SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x2 - Cassidy, Williams: “Ridiculous” *** A bit of logrolling?

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013

* In These Times

According to one campaigner for the recently passed marriage equality bill, [House Speaker Michael Madigan] demanded support for his pension bill from the major sponsors of the bill as a price for bringing it to the floor.

* By my count, of those who were around for both votes, 13 of the House’s Democratic gay marriage sponsors voted for Madigan’s pension reform bill back in May. Six voted against.

Just three of those previous “No” votes switched to “Yes” this week. One of those who switched was Rep. Lou Lang, a top member of leadership. He basically had no choice. The other two were Reps. Kelly Cassidy and Ann Williams, who explained her vote to constituents…

I have consistently voted against “pension reform” bills that I believed went too far; many took a punitive approach to addressing the problem. I understand that the public employees are not at fault here. On a personal level, this was the most difficult decision I have made as a legislator. But it is also unfair to continue the downward spiral of cutting programs and funding for our neighborhood schools, the mentally ill and disabled, and other critical human services.

While this bill is certainly not perfect, it is significantly improved from the previous version of SB 1, which I did not support. Over the past several months, I worked to make sure that whatever pension bill was passed would be the best bill possible. I pushed for a guarantee that the State will make its pension payment, so we don’t end up right back here in the future. This bill contains that. I strongly advocated for protections for the people at the lowest end of the income scale, and fought to ensure that any changes to COLA be tied to the CPI, to help pensions keep up with inflation. This bill does that. I asked that if benefits must be cut, then it only made sense for employees to contribute less. This bill does that. I believe the legislation that passed is better because of these efforts.

Cassidy was clearly upset when voting for the pension bill. I don’t doubt that something was up with both her and Williams.

But another Democratic gay marriage co-sponsor, Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, switched from “Yes” on pension reform in May to “Present” this week.

So, the net gain was just two votes. The bill passed with 62 votes, two more than needed.

Pressure? Probably. But it really didn’t matter in the end.

*** UPDATE 1 *** “I would never trade a vote like that,” said Rep. Williams, calling the allegation in the ITT piece “absolutely ridiculous.” She also said there were no conversations with Madigan about the bill.

*** UPDATE 2 *** Rep. Cassidy: “So much less than true it couldn’t be more ridiculous. [Madigan] never spoke to me about the bill once.” She also called the allegation “patent crap.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - wordslinger - Thursday, Dec 5, 13 @ 2:33 pm:

    Everybody likes a good bratwurst, but no one wants to see how it got to their plate. Same as it ever was.

  2. - Irish - Thursday, Dec 5, 13 @ 2:36 pm:

    Those two votes for might have given a couple of Mike’s mushrooms the ability to vote no. One of our local Reps who is basically MJM’s lap dog is being challenged in the next election and this is a strong union area. He voted against the bill.

  3. - So. ILL - Thursday, Dec 5, 13 @ 2:41 pm:

    It took you, another person, and then one more person to get to 62 math wiz. Without Mike Madigan, and _____________ and, _____________ pension reform wouldn’t have passed.

  4. - So. ILL - Thursday, Dec 5, 13 @ 2:42 pm:

    Well never mind I guess it would have been 60 with just him and without the other two. Who’s the math and spelling whiz now.

  5. - reformer - Thursday, Dec 5, 13 @ 2:45 pm:

    That payment “guarantee” that Williams hangs her hat on could be altered or repealed by a simple majority in a future General Assembly. The no unfunded mandates law, for example, is regularly lifted. I have no doubt that Gov. Rauner would make that his top priority

  6. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Dec 5, 13 @ 2:46 pm:

    Felt like these two issues were linked back in the spring and they were fated to rise and fall with each other.

    Cullertons biggest legislative priority this session was gay marriage as shown by him calling it on Valentines Day.

    Madigans biggest priority all along was a pension deal the Civvies liked and the unions hated.

    Once Cullerton relented on trying to find a pension deal the unions didn’t hate, Madigan put his muscle behind the gay marriage bill.

    The end.

  7. - Al Haig - Thursday, Dec 5, 13 @ 3:14 pm:

    The “campaigner for the recently passed marriage equality bill” is John Kohlhepp, who is trying to settle a score with Cassidy et al for calling him out as an incompetent. The guy almost derailed the marriage bill by needlessly ticking off Gordon-Booth and many others.

  8. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Dec 5, 13 @ 3:43 pm:

    I don’t doubt Williams’ statement. The simple fact is neither she nor Cassidy are in districts where this vote will hurt them. That doesn’t mean it was an easy vote, I’m sure it wasn’t. It just means that there won’t be a political cost for voting yes.

  9. - walkinfool - Thursday, Dec 5, 13 @ 6:53 pm:

    Williams and Cassidy sound completely truthful. Such a blatant trade between two crucial bills is not at all Madigan’s style.

    Amazing how reporters pass on “patent crap” from anonymous sources, without any checking at all.

  10. - Sparky - Friday, Dec 6, 13 @ 7:32 am:

    - walkinfool - Thursday, Dec 5, 13 @ 6:53 pm:

    Williams and Cassidy sound completely truthful. Such a blatant trade between two crucial bills is not at all Madigan’s style.


  11. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Dec 6, 13 @ 9:11 am:

    “I would never trade a vote like that.”

    So, how would you trade a vote?

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Afternoon updates
* "Not Recommended Budget" would cut $450M from education
* Protect Patient Safety – Don’t Let Psychologists Prescribe
* Question of the Day
* Then and now
* Like deja vu all over again
* Kirk to campaign for Oberweis afterall
* Today's numbers
* Morning Shorts
* 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

        * FCC Chairman confirms plan to limit buying power of AT&T, Verizon
        * Apple starts selling refurbed Retina iPad mini, Motorola discounts accessories
        * Beats Music update brings widget, social interaction
        * RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99
        * 5 Nokia Lumia Tumblrs photography fans will love
        * 3D-Printed Ford Gran Torino Is the Muscle Car From Hell
        * Here’s why you shouldn’t try to find those hidden I/O tickets

        * Toshiba Shows How Project Ara’s Modularity Can Be Applied To Wearables
        * Purchasing The OnePlus One Will Require An Invite
        * Hitman GO Now Available In iTunes App Store
        * Google is sending dummy Glass units to prospective Explorers
        * Nikon 1 V3 Is Now Shipping
        * Cortana Is Off-Limits To Users Aged Below 13 Years Old
        * Liking A Company’s Facebook Page Could Potentially Void Your Right To Sue Them

        * Zach Putnam added to roster; Donnie Veal designated for assignment
        * White Sox call up Putnam, designate Veal
        * Three questions after a four-reliever inning
        * Despite taking loss, Garcia savors pitching experience
        * Sale, Lester set for marquee matchup in finale
        * Bullpen springs late leak in White Sox loss
        * Alexei homers to push hitting streak to 15 games

        Main Menu
        Pundit rankings
        Subscriber Content
        Blagojevich Trial
        Updated Posts

        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


        * Gov. Quinn announces $9.4 million for southern .....
        * Environmental groups file suit to stop $1.3B Il.....
        * Illinois GOP Elects State Central Committee, Co.....
        * Illinois Tornado Relief Effort Raises Over $1.1.....
        * Anti-violence funds paid for salary of another .....
        * Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana tollway..
        * LeeAnn Shelton..
        * Study: Men with unique beards found more attrac.....
        * 4 students charged for sexual assault of girl, 15..

        * Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3 1/2 years
        * Nik Wallenda in Chicago to scout tightrope walk
        * Herbalife discloses investigation in Illinois
        * Beaman files new lawsuit in ISU case
        * Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana tollway
        * Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum
        * Illinois medical marijuana rules drop gun language
        * Lockdown over at southern Illinois' Menard prison
        * Judge puts off ruling in suit against Rutherford
        * New SIU president to start work next month

        * Tough tax votes loom for lawmakers
        * Judge puts off ruling in suit against Rutherford
        * Lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library
        * Illinois House committee gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum
        * Quinn promotes autism awareness at Brookfield Zoo
        * Broadcaster Samuelson named to Illinois Racing Board
        * Gun language dropped from state medical marijuana rules
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Battle on for GOP state party post
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Scherer got more than $90,000 from Madigan in primary
        * Report: Big cuts to state aid for schools if tax expires

        * Nik Wallenda in Chicago to scout tightrope walk
        * Michaels Stores confirms breach of as many as 2.6 million cards
        * Career Education CEO got $4.8 million in 2013
        * Obama says 8 million signed up for health insurance
        * GM doesn't have to order customers to park recalled cars

        * Wallenda says Willis Tower not suited for high-wire act
        * Ex-con who robs bank to go to jail gets 3.5-year sentence
        * Free floating ethics in Cook County
        * Teen shot in the face in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood
        * Truman College instructor accused of sexually assaulting former student
        * Man held without bail for alleged sexual assault in Boystown
        * CTA plans L overpass at Belmont to eliminate bottleneck

        * Northwest Indiana mayor, wife and step-daughter indicted
        * Sheriff pushes probes of policing woes in suburbs
        * Vanecko attorneys seek to dismiss lawsuit by David Koschman's mother
        * Emanuel defends Claypool's controversial CTA hires
        * Emanuel defends Claypool's controversial CTA hires
        * First lady meets with Chicago students in D.C.
        * Elderly bank robber sentenced to prison
        * Wallenda on Chicago skyline walk: "The higher I can go, the better"
        * CTA: 16 buildings need to be razed for Belmont 'L' overpass
        * Judge to hear arguments on Rutherford motion to toss harassment suit

        * Nine Illinois lawmakers vote to fund Obama library - but only five members in attendance
        * WBEZ's Student Stories
        * Interview: John Tinker & The Landmark Case On Students' Right To Free Speech
        * State Legislation Hints At Marijuana Legalization
        * Plan Threatens Proposed Downstate Casinos
        * Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas
        * How Much Would Your School District Lose?
        * Illinois Senate Joins Push For U.S. Constitutional Convention
        * Study: Pre-K Education Provides For Economic Growth
        * The Vanishing Millionaire Tax

        * Judge puts off ruling in suit against Rutherford
        * Illinois House committee gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum
        * Gun language dropped from state medical marijuana rules
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Scherer got more than $90,000 from Madigan in primary
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Scherer got more than $90,000 from Madigan in primary
        * Tom Bertrand: Poverty grants contribute to inequality among Illinois schools
        * Report: Big cuts to state aid for schools if income tax increase expires
        * Comptroller Topinka reports $125K in income
        * Addiction experts: Illinois budget cuts could hurt drug treatment
        * Legislative hearing on Chicago casino begins

        * Sports Talk 04-17-14
        * Updated: Marathon to reopen registration
        * Cook County official's hiring practices questioned
        * IDNR fires Tony Mayville
        * Tense moments in Caseyville, but in the end, Alvarez is still chief
        * Simon Estes: Prayer, music critical to success
        * Napp elected as Democratic chairmain
        * Alton quarry files suit against city
        * Police respond to reported abduction in Columbia
        * Record-holding covered wagon repaired

        * The 10th District money race
        * Aurora Democrat calls out IHSA
        * Lawyers: Ill. hazing law vague, unconstitutional
        * Ill. House OKs lower-cost hunting bill for seniors
        * Quinn’s running mate takes new consulting job

        * Lipinski seeks artistic submissions - The ...
        * Lemont VFW honors Vietnam veterans - Subur...
        * Lipinski Votes to Protect the Paychecks of...
        * Meet the 8 House Dems who don't co-sponsor...
        * Jeff Vorva's Editor's Notebook: In this ca...
        * Rep. Lipinski Honors Vietnam Vets on House...
        * Southwest Airlines Adding 9 Non-Stop Daily...
        * Lipinski Announces Southwest will Start Fl...
        * Lipinski Thanks Voters for Support in Unco...
        * Rep. Lipinski Joins Students from Lemont a...

        * Loading Koch Industries Website Too Many T......
        * Maryland and DC among worst for food aller......
        * Cleveland State University to reestablish ......
        * Convicted political boss Al Sanchez runnin......
        * Candidates make last filings for local, st......

        * Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon opposes pension le......
        * Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction...
        * Sen. Mark Kirk sides with Rauner on pensio......
        * Governor's race infighting threatens pensi......
        * SCHOONERS - Home of Everyone's Favorite Be......

        * House Democrats' Committee Sitting On $40M Fund
        * U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider Hosts Roundtable Discussion On Protecting The Great Lakes
        * Illinois GOP Elects State Central Committee, County Chairs
        * CPS Students Want State Lawmakers To Fix 'Broken' School Discipline Policies
        * Illinois driver chastised through unsolicited text message from state police
        * Illinois Republican Party picks new State Central Committee members
        * Fed Survey: Growth Picks Up Across Most Of US
        * Court To Weigh Challenge To Ban On Campaign Lies
        * A Year After Background Check Defeat, Modest Goals
        * Some Exempted From Minimum Wage, Increased Or Not

        * Illinois filmmakers invited to enter state’s Shortcuts competition - 7th year for Illinois Film Office contest honoring local talent
        * Injured Worker Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud - Defendant Lied Under Oath to IWCC Arbitrator in an Attempt to Obtain Benefits
        * State-wide Veterans Service Offices Will Be Closed for Annual Training
        * Liquor Control Commission March Underage Compliance Report
        * Governor Quinn Releases First-Ever Illinois Bike Transportation Plan - Plan Formally Makes Bicycles Part of Illinois’ Long-Range Transportation Vision

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