Why he won't do it

Posted by JP on Fri, 06/27/2008 - 10:06

In today’s story, House Republicans recommend that Gov. Rod Blagojevich cut out money for lawmakers’ raises before he begins cutting programs and services. The 3.8 percent cost-of-living increases add a couple grand to lawmakers’ base pay, taking it to $67,800. (They make thousands if not tens of thousands more serving in leadership, running committees, etc.)
The governor’s pay would increase more than $6,000 to almost $177,500. There are various raises for his cabinet members and top state officials. Keep in mind, this is all separate from another set of pending raises that take effect if lawmakers don’t quickly vote to reject them next time they’re in Springfield.

The face of DuPage question of the day.

Posted by JP on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 22:47

During the 1990s, DuPage County was the face of Republican Party dominance in Illinois politics. Now, not so much.
But two county officials are often mentioned as possible candidates for statewide office in 2010.
State's Attorney Joe Birkett recently told the Daily Herald he's considering a run for either governor or attorney general. He narrowly lost the attorney general race to Democrat Lisa Madigan in 2002 and was the lieutenant governor nominee on the GOP ticket that lost in 2006.
County board chairman Bob Schillerstrom also seems to have increasingly fancied himself a political player in recent years. Most recently he helped put votes on the mass transit bailout in exchange for getting a state-approved sales tax hike in DuPage that bailed out his budget.

White Sox get second crack at Cubs

Posted by scotgreg on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 22:41
White Sox fans, you can pull your heads out of the sand now. As this team has been showing all seasons, there are going to be some heady peaks and depressing valleys. Last weekend definitely fell into the latter category. Rolling into Wrigley Field after taking apart the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox jumped out in front of the Cubs in the first two games before the pitching collapsed. On Sunday night, neither starter Javier Vazquez nor the offense showed up, and the Cubs responded with a blowout win, their sixth straight over the White Sox dating back to last season. Rather than continuing their disturbing slide away from home, the Sox went out to Los Angeles and won 2 of 3 against a pretty bad Dodgers team.

Am I supposed to hate Pixar now?

Posted by Sean Stangland on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 19:54

Just when I thought I had the ever-evolving, increasingly nasty world of Internet movie geeks pinned down, I get another curveball.

Here are some comments about "WALL•E"from the blog of Jeffrey Wells, perhaps the ultimate truck stop for film snobs on the information superhighway:

Big Z throws

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 13:07
Carlos Zambrano played catch on the outfield grass this morning and proclaimed his right shoulder as feeling fine. Big Z said he'll throw lightly today at Comiskey (his favorite park) and do a long-toss Saturday. If all goes well, he'll throw a bullpen session Sunday and be ready to start the Fourth of July in red-hot St. Louis against the Redbirds. Lineup: Patterson, LF Theriot, SS Lee, 1B Ramirez, 3B Edmonds, CF Soto, C DeRosa, RF Fontenot, 2B Marquis, P It's hot and humid, which means the ball will carry. Kosuke Fukudome is off again because of the calf tightness. He said he ran lightly and apparently not hard enough to see if the calf was bothering him. The Japanese reporters got little more out of Fukudome.

Running out of room to ROCK!

Posted by Sean Stangland on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 19:48

It didn't occur to me until I got home last night: Where, exactly, can I keep my "Rock Band" drum set when it's not in use?

I did not arrive at the answer until well into the next morning, not to mention 41 songs into the game. (There was no way I was going to quit playing until I had reached "Enter Sandman.")

Fukudome scratched and 'progress in motion'

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 18:37
Kosuke Fukudome won't be in the lineup tonight because of left-calf tightness. The Cubs say it isn't serious. The lineup: Patterson, LF Theriot, SS Lee, 1B Ramirez, 3B Edmonds, CF Soto, C DeRosa, RF Fontenot, 2B Lilly, P It's Lou's third lineup. Brian Burres, the O's original starting pitcher came up ill, and Matt Albers will go. Lou switched the lineup after the O's went to Albers. Now, Fukudome has come up lame. Even though the Cubs had won 14 in a row at home until last night, Lou was pretty hot afterward. He didn't like the approaches at the plate by Fukudome, Cedeno and Blanco, all of whom swung at bad pitches. He also wasn't fond of the body of work turned in by relievers Michael Wuertz and Neal Cotts. But Lou acknowleged that you can't win 'em all.

Details on governor's threatened budget cuts

Posted by JP on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 13:57
Here's the budget cutting checklist the Blagojevich administration sent out. The governor says if lawmakers don't come up with more money, these are the areas he'll have no choice but to cut. From the memo: The $2 billion deficit in the budget passed jeopardizes the State’s ability to meet its core responsibilities, such as human, social, senior and veteran services, economic development, transit, environment, education, public safety, healthcare, and state government operations. Unless the House acts on the bills to provide new revenue and put people to work, action must be taken that will affect people across Illinois. The following will be unavailable as a result of House’s inability to pass a balanced budget: Social Services: $260 million

Guitar Hero: Suburbia II

Posted by Sean Stangland on Tue, 06/24/2008 - 21:09

Remember my idea for "Guitar Hero: Suburbia"? Click here to refresh your memory.

That game needs to be a reality. In light of the nearly $1,200 I just spent on fixing my car -- that's the third time this year, for those scoring at home -- I decided I needed a little, $200 pick-me-up, and bought "Rock Band" for the Wii. (Don't worry, my stimulus check and that three-paycheck month coming up will help me pay for all this.) So I'll be spending my "staycation" playing fake plastic instruments for approximately seven straight days. Hooray!

Brian Roberts and the 40 percent solution

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 06/24/2008 - 14:24
I'm looking down on Wrigley Field right now, and I don't see Brian Roberts yet, either in a Cubs or Orioles uniform. Remember Brian Roberts? From about the second day of the winter meetings right through spring training, the Orioles second baseman was coming to the Cubs for any combination of Sean Gallagher, Sean Marshall, Ronny Cedeno and others. One report even had the Cubs throwing in minor-league prospect Jose Ceda, but that wasn't happening. Well, guess what? The Cubs don't have Roberts, but they go into tonight's series against Andy MacPhail's Orioles with the best record in baseball.