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Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 07:19 am
Organized labor is engaged in a furious multi-front legislative war in Illinois, and more skirmishes may be on the horizon. Trade and industrial unions are hoping to mitigate major damage from propose...
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 09:17 pm
Springfield mayors hold a unique position in Illinois. As the mayor of the state’s capital city, they have access to more state leaders more often and more intimately than just about any other l...
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 03:08 am
I’ve been saying for the past couple of years that Illinois government is one of the biggest drags on our state’s economy. Now, a new survey shows just how true that is.The survey was cond...
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 01:48 am
Six Illinois House Republicans voted with 55 Democrats last week to approve a civil unions bill. But a few of the Democratic “Yes” votes were a bit more surprising.All but one of the six R...
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 08:04 pm
One of the consequences of Gov. Pat Quinn’s laser-like focus on Chicago and Cook County during this fall’s campaign is that he won just 20-22 of the state’s 59 Senate districts, acco...
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 02:12 pm
One of the very top officials in Bill Brady’s campaign told me a few days after the election that he believes Brady lost to Gov. Pat Quinn for one reason: The pro-choice group Personal PAC.Brady...
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 12:14 pm
Without a doubt, the worst place to be right now in Illinois politics is the state’s House Republican caucus.Their leader, Tom Cross, went “all in” this year against House Speaker Mi...
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 06:32 am
I will never forget the night Paul Lis was fired.My parents were at my house, but I refused to budge from my barstool because I couldn’t miss this. Not for them. Not for anybody. Lis was a bigti...
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 06:29 am
I joked to a Democrat last week that I seriously doubted state Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D-Orland Park) would ever vote for a legislative pay raise again after getting whacked so hard by the Republicans fo...


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