Yesterday was the last day of the regular session of the Illinois General Assembly. As you might suspect, there was a lot of last minute activity in order to ram through as much legislation as possible before the long break.
One of the more contentious issues up for vote was the Smart Grid bill that would guarantee higher utility bills for all. Our specially bred Senator Jacobs chairs the energy committee and is the sponsor of the bill that would rake in big bucks for the utility companies. As you know, Mike’s daddy lobbys for ComEd and had a lot riding on the outcome of the vote—which ultimately just barely passed.
During the debate on this bill, a GOP senator mentioned the inconvenient truth that there was a serious conflict of interest with the Jacobs father and son. So after the vote Mike strolled over the the GOPer and roughed him up a bit. The GOPer reported this incident to the Capitol Police. Mike then went into Meltdown Mode and rather than man up and apologize for his thuggish behavior, piled on the insults, digging himself an even deeper hole.
There are many juicy quotes flying around this, but this bit from FOX Chicago News is a classic:
“State Sen. Mike Jacobs looked into our FOX Chicago News camera and declared, ‘Sen. McCarter is full of (bleep!)”
Mike went on to claim McCarter wasn’t fit to shine his shoes and other school yard taunts.
What a hoot!
Illinois Review provides some tweets and facebook information about what happened at the time. Also mentioned was the fact that during the debate, Jacobs suggested Lisa Madigan be investigated for her ads against the bill—-conflict for thee but not for me, I guess.
What a buffoon!
I checked a few minutes ago and the Hare-Dispatch only had a bare bones report. I suspose they are waiting to roundup quotes from the Politburo on Mike’s latest embarrassment—I’m sure the Politburo will stand behind him 100%
I have been ranting for years about the Jacobs family conflict of interest and how the local press has been covering for them. My guess is that if Mike would have been able to control himself and not attack McCarter, nobody would have mentioned this conflict of interest—it would have been just another dirty little Springfield secret. But thanks to Mike, the press can no longer ignore this ethical problem.