Posts tagged "Senate President Cullerton"

Moving from Radogno's Grand Bargain to Rauner's small bargain: will the Republican base cheerlead for Governor Rauner again?

Text supplemented and revised– and video (re Sen. Biss, AFSCME and Bayer) and other links added at 4:10 pm on Saturday. Ironically, it might be the more than three decade IL House Speaker Mike Madigan who will make the limited government, liberty, free market oriented Illinois Policy Institute, leader of the Republican Party base, happy-... Read more »

Watch Berkowitz discuss w/Todd Maisch trading workers' comp. and property tax reform for new State Revenue, Cable/Web

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you favor any increase in the income tax rate from it’s current rate of 3.75% as a part of a deal— Todd Maisch: As a part of an overall package of which workman’s compensation [reform] would have to be on the table and we would insist on some… *************** Maisch: To answer... Read more »

Rauner want stiffer sentences for repeat illegal gun possession/use offenders? Spending caps? Getting Rauner, Madigan, et al to be more specific

Notwithstanding the important work done by Governor Rauner on matters such as the above-referenced “Neighborhood Safety Act” legislation, this article raises the issue of  whether the Governor would be a more effective leader if he were to more often stake out a position on key, strategic public policy issues and then use the bully pulpit... Read more »
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A guide to how Gov. Rauner should address the State on Wednesday: Watch Berkowitz w/Leader Durkin (Could he Primary Rauner?), 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 »

Does Gov. Rauner want to govern Illinois? Or, has he become Governor Mush?

Mike Flannery[Fox 32 News]: The Illinois Policy Institute’s John Tillman has told us that billions could be cut appropriately from the state budget, why haven’t you done that? Gov. Rauner: We have cut many hundreds of millions and the reasons for not the rest, I have said. ******************************************** Really, wherever you go, from a Winnetka... Read more »

Gov. Rauner could double the literacy rate in CPS (That's reform): Watch UChicago Charter School Principal Howell, Cable/Web

Jeff Berkowitz: Kids who are not reading at grade level, you’ve got a plan, you’ve got resources, you’ve got teachers– you will get them up to grade level? UChicago Charter School Principal Tonya Howell: Absolutely, 100% Berkowitz: You’re sure, you’re sure? You will take a blood oath? Howell:   Yes. ************************** Tonight’s City of Chicago... Read more »
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A French IL Gov. Rauner: The more things change, the more they stay the same, Berkowitz w/R House Leader Durkin, Cable and Web

The Governor is touting term limits more than he was 15 months ago.  But, save pension reform, Speaker Madigan probably won’t  agree to any of Rauner’s reforms… 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... Read more »

Berkowitz goes 1 on 2 with Speaker Madigan/Rep. Greg Harris and w/R Leaders Radogno and Durkin: IL State Budget impasse

Jeff Berkowitz: The Governor seems to have put on the table, implicitly, five billion dollars, or so, a year, in new revenue… Speaker Mike Madigan [D-Chicago]: I am not aware that the Governor has asked for a tax increase. ****** House Republican Leader Jim Durkin:… I know that there is a very strong feeling among... Read more »

Berkowitz: One on One w/ Speaker Madigan on Saturday's Governor-Legislative Leaders' "Budget" meeting

Jeff Berkowitz: Good to see you. Tomorrow morning? 10:00? Speaker Mike Madigan: I can’t wait [Dripping with sarcasm, but said with the Speaker’s trademark impish smile]. Speaker Madigan: Today’s meeting was called for the purpose of budget making. Budget making was not discussed in the meeting.  My notes indicate that we talked about three topics:... Read more »
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Gov. Rauner Re-election campaign: Five Reforms, Higher tax rates, Balanced budgets and Jobs

Gov. Rauner: “I am an anti-tax guy, but as part of reforms,” I’ve said, “Let’s put [increased tax rates] on the table and talk about it. I have always said that. “ Then, when citizens realize their property taxes have stabilized, they can support re-electing the Governor. ********************* Governor Bruce Rauner (R-Winnetka and Springfield) began... Read more »