Posts tagged "Michael Madigan"

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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