Bos on state House speaker's scandal: None of this comes as any great surprise

Republican state House candidate Chris Bos remarks that Illinois Democrats' reaction to the corruption scandal House Speaker Mike Madigan now finds himself at the center of says everything about the way Springfield operates.

“Their collective silence just goes to show you the hook he has in the party,” Bos, who is now running against incumbent state Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-Libertyville) in the 51st District, told the Lake County Gazette. “The fact that so few have said anything and the majority that have been careful to use the caveat ‘If’ says it all. The truth is we’ve known for decades how Mike Madigan runs his ship and none of this comes as any great surprise.” ...

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“At the end of the day, Madigan is the one that writes the checks and most of the lawmakers in his party are beholden to him,” - Chris Bos

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By Glenn MinnisRead the full article here.

Originally posted on July 30, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.


Politically prudent for Dems to try distancing from Madigan

... Chris Bos, R-Lake Zurich, is running to reclaim the 51st House seat from freshman Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville. After issuing his own statement, Bos retweeted a supporter who noted the incumbent’s “first vote as state representative was for Mike Madigan to be speaker. Chris Bos won’t make that mistake.” ...

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By Scott T. Holland. Read the full article here.

Originally posted on July 20, 2020 in the Bureau County Republican


House hopeful Bos hopes ComEd prosecution is 'a catalyst for change and a push to move Madigan out'

Republican House candidate Chris Bos doesn’t know what frustrates him more about longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan now being at the center of an ongoing federal corruption probe.

“I don’t know if it’s that someone with that much power could allegedly be so corrupt or that this system of corruption and scheming has been going on for decades and we’re just now trying to do something about,” Bos told the Lake County Gazette. “I just hope this is a catalyst for change and a push to move Madigan out as the greatest hindrance to the state moving forward.”

Madigan, who easily reigns as the longest-tenured lawmaker in the state, now finds himself at the center of a still-evolving probe into ComEd...

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“It’s disgusting that such a great state is dragged down through this continued cycle and system of corruption. It gives the appearance that the only way to get ahead in Illinois is to be corrupt.” - Chris Bos

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By Glenn MinnisRead the full article here.

Originally posted on July 20, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.


Lake Zurich Man Running for Illinois State Rep

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – Lake Zurich resident Chris Bos is challenging Mary Edly-Allen (D-Libertyville) in what may be a heated race for the 51st district state representative seat, which represents Lake Zurich, Hawthorn Woods and other communities within Lake County.

Edly-Allen won in 2018 against Republican Helene Miller Walsh by a mere 373 votes.

“The power structure in Springfield right now is way tilted, to the point that the [Democratic] party can do whatever they want. No need to negotiate, no need to have political discussion, no need to come to a consensus or compromise on anything. They can push through whatever they want. We hope to restore some balance back in Springfield,” Bos said. ...

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“You don’t represent a party. You represent the people in your district.” - Chris Bos

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By Margo Pelak. Read the full article here.

Originally posted on July 17, 2020 by LocalNewsReader.com


After Pritzker loses court case, Bos laments 'too many lawmakers have been just sitting by doing whatever the governor demands'

Republican House candidate Chris Bos is happy to see the courts granted a level of independence from Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

“I’m happy for the ruling that gets the people of this state from under the sole of the governor when it comes to this pandemic,” Bos told the Lake County Gazette. “It’s been too long and the judge clearly found it to be unconstitutional. We have co-branches of government for a reason and we need legislators’ input in times like these as we try to figure out how we can best move forward".

This month, a Clay County judge ruled the governor exceeded his authority by extending his stay-at-home order beyond the initial 30 days without consulting with the legislature. ...

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“Too many lawmakers have been just sitting by doing whatever the governor demands and it’s come at the expense of the families and businesses of this state.” - Chris Bos

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By Glenn MinnisRead the full article here.

Originally posted on July 17, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.


Bos warns governor's progressive tax plan is 'giving Democrats a blank check to use at their discretion'

Republican state House candidate Chris Bos argues Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s actions speak louder than words.

“He knows people aren’t really into this progressive tax idea and the more they learn about it the less they seem to like it,” Bos told the Lake County Gazette. “That’s why he’s spending this ridiculous amount of money to try and sway people with gimmicks and rhetoric. It’s really sad; because putting this kind of money behind programs this state really needs right now could be a game-changer.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, Pritzker recently contributed $51.5 million to a ballot initiative committee working to sell the progressive tax proposal he’s been pushing since his days as a candidate. Vote Yes to Fairness, a committee headed by the governor’s former deputy campaign manager, recently received the funds and is already at work selling legislation that would convert the current flat tax to a progressive tax system. ...

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“You look now and we’re still where we were. That’s because we have a spending problem and not a tax one.” - Chris Bos

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By Glenn MinnisRead the full article here.

Originally posted on July 9, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.


GOP state House candidate Bos says governor 'should know this is not the time to be raising taxes'

More and more, Republican state House candidate Chris Bos questions if Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ever been the man he claims to be.

“The way the governor is running this state is not a logical way to run a business, especially for someone who’s suppose to be a businessman,” Bos told the Lake County Gazette. "He should know this is not the time to be raising taxes or overhead on anyone. ”

Bos, running against incumbent Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-Libertyville) in the 51st District, laments in the coming days Illinois will see both actions after the governor pronounced he has no intentions of delaying things.  ...

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“It’s time for him [Pritzker] to be a leader and put the local economy ahead of his political positions.” - Chris Bos

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By Glenn MinnisRead the full article here.

Originally posted on July 2, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.


GOP state House candidate Bos says governor's clout list hires show 'how rigged this system is'

Republican state House candidate Chris Bos is imploring Illinois voters to fight back against Springfield corruption in the only way he thinks will truly matter.

“The first step we need to take is to declare that any person seeking office or re-election in November that has accepted money from House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) or one of his affiliate organizations is someone we will no longer vote for,” Bos told the Lake County Gazette. “Think about it. If he doesn’t have the power to control everything in Springfield, we can finally start to move this state forward.”

Bos laments the findings in a new WBEZ report that concludes during his first 18 months in office, Gov. J.B. Pritzker made at least 35 hires from a so-called “clout list” supplied to him by Madigan.

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“That’s how rigged this system is and that’s how Springfield has worked for far too long. It’s how the Madigan Machine has controlled Illinois government and politics for generations and generations.” - Chris Bos

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By Glenn MinnisRead the full article here.

Originally posted on June 24, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.


Thanks to food pantry volunteers

... I also applaud the efforts of Pastor Chris Bos, who has been instrumental in organizing a community effort to support and donate to food pantries around the Lake Zurich, Libertyville and Mundelein area. He has exemplified what it means to be a community leader during times of need, and the way he has put his community before his own personal agenda has been inspiring. ...

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Letter to the Editor written by Jan Porwisz of Lake Zurich.

Read the full letter posted in the Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune, and Jake Country Journal


GOP state House candidate Bos says defunding the police would lead to 'more chaos and destruction'

Republican state House candidate Chris Bos worries if some of the most vocal police reform protesters get their way, they’ll end up with just more of what everyone abhors.

“I think defunding them would not lead to anything but more chaos and destruction,” Bos, now running against incumbent Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-Libertyville) in the 51st District, told the Lake County Gazette. “I think we can and should offer more training along the lines of de-escalation techniques and mental health training, but the reality is we need law enforcement.” ...

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“Until someone details for me what specific change they’re looking for in a legislative proposal, it all strikes me as just a bit of political pandering.”” - Chris Bos

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By Glenn MinnisRead the full article here.

Originally posted on June 17, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.