August 10, 2005


Invitation-only affair (Ed Fanselow, 8/10/05, Suburban Chicago News)

If you're reading this story and you still don't have a ticket to see President Bush here today, it's time to face the facts.

You're not going.

But don't take it personally. Neither are thousands of other regular Fox Valley folks who have clogged the phone lines at House Speaker Dennis Hastert's district office over the past week begging for their own personal invite. [...]

Among the VIPs expected to attend are U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Barack Obama, most of the state's 19 U.S. congressmen, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, members of the House and Senate transportation committees, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, mayors from towns and cities throughout Hastert's district and dozens of state lawmakers from throughout Illinois.

Having the Speaker host the signing of the Highway Bill is a fitting reward for the most underrated Republican of our lifetimes. Going to IL is just good politics.

Edgar keeps GOP waiting: Ex-governor refuses to hurry on comeback (Rick Pearson, August 10, 2005, Chicago Tribune)

Former Gov. Jim Edgar's interest in a potential political comeback has added a new dynamic to a chaotic early stage of the Republican race for governor and has prompted two possible contenders to delay a decision on seeking the nomination.

U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood of East Peoria and state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka have put off candidacy declarations because of Edgar, the state's former two-term governor who is weighing a return to politics after not seeking re-election in 1998. [...]

Some leading Republicans, including members of the state GOP finance committee, have committed to raise $5 million for Edgar if he enters the race. Edgar was told of the offer, GOP sources said.

LaHood, who spoke recently with Edgar by phone for 40 minutes, said Tuesday that he believed the former governor was seriously weighing a comeback.

"Just from the tone of his voice and what he said, I believe he's very interested and that he's going to take his sweet time and he has the luxury to do that," LaHood said.

"I would be very happy if Edgar ran. I think he would win," LaHood said. "It wouldn't cause me any heartburn tomorrow and it would solve a lot of the party's problems."

LaHood indicated he would make a decision on his political future before Edgar makes his decision and sounded increasingly like he was leaning toward seeking re-election to a seventh term in the U.S. House.

"I think people in my district want me to stay where I'm at," he said. "I've had three meetings with (U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis] Hastert, and he obviously wants me to stay where I'm at. He doesn't want to worry about my district."

Putting IL back in play is a must for the GOP.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2005 6:32 AM

I'd love to help put our electoral votes in the R column again in my lifetime.

Posted by: Rick T. at August 10, 2005 3:22 PM

After suffering through George Ryan (dubbed "Lyin Ryan" by the very popular AM radio talk host Don Wade), and Boy Blogoivich, I think that Illinois voters would respond positively to a sensible mature ADULT running for governor.

Posted by: ray at August 10, 2005 4:42 PM

Dit-ka! Dit-ka! Dit-ka!

Posted by: b at August 10, 2005 4:45 PM


Not if it means another four years of Ryan clone. Is Edgar really the only man of non-trivial stature and limited corruption the IL GOP can come up with? Sadly, that's likely since it's run by the collar counties (I mean really, Keyes over Oberweiss?).

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at August 10, 2005 9:58 PM