The last Cook County Board Meeting started out with everyone remembering Orlando Jones, who was found dead of a gunshot wound a couple of weeks ago. Orlando Jones was John Stroger's (Daddy) Chief of Staff. Most of the Commissioners had some sort of story about him. Todd Stroger said it feels like he lost a brother, which he did a few years ago from an asthma related condition.
The agenda item that they were voting on today was to limit how much Unions were able to contribute. Commissioner Tony Peraica said no matter how much make up you put on it and lipstick, a Pig is still a pig and this is wrong, and it prostetutes the elections. He gave an example of the last election, where a Union came in and gave Todd Stroger a half a million to put ads on TV in the last 5 days before the election, calling him Bush like. Peraica also brought up the fact that many Aldermadic races in Chicago were also determined by union. Many union supported Aldermen won, especially against incumbants. Commissioner Mike Quigley did not like the analogy of pigs with make up and said he will compare Apples to Apples and he was not going to vote it down because Unions represent a lot of people in the County. He went on to say that they had to approve a COLA(Cost of Living Adjustment) for non union employees and that unions already negotiated raises. Commissioner Peter Silvestri said the other White Meat does not want to be referred to as wearing lipstick. Surprisingly Commissioner Bill Beavers favored a $1500.00 cap on contributions by unions. By the way, the vote favored taking contributions from Unions in any amount.
And on today's news a special Cook County Meeting is being called to raise sales taxes, yes to bail the County out of the budget deficit. Yes, Chicagoans will have the highest taxes of anyone in the country, predicted to be 11%.
It is fall and the leaves are starting to turn. Wow summer went by fast!
What else can I say here, but fur is still flying in Springfield, and a lot of back biting is taking place.
Governor guilty of "incipient tyrannical behavior," Madigan suggests
Last Updated 9/25/2007 11:01:04 AM
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is asking the courts to dismiss a lawsuit over Gov. Rod Blagojevich's authority to set the date and time of special sessions.
In a 60-page rebuttal to the governor's lawsuit, Madigan said the case involves a political, not legal, dispute that is not up to the courts to remedy, that the General Assembly has the sole authority to decide when it meets and that the speaker cannot be sued for actions taken by the House.Madigan also said that there is no constitutional requirement that he order a majority of House members to show up for special sessions. In his lawsuit, Blagojevich said the speaker must compel attendance by enough members that the House can vote on bills.
In a cover letter to House members, Madigan took a shot at Blagojevich.
"It is in the best interest of any democratic republic that incipient tyrannical behavior and tendencies be recognized and rebuked whenever they rear their ugly heads, …" Madigan wrote.
Blagojevich sued Madigan because the House would not meet at the specific time of day set by Blagojevich for special sessions. The case is pending in Sangamon County circuit court