This is the Capitol Notebook for May 2, by the GateHouse News Service State Capitol Bureau.

This is the Capitol Notebook for May 2, by the GateHouse News Service State Capitol Bureau.

Play of the Week

For a while there, it looked as if the notion of giving voters the power to recall elected officials had caught fire with a growing number of lawmakers, as well as with the general public.

Yet despite widespread dissatisfaction with state government -- and particularly with Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose name keeps popping up at the federal corruption trial of Antoin  "Tony" Rezko -- the recall effort fizzled Thursday. That's when a proposed constitutional amendment on recall failed to  muster the 36 votes needed for passage in the  Illinois Senate.

Passage in the Senate and the House of Representatives would have meant asking voters in the Nov. 4 election if they wanted recall authority. That won't happen now.

Head Scratcher

The Compensation Review Board meets in even-numbered years and issues recommendations on salary levels for about 1,200 public-sector employees, including legislators and the governor.

The board's latest report recommends pay hikes for pretty much everybody, though the amounts differ.

Some lawmakers are asking the obvious question: Do they really deserve a raise, especially in these troubled economic times?

Under the convoluted rules that cover salary increases for these public-sector employees,  the review board's recommendations will take effect unless the House and Senate adopt identical resolutions rejecting the money.

Quote of Note

"I need a pay raise. I need a pay raise," said Senate President Emil Jones, Jr., D-Chicago, a day after word surfaced that the Compensation Review Board has recommended pay increases for lawmakers and other state officials. Under the recommendation, salaries for legislative leaders would top $100,000.

Number to Know

3 - That's the number of additional "yes"  votes that would have been needed for the recall amendment to pass the Senate.

Coming Up

The Senate will return Wednesday, after canceling Tuesday's session to allow senators to campaign for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama before the Indiana primary. The Senate also has a scheduled session day on Thursday, while the House has planned session days for Tuesday through Friday.

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