exec order.jpg From today’s Statehouse Insider in the State Journal-Register:

Some lawmakers, and not just Republicans, are getting concerned about Blagojevich’s “Who needs the legislature?” approach to governing.
Can’t get the General Assembly to go along with funding stem cell research? Hide money in the budget and then create a program by executive fiat after lawmakers leave town.
Can’t get the General Assembly to ban junk food in public schools? Get your handpicked state Board of Education to do it by writing rules that redefine junk food.
Now we have keno, which Blagojevich says he can start without the General Assembly’s approval. And the fact is, there appears to be no way to stop him, short of going to court. Both House Speaker MICHAEL MADIGAN, D-Chicago, and Senate President EMIL JONES, D-Chicago, support Blagojevich on that and can single-handedly block any bills that try to stop the governor – not only on keno, but anything else.
But why worry about the possible abuse of power? The important thing to remember is that it is no longer business as usual.

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