SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Maybe not

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005

All the hooplah about the Third Chicago Airport progress may be premature.

State Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson and Will County Executive Larry Walsh have both told 1340 WJOL News that what was widely reported in media outlets earlier this week about Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior perhaps winning his Peotone airport battle with Will County is extremely misleading. This was after the Illinois Departmnet of Transportation forwarded a tenative plan to the Federal Aviation Administration. […]

Both say that all that was agreed upon was the “technical plan,” concerning the length of a single runway and the number of gates.

Walsh, in fact, says that most of the ideas agreed upon actually came from the IDOT, rather than Congressman Jackson. Halvorson and Walsh both say that the major issue still up for grabs is “Who will have control of the Peotone Airport if it is ever built?”

Halvorson says she has received word from Governor Blagojevich and State Senate President Emil Jones that this “Governance Issue” will not be solved until Halvorson herself is happy with what she sees. And she says, Will County will have control.

There’s more fighting on the way.

- Posted by Rich Miller   7 Comments      


Mixed signals?

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005

Two different media takes on CMS’s intentions.

From the AP:

The Blagojevich administration is still doing business with a politically connected firm that billed the state for parties, candy and other improper expenses.

Executives at the Illinois Department of Central Management Services say they are “outraged” that the state paid for those items. But they have not cut ties with the company that submitted them, Illinois Property Asset Management.

C-M-S official Paul Campbell says the company has helped the state save money, so firing it without further investigation would be a mistake.

Copley’s version:

A politically connected company criticized in a state audit for seeking payment for questionable expenses could lose its $25 million contract, a Department of Central Management Services official said Wednesday. […]

CMS is reviewing the expenses questioned by Holland and also is trying to determine why CMS employees monitoring the IPAM contract didn’t stop the payments, CMS general counsel Ed Wynn said.

Depending on the outcome of that review, - expected to be completed in a few weeks - CMS could decide to cancel the $29 million contract, Wynn said.

I think the two men basically said the same thing. But their tone must have been different for the two reporters to come away with such different perspectives.

- Posted by Rich Miller   16 Comments      


It’s all coming back to me now

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005

Many years ago, a Quad Cities newspaper used a photo of me in a story about a local murderer who was captured in Texas. So, I guess I can relate a little to this story:

Two men claim photographs in the Chicago Tribune misidentified them as high-ranking mobsters, prompting one of the men Wednesday to sue the newspaper.

Retired businessman Frank Calabrese is suing the Tribune Co. for more than $1 million in damages, claiming defamation.

His picture ran Tuesday as part of a package about the indictment of several mobsters — including one named Frank Calabrese Sr. — on charges of plotting at least 18 murders. […]

Meanwhile, the Tribune also is investigating the accuracy of a photograph that ran in Wednesday’s editions, Wetli said.

That photograph, which the newspaper said in another story was taken by a college student, identified a man as Joseph “The Clown” Lombardo, a 76-year-old reputed mob boss who is on the lam after being indicted Monday along with Frank Calabrese Sr.

But a man identified as Stanley Swieton told Chicago reporters he was the person in the picture.

I didn’t sue when this happened to me, but I didn’t tell the editors my intentions right away and they were more than a little freaked out when I mentioned that my mother lived in their circulation area. Actually, Mom thought the whole thing was hilarious, and one of the paper’s columnists ended up writing a great little story about her, so it all worked out OK as far as I was concerned.

- Posted by Rich Miller   6 Comments      


Question of the day

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005

As I noted in today’s Capitol Fax, the biennial “Taste of Chicago in Springfield” is next week and Mayor Daley will be in town for the festivities.

What do you think of the job that Daley has done so far? Is he one of the nation’s greatest mayors, as Time Magazine claimed, or is he something else? Be specific.

(PS: I’m closing on my house today, and will be busy as heck with many related tasks, plus dealing with the session, so blogging may be light after mid-morning. Comment Posse, please keep a close eye on things.)

- Posted by Rich Miller   21 Comments      


Redfield on the audit

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005

Kent Redfield’s take on the CMS audit fallout.

An auditor general’s report that is critical of financial mismanagement in Illinois government could lead to stronger campaign finance laws for the state, according to political studies professor Kent Redfield. […]

“The fallout is going to be primarily political. It is going to make it much more difficult for the governor to talk about reform and renewal and a new way to do business,” said Redfield, associate director of the Illinois Legislative Studies Center at the University of Illinois in Springfield. […]

“… (E)mbarrassment and scandal have helped us get lots of our campaign finance reforms in Illinois,” Redfield said.

If they’re buzzing about an auditor general’s report in Quincy, this thing is getting noticed a lot more than the governor’s office may have expected. Then again, the Herald-Whig is an excellent small-town paper that takes its politics seriously.

- Posted by Rich Miller   14 Comments      


The gang that couldn’t shoot straight

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005

The Blagojevich administration is caught in another prevarication.

State prison officials backed away from claims that they need $18 million in emergency funds because of a costly union contract Wednesday as lawmakers grilled them about the budget.

Corrections Department officials and the governor’s budget office instead acknowledged they needed the extra money because they miscalculated the number of employees who would be leaving through attrition. […]

Corrections officials first blamed the need for emergency funds on a renegotiated contract with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The department said it increased costs by $35 million.

AFSCME disputed that characterization of the contract, saying it gave employees a raise but also required them to pay more into the state pension system. Executive Director Henry Bayer called the department’s budget explanation a “fantasy.”

At a time when the administration desperately needs to be seen as credible so it can back up its claims that it was shafted in the CMS audit, the geniuses pull something like this. Not a good thing.

- Posted by Rich Miller   15 Comments      


« NEWER POSTS PREVIOUS POSTS »
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Dunkin absence, GOP solidarity behind defeat of child care bill
* Lang, Rauner to negotiate new med-mar bill
* Another Day. Another Auction. Another $275 Million For Exelon
* Today's number: 601
* Six Repubs break with Rauner
* Chicago finally talking about putting some real skin into the game
* IllinoisGO belatedly weighs in
* It's not all on Dunkin
* Caption contest!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Rauner react
* Organized labor's response
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Mysterious LG handset pictured, could be one of those rumored new G4-series models
        * KingsRoad, a Diablo-like multiplayer RPG to waste your time on
        * Samsung’s Gear S2 will work with non-Samsung made devices
        * Google updates Docs, Classroom with new tools and features
        * Samsung Gear S2 will get premium watch faces and bands from Alessandro Mendini
        * Apple Continuing To Strengthen Its Smartphone Market Share In The U.S.
        * NCTech launches iris360 camera alongside new Google Street View app

        * Johnson to start Sunday as Sale pushed back
        * Alexei Ramirez at center of White Sox' uncertain offseason outlook
        * Rodon sharp over 6, but offense falls flat
        * Twins 3, White Sox 0: No touching Tommy
        * White Sox arms of the future up to the task vs. Sano
        * Rodon sharp over 6, but offense falls flat
        * Montas returns with a much-improved slider

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        September 2015
        August 2015
        July 2015
        June 2015
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Springfield officer named Air National Guard commander
        * American Coal Co. lays off 110 workers at Galatia mine
        * U of Illinois names interim provost for Urbana campus
        * East Illinois village considers allowing coyote hunts
        * 11-year-old accidentally shot dead at Chicago home
        * EXCHANGE: Schaumburg teen's dental visit changes state law
        * Former Woodstock middle school principal accused of theft
        * Chicago sprays for mosquitoes to fight West Nile virus
        * Wheaton lawyer accused of bilking estates of clients
        * Will County seeing record year for wildlife with rabies

        * State Rep. Lang seeks deal with Rauner on medical marijuana extension
        * Illinois House comes up 3 votes shy of overriding union arbitration bill
        * Bill to stop Illinois State Museum closure advances in House
        * Override effort on union arbitration bill fails in House
        * Legionnaires' disease cases rise at Quincy veterans home
        * Union arbitration override fails in House
        * Illinois House Democrats seek to override Gov. Rauner on union arbitration
        * Veto override vote looms in Illinois House
        * All Democrats present as veto override vote looms in Illinois House
        * Illinois House faces crucial vote on union arbitration bill

        * Chicago Reporter ends print edition
        * This recipe 'search engine' is fueled by last night's leftovers
        * Chicago's giant tax increase still won't eclipse the burbs
        * A long way from Liberia
        * What we liked, and didn't like, at Dolce Italian


          * At least 12 people shot dead, including 11-year-old boy, since late Tuesday in Chicago
          * CPS says Dyett will re-open as an arts-focused, neighborhood school
          * Emanuel defends push for record property tax increase
          * Police: Home video may show 3 suspects in Fox Lake cop killing
          * Police raid over fake twitter account costs Peoria $125,000
          * Suit filed over mix-up at Downers Grove sperm bank is dismissed
          * Bail set at $100,000 for woman accused of false claim in Lake County
          * Man wounded in West Side shooting
          * Boy, 11, accidentally shot to death had lost father to gun violence
          * New reality TV show to follow Chicago tattoo artists


          * State Rep. Lang seeks deal with Rauner on medical marijuana extension
          * Our Opinion: Panhandling deserves a community response
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Ex-Schock aide says he saw red flags
          * Norbert Brauer: Trans Pacific Partnership a secretive, one-sided deal
          * George Will: The blood-stained Indian Child Welfare Act
          * Eugene Robinson: Digging a hole to build a wall
          * Illinois House comes up 3 votes shy of overriding union arbitration bill
          * Bill to stop Illinois State Museum closure advances in House
          * Legionnaires' disease cases rise at Quincy veterans home


          * Ed Feser named interim U of I provost
          * VIDEO PICK: UI 38, Kent State 19
          * 09-03-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast
          * LIVE: River Trail Apartments discussion at Planning and Zoning Commission meeting
          * Former Lincoln's Challenge employee sentenced to probation in solicitation plea
          * Updated: Trump signs pledge to back GOP's 2016 presidential nominee
          * Reconnection breakfast at Urbana High School
          * Springfield start times announced
          * No extra time for Champaign bank robber
          * One on one with U of I President Tim Killeen


          * Winfield gas leak closes portions of County Farm Road
          * Woman charged with falsifying report that led to massive Volo manhunt
          * Suburban Democrats say they wouldn't be swayed on Rauner veto
          * How you can help officers in Fox Lake
          * Funeral for slain Fox Lake police officer to be held Monday

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * FDA response comes after call for powdered......
          * Northerly Island Park opens Friday on Chic......

          * Sen. Kirk calls attention to International......

          * REALTORS®: Use today’s email to sign up for new member-customer benefit
          * Quality content behind IAR partnership with Xplode Conference
          * July 23 kick off for Judge Rossana P. Fernandez campaign
          * Who sits where -- now updated with the official ISBE List of Judicial Vacancies
          * Chicago home healthcare owners accused of defrauding Medicare $6 Million
          * Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses
          * Painkiller prescriptions soon to have combination cap locks in Illinois
          * Public hearings to be held Thursday night on Chicago red light cameras; no one told the public
          * On the 14th day, religious leaders make their appeal and Claypool does what we predicted he would do.
          * Our house.


          * Statement on SB 1229
          * Legionnaires’ Disease Cases in Quincy
          * Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy Update
          * Governor Bruce Rauner Proclaims Workforce Development Week
          * Veteran Spouse Ada Ruth Cripps Honored As The IDVA Volunteer of the Year




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller