On the afternoon of the last regularly-scheduled day of the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois House voted down SB 2252, an income tax increase from 3 to 4.5%. Another income tax increase to 6% passed by the Illinois Senate late Saturday night, but may not be called for a floor vote in the Illinois House. Time is running out for any income tax increase during the regularly scheduled session. If the legislature is called back on June 1, any legislation would need a 2/3 majority rather than 50% plus 1 for passage.
The Illinois House Republicans stayed solidly opposed to the Democrats "Hail Mary" budget proposal as it passed tonight with one vote to spare SB 1197 (Democrat Golar changed to a "no" after the roll call), legislation that would authorize this fiscal years remaining funds to state agencies, and will permit the state agencies to function at the status quo until the legislature is called back later this summer, or during the veto session.
These ads are already appearing tomorrow to launch a new membership drive right in Barack Obama's back yard. "It's not easy being RIGHT in Chicago," the CYRs are telling Blue, Red and Brown line riders for the next month. More at www.JoinChicagoYRs.com. You gotta love how huge the "RIGHT" is!
The CYRs are holding a press conference in the morning as they officially launch the month-long membership drive.
Springfield … Despite voicing concerns about its effectiveness, State Representative Michael Connelly (R-Naperville), today expressed his disappointment with the watered down campaign finance reform package which passed the House.
“The lack of teeth in this legislation is astounding when put in the context of what has happened politically over the past ten years in Illinois. Instead of allowing for an up or down vote on recommendations proposed by the non-partisan Illinois Reform Commission, the legislature received a watered down version that has more holes than swiss cheese,” stated Connelly. “I’m completely appalled by the Democrats lack of willingness to pass meaningful reform.”
One online gambling news source says the Illinois General Assembly's passage of online race track betting is only the beginning.
NewOnlineCasinos.org reports that not only are gamblers pushing for U.S. Representative Barney Frank's bill to overturn the federal ban on internet gambling, they plan to push for internet casino gambling, too.
The new law will allow residents to bet on horse races from the comfort of their own homes, through the Internet. The measure is being met with widespread excitement from people in Illinois.
"Hopefully this is only the first step," said Billy Cormate, " if we are allowed to bet on horse online, then we should also have the right to play poker or play at an online casinos."
Actually the Illinois General Assembly passed to the governor legislation legalizing playing poker online just hours before it passed the horse racing online effort. Both are now sitting on Governor Patrick Quinn's desk.
by Sam Pierce
This is the headline on Breitbart, "Wichita police: Slaying at abortion doc's church." It is being reported, but not confirmed that George Tiller (a.k.a. Tiller The Baby Killer) has been shot and killed at his church.
If it is confirmed that the late term abortion practitioner has been killed, the culture of death leftists that infest the nation's media, government, and entertainment entities are likely to have a field day. The vile "doctor" will become a martyr to those who salivate for acts of violence that can be pinned on people who oppose abortion.
Check out the list of nearly 50 new state sales taxes the Illinois Senate who loves you, feels your pain and wants us all to pay now ... So even if you're one of the nearly 10% laid off from your job, with no taxable income to get hit with the 67% income tax increase, you'll still feel the pain... oh yes, it's 50 new ways to tax us.
Courtesy of the Daily Herald's Senate debate live blog:
Kansas' controversial late term abortionist George Tiller was shot and killed this morning as he was entering church. UPDATE from Associated Press:
Attorney Dan Monnat said Tiller, one of the nation's most visible and strident advocates for abortion rights, was shot as he served as an usher during morning services at Reformation Lutheran Church. Monnat said Tiller's wife, Jeanne, was in the choir at the time of the shooting.
Condemnation of the killing is coming in from national pro-life leaders.
Long time conservative host favorite Teri O'Brien has returned to talk radio, and the "Warrior Princess" is on the warpath every Sunday afternoon from 2 to 3 PM right here on your computer. She's set with phone lines open for your comments.
Check out the Teri O'Brien Show, Sundays 2-3 pm Central Time. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Teri-OBrien . If you're busy at 2 o'clock, you can stream it or download later via iTunes.
by Cal Skinner
A 50% income tax hike was not high enough.
Slot machines in every convenience store and tavern wouldn't tempt enough people.
Senate Democrats caved into the Rev. and Senator James Meeks' goal and voted 31-27-1 to raise income tax rates 67%, plus putting sales taxes on 39 services, including internet service providers, cable television, photocopying, private clubs, dating services, oil exchange and goodness knows what else, except sponsor Senator John Cullerton told the Senate that barbers had been left alone. I guess they talk so much they are dangerous.
Speaking against the bill was
State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) presented a constitutional amendment to allow the recall of a future Illinois governor. It didn't include the other statewide elected officials. It didn't include legislators. It didn't include judges.
It didn't include local officials like McHenry County College Board members who just gave MCC's ex-president well over a $200,000 going away present. Or the Grafton Township Trustees, who refuse to allow a referendum vote on a proposed new $5 million township hall. And it wasn't a straight citizen initiative.
It requires that 20 House members and 10 Senators would have to agree before a recall petition going forth. Half the representatives and senators will have to be from different parties.
"If you want to protect incumbents, vote no on HB 3785," State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-McHenry) told his House colleagues today,"If you want to protect free speech as determined by the Illinois Supreme Court, vote yes."
Rep. Tryon's original intention for HB 3785 was to lengthen the amount of time political signs can be displayed on private property to 45 days. Since the bill was introduced, the Illinois Supreme Court determined it was against free speech to set any limit on the time a political sign can be displayed.
Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago) said the Senate's amendment to HB 3785 was not appropriate, because it allowed localities to set boundaries on political sign size. He then asked whether the bill would need 71 votes to supercede home rule.
House Democrats passed temporary 50 percent state income tax in committee today, but the Chicago Tribune suggests there's not enough votes to pass Governor Quinn's effort on the House floor:
SPRINGFIELD -- House Democrats today advanced a 50 percent increase in the state income tax for two years, but final approval remains very much in doubt as the General Assembly nears its Sunday night adjournment deadline.
Democrats have been unable to find enough votes in the House to raise the income tax to help plug a major budget hole and Republicans have said they aren't ready to vote for a tax hike yet. House Democrats met for a couple hours behind closed doors on Friday but abruptly left the Capitol without taking a vote.
The proposal, approved with all Democratic votes at a House committee, would generate $4.5 billion a year to help stave off massive cuts in state services, according to House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago).
by Teri O'Brien
By now, you’ve no doubt learned the following fun facts about the Dear Reader’s choice to replace David “Norman Bates Jr.” Souter on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor:
During her years at Princeton, she joined two campus organizations whose efforts were devoted chiefly to the celebration of nonwhite ethnic identities. She reminisces: “The Puerto Rican group on campus, Acción Puertorriqueña, and the Third World Center provided me with an anchor I needed to ground myself in that new and different world.”
Acción Puertorriqueña, which remains active to this day, lobbied against Proposition 187, the 1994 ballot initiative designed to deny social-welfare benefits to illegal aliens in California; sponsored a 2003 event focusing on the alleged “inequality” that suppressed Latinos’ “access to higher education … throughout our nation”; and currently supports increased rights and privileges for illegal immigrants.
The other group to which Sotomayor belonged, Princeton’s Third World Center, was established in 1971 to provide "a social, cultural and political environment that reflects the needs and concerns of students of color at the University”; to remedy the fact that “the University’s cultural and social organizations have largely been shaped by students from families nurtured in the Anglo-American and European traditions”; and to acknowledge that “it has not always been easy for students from different backgrounds to enter the mainstream of campus life.”
There's no doubt that accessibility of gambling makes the possibility of losing paychecks easier. Couple that with alcohol, and you've got a destructive mix. This week's video poker machine bill will eventually cost the state of Illinois, especially when the state and it's welfare system is forced to step in where grocery money, child support and mortage funds are lost in the neighborhood tavern.
Five members of the Cook County Board, stunned by the sudden passage of video gambling last week, took these very arguments to the Chicago Tribune's editorial board to try and discourage Governor Quinn from signing it into law.
Congratulations to Commissioner Liz Gorman and the others that responded with sound and reasonable concerns about video gambling will effect their districts and the women of Illinois ...
by Cal Skinner
State Rep. Art Turner (D-Chicago) came up with a perhaps too revealing summary of Democrat attempts to raise income taxes 50%.
After an extended part caucus in which a reported 39 of the needed votes seemed to have identified themselves, according to the Chicago Tribune, the Madigan assistant said,
"We're looking for courage. We're close. We've got it spelled C-O-U-R, but we're looking for the rest of it."
by Phyllis Schlafly
Does Barack Obama really want to make Americans subject to foreign law and courts? That is the question Senators should ask when they vote on his nomination of Harold Hongju Koh, former dean of the Yale Law School, to be the top lawyer at the State Department.
Koh is encumbered by a long paper trail that proves he is eager to use foreign and international law to interpret American law. He calls himself a transnationalist, which means wanting U.S. courts to "domesticate" foreign and international law, i.e., integrate it into U.S. domestic law binding on U.S. citizens.
Koh wants to put the United States under a global legal system that would diminish our "distinctive rights culture" such as our broad speech and religion rights, due process and trial by jury. Koh complains that our First Amendment gives "protections for speech and religion ... far greater emphasis and judicial protection in America than in Europe or Asia."
Check out this email message coming from the Governor's office, pressuring Republican state reps Poe and Brauer to support his tax increase so Sangamon County's "needed services" can continue.
It is 3 pm. The House is on an hour break. We expect them to be back shortly to vote on the income tax increase. It is imperative that we get the votes for the income tax increase to continue with needed services in Sangamon County and really all of Illinois. Please call Representatives Poe and Brauer as soon as possible and ask them to vote yes—Poe (217) 782-0044 and Brauer 217-782-0053
The tax increase is a tough vote, but the Governor has now added a sunset clause. We are hopeful that Reps. Poe and Brauer can support the tax increase with the sunset—it’s a tough vote but it is sorely needed. Tell him thanks for his support of your programs in the past and ask for his support this time as well.
Carolyn Brown Hodge
Office of Governor Pat Quinn
Deputy Chief of Staff
Here it is, Rants! & Raves!, your weekly chance to sound off about the week past. Remember the rules:
1. A Rave! is something that happened during the past week that you’re pleased about and is signified by the word “Rave!” and/or an appropriately peppy emoticon.
2 A Rant! is something that happened during the past week that you’re ticked about and is signified by the word “Rant!” and/or an appropriately grumpy emoticon.
3. You may Rant! about something a person said, did or wrote, but you may not Rant! about generally disliking a person.
Chicago Young Republicans Launch Marketing Campaign
Chicago, IL –On June 1, 2009, the Chicago Young Republicans (CYRs) will launch a major marketing and membership campaign, leading to a culminating event at the end of the month featuring freshman Congressman Aaron Schock. The CYRs have spent several months perfecting their message, designing the ad copy and laying the ground work for this revolutionary campaign that will make one million impressions per day.
The CYRs will hold a press conference announcing the launch Monday, June 1, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in front of the CTA’s Southport El Station (3441 N. Southport, Chicago). In addition to CYR leadership, Illinois GOP Chairman Andy McKenna, Republican National Committeeman Pat Brady, Cook County GOP Chairman Lee Roupas and Adam Kinzinger Republican Candidate for the 11th Congressional District will be in attendance.
"Many Republicans feel that they are all alone in Chicago,” said Jeremy Rose, CYR President. “The purpose of the CYR campaign is to raise awareness that there is a critical mass of local conservatives and to erase the perception that Republicans are extinct in this city."
Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) has come out with a new report, Budget Solutions 2010, that shows a variety of ways to balance the budget without tax hikes. It offers a menu of options to curb out-of-control spending, along with reforms to make Illinois state government more efficient, accountable, and transparent.
Check out the report here: Download Budgetsolutions2010
lllinois is just two puffs away from being home to the Magic Dragon -- at least for those who have medicinal reasons. SB 1381, which will decriminalize marijuana in Illinois, has already passed the Senate and late last night passed the Illinois House Health and Human Services Committee, thanks to the rantings of State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Chicago) who declared that "no one ever overdosed" on marijuana.
All four committee Democrats -- Lang, Jakobssen, Collins and Flowers all voted "Yes" and all three Republicans -- Bellock, Cole and Stephens -- voted "No." SB 1381 is expected to be vote upon in the Illinois House before scheduled adjournment on Sunday. If it passes the House, it will proceed to Governor Quinn's desk.
Here's Exhibit A on how a media source can lead in state politics. The Tribune nails the volatile situation in Springfield and makes excellent suggestions for getting us out of this legislative session that would please any Illinois conservative. Illinois Review bestows kudos when they are earned, and this is one of those rare times. From today's Trib editorial:
-- Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno insists that her members won't even talk about raising taxes until the majority Democrats change business as usual in Springfield. We like her list of musts: full-chamber votes on all of the Illinois Reform Commission proposals, lower pensions for future state workers, efficient and economical managed care for Medicaid recipients, a moratorium on funding new state programs, and removal of caps on the number of charter schools.
Someone thinks so.
Click on the link below to see a document that's been circulating among some key Republicans in Illinois.
We report...you decide.
by Cal Skinner
Boy, do I wish I had been at the McHenry County Council of Governments last night. They had a show of hands regarding whether the mainly elected officials supported a 50% income tax hike.
And, surprise of surprise, a consensus was not reached as it may have been by the regional organizations your mayor belongs to.
Right there in the background material was a summary of Governor Pat Quinn's income tax hike proposal. I can't tell you which version (it looks like the most recent), but here are the details that were presented:
by Bill Beckman
Back on January 22, 2009 President Obama observed the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by stating, “I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose." He added, "While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make," he said. "To accomplish these goals, we must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services."
If someone reduces the "need for abortion," would you expect to reduce the number of abortions? Obama supporters who claim to be concerned about abortion certainly seem convinced that he will reduce the number of abortions.
Some even claim that his programs will reduce abortions, while inaccurately suggesting that abortions increased under Bush. These advocates seem to rely on fairy tales rather than facts to reach the conclusion that abortions increased while Bush was President.
Geneva, IL – Wednesday the Kane County Young Republicans hosted guest speaker Ethan Hastert and elected new club officers for the year. Ethan, son of former Speaker Denny Hastert, is considering a run for the 14th Congressional seat against incumbent Congressman Bill Foster. The monthly meeting at Houlihan’s in Geneva closed with the election of:
Chairman - Cody McCubbin (Geneva)
Vice-Chair - Stephanie Navarro (Aurora)
Treasurer - Drew Veeneman (Elgin)
Secretary - Don Henry (Batavia).
Ethan Hastert, a practicing attorney downtown who resides locally in Elburn, discussed a broad spectrum of issues and the need for new political leadership. “People say Congressman Foster was elected twice. He can’t be beat… but he doesn’t represent our district in Washington.” During a subsequent question and answer period Ethan identified himself as a conservative, concerned with the direction of US regulation and fiscal policy. He specifically opposed “Card Check” and “Cap and Trade” legislation.
How things change, and yet remain the same.
... Republicans looking forward to next year must consider the five billion campaign fund called the work or relief bill. No doubt you can buy some of the people all the time, and it may be you can buy all the people some of the time, but you can't buy all the people all the time, even if the money would hold out. The political pauperization of the United States will find its limit. If that be optimism, we'll make the most of it. Nevertheless, the five billion has been voted and if it were not used politically, the miracle would be astounding. There will be no miracle. The Republican party need not expect one. Not even Mr. Farley would entertain such hopes.
Still it is true that the American people do not naturally produce such a government as the present one. If they have a genius, it does not run in such directions. Its political works do not take such form. America's natural instincts are for a freer, less bossed, less bribed political organization. Just because Americans have been troubled or frightened it is not common sense to conclude that they have been made over into another breed. They have absorbed demagogs in their system before.
Despite claims that Speaker Madigan would not spend any time on gambling this year, yesterday the House quickly passed SB 1298 for Account Deposit Wagering, which legalizes gambling on horse racing on the Internet. The vote was 87 Yes and 27 No. The Senate passed SB 1298 last month.
The Legislature will send Governor Quinn two gambling bills, which amount to “the greatest expansion of gambling in Illinois history”. At this point, the Governor is the only one who can stop this massive expansion of gambling into homes and neighborhoods.
It won't be Rod, but Patti, starring ... but in case you missed this press conference for the upcoming "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" series, this is too bizarre to describe. You have to see it for yourself.
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The Illinois House passed to the Governor today HB 71 (Senate vote/ House vote) and HB 72 (Senate vote/House vote) -- two bills that determine what you can not do while you're driving. HB 71 bans texting while driving anywhere and HB 72 bans talking on a cell phone in a school or construction zone, except if using a voice-activated set.
Talk about how this will be realistically enforced ...
UPDATE: Tribune is reporting the person is Alderman Isaac Carouthers, "staunch ally of Mayor Daley."
Interesting information about Carouthers on Clout Wiki ...
This car runs on hot air and broken promises. It has three wheels that speed the vehicle through tight left turns. It comes complete with two Teleprompters programmed to help the occupants talk their way out of any violations. The transparent canopy reveals the plastic smiles still on the faces of all the "happy" Democrat owners.
from Wendy Long, Judicial Confirmation Network
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' comments yesterday that "We can all move past YouTube snippets and half sentences and actually look at the honest-to-God record" raise an important question for Mr. Gibbs. The Duke University comments by Judge Sotomayor are quite clear and unequivocal. Is Mr. Gibbs suggesting that Judge Sotomayor was lying in the tape or that she really didn't mean it?
An important controversy and debate continues to brew over Judge Sotomayor's comments at Duke University in which she said that appellate courts "make policy," and in her published words tucked away in law review articles. The White House continues to say that her words caught on tape were taken out of context. It appears that whenever the press or other critics point out troubling or radical statements made by Judge Sotomayor that clearly reveal her approach to judging, the White House spin machine is dizzying itself trying to figure out how best to communicate what it is that Judge Sotomayor really meant when she uttered the appellate "courts make policy" comment or her published writings saying a "Latina woman would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who has not lived that life."
With the Illinois Senate determined to decriminalize pot for medicinal use (SB 1381 ), we thought it might be interesting to see what people are saying about kids and pot. We've heard of school nurses' offices in California filling up with kids no longer on Ritalin, but now taking breaks to inhale pot and treat their ADD.
The pediatrician in the piece below says parents are reporting that cannabis works for their kids. One wonders how they figured out smoking pot worked for their kid. The doctor also says ingesting rather than smoking pot is more effective and longer-lasting, that dosage prevents them from getting stoned. One wonders how she intends to monitor all that.
Surely this is all coming to Illinois along with the decriminalization of pot. Will those serving prison time for being found in possession of pot be let loose, and what will be the age restrictions on medicinal pot use? All these questions should be asked as the Illinois House moves forward with this proposal. The before mentioned video below ...
By a mere two votes, the Illinois Senate passed State Senator Bill Haine's SB 1381, which legalizes pot in Illinois, for medicinal reasons. Now it moves to the House.
The most surprising vote was the YES from Senator/Rev. James Meeks, pastor of one of Chicago Southside's largest churches. Two disappointing votes from normally fairly dependable conservative Republicans were Senator Gary Dahl (R-Peru) and Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford), who also disappointed social conservatives with their support of legalizing video gambling statewide and raising taxes on alcohol, soda pop, candy bars and medical shampoo, among other odds and ends.
Those two votes allowed Haine's bill to pass to the Illinois House, where Rep. Lou Lang has already picked it up -- he's in the House Democratic leadership. There could be yet another social conservative controversy before this is over.
In the meantime, did your senator vote to legalize pot?
by Tony Peraica
A light brunch ... a celebrity autograph signing ... and a pep rally.
Sound like a U.S. Census event to you? Well, in Cook County it does. Please watch this video to learn more:
by Matt Gauntt
Our clear winner in the insane sweepstakes is Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Democrat. Perhaps Governor Quinn can read this post before he makes the same mistake.
Like most Democrats, Governor O'Malley thinks the solution to government's financial woes is to "soak the rich". "They are willing and able to pay their fair share", yadda, yadda, yadda. It's like a broken record of the sound of nails on a chalkboard. Can someone just send me a tape recorder with automatic replay? Because it is the same refrain every single time.
In an attempt to slow down the Democrats' slick manuever to get civil unions voted on this week as discussed earlier today HERE, State Rep. David Reis (R-Olney) shrewdly responded by filing four query notes on SB 1716, all of which will need to be answered before the legislation can be voted upon on the House floor. It's unknown how long it will take, but that's not bad for a second-term state rep, Mr. Reis. Keep it up ...
US Senator Roland Burris admitted to reporters this morning he didn't tell the whole truth to the House Impeachment Investigation committee, but House Democrats are still determined to protect him. Upon hearing about a wiretapped conversation in which Burris offered to write a check to the governor in exchange for his Senate seat, who could oppose the resolution containing these words?
WHEREAS, Roland Wallace Burris, the current junior senator from the State of Illinois, has stated, for the public record, that he had contacts, prior to his appointment as Senator, with key individuals connected with former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and he had, during the course of these contacts, made arrangements to take a key role in fundraising efforts for Blagojevich; and
"I was never asked...!" U.S. Senator Roland Burris admitted this morning he did not tell the truth and the whole truth to the House Impeachment Panel in January. Senators Reid and Durbin agreed to drop any resistance to his placement in the U.S. Senate if he gave a full and truthful testimony to the panel. It's pretty evident in this WGN video that he was less than truthful - and blamed Rep. Jim Durkin for not asking the right questions during Burris' testimony.
This is the Chicago media at its best.