In an email my computer tells me was sent at 5:22 p.m. on Tuesday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's office announced he would "speak at a luncheon celebrating the Illinois League of Women Voters' 90th Anniversary," scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Union League Club in Chicago.
Just three months ago, Kirk Dillard sat within a couple hundred votes of being his party's gubernatorial nominee. Now the Hinsdale state senator says he won't be attending a big party fundraiser, taking place this afternoon in Rosemont, headlined by Sarah Palin.
UPDATE: "Shall we speak of the elephant?" asked Daniel Madden, chair of the Cook County Electoral Board. The proverbial large mammal in the room that Madden was referring to, of course, is the legislation to abolish the office over which this petition challenge is being waged.
Scott Lee Cohen, the former Democratic nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor, announced an independent bid for governor this morning outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. He was flanked by roughly two dozen supporters.
UPDATE:The House did not end up voting Wednesday on the redistricting amendment. It has adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday. I'm checking with Speaker Mike Madigan's spokesman to see if there is a new timeline for the amendment's consideration.
Looking to abolish the Illinois lieutenant governor's office? Ready to give voters the power to recall elected officials? How about securing victims' rights, or overhauling the redistricting process? Well, good luck. It is not easy to amend Illinois' constitution.