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A surreal, journalist’s dream December 6, 2005

Posted by dr. gonzo in Politics.

Okay, so I said I was going to update if I heard from 43rd District State Rep. Ruth Munson (R-Elgin), but this was just too good to resist and since I have free time now I couldn’t help but continue this investigation into lunacy in the Illinois General Assembly. However, I have not yet heard from Munson.

It appears that Munson is on the fast track to getting Munsoned in the middle of nowhere, if anyone picks this up. This is so bad it is making my brain hurt right now. I thought it was ridiculous that Munson had sponsored HB1346, which made a ‘technical’ change to the Toll Highway Act which in reality wasn’t a change at all, (see here). But the Munson sponsorship of benign and pointless legislation doesn’t end there.

I cannot figure out if Munson is just the token ‘technical’ changes representative or if she actually thinks this stuff is a good idea. I cannot wait for her to call me back because now there are many more questions to ask.

Munson is the chief sponsor of no less than 42 bills and resolutions in the 94th Illinois General Assembly. Of those 42 legislative items 19 of them are ‘technical’ changes in a similar vein to those changes, if you want to call them that, in HB1346. This may be a ploy to look busy, or pad her resume, so to speak, or maybe she doesn’t read any of this and just lets clerks and secretaries deal with it, hard to say until I hear from her. The list that follows links to the text of those bills involving pointless technical changes and the Illinois Compiled Statutes that these bills are supposedly changing. Compare them yourself, I have to warn you though, it may make your eyes and/or brain bleed.
Munson Sponsored Technically changed Bills, the changes and the laws they supposedly change for comparison
HB0620 ‘and’ changed to ‘and’ –Amends the Vital Records Act (Sec. 25) (410 ILCS 535/)
HB0621 ‘that changed to ‘that’ –Amends the State Treasurer Act (Sec. 1) (15 ILCS 505/)
HB0622 ‘the’ changed to ‘the –Amends the Governor Transition Act (Sec. 1) (15 ILCS 10/1)
HB0623 ‘and changed to ‘and’ –Amends the Open Meetings Act (Sec. 1.01) (5 ILCS 120/1.01)
HB0624 ‘the’ changed to ‘the’ –Amends the Freedom of Information Act (Sec. 1.1) (5 ILCS 140/1.1)
HB0625 ‘the changed to ‘the’ –Amends the Election Code (Sec. 1-1) (10 ILCS 5/1-1)
HB0626 ‘the’ changed to ‘the’ –Amends the Election Code (Sec. 1-2) (10ILCS 5/1-2)
HB0627 ‘the’ changed to ‘the’ –Amends the Election Code (Sec. 1-4) (10 ILCS 5/1-4)
HB0628 ‘the’ changed to ‘the’ –Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act (Sec. 1-1) (5 ILCS 100/1-1)
HB0629 ‘and’ changed to ‘and’ –Amends the Illinois Pension Code (Sec. 2-101) (40 ILCS 5/2-101)
HB0630 ‘the’ changed to ‘the’ –Amends the Illinois Pension Code (Sec.1-101.1) (40 ILCS 5/1-101.1)
HB0631 ‘the’ changed to ‘the’ –Amends the Illinois Pension Code (Sec. 1A-103) (40 ILCS 5/1A-103)
HB0632 ‘an’ changed to ‘an’ –Amends the Vital Records Act (Sec. 2) (410 ILCS 535/2)
HB0633 ‘is’ changed to ‘is’ –Amends the Vital Records Act (Sec. 3) (410 ILCS 535/3)
HB1346 ‘the’ changed to ‘the’ –Amends the Toll Highway Act (Sec. 2) (605 ILCS 10/2)
HB1347 ‘the’ changed to ‘the’ (same bill as HB1346) –Amends the Toll Highway Act (Sec. 2) (605 ILCS 10/2)
HB2395 ‘and’ changed to ‘and’ –Amends the Illinois Insurance Code (Sec. 1) (215 ILCS 5/1)
HB2397 ‘the’ changed to ‘the’ –Amends the Illinois Procurement Code (Sec. 1-5) (30 ILCS 500/1-5)
HB2702 ‘the’ changed to ‘the’ –Amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois (Sec. 1-1) (20 ILCS 5/1-1)

The parenthetical sections are the sections of each law that are being amended and thus the sections that can be compared to the text of the bills sponsored by Munson. If looked at it becomes obvious that all of the above listed bills are completely pointless. The Illinois Compiled Statutes can also be perused at will at ilga.gov.
What a waste of time, space and money this crap is, at least all of these “amendments” are currently stuck in the Rules Committee.


1. Kerouac - December 6, 2005

Ahh man all the HB links are broken, they took forever damn it. Oh well I will fix it later, you can always search them at ilga.gov in the meantime or just trust me.

2. bmac - December 6, 2005

Contrary to what you may think changing a few the’s and an’s to…other the’s and…an’s is actually very important business. If such a the is misinterpreted as “thee”, well then, you know the rest. Thus such changes have to occur for the betterment of this great country. Anyone who disagrees is a freedom hater.

3. Kerouac - December 6, 2005

oh my god, awesome, the links are fixed if anyone reads this.

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