Posts in category "Illinois politics"

Is Tammy Duckworth a sure bet to beat Mark Kirk for Illinois' Senate seat?

This article originally appeared in June 27, 2016 issue of The Weekly Standard: Down-Ballot Blues Can Mark Kirk escape the Trump taint? Distant newsrooms have sent word to Chicago that Republican moderate Mark Kirk is dead meat in his bid to win a second term as Illinois’s junior senator. He reliably tops newspaper lists of... Read more »

How to dump House Speaker Mike Madigan

The first step to fixing what ails Illinois is to dump House Speaker Mike Madigan. The governance and labor reforms proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner won’t do it until Madigan is removed from the speakership. Higher taxes won’t do it either. The finger of blame for the Illinois in-the-toilet condition points directly at Madigan–for all... Read more »

When will the Democratic sheeple in the Illinois House get sick of it all and boot out Speaker Michael Madigan?

The quick answer is the Democratic sheeple in the Illinois House will never get fed up enough to remove Michael Madigan as the Speaker of the House. That’s because Madigan controls their campaign funding and they owe too much for all the favors he has done them. And that they don’t give a damn about... Read more »
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Illinois turns retired state college employees into millionaires. How does your pension compare?

Total up what you expect to receive from your private pension and social security and see if it matches the astonishing rich pensions that the state of Illinois (i.e. taxpayers) gives to its public university employees. There’s a guy who, believe it, is expected to receive a $22.3 million lifetime state sponsored pension. He leads... Read more »

Mexican immigration to Illinois plummets

The number one country of origin for immigrants to Illinois now is India. Meanwhile, Mexican immigration to Illinois has plummeted 71 percent from 2005 to 2014. Reports the Pew Charitable Trust‘s Stateline: Two states that have undergone a striking shift are Michigan and Illinois. Mexican-Americans have a long history in Detroit’s Mexicantown and in Chicago,... Read more »

Obama's hypocritical endorsement of Juliana Stratton over anti-Madigan Rep. Ken Dunkin

Barack Obama’s endorsement of Juliana Stratton over anti-Madigan Illinois Rep. Ken Dunkin couldn’t be a more obvious demonstration of the president’s hypocrisy. In his Springfield speech last month, Obama spoke about the need for political cooperation with such passion that one might have even believed that he meant it. As NBC News reported: Bemoaning a... Read more »
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Illinois residents are dead last in confidence in state government

This shouldn’t be news for Illinois residents: They (we) are dead last in confidence in our state government. That’s according to a newly released Gallup Poll. Only 25 percent of Illinoisans are confident in what can only generously be called our Springfield follies. A thundering 74 percent lack confidence. Not that this would impress the assorted... Read more »

Study: Illinois, the state best fitting America's profile, should have the first presidential primary

A new study shows that  Illinois, among all the states, most closely reflects the American electorate.  That’s a  good argument for why Illinois, and not Iowa, New Hampshire or any other state, should be the first to hold a presidential primary. According to Wallet Hub, a personal finance resource: Earlier this year, WalletHub’s analysts compared the... Read more »

Hillary Clinton overlooks Illinois' robber barons of the 21st Century

“Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton delivered a surprising critique of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday, accusing him of pushing an agenda that would return Illinois to ‘the robber barons of the 19th century.’”–Chicago Tribune One thing you can say about Hillary Clinton: She sure has balls. She overlooks who the actual robber barons are... Read more »
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The Illinois legislature is the perfect place for Barack Obama to show up

What could be more fitting? A bumbling president addressing the disastrous Illinois legislature. How appropriate that President Barack Obama should hang out with the Democrat-controlled legislature that has  left the state of Illinois  teetering on the brink of a fiscal collapse. No doubt Obama and his White House script writers  haven’t noticed the irony that... Read more »
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