With the resignation of Rep. Jesse Jackson, D-Chicago, the state could end up without a voice on the House Appropriations Committee for the first time since 1893, when Rep. Joseph Cannon, a Downstate Republican, got on the powerful purse-strings panel. He later went on to become its chairman and Speaker of the House for so long they named one of the House office buildings after him.
Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Chicago, is still trying to get on Appropriations, according to Capitol Hill sources, but a list of pending committee assignments released last week had every Democratic seat on the committee filled with members from other states. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, remains a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. ...More HERE