Suburban Political Recount
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."
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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.
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.
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 ...
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
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.