Posts in category "Illinois Assembly"

Springfield Enters Bizarro World - Where Pregnant Moms Must Be Stopped!

You come to expect strange when discussing the politics of Springfield, but today’s debate and subsequent votes took it to a new level.  Give credit to the Illinois GOP for not caring that it is an election year, but you have to question who is running the party after today. The fact that that Representatives... Read more »

In Illinois, Religious Groups' Best Deal Is On The Table, Up To Rep. Greg Harris To Call.

Update: Bill was called today. Congrats to all involved. Another step towards true equality. Illinois House Votes to approve Gay Marriage. Illinois owes alot to Rep. Greg Harris. THANK YOU! Being a politician isn’t easy. Just ask IL State Rep. Greg Harris, the man charged with the Herculean task of carrying Illinois’ marriage equality bill... Read more »

Gay Marriage Will Be THE Illinois Moderate Litmus Test

There is very little doubt regarding the political leanings of a majority in the State of Illinois. It’s a solid blue state with an overwhelming number of voters identifying themselves as strong or lean Democrat which is ever growing even beyond the stronghold of Chicago. Yet, even with this statistical advantage, the state elected Republican... Read more »

Now IS the time to politicize a tragedy. Make a stand to prevent the next Newtown.

Photo: Flickr User Sunset Parkerpix / Creative Commons
I know people want you to be quiet and reflect and not politicize this tragedy, even our President’s spokesperson Jay Carney declared today is not the day to have those discussions. So I ask if not now, when? Twenty children died today, is that not enough to spark serious debate on curtailing military style weaponry... Read more »

Illinois Has A New Conservative Blog, So Why is The Headline Contributor the Democratic Governor? (Updated)

It has been a head scratching week for supporters of Democratic Governor Pat Quinn following the rather questionable “grass roots” social media campaign featuring  Squezzy the Python. Now we have one more thing to ponder, why is the Democratic Governor of Illinois the headline contributor of a new conservative website apparently funded and led by... Read more »

Who won and lost in Illinois (the unreported results).

Elections have consequences and none more so than in Illinois. While the obvious places of change (State House & Senate and Congressional races) became clear throughout Tuesday night, the less obvious is becoming clearer everyday after. Losers: Tea Party of Illinois: It is too premature to call the Tea Party in Illinois dead, but it... Read more »

Illinois GOP Minority House Leader Proposes Rewarding Businesses for Not Hiring People

The fact that Illinois corporations have been lobbying Springfield for tax breaks isn’t much of surprise, considering it was something they were doing long before the state tax increase last year and will continue long after the tax increase is repealed. What is surprising is the rate of success they are having and the support... Read more »

Always Bet on Money -- Illinois House Passes Smoking Exemption for Casinos

UPDATE: HB1965 is the only bill to get out of the House and as of 6/1/2011 has been assigned to Illinois Senate Executive Committee. It was not called before the May 31st deadline. With the expansion of casinos approved, it isn’t likely that this will be the end of this type of legislation. ————- It... Read more »

Illinois Redistricting: Will Minorities Really See Improvements?

Starting at noon Monday at the Bilandic Building in downtown Chicago, the public aspect of the state redistricting process will begin. Additional Senate committee hearings are scheduled for April 6 in Springfield, April 16 in Kankakee and Peoria and April 19 in Cicero, but on Monday the largest metropolitan area gets a say, and it... Read more »

Illinois Republican Senate Budget Cuts Are Deep, Smart Political Move?

A week ago, the Illinois Senate Republican leadership team held a press conference to announce the state was in debt and that they would announce a second press conference to come. The purpose of the second event was to show the people of Illinois the six billion dollars in cuts they proposed to make to... Read more »