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    Hot Topics > 2005 State of the State



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    Emil Jones looking for R-E-S-P-E-C-T all over again
    2/27/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Senate President Emil Jones was not treated too well during his 10 years as Senate minority leader.
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    Readers Sound Off on cigarette tax hike
    2/26/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich has proposed a 75-cent-per-pack increase in the state cigarette tax, primarily to pay for a school and road construction program. What do you think of the proposal?
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    Tying Illinois' prosperity to fear is a bad call
    2/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Often, we as citizens don't pay much attention to the details in these types of speeches because the State of the State is designed to lay out the governor's vision, his big picture, his lofty dreams.
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    Letter to the Editor: State can't afford to educate immigrants
    2/9/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    What's wrong with the picture painted by the Daily Herald's recent article "Preschool pledge near OK. State school board to require early education for all - even illegal immigrants"?
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    Editorial: Time will tell if State of State ushers in new style
    2/8/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Actions speak louder than words, and one speech is just that - one speech.
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    Opinion: No painless fix for state budget deficit
    2/8/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Illinoisans are exposed to a surfeit of reality shows, but what we truly need is a reality check.
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    Editorial: It’s all relative for governor
    2/7/2005 -

    Lincoln Courier
    Given the past week or so that Gov. Rod Blagojevich has had, anything more than boos and hisses at Thursday’s State of the State address probably would have been welcome.
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    VOICE OF THE SOUTHERN: GOVERNOR TONES DOWN RHETORIC IN THIRD STATE OF THE STATE
    2/7/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a maverick and reformer in his first two years as governor, delivered a much softer tone Thursday in his third State of the State address.
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    Blagojevich fumbles budget but hangs on to campaign scoring title
    2/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    I don't know if Gov. Rod Blagojevich caught the Super Bowl, but if he did, you can be certain he didn't watch it on the big screen over at the house of his feuding father-in-law, Chicago Alderman Dick Mell.
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    Editorial: O'Hare, Peotone projects both good for state
    2/7/2005 -

    Naperville Sun

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    More State of the State chatter
    2/6/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    When a governor gives the State of the State address, the event is infused with political theater and tradition.
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    Low-key, low-cost plans: Blagojevich takes a more modest tone this year
    2/4/2005 -

    State Journal Register
    Sounding more conciliatory than a year ago, Gov. Rod Blagojevich delivered his third State of the State speech Thursday, focusing on mostly low-key, low-cost proposals to improve Illinois' economy.
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    LAWMAKERS SKEPTICAL OF BLAGOJEVICH'S MESSAGE
    2/4/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    SPRINGFIELD -- Many Southern Illinois lawmakers were skeptical of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's message, despite the sunny tone painted by the state's top executive.
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    LOCAL WINEMAKERS HAPPY WITH COMMITMENT
    2/4/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- Local winemakers were happy to hear the governor make commitments to promote the wine industry in Illinois, during his State of the State address in Springfield.
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    GOVERNOR MAKES A RENEWED CALL FOR MEDICAL MALPRACTICE REFORM
    2/4/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich made a renewed call for reforms to Illinois medical malpractice liability system in his State of the State address Thursday in Springfield.
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    A SOFTER TONE: BLAGOJEVICH TAKES POSITIVE APPROACH IN STATE ADDRESS
    2/4/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- Where last year Gov. Rod Blagojevich's State of the State rhetoric included terms such as "Soviet-style bureaucracy" to describe a certain agency, his tone this year was softer and relatively more upbeat.
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    Governor's address dodges the tough issues
    2/4/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Bouquets, brickbats and bragging rights. Those are the building blocks of most political speeches we bother to listen to. Bold ideas and brilliant prose? Much harder to come by as Thursday's State of the State address by Gov. Blagojevich amply demonstrated.
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    Local lawmakers appreciate governor's ideas, skeptical he will follow through
    2/4/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    SPRINGFIELD - Despite Gov. Rod Blagojevich's promises of a better Illinois, many local lawmakers remain skeptical the state's chief executive will stay true to his word.
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    Governor joins call for medical malpractice insurance reform
    2/4/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod Blagojevich called for medical malpractice reform during his third State of the State Address on Thursday afternoon.
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    EDITORIAL: Blagojevich sees plenty of sunshine, no word on red ink
    2/4/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    To hear Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's State of the State address Thursday, you'd think it was never-ending sunshine in the Land of Lincoln.
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    Local lawmakers: Nice speech, now what?
    2/4/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    SPRINGFIELD - Peoria-area lawmakers agreed that Gov. Rod Blagojevich took a less confrontational approach than in the past during his speech Thursday.
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    Blagojevich addresses malpractice, job development, video games
    2/4/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    SPRINGFIELD - Sounding a more conciliatory note than a year ago, Gov. Rod Blagojevich delivered his third State of the State speech Thursday, focusing on mostly low-key, low-cost proposals to improve the state's economy.
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    GOP pleased with gov’s tone
    2/4/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Rod Blagojevich unveiled his fresh vision Thursday for Illinois — one that’s friendly to businesses — with little drama and without singling out a bogeyman.
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    Gov’s transportation ideas exclude Rockford airport
    2/4/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    SPRINGFIELD — Expanding O’Hare International Airport and building an airport in south suburban Peotone were the twin air-transportation priorities outlined Thursday by Gov. Rod Blagojevich in his State of the State speech.
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    Business plans draw raves; education reactions mixed
    2/4/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Rod Blagojevich touted his administration Thursday for increasing education and health-care funding while balancing the state budget without raising personal income taxes or the general sales tax.
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    EDITORIAL: State of state is better, so is governor's tone
    2/4/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Did we hear a new Gov. Rod Blagojevich Thursday? A governor more willing to be cooperative? A governor who singles out others for praise? A governor who is more punctual and more to the point?
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    Blagojevich plan could benefit wind farm
    2/4/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    SPRINGFIELD -- The possibility of McLean County becoming home to the world's largest wind farm received a boost Thursday from Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
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    Governor sticks to positives; Lawmakers: Address short on key details
    2/4/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    SPRINGFIELD -- After two years of squabbling with the General Assembly and the state's business community, Gov. Rod Blagojevich adopted a more conciliatory tone Thursday as he outlined his vision for the coming year.
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    Airport gets big boost, but snags galore remain to be sorted out
    2/4/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    A plan by U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to build a south suburban airport will be submitted to the federal government for approval in a matter of weeks.
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    Blagojevich tones it down
    2/4/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    SPRINGFIELD — Thursday, it was all Mr. Nice Guy. Gov. Rod Blagojevich used his third State of the State address to tout his accomplishments, compliment lawmakers and reach out to the business community — a group he alienated during his first two years in office.
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    Legislators left looking for details
    2/4/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich touted past accomplishments and vowed to fix lingering problems with medical malpractice insurance and workers' compensation in a State of the State address Thursday aimed at setting the tone for his term's second half.
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    EDITORIAL: Worse than gridlock
    2/4/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich sounded like he meant it Thursday: "We need medical malpractice reform and we need it now," he declared in his State of the State Message.
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    THE STATE OF THE STATE MESSAGE; Governor pushes 3rd airport
    2/4/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Avoiding mention of the latest deficit crisis to confront his administration, Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday vowed to push for a new Peotone airport in a State of the State Message stripped of ambitious initiatives that would drive up government spending.
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    Metro-east legislators laud call for malpractice reform
    2/4/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich's third State of the State address Thursday was more than 13 pages long, but it was four short paragraphs that caught the attention of metro-east legislators.
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    EDITORIAL: Laying the pavement for road to progress
    2/4/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    In his State of the State address last year, Gov. Blagojevich came out firing, armed with big ideas and the oversize emotions to go with them. His primary target was the State Board of Education, which he lambasted as an ineffectual, bureaucratically hamstrung agency. Pumped up by his own reform-minded rhetoric, he seemed reluctant to bring his speech to a close.
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    Gov outlines plans, reaches out
    2/4/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Blagojevich on Thursday outlined a modest vision for the spring legislative season in a State of the State address that lacked demons as much as detail.
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    Sen. Miguel del Valle, D-Chicago
    "...we have a serious, serious problem."
    2/3/2005
    "The time has to come when this governor acknowledges we have a serious, serious problem." - Sen. Miguel del Valle, D-Chicago, on Blagojevich not discussing education funding.
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    Blog discussion on State of State
    2/3/2005 -

    Rich Miller's http://capitolfax.blogspot.com
    Join the discussion on Rich Miller's Capitol Fax Blog
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    Reaction to the State of the State address
    2/3/2005 -
    Associated Press
    "The time has to come when this governor acknowledges we have a serious, serious problem." - Sen. Miguel del Valle, D-Chicago, on Blagojevich not discussing education funding.
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    Gov offers low-cost ideas in State of the State
    2/3/2005 -
    Associated Press
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich, facing political and budget battles just down the road, used his third State of the State address Thursday to recount past victories and offer a litany of inexpensive ideas unlikely to stir much opposition.
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    Blagojevich's plans may not win many fans
    2/3/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich could have an uphill climb for any of the initiatives he introduces today during his State of the State address.
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    State may turn to Twinkie tax to solve budget
    2/3/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    In Tuesday's column, I talked about the state's $56 billion budget and why it's difficult to slow its increase, let alone actually reduce it. State general-fund spending has risen from $13.3 billion in 1992 to today's $23.6 billion.
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    Gov expected to raise vet benefits
    2/3/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected to reach out to veterans in today's State of the State address, offering an additional $1.5 million to the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.
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    Lawmakers want true picture from Blagojevich
    2/3/2005 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    SPRINGFIELD – Aides to Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he planned to use his State of the State address today to focus on how the state can help citizens improve their own lives.
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    Address will test governor's ability to operate amid budget woes
    2/2/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Rod Blagojevich is preparing to deliver a State of the State address that will test his ability to keep government moving forward despite massive budget deficits.
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    Editorial: Be mindful of state of state businesses
    2/2/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    When Gov. Rod Blagojevich gives his State of the State speech Thursday, it looks as if he might be more inclined to take care of business.
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    Editorial: Illinoisans, their leaders must face budget, tax facts
    2/2/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Years of looking the other way on the state's looming financial problems, of applying band-aids when surgery was more in order, of spending now and paying later and not putting away for a rainy day have painted a budget picture so grim it threatens to defy precedent in the Land of Lincoln.
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    Governor will focus attention on nursing shortage in State of the State Address
    2/2/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    SPRINGFIELD - Getting more nurses into Illinois hospitals and nursing homes will be part of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's third State of the State Address on Thursday.
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    State budget basics: What can be cut
    2/1/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Most political fund-raising events feature elected officials who make cliche-filled, boring speeches full of self-praise and attacks on the opposition.
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    Gov faces $2.1 billion deficit, pressure for gambling in 2005
    2/1/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    SPRINGFIELD — When Gov. Rod Blagojevich delivers his third State of the State address Thursday, he will stand in the foreground of his re-election bid and, many at the Statehouse believe, with an eye toward a run for the White House.
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