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… Reform and renewal

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2007

* 2:26 pm - These guys just never learn

The Blagojevich administration fired Matt Magalis for leaking a secret report to the media. His lawyer says he’s a whistleblower who should be congratulated.

But the Department of Human Services fired Magalis after an investigation found he gave a report about corruption at the agency to the Chicago Tribune. […]

His lawyer says Magalis feared the Shalabi case would be covered up.

An excerpt from the Trib’s story

The Sept. 29 report by the office of the executive inspector general alleged Shalabi used his state computer to arrange for a “Governor’s Reception” dinner last month to raise money for Blagojevich’s campaign committee from the Arab-American community. […]

A spokeswoman for Blagojevich said that as soon as the governor’s office received the report, Shalabi was put on paid leave until his rights to hearings are exhausted and he can be fired.

“We have no tolerance for the kind of activity that was alleged in this case,” spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff said. “When there are allegations that someone isn’t playing by the rules, there’s a system in place to investigate it and make sure that problems don’t go ignored.”

Apparently, the administration also has “no tolerance” for whistleblowers.

- Posted by Rich Miller   59 Comments      


Question of the day

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2007

You’ll recall this line from my recent Sun-Times column and from here at the blog

Just 23 percent of voters said they approve of the way Blagojevich is handling his job, a recent Illinois Wesleyan University poll found.

Last night I started thinking about that number to try to put it in perspective. For instance

23 percent say they have actually seen a ghost or believe they have been in one’s presence

Here’s a couple more…

* 23 percent is a point lower than Richard Nixon’s worst ever approval rating

* 23 percent is four points lower than the percentage of Illinoisans who voted for that whacked-out clown Alan Keyes

Then there’s this

The “23 Enigma” is the Discordian belief that all events are connected to the number 23, given enough ingenuity on the part of the interpreter.

Cosmic.

Question: Come up with your own way of putting “23″ into perspective for the rest of us.

- Posted by Rich Miller   60 Comments      


Grand plan or recipe for disaster?

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2007

* Senate support for the transit bailout bill may be waning. From the Trib

If the [transit bailout] package does not pass the House on Friday, Madigan said he plans to call it again for a vote Monday. Madigan predicted that the bill would be approved in the House and suggested that there is a “high level of support” for the sales-tax plan in the Senate.

“I think more people in the House and Senate have come to realize that this is a good, solid bill that ought to pass,” he said.

* Madigan claimed that everybody except Rod Blagojevich was on board with the negotiated bailout plan…

“Again, with one exception, there’s been no criticism of the bill,” Madigan said.

* Maybe not

Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson sent a letter Monday to Regional Transportation Authority Chairman Jim Reilly saying that a tax increase, by itself, is a poor solution.

“A tax increase is NOT the only answer,” Watson wrote. “It is a disservice to everyone to present the current situation as a tax increase — or transit meltdown. There are alternatives that to date have only received lip service.”

* And what are those alternatives? From the Daily Herald…

Watson proposes fare hikes to raise part of the cash.

* Meanwhile, Peter DeFazio, who chairs the US House Highways and Transit Subcommittee was in Chicago yesterday and had some harsh words….

“There will be no Chicago transit system upon which to build, if the Legislature and the governor don’t get their act together, plain and simple. From what I understand, they’re looking at catastrophic cuts here, and when you make catastophic cuts to a transportation system, things happen that take years, if ever, to turn around.”

* And the threats piled up

[CTA President Ron Huberman] estimates the CTA will lose 100,000 riders a day due to the fare hikes and service cuts. […]

[DePaul University traffic expert] Joseph Schweiterman said “We’re going to see a bit of a crush on … the highways. There’s going to be demand for taxicabs and it could throw traffic enough that we’re all going to feel the pain. This is really going to be a tough time.”

* And Mayor Daley minced no words

“To me, it’s pretty clear,” Daley said Monday at a separate event. “Either [the governor and the General Assembly] support public transit or they don’t. This is do-or-die time.”

That was a joke, of course. Daley has been the Prince of Mince during this debate.

* The Trib gets out its Mike Madigan decoder ring

House Speaker Michael Madigan made one of his trademark chess moves Monday, a smallish gesture with big implications for mass transit, casino expansion and capital spending to refurbish the state’s infrastructure. Our hunch is that Madigan has his eye on big prizes: stylish legislative outcomes that would finally — finally — break the impasse with Senate President Emil Jones and Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Or make them wear the jacket for failure. […]

The political intrigue on Monday tended to overshadow Madigan’s proposal. With Chicago Transit Authority service cutbacks scheduled for the weekend, is Madigan positioning himself as the lone grown-up, the leader who fashions the grand compromise that Jones and Blagojevich cannot? In this scenario, Madigan cobbles together a veto-proof bloc of urban House members (who get transit funding from a small regional sales tax) and Downstate members (who get capital spending on roads and schools). Broadly expanded gambling (with more muscular state oversight from a new and improved Gaming Board) ostensibly helps pay the bills.

Madigan could hand this mega-package to the Senate and head home, essentially forcing Jones and Blagojevich to capitulate — or answer to all those citizens who will be infuriated by Springfield’s failure to solve the CTA’s problems.

* As does the Daily Herald

Monday’s proposal by Madigan could be seen either as a promise to Cross that Madigan will deal with casinos after a transit bill is passed, or the exact opposite: a poison pill to kill any new casinos.

* But, as always, there’s a big catch to Madigan’s Gaming Board reform proposal…

From a timing perspective, Madigan’s proposal would further delay attempts to put a statewide construction program on a fast track. In order for the gambling expansion to move forward, the state would have to first identify and approve the new members of the gaming board, as well as hire a new enforcement guru and staff.

- Posted by Rich Miller   58 Comments      


Tribbies surprised by response

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2007

* The Tribune editorial board asked its readers on Sunday whether Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be recalled. Apparently, the ivory tower crowd doesn’t get out much because they seem surprised by the results

In a remarkable outpouring of exasperation and disgust, readers lashed out against the cascade of new tax increase proposals and the failure of elected officials to cut spending or trim patronage workers from their bloated staffs. You railed about broken campaign promises, gridlock in Springfield, legislative indifference to critical needs such as education or pension reform and the uncertainty over whether we’ll have a mass transit system come Monday. Yes, you’d like the opportunity to recall Blagojevich, you said, but why stop there? Good question.

* Now, I know that at least one member of that august body is on this site quite a bit, so there should be some comprehension of how the public feels over there. Still, this is the same edit board which professed this ignorance a while back

We might as well admit it up front: The first time we heard of the liberal blogging network known as Daily Kos was when Bill O’Reilly dissed it on his show.

To which Steve Rhodes replied

Daily Kos is only a blogging pioneer and probably the most successful political site on the entire frickin’ Internet. Did you guys sleep through the Howard Dean campaign? You do get the Internet, don’t you?

And you’re going to tell us who to vote for?

* Blog reaction was mixed to Sunday’s editorial. Archpundit

What is the Trib thinking?

Wanting to get rid of Rod Blagojevich is a natural and perfectly normal impulse for anyone paying attention, but ultimately, we are talking about the structure of state government. If you are going to have set election terms and separate branches between Executive and Legislative, the stability lost in recalls is a significant problem.

* Chicago Carless

When your most respected–not to mention most conservative–citywide daily labels the governor as “inept” and calls for the state’s founding document to be rewritten to allow for his ouster, you know the status quo is straining to its limit.

* Illinois Reason

While their gripes about Blago are familiar and I agree with several of them…

This is coming from the same paper that endorsed George W. Bush twice???

And they had to cite the conservative National Conference of State Legislatures for “research” about recalling a Guv?

Hypocrites.

* The Daily Parker

Regardless of what you think of Blagojevich’s performance, Illinois needs a recall amendment like a fish needs a bicycle.

* The Illinois Republican Party got into the act

In light of yesterday’s Chicago Tribune editorial, the Illinois Republican Party is calling on state leaders Mike Madigan, Emil Jones, Senator Barack Obama and Senator Dick Durbin to take a stand on the Tribune’s question as to whether Illinoisans should have the right to recall their statewide elected officials.

Madigan refused to take a question about that very topic yesterday.

I’m wondering what you think of the Tribune’s reaction to its own question.

- Posted by Rich Miller   42 Comments      


Morning shorts

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2007

* Lynn Sweet: Clinton files 15,000, Obama files 55,000 signatures to get on Illinois ballot (and delegate list)

* Obama, Clinton try for top spot on the state ballot

* Early primary gives Illinois a bigger say

Former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar said Illinois Republicans are likely to gain more from the early primary than Democrats. With the GOP nomination up for grabs and no favorite son in the Republican field, the entire array of candidates is more likely to come courting Illinois voters.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve really been involved in the primary,” said Edgar. “This gives the Republicans in particular a chance to have some input in the presidential race.”

* Editorial: Delays in Ryan going to prison test trust of Illinoisans

In case you have lost track, it has been nearly four years since former Gov. George Ryan was indicted for misdeeds while he was secretary of state and governor.

He was convicted of all charges - racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, false statements, tax fraud and filing a false tax return - more than 18 months ago.

He was sentenced to 6½ years in a federal prison more than a year ago.

And still he hasn’t served a day of that sentence.

* Editorial: Take a moment to reflect on ill conceived law

* Atheist suit fails to block moment of silence but case will proceed; more here
* Bush to bestow top civilian honor to Congressmen Hyde

* Daley slams city’s low minority contract numbers

* Dawn Turner Trice: On rougue cops, Daley misses bigger point

* Sun-Times Editorial: Let Children’s hospital plan fly

* Politicians protest tax hike proposals

* County Board members get 27% hike for offices, some say they’ve scrimped enough

* Illinois 47 study is gaining steam

* IlliniPundit: Facebook campaigns

* The Thicket: More on bloggers press credentials

Allowing the correspondents’ association to manage press credentials is a classic approach to occupational licensing–let the incumbents control entry to the profession. I’ve never paid much attention to the subject of press credentials in legislatures. When I looked this subject up in Inside the Legislative Process, I found that it’s a fairly common practice: press associations determine accreditation of reporters in 27 of the 99 state legislative chambers.

As the saga of bloggers’ press credentials unfolds, it will be interesting to see if bloggers are less likely to get press credentials in chambers where the press associations are responsible for accreditation than from others (presiding officers, rules committees or appropriate staff offices) who perform this task.

* Chicago Public Radio: New direction for Northwestern’s J-school

* Zorn: Are you smarter than a retired pundit?

* PeoriaPundit: Last call for blogger bash

* The Thicket: Hawaii capitol ghost stories and other Halloween foolery

- Posted by Paul Richardson   7 Comments      


Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today’s Capitol Fax (Use all caps in password)

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2007

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

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


« NEWER POSTS PREVIOUS POSTS »
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - More on the state grant suspensions
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser/event list
* How can we miss you if you won't go away?
* Question of the day
* Supreme Court justice ordered to testify
* Chicago downgraded
* Today's number: 4-6 weeks
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Human service cuts and state grant suspensions
* Stating the obvious
* *** UPDATED x1 - Double-down *** They really make this too easy...
* Crain's: "Market-based" solution is rigged
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Even more problems for Schock
* 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

          
        * Wake up to your favorite music with Radio Alarm Clock
        * TC AppleCast 6: Apple Invites Us All To Watch The Watch
        * Swap Heroes 2 lets swap characters to attack, lead heroes into quests
        * Huawei advertises Huawei Watch Android Wear smartwatch in advance of formal launch
        * The Week in iOS Apps: Vine and YouTube launch apps for kids
        * Sony Folding@Home app now supports non-Xperia devices
        * Build and defend your Spartan city in new Android game

        * EMC to Hold On to VMware Stake
        * TypeSnippets Is a Visual Text Expansion Keyboard for iOS
        * Photos: Google releases renderings of proposed new HQ campus
        * Change Someone's Attitude By Pitching Into Their "OK Zone"
        * Uber security breach may have affected up to 50,000 drivers
        * Proposed Chinese security law could mean tough rules for tech companies
        * Sundar Pichai on the direction — or directions — of Google+

        * Rodon not penciled in for Cactus League start
        * Webb overcame grief during rookie season
        * McEwing proud to be considered manager material
        * White Sox hope Vince Coleman has some star pupils this season
        * First week of camp in the books for improved White Sox
        * Maximizing speed Coleman's mission with White Sox
        * Davidson reclaims zeal for game, confidence

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


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

        Archives
        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


        * A push is on to abolish DuPage County's forest .....
        * Rauner appoints Madison County lawyer to SIU board..
        * Ex-Gov. Quinn Advocates Consumer Rights, Blasts.....
        * LeRoy PD seeks more equipment in budget proposal..
        * Quinn Slams Rauner Budget Plan As “Worst I’ve E.....
        * Quinn: Rauner budget is 'worst budget I..
        * Medical marijuana grower gives up 1 of 3 Illino.....
        * Chicago's debt sinks to two notches above junk:.....
        * Rauner: Government Union Donations To Elected O.....
        * 24 programs face elimination..


        * Illinois team desperate for wins sees young shooters fade
        * Ex-Gov. Quinn pushes consumer rights, blasts Rauner's budget
        * Gov. Rauner says he's 'staying out' of Chicago mayor's race
        * Illinois football staffer sentenced to probation for DUI
        * Medical marijuana grower gives up 1 of 3 Illinois licenses
        * Feds search suburban Chicago home in Islamic State case
        * Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor
        * Nature photographer acquitted on charges of taking eaglets
        * Judge won't delay sentencing for ex-Illinois Rep. Farnham
        * Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, dies at 97

        * Quinn advocates consumer rights, blasts Rauner's budget
        * Schock reimburses costs for lavish 'Downton Abbey' office decor
        * Rauner says he's 'staying out' of Chicago mayor's race
        * Quinn advocates consumer rights in Loyola speech
        * Judge won't delay sentencing for former state lawmaker Farnham
        * Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti says GOP should court women, Latinos
        * Explore salary information for the state of Illinois
        * State Rep. Raymond Poe to be back at work next week
        * State plan would aid Exelon nuclear plants
        * Sanguinetti says GOP should court women, Latinos

        * How Joy Chen plans to revive H2O Plus
        * Scopes in UCLA superbug case linked to unreported deaths in other states
        * #ThrowbackThis, FCC: Verizon's snarky response to net-neutrality ruling
        * State supreme court justice to testify in election fraud case
        * Aaron Schock repays for 'Downton' office redo


          * Prosecutors: Daughter's robbery sparked fatal shooting
          * Late-arriving ballots put Ald. Mell out of runoff zone for now
          * Bali attorney says Chicago woman charged with mom's murder is suicidal
          * Suburbs try new approach in battle over O'Hare jet noise
          * Firm gives up license to grow medical pot as patient approvals lag
          * Rep. Schock reimburses government for 'Downton Abbey' renovation
          * Bulls expect Derrick Rose back this season after successful surgery
          * Judge rejects delay in sentencing for ailing ex-state legislator
          * Ex-McHenry County coroner charged with forgery, misconduct
          * Moody's downgrades Chicago's debt rating


          * Rauner’s Budget Poses Risk For Emanuel’s Re-election
          * History Series: The Importance Of "Poles" In Campaigning
          * Child Care Providers Rally in Capitol
          * Listen to State Week - February 27, 2015
          * Parents, Day Care Providers Worry About Child Care Funding
          * Inaccurate voter data could hurt Asian voter blocs, other ethnic groups
          * Concerns raised over interrogation tactics aren't unique to Homan Square
          * Unique Flavors
          * A Daily Realization
          * Chicago sets early voting record in last weekend before mayoral election


          * Quinn advocates consumer rights, blasts Rauner's budget
          * Schock reimburses costs for lavish 'Downton Abbey' office decor
          * Rauner says he's 'staying out' of Chicago mayor's race
          * Our Opinion: Turbulent times ahead for Illinois lawmakers
          * Judge won't delay sentencing for former state lawmaker Farnham
          * Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti says GOP should court women, Latinos
          * Fred Hayes: Illinois police support body cameras, but with tweaks to state law
          * E.J. Dionne: Chicago's Rahm-Chuy Show
          * Esther Cepeda: The captain of my family's ship
          * Quote of the Day: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015


          * Man gets 2 years for making threats at federal courthouse
          * Granite City man sentenced in connection with 2011 fatal wreck
          * State Farm's net worth up, profit down in 2014
          * Champaign man's murder charges dismissed over lack of DNA results
          * Boil order for North Main lifted
          * Tom's Mailbag Feb. 27, 2015
          * Carrier Mills woman killed in crash
          * 1 dies, 2 are injured in Bloomington house fire
          * Schock repays government costs of lavish office decor
          * O’Fallon dispatchers find ways to stay active on the job


          * High visibility and use put kitchens in the spotlight
          * Vikings release left guard Charlie Johnson
          * Cardinals release 11-year NFL veteran Darnell Dockett
          * Water pipeline move begins; costs $73 million
          * Original residents help Rolling Meadows celebrate

          * Shimkus supports Tax Relief Bill - Shelbyv...
          * Shimkus Seeking Art Contest Entries - Jour...
          * Shimkus to hold office hours in Eldorado -...
          * Shimkus staff to be in Eldorado March 3 - ...
          * Lake Land board honors Shimkus for support...
          * Shimkus furious over Keystone veto - Princ...
          * Majority of Americans pay more, get less u...
          * From Health Care to Energy: Majority of Am...
          * Shimkus says Obama's pipeline veto 'underm...
          * Shimkus says Obama Keystone Pipeline veto ...

          * Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu ......
          * Millions in funding keeps Thomson Prison o......
          * Senate passes homeland security bill House......
          * Senate approves DHS funding bill; could av......
          * Netanyahu to hold bipartisan meeting with ......

          * Harry Reid is still making Republicans rea......
          * GOP Senator: We Need To Stop Putting 'Bull......
          * The New York Times Cheers On A Nuclear Iran...
          * Congress aims for short-term Homeland Secu......
          * Corker Praises Committee Passage Of Bipart......

          * Inland’s Goodwin: 1031 Exchanges ‘fuel entire economy,’ should be preserved in tax code
          * Molinsky part of post-lunch webinar offered today: ‘Housing and Older Adults’
          * The Quinn Rule comes to Chicago.
          * In Statehouse Report: 6,000 bills filed and counting
          * 5 practical lessons learned through IAR’s Legal Webinar
          * Ralph Martire on the millionaire tax.
          * The [Friday] Papers
          * Watchdog Group Files Third Ethics Complaint Against Schock
          * Illinois Mayors Concerned Over Possible Exelon Plant Closures
          * Wal-Mart Worker Urges Retailer To Disclose Gender Pay Info


          * IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather - Tornadoes, floods and severe storms can happen any time of year
          * IDHS helps more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities find jobs - Program offers necessary tools to earn a living wage and become more independent
          * 24th Anniversary Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony
          * Illinois Department of Human Rights Announces 2015 Spring Training Schedule
          * Snow and Freezing Rain to Impact Travel in Illinois - IDOT Crews Prepared to Battle Winter Weather this Weekend




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