The Illinois Senate just voted down a constitutional amendment allowing recall of elected officials.
The vote was 33-19 with two voting "present" and five not voting or absent.
Because it's a constitutional amendment, the plan needed 36 votes in the 59 member chamber.
UPDATE 2: Here’s how local Daily Herald lawmakers voted
Local senators voting for recall
Pamela J. Althoff, McHenry Republican
Dan Cronin, Elmhurst Republican
Kirk W. Dillard, Hinsdale Republican
Susan Garrett, Lake Forest Democrat
Linda Holmes, Aurora Democrat
Randall M. Hultgren, Winfield Republican
Dan Kotowski, Park Ridge Democrat
John J. Millner, Carol Stream Republican
Matt Murphy, Palatine Republican
Carole Pankau, Roselle Republican
GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS STATE FAIR GRANDSTAND LINEUP
Entertainers include Blues-Rock Trio ZZ Top with county music stars Brooks and Dunn, Trace Adkins and Trent Tomlinson, Huey Lewis and the News, Weird Al Yankovic and “High School Musical” Star Vanessa Hudgens
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger talked to the Daily Herald’s Joseph Ryan yesterday about growing discontent in the suburbs that’s led some to suggest a new, breakaway county be formed.
"If you want to take your ball and go home, then take your ball and go home," Stroger said Wednesday. "I'm not going to try and stop you. If you want to go, that is your right as a citizen."
Read the whole story here: http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=182987
The big showdown of the day will be in the Illinois Senate where a vote is expected on a new, expanded constitutional amendment that would let voters recall public officials rather than wait for the next election.
The destruction of the American child apparently continued this week with Miley Cyrus's Vanity Fair photo shoot, an admittedly strange portfolio from Photographer to the Stars Annie Leibowitz that shows the erstwhile "Hannah Montana" with a bare back, covered only in a bed sheet. Oh, the outrage. You mean to say an underage starlet from the Disney stable has been made to look sexy? My word, this has never happened before! (Oh, wait; let us not forget 17-year-old Britney Spears in the "Baby One More Time" video, and its ensuing Rolling Stone spread. You know, the one that had everyone saying little Britney already had breast implants.)
A "deal" on what supporters call major ethics legislation was supposed to be announced at 1 p.m. at the Capitol. But that announcement has now been pushed back to 4:30 p.m.
Some Republican supporters weren't informed of the delay by the Democrats -- who run the show in Springfield.
The GOP's initial reaction was not a positive one.
Now the question is whether the delay is procedural or fatal.
The Illinois Senate just announced (at 1:25 p.m.) it has finished it's business for the day and adjourned until tomorrow morning. It's not quite happy hour yet. Senate committee hearings are scheduled throughout the afternoon.
No, the place he lives ...
HBO and Comcast will be premiering the movie channel's latest film "Recount" on May 15 at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
The political flick retells the story of the 2000 presidential election in which "the future of the nation was hanging by a ... chad."
The cast features:
Kevin Spacey as Ron Klain
Bob Balaban as Ben Ginsberg
Ed Begley Jr. as David Boies
Laura Dern as Katherine Harris
John Hurt as Warren Christopher
Denis Leary as Michael Whouley
Tom Wilkinson as James Baker III
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for the governor made what's been called a "rare" appearance -- a description she doesn't care for -- at the Capitol pressroom. She said the governor will be in Springfield this week and has been repeatedly in recent weeks.