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Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:01 am

Legislation would have sidestepped rulemaking process

 Illinois is taking too long to approve regulations for a controversial oil and gas drilling method, according to a coalition of businesses. They simply asked lawmakers to speed things up with le...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am

Feds would pay to create health insurance exchange

If state lawmakers don’t act soon, Illinois could miss out on hundreds of jobs and $500 million in federal dollars to establish a state health insurance marketplace. As end of the spring legislative...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am

Stephen A. Douglas and Illinois’ populist past

 The prospect is in store of two rabble-rousing populists trading insults for the next seven months. Each will try to tap the deep vein of grievance that runs through a middle class convinced tha...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 am

If you liked Dan Walker, you’ll love Gov. Bruce Rauner

 “To those who have grown rich on the public dollar, to those who have won secret grants and contracts, to those in government who put themselves first and the taxpayers second – to you I bri...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am
 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...
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:00 am

The congressman confronts complexity, and gets confused

 Usually, when I read Mad-Hatteresque pronouncements from members of the Republican caucus of the U.S. House, I am reminded of the works of Lewis Carroll. Reading the remarks by 13th District con...
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 09:34 pm

Why did America’s densest places vote Obama?

Remember Election Night? All those colored maps on TV, intended to make clear what a jumble of numbers could not. But the maps, unlike the numbers, did not add up. Such massive swaths of red on the ma...
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 09:26 pm

George McGovern and the hope of 1972

A lot of people, I suppose, thought that George McGovern had died a long time ago when they heard in October that he had passed away. Some of them could even have put a date on his demise – elec...
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 07:38 am
One way of getting around the state’s new campaign contribution caps is by forming a lot of different campaign committees. State law forbids people from forming more than one committee (except f...

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