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… *** Updated x5 ***

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The House will pass its own budget tonight.

$290M more for schools

$801M in net approp growth
$300M from loophole closings from SB1544

UPDATE: Add $84M to schools for categoricals.

Also, word is that Sen. Pres. Jones may run the 3 year rate freeze to the guv’s desk so that Downstaters will vote for the budget.

It’s looking like the Senate might (or not) run this low growth budget to keep the gvt running. The governor is then likely to call us into special session to deal with things like health care and education funding.

Also, HDems voted in caucus on Lang’s gaming bill but it came up way short of what they’ll need to pass it.

More later.

UPDATE 2: 4:25pm It looks like HB1500 (to get AT&T into cable) has Madigan’s OK and may be moving soon.

Also, one reason for MJM moving a budget tonight is that the guv has been prodding him publicly to come up with a plan.

And those of you who think this is the final budgetary word ought to think again.

By the way that “growth” listed above is net appropriations growth.

UPDATE 3: The House budget will be SB 1132 House amenment 1

UPDATE 4: 10:16PM… The debate has begun. Republicans are complaining that the bill didn’t pass thru the proper hoops. .

UPDATE 5: By the way, the HDems tacked the budget onto the supplemental bill, which is worth $1.2 Billion in federal funds to hospitals over the next two years.

- Posted by Rich Miller   72 Comments      


Priest threatens to “snuff out” legislators

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina’s Church, went way over the top this week. During a protest against Chuck’s Gun Shop, Father Pfleger twice threatened to “snuff out” the shop’s owner and threatened the same fate for legislators who oppose his position on gun control.

“We’re gonna find you and snuff you out,” Fleger said about the gun shop owner, likening the man to a “rat.” He later repeated his threat to “snuff out” the owner.

Fleger also had this to say to state legislators who vote against gun control measures.

“We’re gonna snuff out legislators who are voting [garbled] against our gun laws and we’re coming for you because we are not going to sit idly.”

The Illinois State Rifle Association, which has employed some pretty harsh rhetoric of its own but hasn’t, to my recollection, called for anyone to be “snuffed out,” had this reaction

“Certainly Fr. Pfleger has offered Absolution to a murderer or two during his tenure as a priest,” commented ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. “That’s why it’s shocking to hear him actually advocate the murder of a gun shop owner who has never committed a crime in his life. He then compounds the problem by calling for the murder of legislators who disagree with his personal political views — something I suspect is a felony in this state. Pfleger’s comments were disgusting and dangerous. And, I seem to remember that the Fifth Commandment frowns on murdering one’s neighbor.”

Audio…

[Clip is fixed now.]

- Posted by Rich Miller   41 Comments      


Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Audio of Paul’s interview with the guv; Madigan and Meeks audio; The “plan”; Freeze; Taxes; Trouble; Roundup (Use all caps in password)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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

- Posted by Rich Miller   Enter your password to view comments      


Illinois children can’t wait another year for reform

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The following is a paid advertisement

The 2007 legislative session ends on Thursday, and lawmakers are dangerously close to leaving Springfield without any improvements in school funding and quality.

Every year that state leaders refuse to act is another year that Illinois ranks nearly dead last in the nation for its share of school funding. While officials delay improvements to school funding and quality, Illinois children face another year of overcrowded classrooms, outdated materials and unsafe buildings. Students in poor areas face a growing achievement gap and lack of opportunities. Homeowners face another year of skyrocketing property taxes and a bigger share of the state’s school funding burden. And employers face a local workforce without the skills to compete in the global economy.

Fed up? Call your lawmakers on A+ Illinois’ toll-free legislative hotline: 1-800-651-0315

Tell Gov. Blagojevich and your state lawmakers to pass legislation that gives every Illinois child access to a world-class education. Don’t let them end this legislative session doing nothing on school funding and quality reform. Our children have waited long enough.

For more information, please visit www.aplusillinois.org

- Posted by Capitol Fax Blog Advertising Department   Comments Off      


Question of the day

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Next year, voters will get the chance to cast their ballots for or against calling a state constitutional convention.

I usually don’t express my opinion on QOTDs, but I’m heavily leaning towards the idea. Unless you’re a fan of gridlock, the system sure appears to be broken. It’s too easily dominated by powerful players with axes to grind. Individual legislators have few, if any, rights, and they too easily give up whatever they have. The list goes on and on.

Today’s question: Do you support a constitutional convention? Why or why not? What changes would you propose?

- Posted by Rich Miller   68 Comments      


Complications are many

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

* This Tribune story makes the claim that the dispute over gaming is standing in the way of a budget deal…

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Senate President Emil Jones blamed House Speaker Michael Madigan on Tuesday for failing to advance a new state budget, but Madigan said there isn’t enough support among his members for the massive gambling expansion that the other two want. […]

Jones and the governor have embraced a broad gambling package that would include casinos in Chicago and three suburbs as well as subsidies for horse racing tracks, Internet betting between boats and bookie-style betting over the telephone.

Trust me on this, it’s not the gaming bill. Yes, the gaming proposal is a problem. A big problem. But there’s a whole lot more going on in this fight than a disagreement over a riverboat bill.

* This is the problem…

Deputy Gov. Sheila Nix took aim at House Democrats — who have rejected many of the governor’s budget priorities — for not providing a plan of their own. “We believe it’s time for them to get their act together,” she said.

Returning fire, Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said House Democrats have offered ideas.

“Maybe it’s Ms. Nix’s inexperience … but we sat in the meeting, and they talked about not making bombastic statements. I don’t know what she hopes to accomplish,” Brown said.

They don’t talk, and when they do talk they don’t listen.

* This is also the problem…

Democrats in both the House and Senate say that an education-funding increase is their top priority. They’ve been lukewarm about Blagojevich’s plan to provide health insurance to everyone in Illinois.

Universal health insurance is seen as a federal priority, not a state priority. The governor just didn’t have enough skill or time to convince legislators to back his ideas.

* And this is another huge problem…

As he exited the Capitol on Tuesday evening, the governor said, “My only regret today is that I didn’t get a chance to go down to Marion and be there for the first pitch for the new single-A baseball team.”

Asked about budget issues, Blagojevich said, “I wish I could have gone to Marion.”

Focus, governor. Focus.

* And now events appear to be rapidly devolving. Sen. Meeks has played the race card yet again…

The South Side’s Sen. James Meeks fears the Chicago Public Schools that are his top priority will not get the big funding increase he says they need.

“We need to call it what it is: racism. We need to return to the marches and protests of the ’50s and ’60s. And say to Springfield, enough is enough,” Meeks said.

Meeks said at a Black Caucus event last night that if the Chicago public school system was all white then Madigan would be a lot more eager to fully fund it.

We’re in for a long summer.

- Posted by Rich Miller   26 Comments      


If this is the way they’re gonna play it, this thing will never pass

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Senate Democrats privately insist that Calumet City is in the strongest position to get a new south suburban riverboat, but Carol Marin is absolutely right to suspect that Bill Shaw’s Dolton is in the running.

The only thing about the Shaws to be grateful for, I suppose, is that their mother had twins, not triplets. These two have wreaked enough havoc on the notion of good government in 50 years of elective and appointed office.

That includes a civil racketeering suit against the village, convicted felons getting honorary police badges, and the testimony of a convicted drug smuggler in federal court saying he paid Mayor Shaw $30,000 to join the force.

In recent years, voters have gotten restless. Bob was deposed as alderman of Chicago’s 9th Ward, dumped as a commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review (but not before voting to reduce his brother’s property taxes), and defeated in a run for mayor of South Holland. Bill, meanwhile, only narrowly won a third term as Dolton mayor a couple of years ago after being clobbered by state Sen. James Meeks, who ejected him from his legislative seat in 2002.

So why be worried that these guys could get the cash windfall of a casino along the Little Calumet River in their south suburb?

Because, people, this is Illinois.

One of Mayor Shaw’s best friends is Senate President Emil Jones, and, as we’ve seen time and time again, Jones hasn’t exactly been shy about helping out friends and family this year. Jones has been pushing very hard for a south suburban casino in private leadership meetings and in talks with the governor - perhaps a bit too hard to take him at his word that his best buddy isn’t somehow in the mix.

Besides Dolton and Cal City, the other eligible towns for a casino in the Senate proposal include Harvey and Chicago Heights. Country Club Hills is too far from the Indiana border (the limit is eight miles from the Indiana border) to qualify, and Mayor Dwight Welch is not happy about that.

Country Club Hills has been a leading contender for a possible south suburban casino. Investors have a site chosen and a business plan that won high marks from state gaming board staff in 2004. And Welch has gotten neighboring towns to sign on by promising to share the revenue.

Welch is allied with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., who is not exactly a major Jones ally. So it’s no surprise that his town was dumped.

Meanwhile, the Senate Democrats claimed that they’ve cleaned up the gaming bill, but it doesn’t look like they did nearly enough sweeping

A top Jones ally, Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago), said other controversial elements of the gaming package had been scaled back. A provision was removed that would have compensated investors in the failed Emerald Casino planned for Rosemont, he said, and plans to dedicate casino revenue to Chicago State University, a favorite of Jones, was trimmed to about a quarter of what had been an estimated $40 million. The remainder would go to other state universities, Hendon said.

So, Chicago State still gets $10 million a year while other universities split $30 million? That’s fair. Not.

Discuss.

- Posted by Rich Miller   16 Comments      


More reform and renewal

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The repeated flouting of state ethics laws really needs to cease and desist

Despite an ethics act that promised to shine a light on unpaid advisers to statewide officeholders, no one has filed the required paperwork for the last three years, including a close friend of Gov. Rod Blagojevich who helped inspire the law.

The provision in the ethics law was embraced by the Democratic governor in 2003 after being added at the insistence of Republican lawmakers. They raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest arising from what one lawmaker described as a “shadow government” of advisers to Blagojevich who wielded influence on state policies.

Christopher Kelly, a longtime Blagojevich confidant singled out by Republicans, was one of two people who filed the economic disclosure form after the special designation took effect. But a recent review of state records shows the administration requested that Kelly be removed from the list just before Christmas 2004. […]

After being removed from the list, Kelly flew on the state’s airplane with Blagojevich and the governor’s aides on at least four occasions in 2005, though the governor’s campaign fund picked up the costs for Kelly. In addition, Kelly met with Blagojevich and top aides in February 2007 at the governor’s campaign headquarters, a campaign spokesman has said.

[Emphasis added]

As usual, the administration refused to answer questions about why Kelly is no longer on the list. They never feel a need to explain this stuff.

But Kelly isn’t the only person who hangs out with the guv. Lon Monk, his former chief of staff, is now a bigtime lobbyist. John Wyma, his chief of staff for his congressional office, is a major Illinois lobbyist who rarely shows his face in town (he doesn’t need to as long as he has direct access to the governor). But according to the Tribune story, nobody has filed disclosure reports in the past three years.

- Posted by Rich Miller   20 Comments      


Morning Shorts

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

* Internet filters for libraries hits a snag

* Illinois bill calls for insurance to cover HPV vaccine

“I don’t see (a mandate) happening for a long time,” said state Rep. Elizabeth Coulson, R-Glenview, the bill’s sponsor in the House. “We need a lot more medical data on side effects and all of those other types of things. This is too new to mandate.”

* Senate Oks bill to aid young sex offenders

* School wind farms get state aid

* Tougher driving bill awaits governor’s signature

* IIS Radio: HPV vaccine, specialty licenses, highway markers

* Michael Sneed: Former Gov. Dan Walker, Obama

* CTA plea for help comes amid last minute capitol rush

* CTA considered $7 a ride for rush hour commuters

* Why suburban residents may bail out CTA

* Parents, students: CPS proposal on wrong ‘track’

* Feds: Alderman’s father took photos for fake Ids; more here

* Stroger says he will consider property tax hike

* Rail authority creation on right track

* State passes Peoria airport tax bill

- Posted by Paul Richardson   20 Comments      


« NEWER POSTS PREVIOUS POSTS »
* That's probably the ballgame
* Chris Crane: New Plan Will Help Ensure Reliable Power
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Heroin bill to survive political bickering
* Durkin threatens caucus with "consequences"
* 7 dead, 45 diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at Quincy veterans' home
* Emanuel demands Rauner "re-evaluate" child care slashes
* Today's number: $1.18 billion
* The most romantic thing I've ever seen
* Protecting Wall Street, while exposing local employees
* Illinois Credit Unions – Actively engaged in the communities they serve
* *** LIVE *** Overtime session coverage
* AFSCME bill override roundup
* Caption contest!
* Dave McKinney lands at Thomson Reuters
* Governing ain't easy
* Good morning!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* 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

          
        * Motorola “Bounce” may launch as Moto X Force, with new render incoming
        * How to Move Your Data From Android to iOS
        * Narrative Clip 2 wearable camera gains video and audio support
        * Clips Offers Easy Video Editing On Your iPhone
        * Edjing 5 DJ app made more efficient, intuitive, faster, and easier to share
        * iPad Pro might be announced along with the new iPhones next week
        * Lenovo gives its Vibe S1 dual front-facing cameras

        * White Sox paying David Robertson a lot, but getting a lot
        * Sale fans 10, Avi homers in loss at Target Field
        * Sale equals Unit with 13th 10-K start of '15
        * Rodon takes aim at slowing Twins' playoff pursuit
        * Twins 8, White Sox 6: Bullpen collapse wastes resiliency
        * Sale fans 10, Avi homers in loss at Target Field
        * Robertson undeterred by waiver claim reports

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


        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


        * The Latest: Child care restoration fails in Illinois House
        * City of Peoria, creator of Twitter parody settle lawsuit
        * Officials begin process of dissolving Belleville Township
        * Group promotes Lincoln family gravesites in Hancock County
        * House Democrats seek to override Rauner on union arbitration
        * Bond set for Indiana man accused in suburban Chicago assault
        * ISP investigate baby's bathtub drowning in eastern Illinois
        * Will County officials say rabid wildlife count on the rise
        * Chicago police: 1 dead, 2 injured in morning shooting
        * Judge closes start of Drew Peterson pretrial hearing

        * Illinois House Democrats seek to override Gov. Rauner on union arbitration
        * Veto override vote looms in Illinois House
        * Legionnaires' disease cases rise at Quincy veterans home
        * All Democrats present as veto override vote looms in Illinois House
        * Bill to stop Illinois State Museum closure advances in House
        * Illinois House faces crucial vote on union arbitration bill
        * United Way advance keeps Helping Hands shelter open as state budget impasse continues
        * House faces crucial vote on union arbitration bill
        * LIHEAP program delayed by state budget impasse
        * United Way advance keeps Helping Hands shelter open as budget impasse continues

        * Small-biz owners diss Emanuel record
        * Obama, Durbin hit the magic number on Iran nuke deal
        * Navistar posts another loss, sending stock down again
        * Stocks rebound after 2-day selloff
        * Meet Chicago's first couple of indy filmmaking


          * Deputies shot on duty last year anxious for news on cop's killer
          * Illinois planning for 'yesterday's transportation system,' IDOT chief warns
          * Sirott and Murciano leaving WGN Radio
          * 5 people shot dead, including 16-year-old boy, over 10 hours in Chicago
          * Video reviewed, manhunt continues in killing of Fox Lake police officer
          * East Aurora paying for School Board member's home Internet
          * Festival hosted by Chicago rappers taking a break in 2015 because of 'demanding year'
          * Illinois House overrides Rauner changes to heroin bill
          * Gunfire strikes West Side school, no injuries reported
          * Reality series to follow Chicago Bliss lingerie football team


          * Illinois House Democrats seek to override Gov. Rauner on union arbitration
          * Legionnaires' disease cases rise at Quincy veterans home
          * Bill to stop Illinois State Museum closure advances in House
          * James Skibo: Museums are treasures worth saving, not destroying
          * The Rev. Alexander Sharp: Gov. Rauner's desire for criminal justice reform in question
          * Michael Gerson: Donald Trump declares war on demography
          * E.J. Dionne: Iran and the case for realism
          * Illinois House faces crucial vote on union arbitration bill
          * United Way advance keeps Helping Hands shelter open as state budget impasse continues
          * LIHEAP program delayed by state budget impasse


          * PODCAST: Regina Lee, Humanitarian Award winner and educator
          * Savoy population up nearly 1,000 in five years, officials estimate
          * Updated: Arthur zoo developer targets Rockome Gardens
          * Peoria and the ACLU settle 'Twittergate' lawsuit
          * Urbana man faces class X burglary charges
          * Arrests take two guns from streets
          * Teen charged in juvenile court in mugging
          * Teens charged with stealing purse during 'candy sale'
          * Guilty plea in weapon case brings 18 months' probation
          * Showdown near on arbitration bill


          * New details emerge in Fox Lake police officer murder investigation
          * Farmer Kip Tom joins crowded 3rd District congressional race
          * SEC's title hopes may rest on an influx of new starting QBs
          * Police officer killed in Illinois was on brink of retirement
          * New NASA soil moisture satellite loses 1 science instrument

          * 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

          * 'Pressure Durbin on Iran treaty' - Beloit ......
          * Steve Cochran Full Show 9/2/15: Dick Chene......

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

          * Buyer’s remorse. NEA and edTPA.
          * Madigan fails? Whose Speaker is he?
          * Morning Minute: U.S. Pending Home Sales Move Higher in July
          * Chicago Youth To Protest At City Hall Over Dyett High School
          * Lawmakers Thwart Rauner's Proposed Changes To Home Services Eligibility
          * REALTORS® keep line of communication open with Markham mayor
          * Get all the information you need for upcoming license renewals
          * Inman service officially kicks off Thursday
          * Get four hour-long safety webinars for free on Sept. 9
          * Buy your IAR Inaugural Gala tickets now


          * Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy Update
          * Veteran Spouse Ada Ruth Cripps Honored As The IDVA Volunteer of the Year
          * State-Teamsters One Step Closer to Finalizing Agreement
          * GOMB Director Issues Statement
          * Governor Announces Appointments




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