Suburban Political Recount
The reliable morning show ran a story about U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's stroke recovery.
Gov. Pat Quinn is set to be in Lake County tomorrow to sign legislation allowing some 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections.
Adlai E. Stevenson history teacher Andrew Conneen helped spark the legislation.
The proposal would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries starting next year if they'll turn 18 by the general election in November.
Gov. Pat Quinn has declared today Blackhawks Day in Illinois to coincide with the team's victory parade in Chicago.
But just a couple years ago the team's owner, Rocky Wirtz, tried to upend Quinn's biggest accomplishment in office via a lawsuit that made it all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court.
The Wirtz lawsuit nearly blocked a massive, $31 billion construction program to build roads and schools with money from increased vehicle fees and liquor taxes. From our story at the time:
Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz challenged the state's huge construction program in court because one of the new taxes, on liquor, hit his Schaumburg-based distributor.
Via the Washington Post, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth went after a witness at a House hearing today.
Here's how the Post explains her target:
Duckworth grew visibly upset with Braulio Castillo, the president and CEO of Strong Castle, Inc. A congressional investigation found that Castillo claimed service-disabled veteran status in 2012 over an ankle injury he suffered in 1984 at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School.
Duckworth, who lost both legs after a helicopter she was piloting in Iraq was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, didn't hold back.
Former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady of St. Charles has started a new lobbying firm called Next Generation Public Affairs Inc.
He's teaming up with former Iowa Republican Chairman Matt Strawn and Chicago business adviser Bob Fitzsimmons.
“NGPA is a full-service public affairs firm providing clients with comprehensive and technologically sophisticated government affairs, issue advocacy and media relations strategies," Brady said in a statement.
Brady left his spot as chair of the Illinois Republican Party this year shortly after he survived an attempt to ouster him based on, ironically, his lobbying of GOP lawmakers to vote for same-sex marriage.
He was replaced by Rosemont trustee and Statehouse lobbyist Jack Dorgan this month.
Illinois House Republicans continue to talk behind the scenes about who would be their leader if Tom Cross of Oswego steps down to run for Illinois attorney general in 2014.
State Rep. Mike Fortner, a West Chicago Republican, has begun circulating proposed rules for how a successor would be chosen.
Fortner isn’t proposing huge changes — a winner would need majority support of the 47 members — but he appears to be doing his due diligence, just in case.
The House already has rules to pick a leader at the beginning of the session. But this is a little different.
“We didn’t adopt rules thinking we’d need to make a change in the middle of a two-year cycle,” Fortner said.
A website has emerged called DraftOberweis.com to apparently try to draft state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, for a bid for governor.
Who is behind it?
"It is not I," Oberweis said.
Oberweis lost a primary bid for governor in 2006. He said the party already has some good candidates this time but isn't backing one in particular yet.
Would the dairy magnate be interested?
Oberweis said he'd think about it if there was a "really, really, really" big groundswell of support.
"But I don't see that at this time," he said.
Yeah, I did this last year. But so did they.
Anytime lawmakers come into special session in Springfield as they are today, there's plenty of outrage over the $111 per diem they get and reimbursed mileage, costing the taxpayers as much as $40,000 for a day likely not to yield many results.
But how does that $40,000 compare to the about $100 billion in pension debt Gov. Pat Quinn has tasked them with trying to solve today?
If lawmakers saved this $40,000 and put it toward the state's pension debt, they'd have to save for 2.5 million days to erase the pension debt. Written out, that's 250,000,000 days, or 6,849 years from now.
But lawmakers don't meet every day of the year. If they met 60 days per year, that'd be 41,666 years.
As Office Max and Office Depot work on trying to merge, state lawmakers are looking at trying to get the Naperville-based Office Max to try to get the company to stay - and even expand - in Illinois and the suburbs.
Office Max CEO Ravi Saligram told Senate lawmakers Tuesday that the companies are just starting to review their options and state tax breaks would influence that discussion. Taxes would join transportation options and other factors, Saligram said, before saying words not often spoken by local business executives.
"Our experience in Illinois has been positive," Saligram said.
The Office Max headquarters are in Naperville, and it has a major warehouse in Itasca.
State Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican, says he expects that his support for same-sex marriage this year means he'll face his first primary race in 2014 since he first ran in 2002.
He was not shy about how he thinks that'll go.
"You'd better be prepared for a battle," Sullivan said.
He's unsure who his opponent will be, and I've reached out to a couple possibilities to try to find out. Sullivan's support of same-sex marriage puts him at odds with most of his party and has drawn some high-profile criticism. He hasn't relented, though.
"If our party ever wants to get out of the 1950s, we need a bigger tent," Sullivan said.