Tag: Bruce Rauner

Rauner goes, Madigan stays, Illinois' problems worsen

Over the next five days, J.B. Pritzker becomes the 43rd governor of Illinois, succeeding Bruce Rauner. Michael Madigan gets re-elected by his flock to yet another term as Speaker of the House. And Illinois will circle the drain. Heading toward the darkness below, even faster than before. Put aside the absurd speculation that with the new dawn, Pritzker and Madigan... Read more »

Why the Illinois GOP got shellacked

To borrow from former President Barack Obama, who once said his own party got shellacked by Republicans, Illinois Democrats ripped the faltering Illinois Republican Party a new one in Tuesday’s midterm elections. How did that happen? Blame the Republicans themselves for their ineptitude. Illinois GOP leaders need to find themselves some new political advisors; the ones now... Read more »

Fellow conservatives, do not vote for Sam McCann

Sen. Sam McCann, a Republican-in-name-only from Downstate Plainview is running for Illinois governor; he is trying to pass his name off on the ballot as the  “Conservative Party” candidate to be Illinois’ governor. I know conservatives. I’m a proud (mostly) conservative. Sam McCann is no conservative. He’s in bed with Democrats, including House Speaker Mike Madigan and... Read more »
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Illinois' balanced budget? The joke's on us

If we’re to believe the Illinois politicians–Democrat and Republican–the new fiscal year 2019 “balanced” budget they passed overwhelmingly is a bipartisan lovefest, a return to what should be a normal budget process and a first step to putting the fiscally challenged state back on track. Ha, ha. The joke’s on us. And the politicians know it.... Read more »

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is dead meat

Bruce Rauner has slit his throat, with his general incompetence and a campaign that was so dishonest that it set some sort of record in a state where truth is typically flushable. The way he failed to get a single one of his goals accomplished in his three and a half years as governor is... Read more »

Straight talk on Illinois' budget deficit

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the Democratic budget for this fiscal year has a $1.7 billion deficit. Democrats say their budget has a $360 million surplus.  Of course. This goes on all the time; voters and taxpayers never know whom to believe. So we’re thankful that we have Charles N. Wheeler III,  director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program... Read more »
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The other Madigan--Shirley--whose time should be up

Lisa Madigan has been Illinois attorney general for 15 years. Her father has been Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan for 34 years. It’s time for both of them to go. But there’s another Madigan who has “served” longer. Mike’s wife, Shirley, has been on the Illinois Arts Council since 1976 and has served as, its... Read more »

Tick tock, waiting for Mike Madigan's "compromise"

Breaking News Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan is congratulating himself and the bipartisan legislators who voted for his budget today for their “good work.” (See updates from Capitol Fax.com) But what’s in the budget? Democrats are denouncing Republicans in the U.S. Senate for drafting their compromise health care reform “in secret.” So where were the... Read more »

Illinois' credit faces a "sort of" do or die moment

Moody’s Investor Service is weighing in again on Illinois financial crisis, threatening another downgrading of its credit rating if it doesn’t do something to resolve its budget stalemate in a couple of months, Reuter’s reports. The credit rating agency said the state is at a “critical juncture,” and failure to reach a budget consensus by... Read more »
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Not Parody: CTU's Karen Lewis blames everyone except herself and Madigan

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis blamed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Chicago Public School district leadership for Chicago and the state’s school funding mess. That’s rich. Can you think of anyone who is more responsible for Chicago and some state public schools tripping over  the brink of financial collapse than Lewis, the... Read more »
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