August 11, 2005

THE LAST NEW DEMOCRAT:

Bush visits Illinois, has good tidings (SCOTT FORNEK, August 11, 2005, Chicago Sun-Times)

It was a good day Wednesday for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert.

President Bush came to the Plano Republican's far west suburban congressional district to sign a national transportation bill that includes more than $1.2 billion a year for Illinois. [...]

Bush spoke before about 4,000 people at the Caterpillar plant in an unincorporated area near Montgomery, just outside far west suburban Aurora.

"I was telling some of the fellas I met behind the stage, there's a Cat working on the ranch right now," Bush said to cheers from the 1,500 workers in the audience.

Bush paid special tribute to Hastert, calling him "a great speaker."

"The best words that I've recently heard were these: Denny Hastert is running for office again," Bush told the crowd.

Bush also gave a boost to Mayor Daley, ignoring the local headlines of City Hall corruption probes.

"Since I have become president, he has been on the side of doing what he thinks right for Chicago," Bush said. "He is a great mayor of a great city."

Overall, the bill allocates more than $1.2 billion a year for Illinois road projects over the next six years. Other big-ticket items in Hastert's district include $140 million for a western access road to O'Hare Airport and $70 million for the Stearns Road Bridge in Kane County.


Don't be too surprised when the Mayor gets the GOP nomination next time he runs for re-election.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2005 6:04 AM
Comments

Let's just put that prediction down with Senator Keyes and a 50 state sweep, shall we?

Posted by: Brandon at August 11, 2005 11:52 AM
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