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Uh-oh

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005

Bad, bad news for the budget. Pension plan in mucho trouble. More tomorrow.

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Poe announces

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005

Capitol Fax readers saw this story already today, but the blog readers haven’t, so here it is.

A central Illinois lawmaker today announced a run for lieutenant governor in 2006.

State Representative Raymond Poe says he is entering the campaign because of what he considers antibusiness policies of current Governor Rod Blagojevich. But he had little criticism for current Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn.

The Springfield Republican says he would support a plan to fund education through state income taxes rather than local property taxes, something Blagojevich opposes.

Who’s gonna cook the chicken after Ray leaves?

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History

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005

From Rod Blagojevich’s campaign announcement speech

Strengthening families also means if you’ve earned a pension, it’s a right not a favor.

Tell that to these folks.

Have your own fun with the Internet Wayback Machine here.

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PR money hit

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005

More New Way thinking.

Gov. Blagojevich’s administration wants to more than double a $1 million state contract with a clout-heavy advertising firm in a deal that critics from both parties describe as wasteful and “suspicious.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation has moved to increase its contract with Chicago-based Danielle Ashley Advertising to $2.4 million for the company to put a positive spin and provide regular community updates on the state’s reconstruction of the Dan Ryan and Kingery expressways.

The company and its owner have donated more than a combined $37,000 to the governor, Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago) and an array of other Democrats, and has gotten more than $430,000 worth of political work from many of those same politicians, state records show.

Denying politics played any role in its decision, IDOT justified paying Danielle Ashley more money because the state “grossly underestimated” the level of community outreach needed to promote the controversial roadwork to nearby residents and to motorists.

Read the whole thing. Hilarity level: 8 out of 10.

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Oops

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005

California company decides to expand into Illinois, uses a publicity seeking governor to promote its child safety seat giveaways during press conferences, sends out advertising mailers which include photos of the governor and his family, then doesn’t deliver all the child safety seats.

The California-based insurance company that featured a picture of Gov. ROD BLAGOJEVICH in a recent mail solicitation in Illinois has said it donated 850 car seats to families in need in Illinois, but fewer than half that number have been delivered.

REBECCA RAUSCH, spokeswoman for the governor, said just more than 300 seats from the company have been delivered at safety events.

The New Way.

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New blogs

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005

I’ve linked to two new blogs on the right.

Willy Nilly is a Peoria politics blog that looks pretty darned good.

Eleventh Hour is an Illinois politics and general interest blog.

Hat tip to Peoria Pundit for both.

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Draft resolution

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005

This was floating around the Statehouse yesterday.

draft

HOUSE RESOLUTION ___________

Sponsored by Representative ________________________

WHEREAS, This House of Representatives has learned with great sadness, but absolutely no surprise, that this high priest of Gonzo Journalism, Dr. Hunter Stockton Thompson, clicked “30” with his very special personal digital assistant for the last time this weekend, and

WHEREAS, what the F—-, right now Hunter S. would have blurted out “Dude, I croaked myself to see if I could push the untimely demise of Sandra Dee off the lead story perch of Entertainment Tonight, and

WHEREAS, had cable t.v. and talk radio been in vogue in the ‘70’s, a coked up Rush would still be pitching underhand in Kansas City and O’Reilly would be picking some “no spin zone” out of his a.., while T.H.E. Doctor was dazzling likes of Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer with his feisty .no Bulls…. Style, and

WHEREAS, if there had ever been a Hunter S. Thompson fear and loathing roadshow to the statehouse media’s government subsidized work crew, the PAR intern posse, would have been told to ditch those bureau chief gnomes and head for the sun, and

WHEREAS, had the tour coincided with the full lunar eclipse and a gubernatorial drop-in; the mind conjures visions of the Doctor descending the grand staircase, Wild Turkey in hand, to eyeball Governor Elvis’–laden media stunts and a head snapping, ”Hey A—hole. I knew Elvis. Plowed down some Reds and Jack with Elvis. You, Sir Gumby, are no Elvis,” and

WHEREAS much like the day the music died; the of end Dean Gonzo’s tenure came at a troubling time in the nation’s history — ensnarled in Bush War Machine machination, death from the meds designed to save us and who knows what toxic poisons the biz world whizzes at us — now therefore be it

RESOLVED that these words be quietly passed from desk to desk on the floor of the Illinois House with a blank roll and those with balls marking “yes” and those caught in the ugly mucked filled world that is the far right staying mute. And be if further

RESOLVED that a copy of this document be smuggled to the family of Doctor Hunter S. Thompson with a fond recollection that his work made many laugh, cry, rant and rail about the human condition to a level not likely to be seen in a long, f— ing time.

Mahalo

I take no responsibility for the content of that draft. Just found it funny.

By the way, click that pic to buy a limited edition print.

- Posted by Rich Miller   19 Comments      


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