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Illinois Issues goes bloggy

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006

Illinois Issues Statehouse bureau chief Bethany Carson has a new blog. No comments yet, but she promises to turn on her RSS feed as soon as possible (update: feed is now on). Check it out.

Use this post to report new blogs you’ve found, or a new blog you’ve started.

UPDATE: Bethany has an update on how the budget negotiations went.

There’s likely an agreement on the governor’s college tuition tax credit, but there’s no telling whether a slew of pet projects will prevent the overall budget from being ready next week.

The three top Democratic leaders finished their third consecutive week of budget negotiations. This afternoon, Sen. President Emil Jones gave promising comments about getting closer, but how close, he said, depends on whom you’re talking to. “There’s a few minor issues that we’re trying to get taken care of.” […]

He did say adjourning next week is possible. Budget staffers will continue to meet, but the House and Senate won’t get back to business until May 2.

The anything-can-happen attitude was echoed by House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie. Her promising sentence was capped off with a “but” and a courtesy smile that hinted she wouldn’t bet her money on it.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

13 Comments
  1. - Dan Vock - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 2:11 pm:

    Well, it’s not quite ready for primetime yet, but if you guys want to kick the tires a bit, this is a blog I’m working on covering state governments from around the country. Let me know if you have any suggestions.


  2. - Dan Vock - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 2:12 pm:

    I guess it’d help to post the URL: http://stateupdate.typepad.com


  3. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 2:20 pm:

    Vock! How’ve you been?


  4. - Dan Vock - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 3:01 pm:

    Washington’s been great. I’ve seen five govs and the president in the last week, and the nightlife’s pretty good here too. Still, strangely, I find myself missing Springfield sometimes. ;)


  5. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 3:11 pm:

    You always were a bit srange. lol. Call if you come back to the state. Now, back to the topic at hand, although nobody seems much interested in posting here.


  6. - Ryan Hermes - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 4:46 pm:

    They must not be too accepting of jean shorts and Top Gun t-shirts at the D.C. bars.


  7. - leigh - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 4:46 pm:

    I have checked out the blog and I like it! Informative with no obvious slant. Good stuff.


  8. - Chambers - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 4:52 pm:

    Vock is a cerebral rock star!

    (Once you get past the ‘Top Gun’ T-Shirt and jean shorts.)


  9. - Lovie's Leather - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 4:53 pm:

    No obvious slant is a bad thing… I read the suntimes… democratic, liberal, and unapologetic. The point is I know what I am getting. The trib or the journal star, they like to go back and forth. What is the point. Objectivity? Impossible. Nobody is truely 100% objective and we should stop pretending like we are.


  10. - Reddbyrd - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 5:57 pm:

    Great update other than the small fact that the House is back May 1 and Dan Reis has no clue about what Dems might be thinking on the budget. Wonder if anyone will be concerned about a state funded blog


  11. - Jonathan Goldman - Wednesday, Apr 26, 06 @ 8:13 pm:

    The Illinois Environmental Council has set up the Illinois EnviroBlog (illinoisenviroblog.blogspot.com) to share information about environmental policies and legislation.

    Ready for prime time or not, we’ve got it out there!


  12. - DL - Thursday, Apr 27, 06 @ 11:00 am:

    The Springfield Drinking Liberally blog points out Congressman Shimkus doing a good job of representing his corporate donors in Congress on the net neutrality vote yesterday.
    http://drinkingliberally.org/blogs/springfieldil/


  13. - 'The Gay Governor' - Thursday, Apr 27, 06 @ 12:11 pm:

    Should we be any more concerned about a state-funded blog than a state-funded magazine? The blog is simply an extension of the magazine, which is subsidized by tax dollars via UIS.


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