IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Sun, 21 Jul 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 What happens when you cross your own party? https://illinoistimes.com/article-21421-what-happens-when-you-cross-your-own-party.html What happens when you cross your own party?
 For the second time this year, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has stripped one of his member’s access to a House communications staffer.Rep. Chris Miller (R-Oakland) is the most recent to...]]>
Municipalities not likely to receive pension bailout https://illinoistimes.com/article-21405-municipalities-not-likely-to-receive-pension-bailout.html Municipalities not likely to receive pension bailout
One of the points that Gov. J.B. Pritzker has made since Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot began using the news media to ask for a multi-billion dollar state pension bailout is that other parts of Illinois...]]>
Criticism flies both ways over governor’s travel https://illinoistimes.com/article-21378-criticism-flies-both-ways-over-governor%25E2%2580%2599s-travel.html Criticism flies both ways over governor’s travel
 Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the $45 billion infrastructure bill into law last week during a three-day fly-around to several Illinois cities.It’s a good bet that the billionaire Pritzker paid for...]]>
Where was the lieutenant governor? https://illinoistimes.com/article-21363-where-was-the-lieutenant-governor.html Where was the lieutenant governor?
“We are so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish this first legislative session of ours,” Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton told a TV interviewer earlier this month. “We said that we wanted to t...]]>
The state of higher education https://illinoistimes.com/article-21334-the-state-of-higher-education.html The state of higher education
 Back when this state was fairly well-run – meaning, before Illinois voters elected three anti-Springfield “populist” governors in a row – the general rule of thumb was that for every two...]]>
Pritzker follows Gov. Thompson’s model https://illinoistimes.com/article-21324-pritzker-follows-gov-thompson%25E2%2580%2599s-model.html Pritzker follows Gov. Thompson’s model
If you talk to the Statehouse old-timers, they’ll tell you they haven’t seen such a productive spring legislative session since Gov. Jim Thompson’s days. I think it’s probably safe to say that...]]>
Pritzker pushes his agenda https://illinoistimes.com/article-21293-pritzker-pushes-his-agenda.html Pritzker pushes his agenda
 The governor and his top staff showed again last week that they can make things happen under the Statehouse dome. To corral 73 votes for a graduated income tax constitutional amendment in a 74-m...]]>
Help identify author of death threats https://illinoistimes.com/article-21282-help-identify-author-of-death-threats.html Help identify author of death threats
As the spring legislative session nears its end, I want to take a moment to look back on one of the scariest times of the year with the hope that one of you might recognize something and help bring a...]]>
Labor union support counts https://illinoistimes.com/article-21258-labor-union-support-counts.html Labor union support counts
 If you want to see how times have changed this legislative session, take a quick look at Senate Bill 1591.The Illinois and Chicago-land chambers have been pushing legislation all session to offe...]]>
Bad timing for Pritzker https://illinoistimes.com/article-21233-bad-timing-for-pritzker.html Bad timing for Pritzker
 If you listen closely to what Democratic state Reps. Sam Yingling and Jonathan Carroll are saying in public about their opposition to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s graduated income tax proposal, they a...]]>
Stopping the violence https://illinoistimes.com/article-21204-stopping-the-violence.html Stopping the violence
 The Chicago Police Department reported last week that the number of people murdered in the city fell 10% during the first four months of 2019 compared to last year during the same period. While...]]>
Bad timing for Pritzker https://illinoistimes.com/article-21187-bad-timing-for-pritzker.html Bad timing for Pritzker
There’s probably never a good time for a news story about how a source claims you, your wife and your brother-in-law are under federal investigation.  But when that report is aired just days be...]]>
Can Pritzker get his priorities passed? https://illinoistimes.com/article-21162-can-pritzker-get-his-priorities-passed.html Can Pritzker get his priorities passed?
 From the looks of things, the fine print of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s most important legislative priorities should start becoming public not long after state legislators return from spring break on...]]>
Getting tough on sexual harassment https://illinoistimes.com/article-21153-getting-tough-on-sexual-harassment.html Getting tough on sexual harassment
Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, spent more than a year holding hearings and overseeing negotiations which eventually produced SB 1829, a massive omnibus bill on sexual harassment.The proposal would do...]]>
Tax talk https://illinoistimes.com/article-21119-tax-talk.html Tax talk
 Freshman Rep. Terra Costa Howard, (D-Glen Ellyn), was reportedly none too pleased when Think Big Illinois began running TV ads in her district.Think Big Illinois is the dark money group created...]]>
A new era https://illinoistimes.com/article-21107-a-new-era.html A new era
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...]]>
The path to legalization https://illinoistimes.com/article-21075-the-path-to-legalization.html The path to legalization
 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...]]>
Talking taxation https://illinoistimes.com/article-21064-talking-taxation.html Talking taxation
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...]]>
Tax cuts for the masses https://illinoistimes.com/article-21011-tax-cuts-for-the-masses.html Tax cuts for the masses
 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...]]>
Pushing a progressive agenda https://illinoistimes.com/article-20991-pushing-a-progressive-agenda.html Pushing a progressive agenda
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...]]>
Making the numbers work https://illinoistimes.com/article-20972-making-the-numbers-work.html Making the numbers work
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...]]>
Pension payments pile up https://illinoistimes.com/article-20960-pension-payments-pile-up.html Pension payments pile up
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...]]>
Dark money influences https://illinoistimes.com/article-20930-dark-money-influences.html Dark money influences
 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...]]>
Caught on tape https://illinoistimes.com/article-20912-caught-on-tape.html Caught on tape
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...]]>
Illinois Republicans running short on cash https://illinoistimes.com/article-20887-illinois-republicans-running-short-on-cash.html Illinois Republicans running short on cash
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...]]>
Big job ahead for deputy governors https://illinoistimes.com/article-20854-big-job-ahead-for-deputy-governors.html Big job ahead for deputy governors
Gov. JB Pritzker announced last week that he had picked Sol Flores to be his fourth deputy governor. He’d previously announced deputy governors Dan Hynes, Christian Mitchell and Jesse Ruiz...]]>
Charming up Springfield https://illinoistimes.com/article-20832-charming-up-springfield.html Charming up Springfield
 I missed JB Pritzker’s impromptu speech to a gathering of Republicans last week by a few minutes. But the fact that Pritzker even stopped by the event, hosted by Senate Republican Leader Bill...]]>
Illinois does it our way https://illinoistimes.com/article-20755-illinois-does-it-our-way.html Illinois does it our way
 The state constitutions of Illinois and Arizona have very similar language prohibiting reductions to pension benefits and welding pensions to contract law.But the two are very different states....]]>
Putting the Trump stamp on the public https://illinoistimes.com/article-20730-putting-the-trump-stamp-on-the-public.html Putting the Trump stamp on the public
D.T. is really quite good at one special skill: branding. He has slapped his name on a ridiculous range of consumer merch – teddy bears, steaks, made-in-China ties, vodka, underwear and even a urine...]]>
Rauner’s loss might be Tillman’s gain https://illinoistimes.com/article-20694-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-loss-might-be-tillman%25E2%2580%2599s-gain.html Rauner’s loss might be Tillman’s gain
 “Is that the guy from the Policy Institute?” House Speaker Michael Madigan asked his press secretary after an Illinois News Network reporter recently tried to ask Madigan a question at the S...]]>