In a stunning violation of House rules, Illinois House Democrats used a subject matter only meeting today to advance legislation aimed at steering $100 million in public funds towards luring the Obama Presidential Library to Chicago.
Without a quorum present, and no Republicans to hold the rules accountable, the four present Democratic members claimed the committee roll call to be 9-0 (9 voting “yes” and 0 voting “no”) on the proposal, with even opposing Republicans not in attendance recorded... Read the full story »
Democrats get positively apoplectic when Republicans propose mandatory photo IDs for voting purposes. That’s “vote suppression,” they holler. It’s racially discriminatory, they scream – especially since a third of all minorities don’t have driver’s licenses, and over 90 percent of blacks and 75 percent of Hispanics vote Democratic. It’s intimidation, they insist.
Never mind that government-issued photo IDs are necessary to buy liquor, get a passport, board a plane and cash a check.... Read the full story »
In 2005, Forrest Claypool was a Cook County commissioner running for board president, and Gerald Nichols was a top aide — “patronage chief” was how Claypool put it — for John Stroger, the man Claypool was trying to unseat.
Today, Claypool is president of the Chicago Transit Authority, and Nichols is his $100,000-a-year manager of legislative affairs.
James D’Amico left his Cook County job last year after the inspector general recommended he be fired for allegedly pressuring... Read the full story »