LIVE session coverage...
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
This just in… Holbrook holds up budget, and updates *** Updated x1 ***

Thursday, May 31, 2007

* Rep. Holbrook hasn’t returned my call either, and the House Dems have refused comment, but this is as good a theory as any I’ve heard… [Holbrook has now returned my call. See “Update 1″ below]

A downstate Democrat has used a parliamentary procedure to block advancement of a relatively austere state spending plan approved late Wednesday night by the House.

That means the Senate, on the last scheduled day of the Legislatures spring session, must wait to consider the budget plan.

Rep. Thomas Holbrook, D-Belleville, filed a motion to reconsider the House vote in support of the plan. And until the chamber disposes of that motion, it cannot transmit the plan to the Senate for consideration.

Holbrook could not be immediately reached for comment, but his move might be linked to ongoing debate over whether to roll back recent rate hikes imposed by Commonwealth Edison and Ameren, the electric utility serving central and southern Illinois.

* Word is the Senate Democrats will remove all language pertaining to Chicago State University from the gaming bill and run it today. The bill will include other changes as well.

* The so-called “seven percent solution” property tax assesment cap bill will likely be called in the Senate today. It flew out of the House with over a hundred votes yesterday. The governor, however, has privately said that he might veto the bill. Stay tuned.

* Meanwhile, a proposal to levy a quarter-percent sales tax for the RTA/CTA jetted out of a House committee today with bipartisan support. The governor has indicated he will veto the bill if it ever reaches his desk.

* No word yet on when or if the Senate will call the electric utility rate freeze, but check back later.

* Also, a bill to make it easier for AT&T to enter the cable TV industry rocketed out of a House committee this morning and easy passage is expected in that chamber, and perhaps both chambers.

*** UPDATE 1 *** Rep. Tom Holbrook just called me back to answer questions about why he put the hold on the budget bill passed by the House last night. Turns out, Aaron Chambers was right again. It was about electric rate relief.

“We know there will eventually be a budget. We don’t know whether there will eventually be rate relief,” Holbrook said. Holbrook added that the Downstate Caucus voted to put the parliamentary hold on the budget yesterday and that he, as chairman, was in charge of executing the plan.

Holbrook also said that he told House Speaker Michael Madigan before the budget was debated last night that he would be placing the hold on the budget bill, adding, “We’ve told him all along that we don’t wish to vote on a budget until we’ve voted on the rate issue.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


26 Comments
  1. - NRA Endowment Life Member - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 2:21 pm:

    Rich -

    What about action on the House budget bill passed last night? Will this be brought up today and presented in the full Senate as an up/down vote or will the Senate just send their own version to the House without action? Do you see any chance at all of avoiding overtime at this point?


  2. - Ravenswood Right Winger - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 2:27 pm:

    If Rod vetoes the 7% property tax cap bill, I hope all you Dems in Cook County who voted to relect Rod redistribute wealth into my bank account to pay for my skyrocketing property taxes.


  3. - Sango Dem - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 2:33 pm:

    Jones must not have any close donwstate Senate races up for election next year because he will lose all of them if he doesn’t change course on the rate freeze. I don’t think the Chicago area legislators understand how serious this is yet.


  4. - triplecynic - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 2:36 pm:

    Um, “Right Winger”? I’m no fan of the Governor, but the reason he may veto the 7% exemption is because the bill that passed out of the House is pathetically weak and will help far fewer people than the law passed 3 years ago–not because it’s too generous. Apparently the Mayor caved on the Senate version, with a $60K cap, in order to win backing for his self-serving plan to extend the $100 million-a-year Central Loop TIF another 12 years.

    I’m sure the fact that the bill emerged from the House significantly weaker and more complex than the Senate’s version has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Mike Madigan is a PROPERTY TAX LAWYER–something our vaunted press never seems to mention.


  5. - leo - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 2:36 pm:

    Whither Ethics Reform?


  6. - Captain America - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 2:38 pm:

    Hooray for the House Action on the RTA-CTA Sales Tax. It’s amystery to me why the Governor would veto it since he has no viable alternative. Funding mass transit in the Chicago metropolitan area makes sense in the presnt environment. I’ll be very ticked off if Rod vetos this if it passes the Senate.


  7. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 2:38 pm:

    Rich, your “just in” info is the best. Keep at it!


  8. - Captain America - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 2:58 pm:

    Rich -Won’t the sales tax for the RTA-CTA apply only to the Chicago metropolitan area.? If this is correct, then no one outside the RTA-CTA area (”downstate”) will have to pay the sales tax increment unless they make purchases in the Chigago metro area. In other words, “downstaters” won’t really be subsidzing the RTA/CTA.


  9. - Your scaring me Milo - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 3:01 pm:

    Could this mean no more cruises for Chicago State University?


  10. - Rich Miller - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 3:03 pm:

    Captain America, you are correct.


  11. - bankman - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 3:05 pm:

    I am very concern over what I view as a very cavalier approach or attitude by our legislators making drastic changes in the tax code without any public input. It is easy to say. lets close loopholes, but sometimes loopholes are put into the tax code to stimulate something the public wants, such as local investments. Sometimes the business loopholes are put into the tax code to bring some parity between the competitive business environment between Illinois and other states.

    It seems to me the rush is to raise taxes on businesses for they don’t pay their fair share, but please remember businesses produce jobs, no jobs, no money to pay the taxes whether income, sales or real estate taxes for there is no money.

    Before going into the exercise of closing business loopholes, a very constructive study needs to be made on the realistic benefits of the loopholes, versus the true cost of those loopholes, not simply a push at the 23th hour of the last day to push through a budget for purely political purposes.

    If the legislators are wrong, remember the state of Illinois will not pay but we the tax payers will shoulder the real burden for the legislatures misguided actions.

    Joe


  12. - Crimefighter - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 3:06 pm:

    Was the parliamentary procedure the same one used by Emil Jones to block electric rate relief a few months back?


  13. - Frank Booth - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 3:08 pm:

    Here’s a question:
    Why didn’t Holbrook and the anti-Ameren caucus just vote against the budget if they felt so strongly about this?

    A motion to reconsider? What a … how can I say this without getting deleted … interesting way to take a moral stand.


  14. - Inch Version - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 3:09 pm:

    Maybe Milo could do a double-secret veto.


  15. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 3:26 pm:

    Judge upholds decision to strip former Gov. Ryan of pension

    By DEANNA BELLANDI
    Associated Press Writer

    May 31, 2007, 3:04 PM CDT

    CHICAGO — A judge on Thursday upheld a state board’s decision to strip former Gov. George Ryan of his pension.

    Ryan filed a lawsuit in December in Cook County Circuit Court seeking to keep the portion of his state pension that he earned before the scandals that led to his federal racketeering conviction.

    But Judge Martin Agran upheld the General Assembly Retirement System board’s unanimous vote to strip Ryan of his $197,000 annual pension.

    Ryan’s attorneys had maintained he should get the pension he earned during 24 years as a county board member, state representative and lieutenant governor because he was not accused of crimes during those years. That totaled about $65,000.

    An attorney for Ryan did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

    Ryan was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for mail fraud, money laundering, extortion, obstruction of justice and bribery during his time as secretary of state and governor, from 1991 to 2003. Ryan is appealing his conviction, and a federal appeals court ruled he may remain free while the court reviews the case.


  16. - Summer Storms - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 3:28 pm:

    Are there any convenient coinkydinks at AT&T that involve Rod or Emil? Just wondering.


  17. - NRA Endowment Life Member - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 3:29 pm:

    Finally some good news…glad that someone agrees that Ryan should not profit from his criminal actions. Your cell is waiting GR.


  18. - Gene Parmesan - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 3:33 pm:

    Vetoing 7% would be the best thing Rod could do. And yes, Madigan is a property tax lawyer, but that doesn’t mean he ain’t right about the negative effects of 7%. 7% hurts seniors on the senior freeze by raising the tax rate. 7% shifts tax dollars from residential owners to business owners (and that’s not good for a tax base, just ask anyone from Dolton/Harvey/etc.). The U of I study clearly illustrated that 52% of property owners in Cook County paid more with 7% than without. They also clearly demonstrated how 7% helps rapidly escalating values in the northwest suburbs and chicago more than it does your average homeowner. 7% is a property tax coupon for wealthy homeowners.


  19. - Lt. Guv - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 4:00 pm:

    What Capt. America said. . .the RTA/CTA funding is a MUST. If Rod nukes it, he shouldn’t bother coming home to Chicago. Well, maybe that’s why Patti was checking on the swimming lessons for the kids in the Patch.


  20. - Jerry - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 4:42 pm:

    If Rod kills the CTA, then he loses my support. The Greens will win another voter next time around, should Rod be standing for re-election.

    I’ll make a deal with the downstate folks. I support your rate freeze if you support my tax hike.


  21. - Name/Nickname/Anon - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 4:58 pm:

    Jerry -

    Sorry,,,no rate freeze or tax hike. The state needs to stay out of business and CTA doesn’t need more money from downstate.

    I would support what Captain America was talking about though. As long as Cook and the collar counties pay for CTA I am all for it! I think that GRod is going to veto it, though.


  22. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 5:01 pm:

    Gene is right. 7% cap shifts tax burden from people whose property value grows faster than 7% to those whose property value grows slower. It is Robin Hood in reverse!!


  23. - Manw/ThePlan - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 5:47 pm:

    Let’s start the Tom Cross RelevantMan Countdown Clock QOTD.
    Q.What will his first act be?
    A.Make Dring wear socks


  24. - The Blogger Formerly Known As Anonymous - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 5:49 pm:

    Greg Baise just called. He wanted me to press one to tell my legislator to do something about electric rates.


  25. - Captain America - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 5:53 pm:

    RE: Anom’s Remark to Jerry abpout Captain America

    Rich has confirmed that the 1/4% sales tax increase does npt apply to “downstate” regions. It applies only in the metropolitan Chicago (City and suburbs where the RTA and CTA and Metra jusidiction. DOWNSTATERS TAKE NOTE: THIS SALES TAX DOES NOT AFFECT AREAS OUTSIDE THE METROPOLITAN CHICAGO AREA! Rich has confirmed.


  26. - mike - Thursday, May 31, 07 @ 6:16 pm:

    Did the cable bill pass out of house yet? Have not heard anytjing about this for awhile.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Good morning!
* 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

          
        * iOS Text Bug Begins to Affect Twitter and Snapchat Apps
        * Android Pay hands-on: buying soda with a phone
        * NVIDIA SHIELD, SHIELD Pro now available in the US and Canada
        * How to make Apple Watch battery last longer
        * Spotify now available as an app for Android Wear
        * The Agenda For The Europas Conference: AI, Drones, Health, FinTech, Fashion & More
        * Inbox now available for everyone, with new features to boot

        * Lobster Butter: An Awesome Use For Leftover Shells
        * Use a Takeout Menu as the Contact Photo for a Restaurant
        * Flike Personal Tricopter Takes Flight (video)
        * How Much to Ask for When You're Negotiating Salary
        * MIT Cheetah Robot Can Now Jump Obstacles (video)
        * Sticky Password Premium Lifetime Subscription Save 50%
        * DARPA Thinks That Playing Video Games Can Identify Software Flaws

        * White Sox MLB draft 2015 possibilities: Carson Fulmer, RHP, Vanderbilt
        * Beck hopes to build on debut, earn return trip
        * White Sox hurt by miscues, can't bottle up O's
        * Orioles 6, White Sox 3: Settling for a split
        * White Sox hurt by miscues, can't bottle up O's
        * Dominant Sale sets up tight Game 1 victory
        * White Sox recall Webb for twin bill coverage

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


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

        Archives
        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


        * Illinois Senate rejects Rauner’s priorities..
        * Unions take aim at lockout by Rauner..
        * Rauner stays out of sight as he maps out overti.....
        * Union presses measure to prevent strike, lockout..
        * Effort to expand Illinois gambling likely pushe.....
        * State Employee Union Presses Measure To Prevent.....
        * Dems reject more Rauner proposals..


        * Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert
        * Hastert indictment offers few clues about alleged misconduct
        * Union presses measure to prevent strike, lockout
        * Latest on Dennis Hastert: Ex-House speaker resigns from firm
        * Illinois man cleared of 1999 murder freed from prison

        * Rauner agenda bills defeated in committee
        * Bill would prevent strike, lockout
        * AFSCME pushing bill to prevent state workers from going on strike, being locked out
        * Effort to expand Illinois gambling likely pushed into summer
        * Body camera rules, other police reforms approved by Illinois House
        * Springfield-area unemployment at seven-year low in April
        * April unemployment rates fall in all Illinois metro areas
        * Illinois Senate to consider plan for new casinos in Chicago, elsewhere
        * Report: Rauner's education secretary paid with funds from state agency facing cuts
        * Records show Rauner's edication secretary paid under IDHS

        * For this banker, a teenage pregnancy was a start, not an end
        * AG Madigan asks feds to halt looming downstate rate spike
        * Is there room for an Audi-only rental company at O'Hare?
        * Walgreens chairman says company never planned to leave U.S.
        * Did Dennis Hastert pay hush money?


          * 3 shot on their block, sisters find it harder to escape the violence
          * Animal cruelty charges filed after video catches dog walker kicking beagle
          * Hastert, the accidental House speaker, faces own scandal after noted career
          * Doctor: Dying son gives mom 'the gift of life'
          * Northwestern to settle suit involving book on Leopold and Loeb murder trial
          * 1 dead, 15 hurt in shootings across Chicago
          * Ex-top cop in Countryside to be sentenced Friday for fraud
          * Man charged in shooting of grandmother in McKinley Park
          * Mother, son found dead in SW Side home after possible home invasion, fire
          * Police: Indiana woman gets fork in eye in dispute over last rib at barbecue


          * Chicago school board to consider charter relocations, renewals
          * Ex-US Speaker Hastert indicted on bank-related charges
          * Vets' best friend: Two veterans trekking cross-country with the dogs that 'saved their lives'
          * After pig farm raises a stink, Hoosiers debate rural-city divide
          * City planners and neighborhood residents map out Chinatown’s future
          * City planners and neighborhood residents map out Chinatown's future
          * Sheriff calls on feds to investigate Puerto Rican agencies that send addicts to Chicago
          * Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months after taking job
          * Nebraska repeals death penalty, but U.S. isn't quite ready to abandon it
          * Illinois moves to downgrade pot possession to a fine


          * Rauner agenda bills defeated in committee
          * Our Opinion: What's next, Springfield? More jobs, please
          * Brent Glass: Leadership the answer to presidential museum's problems
          * E.J. Dionne: Ireland's 'social revolution'
          * Bill would prevent strike, lockout
          * Effort to expand Illinois gambling likely pushed into summer
          * Body camera rules, other police reforms approved by Illinois House
          * Springfield-area unemployment at seven-year low in April
          * Cinda Klickna: Threats do not equate to leadership


          * The Fit List
          * Carle's Amy Jessup 5/29/2015
          * Unions take aim at lockout by Rauner
          * HCC chairman says contract with president a local decision
          * Lane closures ahead for most of June on Kirby, Bradley
          * Dems reject more Rauner proposals
          * Mobile Navy museum to visit Mahomet
          * 'I am so proud of you'
          * Study to examine cancer, heart risks for firefighters
          * VA director out; no word on why


          * Hastert indictment offers few clues about alleged misconduct
          * THE LATEST: Netanyahu urges FIFA not to suspend Israelis
          * The Latest: Hey Makarova! 9th seed into French 4th round
          * The Wildbird Shack to open in Mount Prospect
          * Athlete making the most out of life after health scares

          * DCCC hits Republicans on Amtrak safety fun...
          * U.S. Steel Plant in Granite City to remain...
          * US Rep Duckworth says potential Democratic...
          * DCCC hits Republicans on Amtrak safety fun...
          * LGBT Veterans Monument dedicated
          * Official: U.S. Steel Not Idling Granite Ci...
          * Democrats face contested primaries in 2016...
          * Laura Washington: A crowd gathers to chall...
          * U.S. Steel staying open
          * Barr and Maloney lead 254 House Members as...

          * New violence threatens Baghdad; China puts......
          * Bustos, Durbin announce $600,000 in federa......
          * Peoria, Rockford share grant to clean up c......
          * Column: Let’s do some railing...

          * Susquenita football coach Mark Kirk resign......
          * Researchers Discover Superior Radiation To......
          * Duckworth sticks verbal shiv into opponent......

          * Back to the future. Rauner’s turnaround agenda is a trip back in time.
          * Humboldt Park Beach and the priorities of corporations over neighborhood schools and neighborhood parks.
          * Beachwood Photo Booth: Eat At Odge's
          * Paging George Bailey, You Have A Call
          * From A Tiny ACORN, Scandal Grows
          * Starbucks Brewing Health Care Cuts?
          * Hang On! Economy Hasn't Hit Bottom Yet
          * Tribune Tower? Nice Condo With View
          * Lt. Gov Quinn on Blago, Obama and Biz
          * Chicago Tonight The Week In Review


          * Celebrate National 529 Day with a College Illinois!® Savings Plan - Enrollment Open Through June 1st
          * State Announces Business Resource Event Coming to Aurora - ‘Make a Connection’ networking and resource program promotes economic growth of small and diverse businesses
          * Gulf War Veteran Reports for Duty as IDVA Women Vets Coordinator, Vet Business Champion
          * Illinois EPA Pollution Prevention Interns begin Twelve Week Program at Illinois Facilities - Students find cost-effective approaches for reducing environmental impacts
          * Vietnam Veteran Confirmed as IDVA Assistant Director




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