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Monday, Apr 30, 2007

* No House vote yet on electric rates

* Blagojevich’s tollway sign drive push to close loopholes

* McQueary: The intrigue of ethics legislation

* WSIU show explores work of Illinois lawmakers

* In support of HB1500; in opposition

* Civil damages bill could reignite ire of doctors

* Michigan unveils comprehensive business tax relief plan; more here

In a move to jumpstart Michigan’s economy and reward businesses that create jobs here in Michigan, House leadership today unveiled a comprehensive business tax and incentive package that rewards investment, protects Michigan-based companies, and ensures funding for education, health care and the 21st Century Jobs Fund.

* Players ponder state’s power rate debate

* Compromise sought on electric rate freeze

* Electric rates caught in sticky web

* Aaron Chambers: Power politics puts ComEd back in the rate freeze mix

* Editorial: Real leadership is needed to ease electric rate crisis

* Editorial: Political games in Springfield hurt electric issue

Years from now, political science classes probably will be studying the Illinois deregulation/rate-setting issue as an example of how not to do something.

* Statehouse Insider: Electric rates and Media ducking: “It’s pretty much official now. None of the top Democrats in the state is talking to the news media.”

* Public will get to go up in dome of Old State Capitol

* Bill would bring fluorescent light to state buildings

* House votes to expand malpractice damages

* Lynn Sweet: Obama admits being nervous at first debate

Obama replied that while a state senator, “The first bill I ever passed was campaign finance reform legislation.'’ He’s wrong. It was not his first bill. Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney reports that as a chief co-sponsor, Obama played an important role in passing that legislation May 22, 1998. Obama’s first bill passed on his own in the state Senate required the state’s community colleges to publish a directory of students with vocational and technical skills.

* Video: Raw interview with Obama

* Carol Marin: Ald. Preckiwinkle speaks out on Rezko

* Subcontractor with Rezko ties hasn’t shown it’s done any work

* Moseley Braun attacked in failed robbery attempt

* CPS cuts 11% of teaching force

* Tribune Editorial: Another form of TIF abuse

* Hinz: Mayor must allow real community participation in the Olympic effort

* Middle school students get close look at government

* Who says art and politics don’t mix?

* Illinois Reason: Is tipping included?

* Eastern Illinois raises tutition 12%

* States seek ‘robocall’ limits in campaigns

* Editorial: More state funds needed for Pace paratransit program

- Posted by Paul Richardson        

5 Comments
  1. - Rob_N - Monday, Apr 30, 07 @ 9:58 am:

    Paul wrote: “* Illinois Reason: Is tipping included?

    To be fair, I wouldn’t have posted about Mr. Whitacre’s jackpot retirement plan had Bruno Behrend not posted on it first.

    Thanks for the plug, Paul.


  2. - Pro-Gunner - Monday, Apr 30, 07 @ 1:58 pm:

    Carol Moseley Braun is lucky that two college students stopped to help her when she was attacked by a knife-wielding criminal. Illinois does not allow her to carry a concealed handgun for self-protection from vicious criminals. How many more citizens have to be attacked and/or killed before Illinois sees the wisdom of a concealed carry law?


  3. - Opie - Monday, Apr 30, 07 @ 3:08 pm:

    How about the Governor reimbursing the taxpayer’s of Illinois for the signs that read “Open Road Tolling, Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor.” Blago has more than enough money in his campaign cofers repay this debt of $480,000, then take them down!
    We don’t need to be reminded of who the governor of Illinois is or do we?


  4. - Slappy - Monday, Apr 30, 07 @ 3:51 pm:

    Yet another story - $2 mil. — for what? REZKO TIES | Subcontractor on county deal hasn’t shown it’s done any work

    ALARM BELLS SHOULD BE GOING OFF ALL OVER THE PLACE ABOUT ANYTHING REZKO HAS TOUCHED!


  5. - cup full of blues - Monday, Apr 30, 07 @ 3:56 pm:

    Opie

    $480,000 of Massive Blago Ego!


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