This just in…
Thursday, Jun 28, 2007
* 10:12 am - The House has adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9. There’s not much to do in that chamber while they wait around to make sure the Senate passes the one-month budget on Friday. The Senate convenes today at noon.
* 10:16 am - A leaders meeting is set for today, but an actual time has not yet been set. The topic of discussion will reportedly be potential new revenue sources, but some of the leaders haven’t even been told that.
There was no leaders meeting yesterday.
* 10:25 am - New census numbers are out, based on a July 1, 2006 count…
* 10:53 am - AP: Census shows Joliet is fastest-growing city in Illinois
* 11:21 am - I’d like to take a brief moment to wish two people well.
* Chicago Sun-Times editoral page editor Steve Huntley has been a great editor - meaning he approved all my column ideas and never touched my copy. Huntley told me yesterday that he’s starting a new job at the paper as a full-time columnist, and he sounded truly excited about the opportunity. He’s been the edit page editor for ten years, so he wanted a change. He’s being replaced by books editor Cheryl Reed.
* Peoria Journal-Star political reporter/columnist Molly Parker is moving on to a new job in Charleston, South Carolina. I’ve known Molly since she was a PAR intern at the Statehouse, and she has become a pal. If you’re near Peoria, there’s a party for her next Friday starting at 5:30 at Seven on Prospect in Peoria Heights.
Good luck to both!
* 12:15 pm - The leaders meeting has been called off and rescheduled for tomorrow.
* 12:19 pm - The Senate is convening. The minister giving the prayer has asked members to put aside “personal and political opinions.” One can only hope he has a direct line to the Big Guy.
* 12:24 pm - Senate President Emil Jones is in the chair, which is a bit unusual. You can listen or watch here.
* 12:49 pm - The Senate has recessed to the call of the chair. There will be some floor action later, including moving the one-month budget from 2nd Reading to 3rd Reading so it can be voted on tomorrow.
Rockford, by the way, finally got its veto override vote. Background here.
* 12:51 pm - If you’re following today’s US Supreme Court case on school integration, the Wall Street Journal’s blog has a very good rundown.
* 1:38 pm - Word is, the leaders meeting will be held tomorrow at 11:30.
* 1:46 pm - Larry, aka ArchPundit, writes that the Wall Street Journal blog misses a key point…
Larry’s doing a lot of posts today on this subject, so head on over there for more.