Posts tagged "Mike Madigan"

Governor Rauner’s budget power play: Illinois’ new bully

Governor Rauner’s budget power play: Illinois’ new bully
Although it is too early to concede to having Rauner Remorse, I am certainly left scratching my head at the new governor’s power play.  Yesterday, Governor Rauner rolled out what he claims to be $400 million in budget savings by cutting spending on programs that help the poor with child care costs and help the... Read more »

Will Mike Madigan get his way and pass pension reform in Springfield?

Will Mike Madigan get his way and pass pension reform in Springfield?
You thought last weekend was hot in Chicago? Last weekend’s heat shifted downstate to Springfield, where a classic Mike Madigan powerplay is underway. One problem is that Mike Madigan’s proposal is the only solution as it doesn’t appear there is an alternative to Madigan’s plan on the critically underfunded Illinois public employee pension system. The... Read more »

Is a state run by Mike and Lisa Madigan preferable to Illinois with Pat Quinn governor?

Is a state run by Mike and Lisa Madigan preferable to Illinois with Pat Quinn governor?
“I don’t understand a company raising their rates 87% and getting away with that,” Newton Johnson, an Illinois driver recently said to the Chicago Tribune.  “As far as working people are concerned, we don’t get that type of increase.”  Mr. Newton was complaining about the toll way and its rates going up 87% January 1st. ... Read more »
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Governor Pat Quinn blindly putting the Democratic Party over the people of Illinois should lead to a new political litmus test

Governor Pat Quinn blindly putting the Democratic Party over the people of Illinois should lead to a new political litmus test
After the great debate on the debt ceiling hijacked Washington DC and the rest of the country a month ago, Americans are fed up with the yelling across the aisle via sound bites on Fox News and MSNBC. Discontent with Congress is at a record high. According to the latest AP-GfK poll taken last week,... Read more »

Governor Pat Quinn threatens lawmakers (again) to get more of your tax dollars

Governor Pat Quinn threatens lawmakers (again) to get more of your tax dollars
Governor Quinn is at it again. He’s attempting to spend more money than the state has to spend. Again. The last session of the General Assembly ended with a flurry of activity- including the vote on the expansion of gambling in the state. The General Assembly did not, however, give Governor Quinn the amount of... Read more »

Are women livestock? Why did IL House Agriculture Committee send a bill limiting a woman's right to choose to the full House?

Are women livestock?  Why did IL House Agriculture Committee send a bill limiting a woman's right to choose to the full House?
Naperville Republican Darlene Senger An Illinois House committee focused on farming, livestock, hunting and recreation just unanimously voted a bill out of its committee limiting a woman’s right to choose. On Tuesday, the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee unanimously approved a measure that would force clinics that provide abortions to meet tougher measures to continue... Read more »
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Deadbeat state: Governor Quinn's borrowing plan continues cycle of Illinois debt

Deadbeat state: Governor Quinn's borrowing plan continues cycle of Illinois debt
My paycheck is noticeably lighter after Pat Quinn started taking a chunk out of it a couple weeks ago with his tax increase. Noticeably lighter. That dent, along with the property taxes I just paid, the property tax bill sitting in my inbox, along with the having to pay taxes again in middle April, the... Read more »

Governor Quinn: Nothing good happens after 1:00am! Illinois taxes increase 66%!

Governor Quinn: Nothing good happens after 1:00am!  Illinois taxes increase 66%!
These three– Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn and John Cullerton– just raised your taxes. After college, it took me a few years to recognize that nothing good happens after 1:00am (maybe more than a few years).  Apparently, the Democratic Illinois state representatives and senators were sitting in Springfield’s version of Marie’s Riptide last night as the... Read more »

Governor Quinn's income tax increase will pass- but will it pass this week?

Governor Quinn's income tax increase will pass- but will it pass this week?
Pat Quinn held his breath and wiped his forehead with the back of his shirt’s cuff waiting anxiously as the telephone rang. Would he get through? The phone rang and rang; Quinn’s spirits sunk as he started to move the telephone from his ear to the phone cradle. Then he heard it: the brash “hello!” Finding... Read more »
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Do Michael Madigan and Ron Huberman have something in common? We will see....

Do Michael Madigan and Ron Huberman have something in common?  We will see....
Former head of Chicago schools, Ron Huberman Mayor Daley’s retirement caused a tsunami in Chicago politics. Unfortunately, one of those waves is being felt by Chicago school children, when Ronald Huberman resigned as head of the Chicago Public Schools. Huberman, a reformer, fought the Chicago teachers’ union in his attempt to make teachers accountable to their... Read more »