Suburban Political Recount

Recall hangover edition

Posted by JP on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 13:14

As the dust settles at the Capitol over last week's failed attempt at amending the Illinois constitution to allow for the recall of public officials, here's some trivia about recall from the state that made it famous - California.

Misery loves company
From the California Secretary of State's Web site:
“Since the people added the power of the initiative, referendum and recall to the California Constitution in 1911, there have been 31 previous attempts to recall California Governors.”

Before the 2003 recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis, no previous attempt to recall a California governor had reached the ballot.

Familiar ring?
Here's the text from the 2003 recall petition advocating the removal of then-Gov. Gray Davis:

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Make the trip to Muvico

Posted by Sean Stangland on Sun, 05/04/2008 - 20:14

Thursday, I asked where I could find the best theater in the suburbs. Saturday, I found my answer.

The Muvico 18 in Rosemont is quite the facility. Aside from the plush seats, the perfect sound system and the Sony HD projectors that every single auditorium boasts, this veritable palace can guarantee you won't be bothered by screaming children -- for a price, of course.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

White Sox' road to nowhere

Posted by scotgreg on Sun, 05/04/2008 - 19:14
He made the tag! He made the tag! In Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, White Sox shortstop Orlando Cabrera clearly tagged out Alex Rios, who drifted off second base after David Eckstein grounded out to short. It should have been a big double play for the staggering Sox, but second-base umpire Dale Scott and the rest of the crew missed the obvious call. Naturally, Toronto exploited the situation, scoring 3 runs in the third inning en route to beating the White Sox again, 4-3. Can anything else possibly go wrong for the Sox, who are now 0-5 on a road trip that mercifully ends Monday night?

Chicago's Inside Pitch

ESPN does 'flyover country'

Posted by Bruce on Sun, 05/04/2008 - 18:55
Oh, goody, we get Jon Miller and Joe Morgan tonight as ESPN (Eastern Seaboard Programming Network) comes to town. Actually, Miller is an easy listen, even if he overdoes it with the "correct" pronunciation of a lot of names. As for Morgan, I'm sure we'll hear a lot about the importance of "small ball" and stolen bases. Ring me if he touches on the Cubs' improved on-base percentage and patience at the plate this year. The Cubs are wearing those godawful blue softball jerseys tonight. The best thing John McDonough did as team president last year was put those blue pajamas in mothballs. The worst thing Crane Kenney did as chairman this year was bring them back. Aramis Ramirez is out of the lineup again tonight. He may return tomorrow in Cincinnati. The lineup: Soriano, LF

Chicago's Inside Pitch

With Ramirez out, Fukudome cleans up

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 05/03/2008 - 14:27
Third baseman Aramis Ramirez was wearing a bandage on his left wrist this morning, courtesy of the pitched ball from Adam Wainwright that hit him Friday night. Ramirez will miss today's Fox game and perhaps tomorrow night's ESPN clash with the Cards. Manager Lou Piniella has moved right fielder Kosuke Fukdome from fourth to cleanup in Ramirez's absence. "If Lee gets hurt, he'll be hitting third," Piniella joked with Japanese reporters, referring to first baseman Derrek Lee.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

White Sox Blame Game

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 05/02/2008 - 22:53
Having covered the White Sox since 1994, I think I've got a pretty good handle on the fan base. Sox fans tend to be old school and blue collar, and they like to vent when things aren't going well. Well, things aren't going well at all right now. Yes, this is still a first-place team, but the offense has been looking even worse the past couple weeks than last year's ineffective group. Friday night's 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays was another poor display of hitting, and manager Ozzie Guillen said Jermaine Dye (0-for-12, 7 strikeouts since coming back from a 4-game absence with a groin strain) is going to drop to the No. 6 spot in the order. Guillen also said Pablo Ozuna is in and Juan Uribe out at second base.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Seven hours at O'Hare

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 05/02/2008 - 18:40
Ah, the glamorous life of a baseball writer. Got to O'Hare this morning at 8, in plenty of time for my 9:45 flight to St. Louis aboard Chicago's favorite airline. Turns out I had more than plenty of time. After seven hours in the F and C terminals, with lunch and a cup of decaf thrown in for sustenence, my flight left at 3:10 p.m. Weather, they tell us, wrought havoc in both places, although my friendly competitors, flying various other airlines, made it down here without too much trouble. A doff of the chapeau, as Jerome Holtzman would say, to those writers for helping me out with Lou's pregame comments. Speaking of which, Lou isn't moving Soriano out of left field or the leadoff spot.

Suburban Political Recount

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.

Suburban Political Recount

Friday farming ...

Posted by JP on Fri, 05/02/2008 - 08:00

One for the weekend
State Rep. Jim Meyer, a Naperville Republican, was among the GOP members giving Democrats a hard time Thursday for not bringing to a vote a plan to suspend the state’s sales tax on gasoline at a time when prices hover around $4 a gallon.

Critics say it’d cost the state millions at a time when the budget is in the red and would save motorists a couple dimes per gallon – at best.

Anyway, during Meyer’s floor speech, he said he thought lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were good people and he couldn’t name anyone who didn’t deserve to be there.

That’s just too good to pass up. Let’s see if anyone’s reading today. Who do you think shouldn’t be in Springfield and why?

Where in the world is ... Eddie Washington?

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Where's the best theater in the suburbs?

Posted by Sean Stangland on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 19:42

The summer movie season begins tonight as "Iron Man" rockets across the big screen beginning at 8 p.m. Thanks to my rear driver's-side wheel coming off of my car -- and me locking my keys inside when the tow truck came -- I won't be able to see it until Saturday, I'm guessing, which gives me time to ponder where I should see it.

Ten summers ago, everyone in the Northwest suburbs knew exactly where to go when a big movie came out: Woodfield 1&2.