Posts tagged "Mike Madigan"

Illinois keeping higher income taxes; our neighbors lowering theirs

“Stateline,” a daily newsletter of the Pew Charitable Trust reports, “States Pursue Tax Cuts as Recovery Takes Hold.” Of course not in Illinois where Gov. Pat Quinn wants to makes permanent his temporary, huge income tax increase and House Speaker Mike Madigan and his henchmen are pushing to impose a surcharge on millionaires. As for... Read more »

Mike Madigan Speaks!

A politician speaking certainly shouldn’t be news. But it is in the case of House Speaker Michael Madigan, Illinois’ political potentate who acts as if we’re all too stupid to know how state government should be run. Usually he has nothing to say in public about anything, in response to media questions. So, it’s news... Read more »

Courts and asinine law makes Illinois congressional redistricting a pawn of politics

If you’re wondering why political reform is so enfeebled in Illinois, consider a federal appeals court decision last week that zapped a Republican effort to make the state’s congressional redistricting fair, balanced and honest. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the¬†Democrats‘ unabashed drawing of Illinois’ 18 districts in a... Read more »
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Chris Kennedy: Who?

After Lisa Madigan announced that she liked her job as attorney general just fine, and wouldn’t run for senator or governor, the stuffed-up pipeline of potential candidates unclogged Chris Kennedy like a sewer freed of a giant glop. Maybe it’s a measure of a character failure that Madigan decided to wait so long, throwing a... Read more »
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