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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 »

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 »
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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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Unions back Dillard to stop Rauner and to punish Quinn and Madigan?

Is it possible that the public employe union lobbies are backing Kirk Dillard for the Republican nomination for governor and, if he wins, they’ll sit out the general election to let the “chips fall where they may?” That’s the thrust of the story in Illinois Review. Strange bedfellow they’d make, but stranger things have happened... 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 »

Lisa Madigan flips Illinois voters the bird

Chicago Tribune reports: Lisa Madigan won’t say if father ever asked her to hire someone Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan brushed aside questions Wednesday about whether her father, powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan, has ever asked her to hire or give a raise to someone and also denied she misled campaign donors when raising money... Read more »
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We owe Metra's Alex Clifford for exposing Illinois' patronage innards

In 2011, when Alex Clifford was brought to Chicago from Los Angeles to fix Metra, the commuter rail operation, someone neglected to warn him about the way things are done here. Or if someone did, Clifford — an experienced transportation professional — didn’t pay attention or play along. Good for him. But for acting ethically,... Read more »
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