Tag: Michael Madigan

Crain's asks, "Who's really in charge in Springfield?"

If you said House Speaker Michael Madigan, or Gov. J.B. Pritzker, you’d be wrong. The answer, according to Crain’s: Teachers unions. Crain’s correctly cites the “giveaway” to the teachers unions that will allow their members to receive a big “bump-up” in salary in their final years before retirement so that they can receive a bigger... Read more »

Obama and Eric Holder decry Illinois gerrymandering

That’s right President Obama and his attorney general Eric Holder have decried the gerrymandering of legislative districts in Illinois, a process entirely controlled by House Speaker Michael Madigan and his fellow Democrats. But why should Obama and Holder, partisan Democrats, be condemning the action of the Democratic leadership in Illinois? The reason is Democrats are intensely... Read more »

Bleep 'My way or the highway'

Please. Stop. This idiom is for idiots. The politicians who have accused an opponent of engaging in “My way the highway” rhetoric are picking a scab. They persuade only the simpleminded. They only expose their  shallowness. The idiom shows up almost a million times in a Google search. Politicians in both Springfield–Illinois’ state capital–and Washington D.C. use it... Read more »
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Will Pritzker and Madigan have an "epic battle" over control of the Illinois Democrat Party?

Here’s someone who thinks they will: The future of Illinois under J.B. Pritzker  SPRINGFIELD (Nov. 6, 2018) — The most expensive gubernatorial race in the nation comes to a close as J.B. Pritzker is elected governor of Illinois. Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman released the following statement: “J.B. Pritzker’s victory sets the stage for an... Read more »

Illinois debt now is worse than during the Depression

How much worse can it get? Democrats, led by House Speaker Michael Madigan, have brought the Great Depression back to Illinois. Now Democrat gubernatorial nominee J. B. Pritzker wants to make it worse. Read it and weep from the Illinois News Network. dennis@dennisbyrne.net www.dennisbyrne.net My historical novel: Madness: The War of 1812 Here’s how to subscribe... Read more »

Illinois' balanced budget? The joke's on us

If we’re to believe the Illinois politicians–Democrat and Republican–the new fiscal year 2019 “balanced” budget they passed overwhelmingly is a bipartisan lovefest, a return to what should be a normal budget process and a first step to putting the fiscally challenged state back on track. Ha, ha. The joke’s on us. And the politicians know it.... Read more »
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Tick tock, waiting for Mike Madigan's "compromise"

Breaking News Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan is congratulating himself and the bipartisan legislators who voted for his budget today for their “good work.” (See updates from Capitol Fax.com) But what’s in the budget? Democrats are denouncing Republicans in the U.S. Senate for drafting their compromise health care reform “in secret.” So where were the... Read more »

Illinois' financial bomb gets national attention

Thanks House Speaker Michael Madigan for making Illinois no longer just a laughing stock but for creating a story line that resembles the world watching  as the Titanic sinks. Here’s one example: “How Illinois became America’s most messed-up state” Here’s another: “No other state has come close to the mess that Illinois is in.” Yet... Read more »

A couple of Democrats ask Speaker Madigan, 'Where 's the beef?'

This should come as no surprise to people who are fed up with Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s relentless and compulsive drive to gather power unto himself. A couple of liberal Chicago Democrats are asking Madigan to come up with a plan that involves “just more than saying no to [Gov. Bruce] Rauner. Rich Miller interviews... Read more »
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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 »
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