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There they go again

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

* They declared themselves a gun sanctuary, put a question on the ballot about kicking Chicago out of Illinois and now they’re formally weighing in on a bill that was signed into law three months ago

The Effingham County Board Legislative Committee on Monday moved to the full board a resolution opposing the Illinois minimum wage increase.

The resolution was proposed by the committee’s vice chairman, Jim Niemann. He said the purpose of the resolution was to let Illinois legislators and Gov. J.B. Pritzker know the law will have a negative effect on Effingham County.

“This is something that’s going to not only draw businesses out of Illinois, but make it difficult for us to do our jobs,” Niemann said. “As I said earlier, too, it’s just a hidden tax. From my perspective, all it is is to raise money for the state.” […]

When it came time to vote on whether to pass the resolution on to the full board, there was some hesitation on committee member Joe Thoele’s part. Thoele voted to pass it on to the full board, but said the wage hike is already in place.

“It’s already law. That’s just my opinion,” Thoele said. “The reason I would support it would be if it had something to do with the county and how it affects the county.”

* Meanwhile, here is Rep. Allen Skillicorn’s HJRCA35

Proposes to amend the Legislature Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that the legislative power is vested in a General Assembly consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives, elected by the electors from 102 counties (currently, 59 Legislative Districts) and 118 Representative Districts. Provides that one Senator shall be elected from each county in this State. Provides that the General Assembly shall divide the counties as equally as possible into three groups for electoral purposes. Establishes 118 Representative Districts independent of the number of Legislative Districts (currently, each Legislative District consists of 2 Representative Districts). Provides that no Legislative Districts shall be established following the 2020 decennial census, or any decennial census thereafter, for the purpose of selecting State Senators.

Not unconstitutional at all. Nope. Not in the least.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

52 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:34 pm:

    –The Effingham County Board Legislative Committee on Monday moved to the full board a resolution opposing the Illinois minimum wage increase.–

    I understand they got the word late because the original carrier pigeon spreading news was shot as soon as it crossed the county line.


  2. - Annonin' - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:35 pm:

    Looks like Skilly got his head stuck in the bazooka he was demoing last week


  3. - Hamlet's Ghost - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:36 pm:

    Previously I wrote that there was no need for teh state legislature to consolidate counties.

    I just changed my mind.


  4. - wordslinger - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:38 pm:

    –* Meanwhile, here is Rep. Allen Skillicorn’s…–

    I bet he was the kid in class who would eat crayons to get desperately needed attention.


  5. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:41 pm:

    “resolution opposing the Illinois minimum wage increase”

    I suppose the opposition might make some strategic sense. The full $15 min wage will take 5 years to incrementally kick in. Future legislation could just as easily eliminate some of the increases.


  6. - Lt Guv - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:43 pm:

    When did Skillicorn sustain the head injury?


  7. - Perrid - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:44 pm:

    So Skillicorn wants the state Senate to be as unfair as the federal Senate, where land votes. To bad SCOTUS has basically said that districts can’t have more than a 10% population difference.


  8. - Anonymous - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:47 pm:

    Likely Effingham is looking at this example:

    Chicago is the family who appears wealthy, drives expensive cars, big house with pool and 6 car garage, takes exotic vacations, etc. When you peel the onion back, it shows the “rich” family is millions in debt, house in foreclosure, problem kids, et.al.


  9. - Leslie K - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:47 pm:

    I’m not sure what I find more exasperating–the pandering or the fact that it works. Although I guess that’s the only reason to do it…

    I feel bad for the staffer who had to pick that HJRCA up at LRB. Humiliating.


  10. - Norseman - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:54 pm:

    Campaign ad: Skillicorn doesn’t want your vote to count. Majority rule is inconvenient for those who prefer tyranny.


  11. - El Conquistador - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:54 pm:

    Feel the rage of the northern Kentucky radical right… sad and pathetic.


  12. - Nearly Normal - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    How about passing a bill that states that these counties will not receive any general revenue funds generated by Chicago, Cook and the collar counties? Let’s see the shock when their state revenues go way down. No way do these counties general more funds than they receive.


  13. - Nearly Normal - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:58 pm:

    “generate” not ‘general” more funds than they receive.


  14. - Annonin' - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:59 pm:

    We worry about these magoos and Trump trying to start a new world war, but this is THE REAL CRISIS…
    Britney Spears’s longtime manager Larry Rudolph says the singer may never perform again. Speaking to TMZ, Rudolph said, “As the person who guides her career — based on the information I and all of the professionals who work with her are being told on a need-to-know basis — from what I have gathered it’s clear to me she should not be going back to do this Vegas residency, not in the near future and possibly never again.”

    Rudolph has managed Spears for most of her career, going back to her first album, “Baby… One More Time,” in 1999. “I’ve been with her for two-thirds of her life,” he tells Variety. “I look at her almost like I look at my own daughter. It’s very emotional for me … and really rough. Personally, I want for her to just find a peaceful, happy place — whatever that means for her. It’s not about a career anymore — it’s about life.”


  15. - DuPage Saint - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:01 pm:

    Good for them. Now revoke child labor laws and put kids back in mines. Great to teach them a trade


  16. - cover - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:02 pm:

    = How about passing a bill that states that these counties will not receive any general revenue funds generated by Chicago, Cook and the collar counties? =

    Won’t matter, remember the T-shirt from that post a couple weeks ago? Their roads could turn to dirt and they will still be anti-Chicago.


  17. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:05 pm:

    Go ahead, Republicans, keep digging yourselves deeper in the hole. You make it easier to defeat you in elections. Thank you.


  18. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:08 pm:

    I think I want some of what they’re smoking.


  19. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:09 pm:

    Is it possible they’re trolling you Rich?


  20. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:24 pm:

    What’s funny/sad is that Skillicorn counts getting mentioned on CapFax as a legislative accomplishment.
    Probably his only legislative accomplishment.
    His constituents must be proud.


  21. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:30 pm:

    I’m sorry, I know it’s not “pc” to say this but no one wants to listen to the complaints of welfare queens. Counties like Effingham county should pull themselves up by their bootstraps and start generating their own revenue for a change. Stop mooching off all the collar counties and then blaming all of their problems on everycounty else. If they stop holding their hand out to other counties for funding, roll up their sleeves and generate their own funds, they’ll be able to realize the same kind of self-respect that successful counties feel. /s


  22. - Anon - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:34 pm:

    It’s easy to laugh this off, but if you’ve been paying attention to Republican politics at all in the last 10 (or hell, 40) years, you know they’d do pass the Skillicorn-legislation in heartbeat if they could. The GOP is furious that non-white communities are sufficiently populous to deny them control of this state. Why wouldn’t they want to change the rules to let land vote instead of people?


  23. - lost in the weeds - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:43 pm:

    “I do not need no stinking constitution”.

    “I walk soybeans in the hot sun causing me to have visions of new laws.”


  24. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:45 pm:

    Where are the rational Republican voices, to end this nonsense? It seems like the moderate ILGOP died on 12/10/14.


  25. - LTSW - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:47 pm:

    Baker v Carr and Reynolds v Sims, Rep Skillicorn should do a little research. But I suspect he knows. Just ginning up the uneducated base I suppose. Just wait till he tweets and Facebook posts.


  26. - TheInvisibleMan - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:50 pm:

    It will be our folly to only ignore or mock what Skillicorn is doing here.

    It’s all fun and games, until it happens.


  27. - BAP - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 4:57 pm:

    Rauner was the last moderate Republican it seems.


  28. - Gooner - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 5:00 pm:

    I would boycott Effingham over this, but let’s be honest. I couldn’t find Effingham on a map, and unless I happened to be driving through on my way to someplace else, I can’t imagine ever having any reason to do business there.

    I suspect that most people in IL probably feel that way, and I suspect the people of Effingham know it.

    Nice job. You caught our attention for a momemnt. Now we will go back to things that matter.


  29. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 5:02 pm:

    ===Rauner was the last moderate Republican it seems.===

    I’m pretty sure it’s spelled E-d-g-a-r.


  30. - vole - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 5:07 pm:

    Some days it seems that one or two states across the border is or are getting more progressive and smarter. And then some days not when we are all getting dumber. Or just acting like we oughta be first in line for the bottom.


  31. - JS Mill - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 5:09 pm:

    Some of the dumbest stuff I have heard yet. Skillicorn is the embodiment of nearly everything he rails against. A self-serving politician that panders to the lowest common denominator.

    That or he hates America and Democracy. Wants to go back to landed gentry like good ole’ England.

    Why does he hate America?


  32. - ArchPundit - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 5:11 pm:

    ===Provides that one Senator shall be elected from each county in this State.

    Make Dirt Great Again!

    Make Jim Crow Great Again!

    Tell me again how he’s so thoughtful.


  33. - ArchPundit - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 5:14 pm:

    On the more serious side, counties are nothing more than extensions of state government. Even if you think the US Senate is a good idea, the idea of having two Senators per state was because the state governments are sovereign in their own areas. Counties aren’t sovereign–they are literally extensions of state governments.


  34. - Alex Ander - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 5:48 pm:

    I propose that Effingham County become its own state.


  35. - Graduated College Student - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 6:00 pm:

    ===I propose that Effingham County become its own state===

    Nah, give them the Puerto Rico arrangement.


  36. - FormerParatrooper - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 6:09 pm:

    I am not sure if there are any real Republicans left in the ILGOP. The ILGOP was fading, then Rauner came along and delivered the death blow to them.


  37. - wordslinger - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 7:06 pm:

    –Counties aren’t sovereign–they are literally extensions of state governments.–

    And creations of state government. Any GA and governor, by 60-30-1, could reorder the whole anachronistic shebang.

    ARTICLE VII, SECTION 2. COUNTY TERRITORY, BOUNDARIES AND SEATS
    (a) The General Assembly shall provide by law for the formation, consolidation, merger, division, and dissolution of counties, and for the transfer of territory between counties.


  38. - wordslinger - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 7:31 pm:

    –Chicago is the family who appears wealthy, drives expensive cars, big house with pool and 6 car garage, takes exotic vacations, etc. When you peel the onion back, it shows the “rich” family is millions in debt, house in foreclosure, problem kids, et.al.–

    Exactly what’s needed: more absurd, simple-minded stereotyping.


  39. - the old man - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 8:56 pm:

    The people of Effingham County need to ask for their money back for the salaries these guys are taking home. Same for Halbrook’s ,Bailey’s, and Wilhour’s constitutents. Boy do we miss Reis and Cavaletto and Eddy.


  40. - 13th - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 9:16 pm:

    what “the old man” said ten times over


  41. - The Dude Abides - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 9:36 pm:

    Do you think we could kick Effingham out of Illinois and see how well they do own their own?
    Also Rauner wasn’t a Republican. He is a Raunerite who just bought the Republican party for a few years.


  42. - Ebenezer - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 9:43 pm:

    I’m with Skilly. Democracy made this country great and all. But then somehow democracy spread to all these people who don’t think like me, and that’s gotta be stopped. /s/


  43. - FormerParatrooper - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 9:47 pm:

    Rauner may not have been a Republican, but he sure killed off the party.


  44. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 12:16 am:

    It looks like Appomattox wasn’t the last word after all. Maybe for their county fair, they can get a Prince cover to sing, “Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1859″ Danged northern aggression.


  45. - Kippax Blue - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 6:53 am:

    I would like to see a vote concerning kicking Chicago out of Illinois, immediately followed by a vote to kick Effingham out of the state. Bet I know who stays and who goes. The economic engine of Illinois vs Illinois Truck Stop…


  46. - Anon - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 8:16 am:

    I am pretty sure Effingham and most of downstate would die if it were not for Chicago and the collar counties. Go ahead and leave, Effingham. We won’t need to support you any more.


  47. - Elliott Ness - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 8:55 am:

    As you travel north or south on I-57 or east or west on I-70, perhaps it would be wise to just keep driving and avoid the insanity completely. If they want to separate then let them separate and have their own version of life without any commerce from the “outside world.” Think I will just keep on driving and fill up in points east or west and enjoy dining or shopping away from this utter ignorance. Perhaps the greater Effingham Chamber of Commerce could eventually talk some sense into these buffoons.


  48. - Northsider - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 9:08 am:

    “===I propose that Effingham County become its own state===

    “Nah, give them the Puerto Rico arrangement.”

    I’d trade Effingham Co. for Puerto Rico.


  49. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 9:44 am:

    –If they want to separate then let them separate and have their own version of life without any commerce from the “outside world.”–

    They’re doing a bit. Distracting the masses by stroking their grievances and blaming “the others” for all their problems is first-day Charlatan 101.

    Some of the people, all of the time, is the objective.


  50. - Ill-Annoyed - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 2:37 pm:

    Ignorance knows no limit here in the peanut gallery. First, a resolution to change the Constitution can’t be “Unconstitutional”…duh. Second it’s about time somebody propose something to put a check on Crook County pushing all of their nonsense on the rest of us. Just like the US Senate was to represent the states and be a check on the passions of the people coming out of the US House, until the Progressives came along and mucked that up. I’m all for Crook County having only 1 Senator with 101 for the rest of us. What a scary idea for the unimaginative peanut gallery.


  51. - Rich Miller - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 2:41 pm:

    ===First, a resolution to change the Constitution can’t be “Unconstitutional”…duh.===

    My goodness, you’re so stupid.

    I was referring to the United States Constitution. This resolution would amend the Illinois Constitution.

    Duh.


  52. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 16, 19 @ 2:56 pm:

    –Ignorance knows no limit here in the peanut gallery.–

    Dr. Freud called this “projection.”


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