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Sunday, June 02, 2013

The sense is sensing


Local beggar casts a long shadow.


Looking back at the Statehouse.

* Regarding this past legislative session, It's really about what didn't occur:

The big stories on the last day of the spring legislative session were the things that did not get done.
Both chambers adjourned without sending to the governor’s desk Senate Bill 10, which would have legalized same-sex marriage, or comprehensive changes to public employee pensions. (For more on same-sex marriage, see this blog from Meredith Colias.) A gaming bill fell apart. (See blog here.) A bill to gradually shift future pension costs to universities and community colleges, which the institutions agreed to, could not even find enough support to pass in the Senate.

* Here's a level-headed look at where we are and how we got here on same sex marriage in Illinois: Marriage Equality Stalls in Illinois: An In-Depth Look, by Waymon Hudson.

* And, our own beloved Peoria Pundit has discovered part of the problem.

* I can't be the only who noticed more than a few similarities between the process of trying to legalize same sex marriage and women getting the right to vote in Illinois in this timely article: Flashback Springfield: Women get (limited) right to vote, by Tara McClellan McAndrew. Very interesting. I just want to note that in 1913, my dad's mom would have been 36 and my mom's mom 24. I wonder what they thought about it.

* That the juice keeps pumping and I know why. She's my little rock 'n' roll....

Posted by Marie at June 2, 2013 8:35 PM