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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 12:18 am
If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats’ nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan’s reelection last week, it would be either “defensive” or perhaps “joyless.”The s...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:20 am
 Back in December, Gov. Bruce Rauner was asked by a Chicago TV reporter if he planned to run for reelection. Rauner said he wasn’t focused on such things.Just three days later, Gov. Rauner...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:16 am
Let’s take a look at headlines from just one day in December:– The state’s bill backlog tops $11.3 billion as the political impasse preventing a budget deal drags on.– Chicago’s murder rate...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 12:15 am
“This will be the most expensive race of our lifetime,” a Republican friend assured me last week about the apparently already begun 2018 gubernatorial campaign.If Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritz...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 12:21 am
 Top folks in the governor’s office said they didn’t quite understand last week why the Senate Democrats and House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman were so upset with them about cancelin...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:21 am
On election night, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan started making his usual post-election calls to his Democratic members asking for their support for his own reelection as Speaker. But at leas...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:18 am
 There’s been a lot of spin from the Illinois House Democrats about how last Tuesday’s losses were not that big of a deal. Don’t believe it.During the national Republican electoral wave two...
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 12:18 am
 During any given campaign season, one or maybe two state legislative campaigns wind up running ads on Chicago broadcast television stations. But in the age of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s gigantic camp...

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