It was “just” a surplus property issue.
Should it take approval of the Illinois General Assembly to dispose of surplus property worth more than $1 million?
But House Bill 4744 was aimed by Crystal Lake State Representative Mike Tryon directly at the Democratic (and some regional Republican) Party politicians promoting turning maximum security Thomson Correctional Center into terrorist central.
President Barack Obama, Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin think it is such a wonderful idea.
But, led by not-yet-nominated-for-U.S.-Senate Congressman Mark Kirk, Republicans, including Congressman Don Manzullo, in whose district the prison is located, attacked the idea, not once, but repeatedly. All over TV.
Liberals pooh-poohed the unreasonable fear of opponents. When Manzullo pointed out that the terrorists would likely be tried in Rockford, the Obama Administration rushed in with the alternative that the courtroom would be behind the prison’s walls.
Then the would-be Christmas airplane bomber turned out to be from Yemen, the same country as most of the Guantanamo terrorists President Obama wants to transfer to Northwestern Illinois.
That got me thinking about
those Byron nuclear power plants we see on our annual pilgrimage to the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair.
A terrorist act there releasing radiation would float right over McHenry County.
Enter Tryon with his bill.
It got out of committee, indicating House Speaker Mike Madigan’s approval.
And, it passed overwhelmingly. 81 of 116 voting “Yes.”