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

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008

I’m doing a breakfast panel discussion at the Union League Club this morning, so the blog will have to wait a bit.

This is an Illinois politics open thread.

Try to be nice to each other, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t do any real estate deals with Tony Rezko while I’m gone.

Kevin is in charge of monitoring comments whilst I’m away. Have fun.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

19 Comments
  1. - EL SALSA - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 7:41 am:

    Let those without sin cast the first stone.

    I was glad to see someone finally cover the fact that Allen Mayer was suspended for two weeks by Hynes for politicking on state time. 2 weeks is a significant suspension.

    Im gonna try not to bash him, but the way he has been attacking Gordon and leaking stuff to the press has been desipicable. All this after Mayer made Gordon tell her any skeletons in her closet before he would support her. How long did he REALLY have his betrayal planned?

    How can he support ethics reform when he has been busted for the same stuff he talks about? Actions speak louder than words.


  2. - Vole - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 7:47 am:

    Contested state legislature races:
    My state rep and senate seats are uncontested. Just curious to know how many are uncontested and what this says about the state of democracy in Illinois. Is it as broken as Washington?
    Does this make the incumbents more or less responsive to our needs? What does this mean for the role and power of the two parties?


  3. - Lefty - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 8:01 am:

    Donations to the Tony Rezko get out of jail bond fund can be made at www.friendsofthegovernor.com.


  4. - North of I-80 - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 8:11 am:

    Is there a Chicago Monopoly Game with lots of Rezko properties and Chance Cards? Airport that gets bulldozed? CTA that stops running?


  5. - Vole - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 8:15 am:

    Your requested host “www.friendsofthegovernor.com.” could not be resolved by DNS.

    For assistance, contact your network support team.

    Lefty, can I just send a hacksaw?


  6. - plutocrat03 - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 8:41 am:

    I covet a sliver of land on the property next to mine.

    Someone told me that I should contact a fellow named Tony(?) to help with that. The phone number I got is no longer being answered. Anyone have his new number?


  7. - Lefty - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 8:43 am:

    Word is the Gov will pardon Tony today based on the avaialability of recent assets for campaign purposes.


  8. - Political Observer - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 8:44 am:

    HOCKEY ANYONE?
    I normally believe that retribution gets nothing good accomplishd, but as I read the news shorts mentioning the upcoming State of the State speach I could not help but wonder what the news would show if every legislator walked out of the House chamber before the Governor arrived for his State of the State Speech?
    It would be interesting to see his reaction to such a turn around.


  9. - plutocrat03 - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 8:47 am:

    North of I-80 has a great idea.

    The Railroads can be the CTA, RTA, Metra and South Shore.

    Jail can be the federal pen.

    The real creativity can be in the Chance and Community Chest cards…… e.g. You have just won an election. A sealed envelope has been placed in your briefcase. Advance two squares and roll again.

    Who should contact the copyright holder and begin negotiations?


  10. - jwscott72 - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 9:06 am:

    Community Chest: You have won second place in a beauty contest, win $10! The fine print says: “You would have won first place, but the Outfit had already picked the winner.”

    Hannah Montana’s picture graces the card.


  11. - Little Egypt - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 9:07 am:

    The Southern Illinoisan had a very interesting article yesterday about Blago (unsuccessfully at times) trying to get rid of Rezko’s money. Go here:
    http://www.thesouthern.com/articles/2008/01/28/breaking_news/doc479e66d09ac8b585050449.txt


  12. - Ghost - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 9:08 am:

    The ongoing battle over free rides has entered a new twist. new bill expands the program fofr the disabled, which is good, but limits the free senior rides to low income seniors. The Gov, being the bastion of leadershio he is, of course opposes taking free bus rides away from wealthy seniors. So he will veto a bill helping the disabled in order to gurantee free mass transit for the wealthy. Sorry disabled folks, many of whom are looking at passes about to double in price, the Gov would rather secure publicity and donation from wealthy seniors then help you out. Tough luck, your voting base is not big enough to make the Gov interested in your plight.


  13. - Siyotanka - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 9:22 am:

    Sort of Politico…
    As we begin the celebration of Mr. Lincoln’s 200th birthday our wondefful governor has decided to lop off a cuople of million $$ and reduce the 2008 grants level to only $300,000. Illinois is in a sad state as Indiana and Kentucky are starting thier respective celebrations and Illinois is NOT promoting its activities. On February the 9th, Illinois will kick off its celebration at the Executive mansion with a gala ball set in 1860’s style, and NOT one public offical or dignitary has agreed to come and celebrate. Where did we go wrong with the “Land of Lincoln” mind set. WE need to be proud of our heritage and promote our great State… Soory for the soap box…


  14. - Lost Salsa - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 9:34 am:

    En Salsa is correct when he/she mentions…”Actions speak louder than words.”

    According to the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Champaign County, Ms. Gordon’s theft charge from June 29, 2000, Case #00CM00657, was paid last Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, via credit card. The fines totaled almost $400. All those court costs have been outstanding for over seven years, including time she was running a campaign for the 92nd district seat.
    Ms. Gordon was also cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle in Champaign County (Case #04TR11478) on May 12, 2004. She didn’t appear at her court date on June 24, 2004, and was fined $200. Those fines were paid just two months ago, on November 26, 2007. That was more than three years after the incident and after she entered the race.
    Incidentally, she also shows up in the McLean County Circuit Court system for a traffic violation (Case #2007TR025410) from Sep. 20, 2007, that they describe as simply “UNLICENSED” (all caps in original). Not sure what that means — driving without a license, perhaps? Her last court appearance was Dec. 17, 2007, and the case is now listed as “closed.”

    I love seeing people pay their debt to society years and years later and only when they decide to run for office. If this were not brought to light the taxpayers would still be waiting for Gordon to pay her debt!

    What else…oh yea…Lied on paper and radio ads about having a collage degree.

    I wonder what her application for her current collage job called for, did she state she has a degree?

    I wonder what else she is hiding or not paying?


  15. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 10:09 am:

    What Blagojevich, whatever his flaws, seems to get,unlike most state legislators and leading politicians (most of them wealthy, some very wealthy), is that increasingly the middle class is in need of the same freebies our blue state has
    given the so-called poor for decades. We need this
    in order to make ends meet and to save for our
    retirements (most of us don’t have government
    pensions) and our kids’ education. The so-called poor in this state, the ones who can’t be bothered to work, get free food via food stamps, totally free medical care for life via Medicaid, housing vouchers, free state university education for their kid, and free cash via TANF as long as they keep pumping out kids, as well as free day care
    if they decide to go to school to while away
    all those empty hours.

    These Illinois perks, including free CTA senior rides and other perks not named above, should be extended to the middle class as well. We pay for them, after all. But we get nothing back. If the
    poor get to ride free in this state, by choice,
    the working middle class (and I’m talking upper and well as lower middle) should at least partake
    of this extensive array of government goodies enjoyed by the poor.


  16. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 10:27 am:

    Anonymous, good luck with that…


  17. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 10:37 am:

    Actually, there are admittedly vague glimmers of
    hope that the dire situation of the American middle class can be addressed.

    Yale and some other elite universities have said they will begin treating the middle class like the poor with respect to financial aid. Few will be affected, of course, as few get into Yale and the other institutions mentioned in press accounts.
    But what Yale does will be imitated…and their
    new approach recognizes that the middle class
    can no longer afford to pay for important things
    like a decent education, in present day America.


  18. - North of I-80 - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 10:44 am:

    And if you land on a property that is Next to a Rezko property, you can buy a portion of the Rezko property for below-market cost. The picture on the Community Chest cards should be Sam Zell, but if they are give-away $$ cards, it’ll be Rod’s face.


  19. - Annonymous - Tuesday, Jan 29, 08 @ 8:03 pm:

    Ouch, Annonymous! Lately, the “well-thought-out” answers people are being provided to all of our economic problems seems to be “education”. Sounds like help is on the way, huh?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Open thread
* DHS slammed after care disrupted for "thousands" of mentally ill
* Mendoza wants emergency Deloitte contract review
* The plot thickens on Rauner's AV
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Important update and a supplement to today’s edition
* Frerichs: Don't use new federal rules on 529 programs for state taxes
* "Watchdog" flatly denies getting money from Illinois Policy Institute, but group funded 98 percent of budget
* Governor promised "superstar" appointee a year ago, hasn't delivered
* Chicago survives the first cut in Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes
* Rauner to air entire Blagojevich/Pritzker audio this weekend
* Adlai III endorses Biss
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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

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


Loading


* Mendoza wants emergency Deloitte contract revie.....
* Illinois governor to air ad of rival, Blagojevi.....
* Gov. Rauner to air ad of JB Pritzker and Rod Bl.....
* Illinois governor to air extended ad of rival, .....
* New Rauner campaign ad includes 11-minute Pritz.....
* Gov. Rauner to air ad of JB Pritzker and Rod Bl.....
* Illinois governor to air ad of rival, Blagojevi.....
* Illinois governor to air ad of rival, Blagojevi.....
* Illinois governor to air ad of rival, Blagojevi.....


* Lawyers support man's lawsuit in wrongful murder conviction
* U of Illinois withdrew 35 job offers after background checks
* Chicago makes Amazon's finalist list for second headquarters
* Chicago man dies 4 years after suffering gunshot to head
* Man freed from prison after 23 years fails drug test
* Rockford mayor says he'll seek limits to home rule powers
* Congresswoman collecting Valentine's Day cards for veterans
* Chicago trader accused of killing friend, dumping body
* Illinois sheriff helping people find opioid antidote drug
* Judge keeping some documents secret in Hastert lawsuit

* Frerichs: Can't get tax break for using college savings plan on private K-12 tuition
* Illinois governor to air extended ad of rival, Blagojevich on wiretap
* Chicago a finalist for Amazon's second headquarters
* 2 Illinois governor candidates spend $26M in last 3 months
* 2 Illinois governor candidates spend $28M in last 3 months
* Statehouse bill would connect rural schools to high-speed internet
* Statehouse bill would connect rural schools to high speed internet
* Education officials want to double state budget for schools
* University of Illinois trustee seat has been empty a year
* Rauner campaign: 'Governor believes David Duke is a racist'

* Chicago makes first cut for Amazon HQ2
* Vending machine food that's good for you? Yes, really.
* Here's Latinicity's new sit-down restaurant
* Paul Vallas says he's 'seriously considering' running for mayor
* Poll finds Rauner way ahead of GOP challenger


* Hacking campaign linked to Lebanese spy agency: researchers
* Chicago’s Sun Wah restaurant named a James Beard ‘classic’
* Developer says it’s moving forward with Keystone XL pipeline
* Senate Dems question legality of Trump work requirements
* Trump protecting medical providers who oppose abortion
* Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming
* US marshal shot, killed while serving warrant
* New Rauner campaign ad includes 11-minute Pritzker-Blagojevich conversation
* Chicago After Dark: Streak without a fatal shooting ends | Jan. 18, 2018
* Chicago makes first cut for second Amazon headquarters


* After nearly a decade, 'CPS Obsessed' creator retires popular blog
* Amazon HQ2 contenders down to Chicago, 19 other cities
* Trump insists views on border wall have not 'evolved,' contradicting his chief of staff
* Trump tweets create confusion for Republicans trying to avert government shutdown
* 'What am I going to do with ... scores from two years ago?' State finally releases 2016 science test results
* Dylan Farrow describes alleged Woody Allen assault in first TV interview
* Man to plead guilty today in stabbing death of DuPage teen in 1985, prosecutors say
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 1/18/18
* Alderman wants to remove domestic violence, sex crimes from city problem building tally
* Morning Spin: Even after tax hike, Illinois education board wants double the money


» A Prescription For Fruits And Veggies: One Solution To Food Insecurity in Illinois
» A Call For Transparency
» 2 Illinois Governor Candidates Spend $26M In Last 3 Months
» State Board of Education: Double School Funding Now
» Lawmakers Demand Fast Internet For Rural Schools
» 2 Dreamers Discuss Helping Other Immigrants Amid Uncertainty
» Rauner Spokesman: 'Governor Believes David Duke Is A Racist'
» Rauner Signs Law To Help Women Behind Bars
» A Poor Neighborhood In Chicago Looks To Cuba To Fight Infant Mortality
» Democratic Candidates In Lockstep At Justice Forum


* Frerichs: Can't get tax break for using college savings plan on private K-12 tuition
* Illinois governor to air extended ad of rival, Blagojevich on wiretap
* Chicago a finalist for Amazon's second headquarters
* 2 Illinois governor candidates spend $26M in last 3 months
* Our View: Focus on cost-cutting, then turn to taxes
* 2 Illinois governor candidates spend $28M in last 3 months
* Statehouse bill would connect rural schools to high-speed internet
* Education officials want to double state budget for schools
* University of Illinois trustee seat has been empty a year
* Rauner campaign: 'Governor believes David Duke is a racist'


* Moore? Noe? Finke? Bevy of options for Player of Year
* Likas' Ballot Breakdown: SJ-O, Milford boys enter discussion
* Amanda's picks: 6 things to do this weekend
* Big story: At Joe's, 50 years of haircuts and life lessons
* Food fare: McLean County restaurant inspections Dec. 1-15
* IDOT displays plans for Chain of Rocks Bridge replacement during meeting
* Most agree Chain of Rocks bridge needs replaced, but right now there’s no money
* Bulldogs easily pin Hilltoppers in dual meet
* Suspect arrested in connection with rural Fayette County killing
* Public salaries: Look up how much government workers are paid


* Prosecutors: Sex offender to plead guilty to 1985 slaying of Kristy Wesselman
* Stars turn out for swansong of Louis Vuitton designer
* Bill Snyder's 22-year-old grandson found dead in Manhattan
* Olympic win in view from Korean unity at Pyeongchang Games
* Chicago makes top 20 for Amazon HQ 2

* Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and...
* Lawmakers back renaming Warrenville post o...
* Teacher raised in Yorkville running agains...
* Tioga State Bank president and CEO address...
* Kane County assessor: No guarantee your ta...
* Dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US Rep. Ran...
* Suburban Democrats line up to challenge Ro...
* Hultgren joins fellow lawmakers fighting t...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* Letter: Talk to tax preparer about GOP tax...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Senator Durbin: “It doesn't bother me one ......

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* WHIP COUNT: Senate vote on shutdown looks ......

* Chicago's ‘clusters’ of unsolved strangling deaths near Washington Park and Garfield Park, and other news
* From the archive: Remembering radio storyteller Joe Frank
* City Announces Start Date (2019) And Staging Area (Parking Lot) For Complete Rebuild of the Lawrence Red Line Station
* CBS Chicago: Englewood school plan still a tough sell
* Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, and the question of when we get to say the hell with the rules
* Kalak is a vodka that drinks like whiskey
* City Council Approves Cappleman-Sponsored Program To House Homeless
* Life In Chicago: Grant Fraud, Boot Bribery & Unnecessary OT
* Can The Winter Olympics Save The World?
* Gutierrez offers Kelly an apology, and all it took was the White House chief of staff implying Donald Trump, misspoke


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile Tout Boosted Cellular Capacity Across Twin Cities in Anticipation of Super Bowl LII
* HMD confirms date and time for MWC 2018 launch of ‘awesome’ new Nokia phones
* Google Fi’s new Bill Protection feature brings savings and “unlimited” data
* Switch to Cricket Wireless, and get a free new Alcatel Verso or old LG Fortune
* These are the Xiaomi devices that will get the MIUI 9 update
* Newly published Samsung patent imagines phones with ‘hole areas’ rather than a notch
* 18% off travel adapter compatible in 150+ countries

* Collins ranked MLB's No. 9 catching prospect
* With maturity comes lofty expectations for Eloy
* Pirates rebuild not met with enthusiasm
* Moncada guiding Robert during mini-camp
* White Sox announce player development staff
* Robert at ease during Sox hitters mini-camp
* Moncada guiding Robert during mini-camp


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

Archives
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