Monday, May 15, 2006

Amusing

The majority of "views" to my page to reference the e-mail are from known State of Illinois IP addresses.

Cool.

Monday, March 06, 2006

ILLEGAL HIRING PRACTICES???


At a State of Illinois Agency? Say it ain't so!

So what did people at Corrections know and when did they know it?

I didn't make this e-mail up. Authentic as it gets.

Shady business.

Or rather: Business as usual.

So here's the problem. If I know about this AND have copies of e-mails like this one, why is it that everything always gets swept under the carpet?

I also have some other e-mails that might raise eyebrows.

Stay tuned.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Sssshhhh. I have stuff.

Don't go crazy. It isn't pot.

But I do have an e-mail, from two IL Correction's personnel department employees, speaking to the illegal hiring practices that has been going on during the Blago administration.

I will post it this week.

I've been talking about this for months...kept my mouth shut for a couple months...and now I am going to let loose.

There are other e-mails...and I hope the people involved are ready to answer questions...

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Franks For State Treasurer

Well, at least the Governor is supportive of Jack taking a stab at JBT's current domain:

Spokesman Pete Giangreco said the governor supports Franks for re-election to the Illinois House or to an office like state treasurer.

(emphasis mine)

Simon Nomination...Kaput.

I spoke to this back in April, and on June 8, the Governor's office finally says "Uncle."

Does Rebecca Rausch really believe what she is saying?

I can't help but wonder. Here's my problem (via Bernie Schoenburg):

REBECCA RAUSCH, spokeswoman for Blagojevich [...]

"Whether we're talking about providing health care for more people who need it, allowing more children the opportunity to go to preschool or passing legislation that will help keep doctors in Illinois, there are a significant number of accomplishments to cite," Rausch said. "That's what this governor is about - doing things to help working families."

(emphasis mine)

Hey Becky and Rod, I am still waiting for a salary increase (or at the very least a COLA), consistent with the union employees' contract and the high marks I continue to receive on my annual evaluations. I have to tell you, as a card carrying member of one of these working families, it is such a moral booster to see my duties increase and my salary decrease over the past three years. Oh, and then read about people in the Governor's office getting raises because they are doing the same thing!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Excuse me Sir, can you spare some good press?

Hey Jackie, it isn't getting any better with the press in your "city of dreams." And you think the Illinois press is the only people who are giving you the business.

From the Washington Post:

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was swept into office in 2002 on a vow to "shake up a system in Springfield that accepts corruption" _ a promise that appealed to voters weary of the scandals that drove his predecessor from office.

Now, though, Blagojevich's administration finds itself under investigation, suspected of some of the same practices he promised to end, such as the trading of plum appointments and contracts for campaign contributions. [...]

"I'm not prepared to say he's dead meat as far as re-election is concerned. But he and his people have hurt themselves," said Mike Lawrence, who was press secretary to former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar and is now director of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. "They need to get more serious about day-to-day management of government and get more serious about impropriety and wrongdoing."

(emphasis mine)

One word: Clueless.

What? No Comment?

The only thing I found interesting about this story is that the Governor's office didn't have the "same old, same old" comment to justify why they do what they do...

From the Chicago Tribune:

While agencies under the Democratic governor have increased flights 27 percent, other sectors of government — the attorney general and treasurer, for instance — have decreased flights by 27 percent during the same period. Some of Blagojevich's top cabinet directors fly nearly once every 21/2 work days.

Blagojevich spokeswoman Cheryle Jackson did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday. Administration officials have said the increased flights aren't relevant because Blagojevich has cut overall travel spending by 21 percent, from $33 million his first year in office to an estimated $26 million this year.

...I guess the "thing speaks for itself."

Monday, May 23, 2005

Is this thing on???

I had to re-read the following quote (empahsis mine) from Senator Durbin:

CHICAGO - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, today did not discourage fellow Democrats from taking on controversy-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich in next year's primary election and said he's not endorsing the incumbent at this point. "Anyone can run for any office," Durbin said at an unrelated news conference in Chicago. "I'm not going to say what's good or bad for the party. I want to make sure that the voters in Illinois have good candidates to vote for." Asked if he'll endorse Blagojevich, who's expected to run for a second term in 2006, Durbin replied: "I'm not making any endorsement today. What I've said in the past is I've worked with him, I'm looking forward to working with him in the future."

SO. What you're saying is, "things are about to get interesting."

But you know what? I would like for him to comment on what he thinks is good or bad for the party. Forchistsake! He's the number #2 ranking Democratic in the U.S. Senate! But I'll let him tease for a little while...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Overheard.

I’d like to take page from the RhodesSchool playbook. He’s busy rubbing shoulders with movie stars in Cali, but I am sure this was on his mind as well…

Conversation overheard at Headquarters at the Thompson Center regarding "testicular virility."

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RB: Bradley, do people really think I am a pawn of Patti’s father?

BT: Cm’on sir, you know as well as I that you have faced this issue head-on in the press without backing down. You had the kahonas to take him on and he’s backed down.

RB: Yeah, but with all these subpoenas flying around I think the press is going to take his side again…wait, what did you say about kahonas?

BT: Kahones, balls, nuts, the BOYS!…you know…

RB: Yes, dear Bradley, I know what kahonas are…my point was this: if I make a public statement letting the ENTIRE state know what we know about my boys…I can take the upper hand on this subpoena thing.

BT: Brilliant sir! Just brilliant. But one thing. We need to phrase it just right, showing you can speak in a way about your boys that will make you revered and admired as a great orator. Remember the playbook. “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ ‘is’…”

RB: Yes. Yes…you are correct. So where do we start?

BT: Well. Let’s get a dictionary. Where do you keep yours?

RB: Am I supposed to have one?

BT: Never mind. Look, what’s a slick way to say balls? Hmmm…balls are technically called testes…and you are the tough guy, big macho man, which would make you…

RB: President?

BT: Not yet sir, still a couple years from that stage. Being macho would make you virile. So if you were a macho man with balls, that’d mean you’d have testicular virility!

RB: OK. But give me an hour to learn how to pronounce those words correctly. Look Bradley, is this going to work? I don’t want this to be a PR nightmare.

BT: Sir, trust me. This is going to rock their world.

RB: Hmm…I’ve heard that someplace before…

Jackie, I know Jesse Ventura...

And Jackie, you are no Jesse Ventura.

Jackie had this to say, defending his "brass balls" statement (CBS2):

He called it "complete baloney" to suggest the phrase excludes women or is inappropriate for a governor to use.

I know you are smart and all, having scored a masterful 18 on your ACT, but your phrase most definitely excludes women. And so far, from what I've read, it was pretty inappropriate to say something like that unless your name is Jesse Ventura. And who are you quoting for your "complete baloney" statement? You obviously didn't come up with that witty remark on your own.

My bologna has a first name, it's R-O-D.

What About the Backlog?

I just don't understand. I am sure she will stick around, just like Rumman. "I'm leaving, but I'm really staying." Okay, she'll probably leave, but isn't this getting old?

From WQAD:

Governor Rod Blagojevich's (bluh-GOY'-uh-vitches) inspector general has announced her resignation. Zaldwaynaka (zahl-DWAYN-nah-kah) Scott says her decision has nothing to do with recent charges of mismanagement and favoritism plaguing the governor's office.

Me thinks the wheels are coming off. First his legal eagle flies away, now Z. I smell something nasty.