If one politician gets to speak for 41 minutes, it's a great opportunity for every other politician in the state to speak for at least a moment or two. So it goes for Gov. Quinn's first budget address from earlier today.
Here's the rogues' gallery:
As you may have heard, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is poised to propose a hike in the state's income tax rate on Wednesday during his budget address. Quinn is also expected to "cut, cut and cut" state spending, in an effort to close a budget deficit now estimated at $11.5-million.
Medical marijuana legislation passed its first hurdle Wednesday in Springfield. An Illinois House committee voted 4-to-3 to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. You can read the full story here.
The news broke yesterday that Burris won't resign, but the buried story here is that Burris has the support of longtime political consultant Delmarie Cobb. She was hired by Burris to help spin damage control.
IL State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has joined the ranks of Illinois' politicians who have called for Roland Burris to step down. Our City Room Editor Sam Hudzik interviewed him today about this and his future political aspirations.
Roland Burris today said that he didn't give one single dollar to Blagojevich. Well, that's not exactly true as Mike Rhee found on the IL State Board of Elections site. Here's a screen shot:
and here's the audio from his City Club of Chicago appearance denying giving money to Blagojevich:
It's kind of a stretch to call Roland Burris' statement a press conference. He didn't take questions, he didn't give much new information and he didn't even talk for 90 seconds. Nonetheless, Mike Rhee and I were there. See, I took this photo: