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Thursday, May 24, 2012 04:24 am
An often tense and confrontational meeting over gaming expansion last week ended with Gov. Pat Quinn not explicitly saying “no” to adding slot machines at horse racing tracks. That might b...
Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:08 am
Senate President John Cullerton has been telling some of his members for weeks that he was resigned to an overtime session. The General Assembly likely wouldn’t be able to adjourn by the schedul...
Thursday, May 10, 2012 03:17 pm
Call it “Blagojevich Lite,” or whatever else you want, but it became pretty darned clear last week that state Rep. Derrick Smith’s attorneys are planning the same sort of mockery of ...
Thursday, May 3, 2012 06:12 am
State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) may have more legal troubles than his federal bribery indictment. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has told the House’s Special Investigating Committee that ...
Thursday, April 26, 2012 03:30 pm
“It’s so quiet,” sighed Pippin in The Fellowship of the Rings. “It’s the deep breath before the plunge,” counseled Gandalf. “I don’t want to be in a bat...
Thursday, April 19, 2012 08:56 pm

Issues aside, a respected and fair legislator will be missed

Retiring state Rep. Joe Lyons, D-Chicago, said a debate on the House floor last month was his “finest hour.” He was probably right.Lyons successfully fought off five hostile floor amendmen...
Thursday, April 5, 2012 07:36 am
I’ve been pretty rough on Secretary of State Jesse White lately. I have no regrets about it, and I believe I had good reason to put the onus on him to correct his mistake of appointing state Rep...
Thursday, March 29, 2012 06:09 pm
It’s difficult not to contemplate how Secretary of State Jesse White has screwed up lately on so many fronts.Secretary White has managed to mostly avoid scandals throughout his life and as a res...
Thursday, March 22, 2012 03:58 am
Appointed state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, hasn’t been in the House very long, but few would ever have picked him as a future legislative star. He stumbles badly during debates, isn’t ...
Thursday, March 15, 2012 04:59 pm
Despite a long Illinois tradition of supporting them, it’s not exactly news that Republican members of the General Assembly no longer like voting for taxes of any kind. And that attitude created...


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