Posts tagged "Michael Madigan"

How Gov. Rauner can bring down Boss Michael Madigan

John Kass has a brilliant column in today’s Chicago Tribune on how Gov. Bruce Rauner can bring down the seemingly invincible Boss Michael Madigan. Madigan has been running things for decades in Illinois and is deeply responsible for bringing the state to its financial knees. But because Madigan has a grip on his own legislative... 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 »

Yikes! Illinois financial crisis worsens

Didn’t think that it could get any worse? Fair warning Illinois voters, the state’s financial crisis is worse that what a lot of us thought. The Civic Federation of Chicago has done an eye-opening analysis of the state’s budget and came to some dire conclusions. Despite claims (from the Democrat state candidates and leadership) that... Read more »

Chicago Tribune endorses Bruce Rauner

The reason for the Chicago Tribune’s endorsement of Bruce Rauner is neatly summarized in the last paragraph: For the broke, broken Illinois of 2014, Bruce Rauner is two challengers in one: He’s challenging an incumbent who tried and came up short. He would challenge the power brokers who like Illinois just as it is. No... Read more »

Democracy sucks

How else, other than democracy sucks, to explain the horrendous state of Chicago and Illinois. How else to explain the seemingly ho-hum attitude (see John Kass’ eloquent column) toward former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s missing two (yes, two!) years of emails and the oh-so coincidental hard drive crash to some of the people who received... Read more »

Support for Illinois term limits are far more than overwhelming

When up to 80 percent of any group can agree on something, you know that (1) it’s got to be right or (2) an awful lot of people are getting fooled. When it comes to imposing term limits on Illinois legislators and legislative leaders, I believe that it’s the former. Illinois voters are so fed... Read more »

The cure for Illinois' financial ills

As long as the candidates are talking about amending the Illinois Constitution, let’s toss out this Article XIII, Section 5: PENSION AND RETIREMENT RIGHTS Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the... Read more »

Illinois can't afford Barack Obama's presidential library

Chicago is where Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum should be. Nowhere else comes close to making a legitimate claim. Hawaii, Obama’s native state? Columbia University in New York City where he pursued his undergraduate degree? Not even close. Only Chicago and Illinois could have spawned the Barack Obama who today sits in the Oval... Read more »
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