October 28, 2005

Blago nominee for utility regulator faces opposition

The head of the Senate committee that must approve Governor Rod Blagojevich's nominee for head state utility regulator says the nominee should consider withdrawing.

Last month, Blagojevich nominated prominent consumer advocate Martin Cohen as chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission. Cohen is former director of the Citizens Utility Board.
Democratic State Senator Rickey Hendon of Chicago said yesterday that there's bipartisan concern Cohen might not be impartial on utility rate increase requests. Hendon co-chairs the Senate Executive Appointments Committee.

Cohen has insisted he'll be evenhanded and Blagojevich is standing by the nomination. The governor says consumers need an advocate on the I-C-C.

Cohen could face a Senate vote next week.
Cohen can be nothing but good news for the consumers of Illinois. I hope the legislators who are more beholden to the utility companies than the citizens they represent don't scuttle his nomination.


At 11/02/2005 12:38 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

This one is good and I appluad the choice of Cohen

- but I am still puzzled by the appointment of Eric Trimble of Moline to a posh post at the Lincoln committee or Board or something like that. It was just in the QC Times I think.... again the Dispatch choked and missed out on an Illinois story--

It sounded like a nice prestigous appointment for someone from the Governor's office - and not something a Democrat Guv would normally give to a HUGE Republican like Eric, but who am I? Oh yeah, I am one of those Dems that voted to put the Guv in office -- one of the people who is trying to figure out why the Guv keeps giving away all the candy to Republicans....

Someone check the campaign reports for 2002 -- and you probably won't find any big donations to Blago from Mr. Trimble - this I am sure.

The Republicans won't vote for Blago so what is he getting out of it besides complaints from people like me!!!

At 11/03/2005 2:15 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

In Illinois, numerous boards and commissions are required to appoint equal numbers of Democrat and Republican members.


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