Posts in category "Illinois politics"

How Gov. Rauner can bring down Boss Michael Madigan

John Kass has a brilliant column in today’s Chicago Tribune on how Gov. Bruce Rauner can bring down the seemingly invincible Boss Michael Madigan. Madigan has been running things for decades in Illinois and is deeply responsible for bringing the state to its financial knees. But because Madigan has a grip on his own legislative... Read more »

Rauner moves to cut $400 million from the Madigan-Cullerton unbalanced budget

It didn’t take Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to respond to the irresponsible $3-billion-short budget put forward by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. Rainier’s office announced today that it will be slashing $400 million in state expenses, including halting preparation for the controversial Illiana Expressway. Also to be put on hold are incentives... Read more »

Here's one state legislature that works together

Yes, it can happen. But not in Illinois where the spring session just ended–again–shamefully and uselessly. Maybe we in Illinois should look to Kentucky where a fruitful session got things done. According to Governing:  There is at least one divided state that had a productive session this year, however.Legislators in Kentucky were able to reach agreement on issues... Read more »
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Democrats plan to blame Illinois Gov. Rauner

There’s one thing that we should be able to agree on about the Illinois and Chicago financial crises: It’s not the fault of students wanting an education, poor people seeking medical care, drivers wanting decent roads, transit riders yearning for reliable service, battered children and women desperately needing help, the hungry looking for a nutritious... Read more »

No raise for Chicago public school teachers...

and a tax increase for everyone else. It’s nut-cutting time for Chicago Public Schools. Chicago schools are in such a mess that the options are down to just a few, including, no raise for Chicago Public School teachers and a tax increase for everyone else. Even with that, bankruptcy could well be in the future... Read more »

Pro-choice forces push anti-conscience abortion bill through Illinois legislature

As if we weren’t looking, pro-choice forces this week are pushing an anti-conscience abortion bill through the Illinois Legislature. Illinois Senate Bill 1564, which rewrites the Health Care Right of Conscience Act, is designed to cripple or shut down  pregnancy resource centers, such as Aid for Women and the Women’s Center, that offer women alternatives to... Read more »
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Think Chicago's bad? Check out Illinois

Mike “Mish” Shedlock, a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management, takes apart the figures on Illinois’ unfunded pensions. He adroitly explains the legerdemain that goes into making the numbers look better than they really are. In other words, Illinois could be in even worse shape than commonly believed. For information on my award-winning... Read more »

Judy Baar Topinka's departing words

No, not her last words before she died. That’s too personal. I’m talking about Judy Baar Topinka’s last words as the Illinois State Comptroller, the message that every Illinois resident or taxpayers should note well. Her words of warning. So many people have written fondly of their memories of this wonderful woman and dedicated public... Read more »

Illinois Legislature not the best place to learn how to compromise

Or for learning wisdom. President Barack Obama is meeting today with Congressional leaders, hoping to figure out a way to move forward with the nation’s business. Compromise  and swallowing your pride will be required. So, while most of those he’s having lunch with are experienced hands at lawmaking, of which compromise is an integral part,... Read more »
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The joy of negative voting

This is Election Day, and I’m proud to cast my vote against the assorted utopians, finaglers and totally self-involved who are running Illinois and America into the ground. Sure, I know that goes against proper thinking handed down from the high-minded. We’re supposed to vote for, not against, a candidate. Otherwise, we’re guilty of negativism,... Read more »
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