Saturday, January 07, 2006

It Must Be Something in the Water...

Joe Birkett and Ron Gidwitz have already come out against the mercurial(get it?) Governor's latest scheme. From WBBM:

WBBM Newsradio 780's Bob Roberts reports Judy Baar Topinka's running mate, DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett, said he finds it an abrupt about-face.

"I think that's one of the problems with his style of leadership," Birkett said. "He just announces things without really doing the kind of study he needs to put into that subject."

Blagojevich is asking the Illinois Pollution Control Board and a joint legislative committee to order mercury emissions reduced by 90 percent by mid-2009. Federal standards call for a 47 percent reduction by 2010 and 70 percent by the end of 2018.

The Republican challenging Topinka in the primary, Ron Gidwitz, said he considers it a bad idea from the word go.

"I think it's important that we reduce the levels of mercury, but I don't think we ought to discriminate against those who live and work in Illinois," Gidwitz said. "We need a national standard, not Illinois standards."

Gidwitz said not sticking with the national standard will just drive more jobs elsewhere, and said the governor's initiative is merely another example of Blagojevich doing the one thing he said Blagojevich does well: issue press releases.

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