IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Fri, 30 Sep 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 The transformation is almost complete http://illinoistimes.com/article-17759-the-transformation-is-almost-complete.html The transformation is almost complete
 Since his inauguration, Gov. Bruce Rauner has consciously aped Washington, D.C.’s notoriously noxious battle to “win” the daily media spin cycle. Rauner has a set base of talking points ba...]]>
What’s keeping Democrats awake at night? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17735-what%25E2%2580%2599s-keeping-democrats-awake-at-night.html What’s keeping Democrats awake at night?
The Republicans have been saying behind the scenes that they have put four Democratic state Senators “on the bubble” – Tom Cullerton in DuPage County, Melinda Bush in Lake County, Jennifer Berti...]]>
Putting Rauner’s money into perspective http://illinoistimes.com/article-17688-putting-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-money-into-perspective.html Putting Rauner’s money into perspective
 The Washington Post published a story the other day entitled “Meet the wealthy donors who are pouring millions into the 2016 elections.”The paper listed the top ten national donors to so-cal...]]>
Unfair politics over fair maps http://illinoistimes.com/article-17663-unfair-politics-over-fair-maps.html Unfair politics over fair maps
 Whenever you see a statement from the Democratic Party of Illinois, you can feel supremely confident that House Speaker Michael Madigan, the party’s longtime chairman, approves of the sentimen...]]>
Tougher penalties for gun crimes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17643-tougher-penalties-for-gun-crimes.html Tougher penalties for gun crimes
Gov. Rauner said last week that he has never spoken with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or any legislators about a much-anticipated proposal to toughen penalties for gun crimes. “I’ve not discussed th...]]>
Bradley’s TV ad reminiscent of ‘Willie Horton’ ad http://illinoistimes.com/article-17594-bradley%25E2%2580%2599s-tv-ad-reminiscent-of-%25E2%2580%2598willie-horton%25E2%2580%2599-ad.html Bradley’s TV ad reminiscent of ‘Willie Horton’ ad
 Gov. Bruce Rauner announced early last year that he wants the state to reduce its prison population by 25 percent over 10 years. He has since signed numerous pieces of legislation during the pas...]]>
Term limits ad already tops one million dollars http://illinoistimes.com/article-17580-term-limits-ad-already-tops-one-million-dollars.html Term limits ad already tops one million dollars
An organization controlled by Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent a million dollars on a new television ad promoting legislative term limits in a little over a week. And that’s just for starters.Turnaround...]]>
Voter suppression? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17555-voter-suppression.html Voter suppression?
Is Illinois the next state to deal with “voter suppression”? Maybe, depending how you look at it.You may know that a conservative group filed a federal lawsuit last week to stop Illinois’ electi...]]>
Madigan ignored his own unpopularity http://illinoistimes.com/article-17534-madigan-ignored-his-own-unpopularity.html Madigan ignored his own unpopularity
 “Do you think he knows what he’s doing?” asked a top Republican last week about House Speaker Michael Madigan’s high-profile role at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.Ma...]]>
The tables have turned http://illinoistimes.com/article-17497-the-tables-have-turned.html The tables have turned
During the second quarter of 2012, the Illinois House Republican Organization’s largest reported campaign expenditure was a $12,612 payment to the Internal Revenue Service. Indeed, six of HRO’s te...]]>
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...]]>