IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Wed, 04 May 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Not working, not winning http://illinoistimes.com/article-16826-not-working-not-winning.html Not working, not winning
 President Barack Obama seemed to admit almost right from the start of his address to the Illinois General Assembly last week about the need for a more civil politics that he probably wouldn’t...]]>
Continued chaos http://illinoistimes.com/article-16798-continued-chaos.html Continued chaos
Last week a reporter said to Gov. Bruce Rauner that Secretary of State Jesse White had suggested that Rauner bring in former governors, including George Ryan, to help break the long governmental impas...]]>
Free to be Bruce http://illinoistimes.com/article-16766-free-to-be-bruce.html Free to be Bruce
 Every time Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a major speech, social media (and even mass media) lights him up over the way he drops his “g’s” at the end of words. He’s workin’ and doin’ his be...]]>
Rauner, Cullerton triangulate Madigan http://illinoistimes.com/article-16735-rauner-cullerton-triangulate-madigan.html Rauner, Cullerton triangulate Madigan
Gov. Bruce Rauner blew a perfect opportunity last week to finally drive a public wedge between Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan, clearly put Madigan on the defensive,...]]>
‘Governor 1.4 Percent’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-16701-%25E2%2580%2598governor-14-percent%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘Governor 1.4 Percent’
 A lot of folks have taken to calling Bruce Rauner “Governor 1 Percent” because of his immense personal wealth. Gov. Rauner himself told the Chicago Sun-Times during the 2014 campaign that he...]]>
New year, new attitude http://illinoistimes.com/article-16677-new-year-new-attitude.html New year, new attitude
“He has taught us how to deal with him,” explained one top official in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration when asked why the governor has once again cranked up his public criticism of Illinois H...]]>
Legislative competition up for 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16573-legislative-competition-up-for-2016.html Legislative competition up for 2016
 One of the realities of Illinois legislative politics is that our state’s system tends to discourage competition. Byzantine ballot access laws, a highly partisan legislative district map-drawi...]]>
Madigan’s tax-hike gaffe http://illinoistimes.com/article-16554-madigan%25E2%2580%2599s-tax-hike-gaffe.html Madigan’s tax-hike gaffe
 One of the concepts used so effectively by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign last year was what are called “OODA Loops.” I’m going to oversimplify because of space, but the idea, developed by...]]>
Should the Cook County Democratic Party consider a state’s attorney endorsement? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16525-should-the-cook-county-democratic-party-consider-a-state%25E2%2580%2599s-attorney-endorsement.html Should the Cook County Democratic Party consider a state’s attorney endorsement?
With growing numbers of black and Latino politicians calling for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign, it’s probably time for the county’s Democratic Party leaders to rethink the...]]>
The state must step up http://illinoistimes.com/article-16495-the-state-must-step-up.html The state must step up
 Here’s what the Chicago Police Department told the media after Laquan McDonald was killed by a police officer 13 months ago: A drug-addled black kid lunged at a cop with a knife and was then s...]]>
Divided they could fall http://illinoistimes.com/article-16471-divided-they-could-fall.html Divided they could fall
Earlier this month when the General Assembly was in Springfield, House Speaker Michael Madigan called Senate President John Cullerton six different times to ask him to move the child care program rest...]]>
Rough week for Madigan http://illinoistimes.com/article-16429-rough-week-for-madigan.html Rough week for Madigan
 “He seems so done with it all,” said one top Republican earlier last week about House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. “He hates this,” said a close Durkin pal not long afterward.The overti...]]>
Budget negotiation is all in the details http://illinoistimes.com/article-16400-budget-negotiation-is-all-in-the-details.html Budget negotiation is all in the details
The concept of a public meeting on Nov. 18 by the four legislative leaders and the governor sounds nice, but will it actually move the ball forward and break the months-long governmental imp...]]>
Prevailing wage debate rooted in ideology http://illinoistimes.com/article-16373-prevailing-wage-debate-rooted-in-ideology.html Prevailing wage debate rooted in ideology
 For months now, Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he won’t negotiate a state budget unless his “Turnaround Agenda” demands are met. In the meantime, he has slashed funding for the child care assi...]]>
Republicans ‘winning,’ according to Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-16335-republicans-%25E2%2580%2598winning%25E2%2580%2599-according-to-rauner.html Republicans ‘winning,’ according to Rauner
 Gov. Bruce Rauner took it on the chin for several days in a row this month.The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s recent poll of southern Illinoisans showed Rauner’s approval rating absolu...]]>
Building resentment over a building sale http://illinoistimes.com/article-16314-building-resentment-over-a-building-sale.html Building resentment over a building sale
 Gov. Bruce Rauner said last week that he had spoken with both Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan about his proposed sale of the state’s Thompson Center building...]]>
An intensely political problem http://illinoistimes.com/article-16273-an-intensely-political-problem.html An intensely political problem
 Last year, gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner pledged to “crack down on waste” in government in order to save taxpayers over $140 million. He also vowed to cut $500 million from the Illino...]]>
A Statehouse divided http://illinoistimes.com/article-16235-a-statehouse-divided.html A Statehouse divided
 The Illinois Senate had been scheduled to return to Springfield on Oct. 6 after not being in session since Sept. 9. But last week the Senate President postponed session until Oct....]]>
Poll, speech heighten partisan divide http://illinoistimes.com/article-16217-poll-speech-heighten-partisan-divide.html Poll, speech heighten partisan divide
A poll and a speech may have hardened positions even further on both sides of the highly partisan and bitter state government impasse.The speech, by Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, you likely already...]]>
What to say about an $8.5-billion backlog? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16156-what-to-say-about-an-%252485-billion-backlog.html What to say about an $8.5-billion backlog?
As you probably know already, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger said last week that the state government’s backlog of unpaid bills will hit $8.5 billion by the end of December, up from about $6 bil...]]>
Dunking the Democrats http://illinoistimes.com/article-16109-dunking-the-democrats.html Dunking the Democrats
 There was a reason why state Rep. Esther Golar (D-Chicago) showed up late for session last Wednesday.She’s been quite ill. Unbeknownst to many of her colleagues, Rep. Golar was brought into th...]]>