IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Sun, 20 May 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 With him, around him or through him http://illinoistimes.com/article-19990-with-him-around-him-or-through-him.html With him, around him or through him
 “Nothing’s more important for a governor than having a good budget because that allows you to manage the state to do your job.”Let that recent quote from former Gov. Jim Edgar as reported...]]>
The state of higher education in Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-19967-the-state-of-higher-education-in-illinois.html The state of higher education in Illinois
 Eastern Illinois University’s legislative liaison Katie Anselment had some strong words for legislators during an Illinois Senate Higher Education Committee hearing last week.Anselment testifi...]]>
When will the TV ads reappear? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19956-when-will-the-tv-ads-reappear.html When will the TV ads reappear?
Believe it or not, one of the questions I’m asked the most these days is: “When will Gov. Rauner and J.B. Pritzker start airing their general election TV ads?”A few weeks ago, Chicago pundit Dic...]]>
Sam McCann’s third-party bid for governor http://illinoistimes.com/article-19930-sam-mccann%25E2%2580%2599s-third-party-bid-for-governor.html Sam McCann’s third-party bid for governor
 Several months ago, House Speaker Michael Madigan’s chief of staff Tim Mapes made copies of candidate nominating petitions for what appeared to be every single candidate in the state, regardle...]]>
Past is likely prologue with state budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-19917-past-is-likely-prologue-with-state-budget.html Past is likely prologue with state budget
I’ve read, watched and heard a whole lot of commentary about the upcoming state budget negotiations during the past few weeks, and it pretty much all ignores recent history and focuses instead on on...]]>
It’s not a winning message if you don’t use it http://illinoistimes.com/article-19873-it%25E2%2580%2599s-not-a-winning-message-if-you-don%25E2%2580%2599t-use-it.html It’s not a winning message if you don’t use it
 J.B. Pritzker appears to have chosen a solid message for the fall campaign. The overall theme at the successful Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s press conference the day after he won the p...]]>
An electoral marriage of convenience http://illinoistimes.com/article-19840-an-electoral-marriage-of-convenience.html An electoral marriage of convenience
 The oddest political couple in all of Illinois did pretty well in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Two years ago, progressive firebrand Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia helped lead Berni...]]>
The politics behind Rauner’s veto and the future of gun bills http://illinoistimes.com/article-19815-the-politics-behind-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-veto-and-the-future-of-gun-bills.html The politics behind Rauner’s veto and the future of gun bills
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a gun dealer licensing bill last week took a lot of folks by surprise. It probably shouldn’t have.We’ll get to the politics in a second, but, as with HB40, the govern...]]>
The remap fight http://illinoistimes.com/article-19777-the-remap-fight.html The remap fight
House Speaker Michael Madigan cares most about three House votes: The votes every two years for both the next Speaker and the House rules; and the vote every ten years on the new state legislative dis...]]>
Pritzker’s path http://illinoistimes.com/article-19765-pritzker%25E2%2580%2599s-path.html Pritzker’s path
Sources in both parties said last week that their tracking polls were showing a dip in support for Sen. Daniel Biss and a trending increase for Chris Kennedy in the Democratic primary race for governo...]]>
A different sort of ‘Madigan tax’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-19742-a-different-sort-of-%25E2%2580%2598madigan-tax%25E2%2580%2599.html A different sort of ‘Madigan tax’
 Every election cycle, House Democratic candidates have to pay what can be thought of as a “Madigan tax.”The “tax” is the amount of extra campaign money, labor and ingenuity required to o...]]>
More on Gov. Rauner’s budget proposal http://illinoistimes.com/article-19722-more-on-gov-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-proposal.html More on Gov. Rauner’s budget proposal
Last year’s state budget caused some real consternation among local government leaders because the General Assembly cut their funding.The budget slashed their share of the state income tax by 10 per...]]>
Public Policy Polling results http://illinoistimes.com/article-19692-public-policy-polling-results.html Public Policy Polling results
A recent statewide poll taken for Sen. Daniel Biss’ gubernatorial campaign showed Gov. Bruce Rauner is much less liked by Illinois voters than his fellow Republican President Donald Trump. The...]]>
Hold off on predictions http://illinoistimes.com/article-19666-hold-off-on-predictions.html Hold off on predictions
A little perspective may be in order. Lots of political junkies, media types, etc. went gaga after last Monday’s Chicago Tribune editorial board faceoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and stat...]]>
Chris Kennedy isn’t ready for prime time http://illinoistimes.com/article-19639-chris-kennedy-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-ready-for-prime-time.html Chris Kennedy isn’t ready for prime time
 For a while now, the book on Chris Kennedy has been that he may not be cut out for a career in politics, despite his famous last name and pedigree as the son of Bobby Kennedy and nephew of John...]]>
Donne Trotter’s legacy http://illinoistimes.com/article-19627-donne-trotter%25E2%2580%2599s-legacy.html Donne Trotter’s legacy
Assistant Illinois Senate Majority Leader Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) has retired after almost 30 years in the General Assembly.Sen. Trotter has been talking about retiring for years, but he has repeate...]]>
Ad wars heat up http://illinoistimes.com/article-19599-ad-wars-heat-up.html Ad wars heat up
 Whenever a dramatic new element is introduced into a political campaign, it’s always instructive to watch how the targeted candidate responds. Did the candidate appear ready for the new turn o...]]>
To use the chief of police for political motives http://illinoistimes.com/article-19578-to-use-the-chief-of-police-for-political-motives.html To use the chief of police for political motives
 Just days before the 2010 general election, then-Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago) introduced then-Gov. Pat Quinn at a Chicago rally by calling Quinn’s Republican opponent a “racist,” among o...]]>
Will Rauner ever get to be in charge? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19481-will-rauner-ever-get-to-be-in-charge.html Will Rauner ever get to be in charge?
 “I’m not in charge,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said recently, “I’m trying to get to be in charge.”Rauner said he’ll “get to be in charge” by taking away House Speaker Michael Madigan�...]]>
Mike Z returns http://illinoistimes.com/article-19466-mike-z-returns.html Mike Z returns
If you were worried that House Republican Leader Jim Durkin wasn’t taking his primary race seriously enough, think again.As you may already know, Leader Durkin is being challenged by Burr Ridge Mayo...]]>
A matter of trusts http://illinoistimes.com/article-19438-a-matter-of-trusts.html A matter of trusts
 Last year, billionaire Democrat JB Pritzker derided Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for not releasing detailed income tax filings.“The question is who his investors are, and whe...]]>
Local 150 and Dan Proft http://illinoistimes.com/article-19382-local-150-and-dan-proft.html Local 150 and Dan Proft
 Operating Engineers Union Local 150 is making good on its threat to back a Republican primary opponent against House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.The union local’s president, Jim Sweeney, told...]]>
That was one weird veto session http://illinoistimes.com/article-19363-that-was-one-weird-veto-session.html That was one weird veto session
One of the most unusual Illinois veto sessions I’ve ever seen wrapped up last week.The two-week session was supposed to be about whether infuriated legislative Republicans would abandon Gov. Bruce R...]]>
‘It’s hard to see a path’ for Ives’ success http://illinoistimes.com/article-19335-%25E2%2580%2598it%25E2%2580%2599s-hard-to-see-a-path%25E2%2580%2599-for-ives%25E2%2580%2599-success.html ‘It’s hard to see a path’ for Ives’ success
 Until recently, state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) had been passing separate nominating petitions for both her re-election to the Illinois House and a possible primary bid for governor against i...]]>
That’s not too much to ask http://illinoistimes.com/article-19300-that%25E2%2580%2599s-not-too-much-to-ask.html That’s not too much to ask
 I don’t think I’ve ever seen House Speaker Michael Madigan move faster to get in front of a legislative issue than he did last week when he vowed action to address the climate of sexual hara...]]>
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...]]>