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Friday, Jan 26, 2007

* [New] Treasurer rejects hotel proposal - Giannoulias won’t block foreclosure

* [New] Aviation Committee Chairman Costello, committee member Lipinski dubious of third airport

* Cook County Commissioners demand cuts in management

* Unpaid tickets for city employees

* Legislator plans bill to curtail ‘alcopop’ from teen marketing

* Guv’s surprise gift to beef up UNCF Fundraising staff

* Congressman Rush backs protégé-turned-nemesis-turned ally Haithcock

* Janitors sentenced for ‘no-work’ scheme: “Assistant U.S. District Attorney Greg Gilmore says the scheme has left a dark cloud over all state employees, the vast majority of whom he said are hardworking and dedicated.”

* Bitter race reflects Daley allies’ division

* Tribune Editorial: License to offend

* Some lawmakers expect smoking ban to pass: “While most central Illinois lawmakers say they oppose legislation to ban indoor smoking statewide, many also predicted the proposal would win legislative approval.”

* Legislators put Ameren on the hot seat

* Tribune Editorial: Alderman and second chances

* Guv signs law extending “Good Samaritan” protection

* A Very Exelon Week

* Illinois lottery bids complicate Hoosier plans

* Bill would boost pay for Illinois jurors:

A bill introduced in the House last week would increase what jurors earn for their service, now as high as $10 a day, to $52 a day, or the equivalent of eight hours of work at the state’s minimum wage. The change would make Illinois’ jurors some of the highest-paid in the nation….That solution, however, would pass the entire burden of paying the higher fees onto Illinois counties.

* Student loans sold to pay for MAP grants

* One law comes and another law goes

* About those discs

* Healthcare coverage gains political steam

* IL Dems lobby for federal airport funds

* Grade inflation in transit world

* The return of Rupert Murdoch

* Friday Beer Blogging

- Posted by Paul Richardson        

  1. - If it Walks Like a Duck... - Friday, Jan 26, 07 @ 7:39 am:

    Rich’s column in today’s SunTimes on the Madigan/Blago inability to work together should enlighten some of the “North of I-80ers.” Good work Rich.

  2. - Pat Hickey - Friday, Jan 26, 07 @ 8:02 am:

    The Chicago Tribune following close on the heels of Eric Zorn’s ‘Tabula Rasa’ call for blank licemse plates is further indication of its run-away impotence.

    I used Chesterton’s analogy for progressive thinking the other day in the smoling ban burb in the windstorm - a progressive is like the nurse ( child care provider) who tastes bitter baby food and determines that better baby is just not good enough - get a new baby.

    Old Chesterton would have loved today’s gutlessness from the Tribune. Rather than sell license plates whith proceeds that fight breast cancer, AIDS, Honor Veterans, and any other common sense issue - the Trib follows the ACLU dictum ‘if one person ( no matter how loopy or plain nuts) is offended by a such a design the entire fabric ofthe Republic will unravel.

    Milquetoast posers and pre-cut Clarence Darrows should not have the final say about too much but they run the media.

  3. - Pat Hickey - Friday, Jan 26, 07 @ 8:06 am:

    Paul - sorry again, Hombre!

    I used Chesterton’s analogy for progressive thinking the other day in the smo(k)ing ban bur(p)in the windstorm - a progressive is like the nurse ( child care provider) who tastes bitter baby food and determines that better baby (FOOD )is just not good enough - get a new baby.

  4. - cermak_rd - Friday, Jan 26, 07 @ 11:42 am:

    I think upping jurors’ pay is important, but I think it should be upped in the prolonged trials (> 1 week) and could probably stay low for short trials. There’s no doubt that those who serve on long trials support much more than those who serve on short ones.

  5. - Squideshi - Friday, Jan 26, 07 @ 12:06 pm:

    Lipinski should spend some time down in Peotone, talking with local residents about the proposal.

    “In his 20-minute address to the panel, Quinn said that, after severe outages in Utah, the utility company there offered goodwill payments to those customers who were left without power. He then suggested that Ameren do the same in Illinois.”

    Nice speech by Quinn, but where’s the action? In the end, it’s not the talking that matters.

    “Exelon reported about half a billion in profits for the last quarter, netting $592 million.”

    And people actually believe them when they say that they’re going to go bankrupt? What a load of horsepuckey. How’s that stock price doing?

    “A bill introduced in the House last week would increase what jurors earn for their service, now as high as $10 a day, to $52 a day, or the equivalent of eight hours of work at the state’s minimum wage.”

    Long overdue. Great idea.

    “IL Dems lobby for federal airport funds”

    That’s right–the only difference between Republicans and Democrats in Will County is arguing about how the airport will be funded and who will control it. It’s only the Green Party that’s standing up for the rights of local communities and generationally-owned family farms.

    Harmless as he may look, Rupert Murdoch is the dog no newspaperman wants sniffing outside his tent. Now news reports out of New York say the News Corp. mogul is interested in joining California’s Chandler family in bidding for the Tribune Company.”

    Good grief. Just what we need.

  6. - Sahims2 - Friday, Jan 26, 07 @ 12:26 pm:

    No press release from the gov’s office about him giving away $1 million dollars to the UNCF? I can’t believe that - it’s a definite violation of the ethics act - thou shall not give away without fanfare and my picture on it!

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