Posts tagged "Michael Madigan"

What's up this week: Odds of gambling bill becoming law in Quinn's hands

What's up this week: Odds of gambling bill becoming law in Quinn's hands
By Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn will decide whether to sign, veto or do nothing with a gambling bill the legislature sent him at the end of the spring session. Quinn is concerned with several provisions in the bill, but he’s refused to say whether he’ll issue an outright veto. The bill would create five new... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Springfield passes some bills at deadline, skips some; gun violence on the rise; where's the NATO money?

The folks over at the Chicago Reader have been dutifully following the money around May’s NATO summit in a case they have dubbed “the nebulous NATO grant funds.” When the summit plans were first announced, a chunk of the money to pay for it was expected to come from federal grant money (and the rest... Read more »

Elections 2012: They love ya 'til they don't; lame-duck session ahead in Springfield

Elections 2012: They love ya 'til they don't; lame-duck session ahead in Springfield
Here’s a roundup of election and political news that had us folks at The Chicago Reporter talking this week: • Derrick Smith might have swept the floor with challenger Tom Swiss in the Democratic primary for 10th District state representative, but he’s probably not doing much celebrating. That’s because the West Side legislator’s star has... Read more »
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Illinois primary results: Winners and losers

Illinois primary results: Winners and losers
The results from Tuesday’s contests are in. Here are the races The Chicago Reporter was watching: President of The United States Mitt Romney won Illinois, with 47 percent of the vote. Rick Santorum, the closest challenger, came away with 35 percent. Most of Romney’s support came from the city and suburbs, while Santorum split some... Read more »

Illinois primaries offer big showdowns, much drama

Illinois’ primary is Tuesday, March 20, and Chicagoans will be voting in a number of hot contests, among them: President of the United States: This race will likely not be that big of a draw in a blue town like Chicago, which counts the incumbent, unopposed President Barack Obama amongst the indigenous. But in the... Read more »

Elections 2012: The week in review

Elections 2012: The week in review
Here’s a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter‘s political radar this week: House Speaker Michael Madigan‘s challenger, Michele Piszczor is seething over what she claims were attempts by a Madigan foot soldier to steal her campaign signs. A press release sent out by Piszczor’s camp Thursday alleges Fred Moody–whom Madigan paid... Read more »
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Elections 2012: The week in review

Elections 2012: The week in review
Here’s a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter’s political radar this week: This election cycle, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s camp finds itself doing something it usually doesn’t have to do: campaign. This week, Madigan’s staff sent out a jokey campaign flier attacking prison-bound former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose impeachment was... Read more »

Politics 2012: Races to keep an eye on

Politics 2012: Races to keep an eye on
This year will be big for Chicago politics as races at nearly every level will be on the ballot. Scanning this year’s political spectrum reveals a number of contests that could result in hard-fought battles with game-changing outcomes. Take Illinois’ 2ndCongressional District, which U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. has represented since 1995, for example.... Read more »

Elections 2012: The week in review

What’s making headlines on Elections 2012, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. On Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn delivered a state of the state address in which he focused mostly on job creation and the state’s ailing economy. Quinn suggested a higher tax credit for businesses that hire returning veterans and an abolishment of the natural utility tax.... Read more »
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News Roundup: Chicago pensions could be insolvent

Chicago’s pensions are facing insolvency based on the city’s current and projected obligations, Chicago Tribune reported today. Firefighters, teachers, police officers and other city workers might find themselves in financial dire straits upon their retirement due to a draining of the system to meet short-term budget needs. Among the costly decisions made by city officials... Read more »