Category: Illinois politics

Crain's asks, "Who's really in charge in Springfield?"

If you said House Speaker Michael Madigan, or Gov. J.B. Pritzker, you’d be wrong. The answer, according to Crain’s: Teachers unions. Crain’s correctly cites the “giveaway” to the teachers unions that will allow their members to receive a big “bump-up” in salary in their final years before retirement so that they can receive a bigger... Read more »

Illinois' regressive Reproductive Health Act eviscerates human rights

Progressives now on “the wrong side of history.” “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the laws of this State.”–Illinois’ newly enacted Reproductive Health Act. Never, to my knowledge has a state passed a law denying a person any and all rights. America’s history is marked by a steady expansion of... Read more »

Obama and Eric Holder decry Illinois gerrymandering

That’s right President Obama and his attorney general Eric Holder have decried the gerrymandering of legislative districts in Illinois, a process entirely controlled by House Speaker Michael Madigan and his fellow Democrats. But why should Obama and Holder, partisan Democrats, be condemning the action of the Democratic leadership in Illinois? The reason is Democrats are intensely... Read more »

Illinois' retired public employees won't pay that new state income tax, even if their pensions exceed $250,000

A big selling point for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s graduated income tax is how it will land only on rich people–those making more than$250,000 annually. Then why won’t Illinois’ retired government employees whose pensions exceed $250,000 pay any state tax? Because pensions are not taxed in Illinois, even those pensions that pay well over $250,000 annually. It... Read more »

Why Pritzker's phony budget is NOT balanced

This should make every Illinoisan furious: Why Gov. J.B. Pritzker, House Speaker Michael Madigan and their minions are being dishonest when they claim the new Illinois budget is balanced. This analysis is from an accounting expert who knows what she’s talking about. Related: Pritzker’s untruth: Illinois’ budget is billions out of balance

Big payoff for billionaire in the Pritzker, Madigan, Dem budget

Only partisans are rejoicing that Illinois finally passed a budget on time and believe as the Democrats tell us that is a big win for us uns. If fact, they need to read about how the budget lagged a billionaire political contributor a big, big favor. The complete story is in Crain’s Chicago Business: “Billionaire wins,... Read more »

Kick Chicago out of Illinois?

Some folks are deadly serious about kicking Chicago out of Illinois.According to an AP story published in Pew Research’s online magazine, Stateline: In Illinois, a resolution calling on Congress to declare Chicago the 51st state has eight Republican cosponsors in the state House (there are 44 Republicans in the lower chamber) and support among many... Read more »

A little-noticed, outrageous pension win for Illinois teachers

Just when you thought that the Illinois pension plan for public school teachers in the state couldn’t get any more lavish and benevolent, the Democratic-controlled legislature slipped in yet another boon in the new (un)”balanced” budget. It amounts to a take-back that can add thousands of dollars to a retiring teacher’s pension. Here’s how it... Read more »

Will $45 billion fix all of the potholes in Illinois?

Skeptics will doubt it, considering the abysmal shape of Illinois’ roads. It’s almost as if our roads were intentionally left to fall apart so politically connected contractors will keep busy fixing them. Nevertheless it raises some questions: What the hell is in the $41 billion, oops, suddenly the $45 billion capital program enacted by the... Read more »

Illinois Democrats install REGRESSIVE taxes and fees

All we hear from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his henchpersons is how they are the only ones looking out for the middle class and poor. They cite as Exhibit A the “progressive” income tax that will hit only the wealthy and give a break (albeit small) for most taxpayers. Swell. Except that the new taxes... Read more »
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