Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » 2006 » January
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Box is safe

Friday, Jan 27, 2006

Looks like new ICC Chairman-designate Charles Box is safe for now.

Last September, Blagojevich hinted that he would fire any commissioner who approved the auctions. In letters to them, he wrote that he would consider any such approval “either a serious neglect of duty or gross incompetence by the ICC.”

Marty Cohen, Blagojevich’s new consumer aide, said the governor is disappointed with Box.

“He believes that the Commerce Commission is going beyond its authority by ordering the auction,” Cohen said.

But he said the governor’s comment about neglect and incompetence “was not explicitly made as a threat. We just don’t feel it would be productive to remove commissioners.”

That’s quite a turnaround, if you ask me.

- Posted by Rich Miller   8 Comments      


Memories

Friday, Jan 27, 2006

I had forgotten that Jim Oberweis implied in 2004 that Alan Keyes was “a god.”

GOPer Jim Oberweis likened Keyes to a “god” when Keyes officially announced his entrance into the Senate race over the weekend. “I was asked in the last week or so what I think it would be like to run against a god …” Oberweis said. “Why don’t you ask [Democratic Senate candidate Barack] Obama, ’cause he’s gonna find out.'’

- Posted by Rich Miller   18 Comments      


Warning

Friday, Jan 27, 2006

Everybody just needs to calm down on the rumor mill about this story. I’ve heard way too many rumors and from what I can tell, most of them aren’t true. Local talk radio was pretty egregious yesterday. The SJ-R publishes the same admonition today:

Aside from six people charged last year, no one has been arrested or indicted in connection with the wider probe. There is no indication whether those being questioned are suspected of using or dealing in cocaine or whether they’re merely being asked about the activities of others.

Rumors about people said to be involved ran rampant in legal and political circles Thursday. However, many of the names being bandied about apparently are incorrect.

I just wanted to warn you that all comments related to this subject will be deleted. Please, don’t even try. Let this take its course. We’ll all know soon enough.

In the meantime, relax and take a deep breath… but not through your nose.

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


Oh, please

Friday, Jan 27, 2006

You gotta be kidding me.

Alan Keyes’ calamitous U.S. Senate bid in 2004 became a focal point Thursday in the Republican race for lieutenant governor when two of the contenders argued over who was more responsible for importing the Maryland conservative.

During a forum before the Tribune’s editorial board, Steve Rauschenberger, one of the contenders for lieutenant governor, said GOP governor candidate Judy Baar Topinka was to blame for Keyes’ candidacy because she was head of the state Republican Party at the time. But Topinka’s running mate, Joseph Birkett, noted Rauschenberger was one of the first to push Keyes’ name as a candidate. […]

But Birkett, DuPage County’s state’s attorney, said Rauschenberger was instrumental in suggesting Keyes to his good friend and state central committee member, state Sen. Dave Syverson of Rockford. Rauschenberger later employed top Keyes’ campaign staff members for his now discarded bid for governor.

“To blame Judy for all the problems of the party is just unfair. It’s just unfair, Steve,” Birkett said. “And she is not to blame for Alan Keyes or a lot of the other problems with this party.”

Later, Rauschenberger attempted to distance himself from Keyes, saying he only suggested his name but had no involvement in the campaign. He acknowledged, however, that he donated $500 to Keyes’ campaign and publicly supported him.

This isn’t the first time that Rauschenberger has tried to put some distance between himself and the 27 percent solution.

Here is one from December.

You’d think he’d give up on this subject by now.

Shortly after Keyes was recruited by conservatives, the Tribune wrote:

Keyes’ entered the race only within the last few days as state Sen. Dave Syverson of Rockford and state Sen. Steve Rauschenberger of Elgin pushed for Keyes’ nomination.

And then there’s this question that George Stephanopoulos asked Keyes during ABC’s This Week program.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Here’s how one of the state senators who came to you described it. He said, “We”–the Republicans, and it’s State Senator Stephen Rauschenberger. He said, “We needed to find another Harvard-educated African American who had some experience on the national political scene. We need that because the Democrats have made an icon out of Barack Obama, and the only way to fight back is to find your own icon–and that is not an easy thing to do.”

- Posted by Rich Miller   40 Comments      


Question of the day

Friday, Jan 27, 2006

It’s Friday, so let’s do something offbeat again.

Forget the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only team to go undefeated in the Super Bowl age. And the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers, who won the Super Bowl that season and then captured three more.

The Illinois General Assembly unanimously decided Thursday to designate the 1985 Chicago Bears the greatest football team of all time. The resolution also calls for November 2005 to be named 1985 Chicago Bears Championship month.

“It’s a real honor,” ‘85 Bears tight end Tim Wrightman told the Sun-Times by phone. “I’m glad we didn’t have to play anybody for it, though.”

Under Coach Mike Ditka, the ‘85 Bears shut out two playoff opponents before beating New England 46-10 in the Super Bowl. Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of that Super Bowl win.

Were the ‘85 Bears really the greatest football team ever?

- Posted by Rich Miller   18 Comments      


House chair for sale

Friday, Jan 27, 2006

Somebody in Kankakee County is selling a “retired” chair from the Illinois House of Representatives on eBay.

Check out this description:

This chair was retired from the State of Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield Illinois around 1977. It was acquired from its last occupant in the House. There is a leather State of Illinois seal attached to the back. The chair holds many secrets from that era as it was used by state representatives from Kankakee County, including Nobel Prize Nominee, and former Illinois Governor, George Ryan.

The seller didn’t mention that Ryan is on trial right now, but that may be understandable. Although I’m sure the feds would like to bring the chair in for questioning since it “holds many secrets.”

Starting bid is a cool $1,000.

(Hat tip to my eBay-addicted father.)

- Posted by Rich Miller   14 Comments      


Early morning shorts

Friday, Jan 27, 2006

A new labor agreement allows some SEIU members two days off every year to lobby Springfield for more state money.

A blast e-mail from Jim Oberweis yesterday quoted the Capitol Fax about his debate performance but used an ellipsis to skip over the word “wacko.” Hey, I meant it in a good way.

Democratic treasurer candidate Alexi Giannoulias wants a compliance audit of Bright Start, but says he doesn’t actually know of any problems.

Edwin Eisendrath still can’t convince Rod Blagojevich to debate him. But Esquared says he won’t dispatch the usual guy dressed in a chicken suit to follow the governor around (that guy already works for somebody else).

Cook County could double the tax on cigarettes, to $2 a pack, and some don’t like it.

Hiram Wurf muses about the netroots.

The strange saga of the $20 million high-speed train to (almost) nowhere gets even weirder.

A township assessor may be too much in love with property tax caps. (I have bad memories about the word “assessor.” I lost the county spelling bee after I misspelled that word in 6th Grade because, believe it or not, I was too embarassed to spell a-s-s, so I left off an “s”.)

Proviso craziness.

Did Mancow refer to Governor Blagojevich as “Charles Manson“?

Some reasons why Democratic governors in “red” states and Republican governors in “blue” states appear to be thriving.

- Posted by Rich Miller   2 Comments      


Durbin approval jumps

Friday, Jan 27, 2006

I’m not sure what he did, but US Sen. Dick Durbin’s job approval rating is now at the highest it’s been since SurveyUSA began its montly tracker last May.

52 percent approve of Sen. Durbin’s job performance (a 6-point jump since last month) and 34 percent disapprove (down from 39 percent last month). He shot way up among seniors (11 points) and males (13 points).

Sen. Barack Obama’s approval, according to SurveyUSA is 72 percent, while 20 percent disapprove.

- Posted by Rich Miller   9 Comments      


« NEWER POSTS PREVIOUS POSTS »
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Rauner issues executive order barring legislators from representing clients at PTAB
* Kennedy: Limit top progressive income tax rate to less than 6 percent
* Question of the day
* Next week's House session cancelled
* *** UPDATED x2 - Pritzker "Did Chris Kennedy Just Endorse Bruce Rauner?" - Kennedy campaign tries to explain *** Kennedy says Rauner "should be applauded" for "trying to do what he thinks is best for the state of Illinois"
* Sen. Donne Trotter retires
* Illinois payrolls were up just 0.5 percent last year
* Vitriol continues in Durkin's primary race
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Judge clears courtroom in Rauner lawsuit hearing
* You can't "fully inform" voters without money
* State agrees to a $400 million consent decree
* Rate Prizker's new online ad
* Rauner gets another property tax press pop
* Emanuel pokes Rauner over Amazon comments
* Rauner's new Pritzker ad cost just $11,900
* Kennedy unveils health care plan
* Gov. Rauner gets his own blog
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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

...............
<


Loading


* Ives Beats Rauner in Straw Poll - Alton Daily News..
* The Download Presents The Week That Was: “Trump.....
* Democratic Candidates Conflict in Solar-Instanc.....


* EXCHANGE: Few shelters from cold for suburban homeless
* EXCHANGE: Cannery now handles weddings instead of pumpkins
* Serial stowaway arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare airport
* Former teacher sentenced to prison in child porn case
* Illinois union pioneer Paul Booth dead at 74
* Indiana man gets prison term for selling guns in Illinois
* Serial stowaway arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare airport
* Possible sighting of cougar in DuPage County
* Court in Chicago hears arguments on sanctuary cities
* Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Chinese scholar case

* Rauner order bars lawmakers from property-tax appeals
* Outdoor sports participants hoping for larger cut in farm bill
* U of I trustees approve 4th-straight tuition freeze
* Rauner to air extended ad of Pritzker, Blagojevich on wiretap
* Mendoza to keynote Women's March Saturday in Springfield
* Chicago mayor vows to step up Amazon second headquarters bid
* Under the Dome Podcast: More Blago-Pritzker talk, Rauner confirms Duke is racist
* U of I withdrew 35 job offers after background checks
* Frerichs: Can't get tax break for using college savings plan on private K-12 tuition
* Illinois governor to air extended ad of rival, Blagojevich on wiretap

* What you need to know about the L.A. Times 'frat-boy executive' scandal
* Law firms' 2018 resolution: Less paper
* Could this company become Chicago's own Salesforce?
* Manufacturers discover marketing
* In Chicago, does the new tax law mean a bonus?


* Daughter, father seriously hurt in Burnside home fire
* Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown
* Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole by governor
* Man shot inside Far South Side home
* Dear Abby: I’m 27 and still suck my thumb
* Congress has shut down the federal government. Now what?
* 2 men shot in Gresham
* Wisconsin ends slump, extends Illinois’ in rout
* 27-year-old man fatally shot in Oswego Township
* Gov’t shutdown seems near; Senate fails to approve funding


* Disabato: Vinny Curta keeps grinning as NCAA scoring leader at Grinnell
* Man shot in front of 3 children when someone fired on house
* There's a strong case to make that Trump is a big reason for the government shutdown
* Government shuts down as hopes for a spending deal crumble in divided Senate
* Gov. Brown reverses decision to parole Manson family killer
* What a federal government shutdown would mean in Chicago
* Illinois falls to 0-7 in Big Ten after getting blown out by Wisconsin
* Homewood-Flossmoor looks young, restless in loss to highly touted Bolingbrook
* Apple of Adem's eye: Osmani leads late charge as Oak Lawn outlasts Richards
* Serial stowaway sneaks onto O'Hare plane, flies to London: Cops


» Chicago Schools Chief: Cost A Driver In Special Ed Overhaul
» One Year Later, Women’s March Demands More Than Attendance
» State Week: Education Funding, Pritzker-Blagojevich, Rauner-Duke
» Sheriff Offers To Help Review Police Shootings In Suburban Cook County
» A Prescription For Fruits And Veggies: One Solution To Food Insecurity in Illinois
» A Call For Transparency
» 2 Illinois Governor Candidates Spend $26M In Last 3 Months
» State Board of Education: Double School Funding Now
» Lawmakers Demand Fast Internet For Rural Schools
» 2 Dreamers Discuss Helping Other Immigrants Amid Uncertainty


* Ed Rogers: High stakes for Trump at the World Economic Forum
* Scott Reeder: Formula for political success is to listen to voters
* Rauner order bars lawmakers from property-tax appeals
* Outdoor sports participants hoping for larger cut in farm bill
* Point: Trump's stance gives hope to an Iranian majority that longs for freedom
* Counterpoint: Trump's assertive policies rally Iranian support for the Ayatollahs
* Thumbs Up: To investing in infrastructure
* Eugene Robinson: An administration with no credibility cannot lead
* U of I trustees approve 4th-straight tuition freeze
* Rauner to air extended ad of Pritzker, Blagojevich on wiretap


* Underwood: 'They were a much better basketball team'
* Alstork: 'I came here to win'
* Notes: Defense an issue in loss to Badgers
* Illini stumble in seventh straight Big Ten loss
* Maurice Rushing
* Theresa Lynn Perry
* Marjorie Mae Craig Samay
* Illini grade vs. Wisconsin: F
* Quick take: First blowout of the season
* U.S. government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other


* The Latest: South Korean beats Zverev at Australian Open
* Booker scores 30, Warren 25 as Suns beat Nuggets 108-100
* Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten
* Government shutdown takes effect; parties quickly blame each other
* South Korea asks North to explain canceled visit

* Rep. Hultgren: It is Not Safe for Salvador...
* Our view: End patronage at Algonquin Towns...
* Hultgren makes strong mark on nation's new...
* Letters to the editor: Election commission...
* Dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US Rep. Ran...
* Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* Congressman Randy Hultgren Disagrees with ...
* Bipartisan Illinois criticism follows Trum...
* Time Magazine's Powerful New Cover Feature...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* There's a strong case to make that Trump i......

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Chance The Rapper Visited Uptown Last Night
* “Chicago” West?
* Donald Trump And The Rhetoric Of Dictators
* The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #184: Bell & Bulls, Vic & Vikes, Corey's Confusion
* Thorner/O'Neil: Social Engineering: Transferring Parental Control of Children to Teachers
* Governor to be featured at bi-partisan Lincoln Forum in January
* 7 members of Illinois Congressional delegation co-sponsor Born Alive measure
* Chicago Ex Fest canceled amid allegations of sexual misconduct against its organizer
* Mom and Dad is a bracing Mad magazine-style satire
* Illinois Congressman Backstage at the March for Life 2018


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* Shell wants to turn smartwatches into smartphones on a wing (or two)
* Gboard goes big on GIF creation in the suggestion bar
* iOS 11 is now on 65 percent of devices
* FCC sees US variants of Nokia 6 (2018) or Nokia 7
* Skagen Falster smartwatches are now available to buy
* Google Play services update fixes Chromecast Wi-Fi bug
* AT&T to introduce iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus into prepaid service eligibility

* White Sox seeking new flagship radio home
* Engel working to steady barrel in Year 2
* WLS parent company looking to end White Sox radio deal
* Inbox: Who replaces Rodon in the rotation?
* 2018 South Side Sox Hall of Fame Ballot
* With maturity comes lofty expectations for Eloy
* Collins ranked MLB's No. 9 catching prospect


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

Archives
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
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




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