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Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:20 am
Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared to reporters that if it wasn’t for House Speaker Michael Madigan the budget impasse would’ve been resolved.And perhaps if the sky was green, then grass might...
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:20 am
 House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters earlier this month that he’d had a “frank discussion” with Gov. Bruce Rauner, “and I gave him good, solid advice.”Word is, that advice had...
Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:20 am
After staring at my computer screen for over an hour, I realized that my goal of providing you a succinct and thoughtful analysis of what happened on a very weird day last week in Illinois government...
Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:16 am
 Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is proving to be quite adept at skirting responsibility for the current Statehouse impasse and impending government shutdown. He has relentlessly painted himself as...
Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:19 am
House Speaker Michael Madigan likes to send “messages.” He doesn’t often explain what those messages are, but last week’s surprising defeat of a bill to give the Chicago Public Schools a 40-da...
Thursday, June 25, 2015 12:23 am
 Gov. Bruce Rauner’s much-anticipated TV ad isn’t as over-the-top negative as we might have thought it would be.“Exactly,” was the response from a Rauner official I spoke with after watch...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:19 am
 Gov. Bruce Rauner gave rip-roaring speeches in several Democratic legislative districts last week denouncing the state’s Democratic leadership. All of his visits were accompanied by Illinois R...
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:17 am
 After five months, you’d think that the warring parties at the Illinois Statehouse would have learned something about each other. Instead, last week’s bitter and divisive House overtime sess...
Thursday, June 4, 2015 12:20 am
Forget about the budget, forget about Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda,” forget about the almost unprecedented animosity during the spring legislative session between Democrats and Republi...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:01 am
 I spent the better part of last Wednesday asking folks around the Statehouse if they had anything positive to tell me. I went looking for anything that might indicate a silver lining to this inc...

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