Posts tagged "Illinois Legislature"

Illinois Democrats' utter contempt for you, the taxpayer

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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 »

Boss Madigan has made Illinois a national laughing stock

House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has been Illinois’ virtual boss for years and years, has made the state the nation’s laughing stock, according to Jason Gonzales, the first real electoral challenge to Boss Madigan in memory. Gonzales succinctly made that case in a Chicago Tribune John Kass column, “A challenger rises to Boss Madigan of Illinois.”... Read more »

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 »

Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to limit transgender access to locker rooms

Illinois state Rep. Thomas Morrison ( R-Palatine ) on Wednesday proposed  legislation challenging a federal dictate requiring schools to open all opp0site-sex restrooms and locker rooms to transgender students. If enacted, a state law would be pitted against a recent agreement between the U.S Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and Palatine Township High... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Illinois keeping higher income taxes; our neighbors lowering theirs

“Stateline,” a daily newsletter of the Pew Charitable Trust reports, “States Pursue Tax Cuts as Recovery Takes Hold.” Of course not in Illinois where Gov. Pat Quinn wants to makes permanent his temporary, huge income tax increase and House Speaker Mike Madigan and his henchmen are pushing to impose a surcharge on millionaires. As for... Read more »
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