Recall a "silly debate" says Joliet lawmaker

Recall a "silly debate" says Joliet lawmaker

Posted by JP on Fri, 05/02/2008 - 18:19
On Thursday, Joliet Democrat Arthur "A.J." Wilhelmi voted "present" on the recall proposal, which has the same effect as a "no" vote. On Friday, word spread that the Blagojevich administration was backing off plans to shutter Stateville -- the massive state prison in Joliet. An announcement is planned Monday. Wilhelmi called Friday evening to say one has nothing to do with the other. "Absolutely not," he said. Wilhelmi said he considers the recall initiative a "political game" when far more important issues ranging from state construction spending to property tax relief to education funding have not been addressed by lawmakers. He said those issues are far more important to his Will County constituents. Asked why he didn't vote "no" if he felt so strongly, Wilhelmi said, "I didn't want to engage what I think is a silly debate. It didn't deserve any of us engaging."
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