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Thursday, July 8, 2010 01:41 am
During the long, excruciating overtime state legislative session of 2007, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan complained that Gov. Rod Blagojevich had a habit of diverting high-level discussions aw...
Thursday, July 1, 2010 12:13 am

Was Lon Monk trying to steer the governor straight? Or was he rotten?

To many Illinois politics insiders, one of the more surprising aspects of this Rod Blagojevich saga is not that the former governor was arrested. Most of them knew for years that he was heading for bi...
Thursday, June 24, 2010 07:05 am
Back in 2003, Rod Blagojevich’s former congressional chief of staff, Dave Stricklin, was asked by Chicago Magazine to recall an example of his former boss’ “goal-oriented approach to...
Thursday, June 17, 2010 01:58 am
Keep in mind while watching coverage of the Rod Blagojevich trial that reporters in the courtroom have a far keener understanding of what is going on than do the jurors. Their perceptions are not nece...
Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:03 pm
Political reporters and pundits have a bad habit of saying: “If present trends continue.. . .” The truth is, in politics, “present trends” almost always change. Last week, Illi...
Thursday, June 3, 2010 01:41 am
Illinois House Republicans had a universal message for Rep. Bob Biggins (R-Elmhurst) last week: You are officially an outcast.Rep. Biggins infuriated his fellow Republicans by switching his position a...
Thursday, May 27, 2010 01:29 am
Twenty years ago, Secretary of State Jim Edgar and Attorney General Neil Hartigan ran for governor against each other. Both men released their tax returns without much fanfare.Four years later, Gov. J...
Thursday, May 13, 2010 03:04 pm
One of the things that became crystal clear last week during the Illinois Senate’s debate over a new state budget was that the Democratic legislative leaders have completely broken the budget-ma...
Thursday, May 6, 2010 08:52 pm
I was out with some political buddies the other night and the subject of Bill Brady’s taxes came up.Just about everybody agreed that Brady should never have released his tax returns. All he did ...

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