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A Voice of Reason

Here in Illinois there is a voice of reason in the House. He’s a Democrat from Marengo (which is a bit west from where I live in the northeast corner of the state). His name is Jack D. Franks.

He wrote an Op-Ed in today’s Chicago Tribune:

Why are we in such dire straits? Too much spending.

Illinois doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. State revenue this year is at the third-highest level in the history of Illinois. We have more money than we had in 2007.

We have a labyrinth of pork projects. We have more than 1,700 state programs. All those programs make it difficult to run the vital and necessary state services. All those programs cost billions of dollars. We need to take a step back and remember that government is not self-perpetuating.

he ends with:

Illinois can pull itself out of this mess. We have to shrink the size of government through better accounting and restrained spending.

I urge Gov. Quinn and my fellow legislators to be innovative. To show leadership.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair once said, “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”

We have to say no.

Read the rest.

via Dr. Wes via Instapundit

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Illinois Statewide Offices

From the ballots for the primary elections, next Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010. * = incumbent (my endorsements at the end, fwiw)

Federal: United States Senator (for the open seat that was Barack Obama’s, now Roland Burris’. Dick Durbin is up for re-election in 2012.)

Democrat

Robert Marshall
David Hoffman
Jacob J. Meister
Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias
Cheryle Jackson

Republican

Donald (Don) Lowery
Mark Steven Kirk
Andy Martin
Kathleen Thomas
John Arrington
Patrick J. Hughes

Green

LeAlan M. Jones

State Offices

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Burris' Airport Newser

Burris: I look forward to serving our 13 million people with all of the crises that we have in this state and in this nation. And Illinois is need to have a full complement of representation and that’s what I’m seeking to do.

Q: What do you expect to happen upon your arrival in DC?

Burris: Well, I’m hoping and praying that I will be seated.

Q: Have you had any contact with the Obama Administration?

Burris: No I’ve not. None whatsoever. My people tried to reach out to reach out for them and, uh, {unintelligible. – Burris was turning around and looking at people behind him at the airport}

Q: How do you feel about your supporters bringing race into this issue here?

Burris: You know, I cannot control my supporters. I have never in my life and all of my years I’ve been elected to office thought anything about race. I’ve been elected four times in the state of Illinois and the great people of Illinois have seen the qualifications and the commitment Roland Burris has and race has never been a concern of mine. Certainly as a matter of fact, {interrupted to get closer to the microphones: Q: Sir? B: Oh, is there a problem? I have, um. I’m trying to talk to the young lady.} As a matter of fact I have looked upon the state of Illinois as the only state in the nation, think about this, that has elected four blacks statewide. Two United States Senators and two constitutional officers and now they have an appointed individual who is also black as United States Senator.

Q: Mr. Burris. Who do you plan to meet with and to do what you call these negotiations in Washington?

Burris: Well, I will be in touch with our senior senator, Dick Durbin, and hopefully he will have things outlined for me and set up there and we will proceed from there. I understand that he has a schedule for me from Harry Reid the majority leader and we will see what takes place there.

Q: Are you scheduled for Wednesday?

Burris: Wednesday, that’s correct.

Q: You’ve been subpoenaed to appear before the House Impeachment committee.

Burris: We’re handling that as well.

Q: How are you going to do that?

Burris: Well, I am, I am the Magic Man.

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A Special Election?

The Illinois General Assembly is getting ready to strip Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) (Happy 52nd Birthday Rod!) of his power to appoint a replacement for President Elect Obama (D-IL) in the US Senate.

The state’s top two legislative leaders Tuesday said they will move fast to seize control of the process of selecting a replacement for

In separate statements, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President Emil Jones said they will call a special legislative session next week to repeal the state law that now gives the governor the power to fill Mr. Obama’s seat. Both said they will press instead for a special election to fill the remaining two years of Mr. Obama’s term.

“I am prepared to convene the House next Monday to change state law to provide for a special election for the U.S. Senate replacement,” Mr. Madigan said. “I would urge U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to take note of this action.”

This would be great! A special election will work even if Blagojevich does resign his seat as [cref blagojevich-arrested we called for yesterday] and will at least give Illinoisans  a chance to seat a Republican as the Junior Senator from Illinois.

Let’s have that special election!