IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Mon, 23 Oct 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 What goes around, comes around http://illinoistimes.com/article-19271-what-goes-around-comes-around.html What goes around, comes around
 Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign fund transferred $4.45 million to the Illinois Republican Party to bankroll a new effort to focus voters’ attention on House Speaker Michael Madigan.T...]]>
The 2017 exodus http://illinoistimes.com/article-19238-the-2017-exodus.html The 2017 exodus
 If it seems to you that more legislators are announcing their retirements than in the past, you’re right, at least about the House.With last week’s retirement announcement by Rep. David Harr...]]>
The governor’s credibility problem http://illinoistimes.com/article-19218-the-governor%25E2%2580%2599s-credibility-problem.html The governor’s credibility problem
One reason why Gov. Bruce Rauner promised to veto HB40 last spring was to prevent a House Republican revolt on the state budget.The bill deletes a so-called “trigger” provision in current law whic...]]>
We need a capital bill, but don’t hold your breath http://illinoistimes.com/article-19194-we-need-a-capital-bill-but-don%25E2%2580%2599t-hold-your-breath.html We need a capital bill, but don’t hold your breath
 The four leaders met last week, but didn’t appear to accomplish much of anything.It was Sen. Bill Brady’s first leaders’ meeting since his chamber officially confirmed him as the Senate Re...]]>
Two female pioneers announce retirement http://illinoistimes.com/article-19154-two-female-pioneers-announce-retirement.html Two female pioneers announce retirement
 Late last Thursday night I was chasing a story about the rumored retirement of state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, Illinois’ first female House Majority Leader, when I got a text message from a h...]]>
Despite the process, they passed a decent law http://illinoistimes.com/article-19136-despite-the-process-they-passed-a-decent-law.html Despite the process, they passed a decent law
Lost in much of the hoopla over the process of passing school funding reform through the Illinois General Assembly is the fact that this is a pretty darned good and far-reaching bill.While this legisl...]]>
On to the next Illinois crisis http://illinoistimes.com/article-19098-on-to-the-next-illinois-crisis.html On to the next Illinois crisis
 It’s been clear for decades that the way Illinois funds its public schools has been wrong-headed. But finding a solution has eluded everyone who has tried. Until now.Gov. Jim Edgar thoroughly...]]>
Behind Rauner’s brags on the economy http://illinoistimes.com/article-19082-behind-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-brags-on-the-economy.html Behind Rauner’s brags on the economy
 After years of harshly bad-mouthing the state’s economy, Gov. Bruce Rauner has pivoted in the past couple of weeks as the campaign season has heated up.“I’m proud since I became governor,�...]]>
Can the governor bring himself to cut a deal? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19054-can-the-governor-bring-himself-to-cut-a-deal.html Can the governor bring himself to cut a deal?
 Gov. Bruce Rauner has said for the past several days that he’s open to just about any sort of compromise in order to get school funding reform signed into law.For example, he recently told Ama...]]>
Get back to the Senate’s original bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-19011-get-back-to-the-senate%25E2%2580%2599s-original-bill.html Get back to the Senate’s original bill
 Chicago has vast property wealth and the largest population by far in Illinois. But it also has a large amount of that property wealth locked up in Tax Increment Financing districts.According to...]]>
SB1 work was just tossed out the window http://illinoistimes.com/article-18994-sb1-work-was-just-tossed-out-the-window.html SB1 work was just tossed out the window
The education funding reform bill which passed the House and Senate in May and was finally sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk in July was the product of four years of research, endless listening tours...]]>
No plan yet to pass a bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-18964-no-plan-yet-to-pass-a-bill.html No plan yet to pass a bill
 During the lead-up to the recent special legislative session over the state budget and a tax hike, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s staff studied whether their boss had the power to force legislators to at...]]>
Inside the Rauner staff shakeup http://illinoistimes.com/article-18940-inside-the-rauner-staff-shakeup.html Inside the Rauner staff shakeup
In the end, Mike “Z” Zolnierowicz had only one choice. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top political lieutenant, the man everyone calls “Z” who was most responsible for winning the 2014 Republican prima...]]>
The bane of their existence http://illinoistimes.com/article-18916-the-bane-of-their-existence.html The bane of their existence
 After Gov. Bruce Rauner hired Illinois Policy Institute president Kristina Rasmussen as his new chief of staff, I reached out to one of the House Republicans who voted to override the governor�...]]>
Nothing ended last week http://illinoistimes.com/article-18892-nothing-ended-last-week.html Nothing ended last week
After years of ugly gridlock and weeks of groups and political leaders whipping up an already disgusted populace over a 1.2 percentage point income tax increase, lots of legislators were understandabl...]]>
Christine Radogno: A class act, through and through http://illinoistimes.com/article-18869-christine-radogno-a-class-act-through-and-through.html Christine Radogno: A class act, through and through
 Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno was the first-ever female leader of a state legislative caucus in Illinois. That alone puts her in the history books.But she’s also a decent human be...]]>
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...]]>