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Today In Chicago

We have: A little sprinkling of snow. Looks kind of like someone dusted the ground with confectioner's sugar like a cake.

We do not have: A junior senator, apparently. The Senate has declined to accept Roland Burris's credentials and turned him away from the chamber. Oh, Blagojevich.

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elliska
Jan. 6th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Sprinkling of snow--pretty. Senator fiasco--no so much. So how do people in your state feel about it? The news only reports what the Senate thinks or what Burris says. I haven't heard if they have taken a poll of people in the state to get their opinion of whether they should just seat the guy. It's not my state (this time, mercifully), but seems to me like I'd want somebody representing me. And this Burris fellow seems to have a good rep. I'm curious to hear your opinion of it all.
frenchpony
Jan. 7th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Most people I've talked to are pretty sick of Blagojevich, although no one is really surprised that he turned out to be corrupt. Most of the surprise is that he was dumb enough to get caught so flagrantly.

Many people are also not especially fond of Roland Burris -- this was, as lcohen has reminded me, a man who advocated the death penalty for a man who had been wrongly convicted of murder, even after another man confessed to the crime, just because Burris didn't want to be seen as soft on crime in any way. There were also some comments in the Trib today to the effect that Burris plays the race card badly. However, Eric Zorn (a columnist I kind of like) thinks that Burris should be seated because, hey, he certainly won't be anything worse than mediocre, and he might even be good at being a Senator, and Zorn thinks it's high time this whole drama ended anyway.
gwynhyffar
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Isn't there some sort of state statute that says the governor is required to be corrupt in Illinois? I'm pretty sure there is, you should look into it.

I was kind of surprised that Blagojevich was reelected. When I was in Macomb everyone was bitching about him and pretty sure he was crooked, just lacked the 'real' proof even though he was linked to so many scandals.
frenchpony
Jan. 8th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Isn't there some sort of state statute that says the governor is required to be corrupt in Illinois?

My theory is an alien device implanted in the governor at his inauguration that shoots corruption rays into his brain.

I wasn't actually in Illinois for his re-election, so I don't know how that went down.
meggins
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Confectioner's sugar snow, always nice. We have dull, misty rain, though that's probably a good thing as well. Maybe we can avoid drought this summer.

Burris may be no prize, but it seems he's being jerked around between Blagojevich and the Senate. If I lived in Illinois, I think I'd want my full quota of senators.

Hey, I don't think I ever mentioned it, but our local paper is part of the Trib's empire.
frenchpony
Jan. 7th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
Avoiding drought would be nice. Obama is in office, and the rains start to fall again. Very poetic.

I wouldn't say that the Senate is jerking Burris around. They made their position clear even before Blagojevich nominated him. They were not going to accept anyone that Blagojevich nominated, and they stuck with that. If anyone's been jerking Burris around, it's Blagojevich.
meggins
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Point taken on the Senate's position.

If anyone's been jerking Burris around, it's Blagojevich.

True dat. The prime JERKer in this whole scenario has been Blagojevich.
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