Still have not worked things out in Springfield

State Senate Leader ganging up with Governor against House Speaker Mike Madigan
Jones, the Senate president, says he is supporting Blagojevich's idea of spending more on health while vetoing parts of the budget. He promises to block any Senate effort to override the vetoes.

Jones again blamed Madigan for the situation. He says any budget agreement among the legislative leaders was broken by Madigan conspiring with Republicans to derail Senate efforts to approve a new Chicago casino that would provide money for state construction contracts.

"He's not a man of his word. Keep his nose out of the Senate business, period," Jones said.

Madigan talks
The governor doesn’t have the legal authority to enact his new health insurance plan, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday.

In his first public comments since Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced he would veto $500 million from the proposed state budget in order to finance an expansion of health care, Madigan said it is not possible for the governor to take money from one part of the budget and spend it on something else without legislative approval.

“I still think he needs some authority, somewhere,” said Madigan, D-Chicago.

Madigan called Blagojevich’s latest move “contrary to the Constitution.”


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    Sounds like the heat has been turned on against Baloneybitch. And now Baloneybitch is going to block the Senate voice. I have a feeling that B-Bitch won't be in office that long. He voted for the Iraq war and now he is acting like a Gerbil wannabe. But, Baloneybitch is acting like an adult baby that ought to be wearing rubber diapers.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    We are stuck with BaloneyBitch unless the Rugby Man or someone else indicts his ass. There is no recall vote in Illinois to get rid of him. There may be three more budget battles after this. He just got re-elected in November of 2006. Third Generation was right, Topinka was not much of a prize either. The Green Party candidate was way out there, but he did better than usual, just because he was a protest vote. I didn't vote for the Democrat dude throwing chain saws in his ads running in the primary. On the Republican side, there was Milkman Oberweis and a couple of other people who didn't have a chance. The Republicans in Illinois aren't that with it, which is why Topinka got the nomination. It wasn't that long ago they dragged Alan Keyes into Illinois to run against Obama.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "We are stuck with BaloneyBitch unless the Rugby Man or someone else indicts his ass."

    And with the loss of some of the good attorneys from the DOJ in the Illnois district, lack of budget, and cuts, it is an uphill for the Rugby Man to indict him as he wants or anyone else in the DOJ. And Baloneybitch has strong ties to another crooked lawmakers. There is a lot of garbage to clean up in Illnois.

    And yes, I know about Alan Keyes. And Obama spanked him in his run for the Senate race. Glad Obama beat the carpetbagger knucklehead. And Keyes had a lot of nerve calling Senator Clinton a carpetbagger when he needed to look at himself in the mirror.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Way back in the 1990s, Alan Keyes ran for president. A buddy of mine met him in the subway by coincidence, because anybody waiting for the subway in D.C. is a captive audience. The first words out of my buddy's mouth were, "I just met a politician who is crazy."
    SP Biloxi said...
    The first words out of my buddy's mouth were, "I just met a politician who is crazy."

    And your buddy was right....
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
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    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Yes, I agree Alan Keyes is crazy, and they had to import him to get a contender for the GOP ticket in the Senate race, that is the sad state of affairs for the GOP in this state. And the only GOP they could get to run for Governor was Judy Baar Topinka who worked with Ryan for so many years, who also wants the Berwyn Spindle, or junkyard on a pole to go because she lives in the neighboring town, and her attitude is what does not work in this state, kindof arrogant remarks for being in a blue collar, blue state.

    Judy Baar Topinka is a former treasurer of Illinois and represented the west suburbs in the legislature
    August 3, 2007

    Spindle in need of a tow truck
    No town wants to be known for 'public art' that would be more at home in an auto graveyard, writes Judy Baar Topinka

    You don't see Hinsdale or Bolingbrook or Riverside seeking something like the "Spindle" to get notoriety. No community of standing wants to be known for having something better placed in a used-car lot.

    In my days as a reporter and as an Illinois legislator, I received numerous complaints about the "Spindle" and some of the other alleged works of art at Cermak Plaza. People recognized that the "Spindle" was just plain junk. But it was not as bad as "Big Bil-Bored." That piece of expensive garbage, facing busy Harlem Avenue, was a three-story concrete pork-chop-shaped "sculpture" with pieces of landfill trash stuck into it. What a commentary it and the "Spindle" were about Berwyn, sort of a one-two punch.

    10:03 PM
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Topinka has nothing better to do than dis the Car Kabob? It was in a movie --she'll never be in a movie (unless someone makes one about the political criminals in Illinois).

    Save the Spindle
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Iraq soldier's cat falls 18 stories and survives. Poor lucky kitty!
    SP Biloxi said...

    Thanks for sharing about the kitty that fell 18 stories. That cat certainly had 9 lives. But, I feel bad for the soldier that is stck to pay for the cat's medical bill. I hope that his fellow soldiers and his family pitch in some money to pay for the cat's bill.

    p.s. That cat resembles you. Are you sure that cat is your long lost sibling? ;-)
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    The story was on TV and I bet by now some nice people gave money to pay for the cat's bills.

    I don't know if I have any siblings. The nice lady who is my owner found me wandering the neighborhood, mooching for handouts.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "The nice lady who is my owner found me wandering the neighborhood, mooching for handouts."

    And how in the hell do you get a pension being a moocher? What's up with that???? ;-)

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