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Thursday, May 11, 2006 03:25 am

The Hype

Its in the stars, a peach of a resolution, Strom beats the drum

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It’s in the stars It’s official — there’s no love lost between JUDY BAAR TOPINKA and ROD BLAGOJEVICH. Astrologically speaking, Blago, a Sagittarius, and Topinka, a Capricorn, are a match made in hell. The Sagittarius, incumbent Democrat Blagojevich, is easygoing, in no rush to work out state fiscal matters, whimsical, always jumps headfirst into new things (say, expansive programs for children), and is typically impatient. Meanwhile, Capricorn Topinka is detail-oriented and passive, keeping newspaper fax machines busy all day but eschewing big expenditures on television ads. The Sagittarius may see the Capricorn as too responsible and will teach his partner — or, opponent, in this case — to lighten up. The Capricorn may, during the course of a gubernatorial campaign, accuse the Sagittarius of being reckless and impulsive and can help him become well mannered.
Hope kept alive Representatives from the Illinois Coalition for Peace and Justice last Friday marched into House Speaker MIKE MADIGAN’s offices in the Capitol and in Chicago to deliver a petition supporting a bill sponsored by state Rep. KAREN YARBROUGH, D-Maywood. Her resolution calls on Congress to impeach President GEORGE W. BUSH. On Monday, when the General Assembly adjourned, Yarbrough’s bill, House Joint Resolution 125, hadn’t even been assigned to a committee. Yarbrough has said that she may bring the bill back during the fall veto session, after the midterm elections. A measure similar to Yarbrough’s has been introduced in the California General Assembly, which meets year-round. Despite some signs that the Democratic leadership may block it, sponsor PAUL KORETZ has said that his bill still may have a shot at passing.
fire? I received a press release on Tuesday concerning an award given to Springfield Ward 10 Ald. BRUCE STROM by the Illinois Public Health Association for his leadership in helping pass Springfield’s city-wide smoking ban. Ordinarily, receiving such a communiqué wouldn’t be a big deal, but the release was dated April 26 — more than a week ago. Even more oddly, it came not from the IPHA but from Strom’s home fax machine. Surely the IPHA has people to do this sort of thing. Could this be to the 2007 Springfield mayoral race what the bombardment of Fort Sumter was to the Civil War? Strom didn’t return a call seeking comment Wednesday morning. However, where there’s smoke. . . .
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