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

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014

* Your opinion, so far, of the today’s Legislative Audit Commission’s hearing? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.

surveys & polls

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - CircularFiringSquad - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 1:51 pm:

    The 2010 Brady Campaign/Aka Jumpin’ Jason really missed big time…no 5th amendments, no witnesses under oath and the big bird flip to the USA, bet Sandecky and Durkie are rechecking tax returns now.
    Fire,Aim, Ready!

  2. - yo - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 1:55 pm:

    I have set through some pointless hearings. but this one has to top the list. I love watching lawyers try to be perry mason. would it be unconstitutional to close all law schools so we could rid society of this plague? the federal government is investigating. it is that simple.

  3. - Nonplussed - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 2:02 pm:


    the only thing worse is watching lawmakers pretend to be lawyers.

  4. - anon - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 2:03 pm:

    It’s not a kangaroo court - it’s a court of prancing elephants. LOL!

  5. - Try-4-Truth - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 2:05 pm:

    I keep going back to asking the Republicans “What’s the point?”. It’s not like the Dems are stopping the investigation.

  6. - Cassiopeia - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 2:08 pm:

    Neither side looks too good. Luckily only the media and political junkies are watching.

  7. - Fan - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 2:34 pm:

    Barickman is a pro…heads above the rest.

  8. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 2:39 pm:

    I had always heard such great things about Barickman but he has embarrassed himself with his conduct today. It’s all about political grandstanding with him and most of the Republicans. Today was a silly bit of political theater and I don’t know what the GOP rationalization is for their conduct. They will have the perp walk in 90 days in the heat of the campaign. It’s a potential perfect political storm moment for Rauner and the GOP. They just seem to have difficulty delaying gratification…like children.

  9. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    Trying to appoint Barickman as chair was an especially boneheaded manuveur in a hearing full of them.

  10. - yes - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 3:00 pm:

    Good grief. If anyone could screw up a winning hand, it is the Illinois GOP.

  11. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 3:04 pm:

    It’s going well. It could have gone better had they called Bill Holland to appear and summarize his findings, and why he didn’t pursue certain avenues. That might have led to some interesting questions.

    But wasting a ton of people’s time, and the political grandstanding, with the added benefit of Jason Barickman channelling his inner Greg Marmalard and Bill Brady relitigating the 2010 campaign and Ron Sandack reminding me (weirdly) of a bizarro John Fritchey, this was very well done.

    Well done as in over cooked.

  12. - yo - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 3:26 pm:

    this is beyond comical at this point

  13. - Anonymouse - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    This thing resembles a post-2005 Adam Sandler movie: only about five total guffaws in a way-too-long feature.

  14. - walker - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 4:09 pm:

    I couldn’t vote. “It’s going badly” wasn’t a choice.

    If the point was to uncover something about corruption, it was a complete failure. If it was to score political points, the only thing it did was get another news day. No matter how they screw it up, it will continue to be bad news for Quinn.

    Barickman was embarrassingly bad. Sandack was pretty good. Brady was not paying enough attention to ask the right questions.

    Overall, however, it was mostly disrespectful to the committee, and that is bothersome. Also, it would have been better if Madigan hadn’t seemed at the center of some attorneys’ tactics. They could have done just as well without his apparent input.

  15. - Judgment Day - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 4:29 pm:

    The only winner today was Bruce Rauner. The Republicans looked bad, the Democrats looked bad, and Pat Quinn, being the unspoken central topic, came out the worst.

    Sometimes you win by not being part of the discussion.

  16. - Toure's Latte - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 4:32 pm:

    Voted It’s Going Well, as in “It’s going really well, honest!”

    Solid entertainment. Lewis must have his face-palm down pat by now.

  17. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 4:54 pm:

    Couldn’t vote. I don’t know what that was.

  18. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 6:50 pm:

    ===Well done as in over cooked===

    I tried to warn them - 47th Ward -.

    To the “Question”

    Pamphleting ministers speaking partisanly…and with Quinnochio and “Rod”

    Trying to oust Rep. Mautino

    Oberweis saying “it’s politics” constantly and saying “Democrat Madigan”

    Bringing MJM up as an angle to attack, along with questioning Rep. Drury, a colleague, in a less that collegial way, making Drury look..,sympathetic.

    Rep. Rita asking, “What is the end game?” to the GOP Members.

    It was My Party that “owns” this whole Dopiness, and they were by far the most partisan, and were called on it, and after a 3 hour “30 minute break”… they change their tune. Why?

    Partisan optics of … Politics.

    Those talking points after the “break”…looked pretty familiar …to me!

    Easy vote. My Party.

  19. - Mama - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 6:50 pm:

    == What is the point? == There is no point! On second thought, I conclude the point to be Political..

  20. - modest proposal - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 7:16 pm:

    it was embarrassing for the state of Illinois…

  21. - Responsa - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 7:43 pm:

    It’s bad. It’s futile. But the good news is that very few beyond the Cap Fax family will even know it took place. It’s the Feds who will take the news cycle one day down the road, one way or the other.

  22. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Jul 16, 14 @ 9:10 pm:

    I guess the best part of the hearing was learning that Scott Drury was former Federal prosecutor. I’ve never heard him say that…ever…ever. As soon as I heard Mautino call him I was thinking, OH NOOOOOO, please don’t inflame this man’s ego any more than it already is.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Tonight's must-read
* Tribune to put tower up for sale
* They say that like it's a bad thing
* Exelon Just Received A $1.7 Billion Rate Increase Through The Market-Based Capacity Auction
* Point taken. However...
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Byrd-Bennett indicted by the feds
* Yikes, man
* The Credit Union Difference
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Kotowski bash, event list
* Question of the day
* Dimas: "There's a chance we will have to introduce the FY17 budget before we have an FY16 budget"
* Unclear on the concept
* Rhetoric vs. reality
* Supremes snub Illinois Policy Institute appeal
* Aren't we forgetting something?
* True, but...
* Things are tense all over
* Unclear on the concept
* Rep. Leitch won't run again
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition and a Golar replacement update from AlderTrack
* 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

* Surface Pen support still coming for Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, rumor has it
* The journey to CyanogenMod 13 starts, coding work begins
* Apple Pay transactions coming to Starbucks, KFC, and Chili’s in 2016
* Facebook to test out “Reactions” buttons in Ireland and Spain
* BlackBerry Priv strikes a few new poses, shows off slender figure
* SwiftKey intros new neural network keyboard, a first in the world
* ‘Mid-range’ Samsung Galaxy A9 gets benchmarked with SD620 SoC, 3GB RAM

* Foot issue to sideline White Sox prospect Hawkins
* After second base, it was no-go White Sox
* Scouting, player development key for White Sox
* Arbitration-eligible White Sox won't put dent in payroll
* Hawk Harrelson's reduced schedule creates opportunity for White Sox...
* Holliday, Ventura connection goes way back
* 2015 in 3 words: Sale, Abreu, inconsistency


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

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


* Democrats warn Illinois could go broke without .....
* Lawmakers warn state could be broke in months -.....
* Illinois Gov. Rauner ends quarter with $19M in .....

* EXCHANGE: Many point with pride at World War II service
* NIU to rededicate plaque honoring fallen WWII veterans
* Chicago State names Alabama university official to top post
* Mural, crosswalk art project underway downtown Springfield
* Donations come in for new police dog in Winnebago County
* Chicago man sentenced to 5 years for CTA train beating
* Group to help displaced workers find work in Peoria area
* Feds auction more items seized from Rita Crundwell
* Democrats warn Illinois could go broke without state budget
* Tribune Media considering sale of landmarked headquarters

* The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project still in jeopardy; memo paints discouraging picture
* Democrats say Rauner 'needs to get serious' on budget
* Democrats: Illinois could go broke without budget
* Gov. Rauner ends quarter with $19M in campaign fund
* Prosecutors say former Congressman Aaron Schock is 'grandstanding'
* State Rep. David Leitch won't seek re-election
* Rauner to Democrats: 'Time's up' in budget impasse
* Illinois panel OKs medical marijuana for 8 health conditions
* State Sen. McCarter to challenge Shimkus in Congressional primary
* Rauner increasing pressure on Democrats for budget deal

* What's in a name? Plenty, when it comes to charitable giving
* Why this airline industry CEO took a meeting with a t-shirt vendor
* O'Hare bonds avoid Chicago stain in city's biggest offering ever
* Tribune Media seeks to sell Trib Tower
* Trib Tower for sale

* Charity raffling off Blackhawks Stanley Cup ring
* Sweet: Emanuel says House GOP needs to work through ‘some issues’
* Democrats warn Illinois could go broke without state budget
* Obama returns to Chicago on Oct. 27 for fundraising
* Aldermen complain about ‘menu’ price hikes
* Charges come at rocky time for CPS
* Patrick Kane feels ‘really good’ as he hits the road
* Viktor Svedberg to get his chance on blue line
* Aldermen vent frustrations about city’s losing battle against homelessness
* Blackhawks mailbag: Crawford, Teravainen, Dano and more

* 6 injured in Lake Shore Drive rollover
* 1 dead, 6 wounded in city shootings
* 1 arrested in fatal shooting of civilian worker for Chicago police
* Motorcyclist killed after hitting deer on I-94, being hit by truck
* Supporters of Woodlawn church gutted by fire start fundraising for restoration
* Former Chicago Public Schools chief to plead guilty to bribery scheme
* NIU evacuated, classes canceled following 'bogus' bomb threats to colleges
* Police: Wrigleyville celebrations relatively calm; 9 misdemeanor arrests
* 1 treated following high CO levels at West Side apartment building
* Smart thermostat program could cut energy bills

* The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project still in jeopardy; memo paints discouraging picture
* Mike Lang: 'Racial Taboo' screening will advance local unity efforts
* Democrats say Rauner 'needs to get serious' on budget
* Bernard Schoenburg: Supreme Court refuses to hear Illinois Policy Institute appeal over press access at Statehouse
* Gov. Rauner ends quarter with $19M in campaign fund
* Prosecutors say former Congressman Aaron Schock is 'grandstanding'
* State Rep. David Leitch won't seek re-election
* George Will: Impeach the IRS director
* Eugene Robinson: Obama is right to be cautious on Syria
* Elizabeth Austin: 'Lawsuit climate' no obstacle to business success

* Top of the morning, Oct. 9, 2015
* Paul Damski interview
* Lou Skizas interview
* UPDATE: Heavy police presence at Paxton standoff
* UI Men's Basketball Media Day 2015
* Opposing viewpoint: Iowa QB C.J. Beathard
* Illini roundup: Soccer team secures tie
* Big Ten football update: Illini slip into bowl scene
* Thursday's highlights: Danville wins on, off pitch
* Richey's observations from women's hoops media day

* Daily Herald hosts Color the Town Pink in Deer Park
* Dawn Patrol: Cubs take Cards rivalry into postseason tonight; second chance for heroin addicts
* Rolling Meadows police offer 'Second Chance' for heroin addicts
* Arlington Heights woman loses 171 pounds on her journey to Chicago Marathon
* Daily Herald events let us get to know each other face to face

* 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

* University of Phoenix Barred From Recruiti......

* Kirk cheers Senate passage of National Def......
* 2 US senators seek to declare a Fil-Am his......

* Chicago students walk out. “This is your building. They can’t do this to you,” says their teacher, Tim Meegan.
* CPS, Wall Street investors and social impact bonds.
* Lockdown.
* What took them so long? Signing bonuses and casino visits.
* Alderman Proposes Camera Tickets For Drivers Blocking Intersections
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* #TBT: 4400 Block Of Broadway
* Tribune Tower to join Wrigley Building as not being the same once sold off
* This Is The End...
* Rauner points to 70 Illinois Democrats supported collective bargaining changes

* Board’s New Rules Will Reduce Risk of Tire Fires and Disease-Carrying Mosquitos
* Illinois Hosts Inaugural Interstate Medical Licensure Compact - Aims to increase health care access through multi-state physician licensure program
* IEMA Announces Elgin Community College Attains ‘Ready to Respond Campus’ Designation - Elgin one of five Illinois campuses to receive distinction
* New Mortgage Loan Interface Increases Efficiency, Compliance
* State Fire Marshal Ushers In Fire Prevention Week - “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!”

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