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Unclear on the concept

Monday, May 30, 2016

* While I do agree with some of the recent Tribune editorial blasting the House’s massively out of balance appropriations bill, this is just plain wrong

Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, voted a cowardly “present.”

The bill included money for state employee back pay. You’ll recall that a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision about this very issue declared that state workers can’t be paid without an appropriation, so the House appropriated the money. Smiddy, a former Department of Corrections employee, told me he’s owed about $5,000. He voted “Present” because he had a conflict of interest. That’s how you’re supposed to vote when you have a direct conflict.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

26 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:06 am:

    “Another” clear example of “simple and easy” rationales, answers, solutions, interpretations…

    Are never easy OR simple to solve… or explain…

    Unless you *Cough* Tribune Edit Board *Cough* choose to just be… easy or simple


  2. - John Rawls - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:10 am:

    Come on, he didnt vote for a $39b budget because he would get $5,000 from it? Give me a break. This isn’t a real conflict of interest, this is an excuse to vote present, and that is truly cowardly.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:14 am:

    What would be s good rationale to vote for something with a conflict of interest?

    - John Rawls -, with your rationale, doing the right thing IS cowardly?

    Yikes.


  4. - Louis Capricious - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:14 am:

    Not to mention, exactly how many times has the ENTIRE HOUSE GOP CAUCUS


  5. - Louis Capricious - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:15 am:

    … voted present over the last year.


  6. - Joey Bats - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:15 am:

    John Rawls,

    It’s a classic conflict of interest. Rep. Smiddy did the right thing. Relax.


  7. - Louis G Atsaves - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:16 am:

    Rep Smiddy did the right thing. It doesn’t matter if it was an insignificant amount. He still would have voted to compensate himself.


  8. - John Rawls - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:18 am:

    But Smiddy and others vote in 2014 to make legislative pay a continuing aprop - would seem to be a much greater conflict of interest there, but Smiddy had no problem with it

    At least be consistent


  9. - Joe M - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:20 am:

    Where were such Tribune editorials when the GOP has been casting an abundance of “present” votes.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:24 am:

    - John Rawls -

    So you agree with Pat Quinn to stop the constitutionally mandated payment of legislators?

    That’s fun.


  11. - John Rawls - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:27 am:

    Yeah why not

    They obviously don’t deserve to be paid this time around


  12. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:41 am:

    - John Rawls -

    If you haven’t guessed, this post and title is referring to you, you’re unclear on these concepts.

    Sorry.


  13. - AlfondoGonz - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 10:45 am:

    John Rawls-

    I’m sure if he voted yes and the Trib uncovered that he would improperly gain $5,000, you’d say “So what? What’s a measly 5k?”


  14. - Ratso Rizzo - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 11:09 am:

    Smiddy is not the problem here…its just the opposite. There are too many people working for the Illinois not for the good of the State but rather to enrich or promote themselves.


  15. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 11:12 am:

    Cowardly ethics? I can’t wait to read the Trib’s Trump endorsement. Should be a doozy.


  16. - Annonin' - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 11:31 am:

    This is another example of why Katrina & Tribbies influence no one any more. Quite a fall.


  17. - Truthteller - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 11:37 am:

    In the Trib’s view the only brave legislators are those who vote in lockstep with Rauner.


  18. - Georg Sande - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 11:51 am:

    Meh. Had he announced his “conflict’ prior to the vote perhaps that would add some credence to his explanation.

    Funny, he never had a conflict with SB1229 or HB580. Hmm.


  19. - Rich Miller - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 11:54 am:

    ===he never had a conflict with SB1229 or HB580===

    Please describe how that would be a conflict.


  20. - Anonymous - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 12:22 pm:

    His present vote means he wanted to vote YES but couldn’t. He is allowed to vote no…


  21. - Rich Miller - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 12:23 pm:

    ===means he wanted to vote YES but couldn’t===

    lol

    Try again.


  22. - WHAT? - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 12:37 pm:

    “Candy Crush Cloonen” voted yes for this out of balance budget.


  23. - DuPage Dave - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 12:48 pm:

    Reasoning with the Trib editorial board is like arguing with a rock.


  24. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 1:09 pm:

    - WHAT? -

    Ron “Hawk Harrelson” Sandack keeps up and tweets better about the Sox than about floor debate and votes when are both happening simultaneously…

    What’s your point?


  25. - Formerly Known As... - Monday, May 30, 16 @ 2:57 pm:

    Smiddy did the right thing.


  26. - Honeybear - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 7:33 am:

    John Rawls please go back to having a “bat-like horror of the limelight”. Spill your filth on IPI’s website.


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