IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Wed, 27 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Fighting over fairy tales http://illinoistimes.com/article-17480-fighting-over-fairy-tales.html Fighting over fairy tales
 Right off the bat, I should say that I think the so-called “stopgap budget” signed into law on June 30 was a good idea. Not fiscally, but because people who rely on state government desperat...]]>
Finally, a message with substance http://illinoistimes.com/article-17456-finally-a-message-with-substance.html Finally, a message with substance
Gov. Bruce Rauner has been touring Illinois to talk about his new “messaging.” He’s quite excited about his “messaging” plans, telling one reporter that if he could do anything differently a...]]>
Finger-pointing, a stopgap budget and reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-17426-finger-pointing-a-stopgap-budget-and-reform.html Finger-pointing, a stopgap budget and reform
 Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan rose to give his customary year-end speech after the House had concluded its business last week and pointed his finger right at Gov. Bruce Rauner.For month...]]>
A good idea, just don’t over-promise http://illinoistimes.com/article-17393-a-good-idea-just-don%25E2%2580%2599t-over-promise.html A good idea, just don’t over-promise
Illinoisans are undeniably furious about the way their government has been running (or, more accurately, not running). They’re looking for solutions and some are grasping at anything within reach.A...]]>
Many more “heroics” may be required http://illinoistimes.com/article-17376-many-more-%25E2%2580%259Cheroics%25E2%2580%259D-may-be-required.html Many more “heroics” may be required
 Nobody, and I mean nobody, ever thought that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration could ever keep state operations running for a year without an actual state budget.State and federal courts have...]]>
Failing on his mandate http://illinoistimes.com/article-17320-failing-on-his-mandate.html Failing on his mandate
 Near the top of any list of Illinois government’s many problems is that House Speaker Michael Madigan has made a decades-long game out of messing with the minds and the agendas of our governor...]]>
Madigan’s actions show no fear of Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-17292-madigan%25E2%2580%2599s-actions-show-no-fear-of-rauner.html Madigan’s actions show no fear of Rauner
After what happened last week, it’s clearer than ever that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has no fear of what Gov. Rauner could do to his members this fall. And Madigan has even less fear of...]]>
More crazy talk in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-17270-more-crazy-talk-in-springfield.html More crazy talk in Springfield
 It has looked to me for a very long time that House Speaker Michael Madigan has been waiting for an existential state crisis to force Gov. Bruce Rauner to back completely away from his anti-unio...]]>
Funding K-12 is harder than it looks http://illinoistimes.com/article-17239-funding-k-12-is-harder-than-it-looks.html Funding K-12 is harder than it looks
We saw some examples last week of why school funding reform is so difficult to accomplish in Illinois.House Republican Leader Jim Durkin appeared with Gov. Bruce Rauner at Lyons Township High School,...]]>
Get out of the way http://illinoistimes.com/article-17202-get-out-of-the-way.html Get out of the way
 With yet another poll showing plunging Downstate support for Gov. Bruce Rauner in a Republican district and the intense Republican freakout over Donald Trump’s impending presidential nominatio...]]>
History made on Chicago’s South Side http://illinoistimes.com/article-17175-history-made-on-chicago%25E2%2580%2599s-south-side.html History made on Chicago’s South Side
Theresa Mah (D-Chicago) was never given much of a chance at winning the 2nd House District Democratic primary race on March 15 against a well-known political name who had a huge demographic advantage....]]>
Blog post temporarily breaks stalemate http://illinoistimes.com/article-17134-blog-post-temporarily-breaks-stalemate.html Blog post temporarily breaks stalemate
 A blog post appears to have helped at least temporarily break the long stalemate at the Illinois Statehouse.Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) wrote up a story and I posted it on my blog (http:/...]]>
An immoral threat with a big impact http://illinoistimes.com/article-17114-an-immoral-threat-with-a-big-impact.html An immoral threat with a big impact
“The governor has linked things together,” Senate President John Cullerton said at a speech to the City Club of Chicago back in January. “We don’t have a budget because he’s got his ‘Turna...]]>
The GOP attempt to look reasonable http://illinoistimes.com/article-17071-the-gop-attempt-to-look-reasonable.html The GOP attempt to look reasonable
 Gov. Bruce Rauner has hit a brick wall attempting to convince House Speaker Michael Madigan to come to the negotiating table to talk about ending the long governmental impasse, and then working...]]>
Rauner still won’t accept reality http://illinoistimes.com/article-17016-rauner-still-won%25E2%2580%2599t-accept-reality.html Rauner still won’t accept reality
 It’s almost impossible to make a deal with somebody who won’t accept reality. And that’s been the case in Illinois for over a year, as Gov. Bruce Rauner has made one politically unrealisti...]]>
Record spending in campaign against McCann http://illinoistimes.com/article-16965-record-spending-in-campaign-against-mccann.html Record spending in campaign against McCann
 “He was a god in that district,” a high-level Rauner guy told me about state Sen. Sam McCann’s poll numbers from before this year’s Republican primary campaign began.Benchmark polling ta...]]>
Madigan, Rauner campaign to destroy http://illinoistimes.com/article-16939-madigan-rauner-campaign-to-destroy.html Madigan, Rauner campaign to destroy
Illinois Republicans have long complained that House Speaker Michael Madigan’s campaign organization doesn’t just beat you, it destroys you. Madigan doesn’t always set out to merely win; he want...]]>
No end in sigh http://illinoistimes.com/article-16918-no-end-in-sigh.html No end in sigh
 “How do they sleep at night?”It’s a question I’m asked a lot these days. The inquirers always wonder how Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and their more full-throated ena...]]>
Can Gonzales defeat Madigan? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16895-can-gonzales-defeat-madigan.html Can Gonzales defeat Madigan?
 A name from the past has been leading the charge for Jason Gonzales’ Democratic primary campaign against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.Blair Hull, the hugely wealthy but unsuccessful...]]>
Back to square one http://illinoistimes.com/article-16857-back-to-square-one.html Back to square one
There are always two audiences for formal gubernatorial addresses: 1) Legislators who actually attend; and 2) Everyone else outside the Statehouse who watch it or read about it later.Gov. Bruce Rauner...]]>
Not working, not winning http://illinoistimes.com/article-16826-not-working-not-winning.html Not working, not winning
 President Barack Obama seemed to admit almost right from the start of his address to the Illinois General Assembly last week about the need for a more civil politics that he probably wouldn’t...]]>
Continued chaos http://illinoistimes.com/article-16798-continued-chaos.html Continued chaos
Last week a reporter said to Gov. Bruce Rauner that Secretary of State Jesse White had suggested that Rauner bring in former governors, including George Ryan, to help break the long governmental impas...]]>
Free to be Bruce http://illinoistimes.com/article-16766-free-to-be-bruce.html Free to be Bruce
 Every time Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a major speech, social media (and even mass media) lights him up over the way he drops his “g’s” at the end of words. He’s workin’ and doin’ his be...]]>
Rauner, Cullerton triangulate Madigan http://illinoistimes.com/article-16735-rauner-cullerton-triangulate-madigan.html Rauner, Cullerton triangulate Madigan
Gov. Bruce Rauner blew a perfect opportunity last week to finally drive a public wedge between Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan, clearly put Madigan on the defensive,...]]>
‘Governor 1.4 Percent’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-16701-%25E2%2580%2598governor-14-percent%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘Governor 1.4 Percent’
 A lot of folks have taken to calling Bruce Rauner “Governor 1 Percent” because of his immense personal wealth. Gov. Rauner himself told the Chicago Sun-Times during the 2014 campaign that he...]]>
New year, new attitude http://illinoistimes.com/article-16677-new-year-new-attitude.html New year, new attitude
“He has taught us how to deal with him,” explained one top official in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration when asked why the governor has once again cranked up his public criticism of Illinois H...]]>
Legislative competition up for 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16573-legislative-competition-up-for-2016.html Legislative competition up for 2016
 One of the realities of Illinois legislative politics is that our state’s system tends to discourage competition. Byzantine ballot access laws, a highly partisan legislative district map-drawi...]]>
Madigan’s tax-hike gaffe http://illinoistimes.com/article-16554-madigan%25E2%2580%2599s-tax-hike-gaffe.html Madigan’s tax-hike gaffe
 One of the concepts used so effectively by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign last year was what are called “OODA Loops.” I’m going to oversimplify because of space, but the idea, developed by...]]>
Should the Cook County Democratic Party consider a state’s attorney endorsement? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16525-should-the-cook-county-democratic-party-consider-a-state%25E2%2580%2599s-attorney-endorsement.html Should the Cook County Democratic Party consider a state’s attorney endorsement?
With growing numbers of black and Latino politicians calling for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign, it’s probably time for the county’s Democratic Party leaders to rethink the...]]>
The state must step up http://illinoistimes.com/article-16495-the-state-must-step-up.html The state must step up
 Here’s what the Chicago Police Department told the media after Laquan McDonald was killed by a police officer 13 months ago: A drug-addled black kid lunged at a cop with a knife and was then s...]]>