Here's something new.
Doormen for a Senate committee are telling reporters they can't text message on cell phones during committee hearings under the general rule of electronic devices not being allowed.
They've always made way for cameras and tape recorders (now digital recorders) but looks like the Blackberries and texting faces a battle.
The reasoning given was the noise is distracting to others in the committee.
The Senate Democrats spokeswoman came by to say she was checking into this situation. A bit later she came back to say the texting ban was "done in error and changed as of now."
Angered by the treatment they’d received from the majority Democratic lawmakers, Senate Republicans stormed out of a Revenue Committee meeting Thursday evening that'd been called to debate and vote on a massive pension borrowing scheme Senate Democrats and Gov. Rod Blagojevich hope to use to balance the budget.
The state owes itself billions in pension payments that have been skipped over the years. It’s kinda like skipping your kid’s college fund payments, the longer you let it go and more you skip, the more it’s gonna cost down the road. Imagine skipping billions in payments ... for years.
But it’s “soft” debt, money the state owes itself so it’s often overlooked.
It's about 14 hours since the credits rolled on "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and I'm still trying to convince myself that Steven Spielberg did not direct it.
"Crystal Skull" plays, more or less, like a cheap imitation of an "Indiana Jones" movie. Everything about it just seems...off. I knew we were in trouble when the film's very first shot was of a CGI gopher poking its head out of the dirt. The movie betrays, again and again, a year's worth of interviews with Spielberg in which he said he would do everything possible to not make this film a digital effects extravaganza. There are digital effects -- and shoddy ones, at that -- in every corner of this movie, from the sets, to the "matte paintings," to the characters ... there's one scene in which I'm fairly certain Indy's torch flame has been added in post with computer graphics.
Former Bulls center Bill Cartwright was in Springfield today lobbying on behalf of the Allendale Association, a Lake Villa-based group with a long history of working with children with emotional and mental illness. Cartwright is on the association's board.
Cartwright visited the House floor and a long line of lamwakers seeking pictures and autographs quickly formed even as debate continued on how billions of tax dollars should be spent. House Republican leader Tom Cross of Oswego finally asked if the House could take a quick break, which was granted.
After lawmakers, Cartwright took some pictures with reporters and did his best to swat away Bulls questions from Daily Herald reporter Nick Shields.
Shields: Rose or Beasley?
Cartwright: What do you think?
Invites have apparently been distributed to groups of lawmakers for meetings with Gov. Rod Blagojevich in an effort to try to set aside harsh feelings, mistrust and all the other ill will that members have had toward the administration. The intent is to try to win lawmakers over to the governor's side for budget debates.
Will it work? Similar meetings in past years didn’t exactly smooth the political pavement. But hope always springs eternal at the Illinois Capitol.
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