Friday, April 6, 2012
State Rep. Jack McGuire, D-Joliet, has thrown in the towel.
Longtime State Rep. Jack McGuire, D-Joliet, planned to resign Friday morning from his job in the 86th District, Will County Executive Larry Walsh said. McGuire is fresh off an unopposed primary win and was set to face off against Republican challenger Ryan Alm in the fall. "Officially it's going to take place this morning," Walsh said of McGuire's resignation. McGuire failed to return numerous calls for comment. "He's indicated health reasons have prevented him from serving in the capacity" he wants, Walsh said. "I guess he's just decided it's time to bow out graciously and with dignity." McGuire has served as a state representative for more than two decades.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
We're still alive in our tournament pool.
We got beaten up pretty good this weekend. To be honest, we didn't make out so great last weekend either. But the thing is, we're still alive! That's right, we're still in contention in our NCAA pool. Is it because we're lucky? Is it because everybody else is as bad at picking winners as us? Or maybe, just maybe, we can't be killed. Just like Jason Voorhees. No matter what happens to us, we just keep on coming. Right through the finals, when we get all the money. Now let's look at all the things we missed in Shorewood while we were distracted by the tournament: Shorewood loves Jack and Jill. Shorewood's own Jack McGuire triumphed in the primary, which probably wasn't that big a deal since no one was running against him. The Shorewood town …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The two candidates triumphed in their unopposed primary bids.
Now it's time to get serious. State Rep. Jack McGuire, D-Joliet, and Republican challenger Ryan Alm are finished with the formalities of an unopposed primary. Now they can look toward the big dance in November, with the winner taking all the marbles. Or at least the 86th District of the Illinois House. McGuire, who sort of is an adopted son of Shorewood even though he wasn't ever supposed to be living there, failed to return messages left at his Joliet home, his Joliet office and his Springfield office. In an email sent last week, Alm correctly predicted a low voter turnout and then turned an eye toward the general election. "In November, I really feel many Democrats are disenfranchised, so the Democrat turnout is going to be much less …
Sunday, January 8, 2012
If the world ends this year, will Shorewood still be all right?
There's a good chance the world might end this year. At least if you believe what Kotaku calls the "doomsday writings from Columbus and poorly-translated and agenda-riddled works from 19th century European scholars." So yeah, it's probably going to happen. There was a movie about it and everything. And it's really too bad it has to end this way. But it would be less bad if Shorewood somehow survived the impending apocalypse. Actually, as long as Shorewood came out all right, it wouldn't be so very bad at all. Someone should get to work on this. Maybe Shorewood's ESDA guys could check the movie out and look for ideas. We haven't seen the film ourselves but from what we understand John Cusack saves the day. The people at ESDA might be able …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
State Rep. Jack McGuire and his wife, Patsy, stopped by the Shorewood house they once lived in and have left to fall into disrepair.
State Rep. Jack McGuire and his wife — both wearing white safety masks — finally visited the Shorewood house where they used to live before pulling stakes and letting it fall into a shameful state of disrepair. It was the first time in years the McGuires have been seen at the 105 Shorewood Lane home that Jack McGuire's wife, Patsy, said they lived in after marrying some time in 2000 or 2001. "They were here probably for three minutes," said one neighbor, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation by the 20-year veteran of the state legislature. "She had a mask on before she got out of the car," the neighbor said of the McGuire's brief, Tuesday morning visit. The neighbor said Jack McGuire also donned a safety mask. At least two…
Sunday, January 1, 2012
It's a new year, but let's look at the old week.
Happy New Year! If you're reading this in Shorewood, odds are you're already happy. But you can never be too happy. So every bit of cheer helps. At any rate, here we are in 2012. It's a brand new year. But before we get to carried away with making it the best year ever, let's take one more look at the final week of 2011. Why look back? Good question. And we have a good answer: Because it was a fantastic week. All sorts of amazing things happened, as they usually do in Shorewood. So let's take a last look at it and all the great things before we let it go forever and bravely move off to enjoy 52 more wonderful weeks in 2012. Incidentally, we're going to look back at each one of those weeks too right after they're over. Because that's what …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
These were the stories that shook Shorewood.
A lot happened in Shorewood in 2011, and the Shorewood Patch was there for all of it. The Shorewood Patch covered everything, the funny stories and the sad, the shocking and the thought-provoking. We've had a year of stories and now it's time to look back at the big ones, the events that really mattered to Shorewood. We went through the whole list and came up with these, the top 10, for you to check out all over again. The Bank of Shorewood failed and was taken over by the Heartland Bank and Trust Company. Mayor Rick Chapman wagered a pair of Portillo's rib dinners on the Bears beating the Packers in the NFC Championship game. On the other side of the bet was the mayor of some impostor Shorewood in Wisconsin. Since this Wisconsin mayor's …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Shorewood home state Rep. Jack McGuire lived in with his wife and then left vacant for years is finally being cleaned out.
Dozens of black garbage bags stuffed with refuse and an 8-foot-by-20-foot Dumpster brimming with trash now sit outside the Shorewood house state Rep. Jack McGuire and his wife abandoned years ago. Neighbors say two men have toiled for three days to clear out the house that has been left vacant and neglected while McGuire and his wife Patsy live a mere five miles away on Glenwood Avenue in Joliet. McGuire failed to return messages left at his Joliet office and home. He also did not answer the door to his house in Joliet, where he is said to now live. When first questioned about the state of the house in Shorewood, McGuire's wife commandeered the conversation and refused to let him speak. Patsy McGuire explained that she let the house fall …
Monday, December 12, 2011
A house owned by state Rep. Jack McGuire’s wife—which she said they lived in together after marrying—has been vacant for years and has deteriorated to the point that it is an eyesore, according to neighbors.
The placard on the door of 105 Shorewood Lane declaring the house uninhabitable was put there so long ago it has faded from orange to white and its warning is unreadable. But neighbors remember the day a village worker slapped the sticker on the door nearly 11 months ago. “All of Shorewood was there,” said a neighbor. “I watched the firemen come out, full masks on, tanks on.” This neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said five fire trucks and “several squad cars” responded after a man distributing fliers door-to-door reported that “it smelled like there was a dead body in there.” The police and firefighters who showed up didn’t find a dead body, but Shorewood Building Inspector David Myers said a natural gas leak was discovered and …