SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Simon; Madigan; CAN-TV; Poverty; Tort reform; Jones; Kruesi; Watson (Use all caps in password)

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2007

This post is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      

Question of the day

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2007

First, the setup

Even though his drunken driving killed four people, Randy Visor faces no special penalties for driving with his license revoked.

But under a new Illinois House bill, the 34-year-old Aurora man could have been charged with a felony, because his license was revoked for committing reckless homicide.

Visor spent four years in prison after he was convicted in the 1997 drunken-driving crash that took the lives of four people, including three Waubonsie Valley High School students.

In March 2006, Batavia police apprehended him for driving with a revoked license. Under current law, he was charged with a misdemeanor, just like any other people caught driving while their license is revoked.

Rep. Joe Dunn, a Republican who represents the far east side of Aurora and Naperville, now is sponsoring a bill that would upgrade the charge of driving on a revoked license based on a reckless homicide from a misdemeanor to felony. On the first violation, the bill would prohibit reinstating an offender’s driving privileges for at least three years. By the third violation, an offender would have his license revoked for life.

I would assume you support this bill, so that’s not the question. Here’s the question: What other changes to DUI laws could you support? Or do we have enough? Explain

- Posted by Rich Miller   34 Comments      


Wednesday, Feb 28, 2007

I noticed something last night while doing a bit of instant analysis on the Chicago city council races.

* Brendan Reilly stomped Burton Natarus by nine points, but Natarus refused to concede.

* Sandi Jackson creamed Darcel Beavers by almost 15 25 points, yet Beavers also refused to concede.

* And Ald. Aurenda Troutman was absolutely steamrolled, losing by 30 points, yet she, too, refused to concede. Troutman even claimed there was some sort of evil conspiracy in the counting that somehow deprived her of a victory.

I’m wondering what you think of all this. Are these aldermen just isolated nutballs, are they just so arrogant that they couldn’t imagine ever losing, or do they have no respect for the voters’ wishes? Or is it something else?

We have a couple of other local election threads here, so let’s try to stick to the topic at hand. I really am curious what you make of these clowns (or “buffoons,” as the case may be.)

And, please, don’t try to claim that there weren’t enough results in last night for the three to realize what had happened to them. The Natarus race was over by 8 o’clock, as were the other two contests.

- Posted by Rich Miller   62 Comments      

Rate rage roundup - The morning after

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2007

* We’ll start our coverage with today’s Tribune story

Lawmakers, school officials and mayors lashed out at utility companies Tuesday in a rare public hearing before the full House, saying skyrocketing electricity bills are forcing consumers to choose between food, medicine and heat.

“I can’t begin to describe the crisis and calamity going on,” said Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion), sitting by a bundle of constituents’ bills 2 feet high. “The scales of justice in this state are out of whack.” […]

The hearing unleashed pent-up rage over bills that began arriving in consumer mailboxes about the time House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President Emil Jones reached a stalemate over how to address one of the biggest pocketbook issues the two Chicago Democrats have faced in years.

* Meanwhile, ComEd claimed they don’t have a rate problem up north, and blatantly threw Ameren under the bus

“Yes, there’s a serious issue in the state of Illinois,” Clark said. “But it’s not all over Illinois and 75 percent of the customer base in Illinois is not having that problem. Now do we need to address the situation in southern Illinois? Absolutely.”

* Sun-Times

Madigan said he’s “still very hopeful” that the Senate will support another freeze, even though Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago) stymied a similar plan in January.

Ameren and ComEd executives have said another freeze would wreak financial havoc on their companies.

* Madigan called the ICC-imposed “reverse power auction” nothing more than a fix

“That auction is nothing more than a fix,” Madigan said. “It’s a fix for Exelon and other large power producers that can produce power at costs so low that when you compare the cost of producing the power against the price set by the reverse clock auction, there’s enough spread (that) the financial houses from New York have become buyers and sellers of power in Illinois. That’s not right.”

* And Ameren offered up a “compromise“…

The president of Ameren’s Illinois utilities, facing a roomful of angry state lawmakers Tuesday, vowed one-time partial refunds to Illinoisans who have been socked with unusually high power bills this month — a $20 million gambit apparently designed to persuade the Legislature not to re-regulate electric rates.

* But as I told you last night, when I was the first to run a brief piece on the Ameren proposal, the Speaker turned thumbs down, claiming the Ameren offer (which totaled $35 million) was insufficient.

* Lawmakers comment on electric rate hikes

* Outlining the program options offered by ComEd

* And a Daily Herald semi-blogger registered his complaints.

Making the management of the proceedings even more questionable was the fact that it was 7:30 p.m. before the Ameren CEO took the witness stand to explain why some of his company’s customers are seeing power bill increases of 200 to 300 percent and tell lawmakers what he planned to do about it. Scott Cisel, the Ameren CEO, outlined an 8-point plan of customer relief only to have it largely dismissed by downstate members who openly accuse the company of lying to them about the effects of rate hikes.

But by then, Mayor Daley was being declared the winner of yet another term in Chicago and across the state, media attention was turning to key local races, particularly downstate where there aren’t the resources in many media markets to cover both the hearing and the elections. And, unlike the hearing, the elections were producing results Tuesday night.

At nearly 11 p.m., ComEd’s CEO still had not testified or taken questions.

* Soundclips from committee of the whole hearing [Madigan’s full statement will be posted later this morning in the subscriber-only section]

- Posted by Rich Miller   18 Comments      

Local Elections Roundup

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2007

[Note: View Rich Miller’s commentary from last night on some of the aldermanic races, plus links to other stories by clicking here.]

* Reilly headed to City Council

* Rounding up other aldermanic races

* Mark Brown: Jackson’s win shocks political dynasty’s boss ‘hog’

* Night of upsets

If it was a bad day for incumbents, it was a good day for the unions that targeted them for opposing the failed big-box ordinance that would have required large retailers to pay their workers more.

“I don’t know how you spin this other than a very big night for organized labor,” said Jerry Morrison, executive director of the Service Employee International Union’s State Council, predicting that Daley will face a more independent Council. “This is a new day dawning, brother.”

* Incumbents struggle all election night

* Tough fights throughout the city

* Corruption hurts Troutman, Daley gets away unscathed

* Kristen McQueary: Some up some down in election

* Embattled Troutman (CBS2 video clip) ousted, and other aldermanic victims

* Rugai reelected to fifth term

* Upstart topples Natarus (CBS2 video clip), unions help many in northside

* Race summaries in the 10th, 14th, 18th , 23rd

* Expectedly low primary turnout numbers

* Incumbent Davlin pleased with results, far ahead of Strom

* Zion mayor trounces challengers

* No surprises in southwest suburbs

* Naperville mayor wins big in primary

* Mayors ahead big in Naperville and Zion

* Incumbent mayors win in Elgin and Hoffman Estates

* This was the easy part, says Daley

* Daley cruises to historic election victory

* Sun-Times Editorial: Daley has his work cut out for him

* Tribune Editorial: Chicagoans voting on Chicago with Daley

* Editorial: Victory comes much too easy for Daley

* Neil Steinberg: A vote for Daley in spirit

* DeValle keeps Clerk’s office

- Posted by Paul Richardson   18 Comments      

Morning Shorts

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2007

* HPV vaccine too pricey for many

For medical practices, however, sales tax and federal excise tax can increase the cost to almost $140 a dose. And then there is the cost of refrigerated storage, insurance and the time it takes to administer the vaccine.

* Bill aims to drop 5% sales tax from textbook sales

* Amtrack struggling to run trains on time

* Dan Hynes: Illinois poised to lead on stem cell research

It will allow the state to strengthen its international standing in the field of medical research and claim its place as the preeminent location of stem cell research in the Midwest. And it will spur the creation of thousands of new jobs and tens of millions of dollars in private sector investment.

* 2 admit fake minority venture in $49 million County contract bid

The contract called for 30 percent minority participation in the deal. Siemens said Faustech Industries was a minority business that had a joint venture in the deal. Prosecutors say it was a sham: The companies arranged to pay Faustech a flat fee of $500,000.

* More jobs cut in latest county budget figures, up to 1,700 occupied positions

* Stroger’s office defends healthcare cuts

* Lawmakers decry $70,000 of fomer state worker as chauffeur:

Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, wanted to know “how many more do we have in a position making a lot of money for doing a job that may not need to be done in the first place.”
Mautino sits on the appropriations committee of the House that reviews state agencies involved in public safety. He said he will question each of the agencies to see if they have people in similar positions.

* Rezko trial put off for a year, bond restrictions stay

- Posted by Paul Richardson   9 Comments      

* Program reminder
* I am dreading this World Series
* Question of the day
* The Financial Times reports from... Ottawa?
* Caption contest!
* Nope. That was the Russians, not us
* Another Republican touts Green Party vote to help Rauner
* The opposite of transparent
* Tribune attempts Kirk diagnosis
* Wagers made on World Series
* A good question
* Could the SJ-R move the needle for DelGiorno?
* Chicago appears to account for most of state's net voter registration gain since '08
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Dold demanded DCCC ad linking him to Trump be taken off the air
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...






Search This Blog...

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

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* Intel offering Basis B1 refunds in wake of platform shutdown
* Samsung Galaxy S8 edge specs, Google Pixel water resistance & more – Pocketnow Daily
* A tale of iMessage on Android and of Apple opening source
* First WiGig products certified with 8Gbps potential
* DirecTV Now will be $35 per month for 100 channels
* Google announces cloud-based whiteboard called Jamboard
* AT&T Project Hemisphere used to spy on citizens

* White Sox developing promising OF prospects
* Podcast: 2016 White Sox Outfield Review
* mikecws91's Offseason Plan
* The ten best developments of the 2016 White Sox season
* KenWo4LiFe's off-season plan
* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues
* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Governors Offer World Series Wagers - Alton Dai.....
* Illinois comptroller candidates face off in tel.....
* Rauner, Kasich Place World Series WagerGovernor.....
* Governors place bets over series - Jacksonville.....
* Munger, Mendoza battle over campaign ties, pens.....

* Bling and baseball: Cleveland at center of sports storm
* Company asks pipeline protesters to leave North Dakota land
* Prosecutors say man dressed as meter reader in man's death
* Central Illinois couple wins $134M lottery jackpot
* U of Illinois will use donation to open analytics center
* Cleveland Indians get boost from newborn babies in onesies
* Fearing Election Day trouble, some US schools cancel classes
* Aaron Schock agrees to pay $10,000 fine to settle FEC case
* Illinois guard: No bonus repayment issues for soldiers
* Illinois guard: No bonus repayment issues for soldiers

* Feds end lease with Illinois for state park, citing neglect
* Statehouse Insider: Tomorrow's a new day; in Illinois, that may not be good
* Cook County lawyer who posed as judge criminally charged
* 1,100 non-union state workers getting $3,016 bonuses
* Springfield veteran honored for volunteer work
* Central Illinois soldier killed in Afghanistan
* Rauner administration awarding more than $3 million in bonuses to non-union workers
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through stopgap budget
* Survey: 386 state jobs could relocate to Springfield
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through state's stopgap spending plan

* Sponsors go to bat for historic Cubs-Indians World Series matchup
* Trump brand loses luster with affluent
* Live blog: 2016 World Series Game 1—Cubs at Indians
* Will Silver Cross be wooed when longtime CEO departs?

* Fire damages Sonic Drive-In in Palatine
* Remind yourself Cubs made it, losers can become winner
* Kluber shuts down Cubs as Indians open World Series with 6-0 win
* No dice for Cubs against Indians’ Kluber — but no biggie, right?
* Aside from Zobrist, mostly ZZZs from Cubs offense
* Dear Abby: Girlfriend talks to exes, keeps me secret
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Oct. 26, 2016
* A surreal night of history, Kyle Schwarber and strikeouts
* Trump, GOP look to ‘Obamacare’ report as comeback lifeline
* 6 wounded in South Side shootings Tuesday

* Trump can't just be defeated. He must be humiliated.
* Bobcat lovers seek hunting permits in bid to thwart Illinois' first cull since '72
* Corey Kluber helps Indians to 6-0 victory over Cubs in World Series opener
* Corey Kluber takes page from Jon Lester's book, but Cubs fans need not fret
* Cubs' Jason Heyward understands benching
* Kyle Schwarber's storybook return not nearly enough for Cubs in Game 1
* Cubs' Kyle Schwarber does bang-up job in return with double off wall
* Corey Kluber a strikeout machine vs. Cubs, sets World Series record
* Cubs-Indians, Game 1: A night of firsts
* Poll shows support for Congo's embattled president to 7.8 percent

The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.

* Our Opinion: LaHood endorsed in 18th Congressional District
* Leroy Jordan: Race Riot site must be preserved, taught to students
* E.J. Dionne: Trump is not a GOP aberration
* Michael Gerson: Where the new right has failed
* Esther Cepeda: The anger and resentment stoked by Trump will persist after Election Day
* Our Opinion: Endorsing Bourne, DelGiorno for the Illinois House
* Kathleen Parker: You can dress him up, but Trump is Trump
* Our Opinion: Leslie Munger endorsed for Illinois comptroller
* Feds end lease with Illinois for state park, citing neglect
* Our Opinion: With poor choices, Clinton gets nod for president

* Forest Duke Jr.
* Lavergne Johnson
* John Shields
* Reba Spinks
* Helen Klempin
* Judith 'Judy' Rann
* Louis Faverty
* Dorotea Cerkvenik
* Rev. Dorothy Cook
* Jeffrey Barlow

* Cleveland strikes first against Chicago Cubs
* Leonard, Spurs spoil Durant's Warriors debut with blowout
* Rozner: Cubs not down or out after Game 1 defeat
* Marine Corps jet crashes in California desert; pilot safe
* Afghan police official: Taliban insurgents kill at least 20 civilians a day after abducting them in central province

* 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

* Sheila Simon, Sen. Dick Durbin talk budget......

* Live Thursday: US Senate debate - The Stat......
* Live Thursday: U.S. Senate debate - The St......

* Pensacola Cleaners Moves Across The Street
* Early voting a perk or scam? Or just a reason for malcontents to complain?
* Government Report Sparks Debate Over U.S. Fuel Economy Standards
* Report: Rauner Has Donated $46 Million In Political Funds To GOP Candidates
* Cartoon Of The Day
* Cartoon of the Day - 10/25/16 Trump toon
* Report Calls For The Closure Of All Youth Prisons
* Cook County Minimum Wage Plan Slated For Committee Hearing
* Midwest Hospitals Team Up For Patient Safety
* Early Voting Begins Monday In Illinois (UPDATED)

* Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Makes Lead Poisoning Prevention A Priority - October 23-30, 2016 - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
* Illinois EPA Sponsors Interactive Environmental Education Event with Riverton Elementary School - Riverton Third and Fourth Graders “Dive In!” to Celebrate the Environment
* Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Veteran Mr. George Pempek
* Illinois Partners with State of Telangana, India to Strengthen Smart State Initiatives - State to state agreement to accelerate opportunities and service to citizens
* Illinois EPA Announces Vehicle Emissions Testing Network Updates - New Contract to Offer More Efficient, Less Expensive Tests

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