image
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Question of the day

Monday, May 26, 2014

* It’s becoming clear that traffic is way down today. I’m basically blogging for legislators and the smattering of folks who happen to be at the Statehouse, or who don’t have plans today. I’m not complaining. Just saying.

From Rep. Jeanne Ives…

I find Memorial Day a very moving and important holiday. I filed HR1130 with bi-partisan support to ask that we not have session on Memorial Day out of respect for our nation’s forces who have died in war. This resolution in still in rules committee.

The majority of those who serve with me in the General Assembly are genuine in their esteem for the heroes we honor today and the profound contributions that have made to secure our freedoms. Many of them have joined me on this resolution.

If not this year, for years going forward, I believe we should honor the holiday as originally intended by participating in our community ceremonies that honor our fallen soldiers.

* The Question: Should the General Assembly do all it can to avoid meeting on Memorial Day? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.


survey services

- Posted by Rich Miller        


29 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 1:59 pm:

    glad to add vote number 8…. proving your point about traffic.


  2. - Anonymous - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    People forget that staff have to work primarily on that day while the members come in later on in the afternoon. A break for staff in May to observe Memorial Day is absolutely just.


  3. - Tough Guy - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:01 pm:

    I just don’t feel it would ever work as they don’t seem to get anything done until the pressure is on. Unfortunately Memorial Day falls when the beginning of the end occurs for the legislative session.


  4. - Rich Miller - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:03 pm:

    ===proving your point about traffic. ===

    Yeah, and the IP address on the first two comments show they came from the Statehouse. lol


  5. - Bigtwich - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:09 pm:

    Yes, there is a long tradition of politicians making Memorial Day speeches.

    On second thought . . . .


  6. - Norseman - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:21 pm:

    Spent too many Memorial Days in the Capitol to consider it anything but a end of session tradition. As someone indicated before, this is part of the pressure to encourage the Solons to make the hard votes.


  7. - Been There - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:23 pm:

    I voted yes but I think you would need to change the constitution to move the adjournment date. When May 31st is too close to Memorial Day you can’t expect them to take the day off. I think this weekend it could have worked.


  8. - steve schnorf - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:24 pm:

    To those of you with short memories, it was not that many years ago that our worry was whether we would get 4th of July off


  9. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:26 pm:

    Should avoid, but the threat of Memorial Day session, and all those tactics make finding solutions possible and needed at times, so voted a tepid “No”, laced in snark.


  10. - cover - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:41 pm:

    I agree with Been There, the holiday could have been observed this year with no harm done to the process. In 2016, when Memorial Day is on May 30, it’s simply not possible. IMHO, the General Assembly could observe the holiday if it’s as late as the 27th, but from the 28th on it’s just too close to the deadline.


  11. - Norseman - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:42 pm:

    Yes, Steve. I still remember those days. Pate’s successful effort to move the last day of session to the end of May was responsible for giving legislative types their 4th of July back. Although, Blago found a way to screw up one or two of those holidays.


  12. - Commander Norton - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:43 pm:

    I hate to be cynical, but this is a little like arguing that school children should be allowed to take certain holidays off in order to observe them. In reality, what they do is sleep late, eat junk and play computer games. If they were in school, they might actually learn something about Columbus or Martin Luther King, Jr. At least at the Capitol one can always count on a rousing Memorial Day tribute from Bill Haine if no one else. Taking a moment of silence to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and then proceeding with the people’s business seems to me a more fitting tribute than politicking at parades and barbecues.


  13. - Downstate GOP Faithless - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:46 pm:

    It is a nice thought, but this is one of those odd quirks. Getting a budget done is to important and people understand that. The good news for Rep. Ives, her vote is pretty meaningless to the speaker so she is welcome to stay home most days.


  14. - McDouble - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 2:56 pm:

    Given that session adjourns at the end of May, I have to vote No.

    However, I’d vote yes if the question was to reschedule session such that it ends at the end of June (the end of the State FY) or similar.


  15. - Chicago Bars - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 3:02 pm:

    Move end of session back a week and keeping Capitol quiet on Memorial Day and focused on Veterans would work, and be great. But not possible with May 31st deadlines.


  16. - the Other Anonymous - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 3:07 pm:

    Memorial Day sessions are the price of moving adjournment from June 30 to May 31 about twenty years ago. Sorry, the work of the people comes first. As long as we adjourn May 31 we’ll have Memorial Day sessions.

    Even if the Ives idea becomes legislation, it would have to include an exception for emergencies.


  17. - Capitol View - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 3:14 pm:

    It should not have to be mandated. The day off should be able to be scheduled in and kept as a family holiday. There are still five session days left, and that is an eternity.


  18. - Nearly Normal - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 3:14 pm:

    Rich, does the General Assembly do any kind of a Memorial Day ceremony while in session on that day? If so, then they can stay in session and get the business of the state done. If not, shame on them.

    Talking to the veterans in my family, most can tell you that when on active duty, it is often difficult to take time to celebrate or honor a holiday. They do their duty and stay the course.

    Surely, our legislators can do the same. Duty calls, men and women of the General Assembly.


  19. - Anonymous - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 4:02 pm:

    Yes, the Illinois legislature should work on Memorial Day. Watching the legislature in action is a good reminder that if this is the “democracy” we ask our brave soldiers to die for, we should think twice before ever sending anyone off to war again. Whose life was worth preserving this body?


  20. - LizPhairTax - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 4:08 pm:

    Sorry Jeannie. No weaseling out of working on Memorial Day.


  21. - NoBody's Perfect - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 4:34 pm:

    Not only is Broom Hilda becoming nearly as tiresome as ProsecutorBoy, but lacking any sense of accuracy
    Today Broom was off the floor (backroom, washroom who knows) when the House began its Memorial Day remembrance. Other House members stood at their desk listening to the solemn practice of members reading the names, rank and home of services who died during the past year.
    When Broom showed up she looked confused, ignored the fact all members were standing still and wandered across the floor.
    Ya gotta wonder where the Tea Party finds these loonies. After the names were (mercifuly only six this year) several members spoke about their military experiences of relatives
    Broom just plopped into her big chair look confused — as always.


  22. - Wensicia - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 4:35 pm:

    It’s more respectful and an honor to recognize our war during session than taking the day off.


  23. - Walker - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 6:22 pm:

    Yes. There is a Memorial Day ceremony within the legislature, when they are in session. Members are serious about honoring our veterans, and a disproportionate number of members are veterans.


  24. - Anonymous - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 6:40 pm:

    I’m not sure why you would use your blog traffic as a preface to this question.


  25. - RNUG - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 6:53 pm:

    Yes, they should take the day off. Better yet, they should changed the scheduled end of session back to May 15th to (usually) avoid any conflict.


  26. - Precinct Captain - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 8:21 pm:

    ==State business has to be completed and sometimes legislators must work on holidays==

    They should be working period. There are any number of days to honor our soldiers, including two prior to today this weekend. People celebrate around the time when they have the chance even if the can’t the day of. That’s why it’s Memorial Day Weekend. That’s the way it should be done. What does any sacrifice mean if we aren’t going to do the work of representative democracy when the work calls? What did our soldiers die for? I’m certain it wasn’t for politicians to have a day off to speechify.


  27. - Diogenes in DuPage - Monday, May 26, 14 @ 8:54 pm:

    PPP — “Pretty” Poor Planning by politicians does not constitute an emergency on our (taxpayer citizens’) part.


  28. - Quizzical - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 12:10 am:

    Commander Norton said it — if I thought strict obaervance of the holiday would seed wisdom, I’d be all for it. Better that everybody have to at least give lip service to real valor during the course of a process that could use more.


  29. - wordslinger - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 7:36 am:

    Yes. After the silly budget votes of recent days, it’s more than a little self-important to rationalize working a national holiday honoring war dead because you have “serious work” to do.

    There’s been nothing “serious” about it.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Caption contest!
* Question of the day
* Hold off a bit, please
* The mental health cost shift
* Credit Unions – “People Helping People” and their Communities
* Redefining Darin
* *** UPDATED x1 - Rauner response *** Madigan to Rauner: Disclose how you reached your budget decisions
* Today's must-read
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* *** UPDATED x1 *** This morning's "right to work" tally
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* 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

          
        * Google Play Service 7.3 update brings trusted places UI [APK Download]
        * OnePlus hosting an event on April 20th
        * Orbitum will test your dexterity, will make you dizzy too
        * OnePlus Event, LG G4 Teaser, Google Search & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Droplet reminds you of things you need to do digitally and physically
        * T-Mobile suspends ZTE ZMax sales, owners taking off the batt
        * Must Deliver action game challenges you to deliver the zombie cure

        * LinkedIn Elevate: This Week in Social Media
        * ViewSonic Releases A New 27-Inch 4K LCD Monitor
        * Lenovo’s New 17.3-Inch Full HD Notebook For Everyday Tasks
        * Garmin VIRB X Waterproof HD Action Camera Introduced
        * New Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Available For Pre-Order In The US
        * Find Out Just How Much of an Uber Fiend You Are
        * How To Compress Videos

        * Bang-bang play at second looms large in rally
        * After slow start, Shark settles in with strong outing
        * Samardzija battles, but White Sox take walk-off loss
        * Tigers 2, White Sox 1: Duel gone awry
        * Tigers 2, White Sox 1: A duel gone awry
        * Samardzija battles, but White Sox take walk-off loss
        * Sale-Sanchez duel set for Comerica Park

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


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

        Archives
        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


        * Tobacco Quitline closes amid grant suspensions..
        * High school newspapers forced to fold..
        * Madigan forms committee to review Rauner budget.....


        * Police: Man shot, killed by Chicago officer
        * Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies
        * Attorneys seek dismissal of charges in Islamic State case
        * Funeral for Cardinal George set for Thursday
        * Attorneys seek dismissal of charges in Islamic State case
        * Reaction to the death of Cardinal Francis George
        * Ex-police commander accused of torture decries reparations
        * Lawyer to judge: New NCAA head-injury deal as bad as first
        * Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe
        * Burge expresses disbelief over torture victims compensation

        * Madigan forms committee to review Rauner budget activities
        * Bill expanding in-car blood-alcohol devices passes House
        * Bobcat hunting bill passes House by slim margin
        * Madigan forms committee to review Rauner budget actitivities
        * State restores part of funding cut from schools
        * Bill banning powdered alcohol cruises through Senate
        * Official state pie? Illinois House approves the pumpkin variety
        * Springfield branch of The Autism Program lays off five workers
        * Illinois medical marijuana coordinator stepping down
        * Advocate Health amends Illinois managed care contract, saving state $5.1 million

        * Boeing accused of unfair labor tactics as union cancels vote
        * Does Rauner know what voters want in budget battle?
        * How many volunteers does it take to put on a gala? 150
        * Ten questions for the executive director of Green City Market
        * CPS chief to step down for now amid federal probe


          * Feds eye CPS records on education group backed by state's, city's elites
          * 3 charged with murder in 2012 slaying on Dan Ryan
          * From polio to priesthood: Francis George rose to lead hometown's Catholics
          * CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett on leave amid federal probe
          * Young woman found dead in Gary home
          * After Cardinal George's death, parishes reflect on his impact, legacy
          * Cardinal George to be buried next to his parents in All Saints Cemetery
          * U.S. sets speed limit on oil-carrying trains in cities
          * Chicago woman's kidnapping story unravels after review of Ventra Card: cops
          * Cardinal Francis George dies after long struggle with cancer


          * George helped 'make his people holy'
          * Cardinal Francis George helped 'make his people holy'
          * Schock donor sues ex-US congressman seeking reimbursement
          * Is that the Loch Michigan Monster lurking off Fullerton Beach?
          * Chicago's retired Cardinal Francis George dies at 78
          * Canine flu outbreak sickens hundreds of dogs in Midwest
          * Rauner's first 100 days: The politics of negotiating a budget
          * 'Right to Try' measure passes Illinois House
          * Chicago council approves $5M settlement in police shooting
          * Chicago schools chief requests temporary leave amid probe


          * Madigan forms committee to review Rauner budget activities
          * Heather Eagleton: Illinois should regulate step therapy treatments
          * Bill expanding in-car blood-alcohol devices passes House
          * Bobcat hunting bill passes House by slim margin
          * Our Opinion: Springfield's flood warning signs an investment in safety
          * Mark Denzler and Randy Nehrt: 'Buy North American' bill a bad deal for Illinois
          * Cinda Klickna: Time for Rauner to stop campaigning and start governing
          * Wendy DuBoe and Mark Burton: Don't shortchange Illinois' investments in human services
          * E.J. Dionne: Rubio's fountain of youth
          * State restores part of funding cut from schools


          * Police Beat
          * Upcoming Services (April 18)
          * A dozen Carbondale rentals have burned this in the past 12 months
          * You can help reforest Rock River watershed
          * Scott Health Board earns 2 state awards
          * Tax credits boost 3 Davenport projects
          * (No heading)
          * Skinner clemency quietly denied
          * Race for 18th District is on
          * Routt falls to Plains


          * First WWI gas attack produced new horrors, changed warfare
          * Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa spreads
          * French replica of revolutionary frigate sets sail for Boston
          * Gas-line blast at California shooting range injures 11
          * Cemetery trees trimmed before Lincoln funeral reenactment

          * Sandburg Team Wins Reserve Honors at 4-H R...
          * I-90 Corridor STEM Forum focuses on growin...
          * Bustos talks college affordability at Blac...
          * After billions spent, Lockheed's F-35 figh...
          * GOP Illinois Congressmen Get Poor Grades O...
          * Money race begins for Congress next year
          * Congress Members Urge House Leaders to Pro...
          * Sex-education funds to be renewed - Washin...
          * Hultgren Votes to Protect Illinois Farmers...
          * Legislators Move Forward With Disaster Dec...

          * Durbin Support...

          * Kirk gives national broadcast speech on Iran...
          * GOP Weekly Address: Use Economic Pressure ......
          * Obama: Loretta Lynch delay "embarrassing"...

          * A DAY IN THE LIFE (of Chicago): To listen to the CTU, it’s Rahm’s fault!
          * Home Robberies In Buena Park
          * DNA Info: Poor, Black Chicagoans Overwhelmingly Picked Rahm Over Chuy
          * A comic book cafe
          * City council turnover...
          * Dumke: Will the new Chicago City Council still be a rubber stamp?
          * DNA Info: Planners Dreaming Up What's Next for Pullman National Monument
          * So the Regal Theater is on its way back...
          * Illinois Lawmakers Passes 'Right To Try' Law
          * Illinois Lawmakers Pass 'Right To Try' Law


          * Illinoisans Receive Governor’s Volunteer Service Award - 6thAnnual Awards Ceremony to be Held on April 20thin Springfield
          * Get Smart About College Planning During Money Smart Week® - College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program offers tips to plan for--and afford--the cost of college
          * Motorcycle Season Revs Up, Riders Urged to “Gear Up-Ride Smart” - New Campaign Touts Staying Safe Through Proper Gear, Education
          * IDOT’s Operation Teen Safe Driving Program Announces 2014-15 Winning Schools - Innovative Program Helps Save Lives, Promotes Safe Driving Habits
          * State of Illinois Takes Action on Medical Cannabis Dispensary Applicants





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