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Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 12:19 am
A poll and a speech may have hardened positions even further on both sides of the highly partisan and bitter state government impasse.The speech, by Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, you likely already...
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 12:27 am
As you probably know already, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger said last week that the state government’s backlog of unpaid bills will hit $8.5 billion by the end of December, up from about $6 bil...
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 12:01 am
 There was a reason why state Rep. Esther Golar (D-Chicago) showed up late for session last Wednesday.She’s been quite ill. Unbeknownst to many of her colleagues, Rep. Golar was brought into th...
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 12:17 am
The state fiscal crisis is only going to get worse, and the solution is becoming more difficult by the day.As you probably know, the General Assembly and the governor have not yet agreed on a full sta...
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 12:20 am
I think on Aug. 19 a new and brief window of opportunity opened which could finally help wrap up this long and drawn out state legislative overtime session. But that window will only be open for 15 ca...
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 12:18 am
 The absurd facade of this long-running state government impasse might best be summed up with two brief statements.1) Gov. Bruce Rauner to Democrats: “Just support my plans to eviscerate organi...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 12:19 am
There are those who believe strongly that one side or the other is “winning” our latest and perhaps greatest Statehouse impasse in Illinois history.I think it’s too early to judge, and, frankly,...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:18 am
If there was any doubt before last week, there’s zero uncertainty now. Gov. Bruce Rauner won’t allow anyone else to interfere with his dominance of the Illinois Republican Party.When the party was...
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...


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