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3. Former Willows Police Chief ..., 5 Aug 2013 [cached]
3. Former Willows Police Chief Bill Spears of Glenn County
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."
Who We Are, 21 June 2012 [cached]
Bill Spears, Sergeant, Santa Maria Police Department
Retired police Chief Bill ..., 5 Feb 2013 [cached]
Retired police Chief Bill Spears, left, accepts a dozen donuts from Dan Roach.
Spears thanked for his service
February 05, 2013 05:16:00 PM | Print Story | E-Mail Story By Susan Meeker/Tri-County Newspapers
Dozens of people turned out Friday night to show their appreciation to retired Willows Police Chief Bill Spears.
Spears, 63, retired Dec. 31 when the city did not renew his contract for financial reasons.
He was elected to the Willows City Council on Nov. 6.
Friends, current and former city employees and Willows police officers filled La Casada Restaurant on Humboldt Street to toast - and roast - the public figure.
"I learned a lot from Bill," said Willows Recreation Director Carol Lemenager.
Spears even got some ribbing over a feud with a local newspaper that resulted in frequent "hit" pieces, including one that falsely accused Councilman Spears of secretly arranging his own swearing-in ceremony at City Hall.
Spears took it all in good humor at the head table with his wife, Judi.
"This must be a secret party," laughed Spears, who joked about buying his own retirement plaque and badge.
For much of the evening, however, Spears was lauded for his service to the community and in developing a community-oriented Police Department.
Spears was the senior-ranking sergeant with the Santa Maria Police Department when he took the police chief post in Willows in 2006.
He was hired by then City Manager Mike Mistrot, who attended Friday's celebration.
Spears started the Police Department's first VIPs organization that allowed volunteers to assist police offices with routine activities.
He also started the city's first Explorer academy and post, organized with his wife the first National Night Out, which has become an annual event, helped raise money for a K-9 program, helped re-establish a Police Activities League in Willows and headed the local US Marine Corps Toys for Tots.
Spears is also active in his son Bobby's soccer and Cub Scouts activities, and with the Willows Veterans of Foreign War and American Legion activities.
"Bill has done more for this community in six years than some people who have spent their lifetimes here," said Cynthia Roach.
The Cub Scouts also acknowledged Spears' work with the organization and presented him with Pack 68's framed hand prints.
Sgt. Carl Walter presented Spears with a plaque on behalf of the city recognizing his service.
Spears was raised in Southern California.
He earned his Eagle Scout award with Boy Scouts of American in 1967 by developing a wilderness camp in Los Padres National Forest, and he was a police explorer.
He had planned to attend college to become an engineer, but joined the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
He started his law enforcement career as a jailer and deputy sheriff. He retired after 40 years of service.
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