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"chamberlain hall" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Two hundred is our phone number I'm Rick Pearson here in the WGN skyline studio and on the phone is Illinois state comptroller Susana Mendoza manta controller I want to talk a little bit about the state budget the the the legislature was able to put together in its abbreviated pandemic could driven session in Springfield and I guess maybe just to start out we continue to see V. largely among Republican a Republican allies this issue that the level lawmakers will get a pay raise out of this budget yeah I know that's not true lawmakers will not be getting a pay raise I this budget and there's one person I'd number no matter who's out there saying if there's one person whose job it is to actually pay them and that to me so I can assure you the lawmakers will not be getting a raise in their salaries after this next fiscal year which covers the time period of July first two thousand twenty through June thirtieth two thousand twenty one and if anybody still doesn't take me at my word or believe me they can actually you know keep me on it by going to my website going on our salary database which is public record that's available act Illinois comptroller that gap and every month you know check to see whether or not you're a legislator or any legislator for that matter has seen an increase in their pay from what they're earning today the answer will be now and connected to the I I really I think that this has become a political tool that unfortunately folks on the other side of the aisle are are using for their next political mailers this is of course elections even in people get fairly odd during election season but the fact of the matter is no they will not be getting an increase in pay and I'm the person who's gonna make the checks go out and they're gonna look like they are today what about the issue zero what about the issue of somebody filing suit okay well that's something of course Rick that is without might get totally out of my control the good opportunity clear up why it is that the legislature voted on the ad you know the way to this particular session because you know the Republicans are saying well he didn't specifically vote against their pay raise which is what the hell are currently says they're supposed to do in order to negate the pay rate and that is true they did not specifically built down the pay rate the reason my understanding and this is like on the record as legislative intent I mean senator Manar has spoken to this and other other folks get on the floor as well the reason they did they chose not to take the action and voting against their pay rate wise because there is currently a court case that has not yet been decided but was brought against me as the controller a few years ago by two former state senators who should literally be like the president and the vice president of D. chamberlain hall of shame there has never been one guy's athlete was hall of fame yeah I mean like the worst of the worst yeah you have to be because I think they deserve to be called out and that is our former state senator Michael Moline former state senator I Jim Claiborne James Claiborne and I will say that it embarrasses me beyond belief to know that these two guys were Democrats because it's disgusting to me what they did these guy who did a few years ago because the law says you have to vote down your pay raise it that cost of living adjustment which we call a coop every year the legislature automatically get Ecolab art by if you don't if you say well we don't deserve a raise right now the tech not the time to take the race you have to actually vote on the house and the Senate floor to not take the call I have to break out to year after year these guys did what most legislators do which is both down the pay raise and not only did they vote against their pay rate so they voted to not accept a pay raise he went so far as to send out press releases about how honorable they were and how they were mad at the people at this would be terrible to take a pay raise when everybody else is suffering blah blah blah right and it be also called star entered the legislation to not take the pay raise get into a laptop both of these like shameless grifters turned around and sued me for because they should have gotten their money because when they voted for it they said it was unconstitutional but it really is the opinion of shape now that case has not been decided yet I had not paid them a penny you know they keep coming at me with more additional court filings came that I should have paid them back there this money and I keep fighting this and god forbid we lose the case in court I will appeal it so you know how much of a judge orders me to have to pay it which I certainly hope we win in court and that doesn't happen these guys they're going to have to like keep doing and do whatever they need to do to try to get some friendly judge goes your way but I hope that that is not happening but having said that because the court in this preliminary part has he added of the findings hi has preliminarily ruled I thank that action and voting down a pay raise is actually unconstitutional bad until they have to pay yet I'm still fighting that the legislature knowing that this court case is still being athletic you know five yeah being litigated they said alright well we don't want to do the exact same thing that right now is under question in the court so what's another way of voting down our pay rates okay if we can't put down the collapse of the cost of living adjustment and sparing we'll keep to collect in the budget which is making the euro dollars so this concept that the legislators voted to give themselves an eighteen hundred dollar pay raise is just not true they voted to give themselves the Cola but they wanted the Cola at the grand sum of zero dollars and as you know Rick B. my job is to pay whatever the appropriation and that the legislature approved and in that case they approved an appropriate level for raises of zero dollars which is exactly what I'm going to pay that and frankly that's the right thing to do because I mean you really have to be shameless right now I'd be pitching for a raise when you know a third of the country's unemployed and and you know we're in the middle of a pandemic and they literally work four days of the last few months in fashion right so I you know it's the worst possible time to be advocating for right so they did technically keep it in there but I think they kept it in there to try to avoid further legal challenge now can someone once again turned Iran into me yeah sure I guess he could I don't have it you did they do it I can't control it what I would ask if somebody feels like they deserve a raise so much if they're going to sue me actually had the guts to me right now when they're still in the office they could hold them up as the poster child for shameless chambers cricketers they really are because honestly it is so infuriating to me a controller to have to deal with knuckle heads like that I mean it's it's what makes all of us look bad in this case we're talking about a few legislators who should have never been elected to public office how to begin with but who can nonetheless you know tie up the cords out with these ridiculous logic I hope it doesn't happen but in the meantime what I can control napping in the race and that's what I'm going to do it's a zero dollar line item in the budget that was specifically acted upon by the General Assembly on purpose yes with full intent to not get the right arm what can you tell me I mean given obviously what we know about the state of our revenue situation in the bleak picture that is obviously the legislature did approve of the mechanism to borrow from the federal reserve I believe there's still inter fund borrowing that exists in some special capabilities for you how how are you going to manage this budget in this uncertain environment that we're in what would be the biggest challenge of my life and I honestly thought it would have been on your show many times talking about what it was like to be the controller during the worst political crisis in our history which we just we're getting out of right that in itself was like monumentally difficult path why can't we during the budget impasse we still had strong revenues coming into the state now I didn't have legal authority without a budget to spend those revenues and pay the bills on time which is why we had such a huge bill backlog but you know I did take out almost seventeen billion dollar bill backlog during the budget impasse and little it down to seven billion which is still alive but certainly a lot better than almost seventeen billion we're finally getting out of that out of the woods here right you could see some light between the trees and then cook at nineteen so that's another question seven maybe seven point two seven point three billion dollars into our last record every Becca has nothing to do with prior fiscal irresponsibility right this has nothing to do with prior years of mismanagement this is one hundred percent the extra seven billion dollars on top of the seven billion we have today the actress seven billion is a result of of code at end of also delaying you be apt and for filing your taxes right it is clear that we're in we normally have great revenues coming in April but those have been postponed other taxes don't have to be filed until July so that really hurt us in this fiscal year by over a billion dollars and is that next fiscal year what we are going to be experiencing thankfully we have a budget but we what we will see in the gigantic hole blown in our budget of lost revenues it will take a significant time to recover we cannot recover without the federal government coming in and helping accents that's not a bailout that shipped with you to make help that every single one of the fifty states is going to need from the federal government to make them whole for the revenues that they watched as a direct result of convict ninety eight we're not there yet they haven't helped us yet but that's the hope that we're gonna need that's Illinois state comptroller Susana Mendoza man controller thank you so much for joining me thanks for having me and everyone please please stay safe we'll be back with more right after this.
"chamberlain hall" Discussed on Two Guys to the Dark Tower Came: A Podcast about Stephen King and His Books
"Related to a lot of what's going on in this story will. Yeah. I think that's a perfect connection to the previous story, we've talked before about how king captured bobby's life and how even though he was ten year old like twenty to thirty years before you. And I were ten year olds, the feeling that king captured in bobby's childhood related a lot to what are tiled hoods were, like, at least what we remembered of pieces, we could relate to, and same with this, even though. Hip and Pete and Carol are all in college twenty five years before I was in college, I do, remember the stuff as well just like you do. I, I like yeah. There is nothing nothing more important more passionate than the conversations. We had two in the morning on Friday nights in our door rose. Right. Like those are the ones that you would get most passionate about and talking about music and seeing what people's music collections are either being introduced to new music or being, like, really, that's the music you like I can't believe that we're, we're, we're under the do come from, like those were the things that I did talked about in college. So he again, he sort of captures that. And again, maybe he's capturing it for a middle aged white guy perspective, but I totally related to it and can relate to it. I mean obviously not worrying about my grades to avoid combat in Vietnam. But still worrying about my grades knowing I had a big test to study for. But it's more important to hang out with my buddies than than study at this point. So, yeah, he captured a lot of that for sure. One of the things that Pete says, as he's talking about this is he says, time passes and everything gets bigger except us. And that's that other piece of discovering yourself in how we're talking about this real world encroaching, like everything seems bigger and much more important. But at the end of the day were still sort of the same person at that we were, and I think that's a little bit of what he's getting that, that quote. And I just thought that that was a, a, a nice win to pull out that you're just you're always discovering. There's more to the world. So that's why everything seems to get bigger. Yep. Incent and your problems. Get bigger the world gets bigger. There's always something that is bigger than you. And when you're bobby's age attend, you sort of think the world revolves around you when you're p in your eighteen, you know, the world doesn't revolve around you, but it sort of revolves around your dorm, if it doesn't revolve around, you personally revolves around your dorm, or revolves around your campus or your city, but. Eventually and I think I have read the second half of the story at, but we could see Vietnam in the real world starting to encroach on this, and it becomes a worry. And he starts to see that and we'll talk a little bit more about Carol's experience with that. And you can see like everything's coming in on them. It's becoming bigger and bigger, but they're still sort of the same people, especially when Pete's talking about this from an older point of view. And he realizes that what I thought was important than is different than what it is now cetera. A lot of this as we transition is nostalgia, in one way or the other. So obviously pizza style looking back on his college years this king. Also looking back as he's writing this. But what's interesting in this sort of relates to the dark tower way way way, way back in the gunslinger chapter one we talked about how Rowlands story at that point was a series of nested stories. Right. So, yeah, we start out by Roland remembering a couple days earlier when he was at Brown's hot on the edge of the desert. And he's telling Brown a story about something that happened earlier. And so there's these stories within stories within stories, and we get a little bit of that here in Hartson Atlantis. There's a key moment, and I think it's in chapter twenty one it's right before the end, j I even suggested if I had known. That Dow was going to be the key chapter. I might have had his end there because it really is sort of poignant, Carol talks to Pete about what happened in her childhood in Carroll is obviously the Carol that we know from low men in Illo coats, and she talks about the day that Bobby saved her when Bobby rescues, Carol and carries her back to the apartment and Ted looks at her arm and tries to fix it. She realizes that, that point that what stands out for her about that is that Bobby did what was right. And she says that, that's the best thing that has ever happened to her in her life, here was a boy who, even though he was smaller than the boys that assaulted her, even though she was just a friend, and he could get in trouble. Like he carried her all the way back to the apartment. He lifted her up the stairs and later on even assaulted one of the boys at the baseball bat. She's like. He basically with standing up to a bully. He was doing what was right. Even if he went about it, maybe a not right way, but he was defending her honor. He was defending her, and that's a story within a story. And what's interesting about it is Pete remarks on it. When he's looking at Carol. He can see her. And he says, like she actually looks younger but not only did she look younger. She was younger she he sees her is sort of fade back in, like she says even notice he's there and just that nested nostalgia of Carol thinking back to that time, and what it meant to her, and it's done from a perspective of Pete writing in thirty years later, looking back on his college time, telling us story about something that happened ten years earlier someone else, so similar to what we got from role with the stories within stories. Yeah. Almost get whiplash from all the other backwards and forwards and nesting nested nostalgia items. Yeah. And it's gotta be weird for Pete, because he is obviously romantically interested in Carroll one of the things that brings this up is that Pete is in a relationship long distance relationship with his high school sweetheart and Carroll is in a long distance relationship. With sully John, right? Here's a girl who he's showing romantic interested, and she pulls out a picture. And he's like, oh, that's your boyfriend and she's like, yeah, that's my boyfriend. Sully john? But by the way, I'm gonna tell you this story about this boy here. Also in this picture, who did the most wonderful thing that ever happened in my life for me, and you gotta feel like, oh well not only my second fiddle, but I might be third fiddle in the story. Everybody's always going to be held up to the standard that Bobby had in the effect. You know, Carol always compare any romantic relationship. She has any personal friendship that she has with the what she had as a child with Bobby and sully, John. But mostly Bobby? Yeah, it's interesting getting it from that perspective because in Lohman yellow coats, we saw from bobby's, perspective, and Bobby wood rave about how beautiful Carol was and how the kiss he got from her meant so much to him. And obviously the actions he takes throughout the book or throughout the story are the things he's doing for Carol and continuing to write her at cetera. So to get it from Carol's perspective, even if it's once removed through Pete is interesting, but it but Pete also has those feelings about Carol, I don't get the sense, and maybe you disagree with me here. Carol is not an entirely. Okay. Well fleshed out character up until this point. She's not a totally generic character, but she's idealized by the to king stand-ins in, in this book, so far, the Bobby stand in, for when he was a child sort of idealize. Carol is the as this perfect girl and Pete's doing the same thing here. Yeah. And she does get much more fleshed out here, but we're still getting her story. Secondhand the narrator who is yet another guy. Yeah. So it's like we don't really get or I should say Carol never really has a chance to connect directly to the reader. This is as close as she's come might have been nice to have the story from her perspective, somehow. Well, there's three more stories in the book, maybe we'll eventually get one from Carol's perspective. I dunno moderately fascinating. Jay the book or the store, the book and the story are called hearts in Atlantis and d- reason for this is the game of hearts that has taken over Chamberlain hall. Yeah. And taken over is like putting it mildly this becomes a form of like mass hysteria in insanity to degree, and it's certainly presented to us as a form of addiction. It's an addiction. That's also in a void insz in. Like, if somebody were addicted to say heroin, they don't take her Awin because it's easier than studying they take heroin because it turns on all of the pleasure receptors in your brain at once basically, it's easier than the whole rest of your life. As as I understand it. I've never actually tried heroin. So, so