Tag: Illinois

Illinois Obamacare grant goes to California

Reports Illinois News Network: A California group with a history of making political contributions to Illinois politicians and connections to the Obama administration was awarded a federal “navigator” grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, to help Illinoisans enroll in the Obamacare health insurance exchange. Read more Nice to see that... Read more »

Eric Holder fails to fight election policies that discriminate against me

For as long as Democrats have been in charge of legislative redistricting in Illinois, my right to be represented fairly has been trampled, without a peep from the like of Eric Holder who are determined to find racism under every rock. (Slate: “Erick Holder: We won’t allow ‘open season’ on voter ID laws.”) The Constitution... Read more »

Wis. Gov. Scott Walker sticks it to Illinois

In prepared remarks at the Conservative Political Action meeting in Washington, D.C., Walker compared what was happening in his state with Illinois: Contrast that with my neighbor to the south. There is no greater example of the failed policies we are running against than the mess we see in Illinois. Last year, Governor Quinn proudly... Read more »
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Months after shutdown fight, Minnesota projects an $876 million surplus

Illinois apparently doesn’t have the guts and the smarts to do the same!

After 90 years, Catholic Charities out of foster care. Happy now?

Catholic Charities appears to have thrown in the towel, after fighting an Illinois decision that the organization no longer is qualified to place troubled, abandoned and orphaned children with caring traditional families. Catholic Charities, you might say, brought this upon itself by standing up for its principles and refusing to place children because it doesn’t... Read more »

Michael Madigan's $500 million boondoggle

Crain’s Chicago Business has the story: Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan Cost Taxpayers up to $500 Million in Higher McCormick Place Debt Payments Crain’s Chicago Business investigation reports how politics put Chicago’s $8 billion trade show industry at risk.  Chicago, Illinois – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan cost taxpayers nearly a half billion dollars by blocking repeated efforts that would... Read more »
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AFSCME is long on "no," but short on answers for Illinois' pension crisis

This WTTW discussion/interview/debate about Illinois’ underfunded pensions is amazing for how a representative of the public employees union got away with dodging the question: What would you do? A three-tiered pension reform bill made it out of a House committee, but its prospects on the House floor are uncertain. (Details of the bill are here.)... Read more »

'Cowardice' is why Michael Madigan might stymie Illinois pension reform

That’s according to a business group that is lobbying “with sharp elbows” to reform the lavish Illinois public employee pensions. The Chicago News Cooperative puts it all into perspective as D-Day for pension reforms arrives on Thursday. It’s worth a read here.

A look inside the paranoid mind of CTU president Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, joins the conspiratorial mindset of Occupyisters, going so far as blaming Steve Jobs and Bill Gates for the troubles that teachers’ unions are having. Never does she concede that perhaps part of the problem could be the suffocating, hide-bound institution that she and the CTU have helped create.... Read more »
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Electoral College reform; would it work in Illinois?

Illinois is one of 48 states that give all of its electoral votes to the presidential candidate that wins all of the state’s electoral votes. Because of widespread discontent over the occasional  loser having a bigger popular vote than the winner, various kinds of reform have been offered. One that appears to be gaining steam,... Read more »
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