* While the governor’s top staff has been trying to one-up the House Democrats’ statewide “fight the vetoes” tour by pointing out that the governor’s budget vetoes allegedly free up money for health care and talking up the benefits of the proposed capital plan, the HDems’ argument has been getting a boost from Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, who is also touring the state…
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday said Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration is being “bone-headed” by cutting funds that help Illinois school and park districts buy state-mandated heart defibrillators for their athletic facilities.
The governor’s recent budget cuts totaling more than $400 million included the entire $100,000 fiscal 2008 allocation that was anticipated for the HeartSavers AED Trust Fund, Quinn said. He said the fund, administered by the state Department of Public Health, offers units of local government matching grants to purchase “automated external defibrillators” at specially negotiated prices of about $800 each.
Mike Madigan and Pat Quinn: Two peas in a pod? Politics here has really taken a turn for the bizarre.
* Meanwhile, Tom Cross is trying to be the peacemaker…
House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, invited the other legislative leaders and Blagojevich to a meeting about the casino-fueled capital bill. It was slated to begin at 9:30 this morning at Cross’s Chicago office in the James R. Thompson Center, a spokesman said.
I’ll tell you how it went later today.
* Speaking of the capital plan, here’s a little-noticed aspect…
Illinois Works also would provide lawmakers about $2 billion to split and spend as they see fit in their districts.
As you might imagine, the pressure will be intense in the House to support this proposal.