IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Thu, 29 Jun 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Rauner goes over reporters’ heads again http://illinoistimes.com/article-18845-rauner-goes-over-reporters%25E2%2580%2599-heads-again.html Rauner goes over reporters’ heads again
Gov. Bruce Rauner regularly attempts to “go over the heads” of the news media and talk directly to the public without any journalistic filters. Usually for people in his particular position, that�...]]>
Fear and loathing at the Statehouse http://illinoistimes.com/article-18822-fear-and-loathing-at-the-statehouse.html Fear and loathing at the Statehouse
One of the hottest rumors making the rounds among Statehouse types last week was that the governor and/or the Illinois Republican Party will be sending “trackers” to Springfield for the upcoming s...]]>
An irresistible force vs. an immovable object http://illinoistimes.com/article-18796-an-irresistible-force-vs-an-immovable-object.html An irresistible force vs. an immovable object
 As we’ve all seen over the past several months, Gov. Bruce Rauner is adamantly refusing to provide any help whatsoever to Chicago, which is struggling mightily under the weight of years of fis...]]>
Is K-12 the key to getting this done? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18766-is-k-12-the-key-to-getting-this-done.html Is K-12 the key to getting this done?
House Speaker Michael Madigan was his usual self during the final week of the General Assembly’s spring session, passing bills to make one point or another, but not actually accomplishing anything.B...]]>
Why Rauner won’t stop talking about his property tax freeze http://illinoistimes.com/article-18733-why-rauner-won%25E2%2580%2599t-stop-talking-about-his-property-tax-freeze.html Why Rauner won’t stop talking about his property tax freeze
 A new statewide poll finds that strong opposition to an income tax hike to solve the state’s budget problems significantly eases when the tax increase is coupled with a property tax freeze.Tha...]]>
This is the wrong hill to die on http://illinoistimes.com/article-18716-this-is-the-wrong-hill-to-die-on.html This is the wrong hill to die on
 Democrats have been privately grumbling for a while now that Gov. Bruce Rauner isn’t truly interested in good faith negotiations on a balanced budget with economic reforms to end the two-and-a...]]>
A good time apparently wasn’t had by all http://illinoistimes.com/article-18681-a-good-time-apparently-wasn%25E2%2580%2599t-had-by-all.html A good time apparently wasn’t had by all
The thin-skinned, strong-arm Statehouse partisanship of the past two and a half years reached out and infected the Illinois Conference of Women Legislators’ annual fundraising gala last week.COWL is...]]>
Kennedy’s best and perhaps only path http://illinoistimes.com/article-18656-kennedy%25E2%2580%2599s-best-and-perhaps-only-path.html Kennedy’s best and perhaps only path
 Illinois has elected just two wealthy people to major statewide office in the last 20 years: Former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald and Gov. Bruce Rauner.Both candidates won because they ran as firm,...]]>
A meeting that shouldn’t have been news http://illinoistimes.com/article-18612-a-meeting-that-shouldn%25E2%2580%2599t-have-been-news.html A meeting that shouldn’t have been news
 In normal times, a 40-minute, late-April meeting to talk about the budget between a governor and the House Speaker would be so routine that it would likely go unnoticed by pretty much everyone u...]]>
Two more Illinois universities downgraded to junk bond ratings http://illinoistimes.com/article-18593-two-more-illinois-universities-downgraded-to-junk-bond-ratings.html Two more Illinois universities downgraded to junk bond ratings
Congratulations, everybody! Illinois now has five public universities with junk bond credit ratings. That has to be some kind of record.Last week, S&P Global Ratings lowered the credit score of bo...]]>
Tuning up the band http://illinoistimes.com/article-18568-tuning-up-the-band.html Tuning up the band
 As you know by now, Gov. Bruce Rauner toured the state for two days last week. He denied that the tour had anything to do with the 2018 election, but it was pretty darned clear that he and his t...]]>
Our dishonest debates http://illinoistimes.com/article-18541-our-dishonest-debates.html Our dishonest debates
I suppose it’s too much to expect that we get an honest debate about the need for more state revenues in the already active gubernatorial race. Candidates will be candidates and voters will be voter...]]>
Does Rauner really want a deal? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18494-does-rauner-really-want-a-deal.html Does Rauner really want a deal?
 As the Senate’s two leaders tried again to find the votes to pass their “grand bargain” last week to end the state’s two-year governmental gridlock, Gov. Rauner began spending more than...]]>
This is basically fraud http://illinoistimes.com/article-18468-this-is-basically-fraud.html This is basically fraud
I’ve been going to Statehouse committee hearings longer than I care to remember – something like 27 years. Last week, however, was the first time I can ever recall having to fight back tears durin...]]>
Rauner almost catches Madigan’s ratings http://illinoistimes.com/article-18443-rauner-almost-catches-madigan%25E2%2580%2599s-ratings.html Rauner almost catches Madigan’s ratings
 You may have heard about a recent Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll which found that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s job disapproval ratings have almost doubled in the past two years, from 31 percen...]]>
Huge power grab or major legal stretch? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18414-huge-power-grab-or-major-legal-stretch.html Huge power grab or major legal stretch?
If Attorney General Lisa Madigan succeeds in convincing the Illinois Supreme Court to consider ordering the state to stop paying employees without an appropriation and the governor’s legal team uses...]]>
Rauner and sugar both unpopular here http://illinoistimes.com/article-18389-rauner-and-sugar-both-unpopular-here.html Rauner and sugar both unpopular here
 According to a recent poll, Gov. Bruce Rauner is a whole lot less popular than a one-cent-per-ounce state sales tax on sugary drinks.The poll of 800 registered voters taken Feb. 15-20 for the Am...]]>
Emulate Trump at your peril http://illinoistimes.com/article-18359-emulate-trump-at-your-peril.html Emulate Trump at your peril
If you’re running for office anytime soon or if you currently hold office or are a “public figure,” please try to keep one thing in mind: So far, the only person to prove he can thrive by talkin...]]>
Charlie Brown’s football http://illinoistimes.com/article-18334-charlie-brown%25E2%2580%2599s-football.html Charlie Brown’s football
 Before Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address last week, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno made a rare visit to the Senate Democratic caucus meeting.Radogno assured the Democrats that she...]]>
The dire consequences of continued inaction http://illinoistimes.com/article-18298-the-dire-consequences-of-continued-inaction.html The dire consequences of continued inaction
You may have read a news story or two about the latest blistering report from New York-based S&P Global Ratings about Illinois’ fiscal and economic woes.But it’s far more brutal than anything...]]>
The root of ‘leadership’ is ‘lead’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-18263-the-root-of-%25E2%2580%2598leadership%25E2%2580%2599-is-%25E2%2580%2598lead%25E2%2580%2599.html The root of ‘leadership’ is ‘lead’
The latest Illinois credit rating downgrade from Fitch Ratings is chock full of phrases that could be used in the next campaign cycle against the governor and other incumbents.The one that’s made th...]]>
Timing and the governor’s ‘leverage’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-18240-timing-and-the-governor%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598leverage%25E2%2580%2599.html Timing and the governor’s ‘leverage’
Question the timing all you want, but last week’s legal filing by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to stop paying state employee wages without an official appropriation is long overdue and is completel...]]>
Ambition isn’t always blind http://illinoistimes.com/article-18215-ambition-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-always-blind.html Ambition isn’t always blind
On a fairly regular basis back in the day, state Sen. Barack Obama would walk up to the Senate press box and bum cigarettes off me. That was when people could smoke in the Senate chambers and back whe...]]>
A study in contrasts http://illinoistimes.com/article-18183-a-study-in-contrasts.html A study in contrasts
If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats’ nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan’s reelection last week, it would be either “defensive” or perhaps “joyless.”The s...]]>
This Madigan stuff isn’t just a tactic http://illinoistimes.com/article-18159-this-madigan-stuff-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-just-a-tactic.html This Madigan stuff isn’t just a tactic
 Back in December, Gov. Bruce Rauner was asked by a Chicago TV reporter if he planned to run for reelection. Rauner said he wasn’t focused on such things.Just three days later, Gov. Rauner...]]>
Illinois is in danger of becoming a failed state http://illinoistimes.com/article-18139-illinois-is-in-danger-of-becoming-a-failed-state.html Illinois is in danger of becoming a failed state
Let’s take a look at headlines from just one day in December:– The state’s bill backlog tops $11.3 billion as the political impasse preventing a budget deal drags on.– Chicago’s murder rate...]]>
Expect nastiness long before 2018 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18079-expect-nastiness-long-before-2018.html Expect nastiness long before 2018
“This will be the most expensive race of our lifetime,” a Republican friend assured me last week about the apparently already begun 2018 gubernatorial campaign.If Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritz...]]>
Don’t hold your breath http://illinoistimes.com/article-18051-don%25E2%2580%2599t-hold-your-breath.html Don’t hold your breath
 Top folks in the governor’s office said they didn’t quite understand last week why the Senate Democrats and House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman were so upset with them about cancelin...]]>
Rauner was looking for any excuse to veto CPS bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-18023-rauner-was-looking-for-any-excuse-to-veto-cps-bill.html Rauner was looking for any excuse to veto CPS bill
As Senate President John Cullerton sees it, Gov. Bruce Rauner “needed an excuse” to veto a bill last week that would’ve given the Chicago Public Schools $215 million for its June 30th ...]]>
Where’s the plan? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17963-where%25E2%2580%2599s-the-plan.html Where’s the plan?
On election night, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan started making his usual post-election calls to his Democratic members asking for their support for his own reelection as Speaker. But at leas...]]>