State Sen. Dan McConchie stopped in Crystal Lake on Saturday morning for a cup of coffee with his constituents.
The 26th District leader appeared at Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake from 10 to 11 a.m. as part of a “Coffee and Conversation” event – advertised as an informal forum where residents and voters could speak one-on-one with the senator about topics that move them to the polls.
The event drew fewer than a dozen people from different pockets of McHenry County.
In attendance were local politicians, including McHenry County Republican Chairwoman Diane Evertsen, McHenry County Recorder Joe Tirio and Algonquin Township Republican Party Chairman Glen Swanson.
McConchie, a Hawthorn Woods Republican, talked about property taxes, the state budget, consolidation and more. He even offered a warning about Democrat J.B. Pritzker, the billionaire running against incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner in November.
“J.B. Pritzker has indicated he wants to shift to a progressive tax that would very likely raise taxes on most people in our district in our area,” McConchie said. “We’re going to have to see what happens during this election cycle. It certainly doesn’t bode well for the future.”
McConchie referred to his time in Springfield, where he observed something about Illinois government: “There really is an insatiable appetite for spending other people’s money,” he said.
The senator then posed a question:
“How many people in here know somebody who’s moved out of state?”
Almost everyone raised their hands.
McConchie said consolidation of governments and giving control to Illinois residents could help bail the state out of trouble.
And House Speaker Michael Madigan has got to go, he said.
“The biggest thing at the end of the day is the fact that Speaker Madigan still runs the state,” McConchie said. “The speaker is not just the speaker, he’s also the head of the Illinois Democratic Party.”
“If you want to run in a competitive race here in Illinois, you need to get support from the Illinois Democratic Party.”