IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Thu, 24 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Rough road for Rutherford http://illinoistimes.com/article-13515-rough-road-for-rutherford.html Rough road for Rutherford
 Treasurer Dan Rutherford delivered a forceful, even believable defense of himself last week during a suburban press conference hours after he was hit with a federal lawsuit alleging sexual haras...]]>
A hitch in Rutherford’s race for governor http://illinoistimes.com/article-13484-a-hitch-in-rutherford%25E2%2580%2599s-race-for-governor.html A hitch in Rutherford’s race for governor
 One of the reasons why people near Treasurer Dan Rutherford are so nervous these days is because of the possibility that other employees might come out of the woodwork with even more allegations...]]>
Quinn in deep hole http://illinoistimes.com/article-13455-quinn-in-deep-hole.html Quinn in deep hole
 Without a doubt, the most overlooked aspect of Bruce Rauner’s multimillion-dollar TV ad buy has been his advertising campaign’s repeated attacks on Gov. Pat Quinn.“Career politicians are r...]]>
Topinka captures AFL-CIO endorsement http://illinoistimes.com/article-13430-topinka-captures-afl-cio-endorsement.html Topinka captures AFL-CIO endorsement
 I don’t think I’ve seen a Republican – or just about any candidate of any stripe – work as hard for an AFL-CIO endorsement than Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka did.She assiduously courted ...]]>
After a bad week, Rauner still on top http://illinoistimes.com/article-13393-after-a-bad-week-rauner-still-on-top.html After a bad week, Rauner still on top
A solid week of horribly negative media coverage of Bruce Rauner was apparently outweighed by lots and lots of television ads because his numbers are still rising. A new Capitol Fax/We Ask America pol...]]>
Minimum wage woes on campaign trail http://illinoistimes.com/article-13373-minimum-wage-woes-on-campaign-trail.html Minimum wage woes on campaign trail
 If Bruce Rauner manages to successfully back away from his recently unearthed statement from December that he favored reducing the state’s minimum wage by a dollar an hour he will have dodged...]]>
Big business and Madigan business http://illinoistimes.com/article-13257-big-business-and-madigan-business.html Big business and Madigan business
House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman said last week that his boss’ statement opposing further corporate “handouts” basically “speaks for itself.” But does it? Madigan...]]>
Plays for governor http://illinoistimes.com/article-13224-plays-for-governor.html Plays for governor
 By now, it should be self evident that Bruce Rauner has locked up pretty much all the big money in the Republican primary race for governor. Last week’s pension reform vote provides even more...]]>
Unions mull endorsement options http://illinoistimes.com/article-13166-unions-mull-endorsement-options.html Unions mull endorsement options
 Illinois union leaders are reportedly mulling several options about what to do in the governor’s race. But the only thing the leaders appear to agree on so far is that anti-union Republican ga...]]>
Recent numbers on governor’s race http://illinoistimes.com/article-13125-recent-numbers-on-governor%25E2%2580%2599s-race.html Recent numbers on governor’s race
Back in mid-August, near the end of his summertime TV advertising blitz, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner scored 14 percent in a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll of likely GOP primary vo...]]>
The passage of the Illinois gay marriage bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-13102-the-passage-of-the-illinois-gay-marriage-bill.html The passage of the Illinois gay marriage bill
 Perhaps the biggest loser in last Tuesday’s historic passage of a gay marriage bill in Springfield was the National Organization for Marriage.The group, based in Washington, D.C., has been at...]]>
Miller on Madigan http://illinoistimes.com/article-13072-miller-on-madigan.html Miller on Madigan
 The rich irony of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan denouncing somebody else for attempting to be a “kingmaker” is so obvious and laughable that I can’t help but wonder why a guy who�...]]>
Gunning for legislation http://illinoistimes.com/article-13039-gunning-for-legislation.html Gunning for legislation
Back when Richard M. Daley was Chicago’s mayor, hizzoner would hold a big, splashy press conference every year with cops and prosecutors and crime victims to unveil his new state gun control legisla...]]>
Money matters http://illinoistimes.com/article-13009-money-matters.html Money matters
 Let’s take a quick look at the campaign finance disclosure reports filed last week by some of the statewide candidates, shall we?• Bill Brady – It goes without saying that the mere $66,104...]]>
Rundown on Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-12972-rundown-on-rauner.html Rundown on Rauner
 Bruce Rauner has closer ties to top Democrats in this state and nation than many Democrats do, is pro-choice and reluctant to say where he stands on gay marriage, so you wouldn’t think he’d ...]]>
Quinn vows to veto ADM, cites pension reform ‘issue of a lifetime’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-12943-quinn-vows-to-veto-adm-cites-pension-reform-%25E2%2580%2598issue-of-a-lifetime%25E2%2580%2599.html Quinn vows to veto ADM, cites pension reform ‘issue of a lifetime’
 Gov. Pat Quinn refused to say for several days whether he’d support a $1.2 million a year tax break for Archer Daniels Midland to move 100 jobs out of Decatur and open up a world headquarters ...]]>
Why Quinn is appealing http://illinoistimes.com/article-12915-why-quinn-is-appealing.html Why Quinn is appealing
 A bipartisan chorus seemed to rise as one last week to urge Gov. Pat Quinn not to appeal a ruling by a Cook County judge. The judge ruled that the governor had violated the state Constitution wh...]]>
The right stuff - Looking at GOP gubernatorial candidate running mates http://illinoistimes.com/article-12890-the-right-stuff.html The right stuff - Looking at GOP gubernatorial candidate running mates
For a moment, let’s flash back to a poll I commissioned last month. The Aug. 13 Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll surveyed 1,102 likely Republican primary voters.The poll found that 74 percent of ...]]>
Tweaking pension reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-12867-tweaking-pension-reform.html Tweaking pension reform
Several members of the Illinois General Assembly’s special pension reform committee told me last week that they believed a final proposal would emerge within the next week to 10 days. The confer...]]>
Raymond Poe keeps the peace by bowing out http://illinoistimes.com/article-12810-raymond-poe-keeps-the-peace-by-bowing-out.html Raymond Poe keeps the peace by bowing out
After the House Republican caucus meeting last week, several members gathered at a local watering hole to toast their new leader, Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs.Notably, several House Republicans ...]]>
Rauner's race for governor http://illinoistimes.com/article-12784-rauners-race-for-governor.html Rauner's race for governor
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has focused like a laser on his absolute disgust with public employee unions like AFSCME, the Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers. The wealthy former business executive claims the unions are the root of most of Illinois’ problems and has decried the “corrupting” influence of their campaign cash on ...]]>