*** 2:20 pm *** I just got a call from someone at today’s con-con ballot problem court hearing. They’ve been at it since 9 this morning, and the hearing continues. Attorney General Madigan’s people are reportedly much more subdued than earlier this week.
You’ll know more when I know more.
* 1:02 pm - The US House has passed the financial bailout/rescue bill. The rollcall can be found at this link.
Three Illinoisans flipped from Monday’s vote: Republican Judy Biggert, and Democrats Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Bobby Rush.
Rep. Jerry Weller, the only member who didn’t vote last time, voted “Yes” today. Here are the “Yes” votes. Those who have any sort of opposition this November are in bold…
* Bean (D)
* Biggert (R) - [FLIP]
* Davis (D)
* Emanuel (D)
* Foster (D)
* Gutierrez (D)
* Hare (D)
* Jackson (D) - [FLIP]
* Kirk (R)
* LaHood (R)
* Rush (D) - [FLIP]
* Schakowsky (D)
* Weller (R)
* Illinoisans voting “No” - with those who have serious or semi-serious November opposition in bold…
* Costello (D)
* Johnson (R)
* Lipinski (D)
* Manzullo (R)
* Roskam (R)
* Shimkus (R)
* 1:46 pm - Judy Biggert’s rationale for flipping…
“The volatility in the market is threatening the financial stability of my constituents,” Biggert said. “It is clear that the time for seeking better options has run out. If we don’t act now, those who are least to blame for this mess will suffer the most.”
* Jackson and Rush appear to have been flipped by Barack Obama…
Black lawmakers said personal calls from Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama helped switch them from ‘‘no’’ to ‘‘yes.’’
* From a Jackson press release…
Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr. said today he will support an emergency rescue package for the nation’s troubled financial system after getting assurances from Senator Barack Obama that, as president, they “would aggressively regulate predatory lending and force mortgage modifications to prevent foreclosures.”