democrats made a big mistake on this one and if the local GOP does not seize this opportunity to get this seat they will have no one to blame but themselves.

    The Democrats had at least two Hispanics to choose from and did not. Will Carpentersville voters be more or less likely to vote for someone named Moeller when they know people named Echeverria and Castro were stepped over? They weren’t going to vote for a GOP candidate no matter what but now they won’t vote at all in this race. I would match Moeller’s Elgin voting record with a nobody Republican any day.

  10. Harmony says:

    This is great day forElgin. Moeller resigns the council and we get to vote her out of her new job doesn’t get any better than that!

  11. Craig says:

    I don’t think government is a great solution social and economic ills, but I do think that Anna is a nice lady.

    • ADV says:

      It makes me really sad to see a woman putting another woman down by repeatedly calling Moeller a “princess.” Why would you call her that? Because she’s blonde and petite? What does that have to do with anything? If you’re going to attack her credibility, do it on the issues and not on her appearance.

      This place is like a political car crash; I just can’t look away.


    Chicago – House Republican Leader Jim Durkin welcomed newly appointed state Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) on Monday by applauding Moeller’s bipartisan and economic growth pledge. Moeller told reporters that she is pledging to serve in a “bipartisan fashion” and she will work to “create jobs and strengthen our economy.”

    “The best way to strengthen our economy is to not raise taxes on anyone,” said Durkin. “Many key votes are coming before the Illinois House in the coming days and weeks that will slow Illinois’ economic recovery and drive unemployment higher.”

    Last week, Democratic leaders have all endorsed the idea of making the 67% temporary tax hike of 2011, permanent.

    “The House GOP will gladly work with any member of the General Assembly who is committed, like Rep. Moeller, to strengthening our economy and protecting hardworking families, taxpayers and job creators,” added Durkin.

    • Margaret Miller says:

      Mr. Durkin,

      You described the wrong “yes” gal!

      • bw says:


        Perhaps we should take a break from Ms. Moeller for now. After all she’s yesterday’s news.

        why do you continue to talk about or marks remarks about her. I don’t think you have any idea about past history. lol

    • One Vote says:

      Durkin knows that this appointment is just window dressing. His reaching out to her across the aisle is just a formality.
      Anna was not elected by anyone; she was appointed by Mike Madigan.
      In plain terms she was a known quantity who wouldn’t make waves for the party.
      Castro is needed where she is. Echeverria is unpredictable and might grab a microphone somewhere and express an individual idea.
      Anna isn’t needed to maintain a liberal Elgin city council. She’s mature enough to shut up and march to Madigan’s beat.

  13. SIE says:

    I’m sorry to see Ms. Moeller leave the city council.

    She was the only one who responded to my email concerning a serious safety issue that effected hundreds of children every day. She took the time to look in to the issue and eventually got it resolved.

    The other council members did nothing. Seven of them didn’t even bother to respond to my email. That has been my experience. The council members and Mayor don’t give a darn about what concerns residents.

  14. Margaret Miller says:


    Moeller co-sponsors her first bill
    Along with Moeller, the bill’s sponsors in the House are 113th District Democrat Jay Hoffman of Belleville

    Hmmmm, The same Jay Hoffman who co-sponsired IL HB3754 | 2013-2014 | 98th General Assembly.

    Status: Engrossed on March 20 2014 - 50% progress
    Action: 2014-03-24 - Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Linda Holmes
    Pending: Senate Assignments Committee
    Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]

    Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code and the State Finance Act. Repeals provisions in the Charter Schools Law and the State Finance Act concerning the State Charter School Commission; makes related changes. Removes a provision allowing a school board to develop its own process for receiving charter school proposals. Requires the State Board of Education to compile annual evaluations of charter schools received from school boards and prepare an annual report on charter schools (instead of requiring school boards to submit to the State Board any information required by the State Board pursuant to rule). Makes changes concerning the report the State Board issues to the General Assembly and the Governor. Effective July 1, 2014.


  15. Margaret Miller says:

    Moeller to host town hall meeting at Gail Borden Library

    From the article…
    “Town hall meetings are one of the ways I plan to receive feedback from constituents about their issues and priorities for the community,” Moeller said in a statement.

    Margaret’s comment…
    If that’s how she feels now, it sounds like its a new discovery for her. Is she just caring about the Elgin citizen’s concerns now that she has a higher government position? Why wasn’t she doing town halls over the last three years showing interest and staying in touch with citizens and their needs? One might have thought she would have had a clue after three years and the downward economy since 2008 and not that she was starting from scratch. So now were constituents (voters) and not citizens (Perhaps looking forward to November election?)

    From the article…
    “Staying connected to local residents is a critical part of being an effective legislator and it is why I am diligently working to hear everyone’s point of view.”

    Margaret’s comment…
    Is this an admission that she is out of touch with all Elgin and district citizens? Why wasn’t she listening to everyone and not just her neighbors the last three years as a legislator on the Elgin City Council?

    From the article…
    “Moeller plans to remain accessible to area residents through town hall meetings, business visits, coffee shop and restaurant visits, and by walking door-to-door across the community. The upcoming town hall meeting will give interested citizens a chance to voice their opinions about legislative issues before session resumes in late April. Moeller is hoping the town hall meeting will encourage a dialogue about the legislative needs of the district.”

    Margaret’s comment…
    So, she doesn’t know what the citizen’s want nor does she know what legislative issues the district needs? Another typical Illinois representative, clueless to the needs of the citizens. Interesting that her coffee lunch tours are scheduled in only Elgin locations? I wonder how the other communities, she is supposed to represent, feel about her circling her wagon around only Elgin or if she understands those citizens concerns are the same as Elgin citizens concerns?

    From the article…
    “I encourage residents in the Elgin area to attend the town hall meeting to discuss important issues facing their neighborhoods,” Moeller said. “Also, good legislative ideas are often brought to legislators by local citizens at these types of events.”

    Margaret’s comment…
    Why is she doing this now? Why hasn’t she been listening all along? Why hasn’t she done anything to help Elgin citizens over the last three years? Why doesn’t she know the direction struggling tax payer what her to fight for? Is that because her listening and actions come from only the small pond of NENA residence? Representative Moeller, can we start with Code Enforcement, lower taxes, damaged streets, east side parking issues, over crowding, attracting businesses to Elgin and the heroin issues?

    Make no mistake she is campaigning and these are campaign stops. She has been campaigning since her fund raiser in October 2013. She has played duck and cover the last three years from the citizens outside of NENA and now professes her desire to know what citizens and neighborhoods needs. The small business meeting I attended that Ms. Moeller hosted with John Steffen provided so many results…didn’t it? NOT! Where’s the follow up and follow through?

    Here is how I see she helped the government and not the citizens. She supported the natural gas tax, rain tax and electric tax. She is a strong supporter and design committee member of the Charter School Initiative, initially voting to move forward on all repairs ($1 million - then jumped to $5 million) and straddling annual maintenance and utilities costs onto the shoulders of the Elgin taxpayer of roughly $300,000. She was a supporter of the bailout of the ESO by wiping out part of their debt ($70,000) and extended a fifteen year, low interest rate loan to the tune of just over $200,000.

    Just what Elgin and the district needs from a new legislator, an out of touch rudderless NENA liberal doing the “YES” bidding for Michael Madigan and the Illinois Progressive movement.

    Mulligan, please!


    • One Vote says:

      I like the Moeller quote that goes: “Also,good legislative ideas are often brought to legislators by local citizens at these types of events.”

      She doesn’t know much about state government, does she? In Springfield ideas that are attached with bags of money see the light of day past Mike Madigan.

  16. James Madison says:

    MM, your infatuation with Ms. Moeller is very interesting. You are smitten. (”Hell hath no fury…”)

    • One Vote says:

      Margaret’s not alone here. Moeller was hand-picked by the Madigan machine. Period.
      That’s how these replacements are made. No election. No real analysis of candidates. Just the formality of collecting names, a faux humble statement by Anna and a nod of the head by Madigan.

  17. RS says:

    You guys should give her a chance. I’m optimistic because she declined the pension that comes with the job.

    That could be a sign that she is willing to take on the very tough problem of solving the state’s (as well as the city’s) pension problem. One thing she can do right away is to work with Rep. Franks of Marengo and craft a beefed-up version of the Retirement Means Retirement bill (HB 3760) that can pass the assembly. I would like an outright ban on any pension payments to anybody who is gainfully employed.

    Make it palatable. If you are nominally retired from a government job but drawing an annual income of $50K or more (from some kind of work) for example, then you shall not receive any state or local pension payment.

    She should also sponsor and get passed another bill taxing pensions. Illinois is one of only a few states that does not tax pensions.

    City manager claims his hands are tied with respect to pensions because of state laws. I don’t know to what extent that’s true. But we can’t continue with a situation where everybody is retiring as soon as they put in their 20 years so they can start collecting a six-figure pension at age 50 and moving on to a new six-figure job. It’s not sustainable. It’s not fair to taxpayers.

    And Moeller is going to fix it.

    That’s what I believe.

    • One Vote says:

      You jest.
      Nothing gets past the gatekeeper, least of all an appointed freshman.
      If they can’t control it, they marginalize it. Moeller’s no exception.

      • RS says:

        I think Moeller and her like-minded colleagues (suburbs and downstate Dems) can form a caucus within the caucus. All they have to do if they want to marginalize Madigan is to form a sizable block that can use voting with Republicans as a bargaining chip. If they stick together and if they are not beholden to Madigan for patronage or campaign funds, then they can do it. Maybe that in itself would be the biggest achievement for her. To form a strong coalition at the state level, equivalent to a Blue Dog caucus.

        • Margaret Miller says:

          Good luck with that!

          The new kid on the block doing this or even following someone doing this is unrealistic. If anyone ever thought about doing something as you described, they would dismissed the thought immediately because the list of several possible accusations or the personal scandal sheet would have been taken out and the cards played to stop such an initiative and discredit the leader/s and participants.

          Get with the program, this is Illinois. Where the truth is never forthcoming, no deal is ever too unseemly and no official would ever oppose Madigan unless already approved to make it look like he has opposition.


          • RS says:

            But what if she turns out to be like one of those revolutionary young turks. She may even coup d’etat Madigan and take over the speakership.

  18. Margaret Miller says:

    So, here’s an update on the Charter School Initiative.

    Seems that there’s an on going and rather active public relations effort on the part of some Elgin Math & Science charter school board committee members.

    They showed up at a recent Tea Party gathering and have plans to address the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs pushing their charter school initiative. Imagine, liberals wanting to attend and make a presentation at a Tea Party gathering. Go figure!

    So this begs the question. Is this about a charter school in the U46 district, fleeing U46’s badly rated schools, fleeing unions or is this it about snatching a multi million dollar, city owned piece of Elgin real estate for initially 125 students?

    Make no mistake Elgin citizens, if this initial proposal goes through on the Country Day School property this is a short term and long term money pit that has the words “the taxpayer’s wallet” written all over it.

    I wonder if Ms. Moeller resigned her position on the design committee of the charter school initiative in order to devote her full and undivided attention to the business of the district? Time will tell.

    • Margaret Miller says:

      here’s an interesting read on private education and charter schools.



      About the Author:
      Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine, and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa. Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet “Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum,” and her 1989 pamphlet, “Soviets in the Classroom: America’s Latest Education Fad,” which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. Her most famous book is, “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America,” originally published in 1999. An abridged edition of the same book is now available. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings. She is also a contributor at American Deception.

      Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/author/charlotteiserbyt/#Cd2AX4ZK3dmMJpMs.99

  19. Cruex says:

    I think it is time to give Moeller her deserved opportunity to fail on her own. Elgin is the biggest portion of the district and Elgin’s voters will show her how they feel about her conduct while on the city council. Cristina Castro would have been a better choice for this seat. She has done nothing to upset her constituents. The Republicans have to find someone.

  20. Tim says:

    The charter school has been beings pushed for (correctly so) for 2-3 years now. Well before the day school property was elgins.

  21. Chuck Keysor says:

    Tim, your point that the charter school people were actively promoting the need for a charter school well before the City was given the former Fox River Country Day School property is of course totally correct. But I am not sure what message you meant to convey with this point.

    Did you want to assert that because the charter school people had been advocating for their project long before the City was given the FRCD School property, that as soon as they got an inkling that they may be able to latch onto this property in some way, that they immediately began a campaign for the City to acquire the property with the objective that they could get the City to pay all the repair bills and thus get their personal dream to come true without any personal expense of their own? That seems to be a very logical observation to me!


  22. Tim says:

    What a crazy stretch think a purposes school would look to occupy the campus of a SCHOOL.

    I wonder who pays for current construction of schools or repairs to existing schools? Is figure if Channing needed a new roof the teachers at the school probably chipped in and made the repairs of their own pockets.

    • RS says:

      The Fox River Country Day School campus is not even in Elgin. It’s too far and any investment in it is a waste of money. If we’re going to do a charter school, then fix up a building in downtown Elgin (there are plenty of empty buildings in need of TLC). Kill two birds with one stone. Pouring millions into a money pit on the border of Dundee makes no sense IMHO.

      • Tim says:

        What building in downtown elgin is suitable to house a school? What location downtown is capable of handling the parking needs? The congestion?

        • RS says:

          The Fox River Country Day School site itself has almost no parking. I can see enough parking for staff but that’s about it. The proposed charter school is for children, not high school students with cars.

          The staff parking does not need to be at the front door, and there are numerous sites downtown with reasonable proximity to a large parking lot.

          Remember that this school will have to start small and ramp up, so the early years they should only use a space that fits their needs at that time. They should not be moving into any gigantic building while teaching only one or two classes. They do not need a permanent address to start. They need to behave like a startup, work with a budget and develop some experience running this thing. If they can do that and function without going bankrupt in five years, then they can come back to the city and ask for help finding a more permanent space. But that should be years from now.

  23. Tim says:

    On a different note,the riverside project looks great downtown. I have no idea what it’s purpose is other than a hang out for vagrants but it looks nice.

    Also the property on dundee ave near st Charles rd that was demolished ( electrical factory?) and turned into a large grass area has signs calling it Indian tribal land and no trespassing allowed. Seems strange.

    • RS says:

      I think the city forced them to demolish it. The boneheads. It was one of the nicest buildings we had.

    • Chuck Keysor says:

      Concerning Anna Moeller, I read this a few minutes ago in an email from the Illinois Policy Institute:
      “Reading through the dense appropriation bills yesterday, our research team was surprised to find a $200,000 grant from the general revenue funds to a single library system in Elgin.

      It was even more odd considering that the grant wasn’t listed in Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed budget from March.

      Connecting the dots, we noticed that that this library system was represented by state Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, who recently took over for the disgraced state Rep. Keith Farnham.

      A $200,000 grant is one way to bring home the bacon – but at what cost?

      The Daily Herald wrote up the story and pushed Moeller to come out with her position on the tax hike.

      Unsurprisingly, she dodged:

      “Moeller, who replaced Farnham, sidestepped questions about renewing the state’s 5% income tax rate. …

      “‘We haven’t seen anything come down on that,’ Moeller said. ‘I can’t say until we get (a bill) we can look at.’”

      That’s a cop out. Everyone knows the political elite are talking about keeping the 5% rate longer than promised.”


      • RS says:


        The grant would mainly cover the cost of purchasing the vehicle, which Medal estimated at $140,000. An additional $25,000 would cover the cost of creating the bookmobile’s collection of mainly children and young adult book selections, she said. The remainder would be used to help cover the cost of staffing the vehicle, which she estimated at roughly $52,000 annually.

        I don’t know if the program is really needed, but maybe we should be impressed that a freshman legislator was able to secure a $200K grant for her hometown library.

        Was there ever any doubt that she would vote for the permanent tax increase? She’s definitely not talking like somebody who is philosophically opposed to it.

        • Chuck Keysor says:

          RS: That is the point of her being “given” the $200,000. The boss considers that a campaign expense to help Anna in the election. Nothing more, that is how the game is played.

          Do we need this library vehicle? Of course not? Who can’t get to the library? And we even have the Rakow Branch, so that the people west of Randall don’t even have to hold their noses to come to downtown Elgin.

          Maybe we could park this new book mobile at JB’s, and Rose Marinez could get the Chief to go and issue them a citation……


  24. Margaret Miller says:


    $200000 Elgin library extend tucked into Democrats’ state budget
    May 15, 2014 Elgin No Comments

    Tucked in among a rest of a Democrats’ state spending offer for a entrance year is a singular $200,000 extend earmarked for Elgin’s Gail Borden Library District.

    Library officials pronounced a extend was an beginning they pushed to kick-start a bookmobile module to yield larger entrance to underserved readers in a district.

    But critics call it pig designed to convince a recently allocated state deputy to opinion in preference of renewing a income taxation rate hike.

    “I consider this falls in line as a one-time extend event servicing low-income residents and enlivening readers in a village by bringing books to underserved areas,” pronounced state Rep. Anna Moeller, an Elgin Democrat. “I don’t see it as being porkish during all. It’s a really certain module for Elgin.”

    But critics disagree.

    They remarkable that no other library district is removing such extend supports in a due check and that such grants in a past were divided among mixed districts. Last year, 4 suburban metropolitan library systems separate $300,000. The Chicago Public Library has perceived an annual $1.3 million extend from a state’s ubiquitous account for several years and is in line to accept that volume again. Traditionally, a state’s metropolitan library systems accept state income from a pool of taxation dollars formed on population. This year, that pool is scarcely $12.5 million.

    “Why is this one library district removing special diagnosis when no one else gets it?” pronounced Kristina Rasmussen, executive clamp boss of a Illinois Policy Institute, a regressive classification that marks and analyzes supervision spending. “She is a politically vulnerable, beginner member of a legislature. There’s no removing divided from a fact that this one village is removing a vital extend approach out of line from any place else.”

    Carole Medal, executive during Gail Borden, pronounced a bookmobile module has been in a works for a while and they had approached former state Rep. Keith Farnham about championing a module before he quiescent amid child publishing allegations in March.

    “I would not like to put a children of Gail Borden district in a cranky hairs,” Medal said. “This is something that is needed. It is not a domestic issue.”

    The extend would especially cover a cost of purchasing a vehicle, that Medal estimated during $140,000. An additional $25,000 would cover a cost of formulating a bookmobile’s collection of especially children and immature adult book selections, she said. The residue would be used to assistance cover a cost of staffing a vehicle, that she estimated during roughly $52,000 annually.

    Moeller, who transposed Farnham, sidestepped questions about renewing a state’s 5 percent income taxation rate. The rate is set to dump to 3.75 percent during a finish of this year, though Democratic legislative leaders and Gov. Pat Quinn have pushed for gripping it during a stream turn to support state programs and contend use levels.

    “We haven’t seen anything come down on that,” Moeller said. “I can’t contend until we get (a bill) we can demeanour at.”

    Rasmussen pronounced Moeller was merely dodging a question.

    “That’s what’s on a table,” she said. “To bashful divided from holding a position on that is a bit of a cop-out since everybody knows what a devise is.”

    Article source: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140514/news/140519048/

    • RS says:

      hey margaret, it might be best to post links to the original article instead of a garbled, translated/retranslated, article that’s difficult for most people to comprehend.

      • Chuck Keysor says:

        RS: I agree with you, that post was certainly mangled! I can read upside down, and in reverse by a mirror, but such tricks don’t mess up the grammar! Chuck

  25. Margaret Miller says:

    Hi RS,

    I will be happy to consider your suggestion in the future however both source links were provided for any reader to click on. All I did was share someone’s opinion on this issue.

    If a reader found it difficult to read, (somewhat insulting to the actual reader’s comprehension skills) I’m sure they would just move on to the next post.

    Free will is a wonderful thing.

    • James Madison says:


      RS is totally correct. The Illinois News Feed site must be using some kind of voice recognition software to translate a report or some odd mix of autocorrect and voice recognition. Read what you posted and read what is at the original site. Totally incomprehensible. But since it involves your ‘girly crush,’ you just gleefully post without bothering to read it yourself. Very typical of your brand of sh*t slinging.

  26. One Vote says:

    I got a campaign mailer yesterday. (Strange timing, I thought.)
    It shows Anna Moeller flanked by Quinn and Mike Madigan, telling us to ask Moeller to fight the extension of the state income tax hike.
    Then they put on the mailer, “Call Rep. Moeller at 847-841-7130 and ask her if she will stand with the taxpayers and let the tax hike expire.”
    The mailer even has evil-looking photos of Madigan and Quinn. But Anna looked good.
    Paid for by American for Prosperity - Illinois.
    Anna’s having an ID Theft event with Lisa Madigan at the Isaac Walton Center tomorrow (5/17/14). I’m sure she’d like to field THAT question with Mike’s daughter sitting next to her.

    • Margaret Miller says:


      For each of the past five years, the Illinois General Assembly has voted to cut its pay, often in the form of unpaid furlough days.

      In 2013, the pay reduction was contained in a bill fronted by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, which knocked down legislator pay by 10 percent.

      Things could be very different this year. Lawmakers could soon be in store for an effective pay increase – perhaps as a quiet thank you for a vote to hike state income taxes.

      Here’s how everything is coming together.

      House Speaker Mike Madigan is in the midst of rushing through the state budget in an attempt to compel reticent legislators to make the temporary 2011 tax hike permanent.

      The idea is to build support for spending more than the state can expect from tax revenues, and then guilt legislators into supporting a tax increase to make up the difference.

      With the rush to spend, spend, spend, the appropriation bill that funds lawmakers’ salaries is moving forward while Mussman’s pay cut bill for the coming fiscal year languishes in the Rules Committee.

      In comparison, by this time last year, her salary cut bill had passed the House and had been picked up Senate cosponsors.

      In fact, the only thing that’s happened to Mussman’s bill since January was the April addition of newbie state Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, as a bill co-sponsor – a politically astute move for an appointee who got the job after her disgraced predecessor stepped down.

      But back to the issue of the pay hike – what kind of money are we talking about?

      Let’s use Madigan as a case study.

      In 2013, Madigan pulled in actual pay of $90,931, according to the Comptroller’s Ledger database.

      Under the pending budget, Madigan could expect to take home $95,336 – that’s equal to the “base” legislator pay of $67,836 and additional leadership amount of $27,500.

      So that’s a pay hike equal to $4,405 – a 5 percent increase above last year.

      It’s bad enough that Illinois legislators are among the best paid in the country, even as they’ve steered the state’s fiscal position into the shoals.

      The idea that any politician would take home a pay hike even as taxes go up on hard-working Illinoisans is totally and completely unacceptable.

      • One Vote says:

        Whatever happened to the populist Pat Quinn who stared down Emil Jones in 2008 and went on a personal campaign to stop the automatic pay increase?
        Whatever happened to the old days when we would tar-and-feather our politicians and ship them across the river into Missouri?

  27. Cruex says:

    I don’t know much about Jeff Meyer. If he is a genuine well meaning person he will have an advantage over Anna Moeller. It is offensive to see her on a Madigan tour talking about identity theft and paper shredding specials. She has nothing to be proud of in her 3 yrs. on the city council.

    • Chuck Keysor says:

      I was getting signatures for Jeff Meyer on Saturday, and handing out his campaign literature, and I talked to two people who said that they did not want Jeff’s campaign literature, because they are Democrats. But it was a nice day, perhaps making these folks feel a little more accepting of my chatting with them.

      Both of these people agreed with me that the State of Illinois is a total mess, and that keeping the Democrats in charge of the governorship, the senate and the house is simply going to keep things the same as they are, a mega-mess. They sincerely agreed that what I said was probably true, and they even expressed that there would be some satisfaction in “voting the bums out”, but that they would more likely than not, vote Democratic anyway…….

      And I ran into (figuratively) someone I know who was driving by, and we chatted for maybe 10 minutes. He said that he has disagreed with Anna’s council votes, and disagrees with her liberal bias. But, he said, even though he has never met Jeff Meyer, that he will vote for Anna, because he likes her as a person, just not her politics.

      So on one hand, one would guess with the mess that our State is in, and the seeming mass dissatisfaction that people have for our government, that Jeff Meyer would have a big advantage. But on the other hand, given that people are hard to change when they are more emotional than logical, Jeff’s fight will be pretty tough. But if he can tap into people’s logical side, he should be able to win this election! Chuck

      • RS says:

        Has anybody confused him yet with Jeff Myers, the TV host? I wonder how that will affect the voting on election day.

        • Chuck Keysor says:

          Certainly by the time of the election, any voter paying attention will know that Jeff Meyer the candidate is not Jeff Myers the reporter.

          • paul says:

            “any voter paying attention will know that Jeff Meyer the candidate is not Jeff Myers the reporter.”

            Thanks for the morning laugh, Chuck. The important thing is for all citizens to vote no no matter how clueless ignorant, lazy uninterested unaware stupid they may be. Isn’t that the Dumoratic strategy - if we can just the stupid and ignorant to vote - we win!

  28. Margaret Miller says:


    Judge Karayannis to swear in Martinez to Elgin council

    Updated: May 23, 2014 3:56PM

    ELGIN — If all goes according to plan Wednesday night, Rose Martinez said that her friend, Associate Judge Kathryn Diamond Karayannis, will swear in Martinez as a member of Elgin’s city council.

    “We’ve known each other since high school. We played softball together,” Martinez said.

    Martinez was chosen from a field of 21 applicants who applied to fill the seat left open when Anna Moeller resigned to become 43rd District State Representative.

    “I’m very honored to be swearing her in,” Karayannis said.

    The judge mentioned that Martinez is a conscientious person who was a fierce and intimidating catcher on the softball diamond.

    “With her background, she will bring a persuasive perspective to the council,” Karayannis said of Martinez.

    When the vote is taken Wednesday to seat Martinez that very night, it is expected the tally will be as it was May 14 in executive session when five council members chose her from among the four finalists picked for interviews from the applications. Those opposed to appointing anyone to fill out the year left on the term have been Councilmen John Prigge, Terry Gavin and Toby Shaw.

    Martinez, a Elgin native and lifelong resident, is a former US Army sergeant and retired postal worker and is employed in the transportation department at School District U46. She is a past commander for American Legion Post 57, a member of VFW Post 1307, and former assistant athletic director at St. Joseph Catholic School in Elgin.

    Martinez said she intends to run for the seat next spring when it is up for election. With last year’s election, because of its rise in population to about 110,000 residents, state law required Elgin to grow its city council from seven to nine members, including the mayor.

    Karayannis was appointed in October 2011 by the Illinois Supreme Court as an associate judge in the Illinois 16th Judicial Circuit. Karayannis, who lives in St. Charles, is a graduate of Northern Illinois University’s law school and worked as an Assistant Kane County State’s Attorney for 23 years prior to becoming a judge.

  29. Margaret Miller says:

    Hmmm, so was this the reason Dave Kaptain was in Springfield recently?
    Thanks again Anna!


    Email reveals Quinn pressured mayors to lobby for his budget and tax hike

    SPRINGFIELD - Illinois taxpayer dollars appear to have been used to promote Governor Pat Quinn’s budget proposal that includes making the 2011 state income tax hike permanent, and those fighting the income tax hike are outraged.

    An email obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows that shortly after Governor Quinn’s March budget address, pressure started being applied to mayors throughout Illinois. Pressure to become “local ambassadors” for the Governor’s budget, which includes making the 2011 tax increase permanent.

    According to the FOIA communication, two members of the Governor’s staff - Cory Foster and Michael Richards - spoke with representatives of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the Illinois Municipal League (IML), urging the organizations to have their members lobby on behalf of the Governor’s proposed budget.

    The email, circulated by the Anna Bicanic Moeller, Executive Director of the McHenry County Council of Governments, states:

    The Governor’s staff asked participants on the call to review the Governor’s budget with their members and seek their support. They also said they intend to enlist supporting organizations as ‘local ambassadors’ to build support for the budget and work it in the General Assembly.

    Americans for Prosperity-Illinois’ Executive Director David From, who has been leading an effort to stop the 2011 temporary tax hike from becoming permanent, wasn’t surprised.

    “Unfortunately, the taxpayers are the ones not represented on that phone call with the Governor’s office,” From said. “But the tax hike is unpopular, and it would make sense that they would need to apply pressure to get the Governor’s budget passed.”

    Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub said that not only had mayors been asked to lobby for the tax hike, they’ve been threatened to have their state dollars cut if the tax hike isn’t passed. Senate President John Cullerton made it clear to DuPage County mayors that without their active support, the budget wouldn’t pass, and state support would be drastically cut.

    In Moeller’s e-mail, one IML representative asked the governor’s staff if the governor intended to return their local share back to the 10 percent from the current six percent budgeted for local municipalities. On the call, the staffers reportedly said they didn’t know, but would need to get back with an answer.

    Straub told Illinois Review that “Not only does the governor not intend to return to the 10 percent level in his 2015 budget, mayors were threatened that if the governor’s budget didn’t pass, local government’s cut would be zeroed out.”

    “I am not in favor of the tax hike, and I’m not in favor of arm-twisting. I have a hard time believing any promise attached to a threat,” said Straub.

    The governor’s office was contacted for a response concerning this report. IR spoke to Michael Richards, who refused to comment. Richards is no longer working for the governor’s Government Affairs office, he is working on the Quinn for Governor campaign. Neither the governor’s office nor Cory Foster provided a response.

    Still, taxpayer groups are tired of fighting taxpayer-funded lobbying efforts.

    “Taxpayer-funded lobbying is always distasteful, but it is particularly egregious when the desired outcome is even higher taxes,” Illinois Policy Institute VP Kristina Rasmussen told Illinois Review. “Enough is enough.”

  30. Margaret Miller says:

    I don’t remember Ms. Moeller hosting or co-hosting these types of events in her last three years on the Elgin City Council. When did she become so interested in the citizens utility bills, healthcare screenings or small businesses?

    I do recall that she voted for the Natural Gas and electric tax, she got Elgin in trouble with TLC and her small business meeting in February was a bust!

    Oh, she must be campaigning because from where I’m sitting, all she ever did was cost taxpayers money.

    The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze phone bills at a free clinic for Elgin residents at a utility-bill clinic, co-hosted by state Rep. Anna Moeller, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 23 at the Gail Borden Library.


    • One Vote says:

      We should all show up with our bills and circle the “Municipal Tax” amount, then step forward and ask, “What can we do about this charge on our bill?”

      • Margaret Miller says:

        As Ms. Moeller is on the design team of Elgin Math + Science Initiative, (charter school) maybe we should show up at the U46 meeting first.

        Elgin Charter School Initiative will make a final push Monday to persuade the
        Elgin Area School District U-46 school board to accept its
        charter proposal.

        Representatives of
        the charter design team and the group’s supporters will be at Monday night’s
        school board meeting for the official vote on the proposal.

        The meeting starts
        at 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 355 E. Chicago St.