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Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 10:33 pm
Earlier this year, when it was disclosed that Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget director had handed out two pay raises to top staffers on the same day that the governor signed the income tax increase into...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 11:03 am
I began to reminisce during Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago press conference last week. Quinn had called the media together to announce he was closing seven state facilities and laying off almost 2,000...
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 10:33 pm
Last year, the state Senate Republicans tested anti-tax messages in their campaigns without much success. While almost all Senate Democrats had voted for a large income tax hike along with an expansio...
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 03:50 pm
A few weeks ago, I ran into a fairly high-level Illinois Democrat at a party in Springfield. He said he’d taken my advice and was reading the New York Times’ “Disunion” Civil W...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 02:37 pm
Way back in 1981, Gov. Jim Thompson got into a fight with the Illinois General Assembly over who should fund the salaries of county state’s attorneys. By law, Illinois was on the hook for two-th...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 01:25 pm
Redistricting is a time for stock-taking; for looking back and looking ahead. State legislators who’ve been around a while are suddenly faced with the often stark reality of signing on for anoth...
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:15 pm
There are lots of different angles to Gov. Pat Quinn’s highly controversial decision to unilaterally refuse to pay scheduled, contractual pay raises to unionized state employees, so let’s ...

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