11th CD Challenger to Weller

John Pavich Biographical Sketch

Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, John Pavich accepted a post with the Central Intelligence Agency, specializing in counterterrorism. He felt an obligation to serve his country and to give back to the country that had given him so much.

As an intelligence officer in the CIA?s Directorate of Operations ? the agency?s clandestine service arm ? John gained a firsthand understanding of the global issues confronting our democracy and the threats to our personal freedoms.

John has always dedicated himself to public service. The second of four children of Robert and Marcia Pavich, John J. Pavich grew up in south suburban Lynwood, a part of the 11th Congressional District until 2002. He spent his summers working on the family dairy farm. He graduated from Thornton Fractional South High School and later received degrees in International studies and Russian studies from St. Norbert College in DePere Wisconsin. Following his 1998 college graduation, John embarked upon his career of public service, teaching English in Lithuania.

Following his 2002 graduation from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, John continued his public service career at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. With his expertise in international law and Balkan history, John was a crucial member of the legal team that negotiated the first plea agreement of a national leader in the Tribunal?s history. This plea is widely recognized as being the first step towards a new era of reconciliation in the Balkans.

John?s wife, Kelly, shares his devotion to public service. Kelly served in the Peace Corps after college graduation and has since worked for the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, which provides college scholarships to inner-city students, and for the Princeton Review.

Following the birth of their first child, Andrew Michael Pavich, in November 2004, John and Kelly decided to look for new ways to serve their community and country. This led to John?s decision to seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 11th District of Illinois. John believes that we all share obligations to each other and to our future generations.

John currently practices law in Will County, Chicago and southern Cook County. John and Kelly live in Beecher, Illinois and are members of St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Lansing, Illinois.

Statement of Principals

My name is John Pavich. I am seeking the Democratic nomination for the
United States House of Representatives in the 11th Congressional District of
Illinois.

I am 28 years old. I grew up in the 11th District. I have taught and believe
deeply that each of us must live to serve others. During the past three
years I have tried to serve my country by participating directly in the war
on terror. I have been privileged to have served with, and been mentored by,
the most patriotic of Americans. Nonetheless, I now see a duty to do more ?
to offer whatever talents I may have been given to more directly serve my
community and my country.

Over the next four years decisions will be made in Washington that will
affect generations of Americans ? but none more than my own. ?We not only
pay the price now, in war, but also in the decades to come, as we must
apportion our resources to meet out priorities; education, health care,
jobs, veterans? benefits and the environment. We have obligations to
ourselves, to our parents and grandparents, and to our children. Our lives
are, for better or worse, centered around our families; our civic priorities
arise from the need to nurture and support family life.

I am a Democrat because I believe that we fulfill ourselves by serving
others, that we must bear one another?s burdens. This has, traditionally,
been the vision and identity of the Democratic Party. Our democracy has been
enriched by vigorous dialogue between the people and their government. We
owe our leaders a healthy skepticism and, if necessary, loyal opposition.
This is our duty to them and to ourselves. ?We must act, not out of fear,
but from the strength that comes from having faith in each other.

If I am chosen to serve in Congress I pledge to dedicate myself to these
principals, to my community and to my country

UPDATED: New bio replaces the old one 5/19/05

What the Hell is Bobby Rush Doing?

The earlier news on his large donations to his church and related non-profits go hand-in-hand with this bit of idiocy he shares with Guitierrez:

Two Chicago Democrats, Reps. Bobby Rush and Luis Gutierrez, did not file any trip records since 2000 with the clerk of the U.S. House. After being contacted by the Tribune, their offices said they were working to comply.

“You brought it to our attention,” Tasha Harris, a Rush spokeswoman, told the Tribune. “We didn’t know we had to file.”

Gutierrez took at least 25 paid trips and Rush more than six, other financial disclosure records show.

It’s not hard to know when someone else pays the bills and you are a Member of Congress–disclose.

The obvious question, and one I can’t answer since the House doesn’t make disclosure available on the web is, did Danny Davis get trips from the Moonies?

John?

BTW. Cross Guys, it’s not the same to compare a fully disclosed trip by Rahm to DeLay’s scandals that involve not just your typical non-profit or company, but companies and non-profits strangely funded by a lobbyist, Jack Abramoff who is a close friend of DeLay. Comparing an organization that supports democratic reform that meets in Paris compared to a trip to Scotland for golfing paid for by gambling interests is a bit different.

There’s nothing hypocritical in calling for greater disclosure and taking a trip that would meet those standards easily. Especially when compared to a trip that doesn’t even pass current standards by DeLay.

The larger point is that the return of a House Ethics Committee with teeth and without the phony truce of the last few years will hold people accountable from DeLay to Guittierez.

Budget Fiasco: Who Can Argue With This?

Aaron Chambers identifies Madigan’s principles for a budget:

SPECIFICALLY, HE SAID his team would not use borrowed money to cover the state’s operations, would not spend more money than the state collects and would not engage in balloon financing — a type of borrowing championed by Blagojevich that involves putting off principal payments for several years.

One doesn’t have to like the Speaker or even trust him to see that a budget that respects these basic principles is sound and puts the State of Illinois on a basic level of financial credibility to plan for the future. While the Governor has insisted on no new sales or income tax hikes, he has attempted to claim he’d find efficiency and alternative financing.

Unfortunately, we now know the efficiency gains are a disaster and his alternative financing is largely putting off the pain to deal with it in the future.

The Next Spitzer?

Rich Miller’s weekly column has some fascinating info.

I had low expectations for Lisa Madigan going in, and she has surpassed every expectation I would have had if I had high expectations when she was elected.

It appears that she’s on the radar of the US Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove because they fear her as the next Eliot Spitzer.

The U.S. Chamber and other national business groups have a different take, however. They see Lisa Madigan as the next Eliot Spitzer, New York’s fiery and highly successful attorney general who is the odds-on favorite to become that state’s next governor. The business types don’t want Attorney General Madigan stepping into Spitzer’s national leadership role, so they’ve committed to spend millions to defeat her.

Bigtime money attracts bigtime attention. Cue Karl Rove.

Word from on high is that Rove is working on a strategy for the Illinois attorney general’s race that would theoretically benefit all the state’s Republican candidates. Some gubernatorial candidates have been asked to go on the attack against Madigan, but there haven’t been any eager takers to date.

From the newest Quinnipiac Poll

Spitzer has a 57 – 17 percent approval rating.

Even better

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the likely Democratic candidate for Governor next year, leads Pataki 53 – 32 percent, compared to 54 – 30 percent February 10.

Spitzer buries possible Republican candidate William Weld 60 – 16 percent.

And Rove is thinking of bringing Cheney in to campaign against her?

Please, please do. Cheney’s numbers hover around 40% approval nationwide and that tanks further in a blue state such as Illinois. While Rove has had remarkable success in Republican leaning states, he hasn’t had anything like that success in blue states and in fact, his pet project of a major reallignment in terms of a large Republican majority hasn’t come true and doesn’t appear to be changing–largely because the underlying demographics aren’t nearly as favorable as they were in Texas.

The stupidity of the entire idea is that the US Chamber can bury a candidate with a strong reputation–the reality is that when they attacked Spitzer, his stature grew. Lisa should send them some flowers.

Besides not having a candidate, the Republicans are trying to run the wrong campaign in the wrong state.

I Get Letters

Charles Taylor writes in:

I couldn’t help reading your story about the bailiff who was confused with the Dictator of Liberia, Charles Taylor. My interest in your story was two fold. First, the hell that he went through to prove he wasn’t the Dictator and second, the hell he is still going through to make people believe him.
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TransUnion is the company that placed the warning and all the information making the connection. In a very brief conversation with Charles Taylor the Bailiff…… TransUnion claims they are required by the Treasury Department to use special software on all Credit Applications. This software was created ( at great expense to the taxpayers ) to catch all suspected terrorists and former Dictators. TransUnion feels they have no liability to the victims if the Treasury Department tells them to do it.
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About this point THE TELEPHONE conversation comes to the end. At this point they start to forget everything they already told you ( didn’t hear this from me..understand ) and then they hang up. As of todays date there has been no resolution to this problem and I guess the $2,000,000 reward is still good.
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I know this because I’m The Charles Taylor, Bailiff for the 3rd Judicial Circuit, Edwardsville, Illinois.
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Charles Taylor
Bailiff and Great American

Kafkaesque at best. It doesn’t make much sense to have a list which no one believes is making us most secure and hassles everyday Americans.

After 10 Years, A House Historian

Looks like Denny did something right. From the National Coalition for History

On 28 April 2005, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) filled the decade vacant post of “Historian of the House of Representatives” and announced the appointment of University of Illinois at Chicago historian Robert V.
Remini to serve in that position. In making the announcement, Hastert stated that Professor Remini’s “commitment to documenting the American experience will serve our great institution and the American people well.”

Remini holds positions as Professor of History Emeritus and a Professor of Research Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and serves as University Historian. He is also the Distinguished Visiting Scholar in American History at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, where, since 1999, he has been working on his Congressionally ordered (P.L.
106-99) tome — a history of the House of Representatives. Remini is currently revising and polishing his 600-page draft that is expected to be published in the spring of 2006.

The appointment did not come as a surprise to many Hill insiders. As reported in the NCH WASHINGTON UPDATE some months back (see “After Nearly a Decade, House to Fill Historian Position” in NCH WASHINGTON UPDATE, Vol 10, #6; 13 February 2004), for years the Clerk of the House, Jeff Trandahl, has been building a professionally staffed History and Preservation Office to meet the needs of House members. He wanted to fill the vacant position through a nationwide search.

Likewise, historians had been quietly working to see that the position was modeled after the Senate Historian Richard Baker’s in terms of duties, responsibilities, and term of office (Baker, as a career historian has been in his position since 1975 and has served twelve different Majority Leaders). However, it did not turn out that way — Remini’s position is a “term” appointment, made by the Speaker, and therefore, in theory, is a partisan appointment. Unlike Baker, Remini, for example, could be replaced should the Republicans lose control of the House. At that time, a new Majority Leader could either re-appoint the current historian or select another individual. Remini, however, is devoted to keeping the position strictly non-partisan; he plans a courtesy visit to Democratic leaders in the near future. He told the NCH, “As long as I am historian, it will be non-partisan, just like Richard Baker’s Senate office.”

Inside sources report that Speaker Hastert originally wanted the historian position to be merely “honorific” — modeled roughly after the Library of Congress Poet Laureate position. Hastert also apparently was not impressed with the candidates advanced by the Clerk’s office. He wanted the first House historian in over a decade to be a person of stature within the historical community and Remini clearly filled the bill. According to Remini, “I was never a candidate…all of a sudden, out of the blue they asked me to do it.”

Exactly what the relationship will be between the House Clerk’s Office of History and Preservation and Remini’s has yet to be entirely ironed out.
After his appointment was announced, Remini immediately laid out an ambitious agenda for his new office that complements (not duplicates) the services that the Clerk’s Office of History and Preservation provides. His office will gather oral histories from current and former members, start a lecture series for freshman members, and, somewhat like the Clerk’s operation, provide reference services for members. With upcoming opening of the Capitol Visitor Center, his office will play an important role in developing exhibits and telling the story of the capitol to the visiting public. The new House historian’s goal is to see that history is not only recorded “but that it serves as a tool for the lower chamber.” Remini already has one assistant in place and expects to hire additional staff in the future.

Remini received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1951 and taught at a variety of distinguished schools. His extensive experiences include Columbia University, Fordham University, the University of Notre Dame, and Jilin University of Technology in the People’s Republic of China. Remini published over twenty books that include topics such as Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, and John Quincy Adams. He recently won the Freedom Award from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

Even at It’s Best–It’s a Conflict

Take Bobby Rush’s entanglement of campaign finances, family employment and social service and religious organizations, and Bobby Rush is essentially taking money into his campaign fund and paying it out to organizations that provide significant benefits to members of his family and supporters.

In Rush’s defense, the organizations do good work, but why do the organizations he chooses to support out of his campaign funds have to be organizations in which he or an immediate family member is a Board Member or employee?

The issue isn’t all that different than a couple of the problems that DeLay is facing in regards to DeLay’s charity–other than Rush’s appear to be doing more than holding high powered fundraisers. But it’s still a serious conflict and a simple way to avoid it would be to say campaign funds can’t be distributed to organization in which one or an immediate family member is employed or sits on the Board of Directors.

Why Wasn’t This Done Sooner

Blagojevich gets credit for ending the IPAMs contract and starting to take this seriously, but the entire idea of fighting Holland was stupid.

Rich Miller said this:

Whoever came up with the “let’s fight Holland” strategy ought to be fired for rank incompetence.

And we know who authorized looking into the Auditor’s operations because he said he did it:

Ed Wynn.

But it’s worse than incompetence, it was complete disdain for governmental process.

Finding Rummy’s Chair

LOL–a new blog Illinois Shadow has the goods on Rummie’s chair.

BTW, obviously I’ve been updating the blogroll, but the full update isn’t up yet–I have the second page done, but not added and it’ll be a bit more comprehensive of active Illinois political blogs and include some non-political, but interesting other blogs.

The blogroll is generally my view of what blogs are worth reading by my usual readers and who updates regularly. It’s subjective and usually blogs have to start on the second page before being promoted to the front page simply because so many don’t last. No insult is meant.

6th CD Dem Primary News

Peter O’Malley has his web site up and running

I’ll have some more on Peter in the next few days.

For those wanting to ask Christine Cegelis questions for a video interview, go here

I currently have a fundraising link up for Christine and may add one for Peter. While I do endorse in primaries and take sides, I also attempt to be an honest broker for legit candidates in a Democratic Primary. I’m of the belief the most good blogs can do is to provide information and I hope even when I do take sides, to do the information aspect fairly.

why had the agency not forced evidence of savings into the final draft?

Aaron Chambers asks the question that seems to get a response of non sequiturs from the Blagojevich Administration.

Notwithstanding, I did my best to take seriously the agency’s pleas that I consider mounds of paper it called evidence of savings. On Wednesday, the day after the audit was published, three top agency officials led me and other reporters into a room where they pointed to two tables stacked with folders and binders stuffed with documents.

“WHEN PEOPLE TALK about transparency, what does that mean?” asked Paul Campbell, CMS director-designee.

“That means visibility into what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, how we’re doing it, what we’re spending it on, with whom we’re spending it on. This gives you a level of transparency unparalleled in the state — unparalleled.”

I listened and asked questions for an hour and 38 minutes. I went back Friday and spent two more hours sifting through the documents. But the question remained: A month after CMS was asked to respond to the audit’s findings, why had the agency not forced evidence of savings into the final draft?

The agency’s officials said Holland’s auditors failed to appreciate the universe of savings in state government, that they were too focused on the value of consultants hired to improve management functions and save the state money.

Doing things differently is fine, but that doesn’t change basic math and basic record keeping. If the savings can be found, why weren’t they in the rebuttal?

Points for Style

While I disagree with Cardinal George (hence I’m a Protestant), I have to say his style is refreshing compared to Archbishop Burke of St. Louis.

The problem with what he said:

“I don’t think that what is as morally questionable as creating embryos to destroy them for scientific purposes should be funded by public money,” George said in an interview with reporters. “It’s funded by a lot of private money right now, and you shouldn’t use that kind of means even to come to a very good end.”

The problem isn’t the embryos aren’t just created for scientific purposes, but usually by couples trying to conceive and then donating those that are left over. It’s also important to note as Tom Cross did, while respecting the Cardinal’s view, this doesn’t violate many people’s faith. Hynes took a similar stance.

Alternative Daley Careers

Why won’t Daley ever retire:

A colleague and I were speculating whether Daley would decline to run for another term, or even resign, should the scandal reach the 5th Floor of City Hall.

“He’ll never quit,” I said. “They’ll carry him out. He’s a machine designed to be mayor of Chicago. What else is he going to do, teach?”

“He could go on the speaking circuit . . .” she began, before realizing what she was saying and trailing off in mid-sentence.

“I rest my case,” I said.