Wednesday, October 30, 2013

EXTRA: The price Dems pay for being all-dominant in Illinois government

I know one Illinois House of Representatives member whose contempt for the Better Government Association is such that he always manages to work in a dig against the group just about every time I encounter him.

MADIGAN: Angry? Or whining?
Then again, state Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, was the focus of one of the BGA’s studies for a trip to Miami he took over a year ago to attend a filmmakers conference. He came across looking ridiculous!

NOW IT SEEMS that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, is taking on a similar attitude toward the government watchdog group headed up by one-time WLS-TV political reporter Andy Shaw.

Madigan recently sent a letter to all the members of the Democratic caucus that makes him all-powerful, along with members of the Democratic State Central Committee, taking shots at the BGA for doing so many reports that focus on Democratic Party-aligned government officials.

He’s most recently upset with the BGA study that shows most of the people who circulated his nominating petitions have government jobs. Implying that the job itself is some sort of payoff for political work.

Now I’ll be the first to admit there are times when I find the BGA reports a little over the top, although they do take the time to look at the details behind the day-to-day gristle that comprises the typical news report!

BUT THE POLITICAL rants we’re hearing from Madigan are embarrassing to him. He should know better.
JONES: Sure he agrees w/ speaker

If it seems like the BGA investigators are focusing their attention on Democratic Party officials and politics, perhaps it’s because they’re so all-dominant!

There just isn’t much activity in the Republican Party amongst its officials that is worth intense scrutiny. They just don’t matter as much. When they start winning more significant offices, then investigative efforts will focus back on their work.

Call this scrutiny the price da Dems pay for their dominance over Illinois state government these days. If we ever get a repeat of 1995-96 (the era of Republicans running roughshod over Democratic officials concerns), then there will be equal scrutiny of the GOP. I don't think Madigan wants to revert to that era.


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