MORE VOTING ON OTHERS SWITCHES!
11/9/11 CapitolFax Website Reports
"* At the end of the first week of veto session, Gov. Pat Quinn demanded that the General Assembly’s Inspector General investigate what the media quickly termed “Buttongate.” As you’ll recall, about 20 Democratic members were off the House floor attending one of the day’s three scheduled budget briefings when the ComEd “Smart Grid trailer bill” was called for a vote. Several opponents of the bill were voted “Yes” by others in the chamber…
“The people of Illinois, I think, back home, if they hear that their legislator was letting some staff member vote their switch, or somebody next door to them who wasn’t elected by the people back home, this is not right,” Quinn said during a stop in Normal in central Illinois on Friday. “And the legislators know this. And I think any wrongdoing there, any monkey business, needs to be investigated by the proper authority.”"
NOW REMEMBER OUR PREVIOUS 6/13/11 BLOG (re-posted below) WHERE WE SHED LIGHT ON JACK MCGUIRE'S VOTING ON OTHERS SWITCHES... SELF-ADMITTED... IS THIS WHAT WE'RE PAYING MCGUIRE TO DO IN SPRINGFIELD?
Here's what the Journal Reported:
"Our elected officials are people too. Sometimes they get hungry. And there are two (arguably) decent cafeterias in the basement of the Capitol complex. They’re also busy. On a daily basis, they also need to meet with constituents, lobbyists, reporters and other lawmakers. But what happens when dozens of legislators aren’t in the House chamber when there are bills to pass?
They vote one anothers switches.
There’s nothing illegal about voting another legislator’s switch if they are not there. House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, is rarely in the chamber, yet his vote is almost always recorded.
The following audio is of Rep. Jack McGuire, D-Joliet, after the vote on House Bill 2089, the bath salts bill, which passed out of the House on Wednesday. He was one of three “no” votes, and he didn’t remember voting for this bill, explaining that he was busy voting for absent members.
[Listen to] McGuire voting
[He says "everyone who is not there I'm voting for."]
An act was signed in 2010 that requires anyone voting a switch be a “regularly qualified member of the House of Representatives,” but does not say that a Representative may not vote another representative’s switch. Violation of that act is a Class B misdemeanor, but it can only be prosecuted if it is brought to the Sangamon County circuit court “by the Speaker of the House of Representatives only after he has been authorized by a vote of 89 members of the House of Representatives.”
A vote of 89 members is the most extraordinary super-majority required for any action. To override a veto or home rule authority, a 71-vote super-majority is required, and often that is hard to achieve.
For controversial measures, a member of the House of Representatives can request verification, in which case every member must vote their own switches, a copy of the roll call is printed out, and if any member who “voted” is not present in the chamber, their vote is struck from the record."
IS THIS THE KIND OF REPRESENTATION you want in District 86? Someone who is running around concerned about voting for other "absent" Representatives, and CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER VOTING FOR US! It may not technically be Illegal to vote for another Representative, but does it sound right to you? Some of these bills are so important, no one, other than that particular Representative, should be voting for him/herself!!! This is absolutely disgusting that WE'RE PAYING OUR TAXPAYER MONEY TO HAVE REP. JACK MCGUIRE RUN AROUND LIKE AN ERRAND BOY AND VOTE FOR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES! We're not paying him to represent us like this!!!
GOV. QUINN THINKS THIS IS NOT RIGHT... SO SHOULDN'T YOU???
For this reason and many reasons more we say Vote Jack McGuire Out in 2012!