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fedlaw
January 17, 2006, 06:20 PM
Blagojevich, Daley press for assault weapons ban

The Associated Press
Published January 17, 2006, 2:48 PM CST


Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley renewed calls Tuesday for a statewide ban on assault weapons.

The two Chicago Democrats, who have been pressing for the ban since a federal measure banning assault weapons expired more than a year ago, appeared together at a rally in Chicago.

"Every sane person would agree that machine guns and grenades should be illegal," Daley said in his prepared remarks. "Their only purpose is to kill large numbers of people. The same is true of military-style assault weapons."

President Clinton signed a federal ban on assault weapons in 1994, but the ban expired in September 2004 when Congress decided not to renew it. Since then, Daley and Blagojevich have pushed for a state law that would prohibit the manufacture, possession and delivery of semiautomatic weapons, assault weapon attachments and the 50-caliber assault rifle.

Assault weapons are currently illegal in Chicago. Illinois lawmakers narrowly rejected a proposed ban on assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles last May amid intense lobbying by both sides in the debate.

The National Rifle Association argued that the proposed statewide ban was too broad and would ban weapons used by hunters, target-shooters and collectors as well.

Daley said earlier this month that he would continue pushing for stricter gun laws, even though several of his proposals have failed to pass the Illinois General Assembly in recent years.

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Standing Wolf
January 17, 2006, 07:33 PM
Every sane person would agree that machine guns and grenades should be illegal...

What would he know about sanity? Daly is a statist parasite of the lowest order.

Sindawe
January 17, 2006, 07:40 PM
If Blagojevich and Daley are examples of sanity, I'd rather be a froth-mouthed lunatic.

Remington788
January 17, 2006, 09:28 PM
Bl and King Dick need a reality check.:cuss:

Edited to remove name Art's grammaw would never approve of...Jeff

Jeff White
January 17, 2006, 09:40 PM
As far as I know, only the ST Louis Post Dispatch is carrying any of Blagojevich's press releases on this.

I may call the local rags tomorrow and ask why they aren't carrying the story. I'd almost bet the Southern Illinois media isn't on the distribution lists for those releases...

Jeff

Malone LaVeigh
January 17, 2006, 11:11 PM
Federal Indictment Avoidance
?

Ever notice how close "Daley" is to "Delay"?

MN_Strelok
January 17, 2006, 11:53 PM
"Every sane person would agree that machine guns and grenades should be illegal," Daley said in his prepared remarks. "Their only purpose is to kill large numbers of people. The same is true of military-style assault weapons."

Notice how they always manage to make an oblique reference to machine guns? Every time a press release like this sees wide distribution, I spend the next week explaining that machine guns are already illegal.

At least they didn't directly claim that they're trying to ban "AK-47s and Uzis" this time.

Elmer Snerd
January 18, 2006, 02:50 AM
the 50-caliber assault rifle I'm trying to think of a sufficiently scathing witticism in response to this, but I'm drawing a blank.

Jeff White
January 18, 2006, 03:13 AM
I figure that Blago has given up on being elected to a second term. He ran away from his antigun record here in Southern Illinois. He's certainly not going to be able to hide from this, it's going to be featured in the State of the State address later today:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/metroeast/story/B956FC37925BEF2B862570FA001DC5B2?OpenDocument
Blagojevich will push for gun ban, construction package
By Philip Ewing
POST-DISPATCH SPRINGFIELD BUREAU
01/17/2006


SPRINGFIELD, ILL.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich will use his annual State of the State speech today to lay out his plan to ban selling or owning military-style automatic weapons and .50-caliber rifles, the administration said Tuesday.

The governor also is expected to discuss his new statewide construction package that he says would create 233,000 jobs, but will not mention the word "keno," sources say. But despite receiving heavy criticism over advocating more gambling, the governor is still considering using keno to finance school construction.

Because Congress let the federal assault weapons ban expire last year, Illinois needs its own ban, Blagojevich said. He and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley have tried to get a statewide ban before, but never could marshal support in the legislature.

"Now firearms that are better-suited for military combat are making their way into the hands of gang members and criminals - and our current law says those weapons are just as acceptable as hunting rifles. That has to change," Blagojevich said in a written statement.

But NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde scoffed at the proposal, saying he didn't think there would be enough support in Springfield to enact it.

"All they're trying to do is cloak a gun ban in some turn or catch-phrase that will sell it to people who know nothing about guns," he said. "It's just another Chicago politician trying to put out another gun ban while his administration is under investigation by the Justice Department, and they're trying to change the face of the news on the front page."

Two years ago, an assault weapon ban proposed by Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, never made it out of committee.

Meanwhile, Blagojevich's statewide infrastructure rebuilding plan has drawn widespread support in concept, but critics wonder how the state will fund it. His suggestion last week that part of the money could come from a new statewide keno game has drawn strong opposition from many directions.

Keno is a bingo-like game that would be played on television screens in bars and restaurants across Illinois. Blagojevich has said it could raise $80 million per year and would help finance some of the debt incurred by borrowing $500 million for new schools that the governor and legislative leaders say are needed across the state.

Some in the General Assembly wonder if the governor has the authority to add a keno game without legislative approval.

Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson, a Greenville Republican, said last week he thought there would almost certainly be a suit that would decide whether Blagojevich could act alone in creating a keno game.

Though his party controls the General Assembly, the Democratic governor will need votes from some Republicans to pass his $3.2 billion construction bill because it would increase the state's long-term debt.

For their part, GOP leaders must decide which scenario they prefer: having new school and road projects for their members' districts, but with a series of Blagojevich ribbon-cuttings leading up to election day; or blocking the construction proposal and risking the political consequences of not spreading improvements around the state.

The new Keno game to pay for the construction plan is a good example of how business is done by both parties here in Illinois:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/illinoisstatenews/story/21304570E050C1F1862570F5000ECD31?OpenDocument
Keno firm lobbyists are tied politically to the governor
By Ryan Keith
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
01/13/2006

SPRINGFIELD, ILL.

Two political allies of Gov. Rod Blagojevich are tied to firms that run keno games for state lotteries, something the governor wants to implement here to pay for school construction.

John Wyma registered in November to lobby for GTECH Corp., which operates keno in nine states, records show. Wyma was Blagojevich's chief of staff in Congress and a top political adviser to his campaign for governor.

Milan Petrovic is a lobbyist for a firm representing Scientific Games International Inc., the keno operator in two states. Records show Petrovic has been paid thousands of dollars in political consulting fees by the Blagojevich campaign.


The disclosure heightened criticism of the keno idea from legislators, who say they fear Blagojevich would award state keno and construction contracts based on politics instead of merit.

"It sure waves a lot of flags when you see this kind of influence-peddling going on," said Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson, R-Greenville.

Blagojevich spokeswoman Rebecca Rausch said the governor's office didn't know Wyma and Petrovic were involved with the lottery firms when he proposed bringing keno to Illinois, an idea he announced Tuesday as part of a $3 billion plan to pay for roads, schools and mass transit.

Rausch said competitive bidding - not political connections - will decide who wins any contracts to run the keno game here.

"We do not know who will bid, who will win or who will be involved," she said.

GTECH runs the Illinois lottery's "online" games, such as Pick 3, Pick 4 and Little Lotto, and collected $27 million for its work last year, Rausch said.

GTECH spokesman Robert Vincent said the company would "absolutely" be interested in operating keno in Illinois. He said the company hires lobbyists such as Wyma as a standard practice to discuss with states new opportunities for making money through the lottery, such as keno.

He said GTECH has been in such discussions with Illinois about keno and other games for several years, not just since Wyma was hired in November.

"This has been a relatively long process," Vincent said.

Rausch said Scientific Games operates the lottery's instant ticket scratch-off games. A Scientific Games spokesman would not comment on Petrovic's lobbying involvement on keno in Illinois.

Wyma and Petrovic did not return calls seeking comment.

Here are some excerpts from yesterday's press release:

Mayor Daley said: “Every sane person would agree that machine guns and grenades should be illegal. Their only purpose is to kill large numbers of people. The same is true of military-style assault weapons.”

The federal ban on assault weapons was signed by President Clinton in 1994, but lapsed in September 2004 when Congress decided not to renew it, despite assurances from President Bush that he would sign such a renewal.

Assault weapons are extremely dangerous, often used in violent crimes, and are a threat to public safety. These weapons fire bullets rapidly and can fire at multiple targets. In addition, the military-style features make these guns even more dangerous. For example, larger magazines allow a shooter to fire 20, 50, or even 100 rounds without having to reload. Assault weapons have a high level of firepower, can penetrate body armor, and therefore pose a significant threat to police as well as innocent bystanders.

The .50-caliber rifle is among the most destructive weapons available to the public. It’s capable of hitting a target accurately from up to 2,000 yards, killing someone from a mile away, or even bringing down an airplane. The ammunition .50-calibers use is able to blow through a half-inch thick piece of steel – and thus easily pierce armor that police officers wear.

These are the kind of weapons that have been used in some heinous crimes, including the Columbine High School shooting in April 1999, in which 13 people were killed and 23 wounded, by weapons that included a TEC-DC9. In March of 1995, a Chicago policeman was killed with the same firearm while investigating a routine burglary. A semiautomatic version of the AK-47 assault rifle was used to kill 5 small children, wounding 29 others and a teacher, at an elementary school in Stockton, California.

You can read the entire press release here:
http://www.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=3&RecNum=4591

According to the ISRA what they actually said in the press conference was even worse then what was printed in the press release. You can listen to the whole 11 minute press conference on MP3 at this link:

http://www.isra.org/legislation/media/blago-daley_01172006_press_conference.mp3

I don't know if Blago and Daley think they can buy off the Southern Illinois legislators with the construction program or if they are just trying to get other problem out of the headlines. We've killed this bill, defeated it soundly every year since Blago was elected. I don't know why, he's coming out now, when he knows this will kill him politically in the Southern half of the state.

Jeff

fedlaw
January 18, 2006, 10:17 AM
Notice how they always manage to make an oblique reference to machine guns? Every time a press release like this sees wide distribution, I spend the next week explaining that machine guns are already illegal.

At least they didn't directly claim that they're trying to ban "AK-47s and Uzis" this time.

See today's story in the Trib:

Blagojevich, Daley push gun ban
Both plan to make it top priority this year

By Courtney Flynn and Christi Parsons
Tribune staff reporters
Published January 18, 2006


After several failed attempts to pass a statewide ban on assault weapons, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said Tuesday they will make the initiative a top priority in the current session of the state legislature.

In a joint news conference, the two Chicago Democrats called on the General Assembly to support their proposal to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of semi-automatic and .50-caliber weapons.

Blagojevich said his plan would do away with some of the most powerful guns on the market, and that it therefore doesn't affect the rights of law-abiding gun owners who want weapons for self-defense or hunting--a point vigorously put forth by gun-rights groups.

"We don't need to have TEC-9 assault weapons, Uzis or AK-47s to protect our homes, protect our neighborhoods or to go hunting," Blagojevich said. "And you certainly don't need the .50 caliber sniper rifle to do anything but act as a terrorist and be a criminal and a gangbanger."

The governor will make a pitch directly to the General Assembly when it convenes for his annual State of the State Address on Wednesday. That speech comes two years after the expiration of the federal ban on assault weapons, after Congress failed to re-enact it.

Even before the expiration, law enforcement officials and gun-control advocates have been trying to enact some form of assault-weapons ban at the state level. Seven states have done so but in Illinois, efforts have failed by a handful of votes.

Still, Blagojevich and Daley think there may be some momentum behind their efforts. Last year, lawmakers sided with gun-control groups on several votes, including one to require background checks for all sales at gun shows.

Daley said the next step is to get rid of assault weapons.

"I think all of us have made great progress in the last few years of reducing the amount of violence in our communities, both in the state and in the city," Daley said. "If we are really to make the progress that we want, we have to keep the most dangerous weapons that are right here off of our streets."

According to the Blagojevich administration, assault weapons are those that fire bullets rapidly and that can hit several targets quickly. Assault weapons have a high level of firepower, can penetrate body armor and tend to pose a significant threat to police, according to the governor's news release.

Gun-rights groups say the legislation is unfair, because the description covers guns commonly used by law-abiding hunters and sport shooters.

"There's no making these people happy," said NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde. "They just want to ban as much stuff as they can ... They will never be happy until they have eradicated firearm ownership."

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cflynn@tribune.com

Don Gwinn
January 18, 2006, 01:15 PM
I honestly think Blago will be re-elected in a landslide simply because the Republicans are a disorganized jumble of fools. I used to think he was doomed, but I've come around.

Jeff White
January 18, 2006, 01:29 PM
Don,
Unfortunately you have a point. I don't think any of the announced republican candidates can win. It is encouraging that Blago has a primary challenge to face.

I wonder what the democrats would do if a Southern Illinois democrat jumped into the race?

Jeff

MN_Strelok
January 18, 2006, 03:28 PM
"We don't need to have TEC-9 assault weapons, Uzis or AK-47s to protect our homes, protect our neighborhoods or to go hunting," Blagojevich said. "And you certainly don't need the .50 caliber sniper rifle to do anything but act as a terrorist and be a criminal and a gangbanger."

I stand corrected, fedlaw. Not surprised, just corrected.

So, Jeff, how many .50 BMGs have you taken off gangbangers so far this year? It's clearly their weapon of choice.

Jeff White
January 18, 2006, 03:51 PM
Must be the weapon of choice North of I80, it's mostly Jennings and Lorcins around here. :confused:

I'm starting to wonder what Blagojevich is getting from Daley for this? He's pretty much kept his mouth shut on the gun issue the whole term, because he knows it doesn't play well anywhere but Chicago. Last year Daley even publically called him on it.

Is Don right, does he think he's got a lock on re-election, or is the federal probe into influence peddling in the governor's office getting close?

Jeff

Fly320s
January 18, 2006, 03:55 PM
I intended to buy one of those .50 caliber sniper rifles, but if it is going to make me act "as a terrorist and be a criminal and a gangbanger," then I guess I'll wait until a model is available that makes me act like a caring, loving, peaceable subject. :rolleyes:

fedlaw
January 18, 2006, 04:00 PM
10-4 to that MN_Strelok.

I do not know Daley personally, but I believe he is sincere in his anti-gun beliefs. (Yes, I am aware of his 24-man armed protection detail.) I further would not be surprised if he would like Chicago to be like London of the 1960's where the police were not armed. (The many anti-CPD edicts originating from city hall, including the hiring of recruits who are anti-gun, are big clues to his true feelings.)
Blago is a different story. Like any self-respecting parasite, he will say or do anything in order to remain in power.
So, while I disagree with Daley on many issues, I am offended when a worm like our esteemed (haha) governor pretends to be a man.
Steve

Thefabulousfink
January 18, 2006, 04:35 PM
Every sane person would agree that machine guns and grenades should be illegal...

And every sane person would agree that a large city like Chicago shouldn't run by a government filled with corruption from top to bottom.:cuss:

Thefabulousfink
January 18, 2006, 04:48 PM
I also love how every anti-gunner assumes that the .50 BMG rifle was designed for military purposes. The first rifles (in the US)were built by long-range competition shooters who were looking for improved range and accuracy. It was later that the US military caught on and started to field the .50 BMG sniper rifles.

Jeff White
January 19, 2006, 03:14 AM
Rod Blagojevich Illinois Governor January 18, 2006:
http://www.illinois.gov/gov/sosspeech2006.cfm
No law abiding citizen needs an Uzi or an AK 47 to be safe or to hunt. The federal assault weapon ban expired more than a year ago. Everyone in Washington said they were for extending the ban – even the President himself. And yet they let it lapse – and never looked back.

We can’t keep waiting for them to act. You and I both know they won’t.

So I say it’s time we reinstate the assault weapons ban in Illinois.

How can we possibly allow gang bangers to be better armed than our police officers? While crime has fallen dramatically, we have seen an uptick of violent crime and gang activity in some of the suburbs surrounding Chicago. Cracking down on gun violence is no longer just a big city concern.

Last year, we tried to pass the assault weapon ban and we came close. I called many of you to ask that you vote for the bill. Back then, some of you told me you wanted to, but couldn’t because you were afraid of drawing a primary challenge. Well, the filing date for primary challenges has passed, and now it’s time to pass this bill.

We need to remember this, and remind all of our state senators and representives that we won't foget come election day.

Jeff

Eric_Hepner
January 19, 2006, 03:09 PM
Ahh, the hypocrisy oozes from the pores of King Richard II and the Viceroy of Springfield (can you be a Viceroy if you don't actually live in the region you run?). :banghead: HB2414, the house version of the bill specifically mentions the AUG as a "semi-automatic assault rifle." I'm not LE, but I bet there's not a single recorded case of an AUG being used in a criminal endeavor-Die Hard excepted, of course ;)

Headless Thompson Gunner
January 19, 2006, 03:18 PM
Since then, Daley and Blagojevich have pushed for a state law that would prohibit the manufacture, possession and delivery of semiautomatic weapons, assault weapon attachments and the 50-caliber assault rifle.Aren't there a number of top tier Evil Black Rifle manufacturers located in Illinois?

Rock River Arms is in Illinois I believe. Armalite is, too. Springfield Armory? DSA? Colt?

SaintofKillers
January 19, 2006, 03:23 PM
Aren't there a number of top tier Evil Black Rifle manufacturers located in Illinois?

Rock River Arms is in Illinois I believe. Armalite is, too. Springfield Armory? DSA? Colt?

Yep, dont think Colt is but I know Armalite is in Geneso.

WHen this came up last year the owner of the company said he would pull up stakes and move to Iowa, and take his employees with him.

The wife and I may be joining him if the BS keeps up.

Don Gwinn
January 19, 2006, 04:47 PM
Colt is out East, but the others are here. The contingency plans to pick up and leave are very real from what I've been told by officers of Armalite.

Cellar Dweller
January 19, 2006, 05:41 PM
Some in the General Assembly wonder if the governor has the
authority to add a keno game without legislative approval

Blagojevich: "I'm the only one in the room professional enough to add Keno games." :evil:

Armalite, DSA, RRA, etc. employ what, a couple hundred total? Plus they're on the wrong side? Illinois will have KENO! Blago and Daley get NO kickbacks from gun manufacturers, but the possibilities from Keno are amazing. Licenses, inspectors, auditors, $80 million for the state's coffers, $many million to buy influence...all DIRECTLY controlled by the control freaks.

Gambling and guns are evil, except when the State is doing it.

55645
January 19, 2006, 09:10 PM
I've got a very bad feeling about this. I think it will pass this time. I've always thought that the expiration of the federal AW ban was going to be a bad thing for me and any blue state residents who own and use firearms of a military appearance. One by one the blue states will pass their own bans which will be much, much worse than the old federal AWB. The antis have learned their lesson since then and there is no wiggle room in these new laws.

Jeff White
January 20, 2006, 06:26 AM
55645,
Don't be so negative. This isn't a hit even with the leaders of Blagojevich's own party. My state rep, Curt Grandberg is House Majority Leader:
http://www.wjbdradio.com/news_view.asp?WEBID=4427
1/19/06 Area Legislators Express Concern with Governor's Speech

State Senator John O. Jones and State Representative Kurt Granberg have some differing opinions on the governor's State of the State Address.

Granberg says the governor reminded lawmakers that he took office facing a record $5 billion budget deficit, but has still increased funding for education without raising the sales or income tax.

But Jones says the state is swimming in debt after raiding the pension systems of $1.2 billion and borrowing $1.1 billion to pay remimbursements to medical providers. He says the governor's different way of doing things is the equivalent of maxing out of the state's credit cards.

Jones says he could support a new capital spending bill, but notes the governor still has not contacted the Republican leadership to discuss what projects would be included and how to pay for the plan.

Representative Granberg says the governor's speech did raise some concerns with him. He objects to the governor's renewed push for a state ban on certain guns as well as a stepped-up plan to reduced mercury emissions. Granberg worries the governor's proposal to reduce mercury emissions by twice as much of the federal plan could lead to the closure of coal-fired power plants, meaning the loss of job and inexpensive electricity.

Granberg says did like the governor's proposals for tax credits for freshman and sophomores in college and those who purchase fuel-efficient cars.

This is far from a done deal.

I think it's rather funny, they obviously don't intend to enforce it. The writers made a fiscal impact statement that said:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=2414&GAID=8&GA=94&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=17433&SessionID=50#actions
Fiscal Note (H-AM 2) (Dept. of Corrections)
Corrections Population Impact: 1 Inmate. Fiscal Impact: $296,000.

Here are the current sponsors of the bill:

Rep. Edward J. Acevedo - Monique D. Davis - Karen A. Yarbrough - Harry Osterman - Barbara Flynn Currie, Linda Chapa LaVia, Deborah L. Graham, Sara Feigenholtz, Mary E. Flowers, Richard T. Bradley, Joseph M. Lyons, Michelle Chavez, Charles E. Jefferson, Elizabeth Coulson, Kathleen A. Ryg, Cynthia Soto, William Delgado, Susana A Mendoza, Maria Antonia Berrios, Kenneth Dunkin, Milton Patterson, Calvin L. Giles, Eddie Washington, Constance A. Howard, William Davis, Arthur L. Turner, John D'Amico, Elaine Nekritz, Marlow H. Colvin, Jack McGuire, George Scully Jr., Julie Hamos, Wyvetter H. Younge, Robin Kelly, James D. Brosnahan, Daniel J. Burke, Annazette Collins, Robert S. Molaro, Karen May and Larry McKeon

If any of these is your rep, make your displeasure known. All of the co-sponsors are democrats, all but a couple are from the Chicagoland area. Only one is from Southern Illinois and she's from East St Louis. I don't think they can make this happen without the collar county republicans. Wyvetter Younge is the only Southern Illinois democrat who will vote for this.

The House will not be in session again until Monday the 24th. It looks like the strategy is to keep it on the calendar until they think they have enough votes to pass it. The current deadline is March 3, 2006. I'm sure that if they don't have the votes by then, they will send it back to the Rules Committee and extend the deadline again. We may be stuck fighting this one until the 94th Session ends.

Jeff

55645
January 20, 2006, 09:03 AM
Thanks Jeff. I feel a lot better. This is the only place to get positive reinforcement.

Cellar Dweller
January 20, 2006, 08:35 PM
I don't think they can make this happen without the collar county republicans.

Terry Parke (44th) won't vote for such @#$%. Which district is Millner's (55th), 'cause he won't vote for &*($#@ either?

Larger
January 21, 2006, 01:31 AM
Blagojevich: "I'm the only one in the room professional enough to add Keno games." :evil:

You made me register just to "ROFL!!!!" that.

At least according to his office staff that answered, my state rep is against hb2414 and will vote accordingly. But i have to tell you, every year that passes, the collar counties become more democratic as people move out of the city to the suburbs. Districts are drawn by the people in charge. And although people out of state won't believe it, Daley IS king of illinois. He who controls the territory north of I80 and east of route 47 controls the state. And unfortunately, only those actually living in chicago can vote out our overlord.

And have you all heard the MP3 of the daley/blagojevich, talking about using a .50 cal from the hancock building? Everybody knows who daley routes for (even if he lives on the north side). Compare and contrast the number of shots fired into wrigley field vs the number of shots fired into new comiskey park.

The whole think makes you wonder if blago knows he isn't going to get reelected. One final coup de gras, like ryan's pardoning of death row inmates. There's too many men, too many people, making too many problems. And not much love to go round. Can't you see this is the land of corruption? And i'm the only one in the room professional enough to add keno games :D

Jeff White
January 21, 2006, 07:40 PM
Well I don't see advocating more gun control doing anything but hurting Blagojevich. The St Louis Post Dispatch just released this poll data. Even though gun control wasn't a question in the poll, it will give us an idea about how the people feel about Blagojevich.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/50992C2C93DF4927862570FD00239808?OpenDocument
Illinois Survey Results | January 2006

01/21/2006

The Research 2000 Illinois Poll was conducted from January 16-January 18. A total of 800 likely voters who vote regularly in state elections were interviewed statewide by telephone for the Post-Dispatch and KMOV-TV (Channel 4).

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges were utilized in order to ensure an accuratereflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect the voter registration of distribution by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus3.5 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the “true” figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as for
gender or party affiliation.


SAMPLE FIGURES

GENDER: Men 381 (48%)
Women 419 (52%)

PARTY ID: Democrats 321 (40%)
Republicans 255 (32%)
Independents 224 (28%)

RACE: White 632 (79%)
Black 104 (13%)
Other 64 (8%)

AGE: 18-29 152 (19%)
30-44 248 (31%)
45-59 239 (30%)
60+ 161 (20%)



REGION: Chicago/Cook County 349 interviews
Collar Counties 151 interviews
Central 214 interviews
Southern 86 interviews


2006 GOVERNOR RACE:
FAVORABLE UNFAVORABLE NO OPINION
Rod Blagojevich 47% 43% 10%
Judy Baar Topinka 45% 31% 24%



QUESTION: How would you rate the performance of Rod Blagojevich as Governor; excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?
EXCELLENT GOOD FAIR POOR NOT SURE

ALL 5% 41% 39% 6% 9%

MEN 4% 39% 42% 8% 7%
WOMEN 6% 43% 36% 4% 11%

DEMOCRATS 8% 56% 25% 3% 8%
REPUBLICANS 3% 20% 57% 12% 8%
INDEPENDENTS 4% 44% 38% 4% 10%

WHITE 2% 39% 45% 7% 7%
BLACK 18% 50% 14% 3% 15%
LATINO 16% 49% 15% 4% 16%
OTHER 13% 46% 17% 4% 20%

18-29 6% 44% 37% 5% 8%
30-44 5% 41% 39% 6% 9%
45-59 6% 42% 38% 6% 8%
60+ 3% 38% 42% 7% 10%

CHICAGO/COOK 9% 47% 29% 4% 11%
COLLAR 2% 32% 52% 9% 5%
CENTRAL 4% 43% 37% 5% 11%
SOUTHERN 5% 41% 38% 6% 10%


QUESTION: If the 2006 election for Governor were held today, who would you vote for if the choice were between Rod Blagojevich, the Democrat, and Judy Baar Topinka, the Republican?


Blagojevich Topinka Undecided

ALL 45% 37% 18%
MEN 44% 39% 17%
WOMEN 46% 35% 19%

DEMOCRATS 77% 5% 18%
REPUBLICANS 6% 74% 20%
INDEPENDENTS 45% 40% 15%

WHITE 38% 45% 17%
BLACK 72% 5% 23%
OTHER 67% 9% 24%

18-29 48% 34% 18%
30-44 45% 36% 19%
45-59 47% 35% 18%
60+ 40% 43% 17%

CHICAGO/COOK 55% 27% 18%
COLLAR 32% 50% 18%
CENTRAL 44% 37% 19%
SOUTHERN 46% 36% 18%

MOST IMPORTANT STATE ISSUES

QUESTION: Which of the following do you consider the most important issue facing Illinois?
ALL MEN WOMEN DEM REP IND

Education funding 25% 22% 28% 28% 20% 25%
Balancing the state budget 17% 19% 15% 13% 20% 18%
Roads and bridge construction 16% 17% 15% 17% 13% 17%
Providing universal health care
for children 15% 12% 18% 22% 7% 17%
Avoiding tax increases 14% 18% 10% 4% 31% 8%
Lowering gas prices 12% 11% 13% 15% 8% 14%
Other/Not sure 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%


QUESTION: Which of the following do you consider the second most important issue facing Illinois?
ALL MEN WOMEN DEM REP IND

Education funding 22% 20% 24% 26% 18% 23%
Roads and bridge construction 20% 19% 21% 22% 17% 21%
Balancing the state budget 16% 18% 14% 13% 19% 16%
Avoiding tax increases 16% 18% 14% 8% 27% 13%
Providing universal health care
for children 13% 13% 13% 17% 9% 14%
Lowering gas prices 12% 11% 13% 13% 9% 12%
Other/Not sure 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%



CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROPOSAL:

QUESTION: Illinois is considering a new $3 billion capital improvement program for upgrading of roads, bridges and school construction. It would be financed with extra state and federal road funds, tax revenue and a new lottery game. What is your opinion, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?
STRONG STRONG
FAVOR FAVOR OPPOSE OPPOSE NOT SURE

ALL 14% 33% 27% 11% 15%

MEN 12% 31% 30% 14% 13%
WOMEN 16% 35% 24% 8% 17%

DEMOCRATS 23% 41% 14% 6% 16%
REPUBLICANS 4% 22% 43% 19% 12%
INDEPENDENTS 15% 35% 24% 9% 17%



KENO PROPOSAL:

QUESTION: Governor Rod Blagojevich is proposing state-sponsored keno games, a type of gambling, as a means of raising money for school construction. What is your opinion, do you favor or oppose this proposal?
FAVOR OPPOSE NOT SURE

ALL 47% 44% 9%
MEN 50% 42% 8%
WOMEN 44% 46% 10%

DEMOCRATS 66% 18% 16%
REPUBLICANS 31% 66% 3%
INDEPENDENTS 44% 48% 8%



MORNING-AFTER PILL:

QUESTION: Governor Rod Blagojevich has issued an executive order which requires that pharmacies fill prescriptions for emergency contraception, also known as the "morning-after pill,'' if the pharmacies stock other contraceptives? What is your opinion of the order, do you favor or oppose it?
FAVOR OPPOSE NOT SURE

ALL 62% 27% 11%

MEN 60% 31% 9%
WOMEN 64% 23% 13%

DEMOCRATS 81% 12% 7%
REPUBLICANS 37% 49% 14%
INDEPENDENTS 65% 22% 13%


RYAN TRIAL:

QUESTION: Former Governor George Ryan is on trial on federal racketeering charges. How closely have you followed coverage of the trial; very closely, closely, not very closely, or not at all?

VERY NOT
CLOSE CLOSE VERY NOT AT ALL

ALL 33% 36% 21% 10%
MEN 34% 36% 20% 10%
WOMEN 32% 36% 22% 10%

DEMOCRATS 40% 38% 18% 4%
REPUBLICANS 27% 34% 24% 15%
INDEPENDENTS 31% 36% 20% 13%



QUESTION: Based on what you know or have heard about the accusations, do you believe that Ryan is innocent or guilty of the charges against him? (ONLY ASKED OF THOSE 69% FOLLOWING TRIAL)


Innocent Guilty Not Sure

ALL 11% 67% 22%

MEN 12% 65% 23%
WOMEN 10% 69% 21%

DEMOCRATS 7% 73% 20%
REPUBLICANS 16% 60% 24%
INDEPENDENTS 10% 70% 20%



QUESTION: Does your feelings about former Governor George Ryan make you more likely or less likely to vote for a Republican in the 2006 election for Governor, or does it have no real effect on your vote?

MORE LESS NO EFFECT

ALL 2% 21% 77%

MEN 2% 20% 78%
WOMEN 2% 22% 76%

DEMOCRATS - 34% 66%
REPUBLICANS 6% 10% 84%
INDEPENDENTS - 18% 82%

Excuse the formatting, can't seem to get the columns right....Jeff

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