Mike Madigan, speaker of the Illinois House sent congress home until after the Holiday's and the Hogg with Big Nuts is loosePosted by Third Generation Chicago Native at 11/29/2007
On a sad note the late Henry Hyde
During more than 30 years as a congressman, he represented the people of Illinois with character and dignity _ and always stood for a strong and purposeful America. This fine man believed in the power of freedom, and he was a tireless champion of the weak and forgotten." _ President Bush.
"U.S. Rep. Hyde unequivocally embodied the title of statesman in every sense of the word. His leadership when speaking on the House floor drew attention from each member in the chamber. The clarity of his thoughts, the wisdom of his foresight and the principled values he espoused were unmatched." _ GOP Rep. Peter Roskam, who succeeded Hyde in Congress.
"From his time in the Navy to his long career in the U.S. House of Representatives, Henry Hyde leaves an honored legacy of championing freedom both here at home and abroad. He was the pre-eminent, pro-life champion of our time. Today, we remember the life of a truly great American." _ Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde was a man of great conviction and an eloquent spokesman for the causes he believed in. ... The people of Illinois owe him a great debt of gratitude for the years and years of service to our state." _ Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat.
The governor's attendance at the Chicago Blackhawks game isn't going over well with state lawmakers, and his threats for more special sessions probably won't help the matter.
The governor says he can't vote, so he didn't have to be there. He says he enjoyed watching a game that wasn't rigged, saying that since Madigan didn't vote for the bailout, Madigan probably didn't want the bill to pass.