Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Legislator Angry Illinois Governor Not Responding To Flood Like Daniels

Illinois State Rep. Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) blasted Gov. Rod Blagojevich for failing to respond to the flooding in southeastern Illinois along the Wabash River, while applauding the efforts of Gov. Mitch Daniels on behalf of Hoosiers on the other side of the river. Rich Miller of The Capitol Fax Blog writes:

State Rep. Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) is not usually one to pop off, and he mostly kept his cool when we talked a few minutes ago. But he’s becoming ever more frustrated that the flooded areas of his southeastern Illinois House district are not getting the same attention from the state that the folks across the border in Indiana have received.

Flooded areas of Indiana have already obtained a federal disaster declaration. In contrast, Illinois has yet to declare its side of the border a disaster - a step that has to be completed before the feds can step in.

Also, Indiana’s governor has personally toured the impacted areas on his side of the border. But when Eddy talked to an official with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency he was told that it “doesn’t make any sense for the governor to be down here at this time.”

“The people down here are going to perceive that he just isn’t engaged,” Eddy said of Gov. Blagojevich.

Eddy did say that some localities were getting some much-needed help with immediate concerns, and he said he was very grateful for that. But he added that the paperwork process needs a thorough review. Too much emphasis was being placed on getting local officials to sign off on documents when they were out on the front lines battling the flooding, Eddy said.

“We have a flash flood,” the legislator said, “We need flash paperwork.”

“I don’t know why Indiana can have a declaration in less than a day and now we’re three or four days into this and we’re just seeing this paperwork.”

Eddy represents the district where my family lives in Clark County. He is not at all a partisan hack. It's no wonder even members of Blagojevich's own party are talking about impeaching Gov. Blagojevich. This is a guy who takes time to attend sporting events in Chicago during major legislative impasses rather than meet with lawmakers in the State House in Springfield to work out differences. The flooding situation in the area grew more dire this morning after levees failed along the Wabash and Embarras Rivers in southeastern Illinois.


varangianguard said...

The only thing the Illinois governor is doing with paperwork right now is shredding as much of it as possible, I'm thinking.

Gary R. Welsh said...

You're probably right about that. At least anything with Rezko's name on it.

Sir Hailstone said...

This sounds eerily familiar.. Blago must have taken pages from Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin and Kathleen Blanco's Democrat playbooks..

You know ... don't ask for help from FEMA then claim the help was inadequate, late, lacking, yadda yadda. Add too it a bit of Hollyweird and some Kanye West proclamations.

Besides Southern Illinois is as far from Blago's constituency as it gets. If Blago was ever asked about Massac County he'd reply "Is that even in Illinois?"

Gary R. Welsh said...

You touch on a really good point, Mike. Whatever you think of Mitch Daniels, his performance from day one in dealing with this disaster has been superb. People won't forget he was there for them in their time of need. Mayor Nagin and Gov. Blanco weren't prepared to lead and didn't. Daniels is leading the state through this crisis with unselfish determination.