IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Thu, 18 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 The early campaigner gets the numbers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14470-the-early-campaigner-gets-the-numbers.html The early campaigner gets the numbers
 The Illinois House Democrats launched their direct mail and TV program weeks earlier than the House Republicans in an attempt to knock the GOP candidates down before they even had a chance to st...]]>
An unlikely OK for Kay http://illinoistimes.com/article-14447-an-unlikely-ok-for-kay.html An unlikely OK for Kay
 The Illinois Education Association has always leaned more Republican than its Illinois Federation of Teachers counterpart, but at least one of the IEA’s endorsements raised a few eyebrows this...]]>
Rauner ruse or candor http://illinoistimes.com/article-14419-rauner-ruse-or-candor.html Rauner ruse or candor
 “We should have billions of dollars every year as part of our budget process … (to) maintain and expand our infrastructure,” Bruce Rauner said last week, according to the Chicago Tribune.R...]]>
Promote the vote http://illinoistimes.com/article-14391-promote-the-vote.html Promote the vote
Some recent Chicago Tribune poll results appear to indicate that support for raising the minimum wage in the state’s largest city may be enough to increase voter turnout for a nonbinding November ba...]]>
Fair share for Edgar?! http://illinoistimes.com/article-14358-fair-share-for-edgar_.html Fair share for Edgar?!
 I’m not sure why, but the surprise appearance by former Gov. Jim Edgar at the Illinois State Fair’s Republican Day last week didn’t generate much media coverage. Despite the fact that Edga...]]>
Feds back off of Ford http://illinoistimes.com/article-14322-feds-back-off-of-ford.html Feds back off of Ford
As you probably know by now, the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago has agreed to drop all felony charges against Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago, and has charged him instead with a simpl...]]>
Positively Pat http://illinoistimes.com/article-14293-positively-pat.html Positively Pat
 Gov. Pat Quinn’s new TV ad is 60 seconds of one positive message after another. “Pat Quinn sees problems, takes action and gets the job done,” the ad claims. “Now, Illinois is making a c...]]>
Frerichs needs to up his game http://illinoistimes.com/article-14268-frerichs-needs-to-up-his-game.html Frerichs needs to up his game
Back in January, state Sen. Michael Frerichs formally kicked off his campaign for Illinois state treasurer and posted a video online touting the fact that he’d ended “free, lifetime health care fo...]]>
Public’s thoughts on Rauner’s economic plan http://illinoistimes.com/article-14231-public%25E2%2580%2599s-thoughts-on-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-economic-plan.html Public’s thoughts on Rauner’s economic plan
 “This morning,” 1,063 respondents were told the evening of July 17 during a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, “Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner released an economic plan for I...]]>
Survey says: Transparency hurts Rauner and Quinn http://illinoistimes.com/article-14203-survey-says-transparency-hurts-rauner-and-quinn.html Survey says: Transparency hurts Rauner and Quinn
A new Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll found Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn 51-39. That’s pretty much the same margin the pollster found for another client a month ago. The...]]>
Illinois Supreme Court rules in favor of retirees http://illinoistimes.com/article-14176-illinois-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-retirees.html Illinois Supreme Court rules in favor of retirees
 In a sweeping 6-1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court last week struck down an attempt to force government retirees to pay more for their subsidized state health insurance. And while nothing is...]]>
They can do what they like; we just don’t like it http://illinoistimes.com/article-14149-they-can-do-what-they-like-we-just-don%25E2%2580%2599t-like-it.html They can do what they like; we just don’t like it
 It occurred to me when I was in Chicago the other day that the media furor about billionaire mogul Donald Trump’s insistence that he be allowed to hang 20-foot-high letters spelling out his na...]]>
Remap petition problems http://illinoistimes.com/article-14121-remap-petition-problems.html Remap petition problems
 Almost 90 percent of the “Yes for Independent Maps” petition entries tossed as invalid by the Illinois State Board of Elections this month were for people who were either not registered to v...]]>
Magic money? Rauner’s state savings http://illinoistimes.com/article-14096-magic-money-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-state-savings.html Magic money? Rauner’s state savings
“Today, I laid out more than $1 billion in structural reforms,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner boasted to his supporters via a blast email last week.Baloney. Rauner’s press conf...]]>
Legislative session rundown http://illinoistimes.com/article-14069-legislative-session-rundown.html Legislative session rundown
 There were lots and of losers during the state legislative session which ended last month. But there were a few winners, so let’s take a look at them.First up, Republican gubernatorial nominee...]]>
The state of the new state budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-14038-the-state-of-the-new-state-budget.html The state of the new state budget
 On the bright side, I suppose you could argue that last week’s budget passed by the General Assembly will lead to the largest tax cut in Illinois history come January, when the 2011 income tax...]]>
Six degrees of Michael Madigan http://illinoistimes.com/article-14010-six-degrees-of-michael-madigan.html Six degrees of Michael Madigan
There’s an old Statehouse saying that House Speaker Michael Madigan cares mostly about two votes each Democratic legislator makes: One to re-elect him Speaker, the other for his chamber’s operatin...]]>
No free rides: taxi vs. ride-share http://illinoistimes.com/article-13964-no-free-rides-taxi-vs-ride-share.html No free rides: taxi vs. ride-share
Every year, we get at least one “corporate fight” in Springfield. Two or more corporations or industries will duke it out over some proposed law change or another. The cable TV industry, for insta...]]>
Paying for the Obama presidential library http://illinoistimes.com/article-13943-paying-for-the-obama-presidential-library.html Paying for the Obama presidential library
It’s been assumed all along that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposal to spend $100 million to help build Barack Obama’s presidential library was designed to put the Republicans on...]]>
The affliction of party affiliation http://illinoistimes.com/article-13914-the-affliction-of-party-affiliation.html The affliction of party affiliation
 I commissioned a We Ask America poll on April 21 of the races for governor, comptroller and treasurer. But I forgot to put the candidates’ party labels in the poll’s questions. The results c...]]>
The Republican battle for backing http://illinoistimes.com/article-13830-the-republican-battle-for-backing.html The Republican battle for backing
 Out of power for a dozen years and hobbled even before that by anti-patronage court rulings, the state’s Republican Party infrastructure has all but collapsed.So, part of GOP gubernatorial nom...]]>
Poll numbers on Madigan http://illinoistimes.com/article-13804-poll-numbers-on-madigan.html Poll numbers on Madigan
 A poll taken for Rasmussen Reports earlier this month found that Gov. Pat Quinn’s unfavorable rating was 55 percent. That’s pretty darned bad, and perhaps the worst in the nation. But G...]]>
Mike Madigan, media hound http://illinoistimes.com/article-13775-mike-madigan-media-hound.html Mike Madigan, media hound
A long time ago I asked Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan why he never golfed at his golf outing fundraisers.Madigan explained that he was a terrible golfer (he’s since improved, I’m told). I...]]>
Madigan and Rauner tool up http://illinoistimes.com/article-13737-madigan-and-rauner-tool-up.html Madigan and Rauner tool up
 Worries about low Democratic turnout in an off-year election for an unpopular governor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s millions in campaign spending are obviously driving...]]>
Gov’s budget proposal http://illinoistimes.com/article-13703-gov%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-proposal.html Gov’s budget proposal
 It turns out that the governor and the two Democratic legislative leaders met privately for at least several days to negotiate details of Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget address.The highly unusual mov...]]>
A more perfect union for Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-13672-a-more-perfect-union-for-rauner.html A more perfect union for Rauner
 It didn’t take long for Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner to drop the word “unions” from his vocabulary.After bashing public employee union leaders for months as corrupt bosses...]]>
On rumors and Rutherford http://illinoistimes.com/article-13631-on-rumors-and-rutherford.html On rumors and Rutherford
 Way back in 1992, I did a story about Dan Rutherford’s first run for the Illinois House of Representatives.The House Democrats back then were quietly spreading rumors about Rutherford’s priv...]]>
Gov. speaks after anti-violence program audit http://illinoistimes.com/article-13603-gov-speaks-after-anti-violence-program-audit.html Gov. speaks after anti-violence program audit
“There was no money allocated at all before the election of 2010,” Gov. Pat Quinn told Chicago TV reporter Charles Thomas about allegations that the governor had spent millions in state anti-viole...]]>
Quinn’s anti-violence program mess http://illinoistimes.com/article-13571-quinn%25E2%2580%2599s-anti-violence-program-mess.html Quinn’s anti-violence program mess
 Some Illinois Legislative Black Caucus members are saying “I told you so” in the wake of a stunning state Auditor General’s investigation into misspending, waste and possibly even fraud in...]]>
Dillard reaching for Rauner’s spot http://illinoistimes.com/article-13543-dillard-reaching-for-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-spot.html Dillard reaching for Rauner’s spot
 Illinois state Sen. Kirk Dillard told Chicago radio station WLS-AM last week that Republican county chairmen ought to try and get Bill Brady and/or Dan Rutherford out of the governor’s race so...]]>