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Thursday, Jun 28, 2007

* Will Co. upset at money budgeted for airport group

* Senate doesn’t vote on electric rates

* Froehlich endures a bit of ribbing upon return

* Democrats welcome Froehlich

* Animal Farm: Froehlich faces the music

* Editorial: Message in controversial Obama praise

* Illinoize: Remembering Terry Parke

* State fire marshal still has his job despite DUI arrest

* Indiana toll discounts cause I-Pass headaches; more here

* New law allows HIV tests with just spoken consent; more here and here

* Sun-Times Editorial: Response to false radio alert shows need for new system

In the future, maybe iPods could be equipped to receive emergency signals. Well, maybe not: Americans are naturally suspicious of having their personal devices tooled by the government. But as witnessed by Tuesday’s response, a radio-based warning may well have gone the way of “Duck and cover.”

* Tribune Editorial: A well deserved chicken dance on school scores

* City slow to roll out program to prevent payroll fraud

* Senate President Jones to Rockford: What override?

* Rockford mayor to try again to get tax collection vote

- Posted by Paul Richardson        

7 Comments
  1. - G. Marconi - Thursday, Jun 28, 07 @ 8:13 am:

    I don’t know about other folks, but those alerts scared the bejessus out of me, since it’s tornado season, the skies were overcast with thunderstorm activity already predicted for the day, and it as the wrong day for a scheduled test. I thought it was either a weather emergency or some terror/disaster alert for a national level emergency. What bugged me more was the stations I was listening to didn’t bother to comment, if at all, for hours afterwards.


  2. - Patriot - Thursday, Jun 28, 07 @ 8:57 am:

    If we can get all of the Illinois Republicans to join the Democrat Party, we will have only one party to blame for the problems in the state.


  3. - Wumpus - Thursday, Jun 28, 07 @ 9:09 am:

    We already have on party to blame, the combine. PF joined the dems and they don’t even need the GOP to not get anyhting done due to gridlock.


  4. - Cassandra - Thursday, Jun 28, 07 @ 9:48 am:

    I agree with Patriot. Dems are probably wishing for a viable Republican candidate or two to surface about now. Having all that responsibility as scary. And dangerous.

    Wonder who fire marshal Foreman’s friends are. They must be pretty powerful. A DUI while driving the state car and he gets to keep his six figure job (worth about $130,000 a year when you add in health and pension benefits). And he’s probably in an exempt position, unlike the vast majority of state employees, meaning he serves at the guv’s will. I guess the guv’s concerns about drunken driving as a public safety menace don’t extend to Democratic political hacks like Foreman.

    But as I’ve been saying…it’s impossible to get rid of those state employees…once you hire them you’ve got ‘em for life, no matter what they do. That why we need a lot fewer of them…it’s getting expensive.

    Wonder how much money Foreman, the


  5. - True Observer - Thursday, Jun 28, 07 @ 11:15 am:

    When did they start graduating reporters who don’t know how to write.

    There is only one question. If an Illinois driver has an I-Pass and is driving on an Indiana toll road will he automatically get the Indiana discount?

    Forget the card or whatever.

    So can we have the writer do a re-write to answer this one question that most of his Illinois readers would have.

    If the answer is no, then whatever the excuse, Illinois should not give discounts to Indiana drivers until this is taken care of.

    If the Indiana tollway people were too dumb to understand that this problem might come up, then they need to be fired because even a grade school kid would have figured it out.


  6. - To Casssandra - Thursday, Jun 28, 07 @ 8:33 pm:

    Cassandra, Foreman was the president of the state firefighters union and gave Blago $192,500 from the firefigher’s PAC since August 2002. If you read the story above about this, the fire marshall’s office fired another person suspected of driving a state car after drinking and he did not even get a DUI but got fired anyway.


  7. - Squideshi - Friday, Jun 29, 07 @ 8:28 am:

    Democrats: Build an airport in Will County using private money as indicated in Jackson’s plan.

    Republicans: Build an airport in Will County using public money as indicated in the county’s plan.

    Greens: Don’t build an airport in Will County. Instead, invest in a system of high-speed rail.


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