IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Tue, 28 Mar 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Rauner almost catches Madigan’s ratings http://illinoistimes.com/article-18443-rauner-almost-catches-madigan%25E2%2580%2599s-ratings.html Rauner almost catches Madigan’s ratings
 You may have heard about a recent Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll which found that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s job disapproval ratings have almost doubled in the past two years, from 31 percen...]]>
Huge power grab or major legal stretch? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18414-huge-power-grab-or-major-legal-stretch.html Huge power grab or major legal stretch?
If Attorney General Lisa Madigan succeeds in convincing the Illinois Supreme Court to consider ordering the state to stop paying employees without an appropriation and the governor’s legal team uses...]]>
Rauner and sugar both unpopular here http://illinoistimes.com/article-18389-rauner-and-sugar-both-unpopular-here.html Rauner and sugar both unpopular here
 According to a recent poll, Gov. Bruce Rauner is a whole lot less popular than a one-cent-per-ounce state sales tax on sugary drinks.The poll of 800 registered voters taken Feb. 15-20 for the Am...]]>
Emulate Trump at your peril http://illinoistimes.com/article-18359-emulate-trump-at-your-peril.html Emulate Trump at your peril
If you’re running for office anytime soon or if you currently hold office or are a “public figure,” please try to keep one thing in mind: So far, the only person to prove he can thrive by talkin...]]>
Charlie Brown’s football http://illinoistimes.com/article-18334-charlie-brown%25E2%2580%2599s-football.html Charlie Brown’s football
 Before Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address last week, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno made a rare visit to the Senate Democratic caucus meeting.Radogno assured the Democrats that she...]]>
The dire consequences of continued inaction http://illinoistimes.com/article-18298-the-dire-consequences-of-continued-inaction.html The dire consequences of continued inaction
You may have read a news story or two about the latest blistering report from New York-based S&P Global Ratings about Illinois’ fiscal and economic woes.But it’s far more brutal than anything...]]>
The root of ‘leadership’ is ‘lead’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-18263-the-root-of-%25E2%2580%2598leadership%25E2%2580%2599-is-%25E2%2580%2598lead%25E2%2580%2599.html The root of ‘leadership’ is ‘lead’
The latest Illinois credit rating downgrade from Fitch Ratings is chock full of phrases that could be used in the next campaign cycle against the governor and other incumbents.The one that’s made th...]]>
Timing and the governor’s ‘leverage’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-18240-timing-and-the-governor%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598leverage%25E2%2580%2599.html Timing and the governor’s ‘leverage’
Question the timing all you want, but last week’s legal filing by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to stop paying state employee wages without an official appropriation is long overdue and is completel...]]>
Ambition isn’t always blind http://illinoistimes.com/article-18215-ambition-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-always-blind.html Ambition isn’t always blind
On a fairly regular basis back in the day, state Sen. Barack Obama would walk up to the Senate press box and bum cigarettes off me. That was when people could smoke in the Senate chambers and back whe...]]>
A study in contrasts http://illinoistimes.com/article-18183-a-study-in-contrasts.html A study in contrasts
If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats’ nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan’s reelection last week, it would be either “defensive” or perhaps “joyless.”The s...]]>
This Madigan stuff isn’t just a tactic http://illinoistimes.com/article-18159-this-madigan-stuff-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-just-a-tactic.html This Madigan stuff isn’t just a tactic
 Back in December, Gov. Bruce Rauner was asked by a Chicago TV reporter if he planned to run for reelection. Rauner said he wasn’t focused on such things.Just three days later, Gov. Rauner...]]>
Illinois is in danger of becoming a failed state http://illinoistimes.com/article-18139-illinois-is-in-danger-of-becoming-a-failed-state.html Illinois is in danger of becoming a failed state
Let’s take a look at headlines from just one day in December:– The state’s bill backlog tops $11.3 billion as the political impasse preventing a budget deal drags on.– Chicago’s murder rate...]]>
Expect nastiness long before 2018 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18079-expect-nastiness-long-before-2018.html Expect nastiness long before 2018
“This will be the most expensive race of our lifetime,” a Republican friend assured me last week about the apparently already begun 2018 gubernatorial campaign.If Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritz...]]>
Don’t hold your breath http://illinoistimes.com/article-18051-don%25E2%2580%2599t-hold-your-breath.html Don’t hold your breath
 Top folks in the governor’s office said they didn’t quite understand last week why the Senate Democrats and House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman were so upset with them about cancelin...]]>
Rauner was looking for any excuse to veto CPS bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-18023-rauner-was-looking-for-any-excuse-to-veto-cps-bill.html Rauner was looking for any excuse to veto CPS bill
As Senate President John Cullerton sees it, Gov. Bruce Rauner “needed an excuse” to veto a bill last week that would’ve given the Chicago Public Schools $215 million for its June 30th ...]]>
Where’s the plan? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17963-where%25E2%2580%2599s-the-plan.html Where’s the plan?
On election night, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan started making his usual post-election calls to his Democratic members asking for their support for his own reelection as Speaker. But at leas...]]>
Out of date and out of touch http://illinoistimes.com/article-17935-out-of-date-and-out-of-touch.html Out of date and out of touch
 There’s been a lot of spin from the Illinois House Democrats about how last Tuesday’s losses were not that big of a deal. Don’t believe it.During the national Republican electoral wave two...]]>
‘Weaponized misogyny’ used against Rep. Bourne http://illinoistimes.com/article-17907-%25E2%2580%2598weaponized-misogyny%25E2%2580%2599-used-against-rep-bourne.html ‘Weaponized misogyny’ used against Rep. Bourne
The innocuous-looking mailer began arriving last Wednesday.Whoever sent it used plain, manila envelopes with first-class postage. Usually campaigns use bulk mail, but those have permit numbers, making...]]>
TV ads as far as the eye can see http://illinoistimes.com/article-17872-tv-ads-as-far-as-the-eye-can-see.html TV ads as far as the eye can see
 During any given campaign season, one or maybe two state legislative campaigns wind up running ads on Chicago broadcast television stations. But in the age of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s gigantic camp...]]>
Strange things happen in politics http://illinoistimes.com/article-17844-strange-things-happen-in-politics.html Strange things happen in politics
 Democratic House candidate John Bartman was appointed to the ballot in July when Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) dropped out of the race to run for McHenry County Board chairman. Bartman is not get...]]>
Some Dems have a Trump problem http://illinoistimes.com/article-17823-some-dems-have-a-trump-problem.html Some Dems have a Trump problem
 Presidential candidates set the turnout. That’s the race voters care about the most by far, so everybody else who’s running down-ballot essentially has to work within the structure of that y...]]>
If it ain’t broke... http://illinoistimes.com/article-17800-if-it-ain%25E2%2580%2599t-broke.html If it ain’t broke...
A harsh new TV ad slams Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) for supporting a convicted sex offender. It’s described by the Republicans as a form of payback for all the sex offender-related ads that the Hou...]]>
Long-forgotten court case bubbles up again http://illinoistimes.com/article-17788-long-forgotten-court-case-bubbles-up-again.html Long-forgotten court case bubbles up again
Gov. Rauner attended a meeting last week of his “Cabinet on Children and Youth,” but it’s not known if he pulled aside one of its members, State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, for a lit...]]>
The transformation is almost complete http://illinoistimes.com/article-17759-the-transformation-is-almost-complete.html The transformation is almost complete
 Since his inauguration, Gov. Bruce Rauner has consciously aped Washington, D.C.’s notoriously noxious battle to “win” the daily media spin cycle. Rauner has a set base of talking points ba...]]>
What’s keeping Democrats awake at night? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17735-what%25E2%2580%2599s-keeping-democrats-awake-at-night.html What’s keeping Democrats awake at night?
The Republicans have been saying behind the scenes that they have put four Democratic state Senators “on the bubble” – Tom Cullerton in DuPage County, Melinda Bush in Lake County, Jennifer Berti...]]>
Putting Rauner’s money into perspective http://illinoistimes.com/article-17688-putting-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-money-into-perspective.html Putting Rauner’s money into perspective
 The Washington Post published a story the other day entitled “Meet the wealthy donors who are pouring millions into the 2016 elections.”The paper listed the top ten national donors to so-cal...]]>
Unfair politics over fair maps http://illinoistimes.com/article-17663-unfair-politics-over-fair-maps.html Unfair politics over fair maps
 Whenever you see a statement from the Democratic Party of Illinois, you can feel supremely confident that House Speaker Michael Madigan, the party’s longtime chairman, approves of the sentimen...]]>
Tougher penalties for gun crimes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17643-tougher-penalties-for-gun-crimes.html Tougher penalties for gun crimes
Gov. Rauner said last week that he has never spoken with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or any legislators about a much-anticipated proposal to toughen penalties for gun crimes. “I’ve not discussed th...]]>
Bradley’s TV ad reminiscent of ‘Willie Horton’ ad http://illinoistimes.com/article-17594-bradley%25E2%2580%2599s-tv-ad-reminiscent-of-%25E2%2580%2598willie-horton%25E2%2580%2599-ad.html Bradley’s TV ad reminiscent of ‘Willie Horton’ ad
 Gov. Bruce Rauner announced early last year that he wants the state to reduce its prison population by 25 percent over 10 years. He has since signed numerous pieces of legislation during the pas...]]>
Term limits ad already tops one million dollars http://illinoistimes.com/article-17580-term-limits-ad-already-tops-one-million-dollars.html Term limits ad already tops one million dollars
An organization controlled by Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent a million dollars on a new television ad promoting legislative term limits in a little over a week. And that’s just for starters.Turnaround...]]>