Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr., a Chicago Democrat, informed Senate members that they will not be back in session until Nov. 12, refusing to call any immediate special session to consider restoring budget cuts or ethics legislation -- both of which the House approved just a day ago.
By the time the Senate convenes, two dozen state parks and historic sites will have closed and more than 300 state employees will have been laid off. Plus, numerous social service agencies are cutting staff and programs as state cuts trickle down to those who actually do the treatment and counseling on the state's behalf. An Elgin alcohol abuse and drug treatment center announced it would cut five staff and remove two beds from its programs because of the state cuts.
I was prepared to write an analytical piece about the Illinois House OKing a lottery lease deal that could finance construction spending.
But it appears AP assigned a Massachusetts reporter to do the story …
(just substitute lottery deal for cat, House Dems for firefighter and so on)
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- A lucky cat owes one of its nine lives to a firefighter who revived it with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Al Machado rescued the cat from a burning apartment Tuesday, telling The Standard Times of New Bedford that he saw immediately that it needed air.
Machado began performing mouth to mouth on the animal as he carried it outside.
True to Hollywood form, it took a cold, cynical, almost hopeless thriller to win the best-picture Oscar for Joel and Ethan Coen, the writers and directors of some of the best-loved comedies of recent years. It's already been ten years since The Dude went bowling with Walter and Donny, and this weekend the brothers return with "Burn After Reading," a spy game that, judging from the trailers, promises to be a zany celebration of stupidity.
I wouldn't have it any other way.