SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House voted 75-38 to approve exploring leasing the Illinois Lottery for years to come in exchange for billions of dollars upfront, money that would finance construction spending, possibly as much as $25 billion once federal and local dollars are added in.
But the proposal only dealt with the lottery lease, not how any money would be spent. That had critics claiming the move was merely done to provide political cover for Democrats who’d blocked previous construction spending plans.
Here’s how lawmakers representing the Daily Herald’s readership area voted:
House members voting “yes”
Mark H. Beaubien Jr., Barrington Hills Republican
Franco Coladipietro, Bloomingdale Republican
Fred Crespo, Hoffman Estates Democrat
It isn't the first time and won't be the last, but 'maverick' John McCain has ripped a headline right out of Alan Keyes' 2004 Senate race play book.
A recent ad to hit the tube - most likely not in the uncontested Chicago area - slams Obama for voting to have kindergartners receive sex ed.
Keyes made the same slam back in 2004.
Here is the background...
The legislation in question was a state Senate measure from 2003 that aimed to update Illinois' sex education standards with "medically accurate" information. At one point, the legislation included a provision to allow students from kindergarten through fifth grade to be added to the middle and high school students receiving sex education.
It appears the House is positioning itself to restore hundreds of millions of dollars in project and program funding cut by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to balance the budget. Cuts and closings of state parks, historic sites and jobs at DCFS and the Department of Human Services would be reversed.
However, it also appears at this point that the House will restore for more spending than it will come up with money to support. A quick glance of the "uncuts" found more than
$655 $880 million restored. But a run through of the money in the special state accounts the House would tap came up with less than half that amount.
Stay tuned to see what happens. The House is about to go to committees to start discussing all this and then return to the floor for expected votes this afternoon.
OK, the House is in session today and the agenda includes a lottery lease deal that would finance state construction, ethics legislation and tapping special state accounts to balance the budget.
Ummm ... is it September or January, 2008 or 2004?
As the joke goes: How many Illinois lawmakers does it take to change a light bulb?
Punch line: Change?
"Do it again" seems like a good theme song for the day.
CORRECTION: Jeff Pinkner is the show-runner for "Fringe," not the duo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. My apologies.
In 1993, the most buzzed-about show of the new TV season followed FBI agents investigating unexplained phenomena in a scary, sexy thriller that somehow found an excuse to get its red-haired ingenue to strip down to her underwear in the very first episode.
In 2008, the most buzzed-about show of the new TV season follows an FBI agent and a crazy scientist investigating unexplained phenomena in a scary, sexy thriller that somehow finds an excuse to get its blonde ingenue to strip down to her underwear in the very first episode.
Yes, it's already been 15 years since "The X-Files" premiered on Fox, and now the same network is giving us "Fringe," a surprisingly brainless but undeniably intriguing variation on Chris Carter's (mostly) winning formula.