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.