Suburban Political Recount
In today’s editions, I’ve got a story about a SIU poll of registered voters regarding the state’s lingering budget woes.
Bottom line: People don’t want tax increases; they’d prefer budget cuts. That is unless the things they like get cut. And those things – education, prisons and police, care for the needy – are on the chopping block.
Of course those things make up the overwhelming majority of the state’s spending. Cutting elsewhere doesn’t yield the billions needed to truly fix the situation.
Democrat Scott Harper, the well-organized start-up who is giving U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert a bit of a late-campaign scare, has launched a TV ad.
Harper reported raising nearly a $1 million and had more than $333,000 on hand at the beginning of the month. Biggert raised $1.2 million and hand more than $800,000 on hand at the beginning of the month.
Here is Harper's ad, which could be considered both amusing and creepy. At the very least, it is memorable.
I wrote in today's editions about Republican households getting a fundraising letter from House GOP leader Tom Cross. In the letter, Cross rips Democrats handling of state finances. I got a copy of the letter from a GOP household head who wanted to know if this was the same Cross who backed Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Senate President Emil Jones -- both Chicago Democrats -- on a more than $30 billion construction spending spree (which was blocked by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.)
You can read more about it here
What didn't make the story is this tidbit:
The Yahoo! sports blog "shutdown corner" asked the political question: what if Ditka had run?
You may recall that former Bears coach and football great Mike Ditka briefly considered joining the U.S. Senate race in 2004 when the Illinois Republicans were without a candidate. Ultimately he decided his endorsement and sports analyst deals -- which he'd have to give up -- were too lucrative to risk.
In the end Barack Obama stomped GOP import Alan Keyes, became a national phenom and is now the Democratic nominee for president.
I've had a Verizon cell phone courtesy of the Daily Herald since 2000 and overall I'm fairly pleased with the service.
Of note, it is my business phone not my home phone. Which is a good thing because it rarely works at home. I live in the middle of Springfield, barely more than a mile from the Capitol building. It's not Chicago but it's a pretty good sized city. And yet I typically get one or two bars on my cell phone at home. I get more bars in the Capitol elevator than I get standing on my front porch.
So, with that in mind, I was shocked to see this story ...
Here's the CBS News set up:
In today’s editions I’ve got a story highlighting the economic policy differences between 14th Congressional candidates Bill Foster, the incumbent Democrat, and Republican Jim Oberweis. Here are their full responses to my questions.
Q1: Do you support a government-approved bailout of the financial markets? Please explain your position.
Foster: In general I do not support the use of taxpayer dollars to bailout failed companies. However, due to the critical situation in our credit markets and the real danger of economic damage to middle-class families, small and large businesses, and the retirement savings of ordinary people, I supported the bipartisan compromise voted on in the House on 9/29/2008.