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Mr. Bill Spears

Wrong Bill Spears?



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  • City Councilman
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I count Schock's last opponent - ..., 21 Nov 2007 [cached]
I count Schock's last opponent - Peoria City Council member Bill Spears - as a friend, his campaign relied too much on help from out-of-towners like House Speaker Mike Madigan.
Billy, good thing you're not a betting man. Although I'm betting that your rent isn't all that high.This is probably the worst choice the Democrats could make for a candidate.The minority vote is rarely a strong one, and this young lady would likely not appeal to much more than the minorities.She has no name recognition, no political track record other than working for other people's campaigns… she is an easy target.
Some relatively loyal Democrats voted for Schrock, not for him, but rather against Spears.Sorry, Spears supporters.I do not know her, but I do know her mother, and if she has half the ethics and attitude of her mother, she will have my vote without hesitation.With the announcement and the supporters around her, she is known now.
ILLINOIZE: October 2006, 1 Oct 2006 [cached]
Spears says Lane was never his campaign manager and I'm fairly certain from earlier conversations that the party organization wasn't paying his salary.
I'm NOT complaining about Molly writing about Bill Spears in less that glowing detail.
Spears is a member of the Peoria City Council, and tends to vote with the council's "essential services first" wing.You know, the people who are in favor of the sort of things the Journal Star editorial board has always been in favor of, such as the downtown museum project, as well as most of the cockamamie taxpayer-supported economic development projects that have come down the pike.
You cannot underestimate how much the Journal Star powers-that-be hate these people and wants to see them punished for opposing their agenda.
Honestly though, while the piece was annoying and insulting, it could have been worse.They could have used the tactics they tried during the last municipal election, and try to make Spears out to be a racist.That was what they did to Mayor Ardis other 'essential services" candidates.There's still more than a week until the election, so we may yet see a few convoluted attempts to make Spears out to be a bigot.
That this piece lacks a blatant race card is the best thing I can say about it.It truly is a hatchet job.
They accuse Spears of having all sorts of expensive goals, but with being "vague on specifics" about how to pay for them.Then, they complain that he doesn't support building more prisons.
The Journal Star has criticized Spears for "negative campaigning" for daring to mention this fact in his ads.
I got a kick out of the editorial's description of Spears as "the 49-year-old Democrat, Peoria city councilman, local plumber and salesman."Heh.Spears was certainly a plumber.He seemed to know what he was doing, because Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 63 chose him to be their business manager.Google is filled with examples of the JS describing him as a "plumber turned salesman."Hmmm ...I wonder if the JS ever described their "wonder boy" as a former ticket-scalper turned investor in student rental property.
The editorial says "[n]otably, he has been one of the few legislators to stay above the fray this election season, refusing to go negative."That's not what Spears says, claiming that Schock has been very negative about Spears in face-to-face encounters when there isn't a camera there collecting evidence.
First, Schock is solidly outspending Spears.
Second, if Spears were running for re-election to the city council against an opponent with a chance to win, they world have absolutely no praise for his record as a city council member.None.Trust me on this.
* In the interest of full disclosure: Bill Spears is a personal friend of mine, and my support of his campaign extends beyond just writing favorable articles.
A month or so ago, I emailed Peoria City Councilman Bill Spears with a question having to do with the race for the 92nd District in the Illinois House of representatives.He sent me a reply, saying that he cannot use city email for anything having to do with his campaign.
Full disclosure: I am a friend of Spears and am supporting his campaign.
Cross posted to Peoria Pundit.
Technorati Tags: Bill Spears, Daryl Dagit, Aaron Schock, Mike Smith, ethics, campaign rules
Youth careers : News : KHQA Online, 12 May 2006 [cached]
"What we're trying to do is get youth involved in what their careers are going to be," Peoria city councilman Bill Spears said, "so they understand the math, the science, the English they have to have to do their careers, and we're trying to do this to keep kids in school."
Deafweekly November 4, 2009, 4 Nov 2009 [cached]
Witnesses told police that Curly Smith, 20, assaulted R. Kalani Donaldson, 23, of Cottonwood, with an unknown type of stick or tree limb, Willows police Chief Bill Spears said. The investigation was hampered early on because, Spears said, all parties involved are deaf and police had to locate an American Sign Language translator. / Willows Journal
Who We Are, 21 June 2012 [cached]
Bill Spears, Sergeant, Santa Maria Police Department
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