June 20, 2010 Edition: This is ‘PolitiBytes’ which will give a wrap-up of some of the lesser-reported political news stories of the past week in Du Page County and the surrounding area, including Chicago – and news that has impact on the area.
Ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s trial is still going on at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. The names coming up almost daily are like a Who’s Who in Chicago and national politics, including the likes of Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
Congressman Bob Etheridge was the You Tube video star early in the week with a less than two minute encounter with a college student. The college kid claims he was doing a project when he approached Etheridge to ask him a political question about his ‘full support of Obama’s agenda’ and thereby got roughed up by Etheridge. Why Etheridge would do this is most confusing, and why he would do this with a second camera pointed at him just feet away is even more confusing. To date, no legal action has been taken against Etheridge for illegally assaulting the kid. The reason why there has been no criminal response remains a mystery. By the way, he was reported to have been on his way to a Nancy Pelosi fund-raiser – maybe he should stay away from those.
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The oil spill drip took a backseat to the media circus surrounding President Obama’s oil spill address to the nation last Tuesday as well as Congressman Joe Barton (R-Texas) with his apology to BP which was distracted after Republicans threatened to take away a powerful position on a committee from him for the ill-thought and ill-received apology on Capitol Hill. He later retracted what he called ‘his misspeak’ and said he may have been misunderstood. There’s lots of that going on in Washington, DC these days.
Also in ‘oil spill news’: Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, has been heavily criticized for not having answers to many questions on Capitol Hill for politicians quizzing him this past week. Then, he was found enjoying a yacht race in England on Saturday which prompted loads of criticism as it was thought that he should have been at work doing something about all the oil.
As Congressman Barton grabbed the headlines, there was a more important related story on page two. A Federal Government Report which upped its Gulf oil spill estimate drastically was released. It’s the fourth time the government has upped its estimate since the spill began on April 20, 2010 and experts say we can expect more updates. The spill is much, much worse than previously reported.
Doctors accepting MediCare patients are reportedly going to stop next week because, under ObamaCare – the new federal health care plan – the federally-dictated pay scale isn’t paying the doctor’s enough to continue seeing and serving such patients. Very bad news for serious citizens throughout the United States.
Even though the State Police think they were given a solid lead a week ago in the Drew Peterson case, they aren’t continuing their search near Peoria, Illinois at this time.
How mad was Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? The best word to answer that question is: extremely!!! Clinton was in a foreign country, Ecuador, on June 8, 2010, and she announced that Obama’s US government planned on filing a law suit against Arizona for the new Arizona Immigration Law. Problem is, it’s the first Brewer heard about it! Brewer has to read or hear about Clinton’s foreign-travel comments to know she’s going to be sued by the Federal Government? Not good!
Saturday was JUNETEENTH, an historic American holiday of great importance in the African-American community, which Chicago US Congressman Danny Davis again pushed to be taught in American schools.
Locally, DuPage County’s Naperville, Illinois’s Mayor George Pradel refused a pay raise due to the city’s debt. In spite of Pride’s hard work and many accomplishments achieved for the city, citizens of Naperville are pushing for term limits which will be on the ballot this November. If approved by the electorate, this great mayor is out because he’s been Mayor of Naperville forever and a day. All but two of the City Council members also refused a pay raise.
Last week, the talk of a new Illinois-Indiana Tollway coming to the area was reported here as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels made a bipartisan request for Illiana, a new Illinois-Indiana toll way to ease the decades of traffic congestion near our border with Indiana at the brutal I-90 and I-94 intersection to the south of Chicago and southeast of DuPage County. Let’s hope that all eyes watch these dealings closer than they watched such goings-on during the former Governor George Ryan and ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich administrations in Illinois the business transactions between the state and businesses doing business with the toll way system are front and center in the Blagojevich federal trial currently going on in Chicago.
A week ago, Navistar was still saying “no” to Lisle regarding their move to Lisle. But since Illinois Governor Pat Quinn keeps dangling big dollar signs before Navistar’s eyes to move to Lisle instead of another state, there is talk of Navistar selling its soul and returning to the talking table.
Again, there is no new news to report on the Plainfield School’s female discrimination accusations reported here the last two weeks regarding the lay-offs of females with more seniority than males on staff. A friend of a friend of a friend says that the issue was they need just as many males as females to enter washrooms at the schools when there is need for the washrooms to be entered. Nobody thought of this before they did the initial hiring? Sounds like the lay-offs should be in the Human Resources department first!
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