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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Legislative Update, Illinois

COURT BATTLE HIGHLIGHTS ILLINOIS FINANCIAL WOES
CONTACT: Dan Harper, ABATE of Illinois (773) 330-3111
Web Site:ABATE-IL.org

CHICAGO - - The following was released today by ABATE of Illinois:
A recent court battle between ABATE of Illinois and the Blagojevich
administration serves to underscore the depth of the state fiscal woes.
In a landmark decision, a Sangamon County circuit court ruled that Governor
Blagojevich overstepped his constitutional authority by raiding special
trust funds to make up for shortfalls in the state budget.

The litigation was sparked when Blagojevich was caught draining over
$350,000 from the Cycle Rider Safety Training Fund and the Recreational
Trails Fund. Each of these funds is supported by surcharges on motorcycle
license and registration fees. These two special funds were set up to
promote motorcycle safety and environmental stewardship in off-road areas.
In response to Blagojevich’s actions, ABATE successfully sought a temporary
restraining order against the governor that barred his tapping into the
motorcycle-related funds. However, the judge ruled that Blagojevich could
continue to raid dozens of other special funds.

We are very pleased that the judge ruled in our favor,¯ said Dan Harper,
Legislative Coordinator for ABATE of Illinois. Motorcyclists pushed for
these special accounts and we agreed to the fees to fund them. After all
the hard work that went into setting up and administering these programs, we
weren’t about to stand by and let the governor use these two funds as his
election-year piggybank. If the governor thinks these funds would be better
spent someplace else, we challenge him to debate that assertion before the
General Assembly. Of course, he won’t, because he doesn’t have the stomach
for it.

Although the court’s ruling on the fund raids was a victory for Illinois
motorcyclists, it brings attention to a bigger problem facing all Illinois
citizens, continued Harper. The fiscal ineptitude of the Blagojevich
administration has left the state virtually living from paycheck to
paycheck. The deepening financial crisis has forced Blagojevich to take
desperate measures. Dipping into the special funds to keep the government
operating is like robbing Peter to pay Paul. Despite the vigor of the
national economy, Illinois is at its breaking point - with nobody to blame
but Governor Blagojevich. We hope that our court action against the
governor will cast some much-needed light on the states pending financial
collapse.

On Saturday at the BOD meeting George Tinkham spoke on recent developments
in the lawsuit ABATE of Illinois has filed against Illinois Gov. Rod
Blagojevich,. Some money has been transferred out of other special
accounts, but due to a temporary restraining order obtained by ABATE, both
The Off-Highway Vehicle Trails fund and Cycle Rider Safety Training fund
have been frozen. ABATE legal services filed a brief on Tuesday to stop
transfers from all special funds, but the court ruled that ABATE of Illinois
Inc. could only represent the two motorcycle funds and set a hearing date of
July 10. Out of the seventy-seven (77) funds being transferred into the
general state account this year, only ABATE has been successful in getting a
restraining order to stop the transfer. George Tinkham recommends that
ABATE members who belong to any of these groups whose funds are being
raided, encourage that group to join with ABATE to protect all these funds


Fund Name
Transportation Regulatory
Financial Institution
Illinois Veterans' Rehabilitation
State Boating Act
Military Affairs Trust
Agricultural Premium
Aeronautics
Il. State Pharmacy Disciplinary
Public Utility
Firearm Owner's Notification
Subtitle D Management
Facility Licensing
Hansen-Therkelsen Memorial
Explosives Regulatory
Aggregate Operations Regulatory
Coal Mining Regulatory
Regulatory CPA Administration& Disciplinary
Weights & Measures
Reg. Limited Liability Partnership
Illinois School Asbestos
IPTIP Administrative Trust
DCFS Childrens' Services
Illinois Health Facilities Planning
Emergency Public Health
State Police Vehicle
Optometric Licensing & Disciplinary Board
Illinois Affordable Housing Trust
Fertilizer Control
Used Tire Management
Guardianship & Advocacy
Working Capital Revolving
IL. Prescription Drug Discount Program
Public Health Services Revolving
Provider Inquiry Trust
Securities Audit and Enforcement
Drug Treatment
Feed Control
Appraisal Administration
Small Business Environmental Assistance
Regulatory Evaluation & Basic Enforcement
Police Training Board Services
Trauma Center
Unclaimed Property Trust
Department of Corrections Reimbursement
Health Facility Plan Review
LEADS Maintenance
Public Pension Regulation
Pawnbroker Regulation
School Technology Revolving Loan
Pesticide Control
Off-Highway Vehicle Trails
Capital Litigation Trust
Horse Racing
Motor Carrier Safety Inspection
Municipal Economic Development
Airport Land Loan Revolving
Assisted Living & Shared Housing Regulatory
Whistleblower Reward & Protection
Illinois Clean Water
Home Inspector Administration
Metro-East Public Transportation
Dram Shop
Il. State Dental Disciplinary
Natural Resources Restoration
Cycle Rider Safety Training
Health Insurance Reserve
Natural Resources Information
DHS Recoveries Trust
Insurance Producer Administration
Illinois State Podiatric Disciplinary
Local Tourism
Insurance Financial Regulation



Dan Harper
Legislative Coordinator
ABATE of Illinois
[email protected]
www.chicagoabate.com
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Good for us

It is amazing that this guy has no shame raiding funds for millitary/retirement community/police and bunch of others.

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Very cool, excellent victory against that comi pinko




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Awesome!! I hope this sets the theme for litigation against the Gov. in regard to the other funds.

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Good for us

It is amazing that this guy has no shame raiding funds for millitary/retirement community/police and bunch of others.
First things I saw were the military and DCFS. WTF! I voted for neither at the election, all they did is throw dirt at each other. Neither had a stance on ANY topic. But that's

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Dan Harper is currently the Legislative Director for the State and also my VP in the Chicago Chapter. But....This weekend he f3cking off down in Altamont at state party this whole weekend, he left today. The TRO is up on the 10th of July and he'll be there to further stick it to the gov.

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Very cool, excellent victory against that comi pinko

couldn't have said it better myself!
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cool. this will probably be mud ammo for Topinka. geez, I hate both the D & R candidates.

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