Springfield

Blagojevich: I Stand with the People

Extraordinary speech from the Governor:

So here is the choice we now face: overburden the steelworker, the farmer, the nurse, the janitor, stick it to the people who clock into work, who count pennies and cut out vacations to make ends meet, stick it to them again, by raising their income taxes or increasing their sales taxes, or, get the biggest corporations who are making billions of dollars in Illinois, to simply pay their fair share.

To me, the choice is simple.

I stand with the people.

See Video (real), Text (pdf).

Downstate Primary Results

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This is a mishmash revision of two posts at http://www.thereisaway.us

Towns across Illinois held primary elections Tuesday. In Springfield there's nothing I was hoping for more than to see ultra-conservative Alderman Joe Bartolomucci eliminated in the primary and I got my wish. Besides his embarrassing comments about the homeless in Springfield, he was the most openly hostile to the Sierra Club clean energy agreement, even calling the Sierra Club "extortionists" during a council meeting.

His resounding defeat in the primary gives me renewed hope in the voters of Springfield. Ward 5 won't stand for Rush Limbaugh-style conservatism. It also means the seat will now be held by a Democrat, no matter who wins the general election.

Springfield Ward 7 Candidates forum

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Tuesday night I attended a Ward 7 Springfield Aldermanic forum hosted by the Washington Park Neighborhood Association. They handed out their candidate survey that included answers from all four Ward 7 candidates: Mark Beagles, Debbie Cimarossa, Joe Rock, and Jim Zerkle. The SJ-R www.sj-r.com has a story on the forum but the online version is only available to subscribers.

In response to a question from the audience, I learned that Joe Rock is a Democrat, while the other three are Republicans.

There were several questions related to environmental concerns, beautification and growth patterns.

More Pictures from the Obama Announcement in Springfield

  1. Evanston at 5am: Still very dark outside, we all gathered at the District office on Davis St. in Evanston at 5 in the morning. The three buses waiting to take us to Springfield were already outside.
  2. Pentagraph: 'It's All Uphill from Here':There were three buses -- captained by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg and State Rep. Julie Hamos. We were in Bus 3 with a whole bunch of students from Northwestern. Here's one who picked up a copy of the Pentagraph at one of the rest stops. The front page featured a picture of Obama along with the headline, "It's All Uphill from Here".
  3. Caravan-City in Springfield: We got into Springfield at around 9am. There were caravans all over the central part of the city. It looked as if all of Illinois had turned up for the announcement.
  4. Old State Capitol (Springfield, IL): There was an enormous crowd at the Old State Capitol. Basically the entire square was full. The papers said around 15,000 attended but it certainly felt like more people were there. Here's a shot of people heading for the exit immediately after Obama's speech.
  5. Handmade Obama Placard: A lot of people just made their own campaign posters for the event. Here's one of my favorite: Obama with a Girls Scout troop!
  6. Schakowsky, Schoenberg & Hamos: After the Rally, we went to the Governor's Mansion for lunch. Here Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is addressing the Evanston Contingent as State Rep. Julie Hamos (left) and State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (right) look on.
  7. Evanston Group at Governor's Mansion: Here's a picture of the Evanston Group at the Governor's Mansion listening to Jan Schakowsky, Jeff Schoenberg and Julie Hamos speak -- just prior to lunch.
  8. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, State Sen. Pres. Emil Jones & State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg: As we entered the dinning area of the Governor's Mansion, who should be there waiting for us but Governor Rod Blagojevich and State Senate President Emil Jones! Jeff Schoenberg is on the right.
  9. Campaign Pizza at the Governor's Mansion: What could be more appropriate on the day that Barack Obama announces his candidacy for President than campaign pizza at the Governor's Mansion!
  10. Sea of Pizza at the Governor's Mansion: Another shot of the sea of pizza that greeted us at the Governor's Mansion.
  11. Schoenberg & Schakowsky: State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg & Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky sharing a light moment in the dining area of the Governor's Mansion.
  12. Group Shot with Banner: Evanston Express Group shot with the 40' Banner, "Evanston Ba-Rocks for Obama". Taken outside the Governor's Mansion on the day of Barack Obama's announcement that he was running for President.
  13. Group Shot with Banner II: The 'Evanston Express' group with the Banner "Evanston Ba-Rocks for Obama". That's a long banner! But there were more than enough people to hold it up.

Evanston Ba-Rocks for Obama!

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg and State Rep. Julie Hamos unfurling a 40' long banner with the caption, "Evanston Ba-Rocks for Obama!" at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield. This followed the announcement by Sen. Barack Obama on Sat. Feb. 10, 2007 that he was seeking the Democratic Nomination for President.

More photos from the event to follow.


Sierra Club's Energy Film Festival: 'Too Hot Not to Handle' (Springfield)

02/28/2007 - 12:00pm

Address:
Lincoln Library, Carnegie North Room. Seventh and Capitol, Springfield

Group:
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter & Springfield Area Friends of the Environment

Cost:
free

Description:

Several organizations will join with the Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club to present a Clean Energy Film Festival in Springfield over the next several weeks. This is your chance to learn more about the problem of global warming and new, innovative solutions for meeting our energy needs.

All events will have information about Springfield's new clean energy plan and how to get involved locally.

The Power of Community
February 12 - 7:00 pm
Siena Hall, 1237 West Monroe.
Co-sponsored by Pax Christi Springfield

Sierra Club's Energy Film Festival: 'Power of Community' (Springfield)

02/12/2007 - 7:00pm

Address:
Siena Hall, 1237 W. Monroe, Springfield

Group:
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter & Pax Christi Springfield

Cost:
free

Description:

Several organizations will join with the Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club to present a Clean Energy Film Festival in Springfield over the next several weeks. This is your chance to learn more about the problem of global warming and new, innovative solutions for meeting our energy needs.

All events will have information about Springfield's new clean energy plan and how to get involved locally.

The Power of Community
February 12 - 7:00 pm
Siena Hall, 1237 West Monroe.
Co-sponsored by Pax Christi Springfield

Evanston Ba-Rocks for Obama in Springfield!

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg and State Rep. Julie Hamos unfurling a 40' long banner with the caption, "Evanston Ba-Rocks for Obama!" at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield. This followed the announcement by Sen. Barack Obama on Sat. Feb. 10, 2007 that he was seeking the Democratic Nomination for President.

More photos from the event to follow.

Springfield Energy Film Festival

Several organizations will join with the Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club to present a Clean Energy Film Festival in Springfield over the next several weeks. This is your chance to learn more about the problem of global warming and new, innovative solutions for meeting our energy needs.

All events will have information about Springfield's new clean energy plan and how to get involved locally.


The Power of Community

February 12 - 7:00 pm
Siena Hall, 1237 West Monroe.
Co-sponsored by Pax Christi Springfield

Kilowatt Ours

Dissent During War

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Cross-posted from www.thereisaway.us

I'm sure Dick Durbin will receive the usual mountain of insults and virulent attacks from the conservative hate-radio crowd for delivering the Democratic response to Bush's proposal to escalate the war in Iraq. Once again, I'm proud to have Dick Durbin representing me in the US Senate.

I'm proud that Durbin was one of only two US Senators up for re-election that year who voted against the Iraq war resolution. The other was Paul Wellstone. I'm proud that he called Bush to task for manipulating national feelings about the 911 tragedy to advance an unrelated agenda. I'm proud to have a Senator who thinks acts of torture are beneath our national standards as the world's leading democracy.

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