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Friday, Feb 24, 2006

· Krol says that Gidwitz attacks could backfire

· Illinois tourism surges.

· Charles Box still waiting on ICC confirmation, and a race comment during a hearing yesterday made the Senate committee chairman “uneasy.”

· Tollway has new interim director.

· More Tribune endorsements.

· Lawmakers voice concern over plan to sell student loans.

· Nurses want to reduce shortage by improving working conditions.

· “Gov. Blagojevich has reappointed an Illinois State University trustee whom student environmentalists had sought to remove after the company he owns was linked to a series of oil spills.”

· Is it just me, or is the US Attorney’s office going a bit overboard?

· Quote of the week:

Blagojevich said he hasn’t seen a groundswell for resumption of executions.

“I don’t hear it from anybody, from real people,” he said. “I’ve heard from some legislators.”

· Electoral College Daze.

· The nickname appears to be sticking.

· It’s a restless hungry feeling, That don’t mean no one no good. When ev’rything I’m a-sayin’ You can say it just as good. You’re right from your side, I’m right from mine. We’re both just one too many mornings An’ a thousand miles behind.

· Have you seen this man?

· Another quote of the week, this time from Tollway board chairman John Mitola:

“In today’s political climate, everything’s going to be investigated,” Mitola said of the subpoena. “There’s apparently a lot of young prosecutors sitting around needing to be busy.”

· I just realized I had the wrong date on this morning’s Capitol Fax. Oops.

· And, yes, the rumor is true. I’ll be writing a monthly Sun-Times column starting early next month.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - BackyardConservative - Friday, Feb 24, 06 @ 8:34 am:

    Here are some more Sox pix for us locals and potential tourists:

  2. - Beowulf - Friday, Feb 24, 06 @ 9:02 am:

    As far as Gidwitz previously putting his money where today, his mouth isn’t, I think we have all made some wrong decisions in our pasts that we wish we could take back. I wish I had “not voted for” George Ryan but I did and I still regret that I got snookered by him. Ron Gidwitz should simply come out publicly and say, “I did a stupid thing years ago by sending money to someone like Judy Barr Topinka, who it turned out, did not represent what I thought she did.” I made a mistake. “This case is closed, King”(spoken by Sargeant Preston of the Yukon Mounted Police to his faithful sled dog King).

  3. - ISU REP - Friday, Feb 24, 06 @ 10:00 am:

    Dear Rod:

    Thank you for sticking it to the enviromental tree hugging hippies on my campus by reappointing Bergman, this might have been the only highlight of your administration.

  4. - Bill Dennis - Friday, Feb 24, 06 @ 11:46 am:

    Rich: Congratulations!

  5. - B Hicks - Friday, Feb 24, 06 @ 12:55 pm:

    I’m not sure if Ron’s attack on JBT is going to backfire, but it’s obvious that he doesn’t think it is.

    I just received the latest piece of Judy hate mail. This stuff is definitely not helping her.

    More of the same when it’s time for a change, according to Ron.

  6. - Anon - Friday, Feb 24, 06 @ 1:46 pm:

    Congratulations on the Sun-Times gig; it is nice to see one of Chicago’s dalies get someone good covering state politics.

  7. - Paul Powell - Friday, Feb 24, 06 @ 2:11 pm:


    Way to go on the new column! I catch the Daily Southtown online and also the FAX but it is good to know that others will be able to read your insights.

  8. - ChicagoCynic - Friday, Feb 24, 06 @ 3:26 pm:

    On LuraLynn Ryan, no I don’t think they are overreacting. It was an obvious stunt and inappropriate attempt to influence the jury by using the death penalty issue in direct conflict with the Judge’s ruling. C’mon, she held a series of press interviews in Dan Webb’s office - of course it was orchestrated!!! I think the prosecutors have every reason to be PO’d and take it to the judge.

    Frankly I just think it shows how bad their case is. Look, they’ve trotted out his doorman as a character witness and made wads of cash from low-wage underlings stuffed in envelopes their defense? That’s the best they could do? I think this stunt just showed how much they are grasping at straws. George is going to be spending time in the pokey. The only question is how much…

  9. - Mr. ANON - Friday, Feb 24, 06 @ 4:14 pm:

    What a great move by the SunTImes, Now the rest of the political writers don’t need to wake up from their long winter naps.

  10. - Gus - Saturday, Feb 25, 06 @ 7:40 am:

    So, tourism is surging in Illinois. Could someone please explain why then our State Parks are in just about the worse shape they have ever been in? Why budgets have been slashed, personnel laid off and rumors of additional layoffs spreading throughout the DNR? These jewels of land in Illinois have suffered not only from neglect from the Blagojevich administration but outright assault. As urban populations grow and spread these parks will become the last vestiges of open space in many areas. If this Governor is going to work to encourage minority tourism in Illinois shouldn’t the resulting visitors be provided with the best of what Illinois has to offer?

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