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

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007

* “Request Denied” Series:

* Survey shows no improvement in FOIA compliance

* Governor criticized for concealing information

* One man’s expensive struggle for information

* Reporter: Journalists need to use FOIA more

* Loves Park city council votes unanimous to voice opposition to the GRT

* Panel OKs abortion notification changes

* McQueary: I’ve got pension envy

Almost every pension system in Illinois faces a frighteningly high unfunded liability, which I will be paying off until I’m old and creaky. And yet lawmakers tend to cave to special interests and beef up benefits year after year.

* Editorial: Gun access and the mentally ill

* Material on tax return not hazardous

* Local lawmakers back Giuliani

* Editorial: Unfair Illinois-Indiana tollway price disparity

* Committee backs bill protecting teachers from internet threats

* House votes for campaign finance reform

* House targets contractor donations

* House backs ban on contractor ban

* House approves bill targeting ‘pay-for-play’

“Our local newspapers would be much, much thinner but for stories of scandal and corruption in our state,” Fritchey said. “This is aimed at eliminating those stories.

* Illinois House cuts links between contracts and contributors

* Phil Kadner: Stephens’ miracle, a riverboat without a river

* Chicago school leaders seek to limit local council power

* Sun-Times Editorial: New system holds hope for transit riders

* Daily Show preparing spoof on Chief Illiniwek

* Aldermen: city should have cut off Rezko

* Clout lives on in hiring?

- Posted by Paul Richardson        

15 Comments
  1. - anon - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 9:36 am:

    Does the pay to play bill go far enough? Why are legislators exempt from this bill? Dont some of the companies that have contracts with the state also contribute to the legislators?


  2. - Anonymous - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 9:47 am:

    House targets campaign finance reform ? This is a joke. If the companies are not allowed to give directly to the candidate there are many loopholes. For instance: They tell the company to donate to the Democratic or Republican organizations. The politicians and the organizations keep track of what company gives and what politicians gets credit. The organization keeps a percentage and writes a check to the politician.
    Another loophole: the politician ask the company to write a check to another politician who has nothing to do with contracts. The second politician then writes a check to the first politician who is connected to contracts. There are many, many ways to game the system.
    It all stinks but we are probably better off keeping it the way it is now. At least we know where the correct source of the money came from.


  3. - Anonymous - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 9:51 am:

    Been reading the SJ-R thing on FOIA. The cloak of secrecy in government in this State is frightening, particularly in ISP, Gov’s office, and most of local government. What can be done at the grassroots level to get some “teeth” into this law to get compliance from those who thumb their nose at requests for information in the public domain?


  4. - General Starry Eyes - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 10:44 am:

    Bet this puts screws up Blago plans to drain Illiniois taxpayers and hope this ends this Gross Revenue Tax

    Does New Universal Health Care Plan Have a Chance?
    ABC News’ Dr. Tim Johnson Calls the Kennedy-Dingell Plan ‘Bold’ and ‘Politically Brilliant’
    April 26, 2007 — - Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., have introduced a new plan for universal health care coverage that would give every American access to health care within five years.
    Talking today to “Good Morning America,” ABC News medical editor Dr. Tim Johnson called the plan “bold” and “politically brilliant.”
    The plan tackles the problem of the more than 46 million uninsured Americans by giving the uninsured a choice to use Medicare or the federal employees’ health plan.
    Everyone with a social security number would be covered for their entire lives under this plan. People could also choose to stick with their employer’s health plan.
    “It’s politically brilliant because one of the options offered in the plan is to choose health coverage from the federal employees’ health program,” Johnson said.
    “Every member of Congress has it and loves it — even the president uses it. So, I think it’s very tough politically for Congress to say, ‘I have it and love it, but you can’t have it, too.’”
    Powerful Health Care Lobby Will Fight Plan
    The Kennedy-Dingell plan would be largely publicly financed by taxing payrolls.
    “It turns out that’s a much more effective way to collect money,” Johnson said. “For example, most companies spend 13 percent of all their payroll costs buying their employees health insurance. Under this system, the companies would pay a new 7 percent payroll tax. Health care costs for employers should be cut nearly in half, and the government will still have enough money to finance the new plan because of efficiencies and savings.”
    Companies that don’t provide health insurance would have to start paying into the pool with the 7 percent payroll tax. Johnson said the costs will be cheaper overall because the risks will be spread out over the entire population.
    Critics of the plan call it socialized medicine run by the government.
    But the health care system will remain private, Johnson said. Just as under the current Medicare program, doctors, hospitals and other providers will continue to operate as independent, private entities. The program will largely be administered by private carriers and intermediaries.
    “This is an extension of what we already have: Medicare, and the federal employees’ health program isn’t government medicine,” Johnson said. “You choose your own private doctors and hospitals, the financing is just provided for by the government.”
    A huge stumbling block for the the Kennedy-Dingell plan is the powerful health care industry’s opposition to it.
    The health care industry spent more than $412 million lobbying Congress last year, according to Congressional Quarterly. And a watchdog group, the Center for Public Integrity, found that the health care industry has employed 48 former members of Congress and a dozen former senators as lobbyists in recent years.
    Johnson said public support for a new health care system could help push the plan through if the political winds shift.
    “People are getting worried about their health coverage,” Johnson said. “It does have a chance. Probably not this year, but if a Democratic president is elected, and Congress stays Democratic, then it has a real chance of getting passed.”


  5. - anon - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 11:07 am:

    General, I doubt the governor would be upset if the federal government stepped up and did what he is trying to do on the state level. It is the issue that is important here. I believe that he cares enough about people’s health care that if the feds took the wind out of his initiative by implementing a working plan on that level, blagojevich would be thrilled.


  6. - General Starry Eyes - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 11:22 am:

    anon - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 11:07 am

    All that money from that GRT slipping away would certainly make the Governor sad.
    Don’t kid yourself! Governor Blago loves other people’s money.


  7. - The Weasel Factor - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 11:30 am:

    Release the federal subpoenas Blago!
    What’s to hide, if your as clean as a houndstooth, as you say?


  8. - Lula May - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 11:31 am:

    Anon is right here. Blago would not be happy. This was to be his legacy.


  9. - Rep. John Fritchey - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 11:49 am:

    Legislators are not covered by the pay to play bill because they do not award contracts. The bill amends the procurement code, prohibiting contributions to the officeholder in charge of awarding the contract.

    Is it going to stop every abuse? Unfortunately, no. Is it a big step toward stopping the biggest abuses? Absolutely.


  10. - Lula May - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 12:32 pm:

    My mistake the general is right. This is all about Rod’s legacy. If he does something this big he’s hoping the historians will overlook the little corruption issue. It didn’t work for George Ryan.


  11. - The Weasel Factor - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 12:39 pm:

    Rep. John Fritchey - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 11:49

    Blago and Company have gotten rich off all the DEALS and still DO. 4+ years to late!


  12. - Lula May - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 1:23 pm:

    Fritchey is probably right. It will help. Some of those contributors may not feel comfortable going through the backdoor. Although characters like Resko will do anything to be seen with politicians. I actually feel sorry for Tony. All these politicians used him. He thought they were his friends.


  13. - Ka Ching - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 3:14 pm:

    Poor, Poor Antoine (BIG TONY) Rezko.
    Wonder how much singing he’ll do, once he figures out he’s been abandoned by all his pals.
    Thump, Thump, Thump Tony!


  14. - Honey - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 4:39 pm:

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the STATE will know peace!


  15. - Reddbyrd - Thursday, Apr 26, 07 @ 5:02 pm:

    Could it be that there are a grand total of 2 comments about the FOI series? That os what pops up when one hits the links.
    Could that mean this is a yawner topic?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* 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


* Automatic voter registration 'smooth sailing' s.....
* Northern Illinois utility says customers can ge.....
* Lawmakers head back to Springfield to resolve S.....
* New session will bring new efforts at Illinois .....
* Underdog with hard-to-spell name launches write.....
* Underdog with hard-to-spell name launches write.....


* Sangamon County Jail increases inmate mental health services
* Truck driver charged in fatal accident in West Virginia
* U of I's capital plan will focus on facilities
* Bald eagle takes flight at Litchfield lake after rehab
* Bill would give rural Illinois schools high-speed internet
* Northern Illinois utility says customers can get assistance
* EXCHANGE: Basketball bookends Vietnam veteran's story
* EXCHANGE: Brown's Chicken murders changed business forever
* Thousands protest Trump at Illinois women's marches
* $1.9M in Mellon Foundation grants aid UIC humanities studies

* New session will bring new efforts at pension reform
* 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

* Gutierrez' 'support' for Trump's wall not quite what it seems
* How important is job flexibility? Our survey wants to know.
* Like our roundup? Share it around.
* What you need to know about the L.A. Times 'frat-boy executive' scandal
* Law firms' 2018 resolution: Less paper


* Man, 27, reported missing from Rogers Park
* Patriots in record 10th Super Bowl; Eagles in search of first Super Bowl win
* Patriots open as favorite over Eagles in Super Bowl LII
* Eagles rout Vikings for first Super Bowl berth since 2004 season
* Woman, 18, critically wounded in Bridgeport shooting
* After SAG Award wins, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell on fast track to Oscars
* MORRISSEY: Young Tom Brady saves the nation from a no-name Super Bowl
* How historic Pullman became a national model for community revitalization
* Police: 2 teens reported from West Side may be heading to Ford Heights
* 1 killed, 1 injured in Richton Park crash


* Senate fails to reach deal to end government shutdown, pushes vote to Monday
* 'The Chi' Episode 3 recap: 'Ghosts' shows characters haunted by past
* 'Three Billboards' sweeps female-focused and led SAG Awards
* Patriots open as favorite over Eagles in Super Bowl
* Stephen Miller, immigration agitator and White House survivor, is at the center of the fight over ‘Dreamers’
* Aly Raisman's mom rips into Michigan State coach Tom Izzo: 'Are you a moron?'
* Much as White House might try to soften blow, government shutdowns are costly and cumbersome
* Nick Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7
* John Coleman, former Chicago meteorologist and Weather Channel co-founder, dies at 83
* Dense fog advisory issued for Chicago area; motorists urged to use caution


» Hundreds Of Thousands Gathered For Women's March In Chicago
» 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


* Their View: Is civics still taught in our schools?
* George Will: Choosing immigration criteria is a Sisyphean task
* New session will bring new efforts at pension reform
* Rauner goes after Madigan's other job
* Madeleine Doubek: May we better value journalism and the journalists
* Our View: Springfield needs more than a cautious plan for Y block
* Statehouse Insider: Rauner goes after Madigan's other job
* UIS Perspectives: Public affairs internships lead to success
* Petty, Davidsmeyer both decry anti-Petty calls
* Ed Rogers: High stakes for Trump at the World Economic Forum


* Two homes damaged during shots-fired incident in Davenport
* Fallen officers honored at I–80 overpass
* Glen Carbon man gets 12 years in prison for stealing marijuana
* Greater Peoria Honor Flight wants more diversity among its vets
* 5 juveniles struck by car in St. Louis; 1 in critical condition
* UI Women's Tennis vs Florida State
* Tazewell, Woodford marriages, divorces: Jan. 21, 2018
* Random Acts of Kindness: Stranger rescues dog in rush hour
* Missing 10-year-old from Missouri found safe
* Followup file: Overlook senior housing taking shape in Moline


* Sabally, Ionescu lead No. 7 Oregon over No. 18 Oregon State
* Vikings never were in NFC title game
* Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7
* Boedker, Thornton lead Sharks in 6-2 rout of Ducks
* Hellebuyck stops 29 shots, Jets beat Canucks 1-0

* Bipartisan Illinois criticism follows Trum...
* Shutdown Stalemate As Immigration Negotiat...
* 'Time' Magazine's Powerful Cover Features ...
* Letter: Talk to tax preparer about GOP tax...
* Our view: End patronage at Algonquin Towns...
* Letters to the editor: Election commission...
* Teacher raised in Yorkville running agains...
* Lawmakers back renaming Warrenville post o...
* Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and...
* Suburban Democrats line up to challenge Ro...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Senate at Impasse as Votes Delayed Until M......

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Iraq veteran senator again calls Trump 'Ca......

* Patti Blagojevich slams Rauner's campaign ad using Blagojevich FBI wiretap, and other Chicago news
* Women's March: The Sequel, or this time we have a destination
* Sketchbook.
* From Bev Johns: The ISBE and legislators turned a blind eye to CPS special education mess.
* Hearing aids print money and executives steal it.
* Sketchbook.
* Observing Epiphany With A Plunge In The Lake
* Michael Pfeiffer, Former Crew Server, Missing
* Don't Get Conned By The Armani Jacket Scam
* Sketchbook.


* 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

  
* B&H has LG G6+ for 25 percent off at $599.99
* Sprint HTC U11 getting Android Oreo update this week
* Moto X4 kernel on Android Oreo now on GitHub
* After a year of delays, cashier-less Amazon Go store to open Monday
* Lacking iPhone 6 Plus repair stock, iPhone 6s Plus units may be given out
* New Nokia flagship leaks with five camera lenses and Snapdragon 845
* Android 8.0 Oreo will roll out to Sprint HTC U11 on Monday

* Advocating for retired non-numbers
* Getting ready for Soxfest 2018
* 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


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