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Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Press release…

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after being unanimously re-elected as the Senate’s second-highest ranking Democrat, the Senate Democratic Whip, for the 118th Congress by his Senate Democratic colleagues this morning. Durbin has served in the number two role in the caucus since 2005. Durbin will also continue in his role as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I am honored to continue to serve the Senate Democratic Caucus as Whip and Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The midterm elections showed that Americans support the vision Senate Democrats, along with President Biden and Vice President Harris, have for the nation. And we will continue our work for the American people.”

Only five other Illinoisans have served as leaders for their parties in the Senate. Shelby Moore Cullom served as Republican Conference Chairman from 1911-1913; J. Hamilton Lewis became the first Democratic Whip of the Senate in 1913, and was again elected Whip in 1931; Scott W. Lucas served as Democratic Whip from 1947 to 1949 and Majority Leader from 1949 to 1951; Everett McKinley Dirksen was elected Republican Whip in 1957 and Minority Leader in 1959, a position he held for ten years; and Alan Dixon served as Chief Deputy Whip from November 1988-January 1993, the chamber’s third-ranking Democrat.

* Hmm…


* More national stuff with an Illinois angle…


* Press release…

Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) joined roughly 50 Democratic lawmakers from 31 states at the White House this week to discuss top issues for the 2023 legislative session.

Biden administration policy experts organized discussion panels to allow lawmakers to collaborate and better align on strategies to protect the rights of all Americans. On Wednesday, Rep. Cassidy was the only legislator to participate in all three sessions which included gender equity and economic justice, reproductive freedom, and LGBTQI+ issues.

“I am thankful to have this opportunity to meet with my peers from across the country as we begin the very serious task of protecting and preserving rights that many conservative lawmakers are working to take away,” said Rep. Cassidy. “During these strategy sessions, I was able to relay the work of our Reproductive Health Working Group and what Illinois is considering to address the devastating impact of the Dobbs decision.”

”Our working group and staff continue to work tirelessly to ensure we can protect and expand reproductive health care. We recognize the importance of the task ahead and this meeting at the White House allowed for an opportunity to collaborate with other policymakers and get a better understanding of the national landscape.

“We are at the precipice of what we have set out to accomplish since the Supreme Court overturned Roe and it’s imperative we leave no stone unturned. After my visit to the White House, I am even more motivated and energized to make sure that Illinois remains a safe haven for reproductive freedom.”

In addition to the panels on Wednesday, Rep. Cassidy will also participate in discussions on Thursday.

* News…


* The chair and treasurer of this group is Christopher Cooper, whose listed address is in Chevy Chase, Maryland


* They’ve been asking that I post this, so here you go…

* I occasionally get emails from companies asking me to include links to old stories, but this is the very first time I’ve received a corporate request to add a link to a post about a federal criminal investigation of a major corporation…

Should I add it?

* Isabel’s roundup…

       

16 Comments
  1. - G'Kar - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 2:35 pm:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but shouldn’t the Northwest Side invite the incumbent to the candidates forum?


  2. - Amalia - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 2:40 pm:

    so did the group with the Mayoral forum not invite the Mayor? or did she tell them no?


  3. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 2:42 pm:

    ===not invite the Mayor?===

    I think they did. But, you know, it’s Sen. Martwick. She doesn’t like him much, even though he did more to elect her than almost anybody.


  4. - Blue Dog - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 2:56 pm:

    I have been to approximately 10 naturalization ceremonies. including Mrs. Blue. they are right up there with Baptisms when it comes to touching my heart. if you ever have a chance. go.


  5. - Been There - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 3:22 pm:

    ====even though he did more to elect her than almost anybody====
    Ha.I had to reread that. I know Martwick backed Preckwinkle but then realized you were probably referring to him at Lightfoots press conference.


  6. - Dysfunction Junction - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 3:22 pm:

    ==Should I add it?==

    Please do, if only to get someone there to re-think the use of algorithmic emails like that one. They really irk me.


  7. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 3:42 pm:

    ==Should I add it?==

    The bots will soon be our overlords; when they make a request you should comply or expect to face the consequences.


  8. - Rabid - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 4:00 pm:

    Turn the zoo tree into a sculpture


  9. - Joe Schmoe - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 4:06 pm:

    Make them buy an ad…..


  10. - Amalia - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 4:17 pm:

    @RichMiller, thanks and LOLOLOLOL I’m certain that somewhere out there in GIF land the confrontation still exists. It helped her then but I’m sure his constituents largely don’t like her now.


  11. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 4:23 pm:

    === It helped her then but I’m sure his constituents largely don’t like her now===

    It can probably best be remembered as an “I told you so” phenomenon.


  12. - DuPage - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 4:46 pm:

    Uh-Oh, a police officer has been shot in Lombard. This is very rare for this area.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 4:51 pm:

    Too little too late Rodney.

    You’re not Mary Miller, but you’re not Adam Kinzinger.

    Now you’re not much of anything but a lame duck in this Congress.

    Couple cycles from now, probably be forgotten…


  14. - Vote Quimby - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 5:09 pm:

    A bot told me to tell you that you should add the link /s


  15. - Dotnonymous - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 6:23 pm:

    Liquor fueled funerals…whatever could possibly go wrong?


  16. - Been There - Thursday, Dec 8, 22 @ 10:14 pm:

    ==== Liquor fueled funerals…whatever could possibly go wrong?====
    They would also be eligible for video gaming terminals now. Not saying that’s wrong but not the best way to start spending the inheritance you just received.


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