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Smell the Bacon? 5 State Pork Projects That Could Burn You Up

Michael Madigan and John Cullerton both had pork projects for their districts approved in the state budget despite the lack of enough revenue in the budget.

The state budget passed by Springfield and signed into law by Pat Quinn is a tight budget, to say the least. Lawmakers have even admitted there isn't enough revenue in the budget to cover all the day-to-day costs.

Those are necessary day-to-day costs, mind you. There's not enough money coming in to fund those. So of course it figures lawmakers were able to slip in five pet projects into the budget. In politics, those projects are known as pork. 

Two of the lawmakers who are bringing home the pork to their home districts are House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. We've got the five pork projects included in the state budget, including the ones specific to Madigan and Cullerton, plus the one piece of pork Quinn cut out of the budget.

Speaking of Madigan, the Tribune received a copy of an ethics investigation made into Madigan and his patronage practices, specifically with Metra. We've summarized the piece for you.

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Kandy July 10, 2014 at 08:35 AM
"Pork" should be illegal! Bills should address one subject - PERIOD! Our state will never get out of debt with these guys in office. :(
Voice of Reason July 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM
There's two things that keep Michael Madigan in power. First is his daughter, the Illinois Attorney General, who just cannot seem to uncover any Corruption; despite Illinois seeing a Governor, a Congressman, Cook County Board Commissioner and other Elected Politicians go to jail during her tenure in the office. Second is the Democrat State Representatives, who Continually Elect Madigan as Speaker prior to doing "business" for the next two years. The First question Any Democrat State Representative Incumbent or Candidate should be asked is if they would Vote for Madigan to be Speaker once again if the voters send them to Springfield, and if so, why?
Luther July 10, 2014 at 10:59 AM
It's only pork, theft, waste, etc. when it's not in your neighborhood. I'm sure there is a lot of the same going on downstate that seldom gets reported. HFM_U.
Angel July 10, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Just got this email this morning. Where did the state get 2.5 million to give Naperville for yet another sports complex ? ________________ From the Desk of Naperville Park District’s Executive Director Ray McGury Dear friend of the Naperville Park District: I’m pleased to inform you that earlier this week, Governor Pat Quinn announced the awarding of a $2.5 million grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to support the Naperville Park District’s construction of an Activity Center. As you’re probably aware, the District has been working diligently on this project. It began in 2013 with soliciting public feedback and demonstrating a need for a year-round facility that will support recreation for people of all ages, families, those with special needs and our senior residents. The Activity Center, which will be located at the corner of Quincy Avenue and Fort Hill Drive, also will encourage health and wellness for all ages, provide a place for teens to connect and address the recreational and social needs of our increasingly diverse population. Some of the planned Activity Center spaces include: • Sports courts • Gymnastics studio • Fitness spaces • Indoor playground • Indoor track • Café • Multi-purpose rooms for programs/events Currently, staff is working with the architect and engineering team to design the Activity Center; a draft concept can be found at www.napervilleparks.org/activitycenter. The remainder of this year will focus on design and permitting, with construction beginning in spring 2015. I know I speak for both the park board and staff when I say that this is a project that we’re very excited about and we look forward to providing residents with updates as the project progresses. Sincerely, Ray McGury Executive Director
TheLonePunman July 12, 2014 at 08:10 AM
C'mon people, buy those fishing and hunting licenses, after all, those DNR dollars go right into the general accounting fund...

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