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Chris Hage Announces Wide and Strong Help From Supporters

Hage press release: Receives more donations than all opponents combined.

Former prosecutor Chris Hage announced today that he has filed with more than $55,000 raised for his campaign for the quarter ending December 31st, pointing to the support as a sign that his campaign is garnering wide and deep backing.

"I'm grateful that my message is bringing out so much support," Hage said.  "Campaigns are fundamentally about serving the public, not about fundraising or money, but this is a reflection of what I've also been hearing from voters as I walk precincts and from Republican volunteers.  My commitment to Republican values is getting through."

Hage is running in the 42nd district for state representative.  His campaign noted that public disclosures show the three other candidates in the race brought in less than Hage's total combined.

Hage pointed to the fact that support came from many places within the district and nationally, including former supervisors, former classmates, Republican leaders and longtime veteran GOP volunteers in the area.

Last year, Hage filed with the most petition signatures allowable to run, another sign of volunteer enthusiasm, he said.

"People are responding to my message that we need to say no to Democrat insider politics and yes to Republican values that promote growth and opportunity," he said.

Hage announced his run in October, with Patti Birkett, wife of former DuPage State's Attorney Joe Birkett, chairing the effort. For nearly ten years, Hage served as a prosecutor under Birkett, successfully convicting felons and collecting more than a million dollars in child support. Hage has worked on the staff of several statewide campaigns. He served as legal counsel to the Illinois State Senate, where he helped draft key legislation.  For more than ten years, Hage has also led the Chicago Lawyers' Chapter of the Federalist Society, a conservative public policy group started by Reagan Administration attorneys. He also is an Eagle Scout.

The 42nd District includes all of Winfield, large parts of Wheaton and Lisle, and portions of Carol Stream, West Chicago, Warrenville, and Naperville.

Courtesy of a press release

Mark Stern January 19, 2012 at 03:43 PM
To me, wide support means people who can vote for you. Jeanne Ives has raised more than 10 times as much money as Mr. Hage has from individual voters who actually live in the district. Only about 1% of Mr. Hage's funding comes directly from individual voters in the district - even Ms. Pollastrini raised more from local individuals. Plus, Mr. Hage's total includes thousands in borrowed money - kind of like the status quo in Springfield.
Julie T. January 19, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Hage's message is to say no to Democrat insider politics and say yes to Republican insider politics. If he really believed in Republican values he would respect the rule of law, he would respect women and he wouldn't have threatened a U.S. marine with losing her job. His actions led to the Dixon, Illinois police forcefully removing him from a convention hall. http://ilrnha.org/uploads/Pereira_Letter_021511.pdf Do your homework people!
Mark Stern January 19, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I prefer the term "henchperson" as more gender inclusive. Although, because I'm not afraid to use my real name on all my posts, you can identify me that way too...
Molly R. O'Brien January 19, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I wish Hage would have taken Jeanne's offer to have Olson seat on county board, instead of making Jeanne spend all of this time raising money. Jeanne doesn't need all the money Hage has, she has a ground game and tactics that she learned at West Point. Milton is going to deliver this election for you Jeanne, don't cha worry. 100s of people are marching door to door for you so you can clean up the corruption in Springfield just like you did in Wheaton. You brought leadership to a leaderless Council, now do it for a leaderless Capitol.
Carol Tea January 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Mr. Stern, I am scared of you!!! If I used my real name you would investigate me, follow me around, and get all creepy like you do with CUSD 200. You work to destroy, and I just want to make live my life out of the public eye. I saw what you did to Scott MacKay. No shame. Why did you do it? Just so Jeanne's biggest opponent could be removed. That's not to mention all of the political "deeds" you performed on behalf of Debbie "I'm not that kind of girl" Olson. We all can identify you Mr. Stern because you have no shame.
Kathleen Murphy January 19, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Just one clarification: Hage offered to drop out of the State Rep. Race if Ives would help clear the way for him to take Olsen's County Board Seat. She refused. He's happy to compromise to get in the game. Haven't we had enough of guys like this?
Carol Tea January 19, 2012 at 09:42 PM
That is not what I heard from people that were there days before the filing deadline for county board, and you were not one of them Kathleen. If Jeanne took an oath of "Duty Honor & County" I would like to hear her full version as to why she was talking to Hage at all about dropping out of the race. Who approached who? Jeanne and her friend requested a meeting with Hage, and there were party leaders there. If the spin that Jeanne is putting out there true, lets have our party leaders back her up. Did Jeanne tell you about their presence? Also, why would Hage who already collected thousands of signatures and raised thousands of dollars for a state rep race go for something so small as county board? Jeanne has a track record of getting her competition out of races. Just ask Scott MacKay that had his personal and professional life destroyed by Jeanne and Mark Stern. Haven't we had enough of people like Jeanne that do anything for political advancement?
Carol Tea January 19, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Sorry Kathleen, one more point. Jeanne also ran last minute petitions for her "friend" Amy Grant based on insider knowledge she got from Mark Stern that Olson was leaving county board. This was done to limit the number of candidates to three, which would mean there would be no opposition. What does this say about Jeanne that she would sell out her own "friend" to engage in political horse trading to get the establishment candidate Chirs Hage out of the race? I support Laura Pollastrini becuase she is a professional and has Tea Party backing. Chris Hage and Jeanne are too involved with the establishment for my taste.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) January 19, 2012 at 10:10 PM
@Carol Tea your comment was deleted because it violated our terms of service.
Kathleen Murphy January 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Carol - I was not there, but, like you, I got my information from people who were there. Although, I was not there, I am not afraid to use my real name on this blog. Is the reason you are not using your real name so you can say whatever you like? I know that your two previous posts are at best inaccurate and at worst out right lies. Also, Carol, Really? Jeanne Ives didn't stop MacKay from paying $11,000 in taxes, a fact which made it, unfortuately illegal for him to hold office. This was brought to light during his campaign as part of the vetting process. Don't let the truth hurt you. You support Linda Pollastrini ... but not as much as you oppose Jeanne Ives. You clearly have an ax to grind and your posts should be taken with a grain of salt, as you are afraid to post using your real name.
Carol Tea January 19, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Sorry Charlotte for the name calling for Mr. Stern. You were right to pull my post. Mr. Stern comes off so self righteous, when he is nothing more than a political operator. He makes me so mad with his lawyer like twisting of words, that I lose sight of better judgment. Glad you are here to watch over the children in the sand box.
Carol Tea January 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Thanks Kathleen. I am scared of Mark Stern because I have seen what he does to people. Mark Stern was the attorney that sought to have MacKay taken off the ballot. Mark Stern is Jeanne's best friend and is working her campaign. It is not the vetting process, it is the insider political process that Ives and Stern excel at. The taxes which you speak of were as a result of MacKay's bank failing to pay the property taxes on his home that was being foreclosed upon. MacKay paid the taxes before Stern got involved. Don't let the truth hurt you. The truth seems to prevent you from responding to what Jeanne really did.
Francis Urquhart January 20, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Mr. Stern, When we have met, you have claimed and acted to be the quite honorable gentleman that one would expect from a member of the bar. However, your attacks on Mr. Hage ring cheap and hollow. I applauded your efforts when you sued CUSD200 and defended you when cries came out over the 50K in legal bills you cost the tax payers, and I even turned a blind eye when you publically embarassed Scott MacKay in the interest of justice. Things have changed, and so have your tactics. Your comment above is quite simply mumbo jumbo a/k/a political spin. Is this the best Jeanne's campaign manager can come up with? He took a loan from his father SO WHAT??? Madam Ives raised over half her money from PACS, out of state family members, and Hinkle relatives. Save that brillant legal mind for worthy causes Mess Stern. F.U. (Francis Urquhart)
Francis Urquhart January 20, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Madam Fitzpatrick, I know you think Jeanne is the best candidate and that you give political speeches on her behalf to Republican organizations, but please acknowledge the truth. She is involved in an insider deal over the Olson seat. Finally, in these economic times brought on us by virtue of Pres. Obama, why are you attacking a man who lost his home to foreclosure? By your picture, I see you love your family. Can't you imagine that Mr. MacKay loves his? He is no tax cheat. He is a man with all of the faults all of us have. While at St. Mikes, I will pray that our politics hear in Wheaton will rise to a higher level of discourse and that we leave the cheap and tawdry dialogue shown above to the Jim McMahon's of the world. I'll pray for him too. Francis
Jim McMahon January 20, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Don't pray for me I'm a lost cause, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Francis Urquhart January 20, 2012 at 04:21 PM
You might very well think that, but I could not possibly comment.
Sean Johnders January 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
If the information in the link above is true, I'm troubled by his character. If it isn't true, I'm wondering why his supporters aren't providing their version of what happened that day?
Ronnie Ray February 06, 2012 at 09:49 AM
To bad much of Jeanne's dough comes from the outside too. At lest Hage is willing to disclose, Jeanne thinks donors of her dough should be kept secret. Grow up Mark and smell the Java beans. You accusing Hage of the very thing Jeanne is doing right under your nose...
Ronnie Ray February 06, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Julie GROWUP... Jeane is an intrenched insider as any other Republican around. In fact, she is the HAND PICKED maiden of the local Milton Township Republican "Mafia" whose only goal is protect the high paying Milton township job machine. And the Pereira letter should be read in the context of a raving rant and proof of that was... Nothing ever came of the letter, none of the addressed parties on the letter ever responded and in fact the IRNHA org was DE Certified by the National RNHA org. Lets not let facts get in the way of the Jeanna smear machine.

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