Friday, October 28, 2005

State News Round-Up

Bill O'Connor, chief of staff to Leader Tom Cross, is resigning to become a judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. O'Connor ran Rep. Beth Coulson(R-Glenview)'s 2004 re-election campaign. He will be succeeded as COS by Jack Kubik, a revered fellow former solon who has served on the Racing Board.

This poll put's Blago's approval rating at 41%; 54% among self-professed "liberals."

Hat tip: Cap Fax

New solons Cheryl Axley in the Senate and Phillip Ramey in the House are being welcomed into the fold. Axley was appointed to the seat vacated when Dave Sullivan retired. Previously occupied as a real estate lawyer, Axley, 46, was a local elected official. Ramey was appointed to Sen. John Millner's seat in the House when the latter was appointed to the Wojick vacancy in the Senate. Ramey, stepson of former senate president Pate Phillip, had been defeated by Millner in a House primary three years ago.

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