SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Governor to prez candidates: Let’s hear your position on FutureGen

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008

* Kevin’s done a good job of handling the blog posts and the comment moderation today while I was a guest of the Paul Simon Public Pollicy Institute at Southern Illinois University.

Here’s something else you might want to discuss. It seems like a good idea, but I doubt Gov. Blagojevich has the credibility to make it stick…

In advance of Tuesday’s primary, Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking all presidential candidates to take a stand on a $1.5-billion federally funded clean-coal project in Illinois that the Bush administration killed this week.

“We’re not giving up the fight to make FutureGen a reality in Illinois,” the governor wrote Thursday in letters to the six remaining Democratic and Republican candidates. “I am asking you to make it clear where you stand on FutureGen before Illinois voters cast their ballots on Feb. 5.”

Energy Secretary Sam Bodman on Wednesday announced the termination of a five-year effort to build a nearly pollution-free power plant in Illinois, which would have created more than 600 construction and about 100 permanent jobs and potentially provided a way to use the state’s abundant high-sulfur coal reserves.

The Energy Department now plans to disburse research funding to several new and existing coal-fired power plants across the country.

Discuss.

- Posted by Rich Miller   33 Comments      


Shimkus to face tough opposition

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008

* On one of my first days as an intern on Capitol Hill I sat in the House gallery to watch the debate over raising the minimum wage. During some of the downtime a representative came up from the floor to talk to the citizens, and explain what exactly was taking place. He fielded questions from the audience, passed around his voting card, and was very helpful. What was most admirable about the gesture was that it was simply out of kindness, and not to gain anyone’s vote. That representative was John Shimkus.

In the upcoming election gestures like these may not be what stick out in voters’ minds. Shimkus will be facing off against Joe McKenamin of Springfield or Daniel Davis of Chatham, both of whom are vying for the Democratic nomination.

McMenamin and Davis squared off this week in an hour long debate at the University of Illinois at Springfield sponsored by the campus college Democrats. Both have as contrasting styles as their respective ages, with Davis at 26 and McMenamin at 55.

Davis speaks loudly and flowingly about how he wants to help people, connect with people, learn about and represent their interests. But specifics, at this point, are more difficult to come by.

McMenamin has something that Shimkus has — a military background. While Shimkus is a West Point graduate, McMenamin is a lawyer and 26-year member of the Illinois Army National Guard who’s served a year in Afghanistan. His service has given him strong feelings about the Iraq war, and while his manner of speech is sometimes halting, he exudes emotion when he talks of what he sees as the United States taking a wrong turn in Iraq.

No matter who wins the race to go up against Shimkus, both will go after his discarded, self-imposed congressional term limit of a twelve years. Voters don’t take kindly to broken campaign promises. Pledges like “Read my lips, no new taxes” come to mind.

* President Bush has also taken a liking to Representative Shimkus:

President George Bush pulled U.S. Rep. John Shimkus into the Oval Office on Friday to ask the Southern Illinois congressman to reconsider his stance on term limits.

Shimkus was also instrumental in bringing the President to Collinsville on Jan. 6 for a medical malpractice rally.

Steve Tomaszewski, Shimkus spokesman, said another reason why the congressman was tapped by the president was because of the recent passage of the energy bill, something the president has long awaited. Shimkus is senior member of the House Energy Conference Committee.

With an abysmal approval rating of around 20%, this connection to the President is not likely to go over well in 08′. At the debate McMenamin took a shot at this when he said:

He also thinks the war in Afghanistan was appropriate in the aftermath of 9/11, but the Iraq war saw the United States go “down a reckless path (led) by a trigger-happy president and a yes-man-dominated Congress, including our own Congressman Shimkus.”

* The mostly civil debate turned a bit heated at one point though when the two candidates went after each other. Davis, a Harrisburg native, brought up the fact that he lives in the 19th and has for most of his life, while McMenamin doesn’t. Davis recently moved from Springfield to Chatham to be within the boundaries. The law requires a member of Congress to live in the state, but not necessarily in the district. McMenamin asked for a rebuttal on that one, and responded:

“Daniel, I’ve lived in Springfield 28 years. That’s longer than you’ve lived your entire life,” McMenamin said. He noted he lived in Shimkus’ district for some years — redistricting after the 2000 Census created new boundaries, and Shimkus went from representing the old 20th to the new 19th.

The 19th, which is one of three congressional districts that includes part of Springfield, leans Republican and extends to Pope and Massac counties at the southern edge of the state. However, Senator Durbin previously held the seat before Shimkus. No matter who wins the nomination either candidate will press Congressman Shimkus on both his allegiance to President Bush and his broken campaign promise.

- Posted by Kevin Fanning   28 Comments      


More RezkObama

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008

* For the third time in more than a year, Senator Obama’s presidential campaign announced this week that it was shedding more donations tied to Tony Rezko. The announcement came amidst the Florida primary and didn’t receive much press. Some watchdog groups like the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform have praised the Senator for his decision, but many more are left scratching their heads:

Calculations by the media and Obama’s own staff of Rezko’s financial impact on his past political campaigns have been all over the map and shifting. The reason: The numbers depend on assumptions made about why a donor gave in the first place.

In the latest total, Obama has promised to give to charity more than $150,000 he collected through Rezko. His campaign said the latest installment of $72,650 was raised for his 2004 U.S. Senate race at a dinner at Rezko’s 8,500-square-foot Wilmette mansion. Obama’s campaign still has not offered a clear explanation of how it determines Rezko-linked donations or why he has dealt with them piecemeal, apparently in reaction to bad publicity.

The public records don’t make clear every Rezko connection. The records show that since 1995, $74,500 came from Rezko, his relatives or contributors listed on official disclosure forms as employees of one of his businesses. Rezko has not raised money for Obama’s presidential campaign. Furthermore, different media outlets have reported ranging figures:

The New York Times has pegged Rezko political cash for Obama at $150,000, the Sun-Times at $168,000 and the Los Angeles Times at $200,000. Last weekend, a report by ABCNews.com suggested more than $185,000.

It’s understandable that it is difficult to determine all the donations that have some connection to Rezko in one way or another. For instance, if Rezko holds a fundraiser at his house, do you give away all the donations that were raised there, or just the ones that were given by friends of Rezko? A donor may attend the event that has never even met Rezko, but was brought by a friend of a friend. On top of that, you risk offending donors over the giveaway:

One donor at the event was Michael Sreenan, a former attorney for a Rezko company. Sreenan gave Obama $2,000 that night, but hasn’t heard if the campaign now plans to give it away.

Still, Sreenan said he was baffled by the notion of giving money raised at Rezko’s home to charity. “If [Obama] wants to give my donation back to me or let me give it to a charity, I’m fine with that,” he said. “But I don’t see how this makes a difference now — the money still got him elected. And how do I know it’s not going to a charity that’s offensive to me?”

* What’s more troubling than the giveaway though are the hazy explanations. In a Chicago Tribune column today Eric Zorn highlights some of these statements:

Well, my relationship is [that Tony Rezko] was somebody who I knew and had been a supporter for many years. He was somebody who had supported a wide range of candidates all throughout Illinois. Nobody had an inkling that he was involved in any problems….Barack Obama on CBS “Early Show” Jan. 23

Nobody had any indications that [Rezko] was engaging in wrongdoing….Barack Obama on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Jan. 23

Now contrast these claims with some of the headlines that were circulating around the time of the land deal with Rezko:

* 7-18-2004 - Blagojevich adviser tied to appointee; Doctor, fundraiser co-owned condos
* 2/13/2005 - Tollway oasis pact rich with links to governor’s allies;Fundraiser, friend tied to restaurants
* 3/16/2005 - O’Hare vendor called minority front; Top Blagojevich aide owns Panda Express outlets, city charges
* 4/8/2005 - Stroger taps Blagojevich aide; Controversial insider gets fundraiser role
* 5/20/2006 - First lady of Illinois linked to developer

* and the most blatant: 5/26/2005 - Tony Rezko; Top fundraiser, adviser and close friend of Blagojevich faces scrutiny as controversies dog the administration in which he has played a crucial behind-the-scenes role

Now, either it would be an understatement to say that the Senator is being disingenuous about all he knew of Rezko at the time, or he is being honest about how much he knew, and it truly was a “boneheaded mistake.” The latter is a lot harder to swallow. Which ever it is, it still undermines his campaign theme of better judgment. Watch for Hillary to spring this on him again in tonight’s debate, but this time with a sharper edge.

- Posted by Kevin Fanning   57 Comments      


Morning Shorts

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008

* ‘Clout Cafe’ makes money thanks to taxpayers

* Our choices for Senate seats, water district

* Biggert gets rare primary challenge for Congress

* Serious Eats: More Ice Cream in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District?

* Madison County to offer seniors free public transportation

* Criticisms fly in Boone debate

* “Professor” Dan Seals Criticized by Real Professors for His Northwestern Professorship Claim

* Traveling memorial captures Illinois’ loss

* On trail in Illinois, Bill Clinton ignores Obama

* Giuliani, Edwards departures lead to regret among Illinois early voters

- Posted by Kevin Fanning   14 Comments      


Question of the Day

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008

Caption Contest!

- Posted by Kevin Fanning   90 Comments      


Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today’s Capitol Fax

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008

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

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


PREVIOUS POSTS »
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Question of the day
* Emanuel blames state for phony school budget
* AFSCME: Cullerton plan "looks like extortion"
* BGA sues IHSA over FOIA
* Michelle Obama pledges "everything in our power" to help Quinn
* The consequences of budget cuts
* Meza wants to become involved in patronage lawsuit
* "Instant responders"
* Cullerton mulls a solution while the savants incite panic
* Here comes teh crazy - for real
* Caption contest!
* Today's quotable
* Adventures in state-funded stupidity
* 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

          
        * Samsung Galaxy Alpha, NFC tattoos, & a drool-worthy Moto X+1 leak | Pocketnow Weekly 106 (Hangout)
        * iPhone 6 clone functions, Moto X+1 leaks, Samsung Gear VR app & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * How I Crowdsource My Grocery Shopping With Instacart
        * Unlocking bill passes both houses of Congress: well on its way to becoming law
        * OneNote makes its way to Amazon Android devices
        * Lumia Instagramer of the Week: Keerthy Shunmugarajan
        * Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

        * The Pirate Bay Gets A New Mobile Website
        * Google Docs Now Converts Word’s Tracked Changes To Suggested Edits
        * Bose Sues Beats Over Alleged Noise-Cancelling Patents
        * Verizon To Begin Throttling Heavy Unlimited 4G LTE Users In October
        * President Obama To Sign Bill That Makes Cellphone Unlocking Legal
        * Maisie Williams Considered For A Role In The Last Of Us Movie
        * Americans Spend 40 Minutes A Day On Facebook, According To Mark Zuckerberg

        * Emotions building for large Hall of Fame class
        * White Sox shouldn't fear trading within the division
        * Noesi's arm, Eaton's bat lead Sox over Twins
        * White Sox 5, Twins 2: Noesi Dazzles
        * White Sox 5, Twins 2: Hector Noesi dazzles
        * Danks focuses in on Twins as series continues
        * Noesi's arm, Eaton's bat lead Sox over Twins


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

        Archives
        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


        * Chris Christie brings $2.5 million gift for Rau.....
        * Quinn signs higher education legislation at the.....
        * Murray center closure on hold - The Southern..
        * Feds' immigrant figures may not give full story.....
        * Feds' immigration numbers might not list all in.....
        * Quinn 'deeply concerned' about child immigrants..
        * Feds' immigration figures may not give full story..
        * Christie brings $2.5 million for Rauner, spring.....


        * 1 dead, 6 others wounded on Chicago street
        * Feds' immigration figures may not give full story
        * Durbin hails new Chicago gun intelligence effort
        * Bulls' Noah releases PSA in fight against violence
        * NJ Gov. Christie campaigns for Rauner in Chicago
        * Illinois sets nonconference schedule
        * Man accused of taking computers from foot lockers
        * Illinois man gets 1 year in grant fraud scheme
        * Man, 18, charged in child death held without bond
        * Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

        * Rauner continues push for Illinois term limits
        * Quinn 'deeply concerned' about immigrant children
        * Quinn anti-violence spending didn’t pull big votes
        * Gov. Christie to campaign for Rauner in Chicago
        * Business, labor: Speed up Illinois’ fracking rules
        * Teen collapses at Quinn campaign event
        * Quinn to OK marijuana use for children with epilepsy
        * Coalition: State must move faster on fracking
        * Illinois law a boost to ex-offenders seeking jobs
        * Statehouse Insider: Details, details. Rauner finally has details

        * House Ethics panel investigating Bobby Rush
        * Cook County health board selects new leaders
        * Chicago-Indianapolis Amtrak line losing subsidy
        * Obama aide says White House ready for Republican impeachment attempt
        * United's two-step program for better profits (and service)


        * 1 dead, 6 wounded in East Garfield Park shooting
        * Joakim Noah urges Chicagoans to put down their guns in PSA
        * Prosecutor: Shooter knew rival wasn’t in crowd but fired anyway
        * Employee at O’Hare accused of stealing from military foot lockers
        * Joakim Noah urges Chicagoans to down their guns in PSA
        * Bulls Joakim Noah urges Chicagoans to down their guns in PSA
        * A HUMANE APPROACH TO THE BORDER
        * Grieving mom files second suit against father-in-law Chicago cop
        * Bike-shop mechanics help cops nab bicycle thieves


        * Teen boy and at least 5 others shot on West Side
        * City Hall watchdog launches sweeping probe into red light camera program
        * 1 questioned, 1 sought in Orange Line robbery
        * Christie brings $2.5 million for Rauner, springs for hot dogs
        * Christie brings $2.5 million for Rauner, springs for hot dogs
        * chi-scene-of-the-crime-16yearold-killed-after-day-of-neighborhood-conflict-20140725_storylink
        * Fixed gear bicycle race planned for Saturday
        * Chicago aldermen ask City Hall watchdog to probe red light ticket program
        * Man gets 38 years for near-fatal, double knife attack
        * Cops: Reports of tiger roaming Gary don't check out


        * Seven Months And Two Storms Later, Executive Mansion Gets Mini-Fix
        * State Police Cancels New Trooper Training, Citing Budget
        * Feds' Immigrant Numbers For Illinois May Not Tell Whole Story
        * Listen to State Week - July 25, 2014
        * Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring Investigation
        * Man Robbed By Fake Police On I-55
        * Illinois Sees Growth In Tax Revenue, But It Won't Last Long
        * Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules
        * Pullman to get an indoor sports facility
        * Board of Education approves "stop-gap" budget for 2015


        * Quinn 'deeply concerned' about immigrant children
        * Gov. Christie to campaign for Rauner in Chicago
        * Business, labor: Speed up Illinois’ fracking rules
        * Neal Waltmire: Rauner inconsistent, irresponsible on taxes
        * E.J. Dionne: Blind ideological justice
        * Esther Cepeda: Tough calls on border kids
        * Teen collapses at Quinn campaign event
        * GOP Rauner's campaign ad used made-up headlines
        * Lawyers will push to speed up pension reform ruling
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Stocks-Smith considers another run for mayor


        * Indianapolis pulls future support for Amtrak line
        * Saturday afternoon severe weather threatens central Illinois
        * Meb's unexpected warm-up race: a family affair
        * West-end residents, businesses want action after shooting
        * National outdoor art show to hit billboards
        * PHOTOS: Millikin exchange students try country line dancing
        * Marion man gets 12 years in prison
        * Driver dies in accident after eluding police
        * Office complex is hope for former Howard Johnson's
        * SportsTalk 7-25-14


        * Images: Friday at the Lake County Fair
        * Cubs climb out of 3-0 hole and best rival Cardinals
        * Sheriff: 300 homes burned in record Washington wildfire
        * Officials: 1 dead, 6 hurt in West side shooting
        * Elgin man faces 6 years in prison for domestic attack

        * Rep. Roskam: IRS Budget Cuts Best Way to C...
        * Roskam: Federal money could push Kerr-McGe...
        * ASK PETER: Building a 21st Century Workfor...
        * Roskam: Whip race 'was a regional issue' -...
        * Schock tapped for Scalise whip team - Chic...
        * Officials push for funds to finish West Ch...
        * DuPage leaders on W. Chicago thorium clean...
        * Rep. Roskam: IRS Budget Cuts Best Way to C...
        * Roskam: Federal money could push Kerr-McGe...
        * ASK PETER: Building a 21st Century Workfor...

        * Sen. Durbin Responds to Mideast Ceasefire ......
        * Amy Gehrt: Time to end tax-dodge shadiness...
        * Amy Gehrt: Time to end tax-dodge shadiness...
        * Durbin hails new Chicago gun intelligence ......
        * Durbin hails new Chicago gun intelligence ......

        * Feds' immigration numbers might not list a......
        * Feds' immigrant figures may not give full ......

        * Woman participates in candlelight vigil for immigration reform near President Obama's Kenwood neighborhood home
        * "Keep the kids, deport the racists" sign at immigration reform protest near President Obama's Kenwood neighborhood home
        * Congressmen, Immigrant Advocates Call On Obama Administration To Allow DREAMers In Military
        * Vote Postponed On Privatization Of North Riverside Fire Department
        * Southeast Side Petcoke Company Seeks Exemptions From City Regulations
        * Foster To DoD: Let DREAMers Serve In Military
        * William McNary, of Citizen Action/Illinois, speaks Friday at a protest against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner
        * Roughly 100 people protested against a Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner fundraiser on Friday
        * "Rauner-Christie bad for public schools" sign at Hilton Chicago Hotel protest
        * "It's a downer when you vote Rauner" sign at Hilton Chicago Hotel protest


        * Governor Quinn Statement on Unaccompanied Children Crossing the US Border
        * Governor Quinn Welcomes New Class of Illinois State Police Troopers - 37 Police Academy Graduates Assigned Across the State
        * July 30 Hiring Event to Maximize Veterans' Non-Profit Job Opportunities - IDVA, IDES and U.S. Chamber Partner in first-of-kind event
        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ensure Quality Distance Learning and Online Education Programs - Also Signs Legislation to Streamline School Financial Processes and Extend Task Force on Civic Education
        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Charter School Fairness and Accountability - New Law Makes Lottery Process Transparent and Helps Prevent Conflicts of Interest




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