Ill. Blogger Running for State Legislature, 41st District

-By Warner Todd Huston

Matt Burden of the blog has announced that he is running as a Republican for the the State Legislature. Burden has announced his plans to run for the 41st District. The 41st covers parts of Oak Brook, Westchester, Villa Park, La Grange Park and Oak Brook Terrace.

The seat is currently held by Bob Biggins (R, Elmhurst) but Biggins recently announced he is not running for reelection. This seems to have opened up the floodgates for candidates. Burden joins a very crowded field including attorney Peter Breen, Rafael Rivadeneira, DuPage Co Board member Brien Sheahan and Chris Nybo from Elmhurst.

On his campaign website, Burden does have one disturbing thing as far as I am concerned:

While there is no campaign contribution limit in Illinois (something I will change)…

Something he “will change”? Is Matt Burden suggesting tromping on the Constitutional right of free political speech by using the force of law to stop people from donating to political candidates in amounts he deems gauche? That is not a good sign for Burden’s understanding of the Constitution, I have to say.

Eric Odom of the American Liberty Alliance is also a bit troubled by some of the items at Burden’s issues page.

One of those issues is “jobs creation.” As Eric points put, government does not create jobs. Government is nothing but a drag on an economy, not a help. Government spends money, it doesn’t create wealth. One wonders exactly what Mr. Burden means by “jobs creation” on his website. Let’s hope Burden doesn’t imagine it is the job of or even possible for government to “create jobs.”

Still it is very interesting to see a long-time blogger of high profile running for a political office and we wish Mr. Burden luck.

Here are the others running to replace Biggins:

Peter Breen’s website

Chris Nybo’s website

Rafael Rivadeneira’s website

Brien Sheahan’s website
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as,,,,,, Human Events Magazine,, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for

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