***Recall rejected***Recall debate beginning, House plans, Raoul takes on the media over recall

***Recall rejected***Recall debate beginning, House plans, Raoul takes on the media over recall

Posted by JP on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 12:18

The Illinois Senate just voted down a constitutional amendment allowing recall of elected officials.
The vote was 33-19 with two voting "present" and five not voting or absent.
Because it's a constitutional amendment, the plan needed 36 votes in the 59 member chamber.

UPDATE 2: Here’s how local Daily Herald lawmakers voted

Local senators voting for recall
Pamela J. Althoff, McHenry Republican
Dan Cronin, Elmhurst Republican
Kirk W. Dillard, Hinsdale Republican
Susan Garrett, Lake Forest Democrat
Linda Holmes, Aurora Democrat
Randall M. Hultgren, Winfield Republican
Dan Kotowski, Park Ridge Democrat
John J. Millner, Carol Stream Republican
Matt Murphy, Palatine Republican
Carole Pankau, Roselle Republican
William E. Peterson, Long Grove Republican

Local senators opposing recall
Michael Bond, Grayslake Democrat
Don Harmon, Oak Park Democrat
Terry Link, Waukegan Democrat
Michael Noland, Elgin Democrat

Local senators voting “present”
Arthur "AJ" Wilhelmi, Joliet Democrat

Absent or not voting:
Chris Lauzen, Aurora Republican

The Illinois Senate has just started the discussion of an amendment allowing voters to recall public officials. It's 12:16 p.m. The list of senators absent today suggests there are a few "yes" votes missing.

We'll have updates, roll calls and quotes as discussion continues.

Also, House Speaker Michael Madigan announced the House plans to adjourn today and then reconvene on Saturday or Sunday to consider the recall amendment in order to make the May 4 deadline.

Recall recoil

On the Brady Bunch, it was Jan complaining that everything was "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia."

At the Capitol this week, it's been state Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat, griping that all the media cares about is recall, recall, recall.

When he turned on reporters Wednesday, complaining of obsessive recall coverage, it marked the third straight day he'd lashed out.
In this case it was during a Capitol news conference with Black Chamber of Commerce leaders. With his bottom lip quivering, Raoul told reporters they should focus on more substantive issues like school and road building rather than recall.
"The pages of the media have been used lately to pressure the Senate to call a recall bill which will do nothing to build the infrastructure of the state of Illinois, which will do nothing to keep our kids safe," Raoul said. "The pages of the media have not been used whatsoever to put pressure on the House to do something about the infrastructure of the state."
For clarification, his outburst was directed at two broadcast reporters, one for a statewide radio network, the other for a central Illinois television station, neither of which have "pages" to fill with anything.
The specific question that sparked his outburst asked what the black business leaders were prepared to do to try to win approval of a state construction deal. The Senate has previously approved massive gambling expansion to finance the construction only to have the plans sink in the House.
"So, I point the figure back to you," Raoul said to reporters. "I've done it. I've voted. I'm not fond of gambling, but I voted for it because we have crumbling infrastructure."
Earlier this week Raoul, who first came to Springfield to serve out the remainder of Barack Obama's term when Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, expressed similar sentiment during a press conference and on the Senate floor minutes before the tax legislation he co-sponsored failed.

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