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Thursday, July 22, 2010 10:00 pm
So, why did Gov. Pat Quinn close the gap with Republican state Sen. Bill Brady in Rasmussen Reports’ latest poll? There’s a one-word answer: women.Rasmussen’s newest poll had Brady a...
Thursday, July 15, 2010 06:43 am
I was talking to my mom on the phone last week and just as I was about to hang up she stopped me short and insisted that we talk about Gov. Pat Quinn’s bigtime raises to his top staff.If you&rsq...
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...


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