Committee members are Representatives Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago, Edward Acevedo of Chicago, Monique Davis of Chicago, Mary Flowers of Chicago, Jack Franks of Woodstock, John Fritchey of Chicago, Julie Hamos of Evanston, Gary Hannig of Litchfield, Connie Howard of Chicago, Lou Lang of Skokie, Frank Mautino of Spring Valley, Arthur Turner of Chicago, Jim Durkin of Countryside, Suzie Bassi of Palatine, Patti Bellock of Hinsdale, Bill Black of Danville, Mike Bost of Carbondale, Roger Eddy of Hutsonville, Chapin Rose of Charleston, Jim Sacia of Freeport, and Jil Tracy of Quincy.
INFORMATION ABOUT IMPEACHMENT PROCESS ON NEW WEB SITE
In response to numerous inquiries, the state Senate Republican Caucus has established a special Web site to provide background information about Illinois’ process of impeachment.
Available at http://www.impeachment.senategop.net, the Web site contains sections on the background and procedures for impeachment and trial, discusses the Illinois Constitution’s provisions for impeachment and even looks at the Senate Rules adopted in 1833, the last time there was an impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate.
DEMOCRAT LEADERS BLOCKING SPECIAL ELECTION FOR SENATE SEAT
The United States Senate seat formerly held by president-elect Barack Obama belongs to the people of Illinois, but is in danger of being hijacked by political insiders.
On Dec. 16, I joined with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus in asking the Democrat leaders to allow the public to pick the next U.S. Senator from Illinois.
Even though lawmakers were called back to Springfield December 15 and 16 to talk about a special election for the U.S. Senate seat, House and Senate Democrats adjourned without ever allowing debate on proposed legislation. The House abruptly left Springfield December 15 without taking up the issue and then on December 16, Senate Democrats floated a plan to take the appointment process away from the Governor and hand it over to another longtime Chicago machine politician – Secretary of State Jesse White.
We had an opportunity to move a little of the political scum away from the next Senator from Illinois. Unfortunately, the people in control – and I will not call them leaders, because leaders move the state forward – have set Illinois back again. You have to be suspect of a monarchy that tells you it’s too expensive for the people to elect their representatives.
Senate Republicans understand concerns about the costs associated with the special election, but we think the cost can be minimized by piggy-backing the special election with already scheduled municipal primaries and general elections set for February 24 and April 7. We also support legislation to reallocate some state budget funds to help local governments cover the cost of the election.
SENATE CREATES COMMITTEE ON IMPEACHMENT TRIAL PROCEDURES
Before they left December 16, the Senate did adopt Senate Resolution 966, which creates the Special Committee on Impeachment Trial Procedures to recommend rules in the event of a House vote to impeach the Governor.
Committee members are Senators John Cullerton of Chicago, chairman; James Clayborne of Belleville, William Haine of Alton, Don Harmon of Oak Park, Ira, Silverstein of Chicago, Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, Matt Murphy of Palatine, Dale Righter of Charleston, and Dan Rutherford of Chenoa.
The Committee had its first meeting December 16 in Springfield. It also met December 19 at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, where it will next meet on January 5 and January 9.