State Senator Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) proposed a plan for an immediate special election to replace Senator Roland Burris, but that plan now appears dead after it was killed by Dems in subcommittee. The Daily Herald has a good overview.
"I think they've made it pretty clear that the guys in charge down here don't want to have a special election," Murphy said. "Unfortunately it seems that Governor Blagojevich's enablers are still enabling his final act."
Pretty sad. Once again, the people of Illinois get the shaft... all brought to you by... Illinois Democrats!
Well, the one bright spot in all this is that voters may actually remember come ballot time that the Illinois Dems allowed goofy ex-governor Blagojevich to put the state in this ridiculous position in the first place. They own this mess, and we the voters cannot forget.
We're also looking forward to an absolutely bruising primary between State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Roland Burris. Anyone who thought Burris was going to go quietly was obviously dead wrong, and the recent muzzling of new guv Pat Quinn at the behest of African-American politicians indicates to me that Alexi is going to have a real inter-party battle to contend with.
What's the toughest part about covering Illinois politics? Learning to spell names like Blagojevich and Giannoulias without having to look them up each time.