Daily Archives: December 19, 2015

The Case for an Illinois Constitutional Convention

Governor Rod Blagojevich has done something remarkable in Illinois. He has managed to unite people across the political spectrum to create consensus that he absolutely stinks as a governor. Illinois deserves better than Rod Blagojevich.

Because of his low approval in both parties and the budget fiasco of last year, legislators (even those in his own party) are talking about amending the constitution to allow recall votes of sitting politicians. The timing for such talk is opportune because on the November ballot this year there will be a question on whether to have a constitutional convention for Illinois to rewrite or amend the state constitution.

The ability to throw a politician out of office after he or she has be shown unwilling or unable to govern according to the public interest is popular among the voters and is growing popular among politicians who want to take revenge against Blagojevich. Yet a convention should include more than just recalls. While throwing public officials out of office that has shown themselves to be a complete failure is a good start, revising the constitution should produce an overall solid framework for good governance.

There are many good reforms that should be considered and factor into a complete rewriting of the Illinois Constitution. The practice of gerrymandering needs to be eliminated. There are disturbingly few uncompetitive races throughout the state. Democrats have their seats, Republicans have theirs and often they do not even try to compete for the other party’s turf. Politicians should not be able to choose their voters; it should be the other way around. Take a look at the map of Illinois Congressional District 4 to see how ridiculous gerrymandered maps can be.

Along with gerrymandering, it is time to consider term limits for every elected and appointed office in the state. Far too many politicians rule “for life” without any real means for the voters to make them responsive to their needs. Every elected office on all levels should be limited to a maximum of 2 terms or 8 years. Likewise, appointed officials who hold a great amount of party who are not directly accountable to the people need to have their terms of office limited as well.

Open ballot access should be implemented. Every person should have equal ballot access regardless of political affiliation or non-affiliation and a true democracy requires nothing less. The freedom to vote does not mean much if there is no real choice. Independents and third-parties often have to get over 10 times the amount of signatures as established parties do. This system has led the federal courts to repeatedly rule against our election system.

Citizens should be allowed to put binding referenda on the ballot. When state lawmakers refuse or are unable to come up with solutions to problems, the citizens should have a means to bring them up directly. Such referenda, to be effective, need to be binding and not subject to overturning except in rare circumstances.

There are those who are against a constitutional convention because they think the current constitution is fine. To show how the current constitution is not “good enough”, take a look at Article VIII Section 2 of the Illinois Constitution which requires that the budget for the state be balanced.

Yet, according to the Commercial Club of Chicago, a prominent business group, the State of Illinois is in about $ 106 billion worth of debt. Being thoroughly disabused of the notion that a balanced budget requirement in the Illinois Constitution has produced a balanced budget, we can go forward with discussing rewriting the document.

This November, the citizens of Illinois have a great opportunity to take bake their government from the corrupt and entrenched politicians who rule with their “pay-to-play” politics. A convention, however, should not touch on solitary reforms but to reform the entire constitution to create a foundation and framework for good governance in Illinois. Illinois deserves better than this.

John Bambenek [http://bambenek.pentex-net.com] is a columnist and writer who blogs at Part-Time Pundit [http://www.parttimepundit.com] and is co-founder of the Illinois Citizens Coalition.

15 Quotes to Live By

Life is a journey is it not? Travel, progress, open roads, they are all just metaphors for living without the knowledge of what’s to come. There have been some wonderful quotes about the journey of life that inspire us to keep going, to keep living.

Some good ones are:

1. Life to me is a journey- you never know what may be your next destination ­- David Russell

2. There is great meaning in life for those who are willing to journey – Jim England

3. The journey is the reward – Chinese proverb

4. The only journey is the one within – Rainer Maria Rilke

5. Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us – Samuel Smiles

6. Nothing shorten a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh – Quentin Crisp

7. Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming WOW! What a ride!

8. We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey – Kenji Miyazawa

9. The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours- it is an amazing journey- and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins – Bob Moawad

10. We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell then world the glories of our journey – John Hope Franklin

11. I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes incredibly cruel, but we are well equipped for it if only we tap into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom – Les Brown

12. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself – Alan Alda

13. He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise – Lao-tzu

14. You cannot dream yourself into a character, you must hammer and forge yourself one – James A. Froude

15. There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered – Nelson Mandela

How will you start your journey? A balloon trip perhaps? Create experiences that you’ll never forget.

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IVF Clinic

IVF Clinic – Provide you comprehensive solutions to help you achieve healthy parenthood

After wedding parenthood is the next destination for all the couple but sometimes when they get affected with the problem of Infertility they quite frustrate with the problem and find themselves devastated or extremely disappointed. But one of the great things is that they have solution for their problem which is called IVF Clinic. This is the place where your prayers meet the destiny and you can find an oasis in the desert. Isn’t it great!

IVF basically refers to invitro fertilization which means a procedure in which sperm are placed with an unfertilized egg in Petri dish to achieve fertilization. In other words, fertilization literally means “fertilization in glass”, it is one of several methods in which possible to increase the chances for an infertile couple to become pregnant faster. A child born via invitro fertilization is inaccurately known as a “test tube baby”.

In addition, Delhi IVF can be a far most solution for such couples because it has shown them a ray of light in the darkness by giving them hope that they will definitely achieve their goal soon with their effective infertility treatment. There is no doubt that IVF is the technology that represents itself as one of a best modern medicines that make sure the couples to start their own family as fast as possible.

IVF Clinic offer treatment for around several years and has evolved a great deal so that countless parents become parents indeed. And it has been succeeded to giving a smile to every mothers face by giving a new hope and confidence to having a child within few months. In fact, this is a clinic that always aims to provide best treatment to cure infertility, polycystic ovaries, ovulatory dysfunction and endometriosis. 

Moreover, IVF Clinic is the best clinic for diagnosis and medical treatment of infertile for both men and women to help couples achieve their dream of a baby faster. This is the main reason that IVF Clinic is slowly emerging as one of the most preferred answer for the couples who are facing the infertility and cases of miscarriage and failure in conceiving.
It dedicated to bring joy in those couple’s lives that are incapable to having their own child due to infertile problem and mushrooming worldwide claiming to provide top class treatment and sure shot results and has proven itself one of the best opportunity for many individuals and couples to make their dream come true.

If you are also the one of those couples who is facing difficulties in conceiving then IVF Clinic can definitely be a right option for your need because it’ll provide you comprehensive solutions to help you achieve healthy parenthood.  Thus, don’t wait just visit delhi-ivf.com and be ensured having a little angel in your hands SOON!

Dr Anoop Gupta CEO of Delhi IVF expert in IVF Treatment running Infertility clinic India last 15 years.

Houston Infertility Help And Treatment

There are a number of different treatments used for infertility today. A visit with a local Houston reproductive endocrinologist will help you determine not only the cause of your infertility, but also the solutions. A Houston reproductive endocrinologist is there to identify exactly what factors are involved in your infertility, since these factors will determine your course of treatment. Since each patient is different, each treatment may also be unique, but in almost all cases there is a solution that can help you to conceive a baby.

When you visit a Houston infertility clinic, you will probably speak with your doctor about your medical history, your fertility problems, and your goals for pregnancy. You may have already tried some infertility treatments and not find success. When some basic lifestyle changes are simply not sufficient and pregnancy is still elusive, options for treatment such as Houston IVF (In Vitro fertilization) or the use of a Houston egg donor are available. In Houston, IVF treatment is where viable eggs and sperm are united in the lab, and then the embryos are transplanted into the uterus via the cervix so that the pregnancy can begin. To encourage the proper ovulation times and ideal hormonal levels, the use of ovulation induction, hormonal monitoring, and ultrasound monitoring is possible. In cases where healthy eggs are not obtainable from the mother, a Houston egg donor can even provide a viable healthy egg which can then be fertilized and implanted to begin the pregnancy. Even in cases of complete infertility,
many women have become mothers with the help of IVF treatment and a Houston egg donor.

When choosing the right Houston fertility clinic, keep in mind that you will be looking for a clinic that has a high success rate with pregnancies, so that you will have the best possible chance to conceive. Look for a Houston fertility center that you feel comfortable with, where the doctors and support staff will be there with you every step of the way, as part of your conception process. There is no doubt that the pain of infertility can cause many people to lose hope: It is important that you feel your chosen Houston infertility institute brings that hope back to you.

When you are having problems conceiving a baby and need Houston fertility help, know that there is help, and there is hope for the pain of Houston infertility. Perhaps you are ready to consider Houston IVF. Choose a Houston fertility clinic that will walk you through the process, from preparation to insemination. Your Houston fertility center should also be there to help you with finding a Houston egg donor, if needed. You will need the services of a reliable and knowledgeable Houston reproductive endocrinologist to help you make the right decisions and help you conceive your baby. Learn more about infertility, and find a Houston infertility clinic that has a high success rate to embark on your journey to becoming a parent at last.

Find out more about Houston fertility. Get more information on Houston IVF and Houston infertility.