Posts tagged "Illinois Democrats"

Michael Madigan Is Way Off Base On Andy Shaw

Michael Madigan Is Way Off Base On Andy Shaw
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan is way off base on Andy Shaw but that really shouldn’t surprise anyone who understands a little something about “king-making.” And in Illinois the undisputed king-maker is Michael J. Madigan and not Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association. Besides where does the Speaker of the House even... Read more »

METRA Officials Lied

METRA Officials Lied
And now more of the truth is emerging about personal and political agendas by certain METRA Board Members involved in the swift ouster of former Chief Executive Officer Alex Clifford and his over-inflated severance package. The Regional Transit Authority (RTA), which has financial oversight of METRA and other transportation agencies, conducted an in-depth audit immediately... Read more »

Preckwinkle and Emanuel Sabotaged METRA

Preckwinkle and Emanuel Sabotaged METRA
The details behind the METRA Scandal just keep coming out. And those details illustrate how the Chicago Democratic Machine continues to operate under the radar and how past assertions by political observers that machine politics were dead has been (to borrow a phrase) “greatly exaggerated” by them. The fact is the Democratic Machine is not... Read more »
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Madigan Cullerton Pension Reform Conspiracy Theory Spot On

Madigan Cullerton Pension Reform Conspiracy Theory Spot On
Illinois House of Representative Minority Leader Tom Cross has said that he believes the Illinois Pension Reform dust-up between Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton is nothing more than a ruse to diminish the chances of a Governor Quinn re-election while affording Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan a leg up... Read more »

Illinois: So Much More Than Just A Deadbeat State

Illinois: So Much More Than Just A Deadbeat State
So what’s new in Illinois Politics? Absolutely nothing as Illinois Senate President John Cullerton was able to easily defeat the only logical and sensible proposal that could have put a sizable dent in a State Pension System that is putting the state on a sure path to bankruptcy. Oh well, Cullerton would rather placate the... Read more »

Illinois Democrats: Sticking It To The People Emblematic

Illinois Democrats: Sticking It To The People Emblematic
Illinois, like other states, have welcome signs at their borders to give visitors hope they have entered a friendly environment. However, to those who would like to relocate there and call it home or to those business entrepreneurs who would like to tap into a top-notch labor force, well, that friendly environment would be hard... Read more »
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Illinois Pension Fund Reform: System Gaming Rife

Illinois Pension Fund Reform: System Gaming Rife
After decades of under-funding and inaction by the Michael Madigan controlled Legislature, the Illinois Speaker of the House has finally decided that the right time had come to propose Reform of the Illinois Public Pension System. And while that is absolutely imperative, years of inaction coupled with a legislative body that was all too willing... Read more »

Playing By The Rules A Stale Political Argument

Playing By The Rules A Stale Political Argument
A recent Chicago Tribune Investigation revealed how panels in at least three dozen suburbs removed 76 candidates for political office because of bogus paperwork issues and how this sort of thing is predicated on those very panels having a political interest in their rulings. North Riverside Mayor Kenneth Krochmal, for instance, chaired just such a... Read more »

No Serious Gun Debate Until Gang-bangers And Political Corruption Eliminated

No Serious Gun Debate Until Gang-bangers And Political Corruption Eliminated
Anti-Gun liberals like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel want to take away guns from law-abiding citizens yet offer no hope in furthering the gun debate because of his administration’s inability to control gang bangers and their illegal access to them. It makes no sense to strip citizens of their right to protect themselves until you can... Read more »
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If Illinois Legislature Can Make Pension Laws Then They Can Repeal Them Too

If Illinois Legislature Can Make Pension Laws Then They Can Repeal Them Too
I am so damn tired of hearing this crap about the pension and it’s “meeting the state Constitution’s requirement that pensions are a contractual benefit that cannot be “diminished or impaired.” Well here’s a little message to the Illinois Legislature and please pardon the French – B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T! If you can make pension laws than you... Read more »