IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Thu, 27 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Nobody is a sure thing in Rauner administration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14766-nobody-is-a-sure-thing-in-rauner-administration.html Nobody is a sure thing in Rauner administration
 Whenever a new governor is about to be sworn in, one of the most popular Springfield “parlor” games (which are usually not played in parlors, but in taverns, restaurants and friendly offices...]]>
Will Rauner compromise or compete with Madigan? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14737-will-rauner-compromise-or-compete-with-madigan.html Will Rauner compromise or compete with Madigan?
Last December, Bruce Rauner appeared on a WLS Radio talk show program and revealed that he planned to form a new campaign committee to counter the power of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.“We...]]>
Money, message, mug vital to Rauner victory http://illinoistimes.com/article-14706-money-message-mug-vital-to-rauner-victory.html Money, message, mug vital to Rauner victory
 Bruce Rauner out-performed his fellow Republican Bill Brady’s 2010 gubernatorial election performance in every region of the state last week. As I write this, with less than half a percent of ...]]>
A two-faced race http://illinoistimes.com/article-14676-a-two-faced-race.html A two-faced race
Some of you will read this column before the election, and some of you will read it after. I suppose I could’ve written two columns, but I’ve been kinda busy, so let’s talk about one of the weir...]]>
The demotion of Dave McKinney http://illinoistimes.com/article-14638-the-demotion-of-dave-mckinney.html The demotion of Dave McKinney
 Perhaps the worst thing to happen to journalism over the years is its simplistic overreliance on the mere “appearance of impropriety” to justify big, splashy stories.No actual wrongdoing nee...]]>
Union shells out big bucks to defeat Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-14624-union-shells-out-big-bucks-to-defeat-rauner.html Union shells out big bucks to defeat Rauner
I wasn’t hugely surprised when Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers contributed $30,000 to the Illinois Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor, Chad Grimm, earlier this ...]]>
Rauner’s tax fantasy doesn’t add up http://illinoistimes.com/article-14596-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-tax-fantasy-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-add-up.html Rauner’s tax fantasy doesn’t add up
 The most important question asked of Bruce Rauner during last week’s gubernatorial debate in Peoria was posed by Jamey Dunn-Thomason of Illinois Issues.My pal pointed out that Kansas Gov. Sam...]]>
The shape of Illinois leadership to come http://illinoistimes.com/article-14568-the-shape-of-illinois-leadership-to-come.html The shape of Illinois leadership to come
 OK, so what we’re gonna do today is discuss some congressional races that you may or may not care about in order to talk about the governor’s race, which you probably do care about since you...]]>
And the race continues http://illinoistimes.com/article-14537-and-the-race-continues.html And the race continues
 Just a quick note to Bruce Rauner: The next time you try to claim that Gov. Pat Quinn is “personally” under federal investigation (an allegation that, as far as anyone can tell, is not true)...]]>
Grumpy ole Bruce needs a boost http://illinoistimes.com/article-14511-grumpy-ole-bruce-needs-a-boost.html Grumpy ole Bruce needs a boost
Bruce Rauner reportedly had one of those bugs that were going around last week. I feel his pain. I was sick with one thing or another all week. Luckily, I took a little time off, or I’d probably hav...]]>
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...]]>