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House Speaker Mike Madigan, a saint for sure

“As a leader in this state, I know we all have a responsibility to create a better Illinois for everyone.”–Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan in a Tribune op-ed crowing about all his has done to protect women. Bull shit. As a thoroughly bought handmaid of public employee unions and other left-wing special interests, Michael Madigan... Read more »

End the Madigan gerrymandering of Illinois legislative districts

Democrats around the country are hyperventilating about how Republicans have gerrymandered so many districts in many states that the GOP is unfairly winning elections. Yet when it comes to how House Speaker Mike Madigan and his Democratic lickspittles have apportioned Illinois legislative districts, they say not a word. So, the good news is that Change Illinois has... Read more »

Don't count out Illinois public employee unions just yet

Widespread speculation predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in  Janus v. AFSCME will change America’s political landscape, especially in Illinois, the bluest of blue states where public employee unions have driven the state into near bankruptcy. By giving employees in such unions as the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 in... Read more »
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$1 of every $3 in Illinois individual income tax is paid to retired teachers

That’s right, $1 of every $3 of your Illinois individual income tax goes to retired teachers, a calculation says. That’s $1,578 if you live in Chicago, are married and your household income is $100,000. That’s $1,578 that won’t go to needed healthcare, social services and schools. Stunning, isn’t it. And J.B. Pritzker, the Democrat candidate for Illinois governor wants... Read more »

Judge's Illinois redistricting ruling leaves only one way left to tweak Mike Madigan

So, a Cook County Judge has ruled that we don’t get to vote on an Illinois constitutional amendment that would take  legislative redistricting out of the hands of politicians protecting their hind sides and turn it over to a more objective and less political process. As the Chicago Tribune reported: Judge Diane Larsen found that... Read more »

Yet another transit favor for Speaker Madigan? Sheesh

House Speaker Michael Madigan doesn’t limit throwing around his clout to getting pay raises for pals in Metra and other state and local government agencies. Let’s not forget the even more lucrative practice of rounding up government contracts for pals. Here’s a fine piece of reporting by Bob Hergurth of the Better Government Association on... Read more »
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'Cowardice' is why Michael Madigan might stymie Illinois pension reform

That’s according to a business group that is lobbying “with sharp elbows” to reform the lavish Illinois public employee pensions. The Chicago News Cooperative puts it all into perspective as D-Day for pension reforms arrives on Thursday. It’s worth a read here.
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