Category Archives: Illinois Politics

Sen Durbin, Illinois Congressional Delegation Seek To Revive IL Rail Car Manufacturing

Press release from U.S. Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin For Immediate Release April 9, 2009 DURBIN AND ILLINOIS DELEGATION ASK DOT TO SUPPORT REVIVAL OF ILLINOIS TRAIN CAR INDUSTRY [WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today led the Illinois Congressional Delegation in asking the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, to support […]

Savage, Wendorf, Svoboda And Kim For COD Trustees

While I haven’t written much about it due to time, there’s been a tremendous amount of nonsense (polite term) going on with the College of DuPage (COD) Board of Trustees over the last few years. Trustees resigning because of board ineffectiveness and poor leadership with the incumbent trustee board chair investigated and sued because of […]

Think The Roads Are Getting Faster? You’re Right

Ryan Avent points to a study showing that in some cases reduced vehicle traffic has gone below the “tipping point” where congestion gets really bad and produces traffic jams “In other words, roads work really well up to a point, and then they work really badly. And many, many roads in America work really badly […]

Stimulus – Congressman Roskam Can’t Count To Four

Some federal legislation is confusing and hard to evaluate. Sometimes it’s due to complexity – other times it’s because opponents create complexity to mislead the public. Congressman Peter Roskam recently decided to confuse what the recently passed stimulus package does – and then criticize it for what it doesn’t do. The federal stimulus package (“American […]

Roland Burris If The Hair Fits…

Wear it. Roland Burris is trying to make a virtue out of failed fundraising. Never thought I’d have to update this post: Roland W. Burris will you please go now! The time has come. The time has come. The time is now. Just go. Go. Go! I don’t care how. You can go by foot. […]

A Smart Stimulus Package Includes Serious Mass Transit Funding

Today, responding to news about a stimulus amendment giving tax breaks to car buyers that increase with the price of the car commenter “Car Free Nation” at Streetsblog said, “So 11 billion to pay for cars for the rich (it’s a tax break, the more you earn, and the more expensive the car, the more […]

Advocates for Intercity Passenger Rail Call on Congress and President Obama to Increase Funding for Rail in Stimulus Plan

[Cross-posted at Midwest High Speed Rail, Improving Amtrak Incrementally] Chicago Union Station, Great Hall Thursday, January 29th, 12:30 pm Contacts: Representative Elaine Nekritz, Chair of the Illinois House Rail Committee Paris Ervin, Illinois Department of Transportation Rick Harnish, Midwest High Speed Rail Association Laura Kliewer, Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission ADVOCATES FOR INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL […]

Pat Quinn – “Service To Others Is The Rent We Pay”

Tonight after being sworn in as Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn gave a heartfelt speech urging “the people of Illinois to make the sacrifices necessary to address the serious challenges we have before us,” including “the integrity challenge, the challenge of our economy and the challenge that we be able to pay our bills.” Pat, a […]

Illinois Assembly Bills – Maximize Passenger Rail In Fed Stimulus

[Cross-posted at Midwest High Speed Rail , Improving Amtrak Incrementally blog] Both the Illinois Senate (SR 0019) and House (HR 0030) have resolution bills calling “on Congress and President-Elect Barack Obama to maximize the investment in expanded and improved passenger train service as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.” State Senator Michael Frerichs […]

Kifowit – Aurora Needs Ethical Commitment To End Pay-To-Play Politics

From the Stephanie Kifowit for Mayor Campaign (www.kifowit4mayor.com): Alderman Kifowit Abstains from Donations from Contractors and Developers who do Business with the City of Aurora. Aurora, IL: At the Government Operations Committee last year, Alderman Kifowit called for a complete ban on contributions from contractors and developers who do business with the City of Aurora. […]