Trying to keep Blagojevich on the ground in Springfield



Prosecutor wants to ground BlagojevichSPRINGFIELD -- Like Dad taking the car keys away from a troublesome teenager, a lawmaker wants to ground Gov. Rod Blagojevich for not finishing the state budget.

Rep. Bill Mitchell is proposing banning the governor and legislative leaders from flying on state aircraft if they haven't agreed on a budget by the May 31 deadline -- as happened last month.

The Forsyth Republican's longshot legislative dart is aimed squarely at Blagojevich.

The Associated Press reported last week that Blagojevich is spending at least $5,800 for each round trip from his home in Chicago to Springfield for budget negotiations. He has been making the flight about three times a week in the overtime session.

The AP analysis of state records, combined with Blagojevich visits to Springfield after the latest official records, suggests the cost to taxpayers is about $82,000 and rising.

"If you can't do your jobs before May 31, your perks of office will stop, and you're going to come down to Springfield in your Chevy just like rank-and-file members, and you'll act like everybody else," Mitchell said Tuesday.

6 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "Rep. Bill Mitchell is proposing banning the governor and legislative leaders from flying on state aircraft if they haven't agreed on a budget by the May 31 deadline -- as happened last month."

    Good! And take away G-Rod and the legislative leaders their paychecks too!
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Many flights were cancelled at both Chicago airports due to heavy downpours, I wonder if the Gov was able to fly?
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    I think I can get Baloneybitch a bus ticket when it rains, and even when the weather is good.

    Hey, those people will finish on Friday and they get the whole freaking week off!!!!!!!!! They will not work on the budget again until July 9th. WTF.

    Too bad some judge can't sequester their asses.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Hey, those people will finish on Friday and they get the whole freaking week off!!!!!!!!!"

    Cook County sure sounds like the "hoppin" town to work at. You join the friends and family plan, get paid big bucks, finish on Fridays, get a week off, and work on the budget when you come back.

    No wonder Illnois has problems. No accountability, idiots running city and county jobs, no money, and Pottersville lifestyle. What a bunch a lazy and crooked officials.

    Baloneybitch..LOL!
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    The latest I hear is that the Gov. of IL is making the lawmakers come back to Springfield on July 5th to get back to work on the budget.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Where is Chicago Native? I hope that she is not tearing any articles on the train because her clueless leader won't give her a twinkie break. ;-)

    New thread, Ms. Chicago Native.

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