Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » The prosecution’s rebuttal
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The prosecution’s rebuttal

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009

* 1:02 pm - As mentioned below, the governor was not sworn in before he gave his closing argument, so that will likely be mentioned by the House prosecutor.

Blagojevich did speak about the US Senate seat and the racetrack allegations, but conveniently left out the very damning evidence about how he held up $8 million for a pediatrict hospital program in exchange for a rather large campaign contribution.

We’ll see how the rebuttal goes, but those would be things I would mention, including the other point I wrote about below: A great speech, but he asked members to trust his word that he didn’t do anything illegal, nor intended to do anything illegal. His word is not exactly golden in this town.

* Prosecutor David Ellis:
“I can’t give a speech like the governor… When the cameras are on and he thinks people are listening, the governor can give a pretty good speech. But I want to talk about Rod Blagojevich when he’s off camera and he doesn’t think people are listening.”

When the camera’s on he wants healthcare, particularly for children. When the camera’s off, I’m going to hit him for 50. “We can pull it back if we need to, right? Budgetary concerns” That’s Rod Blagojevich when he’s not on camera.

Our case is not built on what other people did after the governor directed them to do things…. Our point was on the governor’s words…. The governor himself. He could have put himself under oath and faced my questions, and more importantly your questions. He wouldn’t put himself under oath.

He simply says there’s no evidence and walked off the stage. No evidence. 60 recorded conversations by the federal government.

Federal agent was put under oath and swore that those tapes are true. Unrefuted testimony. 60 different conversations where the governor is using his powers as a chit for personal gain.

As always, the governor plays by the rules that he chooses.

Under the governor’s rules, he talks, you listen, no questions.

Everybody in this room is taking this seriously, nobody is taking this casually.

Why do we have impeachment? We have it to protect the citizens. It’s not about punishment. The governor talks about the impact on him.

He doesn’t think for one minute about the people. He just thinks about himself. He does not have a constitutional right to govern. And that’s what the governor doesn’t understand Being governor is not a right, it’s a privilege.

I think the people of this state have had enough. They’re looking to you now and they want to know: Is today going to be more of the same?


* Caucus for one hour. Come back then and we’ll have the deliberation, followed by the vote.

* Personally, I thought Ellis did a very good job. He hit all the right points, and perfectly focused much of his rebuttal on the governor’s self-obsession. The “when the camera’s off” lines were spot on.


Not that it matters. But a great job.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Vote Quimby! - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:07 pm:

    Not near 30 minutes, he said. Different Blago when the cameras are on and off.

  2. - recover82 - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:10 pm:

    Call the cleaners and get the sheets changed for Quinn at the Guv’s mansion already.

  3. - Vote Quimby! - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:10 pm:

    Slam at the media tour….wgn video feed switched to a helicopter pilot…

  4. - Been There - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:11 pm:

    I think Ellis and the Governor are wearing the same tie.

  5. - Scooby - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:11 pm:

    In an ode to Blagojevich, Chicagoist has posted a You Tube of Steam performing Na Na, Hey Hey and speaking as a Sox fan that is the ugliest group of people ever assembled.

    Ellis impresses.

  6. - bmrnp - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:12 pm:

    Yes, Ellis go go go go!!! He is fired up!! I love it.

  7. - Drew Blagojevich - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:13 pm:

    Lisa as Governor, Ellis as AG?

  8. - 4 percent - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:13 pm:

    Only 1 question left…who is #40.

    Alphabetically, John Millner wins.

    By district, Toi Hutchinson wins.

    My best is the Senate Dems give a big vote to a new freshman.

  9. - DB - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:14 pm:

    “He does not have a Constitutional right to be Governor”. Damn straight!

  10. - Nearly Normal - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:14 pm:

    Being governor is not a right it is a privilege and he does not deserve that privilege.

  11. - HoBoSkillet - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:14 pm:

    Ellis is nailing it!! I’m impressed.

  12. - Princess - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:15 pm:

    well that was short and sweet.

  13. - Johnny Cochrane - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:15 pm:

    Ellis is awful. His style works well for reading transcripts, but he’s not going on the public speaking circuit anytime soon. This trial can’t close soon enough.

  14. - OneMan - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:16 pm:

    David Ellis rocks, time to go buy his book.

  15. - 40 - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:16 pm:

    Remember to take out Cullerton when you count to 40. He votes at the end.

    So it is whoever is 41 alphabetically.

  16. - Been There - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:18 pm:

    Blagojevich gave the speech of of life. But the short, simple and to the point rebuttal will have us saying former governor in a few hours. Ellis did a great job. Definitely look for him to be in play for some office in the near future.

  17. - Fan of the Game - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:18 pm:

    It really was short and sweet. Wow!

  18. - Deep South - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:19 pm:

    So are we in the deliberation phase at this time? Or is that still to come?

  19. - Vote Quimby! - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:20 pm:

    ==Ellis is awful.==

    I dunno–he sold me! Not quite the flair of ‘the glove don’t fit you must acquit’ but a good rebuttal of the governor’s final public performance—it was a performance— as governor. He knew every Senator was aware of the public vs. private personna of our soon-to-be-ex-governor….play to your audience! Let’s take an hour to think about it…..

  20. - dznuts - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:20 pm:

    What’s with the multiple caucuses? There’s no extra points for shot-clock management here. Perhaps it’s a way to demonstrate there’s no rush to judgement, but to the casual observer, it looks like they need to re-think the offensive play one more time before the inbounds pass.

  21. - Barnum and Blago - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:21 pm:

    What form will the deliberation take?

    Each member giving a little speech?

  22. - Fan of the Game - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:21 pm:

    How long before a vote? Any chance a vote won’t be taken today?

  23. - Muskrat - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:25 pm:

    He should have urged them to reject the idea that “if the Gov throws a fit, you must acquit.”

  24. - Keep Smiling - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:26 pm:

    If that was a fired-up and impressive speech by Ellis, I’d hate to see a normal one. While it is only the Senate that matters today, Blago made a much greater mark today in the court of popular public opinion than Ellis and our entire Illinois Legislature. If the Black Caucus votes no as another poster suggested, things may play out in a very interesting way on the national media scene.

  25. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:27 pm:

    Now, if only the national media folks hung around for the rebuttal..unlikely. The evening news will be all Rod. I bet he takes questions later today from some friendly media. Will they be willing to ask why he wouldn’t take questions from the Senate?

  26. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:27 pm:

    Ellis nailed it. I agree, OneMan. Buy the book!

  27. - Silent Majority - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:28 pm:

    Blago gave a fantastic speech today but it won’t change the outcome.
    Ellis gave a better presentation than earlier but that’s not saying much. It still wasn’t very good but it won’t change the outcome either.
    Hello Gov. Quinn

  28. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:28 pm:

    I still can’t fathom why the Guv didn’t run both games at the same time. His lawyers could have been dealing with the Senate on rules of impeachment, list of witnesses, submitting evidence into record, etc. while he was off doing his media blitz, and then he could’ve capped it off this his speech today. Would seem like a better game plan to me…

  29. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:28 pm:

    This stuff about the black caucus voting no despite the evidence at hand borders on racist, at least in my eyes.

    Stop it now. If you can’t contain yourself, go to another site.

  30. - 32nd Ward Roscoe Village - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:28 pm:

    Antonio Munoz is 41 alphabetically (or 40 if you take out Cullerton). The minority leader is the 41st district, but it is my understanding it is alphabetical.

  31. - Secret Square - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:29 pm:

    Who casts vote #40 if 1) Cullerton waits until last AND 2) Hendon votes no?

  32. - sidepocket - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:30 pm:

    Ellis did a phenomenal job. Not too long - on message, assured the world this is serious and these are highly unusual circumstances. He assured the Senators that their impeachment actions are being respected as cautious and lawful. Ellis was just great.

  33. - Honest Abe - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:30 pm:

    WAIT! WAIT!, Blagojevich has just replaced Edward Genson with the actor who played attorney Jackie Chiles on “Seinfeld”! Will the black caucus be offended because Jackie defended Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) on the television program?

  34. - 32nd Ward Roscoe Village - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:31 pm:

    SS: Matt Murphy:

  35. - Anonymous Conservative - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:32 pm:

    I agree with Rich. I think Ellis was perfect. He didn’t waste anyone’s time with more fluff, he didn’t repeat what he had already said. He completely rebuffed the governor by reminding you of the contradictions of the governors own actions, i.e. he’s all about expanding healthcare for kids but tried to shakedown the hospital for campaign contributions. He nailed what he needed to. Can’t wait for the vote!

  36. - babs - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:32 pm:

    Does anyone really expect young Emil to vote for impeachment?

  37. - beyond over - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:33 pm:

    If everyone votes yes and they vote alphabetically, Tony Munoz (Sen District 1) will cast the 40th vote and put it over the top. That’s rare. You can’t make that stuff up.

  38. - Anon E. Mouse - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:36 pm:

    OK - my guess is 55-4

  39. - Beyond Embarrassed - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:37 pm:

    Quite a change in Ellis from the actual trial. I thought his short rebuttal was perfect. Threw bullseyes on all the important things that he needed to nail. He got up there, showed some passion and thundered on Blago. Any question that Blago may have planted in their minds with his speech was promptly and swiftly erased by Ellis’ empassioned rebuttal. Kudos to him. Blago better be on his way back on the plane or start checking the Amtrak schedule

  40. - wndycty - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:39 pm:

    Wow the shots at the Black caucus are just disgusting.

  41. - Amy - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:40 pm:

    ellis nailed it, cause….res ipsa loquitor….the thing (the gov) speaks for itself. you can see the guilt oozing.

    don’t know what david’s latest book is, but start the tour, or better still, a campaign. i’m with drew blagojevich, ellis for ag would be fine by me.

  42. - Amuzing Myself - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:41 pm:

    When Ellis pointed out the two different Rod Blagojeviches - the one with the camera on and the one with the camera off - he annihilated the Governor’s long, passionate performance. Quoting the Governor from the tapes nicely nailed the lid on the coffin, leaving the charge to the members of the Senate to begin a new era for the people of Illinois a very compelling “…now just sign right here…” as the nicely-tied bow on top of the package. Bravo!

  43. - lincoln street - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:42 pm:

    >Blago made a much greater mark today

    The Trib’s web poll is running 9-1 against the gov today. Admittedly it’s just a web poll. But then, how many people even saw either speech.

    Did Blagojevich increase his sympathy rating from 7% to 8%? Maybe. Did it have any real effect on public opinion? No.

    He’s gone. The question is how the decision will be looked at in a year. Does the Governor have any pockets of strong support today that might grow? No.

    Does he have any resources for continuing to tell his story? No.

    Are there any voting blocs that will come to regret this? That’s a tougher question, but I’m skeptical that there’s any major voting bloc who will look at a Quinn governorship and yearn for the days of Blagojevich. The interest who will try to undermine Quinn because he won’t play ball with them (just assuming he won’t for sake of argument) will attack Quinn on behalf of someone else, leaving the ignominious Blagojevich out of it.

  44. - Been There - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:43 pm:

    ===This stuff about the black caucus voting no despite the evidence at hand borders on racist, at least in my eyes.Stop it now. If you can’t contain yourself, go to another site.===
    Not only does it border on racist it also shows ignorance. They have a hard time sticking together on many issues for various reasons. Just look at the Senate president race. Not only will there be no black caucus vote but I doubt even Hendon votes no.
    I think I am in trouble with my over/under bets being at 5 from a few weeks ago. If I was making the line now it would be zero.

  45. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:45 pm:

    The only thing missing was a clip from the Maddow interview where Rod is discussing the Trib editorial board.

  46. - ivoted4judy - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:46 pm:

    I feel sorry for the two daughters, especially the older one. As for the parents: sooner rather than later! Ellis aint TV material like Rod, but that was a great rebuttal. I talked to 3 Senators after the speech, they wanted to hear about the Children’s Hospital!! Just like with Nixon “It’s the damn tapes!!”

  47. - UISeast - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:46 pm:

    I applaude Rich for telling the ‘black caucus’ comments to go elsewhere. This forum is above that kind of stereotyping.

  48. - GofGlenview - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:46 pm:

    He also forgot to mention the real nut of it all which is what set Fitzy in motion as much as the hospital scandal. The $11 billion State re-fi.

    That deal was done by Hurtgen, who is indicted in the hospital thing that took Levine and evntually Rezko down. Hurtgen in the employment of Bear Stearns wrote a fat check to Kjellander and half of that money went to Rezko. The question is did it eventually make it back to the Gov?

  49. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:46 pm:

    59-0 would be a good bet, but you never know…

  50. - Sad Day - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:47 pm:

    Explain…is the vote different than deliberations? Will each Senator say their peace and give their vote at the same time…is that deliberations? Or will their vote be a separate action?

  51. - ivoted4judy - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:48 pm:

    I am leaning to 59-0 ..Just can’t find a Senator who wants a primary challenge next time out. Remember they would have to run on a NO vote and this would be after the trial was ended and there is a conviction..

  52. - Northside Blogger - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:51 pm:

    All should read the books David Ellis authored. Fantastic!

  53. - Willie Stark - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:51 pm:

    Also, by the way, every member of the black caucus in the current House voted to impeach the governor. Every one.

    And, Dave Ellis did a superb job. I think some of you wanted an “Inherit the Wind” or television crime show sort of close. Sorry, that’s just not appropriate. This is real life, these proceedings far too importnat for histrionics or the kind of silly drama we got from the governor today. Ellis closed in a dignified manner, effectively hit his points, with quiet anger at the governor’s effrontery evident in his voice and tone, if one cared to notice.

  54. - oldengrey - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:51 pm:

    Or do we have to listen to 59 speeches for the camera as “deliberation” followed by yet another caucus or two and then finally a vote?

  55. - puzzler - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:51 pm:

    – Call the cleaners and get the sheets changed for Quinn at the Guv’s mansion already. –
    Why? It’s not like anyone’s slept on them lately.

  56. - tanstaafl - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:54 pm:

    Puzzler - You forget, Rod’s former attourney Gensen stayed there.

  57. - MO Watcher - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:54 pm:

    Listening to Talk of the Nation right now on NPR. Two women have called in talking about All Kids and the fact that it insures their kids. One just mentioned that “if we’re going to have a corrupt governor, why not have one that does things for kids?” Think he’s using his campaign fund to tell them to call in?

  58. - scoot - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:54 pm:

    The fat lady is warming up…

    na-na-na-na…na-na-na-na-..hey hey hey……gooooodddbyeeeeee!!

  59. - Windy City-zen - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:55 pm:

    “– Call the cleaners and get the sheets changed for Quinn at the Guv’s mansion already. –
    Why? It’s not like anyone’s slept on them lately.”

    All the more reason to have ‘em cleaned.

  60. - Ahem - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:55 pm:

    Ellis was great throughout. Congratulations to him.

  61. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:55 pm:

    The vote in the House had only a few comments and went quicker than anybody expected. I suspect the Senate will do the same. A few members will make comments, then everyone will vote. They will be done by 3:30 at the latest, more likely by 3:00.

  62. - Anon from BB - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:56 pm:

    If I was a betting man I would say that they are using the caucus time to figure out who will speak. I can’t imagine all 59 senators will say something, much less each of them 5 minutes of something. It would take hours!

  63. - Obamas' Puppy - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:56 pm:

    There will be some present votes too

  64. - Old Springfield - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:56 pm:

    Rich where is the party tonight?????

  65. - True Observer - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 1:58 pm:

    Blago’s accomplishment -

    Starting with a tiny minority, he has made a significant minority of people throughout the United States come to believe that has been railroaded.


    Worst possible scenario: Fitzgerald decides he can’t prove it and doesn’t indict. ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE.

    2nd Worse scenario: Blago is acquitted. VOTERS WILL WANT SCAPEGOATS.

  66. - anon - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:02 pm:

    Ellis’ last remark was outstanding, the people are tired of it - get it over with. I’d like to see the caucus’ come back, decide on making the vote unanimous with no chatter from all 59 of them and get Quinn sworn in before 5 p.m. ! What do you think of that?

  67. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:02 pm:

    Gov Evan Meacham was aquitted after he was impeached and removed. Nobody cared.

  68. - oldengrey - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:05 pm:

    True Observer:

    Which voters would those be?

  69. - Hair today, gone tomorrow - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:06 pm:

    Emil III will vote against Rod.

  70. - Cynic - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:07 pm:

    Pot — I’d be willing to bet it’s not unanimous. Still, the way the rules are written (not voting on each article but instead a simple yes/no) I can’t imagine that anyone can justify a vote against.

  71. - he gone - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:07 pm:

    I wonder too if this will help Fitz’s case in that more people will be willing to talk to him now that they no longer have to fear the Gov.’s office.

  72. - GofGlenview - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:08 pm:

    True Observer-

    What the voters want is a hero- the real question is- who will THAT be.

  73. - Been There - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:09 pm:

    Could this possibly be the last official act that bears Governor Blagojevich signature? I might frame it.

    Or is he busy signing other exective orders, Water Rec appointment or firing people?

  74. - Phineas J. Whoopee - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:09 pm:

    I wonder how it feels to make the speech of your life, deliver it flawlessly and bring it home and when your done you can hear a pin drop. I bet he thought they would all clap.

    That is how you know your in trouble.

  75. - True Observer - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:10 pm:

    “Gov Evan Meacham was aquitted after he was impeached and removed. Nobody cared.”

    That was Arizona where they don’t take their politics seriously.

    This is Illinois. They’re still talking about Ryan and Walker and the shoe boxes and Richard J. and Ogilvie and ….

    In Arizona, they’re out enjoying the sunshine.

  76. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:11 pm:

    59-0-0 is my below the fold prediction

  77. - Happy About Our Future - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:13 pm:

    Did Blago head back for Chicago or is he still in town?

  78. - Keep Smiling - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:13 pm:


    My sincere apologies. I can see what you mean, if you are very certain that there is no merit to a “no or “present” vote. I’m not as certain as you on that point, but from that perspective, I get it. Sorry.

  79. - Nearly Normal - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:14 pm:

    Ellis has authored a book titled In the Company of Liars–how appropriate.

  80. - another anon - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:14 pm:

    Even if there is no criminal trial or RB is acquitted, there are still plenty of reasons to impeach him as Gov today because he has abused his office.

  81. - GofGlenview - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:15 pm:

    Actualy I think it will play out like this…from the Land of Fiction:

    Blago get’s impeached…

    Blago get’s indicted for more. Specifically, the payout to Kjellander.

    Blago goes to trial…at that trial Rezko and Kelly both testify against him.

    Cellini goes down as does Hurtgen. Kjellander get’s indicted for lying to federal prosecutors and, possibly, helping Rezko and Blago take payoffs….

  82. - Fan of the Game - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:15 pm:

    Someone will be the proverbial baseball writer and spoil the unanimous HOF vote.


  83. - Fan of the Game - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:16 pm:

    Looks like they are filing in.

  84. - Concerned Observer - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:18 pm:

    It’s possible, Fan, but I’d be stunned. These votes are all public…and no one wants to be on that lonely ol’ limb.

    It’ll be 0, or two or more, but it won’t be 1.

  85. - GofGlenview - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:21 pm:

    sorry, he’s already been impeached- per Rich-the vote to remove is 59-0-0.

  86. - Ellis is the MAN - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 2:52 pm:

    I agree that Ellis did a great job - he was dignified and humble. But Mike Kasper was the pretty one.

    Kudos to the House Prosecutor, his staff, and the people of the State of Illinois. Regardless of the outcome, their voices were finally heard.

  87. - Honest Abe - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 3:28 pm:

    New York impeached and removed Governor William Sulzer, a Democrat who ran afoul of the bosses of Tammany Hall. Sulzer was removed in 1913. And many people believe that he was railroaded for purely political reasons.

    Rod Blagojevich is no William Sulzer.

  88. - Dan S, a taxpaer, a voter and a Cubs Fan - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 4:17 pm:

    Why did Ricky throw the race card?

  89. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 29, 09 @ 5:37 pm:

    For those of you who think the national news is salivating over this freakshow, turn on your TV.

    It’s the economy, stupid.

    The Monday after the Super Bowl, it will be, “Rod who.”

    The circus has left. It’s time to put aside childish things.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Rauner issues executive order barring legislators from representing clients at PTAB
* Kennedy: Limit top progressive income tax rate to less than 6 percent
* Question of the day
* Next week's House session cancelled
* *** UPDATED x2 - Pritzker "Did Chris Kennedy Just Endorse Bruce Rauner?" - Kennedy campaign tries to explain *** Kennedy says Rauner "should be applauded" for "trying to do what he thinks is best for the state of Illinois"
* Sen. Donne Trotter retires
* Illinois payrolls were up just 0.5 percent last year
* Vitriol continues in Durkin's primary race
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Judge clears courtroom in Rauner lawsuit hearing
* You can't "fully inform" voters without money
* State agrees to a $400 million consent decree
* Rate Prizker's new online ad
* Rauner gets another property tax press pop
* Emanuel pokes Rauner over Amazon comments
* Rauner's new Pritzker ad cost just $11,900
* Kennedy unveils health care plan
* Gov. Rauner gets his own blog
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






* Automatic voter registration 'smooth sailing' s.....
* Northern Illinois utility says customers can ge.....
* Is a Medicaid work requirement fair? - Chicago .....
* Lawmakers head back to Springfield to resolve S.....
* New session will bring new efforts at Illinois .....
* Underdog with hard-to-spell name launches write.....

* Sangamon County Jail increases inmate mental health services
* Truck driver charged in fatal accident in West Virginia
* U of I's capital plan will focus on facilities
* Bald eagle takes flight at Litchfield lake after rehab
* Bill would give rural Illinois schools high-speed internet
* Northern Illinois utility says customers can get assistance
* EXCHANGE: Basketball bookends Vietnam veteran's story
* EXCHANGE: Brown's Chicken murders changed business forever
* Thousands protest Trump at Illinois women's marches
* $1.9M in Mellon Foundation grants aid UIC humanities studies

* New session will bring new efforts at pension reform
* Rauner order bars lawmakers from property-tax appeals
* Outdoor sports participants hoping for larger cut in farm bill
* U of I trustees approve 4th-straight tuition freeze
* Rauner to air extended ad of Pritzker, Blagojevich on wiretap
* Mendoza to keynote Women's March Saturday in Springfield
* Chicago mayor vows to step up Amazon second headquarters bid
* Under the Dome Podcast: More Blago-Pritzker talk, Rauner confirms Duke is racist
* U of I withdrew 35 job offers after background checks
* Frerichs: Can't get tax break for using college savings plan on private K-12 tuition

* Gutierrez' 'support' for Trump's wall not quite what it seems
* How important is job flexibility? Our survey wants to know.
* Like our roundup? Share it around.
* What you need to know about the L.A. Times 'frat-boy executive' scandal
* Law firms' 2018 resolution: Less paper

* Patriots’ defense key to another postseason comeback
* Super Bowl LII preview: The Patriots and Eagles will square off for title
* Loyola peels away from Valparaiso for 70-54 win
* Horoscope for Jan. 22, 2018
* Man, 27, reported missing from Rogers Park
* Patriots in record 10th Super Bowl; Eagles in search of first Super Bowl win
* Patriots open as favorite over Eagles in Super Bowl LII
* Eagles rout Vikings for first Super Bowl berth since 2004 season
* Woman, 18, critically wounded in Bridgeport shooting
* After SAG Award wins, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell on fast track to Oscars

* Senate fails to reach deal to end government shutdown, pushes vote to Monday
* 'The Chi' Episode 3 recap: 'Ghosts' shows characters haunted by past
* First-year Golden Knights win again, now have best record in NHL
* 'Three Billboards' sweeps female-focused and led SAG Awards
* Patriots open as favorite over Eagles in Super Bowl
* Stephen Miller, immigration agitator and White House survivor, is at the center of the fight over ‘Dreamers’
* Aly Raisman's mom rips into Michigan State coach Tom Izzo: 'Are you a moron?'
* Much as White House might try to soften blow, government shutdowns are costly and cumbersome
* Nick Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7
* John Coleman, former Chicago meteorologist and Weather Channel co-founder, dies at 83

» Hundreds Of Thousands Gathered For Women's March In Chicago
» Chicago Schools Chief: Cost A Driver In Special Ed Overhaul
» One Year Later, Women’s March Demands More Than Attendance
» State Week: Education Funding, Pritzker-Blagojevich, Rauner-Duke
» Sheriff Offers To Help Review Police Shootings In Suburban Cook County
» 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

* Their View: Is civics still taught in our schools?
* George Will: Choosing immigration criteria is a Sisyphean task
* New session will bring new efforts at pension reform
* Rauner goes after Madigan's other job
* Madeleine Doubek: May we better value journalism and the journalists
* Our View: Springfield needs more than a cautious plan for Y block
* Statehouse Insider: Rauner goes after Madigan's other job
* UIS Perspectives: Public affairs internships lead to success
* Petty, Davidsmeyer both decry anti-Petty calls
* Ed Rogers: High stakes for Trump at the World Economic Forum

* Two homes damaged during shots-fired incident in Davenport
* Fallen officers honored at I–80 overpass
* Glen Carbon man gets 12 years in prison for stealing marijuana
* Greater Peoria Honor Flight wants more diversity among its vets
* 5 juveniles struck by car in St. Louis; 1 in critical condition
* UI Women's Tennis vs Florida State
* Tazewell, Woodford marriages, divorces: Jan. 21, 2018
* Random Acts of Kindness: Stranger rescues dog in rush hour
* Missing 10-year-old from Missouri found safe
* Followup file: Overlook senior housing taking shape in Moline

* Sabally, Ionescu lead No. 7 Oregon over No. 18 Oregon State
* Vikings never were in NFC title game
* Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7
* Boedker, Thornton lead Sharks in 6-2 rout of Ducks
* Hellebuyck stops 29 shots, Jets beat Canucks 1-0

* Hultgren makes strong mark on nation's new...
* Our view: End patronage at Algonquin Towns...
* Dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US Rep. Ran...
* Letters to the editor: Election commission...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* Bipartisan Illinois criticism follows Trum...
* Shutdown Stalemate As Immigration Negotiat...
* 'Time' Magazine's Powerful Cover Features ...
* Letter: Talk to tax preparer about GOP tax...
* Our view: End patronage at Algonquin Towns...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Senate at Impasse as Votes Delayed Until M......

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Duckworth returns fire against 'five-defer......
* Iraq veteran senator again calls Trump 'Ca......

* Patti Blagojevich slams Rauner's campaign ad using Blagojevich FBI wiretap, and other Chicago news
* Women's March: The Sequel, or this time we have a destination
* Sketchbook.
* From Bev Johns: The ISBE and legislators turned a blind eye to CPS special education mess.
* Hearing aids print money and executives steal it.
* Sketchbook.
* Observing Epiphany With A Plunge In The Lake
* Michael Pfeiffer, Former Crew Server, Missing
* Don't Get Conned By The Armani Jacket Scam
* Sketchbook.

* 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

* Will Sony Xperia XZ Pro lose headphone jack? Dongle pictured in FCC docs
* B&H has LG G6+ for 25 percent off at $599.99
* Sprint HTC U11 getting Android Oreo update this week
* Moto X4 kernel on Android Oreo now on GitHub
* After a year of delays, cashier-less Amazon Go store to open Monday
* Lacking iPhone 6 Plus repair stock, iPhone 6s Plus units may be given out
* New Nokia flagship leaks with five camera lenses and Snapdragon 845

* Advocating for retired non-numbers
* Getting ready for Soxfest 2018
* White Sox seeking new flagship radio home
* Engel working to steady barrel in Year 2
* WLS parent company looking to end White Sox radio deal
* Inbox: Who replaces Rodon in the rotation?
* 2018 South Side Sox Hall of Fame Ballot

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller