HB1 Gains Support
February 19, 2008
In This Issue:
- HB1 Gains Support
- MDN Calls on Presidential Candidates to Answer Questionnaire
- Computer Problems Improving
HB 1 Gains Support The newest member of the Illinois State Senate is also the newest sponsor of HB 1. Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) was sworn in to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Sen. Carol Ronen and as one of her first official acts in office she added her name to the list of sponsors of the pay-to-play reform bill. As Sen. Ronen was not a sponsor of the bill, Sen. Steans' co-sponsorship brings the number of sponsors in the chamber to 47 (and reduces the number of non-sponsors to an even dozen). After 47 sponsors and 301 days since it passed the House without opposition, we have to wonder what it takes to get a hearing on a bill in the Senate. For more on the bill, visit the HB 1 page on our website.
MDN Calls on Presidential Candidates to Answer Questionnaire
As the race for the Democratic nomination for President heats up, pressure has grown on Sen. Barack Obama to uphold his pledge to take public financing for the fall General Election if nominated. ICPR is a member of the Midwest Democracy Network, a collection of reform groups in five Midwestern states that asked presidential candidates to answer a questionnaire on federal reform measures. Senators Obama and John Edwards answered the questionnaire affirming their support for public financing, but Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Rep. Ron Paul and Gov. Mike Huckabee have yet to return the form. For more on the questionnaire, please visit the Midwest Democracy Network website.
Computer Problems Improving
If you tried to visit our website and couldn't, or tried to use our database and couldn't, or tried to e-mail us and couldn't please try again. The server that served us so well for 6 years has finally been replaced and our internet presence is now on a much stronger footing. Apologies all around!