Veterans Day updates: McCombie, Curran likely in; Butler out; SAFE-T Act talks continue
Friday, Nov 11, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller
* I was told this morning that Rep. McCombie currently has enough votes…
Note the time stamp on Tina’s tweet from last night. Somebody else claimed a scoop on the story this morning, several hours after Sfondeles popped it.
* Also, since I saw it mentioned online today, subscribers were told yesterday that Sen. John Curran has rounded up more than enough votes to depose current Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie.
* Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) announced early this morning that he plans to “resign from the House before the start of the 103rd General Assembly to work full-time with the Illinois Railroad Association.” Flashback…
* Tina Sfondeles with an update on SAFE-T Act negotiations…
The only way we’d have seen “massive” changes would’ve been if Republicans had swept. Instead, the GOP endlessly flogged the issue (oftentimes untruthfully) and still got thumped almost everywhere except for one seat in the Illinois Senate and one in the House. Also, I wouldn’t expect any floor action next week in either chamber.
…Adding… I was asked by the Conference of Women Legislators to post this flier…
…Adding… DeVore waited far too long to criticize Proft, but here we go…
* A few more…
* Illinois labor groups declare victory in Worker’s Rights Amendment: The bulk of outstanding mail-in ballots come from counties that voted heavily in favor of changing the Illinois Constitution to protect collective bargaining rights
* The suburban prosecutors taking the lead in the legal battle to topple the SAFE-T Act: On Wednesday, they filed a 35-page motion for summary judgment, asking Kankakee County Judge Thomas W. Cunningham to find the law unconstitutional and issue a restraining order preventing the state from implementing it.
* Man in the middle: Departing state House GOP Leader Durkin says Trump so ‘harmful’ to nation that RINO tag is ‘badge of honor’: Many believe a Durkin stay in the House is unlikely. But for now, he said he’s prepared to be a voice for Republicans in their fight against the criminal justice package known as the SAFE-T Act, which will see at least some revisions during a veto session that begins next week.
* Illinois GOP fundraising base has badly eroded over the years: It’s either jump into the far-right political bed with billionaire Richard Uihlein, or deal with the GOP’s stark fiscal reality and scramble every day to raise a few bucks here and there.
* Editorial: Illinois GOP needs to seek middle ground: Somehow, Republicans have to reshape the conversation to acknowledge that good government can exist and it needs involvement from the moderating influences Republicans provide. The alternative is to have no influence at all.
* Democrat Alexi Giannoulias seeking ideas as he announces transition team days after secretary of state win
* Illinois House of Representatives District 104: Mike Marron defeats Cynthia Cunningham
* Sun-Times obituary writer Maureen O’Donnell farewell to daily reporting column: In a way, I’ve been writing goodbyes for 13 years. That’s how long I’ve been the Sun-Times’ obituary writer. But this goodbye — from reporting for the Sun-Times — is hard. I’ve written too many obituaries of people who died in their 20s and 30s or died just days after retirement, their dreams of an African safari — or just the chance to clean out that garage — unrealized. I might contribute to the Sun-Times from time to time, but right now I’m planning to retire and travel.