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Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:15 am
Almost exactly one year ago, I attended a hearing of the House Judiciary criminal law committee and watched as the Democratic majority killed one Republican-sponsored penalty enhancement bill after an...
Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:15 am
 Should proponents of legalizing cannabis in Illinois be worried about Rep. Marty Moylan’s (D-Des Plaines) House resolution?The resolution, HR157, urges legislators “to slow the process of le...
Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:14 am
A bunch of weak political arguments have been used so far against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax. But there is a clear path to killing it.My favori...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:13 am
 Democrats often propose ideas that take forever to explain and are difficult for the masses to understand. That wasn’t the case last week.“Under my fair tax plan,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker tweet...
Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:15 am
A lobbyist who works for a business-related organization asked me a question the other day that I’ve been hearing a lot lately: “Who’s going to be the stopper now?”He meant, who in the legisla...
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 12:17 am
Give Gov. J.B. Pritzker some credit; the man can give a good speech.Last week’s budget address was well-written and respectful of its audience and effectively used Illinois history to make its point...
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 12:16 am
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration has confirmed that its new public pension plan will slash $800 million from the state’s scheduled pension payment next fiscal year, which begins July 1.That red...
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 12:16 am
 Two “dark money” groups are stepping up to separately promote and attack the new governor’s agenda. Think Big Illinois, a brand new 501(c)(4) organization which doesn’t have to disclose...
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 12:16 am
We’ve known for weeks now that the FBI recorded Chicago Ald. Ed Burke’s mobile phone conversations over a period of eight months, listening in on 9,475 calls. And then we discovered that the feds...
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 12:16 am
We all know that former Gov. Bruce Rauner was outspent by our new Gov. J.B. Pritzker during the 2018 campaign.  But the actual numbers are pretty darned eye-opening.During the final three months...

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