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|Lt. Gov., Campaign Spending Dominate House Discussion
|It will be quite a while before people in Illinois politics forget Scott Lee Cohen. The winner of the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor said he'd quit the ballot in the wake of revelations about his personal troubles, including steroid use and allegations of domestic violence. In Illinois, the lieutenant governor candidates run separately from the candidates for governor during the primary.
While some people believe the gubernatorial primary winners could choose their running mates -- as happens with the presidential and vice presidential candidates, others say the lieutenant governor has little to do to begin with. In Illinois, the office is vacant until the next election if -- as was the case with Gov. Pat Quinn -- the lieutenant governor is called upon to assume the top job.
One solution, put forth by House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), comes in the form of a Constitutional amendment (HJRCA 50) to abolish the office effective 2015. State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) told reporters Thursday he'd like for Democrats to simply leave that part of the ballot blank this year.
In a recurring drama in the House, Democrats stall debate on some Republican bills while GOP members act outraged. That was the case Thursday when State Rep. Bill Black (R-Danville) asked House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) to release a bill (HB 5008) that would extend campaign contribution limits to the four legislative leaders and party organizations. A compromise last year imposed the caps during primary season only. Madigan said helping candidates win is what the respective parties are for.
The House joined the Senate in giving Gov. Pat Quinn another three weeks to prepare his budget message. The governor is required to address a joint session of the General Assembly the third Wednesday in February unless the legislature grants an extension. The new date for the budget speech is March 10. The governor has already signed that bill (HB 2240).
(Illinois Radio Network)
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