SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Special election all but certain

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010

* A relatively meaningless special US Senate election is all but ordered

Acting after a series of directions from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Judge John Grady said he is inclined to hold a special election to fill the rest of Mr. Obama’s term on Nov. 3, the same day as the regularly scheduled election.

Judge Grady also is inclined not to hold a special primary election but to allow the political parties to fill their ballot slots by vote of their central committees.

Also appearing on the ballot would be independent candidates who already have qualified for the six-year vote by filing petitions with at least 25,000 signatures, Judge Grady indicated.

Appointed Sen. Roland Burris is already attempting to turn this into yet another Illinois political spectacle

Tom Wright, an attorney representing Burris, said using the nominees already on the ballot for the special election would deny Burris and other interested individuals the opportunity to serve the 60-day period.

Wright went on to say he believed Burris at least deserves the opportunity to see out the remainder of the term.

“No one else can come up to speed like that. No one else has the staff that’s already on top of these issues. No one else would be in a better position to finish this office,” he said.

But Grady emphasized that legally, Burris cannot receive preferential treatment in retaining the Senate seat and must be considered the same as any other citizen interested in the 60-day term.

Burris might be expected to push the state party to hold open hearings on whom they appoint to the ballot. That would be just one more opportunity to show to the world how thoroughly screwed up the Democrats are here.

* Related…

* Illinois parties could skip primaries

* Rules set for special election in Ill. Senate race

* Voters will vote twice Nov. 2 for Senator; no primary to fill remainder of Obama term; Burris tenure to be cut short

* Special election for Burris Senate seat close to resolution

* Special election for Obama seat near certain

* Special Election Likely, though Candidates Unclear

* Will you have to vote for one or two U.S. senators?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Segatari - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 9:54 am:

    >A relatively meaningless special US Senate election

    Like I said earlier, it has meaning because if a Republican wins he becomes the 42nd vote to sustain a filibuster and the Dems would have to get two instead of one to cross party lines in what is expected to be a blitz lame duck session to ramrod as much of Obama’s agenda as possible because he won’t have the votes in 2011 to do much of anything.

  2. - Vote Quimby! - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:03 am:

    “up to speed”? I didn’t know “park” was a speed. What initiatives has Burris created that would go unfinished? How hard is it to vote the way Durbin tells you?

  3. - Excessively Rabid - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:15 am:

    The only way this decision is anything but a disaster is if the new person just pushes Burris out sooner. That would be OK.

  4. - Logical Thinker - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:16 am:

    Burris is such an egomaniac that he’ll never step aside, even from this election, which will cause AG a lot of problems.

  5. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:23 am:

    Hey judge!

    This is thoroughly ridiculous!
    There is no reason we cannot have the winner of the November General take the seat immediately! There is NO REASON to have two elections on the same day for the same seat!

    Use your brains, people!
    We do not have the money and we certainly don’t want to see any more monkey business with this stupid senate seat!

  6. - Yukon - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:23 am:

    Should’ve had a special election in early 2009 to get rid of Burris.

  7. - Bring Back Boone's - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:34 am:

    ===he is inclined to hold a special election to fill the rest of Mr. Obama’s term on Nov. 3, the same day as the regularly scheduled election===

    the election is November 2nd

  8. - shore - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:34 am:

    Dear Roland, you’re replaceable, and I think a 10 year congressman with 25 years working in dc with a staff in the house will be able to fill in for you just fine before the congressman takes office next january.

    A lot of senators quit early after the election to give the state’s incoming senator a leg up on seniority so this is not a new thing.

  9. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:35 am:

    Isn’t there a little known Judicial Canon that let’s you avoid this stupid remedy? Something like double-secret probation?

  10. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:42 am:

    dear roland: please do Illinois, heck, America a favor and
    resign as soon as possible. just go away.

  11. - Pat collins - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:47 am:

    So, is this yet ANOTHER example of how Quinn and the Democrats COST the state money? By refusing to have an election then, we need two now.

    That is something everyone will notice, two elections. I wonder how often it will appear in Brady/Kirk ads……

  12. - huh - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:48 am:

    Why would an open hearing be anything but instructive for voters. We already had a Lt. Governor choosen behind closed doors by state central committee persons? If we must waste more money and time for a 60 day Senator at least let the voters see “how the sausage is made”

  13. - Aldyth - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 10:53 am:

    This whole thing is ridiculous. Illinois isn’t paying its bills now. Even if we only spend $5 on this special election, it is too much to spend on nonsense.

  14. - bored now - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 11:06 am:

    roland burris once again shows that he’s a selfish politician who cares nothing about the democratic party. he’s willing to provide mark kirk with the opportunity to double up from contributors but deny the same to alexi giannoulias? what a jerk. burris is a joke in the senate as it is. i guess he’ll settle for nothing less than dragging everybody else down, as well…

  15. - Levois - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 11:32 am:

    Do we have to follow this judge’s ruling. I mean it’s a little too late to even think about holding a special election especially if we will have a new US Senator by next year anyway!

  16. - Draznnl (Rhymes with orange) - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 11:42 am:

    A special election is not as meaningless as it seems. It will be another election cycle allowing the campaigns to obtain additional contributions from their deep pocket donors who have already hit the $2,400(?) maximum for the general.

  17. - Cincinnatus - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 12:07 pm:

    - Draznnl (Rhymes with orange) - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 11:42 am:

    Yup, spot on. One more thing to consider is the lame duck session. If Kirk were to pull it off, he would probably not allow Congress to pass sweeping legislation after the election by providing a NAY vote to cloture.

  18. - BigTwich - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 12:10 pm:

    “Isn’t there a little known Judicial Canon that let’s you avoid this stupid remedy? Something like double-secret probation?”

    de minimis non curat lex

  19. - BigTwich - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 12:15 pm:

    Anyway, Roland has a point. If there is going to be an election people should have a right to have some kind of shot at it as if it were, well, an election.

  20. - Cincinnatus - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 12:31 pm:

    “de minimis non curat lex”

    A diamond is worth less than a Lexus?


  21. - fedup dem - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 1:30 pm:

    I’m not surprised about anything coming out of the warped mind of Judge grady. Nearly 30 years ago he teamed up with then US Attorney Dan Webb in prosecuting Cook County Commissioner Martin Tuchow over actions Tuchow supposedly committed as a private attorney (the apparent goal of Webb was to nail Tuchow, then the chairman of the Cook County Board’s Finance Committee, and get him to give the feds the goods on other elected officials, presumably County Board President George Dunne). All Grady 9as the judge) and Webb (as the US Attorney) accomplish was to destroy the career of the first politician to slate a woman for a Chicago City council seat and the first politician in this town to slate an Asian-american for office. When Tuchow was convicted, John Stroger took over as Finance committee Chairman, paving the way for era of John and then Toddler Stroger. I’m sure the people of Cook county want to thank Judge Grady for that act public service as well! With judges like Grady busy wrecking our society, who needs to worry about people like Osama bin Laden and his cohorts?

  22. - Confused - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 1:46 pm:

    Why is there so little media coverage on the question of why the special election was not called in 2009 in the first place? Even Rich is quiet on that issue, and he generally catches the procedural details that the sun-times and trib tend to miss.

  23. - the Patriot - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 3:10 pm:

    I have missed the explanation as to how Burris is still sitting in the seat if his appointment was not legal. Did the court address this?

  24. - Pat collins - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 4:33 pm:

    de minimis non curat lex

    Literally “About small things, the law does not care”.

    I would like a consularis like you Cinncinatus would know that :)

  25. - BigTwich - Tuesday, Jul 27, 10 @ 4:39 pm:

    “Why is there so little media coverage on the question of why the special election was not called in 2009 in the first place?”

    I think the Judge said the only date the Governor could have designated was November 2010.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Happy Thanksgiving!
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Five unanswered questions
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Question of the day
* Caption contest!
* Crossing the line
* Moody's warns Illinois
* The Credit Union Difference
* *** UPDATED x1 - Franks responds *** Uh-oh
* Then and now
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

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

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* [Deal] Nest Thermostat + Nest Protect bundle, Nest Cam get big discounts
* Uncertainty comes to Samsung Galaxy A5 rumors as sources clash over specs
* Japanese anime Bleach is getting an Android game called Brave Souls
* “Futurama: Game of Drones” is a Matt Groening mobile game revival
* Latest Windows device stats show W10M picking up steam ahead of broad debut
* “Capicola” health tracker pictures released on FCC
* The Many Ways Of WeChat: How Messaging Is Eating The World

* Scouting profile: Adam Engel
* Alex Avila will try to shed limitations with White Sox
* White Sox program provides kids real chance
* Johnson solid candidate for White Sox rotation
* White Sox sign catcher Avila to one-year deal
* White Sox sign catcher Avila to one-year deal
* White Sox sign catcher Avila to one-year deal


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian.....
* Governor Rauner faces challenge to block Syrian.....
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian.....
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian.....

* EXCHANGE: Augustana digitizing Hauberg glass plate images
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees
* Illinois high court takes Moline company's tax break appeal
* Boone County jail inmate charged with attacking guard
* Chicago schools prepare lesson plan on teen's shooting
* Chicago Public Schools reverses special education cuts
* Former Chicago Transit workers sentenced in fraud scheme
* Rauner pardons man found innocent of 1999 attack
* Springfield police chief bemoans body-cam 'burden'
* Illinois makes tax break deals with 3 companies

* Rauner pardons man found innocent of 1999 attack
* Springfield jobless rate falls again, to 5.1 percent
* Springfield police chief sees problems with body cam law
* Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money
* Number of Illinois inmates released on parole climbing
* Bryce Benton circulating petitions to challenge Sen. Sam McCann in GOP primary
* Executive Mansion roof repairs nearing completion
* Candidates begin filing petitions for March primary election
* Benton circulating petitions to challenge McCann in GOP primary
* Rauner administration says House Democrats holding local aid hostage

* Review: Sociale in the South Loop
* Her Barbie was a lawyer. Now she defends victims' rights
* Meet the guy making money off your food scraps
* Anger, pain and calls for change in response to police video
* United, Delta bet on long oil slump

* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees
* Brown: Simeon basketball players bring their A-game to court
* 16 reasons every Blackhawks fan should be thankful on Thanksgiving
* Blackhawks cool off Sharks; Kane extends point streak to 17
* Four more Laquan McDonald police dashcam videos released
* President Obama: ‘Disturbed’ by Laquan video, grateful for ‘peaceful’ protests
* Black leaders call for Supt. McCarthy to resign
* Viktor Tikhonov embraces off-ice role as Artemi Panarin’s guide
* Ex-Hawks winger Ben Smith working his way back from a concussion
* FOP posts notice on raising bail for officer charged with murder

* Person shot in West Ridge neighborhood
* Laquan McDonald shooting protest groups plan Friday march
* Charges: Former Illinois man abducted, assaulted teen; kept him shackled
* Fast fashion shopping: It's cute, it's cheap, but should you really buy it?
* Four new Laquan McDonald shooting videos raise more questions
* Overnight Log: Second night of Loop protests as they unfolded
* Teen dead, 4 other people wounded in city shootings
* 4 arrested in protest after McDonald video released
* Indiana's proposed new religious freedom plan draws ire
* Gov. Rauner grants clemency to 10, denies 200

* Eugene Robinson: The GOP's political correctness dodge
* Douglas Holt: Woman's protest of Trump was misguided, inappropriate
* George Will: Muzzling pet advice another case of free speech erosion
* Bernard Schoenburg: Josh Langfelder took father's advice on election petition signatures
* Rauner pardons man found innocent of 1999 attack
* Springfield jobless rate falls again, to 5.1 percent
* Michael Gerson: The Trump effect, still 'understated'
* Catherine Rampell: For millennials, first comes love — then what?
* Springfield police chief sees problems with body cam law
* Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money

* 48th Annual Turkey Trot
* Podcast: Champaign County States Attorney Julia Rietz 11-26-15
* Wednesday's highlights: Nottingham, Chargers get first win
* Clubs listings, Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2015
* Area update: Soup kitchen needs help with backpack giveaway
* Frank's Faves: Giving thanks
* Golf links swap hits roadblock
* Chuck Koplinski: Beautiful 'Brooklyn' a love story for the ages
* Update on candidate filings in Vermilion County for 2016
* 80th N-G All-State Football: POY Josh King

* The Civil War features Ducks on the rise, down Beavers
* Bills' Mario Williams likely to miss game against Chiefs
* Tight end now one of Broncos' many strengths
* Arlington Heights hosts homestyle Thanksgiving for Naval recruits
* The Latest: Putin: Syrian people must decide Assad's fate

* 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

* Nebraska ethanol producers name former Dur......

* Opinion: Sen. Kirk must stand with crimina......

* Chicago Teachers Union. “If we strike, we do so to protect our children,” says Karen Jennings Lewis.
* Resign.
* Don't Let The Turkeys Get You Down
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* IDOT Debuts Winter Weather Driving Tips Video
* Pot Dangerous? Mother's Testimony Says Yes [video]
* Happy Thanksgiving
* It seems like it’s everywhere, that video of the final moments of Laquan’s life
* Laquan McDonald.
* Sixteen shots. The story that broke the silence.

* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

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