Suburban Political Recount

Suburban Political Recount

Around the farm ...

Posted by JP on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 08:12


Cook County Board President Todd Stroger talked to the Daily Herald’s Joseph Ryan yesterday about growing discontent in the suburbs that’s led some to suggest a new, breakaway county be formed.

"If you want to take your ball and go home, then take your ball and go home," Stroger said Wednesday. "I'm not going to try and stop you. If you want to go, that is your right as a citizen."

Read the whole story here:

Recall showdown
The big showdown of the day will be in the Illinois Senate where a vote is expected on a new, expanded constitutional amendment that would let voters recall public officials rather than wait for the next election.

Ethics overhaul on the horizon?

Posted by JP on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 19:04
SPRINGFIELD -- A group of lawmakers said Wednesday they’ve struck a deal on sweeping ethics legislation that will prohibit companies from donating to the politicians able to award them state contracts. “There’s a good chance it might be snowing in hell right now,” said state Rep. John Fritchey, a Chicago Democrat involved with negotiations. The proposal is an attempt to wipe away the lingering perception that Illinois and its politicians are for sale, a stigma repeatedly reinforced by scandal and investigations. Former Gov. George Ryan is currently residing in a federal prison after being convicted of using his state offices to enrich friends and family.

Deal delayed, Senate done, whoops!, today's favorite

Posted by JP on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 13:04

A "deal" on what supporters call major ethics legislation was supposed to be announced at 1 p.m. at the Capitol. But that announcement has now been pushed back to 4:30 p.m.
Some Republican supporters weren't informed of the delay by the Democrats -- who run the show in Springfield.

The GOP's initial reaction was not a positive one.

Now the question is whether the delay is procedural or fatal.

Senate gone
The Illinois Senate just announced (at 1:25 p.m.) it has finished it's business for the day and adjourned until tomorrow morning. It's not quite happy hour yet. Senate committee hearings are scheduled throughout the afternoon.

No, the place he lives ...

Around the farm ...

Posted by JP on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:46

HBO and Comcast will be premiering the movie channel's latest film "Recount" on May 15 at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

The political flick retells the story of the 2000 presidential election in which "the future of the nation was hanging by a ... chad."

The cast features:
Kevin Spacey as Ron Klain
Bob Balaban as Ben Ginsberg
Ed Begley Jr. as David Boies
Laura Dern as Katherine Harris
John Hurt as Warren Christopher
Denis Leary as Michael Whouley
Tom Wilkinson as James Baker III

Medium rare:
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for the governor made what's been called a "rare" appearance -- a description she doesn't care for -- at the Capitol pressroom. She said the governor will be in Springfield this week and has been repeatedly in recent weeks.

Ethics deal?

Posted by JP on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 17:31
Here's the news release being sent around to reporters: Agreement Reached on Pay-to-Play Ban CHICAGO – State Representative John Fritchey (D-Chicago), State Comptroller Dan Hynes, State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), Cindi Canary, Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, and other legislators will announce the agreement on legislation that will prohibit state contractors from contributing money to elected officials in charge of awarding or overseeing state contracts. The legislation has been stalled in the General Assembly for three years. DATE: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 TIME: 1:00 p.m. WHERE: State Capitol Press Room Springfield, Illinois

Playing games with the constitution (updated X5 -- weekend session possible)

Posted by JP on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 12:51
UPDATE 5: The Senate's Executive Committee approved a new version of a recall amendment Tuesday evening. This would be the same committee that had an unruly committee hearing two weeks ago only to decide it wouldn't consider a previous version of recall. If things go as planned, the Senate's final approval would likely come on Thursday and then the House would be in session through the weekend to make the May 4 deadline. Expect to hear a lot more about recall in the next few days. ***UPDATE 4: We're jumping this one to the top because of its importance.

Major accomplishment

Posted by JP on Fri, 03/28/2008 - 07:54
Gov. Rod Blagojevich made ESPN's Sports Center this morning with his talk about how important it is to keep the Cubs playing in Wrigley. From what I know of the governor, making ESPN might rank up there as one of his greatest accomplishments in office. As for the actual issue, which is more likely: Blagojevich winning a third term or the Cubs leaving Wrigley for a new stadium?