Close to getting a State Budget

Governor OKs most of state budget,Blagojevich cuts $463 million in 'pork' projects

August 24, 2007
By Christoper Willis The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD -- After 23 days, Illinois finally has a state budget -- or most of one.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the roughly $60 billion budget into law Thursday, except for $463 million that he called "special pet projects and other spending that we simply can't afford."
The Democratic governor also renewed his promise to add government health programs that legislators had refused to support. He plans more than $400 million in new or expanded services despite questions about whether he has the money or the legal authority.
Approving the budget means the state will start delivering school aid, worker's compensation, health care payments and other checks that were halted when the state's old budget expired July 31. The portions he vetoed go back to the General Assembly.
9 percent increase for schools
The new budget includes an increase of $597 million, or 9 percent, for elementary and secondary schools. It depends largely on natural growth in state revenues during the coming year, as well as ending a handful of tax breaks for business.
It does not have any major tax increases or gambling expansions, two of the many ideas discussed in the long months of bickering over the budget. Blagojevich signed the spending plan despite arguing earlier this month that it was perhaps $1 billion out of balance.
His signature largely resolves the most contentious issue of a bizarre legislative session marked by bitter disagreements among Democratic leaders and a record-breaking overtime session.
But the disagreements likely are to continue as officials try to come up with money for roads, bridges and mass transit.

Projects cut, projects spared in State Budget

A former superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserve District was found dead Friday in the flooded basement of his Inverness home, police said. Arthur Janura, 87, possibly died as a result of electrocution
The official cause of his death had not been determined as of Friday night. An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
Janura, who served as the general superintendent for 27 years, had hooked up a sump pump generator in the basement, according to his son, retired Associate Cook County Judge Arthur Janura Jr. "We don't know exactly what happened," he said.


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the roughly $60 billion budget into law Thursday, except for $463 million that he called 'special pet projects and other spending that we simply can't afford.' "

    Wait a minute. I thought G-Rod signed the entire budget. But you are saying that he passed part of the budget. The moron needs to roll the 463 million of pet projects back into the budget for important issues in Illnois. What is the world is he thinking?
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    He must want to win the award for the Governor taking the longest time to pass a budget, he has already made Illinois History.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "He must want to win the award for the Governor"

    Well, he sure as hell doing a lousy job!!! He left his brains in the closet.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Blago never had brains. He did less worse in Chicago when people were telling him what to do. When he grew up and became a big boy and started to make his own decisions, all hell broke lose.

    Think the hair is real?
    SP Biloxi said...
    LOL! Oh, now we are supposed to find out if Baloneybitch's hair is real or did he have a hair weave? Find out kittybowtie if he does by getting into his hair. After all a cat could do that. Fill in the potholes, kittybowtie. ;-)
    SP Biloxi said...
    Found these two articles about G-Rod:

    600 bucks for a makeup job and tag the bill to the state gov't? Whassup with that?

    Saturday, July 14, 2007

    SPRINGFIELD — Going before bright lights and television cameras to deliver his annual budget speech, Gov. Rod Blagojevich paid a professional makeup artist $600 to help him look good.

    Records show the state paid $600 to Deborah Dee, a professional stylist from the Chicago-area town of Crystal Lake. Blagojevich spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff said the $600 amount included payment for Dee’s travel and consultation on the lighting for the March 7 address.

    When asked Friday why state government paid for makeup, the administration said the billing was a mistake and produced documents showing that Blagojevich’s personal campaign fund paid Dee.

    G-Rod's hair issue:

    From Chicago

    Rod Blagojevich - The Problem

    Each Rowan: "He's obviously too much of an Elvis fan. Rod, Elvis has left the building. You gotta get away from the pompadourish look."

    Delgado: "He's a handsome man and he speaks eloquently, but when you look at his hair you can't take him seriously. It's almost like there's glue in there."

    Davis: "The classic businessman's regular is a good bet for most men in public service, but this look is unsuitable for his extra-thick and wild locks. It's kind of a cross between Playskool ‘snap-on' hair and a Muppet."

    Kearns-Gryzwa: "Look at him. Do you trust that hair? He's got First Day of School hair. And that part is bad. He's too round, too swept."

    SP Biloxi said...
    p.s. The comments of G-Rod's hair are from four stylists. But, their comments were too funny.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Yes, and his his opponent in the Governor's race last election had some interesting red/orange hair of her own. (Judy Baar Topinka)
    SP Biloxi said...
    Gonzo's gone.. Does this mean that Illnois will have balloons and cake for the AG's departure?

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