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The death of American legislatures

Before our very eyes, we’re watching the death of American legislatures–the two houses of Congress and state assemblies. The attacks we’ve seen on these bodies that are supposed to make our laws is being carried out by the two opposing branches–the executive (and its administrative state) and the judicial. The troubling signs are these: The... Read more »

A good round-up of major bills to be debated in Illinois legislature's veto session

Can Illinois create an ethical legislature?

Here are some thoughts from elsewhere. Might make some interesting reading; or you might consider it just to be pie in the sky. Read it before falling asleep. Whatever. But it makes an interesting point: Miloscia believes the “public trust deficit” is as bad as the budget deficit. Hard to disagree with that.
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Gov. Quinn: Budget will be done by end of May

Pat Quinn promises that somehow he and the Legislature will agree on a budget by the deadline of May 31.  Ha, ha, ha, ha.  They may call it a “budget,” but it will be far from what you and I would think of as a budget for our household or business. They’ll borrow billions more,... Read more »

Illinois Republicans betray the promise of school vouchers

Rep. Roger Eddy: Betrays GOP principles and Chicago school children Some Illinois House Republicans had an opportunity to give 30,000 poor, black children stuck in some of the worst, most overcrowded Chicago public schools a chance for a better education. But when it came to the moment of truth, they tossed the kids overboard. Those same Republicans... Read more »

Illinois, short of cash, aims to give away more money

The state of Illinois is facing a $13 billion budget deficit and owes its suppliers (many of them in Illinois) more than $4 billion, so what does the Illinois House do? Pass legislation that will put the state up to $50 million more into hock. This measure is beyond cynical: It will allow shoppers a... Read more »
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Illinois Fair Map is in Peril

Yeah, right; this is a MEGO (My eyes glaze over). But all of you people out there who bitch about rotten Illinois government, but only read about the best pick-up lines, have to pay attention, or just shut up. One of the reasons that Illinois government sucks is the way that the districts from which... Read more »

Illinois' broken legislative re-mapping

Chicago-area legislative districts, reflecting how the Democrats succeeded in redrawing the map to reflect the 2000 census. One of the main reasons for the dismal state of Illinois affairs is the way that legislative districts are drawn every ten years to conform with the new census. Virtually by a flip of the coin, one party... Read more »

Racial pandering on the CTA

Once again, the big, bad, white suburbs are victimizing poor, minority Chicagoans. That’s the underlying logic of a class action suit brought against the state, RTA and Metra by a public interest law firm that hasn’t a clue about the Pandora’s Box that it is opening. According to the suit, filed Wednesday in federal court,... Read more »
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Michael Madigan's hypocrisy

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s hypocrisy is so transparent, it would humiliate anyone who isn’t as big an egomaniac. Tribune photo by Chris Walker / December 4, 2008 House Speaker Michael Madigan yuks it up with his pal, convicted ex-gov. George Ryan on a 1999 plane flight to Cuba with a delegation of business and... Read more »
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