Suburban Political Recount
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.
OK, the House is in session today and the agenda includes a lottery lease deal that would finance state construction, ethics legislation and tapping special state accounts to balance the budget.
Ummm ... is it September or January, 2008 or 2004?
As the joke goes: How many Illinois lawmakers does it take to change a light bulb?
Punch line: Change?
"Do it again" seems like a good theme song for the day.
Congratulations to former reporting colleague Aaron Chambers, who managed a soft landing after the Rockford newspaper closed its Capitol bureau a few weeks ago. A news release arrived in my inbox this afternoon.
Serafin & Associates Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Aaron Chambers , a longtime Statehouse legislative and political correspondent, as a senior account executive.
Who said this?
“Doubledipping is a gigantic waste of taxpayer money and it’s a state scandal that doubledippers should be permittd to hog precious tax dollars in this age of budget cutbacks.”
If you said Gov. Rod Blagojevich, you’d be wrong.
That quote came from Pat Quinn in the late 1970s when, as spokesman for The Coalition for Political Honesty, he claimed lawmakers who held Chicago and Cook County jobs were blocking ethics reform and, later, tax reform. He claimed the “double dippers” were voting with their personal political interests rather than their constituents interests.
Next week, state lawmakers return to the Capitol.
OK, only half of the General Assembly. The Senate's not coming back.
Anyway, it's our first chance to see if Mike and Rod's "Denver hug" holds.
Until then ...
UPDATE: So much for the GOP convention anthem
CNN.com has this update:
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart said Thursday night that Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG have sent a cease and desist notice to the McCain-Palin campaign over their use of 'Barracuda.'
"We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We
hope our wishes will be honored," the group said in a statement that said they "condemn" the use of the song at the Republican convention.
Shout out to Scott Troehler for the tip.
And if the real thing don't do the trick
You better make up something quick
UPDATE: An Illinois Republican Party spokesman called to find out what happened with the Daily Herald reporters at the Cross/Watson/AT&T reception. He's checking into the situation and what can be done. Having been to several of these convention events, I'm guessing there was miscommunication between the people handling the door, the hosts, the honorees and so on.
Last week in Denver, Gov. Rod Blagojevich threw a private reception for Tammy Duckworth that essentially turned into a trial run for her convention speech the following night. Although the event was hosted by Friends of Blagojevich (his campaign fund) and the governor is known for being a bit reclusive from time to time, reporters were allowed in.
No fuss, no muss.