SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 - ILGOP slams Quinn *** On this point, I agree with Pat Quinn

Monday, Aug 29, 2016

* From a press release…

In the aftermath of Thursday’s Illinois Supreme Court ruling against the Independent Map redistricting plan, former Governor Pat Quinn will offer a plan Tuesday which would be “fair and constitutional”.

“Voters deserve the chance to be heard on remap reform. Half a million voters signed petitions urging the question be put on the ballot but the language was fatally flawed,” Quinn said. “It’s back to the drawing board.”

Twice since 2014, courts have rejected proposals to reform Illinois’ partisan and archaic reapportionment process due to poorly-worded amendments.

“Unlike Independent Map’s plan, our language is simple, clean, and pristine,” Quinn said. As the only person in Illinois history to successfully amend the Constitution by referendum, Quinn will propose a redistricting referendum amendment which he is confident will pass constitutional muster.

In 1980, Quinn’s Cutback Amendment to cut the size of the Illinois Legislature by a third was approved by the Supreme Court, the only time such a reform has been accomplished using the power of referendum in Illinois history.

“Having won before the Supreme Court on the interpretation of Article IV, Section 3, I know the Justices’ legal concerns,” Quinn said.

Quinn plans to reach out to the Independent Map organizers to offer a new and improved version. The voters would be able to vote in a 2018 referendum on a redistricting reform amendment. If adopted by the voters, the plan would be in effect for the 2021 redistricting.

    WHEN: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

    WHERE: James R. Thompson Center
    15th Floor - Blue Room

* Part of the reason for the two-time failure of the Independent Maps plan was its overly complicated, Rube Goldberg processes for achieving its end result. It was just too easy to nitpick those plans to death.

If Quinn is truly pushing language that is “simple, clean, and pristine,” it might have a better shot. By simply dictating the desired outcome, rather than laying out the actual process in excruciating detail, it would avoid numerous Supreme Court pitfalls.

I get why the remap reformers tried it the other way. They simply don’t trust the General Assembly to come up with their desired outcome. But their way has failed twice in a row. It’s time for a different approach.

* On the other hand, Quinn signed the last remap into law, so he’s not exactly trustworthy on this particular stage. Still, it’ll be interesting to see what he comes up with.

*** UPDATE ***  From the Illinois Republican Party…

“Pat Quinn is the very reason Illinois doesn’t already have fair maps. In 2011, Quinn signed into law the gerrymandered district lines we have today. Instead of standing up for reform when he was in charge of the state, Quinn worked with Mike Madigan to rig the political system in their favor. We don’t need Pat Quinn to fix Pat Quinn’s map.” – Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Steven Yaffe

In 2011, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law today’s gerrymandered district maps.

Instead of standing up to Mike Madigan and demanding redistricting reform when he had the chance, Quinn offered no resistance and worked with Madigan to rig the system.

In fact, members of Quinn’s own party blamed him in 2010 for killing a redistricting reform proposal that was likely to pass in the legislature.

- Posted by Rich Miller   35 Comments      


*** UPDATED x1 *** Isikoff hacking scoop criticized

Monday, Aug 29, 2016

* The Michael Isikoff elections board hacking story is getting a lot of traction out there. But cyber security specialist John Bambenek has read the FBI “Flash” memorandum that Isikoff wrote about (and which admonishes against release to the media and general public) and says Isikoff got it wrong…

The Isikoff article takes great liberties with both the details of the FBI Flash Bulletin and the facts of the matter to claim dangerous “foreign adversaries” are attacking boards of elections.

I have seen some of those IPs attack one of my own servers and it’s unlikely sophisiticated foreign adversaries are really that interested in data from my unsuccessful 2012 State Senate run.

The use of a foreign IP has no relationship to the nationality of the attacker. I personally have infrastructure in many countries, that doesn’t make me Chinese, Russian, Brazilian, American, German and French all at the same time.

A cursory exam of the data shows the IP addresses involved are commodity web scanners that constantly scan the entire internet for basic web vulnerabilities.

While it is important to highlight the risks of these threats and practice basic web application security, we ought not to stretch the truth and engage in fear mongering where none is warranted. We have the defenses required for these types of attacks, they need only be implemented.

Bambenek also told me, “Nation states don’t SQL inject through Tor.” I’ve added explanatory hyperlinks to help you parse what he’s saying.

*** UPDATE ***  The FBI alert is here.

* From the Tribune

[Ken Menzel, general counsel for the elections board] said there is a “reasonable suspicion” that the cyberattack was foreign.

“We know foreign servers were used, but it’s not conclusive that foreign actors were involved,” Menzel said. He said the FBI has “their reasons for suspecting foreign involvement, other than just some foreign servers were used.”

- Posted by Rich Miller   14 Comments      


Falling into his own trap

Monday, Aug 29, 2016

* Remember this Chicago police and fire pension bill that the General Assembly passed in the spring?

Over the short term, the bill would have reduced how much taxpayers contribute to the retirement funds by hundreds of millions of dollars a year. But that delay would come at a cost of billions of dollars over the long haul. By paying less upfront, the city would see its pension debt continue to grow.

* The governor vetoed that bill and was then overridden. Gov. Rauner was not amused

“Clearly, those who supported this measure haven’t recognized what happens when governments fail to promptly fund pension obligations,” [Gov. Bruce Rauner] said. “Instead of kicking the can down the road, local and state governments should instead focus on reforms that will grow our economy, create jobs and enable us live up to the promises we’ve made to police and firefighters.”

In vetoing the bill Friday afternoon, Rauner called the measure “irresponsible” and warned “the cost to Chicago taxpayers” in the long run is “truly staggering.”

The bill allowed the city to avoid a $300 million tax hike.

* Finke

And then we have last week. Gov. BRUCE RAUNER’s administration let it be known it didn’t want the Teachers’ Retirement System board to vote to lower the estimated rate of return it would get on its investments. Although that recommendation comes from actuaries not under anyone’s political control, the administration said the process needed more scrutiny and input before the decision was made.

It also made note that lowering investment returns would cost the state money that could not then go to education and other programs.

Fair enough, but the other point to remember is this. Overestimating investment returns would save the state money in the short term, but that doesn’t mean the bill goes away. It just shoves it off into the future. It’s sort of a variation on the old practice of simply shorting the money outright.

For Rauner, it would make budget life a little easier next year, not to mention possibly helping to hold down the size of the tax hike everyone seems to acknowledge is coming. As for making the pension systems any healthier, probably not so much.

Subscribers know more about the motivations here, but the governor clearly fell into his own rhetorical trap on this one.

…Adding…
I’m not sure who thought of it first, but it really doesn’t matter. Greg Hinz made the same comparison to the Chicago pension veto.

- Posted by Rich Miller   31 Comments      


« NEWER POSTS PREVIOUS POSTS »
* Uncle Mike
* Today's number: 4,600
* Baked into the cake
* Dunkin becomes issue in Metro East race
* More Rauner TV
* "Child's play" to hack state database
* Elected Chicago school board discussed
* *** LIVE COVERAGE *** Pat Quinn remap press conference
* Man who threatened Rauner gets misdemeanor charge, receives probation
* Governor asked how he sleeps at night
* Munger hit on two online fronts
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** UPDATED x1 - ILGOP slams Quinn *** On this point, I agree with Pat Quinn
* 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

  
* Pebble 4.0 update brings new health features and quick actions
* Google’s Spotlight Search, “In Apps” mode, announced
* Dropbox employee’s password reuse led to theft of 60M+ user credentials
* Deal: How you can become a Big Data whiz — and earn a six-figure salary for it
* Pebble OS 4.0 streamlines access to Health, Timeline, Launcher
* Mophie Announces Next Generation of Powerstation External Battery Lineup
* Huami Amazfit crowdfunded smartwatch heads to market

* Ranaudo, Robertson pitching in for Louisiana
* Familiar story: Frazier HR, but Sox strand runners
* Stephens among top prospect performers Tuesday
* Ranaudo, Sox can't maintain early lead in Detroit
* Sale duels with Verlander in Detroit series finale
* Ranaudo, Sox can't maintain early lead in Detroit
* Upton tries to deke Eaton, but he wants none of it

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


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

Archives
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
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

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Will County agencies respond after Rauner vetoe.....
* Rauner's big campaign spending at play in elect.....
* Miller: Putting these pieces together will requ.....


* Suspect shot during drug bust in Joliet mall parking lot
* Coroner: 1 dead in small plane crash in southern Illinois
* U of Illinois: More faculty exit over state finance crisis
* Rockford airport expanding space for cargo aircraft
* Man gets 90 years in fatal shooting of ex-wife in 2011
* Chicago-area man indicted on child porn charges
* Woman sets herself on fire in Chicago congressman's office
* Charges filed to fire 5 officers in Chicago police shooting
* Review: Decatur cop justified in shooting man with BB gun
* Police probe death of man who broke window to enter his home

* Moody's says lowering TRS investment rate is positive for the state
* Ex-Gov. Quinn unveils redistricting reform plan
* State lawmaker proposes cracking down on Pokemon Go sites
* Ex. Illinois Gov. Quinn unveils redistricting reform plan
* Data: Illinois prison population decreased since 2014
* New law: No pensions for new county board members
* Rauner vetoes bill raising caregivers' minimum wage
* FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks; Illinois reported breach in July
* Thirty-year-old SNAP overpayments still being collected
* Despite budget warnings from Rauner, TRS board votes to lower investment estimates

* Emanuel gets good credit news from Fitch
* Amend the state constitution to cut public pensions?
* Trump plans big fundraiser in Bolingbrook
* Speed traders in talks to build Chicago-to-Japan microwave link
* A new shop for ethically sourced and lab-grown diamonds


* Man grazed by bullet in Park Manor
* 16-year-old boy shot in Austin
* 4 wounded in West Englewood shooting
* 2 shot in Grand Crossing
* Chris Brown arrested after lengthy standoff with police
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Aug. 31, 2016
* Dear Abby: 30 years in, she can’t quit married man
* Hendricks takes MLB’s ERA lead into final month of Cy Young race
* Steinberg: Trib Tower sale a milestone in newspaper Death March
* ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ toy line debuts via YouTube series


* Kyle Hendricks continues surge while preserving most of tired bullpen
* At least 7 hurt in shootings
* Trump to meet in Mexico with the country's president
* McCain, Rubio, Wasserman Schultz defeat challengers in primaries
* Singer Chris Brown arrested on suspicion of assault with deadly weapon
* Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will miss season with knee injury
* Innocent black man punched, Tasered and arrested by police. Jury awarded him $18.
* Ex-Chicago salesman Nick Viall is ABC's next 'Bachelor'
* Cubs 3, Pirates 0
* Emanuel police oversight plan keeps control at City Hall


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Moody's says lowering TRS investment rate is positive for the state
* Madeleine Doubek: Keep up the pressure on Democrats on redistricting reform
* Our View: Help determine how Springfield grows
* Our View: Kudos to Lincoln Home, NPS
* Michael Gerson: Does Trump know what it means to preach law and order?
* E.J. Dionne: Why Clinton Republicans matter
* Esther J. Cepeda: Standardized testing is imperfect — but necessary
* Ex-Gov. Quinn unveils redistricting reform plan
* State lawmaker proposes cracking down on Pokemon Go sites
* Ex. Illinois Gov. Quinn unveils redistricting reform plan


* William A. Schroeder
* Violet E. Griffith
* Johnnie L. Pleasant
* Virginia I. Glasco
* Sue Hubbs
* Dawn Cymone Reichle
* Leo Kivett 'Pete' Grider
* William 'Robert' Smith
* Charlotte Jean Harvel Carter
* Scott Skelton


* McCain defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primary
* Merkel aide: We'll do everything to conclude US trade deal
* Asian stocks mixed ahead of US jobs data
* Slim pickings: Without EU laborers, who'll harvest UK fruit?
* Royals comeback fall short in 5-4 loss to Yankees in 10

* 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

* Look in the mirror - Belleville News-Democrat...
* Mayor Emanuel and Senator Durbin Announce ......

* Senator Kirk Partners with National Kidney......
* Senator Kirk Partners with National Kidney......

* "Super TIF" Proposed to Fund Red Line Modernization Project
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* You’d think a batch of people singing the national anthem in unison very poorly would be considered criminal?
* Illinois REALTORS® named to key NAR committee posts
* President Mike Drews leads discussion with U.S. Rep. Hultgren
* Illinois property taxes leave few options for financially-sound future
* Chicago 1st year teacher writes song to welcome students
* Sosnowki: The Voices of 570,000 Voters Matter
* Reeder: Justice Kilbride "wrong-headed" on remapping decision
* ITT Technical Institute Ceases New Student Enrollment


* Starved Rock State Park Parking Limited Due to High Water - Visitors Should Expect Delays, Temporary Closures Labor Day Weekend
* Statement on Redistricting Referendum
* Rauner Administration Takes Action to Help Illinoisans Find Lost Life Insurance Money
* Illinois Residents Encouraged to Register for ‘The Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill - 'Drop, Cover and Hold On’ Drill Set for October 20
* Governor Takes Bill Action




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