When Republican State Representative Joe Sosnowski of Belvidere introduced an Illinois Constitutional amendment last week that would take away the pension protection clause, I awarded him the Illinois’ Legislator Biggest Loser of the week award.
This is not an easy contest to win. There are no shortage of candidates.
One must never forget Paul Powell who served as Speaker of the Illinois House from 1959 to 1963. He went on to be elected Illinois Secretary of State. Although he never made more than $30,000 a year, when he died shoeboxes, briefcases and strongboxes with more than $800,000 in cash were found in his hotel suite residence in Springfield. In his hotel room he also had 49 cases of whiskey, 14 transistor radios, and two cases of creamed corn. When settled in 1978 his estate was worth $4.6 million, of which $1 million was racetrack stock.
It is Hall of Fame material folks.
Glen Brown followed up my post with a detailed constitutional response, which I reposted with this photograph that I got from Google images, noting that Representative Sosnowski had book shelves in his Springfield office, but no books.
The funny thing is that now if you go to Google Images, the original picture I used is gone.
They have me as the original source.
Like I photo shopped it.
But I didn’t.
Had his people scrubbed it from Google Images?
The problem is not what you read.
Or don’t read.
It’s what you write.
Like constitutional amendments.
UPDATED: I have solved the mystery. If you search for Representative Joe Sosnowski it will show the original picture. If you search Illinois Representative Joe Sosnowski it doesn’t. Apparently Google Images doesn’t recognize Illinois.
Sometimes I don’t recognize it either.