Monday, Sep 25, 2006
* Overtime payout shows understaffing in prisons
* “The Southern Illinois debate committee is no longer trying to facilitate a debate between Gov. Rod Blagojevich and challenger Judy Baar Topinka; however both campaigns have promised to continue negotiating a possible date to stage one in Southern Illinois.”
* Bennett: This debate needs to happen in Southern Illinois
* Steinberg: Maybe the good government phantasm is over. People vote their race, they vote their pocketbook, they vote for the guy with the best television commercial. We don’t seem to care about a little corruption or even a lot of corruption. We see that business is replete with back-scratching and assume government will be the same. Nobody seemed surprised that Henry Ford’s great-grandson, Bill Ford, was running the company, and not doing it well. Maybe the problem is that we journalists are taking our morality — like our fashion sense — from an out-of-date playbook. Maybe we make too big a deal out of this kind of thing.
* Washington: Are you wondering why Rod Blagojevich is riding high in the polls even as the federal investigations pile up? On Thursday 2,000 ladies lunched at the Hyatt Regency for the Chicago Foundation for Women’s annual benefit, and Blago was front and center. The governor made a big splash by doubling down on the foundation’s new anti-violence initiative. He made the surprise announcement that he was adding another million to a $1 million state grant spearheaded by state Sen. Carol Ronen. The money will support efforts to fight human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, the sex trade and other forms of violence against women. The room went nuts.
* Madigan subpoenas hospital records
* “On the surface, Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich would seem to own the health-care issue as he runs for re-election.”
* Zorn: Where’s the old Pat Quinn?
* “Carterville High School is expected to receive within the next two weeks approximately $500,000 of the $1.9 million in funding promised earlier this month by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.”
* Campaigns provide valuable internships