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

Friday, Dec 21, 2007

* Yesterday, the Tribbies wrote

Blagojevich also appeared to try to put some pressure back on Mayor Richard M. Daley, saying he’d discussed with Daley the idea of tapping into the city’s cash reserves from selling the Skyway as a way to stave off the Jan. 20 CTA cuts.

* I was out of the office yesterday afternoon when the guv’s office called to ask that I put up a “clarification.” I told them to send it to Paul, and this is what they wrote…

The Governor didn’t say he’d discussed with Daley the idea of tapping into the city’s cash reserves from selling the Skyway as a way to stave off the Jan. 20 CTA cuts. He said downstate lawmakers have been grumbling about how Mayor Daley keeps insisting the state should bail out the CTA and not tie it to funding for downstate infrastructure projects; but meanwhile the city of Chicago - which has millions in the bank from the Skyway deal - hasn’t stepped up to help meet the CTA’s needs.

* But then the Tribbies put this Blagojevich quote up on their website

“Perhaps the mayor and I could do something unilaterally,” the governor said. “The mayor has $500 million in his budget from the Skyway. We’ve looked at some alternatives, if the legislature fails to act.”

* The mayor was not pleased, to say the least

A Daley spokeswoman threw cold water on that idea, saying that spending the Skyway reserves could “jeopardize the city’s financial footing and credit rating.”

Jodi Kawada, Daley’s deputy press secretary, added that the CTA also provides service to 40 suburbs.

“Given the way public transportation is structured in Illinois, only Springfield has the ability to provide the long-term funding solution that is needed. No city or county can do that,” Kawada said.

* Meanwhile, talks continue on the transit/gaming/capital plans

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said there are still talks under way among legislative staffers, but he said there remains no agreement on the massive proposal, which could generate enough cash to bankroll a $20 billion-plus statewide construction program.

Brown described some of the talks as “circular,” meaning some of the same issues that have stymied progress throughout the year remain sticking points.

Among them are details on how money from the gambling expansion would be divvied up by lawmakers for use in local construction projects.

* But January 1 brings a new dynamic

Postponing action until the calendar flips greatly alters the political dynamics of transit funding negotiations. Come the new year, it will take just a simple majority to pass legislation. If action was taken this year during a special session, a super-majority would be needed to approve a bill.

All of which means that Republicans, who had been actively involved in negotiations since June, would effectively lose their seat at the table. Democrats control both legislative chambers and the governor’s mansion, and they could provide all the necessary votes for passage of a bill.

That last line is a hoot. Don’t get too wrapped up in this simple majority stuff. The lowered passage bar means that the Republicans will be under pressure to reach a deal or get cut out. But the Democrats, particularly in the House, will want to put as many GOP votes on the gaming bill as possible, and the Repubs know this.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

10 Comments
  1. - GoBearsss - Friday, Dec 21, 07 @ 9:50 am:

    While I agree that keeping that Skyway money in a bank account helps them saves lots of money through a better rating and interest rates…

    This is just patently false:
    “Given the way public transportation is structured in Illinois, only Springfield has the ability to provide the long-term funding solution that is needed.”


  2. - leigh - Friday, Dec 21, 07 @ 10:18 am:

    I think the Republicans are in a great position after January. None of them have to support gaming.


  3. - Gus Frerotte's Clipboard - Friday, Dec 21, 07 @ 10:38 am:

    The real story of the ongoing transit debacle is that nobody has really made it priority #1. It’s clearly not the #1 priority of the Mayor if he won’t use Skyway money for it. It’s clearly not the #1 priority of the Governor if he won’t support any sort of tax increase to do it. It’s clearly not the #1 priority of the Speaker if he won’t force everybody onto the bill (preserving downstate seats being the higher value, I suspect). It’s obviously not the #1 priority of the Republicans, who are using it as leverage to get to a larger capital bill.

    I’m not saying it should be anybody’s #1 priority necessarily, but what’s happened is that everybody involved (at least among the Democrats) has chastised everybody else involved for not making it their #1 priority, when in fact nobody has themselves made it their #1 priority. The other priorities identified (holding the line on taxes, preserving downstate legislators, preserving Skyway money) are all legitimate priorities, but let’s call it like it is — part of why the CTA has limped along for as long as it has is that it’s always been a second-class stepchild at both the city and state levels, and the rolling set of impending doomsdays hasn’t actually changed that.


  4. - bored now - Friday, Dec 21, 07 @ 10:40 am:

    yes, but…

    i agree that madigan will want as broad a consensus as possible, because he’s done that for years. but if he gets something out of the house, the end of the super-majority requirement puts more pressure on jones, who can pass the thing with a simple majority. will jones allow a bill to “save the cta” fail less than a month before elections?


  5. - DumberThanYouThink - Friday, Dec 21, 07 @ 11:33 am:

    By January everyone will have new reasons why Blaggo’s plan sux (see if that gets by) and the national economic slump will see revenue down and not enough cash to pay state bills ….the gamblers will need the cash to prevent lay-offs.

    Happy Holidays or as we say in Mexico Feliz Navidad
    Remember shiny nickels for anyone who sees Blaggo in IL between now and 1-1-08.


  6. - Esteban - Friday, Dec 21, 07 @ 11:48 am:

    The key word in the phrase “could provide all
    of the votes needed” is COULD. We shouldn’t
    hold our breath waiting for Democratic unity
    to be restored.


  7. - Bill - Friday, Dec 21, 07 @ 11:50 am:

    Dumber,
    Could you get your boss to cough up two Rose Bowl tickets?


  8. - It's Just Me - Friday, Dec 21, 07 @ 12:56 pm:

    The Skyway money was received after a 75 year lease of the Skyway, meaning that Chicago looses the toll revenue from the Skyway for 75 years so that the city can get a one-time, lump-sum payment. To use a 75-year revenue stream to postpone service cuts and fare increases AGAIN is insane. That money should be used for capital expenses only like roads, parks, and Chicago schools that will still be around in 75 years.


  9. - Ghost - Friday, Dec 21, 07 @ 12:56 pm:

    ===Democrats control both legislative chambers and the governor’s mansion, and they could provide all the necessary votes for passage of a bill.===

    I think it is touching that David Mendell thinks of Democrats in IL as a single party. The reality is we have Jones Democrats, Madigan Democrats, a few Blago Democcrats, Downstate Democrats, and the group of COok County democrats, that include folks outside of cook county.

    It would be easier to track this stuff if these were identified as seperate parties like they are in many foreign governments, then you would need to form a coalition of theses various parties in order to obtain a majority leadership position.

    But the idea of a single democratic party gives a nice warm fuzzy feeling. The repubs need not quake too much.


  10. - Two peas in a pod - Friday, Dec 21, 07 @ 2:20 pm:

    Mayor Daley and Sam Zell have a lot in common. The Mayor sits on millions from the Skyway sale, but doesn’t want to spend it to fix mass transit. Sam Zell has millions but doesn’t want to spend it to fix Wrigley. Both want to keep their money and have the State of Illinois, which is broke and can’t even pay its bills, to pay to fix Wrigley and mass transit. Kind of like two millionaires having a big lunch and giving the tab to their poor relative. Of course, that is how the rich get richer.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* McCann tries to turn the Madigan issue back on Rauner
* Rauner says he'll soon announce "several really exciting" results of his trade mission
* Our sorry state
* It's just a bill
* *** UPDATED x2 - Pritzker, Mendoza respond *** Rauner gets it half right while denying all blame
* ¯_(ツ)_/¯
* Question of the day
* Gun dealer licensing bill may reboot
* PPP: Rodney Davis up by only 3, Hultgren ahead by just 4
* Rate the new Sam McCann campaign video
* Way out of context
* Did Tazewell County and Chicago ignore state law?
* Rauner calls legislators "rascals" ahead of budget talks
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Illinois Senate views marijuana as opioid alter.....
* State-financed workers' comp insurance company .....
* Illinois Governor's race on pace to be most exp.....
* Pritzker Kicks Off Middle Class Tour in Rockford..
* Pritzker in East Moline promoting jobs plan..


* School district sued for sexual abuse by former teacher
* Police suspect Rockford woman killed by ex-boyfriend
* State-financed workers' comp insurance company gets House OK
* US won't step in to stop ex-Lithuanian judge's extradition
* Illinois Senate views marijuana as opioid alternative
* Advocates urge lawmaker curb on Medicaid managed care switch
* Illinois Senate OKs stand-alone bump-stock ban
* Servers allege sexual harassment at Chicago-area restaurant
* Man convicted of killing 5 in 1972 granted parole
* Illinois nurses to complete sexual assault training sooner

* Bill that allows patients to sub opioids for pot clears Senate
* McCann threatens to sue to get Senate staff support
* Bump stock ban passes Illinois Senate
* Statehouse bill would give tax breaks to Illinois construction projects
* AFSCME wants step increases now
* McCann threatens to sue to get staff support
* Bill would give tax breaks to construction projects
* Illinois nurses to complete sexual assault training sooner
* A 48,000 percent return on a painting may be Illinois' best investment
* Schoenburg: Libertarian Kash Jackson wants to protect rights

* WTTW parent picks a new CEO
* The rich are betting on living to 100
* Rauner needs to do more than talk—and veto—on gun violence
* It's a bad time to stop making small cars
* AbbVie must escape the long shadow of Humira's decline


* Illinois Senate OKs stand-alone bump-stock ban
* Dear Abby: Friends want me to date but won’t set me up
* Glen Ellyn man gets 23 years in prison for robbing 7-Eleven store
* Bears draft, Day 2: DE Harold Landry, C James Daniels among best available
* White Sox’ Lucas Giolito gets revenge on ex-Cub Jorge Soler in first win of year
* Man charged with sexually assaulting woman in Lake View apartment building
* Books: Publishers Weekly best sellers for the week ending April 22
* Police investigating woman’s death in Aurora
* Man, 63, reported missing from Gresham
* 2 wounded in Austin shooting


* Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after strong results
* Kim Jong Un Kim says he and Moon Jae-in are on the starting line of a new Korean history
* Kyle Schwarber home run enough for 1-0 Cubs victory over Brewers
* Roquan Smith says it’s ‘going to be insane’ playing with Leonard Floyd again
* Bears draft linebacker Roquan Smith with eighth pick
* Roquan Smith hoping to find his place in Bears' rich tradition at linebacker
* Defending his record to Congress, EPA chief Pruitt shifts spending blame to staff
* With new allegations against Tom Brokaw, NBC faces skepticism in remedying sexual harassment
* Two shot after string of carjackings on North Side: 'I was shaking so much I could barely stand'
* Smart move, Ryan Pace: Isn't Chicago where the Butkus Award winner belongs?


» April 26, 2018 - Full Show
» Chicago Band The Claudettes' New Album Fueled By New Vocalist
» State And Local Gun Laws; Continuous Struggle Of Public Universities; McDonald’s New Headquarters
» Reporter Finds Carrying A Gun Carries Weighty Responsibility
» Illinois Lawmaker Considers Legislation After Nashville Waffle House Shooting
» Gun Owners Rally In Springfield While Gun Dealer Lincensing Veto Remains
» April 25, 2018 - Full Show
» Illinois State Fairgrounds Named On Endangered Historic Places List
» Food, Agriculture And Politics In The Next Farm Bill; Evangelicalism In The Age of Trump
» A Flexible Schedule Is The Wellness Benefit Workers Want


* Bill that allows patients to sub opioids for pot clears Senate
* McCann threatens to sue to get Senate staff support
* Guest View: Illinois is middle of the pack when it comes to best practices for the opioid epidemic
* Eugene Robinson: Cohen needs to ask himself: Does Trump have my back?
* Thumbs Down: To the same old, same old in Illinois politics
* Michael Gerson: Conservatism's high calling is to humanize change
* Bump stock ban passes Illinois Senate
* Statehouse bill would give tax breaks to Illinois construction projects
* AFSCME wants step increases now
* McCann threatens to sue to get staff support


* Toni' Intravaia
* Boil order lifted in Murphysboro
* Clifton E. Lawrence
* James F. Perrotto
* Oleva L. Dick
* Two employees reinstated by Saline County Board
* Godfrey terror suspect's lawyer seeks 2nd mental fitness evaluation ahead of May trial
* Parkland Softball vs. Rock Valley
* PCHS ROUNDUP: Seniors in spotlight at Dragon Invitational track meet
* Legislation could increase rent for some Decatur public housing residents. Here's why.


* Softball scoreboard: Thursday, April 26 results
* Girls track scoreboard: Thursday, April 26 results
* Girls soccer scoreboard: Thursday, April 26 results
* Girls water polo scoreboard: Thursday, April 26 results
* Girls lacrosse scoreboard: Thursday, April 26 results

* Senators Make Bipartisan Push to Boost Car...
* Letter: Leaders should step up for Earth
* A record number of women are running for o...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* Rep. Randy Hultgren recognizes Loyola men'...
* Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar...
* Parkview students visit Washington D.C. | ...
* Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of D...
* US asks China to release 11th Panchen Lama...
* It's official: If you prepaid your propert...

* Jared Kushner Can't Get Lawmakers to Suppo......
* Editorial: Congressional intervention woul......
* User data is valuable — so companies shoul......
* British MPs say they may try to compel Zuc......
* Pompeo confirmed for Secretary of State; D......

* Duckworth comes back to Senate with her ba......
* Senate Narrowly Confirms Mike Pompeo for S......
* Straight, clear thinking from women in pow......
* On Twitter, Hillary Clinton is a 'wife' ab......
* Tammy Duckworth and Working Moms Like Mine...

* Lakeside Center Career & Training Fair at Olive-Harvey College #Ward09
* Stanley Moore: The Reintroduction of Rope a Dope
* Chicago-based Kitchen Toke, the first zine devoted to cooking with weed, preaches the green word
* If you can’t smoke weed right now, you might as well read about it
* Rauner delves into ‘robot’ mode – spewing lines about “Madigan pawns”
* High rents force Wishbone out of its West Loop home after 26 years
* All Chicago Public Libraries To Be Closed On Tuesday, May 1st
* Deep Learning Models That Predict Conflicts In Online Communities
* Instructional design improves engagement in online courses
* Fast track degrees can pay off for students and institutions, but there’s a caveat


* IEMA Highlights Role of Volunteers in Disasters
* Governor Rauner activates State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield
* February Flooding Information
* IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather
* Governor issues state disaster proclamation for flooding in Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion Counties

  
* Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker – April 27, 2018
* SwiftKey update lets you customize the toolbar, beta version gets small visual refresh
* Amazon Fire HD 10 going for as low as $100
* LG G7 taller and brighter teaser, Galaxy S9 Active rumors & more – Pocketnow Daily
* Apple may drop 3D-Touch on upcoming entry-level LCD iPhone
* Why running a Medium column will do more for your company than a traditional blog
* Nintendo is releasing a new mobile RPG this summer

* Renteria to miss 3 games for mother's funeral
* White Sox Minor League Update: April 26, 2018
* White Sox go deep five times to topple Royals
* Deep Space Five
* White Sox go deep five times to topple Royals
* South Side Sox Roster Ranking: Round 21
* White Sox go deep five times in six frames


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
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