Suburban Political Recount
A few weeks back you may recall me whining about Daily Herald reporters getting turned away from a GOP convention event even though the Republican Party had charged the paper a delegate activity fee of $600 per person.
The reception was in honor of Republican legislative leaders Tom Cross and Frank Watson and was hosted by AT&T, which explains why there might have been some miscommunication about letting the media in.
Anyway, in all fairness, there needs to be an update.
After hearing of the incident, an Illinois Republican Party spokesman called to find out what happened, agreed we should have been let in and then agreed to refund the Daily Herald a portion of the activity fee.
This just in ...
From a news release from the governor's office ...
Governor Blagojevich Calls Special Session to Help Children with Autism Access Healthcare Coverage
Special Session marks the Governor’s Third Attempt since Spring Session to Provide Healthcare Options for Children with Autism
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich called a second special session of the General Assembly for today to discuss and act on a bill to expand health insurance coverage for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Thousands of children in Illinois have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and families often have to cover the cost of treatment for children with autism using personal funds because their insurance won't cover it.
With all the political and personality battles going on at the Capitol, it’s often easy to lose perspective. On Saturday, it’ll have been four years since an unarmed guard was gunned down at the building’s North entrance for no reason.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A man suspected of fatally shooting an unarmed guard at the state Capitol was arrested Tuesday morning after he knocked on doors in a residential neighborhood and asked for a ride to the police station, authorities said.
Police had been searching for Derek W. Potts since Monday afternoon, when they allege he marched into the state Capitol and shot 51-year-old William Wozniak in the chest, then stowed his gun in his car trunk and drove away.
First the news:
Gov. Rod Blagojevich has ordered a special session of the General Assembly for 1 p.m. Monday to address "real ethics reform."
From there it gets confusing:
Lawmakers teamed up this spring to come up with a plan that focused primarily on banning business with state contracts from helping finance the campaigns of the officials who award those contracts.
The governor has time and again lined his campaign warchest with donations from those doing business with the state.
It's generally referred to as pay-to-play.
Back when a coalition of lawmakers announced this deal, they said they were unified and if the governor dared veto or change the deal, they'd quickly override his move.
Well, that happened.
UPDATE:Asked in an email about the Buehrle oversight, a Blagojevich spokesman said the governor sent Buehrle a personal letter and proclaimed White Sox day after the World Series.
I'm sure that'll satisfy Sox fans' notion of fairness
A dailyherald.com reader going by SoxFan83 asked a very good question this morning.
“So when was Buehrle day last April?”
On Sunday, Cubs’ ace Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter and Gov. Rod Blagojevich responded by declaring Tuesday “Carlos Zambrano Day” in Illinois.
Last year, Mark Buehrle tossed a no-hitter for the White Sox.
The response from the administration?
(cue the chirping crickets)
Looks like Blagojevich threw a shutout right back at Buehrle.
Is Ted Lilly hour coming next?
Your tax dollars at work:
WHEREAS, on Sunday September 14, at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter for a 5-0 win over the Houston Astros; and WHEREAS, with this accomplishment, Zambrano became the first Chicago Cub pitcher since Milt Pappas in 1972 to throw a no-hitter; and WHEREAS, this was also the first neutral-site no-hitter in baseball history. The teams were playing in Milwaukee instead of Houston because of Hurricane