Posts tagged "Chris Radogno"

Gov. Rauner's fork in the road? Will he move left or right on the Cullerton-Radogno proposed massive tax increase?

Which proposal will Rauner support? The Illinois Policy Institute’s proposed State Budget [w/no new taxes]? Or, the Cullerton-Radogno budget compromise [w/massive new taxes]?  ********** Yesterday was Governor Rauner’s day to deliver the State of the State [Watch it here]. So, it was not surprising that he focused on his accomplishments, at least in the first... Read more »

Gov. Rauner to Speaker Madigan: Negotiate a budget and some reforms now-- or else!!

The Governor and the four Democratic and Republican legislative leaders were in the same room yesterday in Springfield for about a half hour.  But, in reality, there were two gladiators pitted against each other, and the other three were there to watch the backs of the primary protagonists. –The Two Gladiators    First and foremost,... Read more »

State Rep. Sandack’s mistake? Resigning over a sexual peccadillo

Link to Saturday’s Chicago Tribune update on Rep. Sandack’s “Inappropriate activities,” added to this post on Monday morning at 2 am Sandack resigns mysteriously two months ago Former state Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downer’s Grove), one of Governor Rauner’s most knowledgeable and articulate defenders of Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda, resigned his house seat abruptly about two months... Read more »
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State budget deal in Springfield almost done: CPS and State Government roll on, Rauner gets one reform-maybe

The soup is simmering and almost ready to eat. All it needs is some seasoning.    There might come a day… when Madigan… will be willing to fall backwards, on the promise that Rauner… will catch him. Maybe.      Governor Rauner and his Republican legislative leader colleagues (Durkin, House and Radogno, Senate) met Tuesday and... Read more »

Gov. Rauner on reforms needed for a Grand Bargain: Pensions, workers' comp. and a property tax freeze (with local government empowerment )

Gov. Rauner, since the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, has not been willing to prioritize the reforms set out in his Turnaround Agenda, an agenda he thinks would turn Illinois around, changing it from a State that is losing population, jobs and economic output to one that is growing jobs, output and population.  Indeed, if he had... Read more »

Get the true skinny on Workers' Comp. reform: Watch round 2 of Berkowitz w/trial lawyer Belcher, Cable/web

Matt Belcher: What [Republican House Leader Durkin] wants to do is to say that anybody who is middle aged or has any sort of pre-existing degenerative condition no longer gets workers’ compensation. What’s next on Public Affairs? Berkowitz mediating a discussion and resolution of the workers comp. reform issue between Gov. Rauner and Speaker Madigan?... Read more »
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Learn how to fix government, crime, the economy and education in Chicago and IL: Watch Berkowitz w/Gidwitz, Cable and Web

Ron Gidwitz: No, I don’t know that we are losing those jobs to overseas, as much as they are being automated. Because we have made the cost of hiring people so expensive relative to other places–companies, as a defensive measure, are automating as fast as they can. *********************** Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public... Read more »

President Cullerton: The Cullerton-Rauner pension reform legislation is alive and well

Video and audio link to President Cullerton’s remarks and audience Q/A added at 9:45 am on Tuesday, see below. The nature of yesterday’s press conference with Senate President Cullerton [which followed City Club of Chicago President Jay Doherty’s intro, Cullerton’s remarks on IL K-12 state, public school funding and audience Q/A] was such that most... Read more »

Gov. Rauner's Turnaround Agenda and the State Budget Impasse: Berkowitz w/IL Republican House Leader Durkin, Cable and Web

Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin:  …If the Democrats want revenue, they need to get reforms passed first. I am always going to keep an open mind to any proposal from the Democrats. But. … Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin.   The show airs throughout the... Read more »
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Five easy questions for Senate President Cullerton on pension reform at today’s City Club of Chicago lunch program

Today is D Day for Senate President John Cullerton on pension reform. When he speaks before the City Club of Chicago at a luncheon program today, the President should set out with specificity [See questions, below] where he stands on Gov. Rauner’s proposal for pension reform, as stated by the Governor in his press conference... Read more »