Suburban Political Recount
Gov. Rod Blagojevich fancies himself as similar to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in many ways. If that’s the case, the developments below don’t bode well for anyone that works for the state here.
Of note, the reporter – Don Thompson – left the Daily Herald’s Springfield bureau to work for the Associated Press in Sacramento. I’m sure the winters are warmer, but it looks like the news is pretty much the same.
State workers lose jobs amid Calif. budget crisis
By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer
Thousands of state workers were told to stay home Friday under an order by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger aimed at cutting expenses for California's cash-strapped government, but a lawsuit filed by a union claims the governor is overstepping his authority.
Talk of big new casinos paying for roads and schools has been the focal point of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's construction spending proposals. But the key component is leasing out the Illinois Lottery for decades in exchange for billions of dollars upfront for the state. The state gets gobs of cash now to spend, a private company would collect the losing lottery players cash.
Chicago Democratic state Sen. John Cullerton and former lottery director Michael Jones sent out this piece delving into some possible pitfalls regarding the lottery deal.
By Senator John Cullerton and Michael Jones, former Director of the Illinois Lottery, 1981-1985
Here's the latest John McCain TV ad.
Ummmm ... what do Britney and Paris have to do with gas prices?
A year after a Minnesota bridge collapse sent people tumbling to their deaths, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reflects on the situation and uses it to try to prod approval of his $34 billion gambling-expansion-for-road-construction plan.
Here's the text of his announcement:
Governor Blagojevich recognizes anniversary of Minnesota bridge collapse
Governor applauds IDOT for diligence in keeping Illinoisans safe; emphasizes need for capital plan to address infrastructure needs