January 23, 2006

Mike Jacobs "2005 Legislative Wrap Up"

Sen. Mike Jacobs recently sent out a nice looking campaign mailing highlighting his accomplishments over the past year. A copy has made it's way to me, and I'm more than happy to pass on these accomplishments to my readers.

Some have accused me of not touting Jacobs' accomplishments, and my defense is that I would if I was aware of any, though I'd hasten to point out that I truly wouldn't expect miracles from anyone who's been in office such a relatively short time. And of course, Jacobs or his allies have never failed to remind us here of his supposed achievements repeatedly and often, to repeat them would be overkill on top of overkill. I've given him credit for his role in promoting the WIU/Riverfront campus, and now we have a list of what Jacobs himself feels are his accomplishments over the past year.

- Jacobs co-sponsored with Rep. Pat Verschoore, HB1919 allowing Casino Rock Island to move operations to wetlands near the junction of I-20 and IL 92. The project is said to cost $90 million. Jacobs suggests this will "attract weekend visitors and traffic from outside Northwestern Illinois and encourage new growth in the area." He also says the project will bring "hundreds" of new construction jobs temporarily and "300 to 400 new permanent jobs at the expanded facility."

- Jacobs co-sponsored HB 2137, a bill to toughen worker compensation laws to "fight the fraud that hurts employers and employees".

- Jacobs asked QC Chamber of Commerce President Rick Baker to form a WIU-QC "Blue Ribbon Task Force" to "explore concepts" on expanding the riverfront campus of WIU in Moline. Blagojevich agreed to a request to "coven a financial think-tank" to look into ways to finance the project. "After meetings in Chicago and Moline, we are awaiting the next step in this exciting initiative."

- Jacobs "supported" Blagojevich's "All Kids" health insurance plan.

- Jacobs was "involved in the process" of legislation which is an effort to combat what many consider largely mythical "frivolous lawsuits" and a blow against a citizens right to sue for malpractice. He explains support of this effort by saying that it's not "against" lawyers or "for" doctors, but better for everyone. He considers it a compromise measure which is a step in "bringing a final resolution to the crisis" he maintains is plaguing northwest Illinois and the entire state.

- Jacobs signed on as co-sponsor of a bill toughening anti-methamphetamine laws and requiring people buying cold remedies which contain an ingredient needed to make meth to show I.D. and sign a log book.

- Jacobs notes that the recent state budget includes over $31 million for area road projects in 2006 and is part of $188 million proposed to be spent in the district on "infrastructure improvements between now and 2011".

- Jacobs notes that he's "pleased" that area hospitals will receive state funds from a new funding formula enacted in the General Assembly this year. "A boost of over $3.6 million over next year will go a long way in helping these healthcare centers provide essential health care services."

So there you have the essence of the "2005 Wrap-up". Make of it what you wish.


At 1/24/2006 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of peripheral commentary, and not a lot of actual work. I suppose that's to be expected for someone in office for such a short amount of time, but Mike has no problem puffing out his chest.

"he's "pleased" that area hospitals will receive state funds", well, so am I, but I'm not calling a press conference about it.

At 1/24/2006 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Jacobs wrap up was a nice piec of work for a young Sen. I thought thaa Mike Bolands piece was nice also. It is nice to see these men have such a good year for our district. It is nice to see what these men have done for us as our representatives in Springfield.

Thanks for all the good work Gentlemen!

At 1/25/2006 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that you should also include Mike Boland's rap up. I don't think it is fair that you only include Mike Jacobs. He is not the only rep we have in Springfield. Be fair to all and include him and Vershoore's rap up also.

At 1/25/2006 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, terrific job of embarrassing the district by pumping out endless quotes about Rosa Parks and size 12's. Also a great job pointing out that it's taken 15 years to get the first funding for WIU.

At 1/25/2006 7:20 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 6:45 writes:
"I think that you should also include Mike Boland's rap up. I don't think it is fair that you only include Mike Jacobs. He is not the only rep we have in Springfield. Be fair to all and include him and Vershoore's rap up also"

"rap up"?? Are Boland and Vershoore starting a hip-hop act?

Anyway, the reason I didn't post a "rap up" for either of those politicians is that I've not seen one for either.

That makes it hard to post them.

If either campaign would like to send one along via e-mail, I'd be more than happy to put them up.

At 1/25/2006 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well they both had more than one and if you want me to send a copy of Boland's to you I will. Would you please be fair to him and include his in your blog.


At 1/25/2006 2:03 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Listen.... how can I be "fair" to Boland or anyone else by posting their "legislative wrap ups" if I have NEVER SEEN ANY and don't know where to find them?

Am I supposed to make something up?

If I had any similar material from Boland or Verschoore, I'd gladly post them.

I assume I'll be receiving this "wrap up" from you via e-mail shortly.

At 1/25/2006 4:23 PM, Blogger Huntooner said...

what's your home address Inside D?

I can mail you a copy of Boland's wrap up! :)

At 1/25/2006 4:37 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Oh you kidder!

The Inside Dope fortress of solitude has an unlisted address.

But e-mail is really fast and easy, and I most certainly can be reached that way.

I might be able to get my hands on a Boland mailing, but it's not guaranteed. If Boland has sent out a similar mailing, just copy it verbatim and send it along via e-mail.

At 1/25/2006 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Jacob's "wrap up" include "SO...my dad retired and I was appointed...not even elected! Hey 36th district you are by golly the luckiest bunch of peeps out there!"

What a joke.

At 1/26/2006 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed my Jacobs' mailer said "Authorized by the State of Illinois" on the bottom. Does that mean that my tax dollars paid for this? I suspect that it does.

At 1/26/2006 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed Mike Boland's has the same thing on the bottom, as does the one I got from Lane Evans.

At 2/22/2006 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never seen anything from Boland or Evans. I imagine there are rules for such mailers being paid for by taxpayers. For instance, if the distribution for the mailers included registered Democrats only, I would assume that would be misappropriation of funding, as it would be clear that they were only sent out to garner votes. Dope, do you know of any laws regarding this?

At 2/22/2006 7:56 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm sorry. Not being a candidate nor working for one, I'm afraid I'm not aware of the rules governing political mailings.

I would assume that, if a candidate wanted to get a mailing to Dems, and mailing strictly to Dems was against the rules, he'd just spend whatever amount of taxpayer dollars and would send something to EVERY person in his district.

That would hit all the Dems just as well, and after all, if it's publically financed, it all costs them the same.

While I know federal office holders get "franking" privileges, or free taxpayer funded mailings, I'm not sure what the situation is for state office holders.


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