Governing Magazine, a monthly publication based in Washington, D.C., has some more than kind words for Gov. JB Pritzker.
The magazine rated 20 governors who were first elected in 2018, grouping them into three categories — those who are thriving, those who are surviving and those who are struggling. Within each of those categories, the magazine ranked the governors in them.
Pritzker was placed in the thriving category and finished first among the 11 governors in that category. The magazine said Pritzker “has been able to make the most of his party’s solid majorities in the legislature” while also working with the GOP.
It said Pritzker’s legislative achievements showed up in progress toward restoring some fiscal stability and “a shift to the left in social issues.” It gave Pritzker credit for the capital plan and the means to pay for it, bringing the graduated income tax issue to the 2020 ballot and raising the minimum wage.
He got credit for other stuff, too. But those items cited as positives by the magazine are also items that rank high on the upset voter list here in Illinois.
Legal brief rebuttal
Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office offered up a lively rebuttal to a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a couple of state bond issues.
The lawsuit was filed by John Tillman, the CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute and New York hedge fund Warlander Asset Management. It contends the state illegally issued $14.3 billion of bonds because they weren’t used for construction projects. The bonds were in two separate issues. One was for making pension payments and the other was for paying down the bill backlog to cut interest costs.
The lawsuit contends the state can only issue bonds to pay for capital projects, which doesn’t seem to be the case, but whatever. It immediately got a harsh reaction from state officials. Comptroller Susana Mendoza used “ridiculous” and “garbage” to describe it. Treasurer Mike Frerichs chose “political stunt” and “absurd” as his preferred descriptions.
But face it, Mendoza and Frerichs are not lawyers. That’s Raoul’s employees. In their response, the state’s lawyers noted that the lawsuit was filed years after the bonds were issued.
“Petitioner seeks to call back ships put to sea years ago, many of which are nearing their decommission date, to maximum detrimental effect,” the response says.
It said the lawsuit “is a policy paper masquerading as a complaint.” And there was one more rhetorical flourish by the state’s lawyers.
“In this case, Petitioner seeks to unscramble eggs that were cracked, cooked, and eaten sixteen and two years ago, with no explanation as to why he did not bring suit before breakfast hit the pan,” it said.
If only all legal briefs could be so entertaining.
Bobbling the nomination
Don’t recall being told this before, but there’s a National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. It is located in Milwaukee.
It is all becoming clear now why the Democratic Party chose to hold their national convention in Milwaukee in 2020.
Bobble head’s up
This came up via an email announcing that a Chance the Snapper bobblehead was being unveiled at the museum. Chance the Snapper is the name given to that alligator that was pulled out of the Humboldt Park lagoon in Chicago.
The bobblehead features a partially submerged Chance the Snapper with a danger sign across the back of the base. Chance is unique among bobbleheads in that both his head and his tail will bobble. He’ll go for $25 a pop, plus shipping.
Chance will join several other Chicago luminaries with bobbleheads. It’s also nice to see something other than a sports figure or mascot being honored.
Personally, still waiting for the Marie Antoinette bobblehead that will just feature a spring.
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July 27, 2019 at 08:42PM