Posts tagged "Senate President Cullerton"

Fifteen things to know about Rauner's budget veto, reform, taxes and a State Government shut-down

15. Gov. Rauner vetoed yesterday the budget passed by Democrats.  But, the veto does not affect state spending on education. The Governor signed that appropriation of funds on Wednesday, so schools can plan their staffing for summer school and for the academic year which begins in August- September.   And, parents don’t have to arrange... Read more »

Time for Madigan, Cullerton and Zorn to get real and respond to Rauner's response (via Berkowitz) to Eric Zorn's IL Budget challenge

Link added at 1:50 pm on Thursday to video interview w/ Rep. Morrison about the reform/spending cuts/new revenue Grand Bargain Revised significantly at 3:00 am on Thursday.- …[Y]ou come up with a net savings for the State of $3.1 billion and additional revenue of $700 million –Eric Zorn’s framing of IL State budget issues.  When... Read more »

More informative than Republican Leader Jim Durkin w/Eddie Arruza on Chicago Tonight: Berkowitz w/ State Rep. Tom Morrison (Part 1), Cable and Web

  Tonight’s Chicago  Metro suburban edition of  of Public Affairs features State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) in Part 1 of our two part series.  You can also watch the program with Rep. Morrison 24/7 by clicking here.   Tonight’s show is an encore performance of a show taped in early April, 2015.  Nothing has changed in Springfield in... Read more »
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Governors Edgar and Thompson to Rauner, via Korecki: "Make a deal w/ Madigan/Cullerton." Berkowitz w/Rep. Morrison on why reform matters, Cable/Web

Revised significantly at 9:50 am on Tuesday. Natashi Korecki, the least liberal and fairest at reporting of the Sun-Times columnists, carries the message  from former IL Governors Thompson and Edgar to rookie Governor Rauner. Jim Thompson to Rauner: Just make a deal: Fourteen year Republican Governor Thompson (1977 to 1991) never had a real political... Read more »

A seven step program to fix IL Governor Bruce Rauner's Fiscal 2016 budget deficit

Governor Rauner…can honestly say his balanced budget and … legislation …are consistent with the principles he laid out during his election campaign.  –Gov. Bruce Rauner’s principles.  If you think like Bruce Rauner, there is no point in being Governor unless you  wake up every day with a plan of  action to implement your principles-- and... Read more »

Better than Cong. Duckworth debating Senator Kirk: Berkowitz w/ Rep. Tom Morrison on Gov. Rauner's compassionate conservative revolution- Cable and Web

Tonight’s Chicago  Metro suburban edition of  of Public Affairs features State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) in Part 1 of our two part series.  You can also watch the program with Rep. Morrison 24/7 by clicking here.   Rep. Morrison was the lead guest introduced at yesterday’s City Club of Chicago lunch event featuring Cong. Peter Roskam.   Tonight’s... Read more »
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Better than Gov. Rauner debating Senate President Cullerton: Berkowitz w/Rep. Morrison on Spending cuts, compassion and making IL competitive, Cable/Web

Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) in Part 1 of our two part series. The show airs throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 (CAN TV). Rep. Morrison got the lead introduction from the audience at today’s City Club of... Read more »

Gov. Rauner: My pension reform would be constitutional and would save the State $2.7 billion in Fiscal 2016. Dream or reality?

Revised significantly at 3:45 pm on Sunday with regard to comments on  Gov. Rauner’s proposed Turnaround Agenda Pension Reform package.    –Rauner’s press conference at the Chicago Theater, with the backdrop of Accenture and a Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Gov. Rauner said this afternoon in a press conference held in the entrance area at the Loop’s Chicago... Read more »

Governor Rauner's Turnaround Agenda and the Grand Bargain: Of Rauner's Chicago City Council visit, reforms and new revenue

–Gov. Rauner’s City Council visit– why he came. When Governor Rauner was asked yesterday why he was wasting his time talking to Chicago’s City Council (50 relatively inconsequential Democrats) when he could be back in Springfield negotiating with Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton a deal on the Fiscal 2016 budget, he just  smiled and... Read more »
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A Grand Bargain can solve the IL Fiscal 2016 budget shortfall: Berkowitz w/ Rep. Morrison (Cable/Web)

Despite media reports to the contrary, Illinois’ Fiscal 2016 budget deficit is only about three billion dollars. Brother, can you spare  three billion dollars in revenue increases and/or spending cuts? Because almost 75% of the Illinois budget (General Revenue Fund) is consumed by Medicaid, K-12 Education and State Employee (including teachers and professors) Pension Funds,... Read more »