IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Thu, 28 May 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 No positive news from the Statehouse http://illinoistimes.com/article-15554-no-positive-news-from-the-statehouse.html No positive news from the Statehouse
 I spent the better part of last Wednesday asking folks around the Statehouse if they had anything positive to tell me. I went looking for anything that might indicate a silver lining to this inc...]]>
House Dems force tight hand for Republicans on right to work bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-15529-house-dems-force-tight-hand-for-republicans-on-right-to-work-bill.html House Dems force tight hand for Republicans on right to work bill
Gov. Bruce Rauner had several House Republicans over to the Executive Mansion last week to ask them to vote “Present” when the House Democrats called their “right to work” bill the following d...]]>
Rauner’s secret, legislative ‘working groups’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-15489-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-secret-legislative-%25E2%2580%2598working-groups%25E2%2580%2599.html Rauner’s secret, legislative ‘working groups’
 I recently obtained a document distributed by the governor’s office detailing the membership list and meeting times and locations of the secret state legislative “working groups.” The gove...]]>
Rauner’s term limit tango http://illinoistimes.com/article-15460-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-term-limit-tango.html Rauner’s term limit tango
The new legislative “working groups” designed to hammer out compromises on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” finally began meeting in secret last week. At least one of them got a bit h...]]>
Speaker Madigan’s peculiar new habit http://illinoistimes.com/article-15432-speaker-madigan%25E2%2580%2599s-peculiar-new-habit.html Speaker Madigan’s peculiar new habit
 A couple of weeks ago, I started noticing that House Speaker Michael Madigan wasn’t voting on most legislation during his chamber’s floor debates. Madigan was feeling under the weather that ...]]>
A new way to punish and reward http://illinoistimes.com/article-15398-a-new-way-to-punish-and-reward.html A new way to punish and reward
Gov. Bruce Rauner devised a new way to reward his friends and punish his enemies on April 16 when he created a campaign committee called “Illinois Turnaround.” Illinois Turnaround is an independen...]]>
Dissecting Schock’s downfall http://illinoistimes.com/article-15297-dissecting-schock%25E2%2580%2599s-downfall.html Dissecting Schock’s downfall
 Congressman Aaron Schock’s resignation is not only a blow to national Republicans, for whom Schock raised millions, but also to Illinois Republicans.Just eight weeks ago, Schock was widely bel...]]>
A softer, neo-liberal form of Raunerism http://illinoistimes.com/article-15270-a-softer-neo-liberal-form-of-raunerism.html A softer, neo-liberal form of Raunerism
 A newly formed group of self-described “center-left” Democrats claims to have secured $20 million in commitments to spend on state legislative races here.But that $20 million apparently isn�...]]>
The hidden cost of child care cuts http://illinoistimes.com/article-15230-the-hidden-cost-of-child-care-cuts.html The hidden cost of child care cuts
 Buried deep within Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget plan for next fiscal year is yet another claimed “savings” which may not actually save any money, and could easily wind up costing th...]]>
King Rauner wants carte blanch trust http://illinoistimes.com/article-15214-king-rauner-wants-carte-blanch-trust.html King Rauner wants carte blanch trust
 Gov. Bruce Rauner has met with dozens of state legislators both individually and in small groups since his election. By all accounts, every meeting has been cordial and he has scored lots of poi...]]>
Bruce’s budget address boo-boo http://illinoistimes.com/article-15182-bruce%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-address-boo-boo.html Bruce’s budget address boo-boo
 A rookie mistake has led to some big problems. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton both believed that Gov. Bruce Rauner would ask to postpone the scheduled Feb. 18...]]>
Another reckless, delusional budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-15144-another-reckless-delusional-budget.html Another reckless, delusional budget
After he was elected, but before he was sworn in to office, Bruce Rauner repeatedly lambasted Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislative Democrats for passing a “booby trap” budget that was about to blow...]]>
Rauner’s labor attacks continue http://illinoistimes.com/article-15124-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-labor-attacks-continue.html Rauner’s labor attacks continue
 More than a few Statehouse types have been wondering aloud for weeks what Gov. Bruce Rauner is up to with his almost daily attacks on organized labor. Just what, they ask, is the end game here?H...]]>
A liberated Rauner lets loose http://illinoistimes.com/article-15099-a-liberated-rauner-lets-loose.html A liberated Rauner lets loose
 I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a governor openly and loudly laughed at on the House floor. At least not while he was present.Gov. Bruce Rauner was doing pretty well with his legislative audi...]]>
Legislators looking to move up http://illinoistimes.com/article-15073-legislators-looking-to-move-up.html Legislators looking to move up
 Illinois State Sen. Daniel Biss appears to be the first Democrat to actively float his name for the 2016 special election for state comptroller. The Evanston Democrat is known as a policy wonk a...]]>
Rauner’s promised changes are coming http://illinoistimes.com/article-15040-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-promised-changes-are-coming.html Rauner’s promised changes are coming
Gov. Bruce Rauner didn’t completely close the door to higher taxes last week during a speech at the University of Chicago, but he made it very clear with what he said and what he did that he wants h...]]>
Illinoisans want Statehouse peace http://illinoistimes.com/article-14999-illinoisans-want-statehouse-peace.html Illinoisans want Statehouse peace
 A solid majority of Illinoisans want newly inaugurated Gov. Bruce Rauner to find common ground with the Democratic legislative majority rather than be confrontational, a new poll finds. However,...]]>
Lessons from the comptroller battle http://illinoistimes.com/article-14979-lessons-from-the-comptroller-battle.html Lessons from the comptroller battle
We have likely received an early lesson in how the upcoming spring state legislative session will play itself out with new Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and a Democratic General Assembly.The Democr...]]>
There’s a gaping hole in Illinois government http://illinoistimes.com/article-14944-there%25E2%2580%2599s-a-gaping-hole-in-illinois-government.html There’s a gaping hole in Illinois government
 There’s little doubt that the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka would’ve continued her straight-talking ways during a Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner administration. Topinka was “good copy” for...]]>
Remembering Judy Baar Topinka http://illinoistimes.com/article-14856-remembering-judy-baar-topinka.html Remembering Judy Baar Topinka
As you already know, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away last week.Topinka had a stroke the morning of Dec. 9 but that’s not what killed her. In fact, by the afternoon, she announced she was g...]]>
Low-wage laborers deserve better http://illinoistimes.com/article-14828-low-wage-laborers-deserve-better.html Low-wage laborers deserve better
 Months ago, Emanuel scheduled a vote on raising Chicago’s minimum wage for the week after the General Assembly’s annual fall veto session. After the election though, retailers, restaurant ow...]]>
Nobody is a sure thing in Rauner administration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14766-nobody-is-a-sure-thing-in-rauner-administration.html Nobody is a sure thing in Rauner administration
 Whenever a new governor is about to be sworn in, one of the most popular Springfield “parlor” games (which are usually not played in parlors, but in taverns, restaurants and friendly offices...]]>
Will Rauner compromise or compete with Madigan? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14737-will-rauner-compromise-or-compete-with-madigan.html Will Rauner compromise or compete with Madigan?
Last December, Bruce Rauner appeared on a WLS Radio talk show program and revealed that he planned to form a new campaign committee to counter the power of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.“We...]]>
Money, message, mug vital to Rauner victory http://illinoistimes.com/article-14706-money-message-mug-vital-to-rauner-victory.html Money, message, mug vital to Rauner victory
 Bruce Rauner out-performed his fellow Republican Bill Brady’s 2010 gubernatorial election performance in every region of the state last week. As I write this, with less than half a percent of ...]]>
A two-faced race http://illinoistimes.com/article-14676-a-two-faced-race.html A two-faced race
Some of you will read this column before the election, and some of you will read it after. I suppose I could’ve written two columns, but I’ve been kinda busy, so let’s talk about one of the weir...]]>
The demotion of Dave McKinney http://illinoistimes.com/article-14638-the-demotion-of-dave-mckinney.html The demotion of Dave McKinney
 Perhaps the worst thing to happen to journalism over the years is its simplistic overreliance on the mere “appearance of impropriety” to justify big, splashy stories.No actual wrongdoing nee...]]>
Union shells out big bucks to defeat Rauner http://illinoistimes.com/article-14624-union-shells-out-big-bucks-to-defeat-rauner.html Union shells out big bucks to defeat Rauner
I wasn’t hugely surprised when Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers contributed $30,000 to the Illinois Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor, Chad Grimm, earlier this ...]]>
Rauner’s tax fantasy doesn’t add up http://illinoistimes.com/article-14596-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-tax-fantasy-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-add-up.html Rauner’s tax fantasy doesn’t add up
 The most important question asked of Bruce Rauner during last week’s gubernatorial debate in Peoria was posed by Jamey Dunn-Thomason of Illinois Issues.My pal pointed out that Kansas Gov. Sam...]]>
The shape of Illinois leadership to come http://illinoistimes.com/article-14568-the-shape-of-illinois-leadership-to-come.html The shape of Illinois leadership to come
 OK, so what we’re gonna do today is discuss some congressional races that you may or may not care about in order to talk about the governor’s race, which you probably do care about since you...]]>
And the race continues http://illinoistimes.com/article-14537-and-the-race-continues.html And the race continues
 Just a quick note to Bruce Rauner: The next time you try to claim that Gov. Pat Quinn is “personally” under federal investigation (an allegation that, as far as anyone can tell, is not true)...]]>