June 30, 2005

Boland gets press for his Child Labor Act... In Macomb

The Macomb Journal has a piece examining Rep. Mike Boland's State Prohibition of Goods from Child Labor Act.
MACOMB - International businesses using child labor to make their products may soon be banned from selling their goods to the state of Illinois, pending the signing of the State Prohibition of Goods from Child Labor Act by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The chief sponsor of the legislation, State Rep. Mike Boland, D-East Moline, made stops at public libraries in Monmouth and Macomb on Tuesday to announce the passage of the HB 2460 through both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly, and to speak about the particulars of the bill.

Approximately one year ago, Boland passed similar legislation that prohibited the state from doing business with companies that produce goods made by religious and political prisoners.

"My feeling is, and I think most of us feel, that American workers, Illinois workers, Union workers, can compete with anyone in the rest of the world in productivity if the playing field is level," Boland said. "But when you have to compete against political and religious prisoners, or in this case, in this bill, trying to stop the use of our tax dollars to buy goods made by child labor, then it's an unfair playing field.


At 6/30/2005 3:03 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

Again, Mike Boland has some good and humand and progressive ideas.
But why doesn't he focus more of his energy on his own district?
That, truly, is his job.

At 6/30/2005 7:34 PM, Blogger illinoisone said...

I think Boland goes outside his district just to piss off the Jacobs and make em think he's up to something...

At 7/01/2005 5:18 AM, Blogger rope-a-dope said...

Boland was a disciple of Pat Quinn's and he just flat out “get's off” on getting press. He really is that simple to figure out! And if you don’t believe this blogger - aka “the ropester” - you can ask former Boland lackeys like Robert Moon or Mike Botlo. Mooner drove Boland around the state, and tells some great stories about the personal excitement Boland gets from press!

The funny thing is it doesn’t make Boland any less effective as a legislator because he is issue oriented and like attention for the good things he does. Does he pass important legislation? Hell yes! Do the little old ladies who get Circuit Breakers filled out at his office think he’s “dropping the ball”? Nope! Has he withstood every stick and stone the Jacob’s and his other detractors have thrown his way in the last decade? Damn straight!

So why rip Boland because he gets his jollies getting his picture in the paper?

There’s a HELL of a lot worse vices for an elected official to have.

And btw Dope - the thrill Boland gets from having his picture in the paper is the primary reason he won’t run for State Senate or Treasurer or anything other than reelection. If he runs for another office and loses, his “seat at the table” is gone forever. Think he can go out and get press because his wife is State Central Committeewoman? Ha-ha-ha.

Therefore - the ropester predicts that Boland stays in his current office just so he can keep chasing press attention. It's pretty obvious and predictable to this observer!

At 7/01/2005 3:58 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Boland is a media whore. But he has also done some pretty progressive things in the legislature. He at least thinks about the issues!

At 7/01/2005 3:58 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Thinking GOOD!!!

At 7/02/2005 9:09 AM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

Mike Boland and passing legislation used in the same sentence? Surely you jest.
Mike Boland couldn't sponsor a bill and get it approved if he was spotted 117 house yeas and 58 senate yeas. How many pieces of legislation has he passed? You can count on one hand, and still have a few left over. And don't give me that co-sponsor crap. All you need to co-sponsor a bill in Illinois, is pick up the phone. Besides squish, isn't Mike known as a bill whore, and a back-bencher?(Springfield words, not mine) Just throw whatever against the wall and see what sticks. Am I wrong? Boland is arguably the most underachieveing state reps in the entire state. Lets give Steve Haring a chance. At least he can work with Senator Mike Jacobs, and he certainly is on the same page as Rep. Sacia (opening the prison-remember us up here Mike?) and Senator Sieben.

At 7/02/2005 1:39 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yeah, let's all vote for some tool who'll support the radical right wing agenda. Let's all throw our support to a guy who backs the thugs in the White House and will do all he can to help them enact their 100% pro-corportate, pro-polluter, pro-multi-millinoaire, anti-labor, anti-middle class agenda.

We're on board RepublicanJoe.

As a Boland-hating Dem posing as a Republican, it sounds like your irrational hatred for Boland has pushed you over the edge into working against your own party.


At 7/02/2005 5:09 PM, Blogger diehard said...

I'm not a big Boland fan but in a race between him and Harring I go Boland all the way!

At 7/02/2005 10:02 PM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

boland is weak, do you not agree?
do you know what the unemployment rate is up here in Carroll County? Have you been downtown Savanna? Have you seen downtown Morrison? Have you seen the empty prison? Now your own case plant is empty. Come on people. Please give us a rep. that can do something. CUB is Bolands calling card and he uses it all the time. That dog just won't hunt anymore. Get real, the man is what 65 years old? Steve is no tool, he is his own man. A good man, and you will try to bring him down for any reason. Dope- I am not posting, or reading your site again. It is obvious the bias is so severe, that you could cut it like butter. Dope Even if you are Porter McNeil, or some other frustrated wanna be democrat candidate you know we need to get Boland out, yet you still play the party line. How pathetic. Politics before progress.


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