Suburban Political Recount

Suburban Political Recount

Question of the day: Child abandonment. How old is too old?

Posted by JP on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 15:17

For years Illinois has had a law that allows parents of newborns to legally abandon a child, no questions asked, at certain locations, such as hospitals and fire stations. To avoid any charges, the parent must give up the child within 72 hours of birth.

The law was passed in response to horrific instances of unwanted newborns being found dead in garbage dumpsters. In recent years, state lawmakers expanded the places where a newborn could be “abandoned” and did away with the provision that would have sunset the law last year.

Every state now has some kind of so-called “safe haven” law permitting legal abandonment.

Which brings us to Nebraska, the last state to do so.

Tina Fey glasses

Posted by JP on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 09:32

In case you were doing something else Saturday night ...

Who said it?

Posted by JP on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 16:40

"I am distrurbed by the number of single issue voters we have in our party.
"I would just point out that we need to win all the offices this year -- the presidential, the U.S. Senate and majorities in the General Assembly.
"My fear is, that those Republicans may cause the defeat of more Republicans than those they have targeted."
"Illinois needs a Republican senator who represents mainstream values.
"And Illinois most assuredly needs Republicans in control of the state Senate and House.
"It is our duty and obligation to present our vision for Illinois and America clearly and without apologies."

So, you might be guessing GOP chairman Andy McKenna at Republican Day at the State Fair or perhaps House Republican leader Tom Cross at the GOP convention.

Jones won't be rushed

Posted by JP on Thu, 09/11/2008 - 18:11

Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr., a Chicago Democrat, informed Senate members that they will not be back in session until Nov. 12, refusing to call any immediate special session to consider restoring budget cuts or ethics legislation -- both of which the House approved just a day ago.

By the time the Senate convenes, two dozen state parks and historic sites will have closed and more than 300 state employees will have been laid off. Plus, numerous social service agencies are cutting staff and programs as state cuts trickle down to those who actually do the treatment and counseling on the state's behalf. An Elgin alcohol abuse and drug treatment center announced it would cut five staff and remove two beds from its programs because of the state cuts.

House lottery vote like CPR on a cat

Posted by JP on Thu, 09/11/2008 - 07:26

I was prepared to write an analytical piece about the Illinois House OKing a lottery lease deal that could finance construction spending.

But it appears AP assigned a Massachusetts reporter to do the story …
(just substitute lottery deal for cat, House Dems for firefighter and so on)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- A lucky cat owes one of its nine lives to a firefighter who revived it with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Al Machado rescued the cat from a burning apartment Tuesday, telling The Standard Times of New Bedford that he saw immediately that it needed air.

Machado began performing mouth to mouth on the animal as he carried it outside.

How suburban lawmakers voted on lottery lease

Posted by JP on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 17:59

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House voted 75-38 to approve exploring leasing the Illinois Lottery for years to come in exchange for billions of dollars upfront, money that would finance construction spending, possibly as much as $25 billion once federal and local dollars are added in.
But the proposal only dealt with the lottery lease, not how any money would be spent. That had critics claiming the move was merely done to provide political cover for Democrats who’d blocked previous construction spending plans.
Here’s how lawmakers representing the Daily Herald’s readership area voted:

House members voting “yes”
Mark H. Beaubien Jr., Barrington Hills Republican
Franco Coladipietro, Bloomingdale Republican
Fred Crespo, Hoffman Estates Democrat

Does Obama want to teach your kindergartner about sex?

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 17:18

It isn't the first time and won't be the last, but 'maverick' John McCain has ripped a headline right out of Alan Keyes' 2004 Senate race play book.

A recent ad to hit the tube - most likely not in the uncontested Chicago area - slams Obama for voting to have kindergartners receive sex ed.

Keyes made the same slam back in 2004.

Here is the background...

The legislation in question was a state Senate measure from 2003 that aimed to update Illinois' sex education standards with "medically accurate" information. At one point, the legislation included a provision to allow students from kindergarten through fifth grade to be added to the middle and high school students receiving sex education.

First up ... ethics reform

Posted by JP on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 15:59
The 118-member Illinois House just voted 110-0 to reject the governor's changes to ethics legislation and reinstate the provisions as they were initially and overwhelmingly approved by the House and Senate. Basically the plan prohibits companies with state contracts from donating to those who award the contracts. Blagojevich's campaign has pocketed gobs from firms doing business with the state. Blagojevich decided to tack on numerous provisions including barring people with some -- but not all -- other government jobs from serving in the General Assembly. (They already cannot legally collect a paycheck from their outside government jobs while in Springfield).

Glossing over the great lipstick debate of '08

Posted by JP on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 14:56
Both the Obama and McCain campaigns have promised to focus on “the issues” that matter and change the partisan rancor and rhetoric that has marred the national political scene. And fresh off telling us on national TV about their messages of hope, change, renewed focus on what really matters and whatnot, we get treated to a raging debate on … LIPSTICK You could likely power a small community with the energy required to compose and then transmit the numerous emails I’ve received from campaigns and partisan interest groups on the topic. It’s sexist. No it’s not. He said it first about Hillary. So what, that was out of context. Gender cards. Race cards. Blah, blah, blah-blah-blah. A bit of advice from the Farm: Stop it!

The plan ...

Posted by JP on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 12:48

It appears the House is positioning itself to restore hundreds of millions of dollars in project and program funding cut by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to balance the budget. Cuts and closings of state parks, historic sites and jobs at DCFS and the Department of Human Services would be reversed.
However, it also appears at this point that the House will restore for more spending than it will come up with money to support. A quick glance of the "uncuts" found more than $655 $880 million restored. But a run through of the money in the special state accounts the House would tap came up with less than half that amount.

Stay tuned to see what happens. The House is about to go to committees to start discussing all this and then return to the floor for expected votes this afternoon.