What does the election mean for Illinois.

So the Democrats won the House and Blago is back for another 4 years. What does this mean for Illinois? It does mean we lose the speaker of the house. I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of Denny; however, there is no denying that Hastert represented his district well and brought in money for a number of local projects. As for Blago, I’m pretty sure he’ll be indicted before his term is up. But that’s not all.

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Jan Schakowsky hinted that she might be in for the roll of Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. My congressman, Rahm, as one of the architects of the Dem’s strategy is sure to get added responsibilities (and money) in the next congress. Personally, I hope these two work to get more federal funds to expand transit for the state.

Another result of the election is the establishment of the Green Party in Illinois. Whitney got 11% of the vote, thereby removing the need for signatures to have a Green Party candidate on the ballot. This, in my opinion, is fantastic news. Expanded choice, in politics is a good thing. This should also force the Democrat party in Illinois to firm up its positions and find better candidates.

These are just my ideas–anyone else want to share what they think about what the election results mean for Chicago and the rest of the state?

1 Comment so far

  1. Levois (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    This just mean Illinois Republicans need a good kick in the pants and perhaps run better candidates and campaigns than they have recently. At least the Cook County Republicans had something of a start with Peraica.



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