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