IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Wed, 20 Mar 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’ https://illinoistimes.com/article-20654-%25E2%2580%2598the-harder-you-work-the-luckier-you-get%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’
 I had the pleasure of meeting several Democratic women candidates from Lake County during the Illinois State Fair last summer. Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) was showing them around town and br...]]>
A few minutes with J.B. Pritzker https://illinoistimes.com/article-20633-a-few-minutes-with-jb-pritzker.html A few minutes with J.B. Pritzker
Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker has taken the prospect of an immediate income tax hike off the table, telling the Sun-Times that he won’t pursue an “artificial” progressive income tax during the co...]]>
Sign wars head to court https://illinoistimes.com/article-20605-sign-wars-head-to-court.html Sign wars head to court
 The last column I write before Election Day is always the toughest because some papers will publish this before Election Day and others will publish it after. So today you get a yard sign story....]]>
A hole Pritzker never closed https://illinoistimes.com/article-20590-a-hole-pritzker-never-closed.html A hole Pritzker never closed
 “I’ll be a check on the Pritzker-Madigan agenda,” Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold says in her latest TV ad about Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner J.B. Pritzker and I...]]>
Learn from this, please https://illinoistimes.com/article-20560-learn-from-this-please.html Learn from this, please
The more I read it, the more skeptical I became of the racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the J.B. Pritzker campaign by 10 current and former field-level workers last week.   The...]]>
A good starting point for Pritzker https://illinoistimes.com/article-20541-a-good-starting-point-for-pritzker.html A good starting point for Pritzker
Dear J.B. Pritzker, I totally understand the campaign politics of not wanting to say what you think the income tax rates should be under a graduated tax structure. I also get why you won’t say what...]]>
Why Rauner opposes a graduated income tax https://illinoistimes.com/article-20519-why-rauner-opposes-a-graduated-income-tax.html Why Rauner opposes a graduated income tax
J.B. Pritzker was recently endorsed by Crain’s Chicago Business. The state’s premiere business magazine endorsed a candidate whose biggest promise is to raise taxes on the publication’s well-off...]]>
Durkin’s wise move https://illinoistimes.com/article-20497-durkin%25E2%2580%2599s-wise-move.html Durkin’s wise move
The Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access panel set up by the Democratic Party earlier this year released its final recommendations last week.The AHEA panel wants the state’s political parties to mak...]]>
All heat, no light https://illinoistimes.com/article-20478-all-heat-no-light.html All heat, no light
The first gubernatorial debate of the 2018 general election was almost all heat and no light. Instead of talking about where they want to take the state, the candidates focused mainly on delivering re...]]>
Most normal people practice daily wisdom https://illinoistimes.com/article-20462-most-normal-people-practice-daily-wisdom.html Most normal people practice daily wisdom
 Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign-reset speech last week has been described as “contrite,” a “mea culpa” and even an “apology.”I actually do believe, as Rauner claimed, that he’s “g...]]>
What’s with all those AV’s? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20411-what%25E2%2580%2599s-with-all-those-av%25E2%2580%2599s.html What’s with all those AV’s?
 The J.B. Pritzker campaign slapped a new label on Gov. Bruce Rauner the other day, calling him “Governor Veto” because he’s vetoed several bills that the Democratic candidate supports.Sinc...]]>
GOP putting some hope in red meat referendums https://illinoistimes.com/article-20398-gop-putting-some-hope-in-red-meat-referendums.html GOP putting some hope in red meat referendums
I’ve told you about the non-binding referendums to be held in dozens of Downstate counties designed to entice pro-gun voters to the polls, but that’s not the end of the story.“Shall the [local c...]]>
Rauner fights back against Pritzker https://illinoistimes.com/article-20367-rauner-fights-back-against-pritzker.html Rauner fights back against Pritzker
 If you were wondering whether the latest NBC/Marist poll showing Gov. Bruce Rauner trailing JB Pritzker by 16 points was enough to take the wind out of the incumbent, you only had to look to an...]]>
Um, what? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20354-um-what.html Um, what?
The Democratic Party of Illinois has sent out what could wind up being the most unintentionally hilarious campaign mailer of the season.“Mica Freeman’s Plan: No Budget, No Pay,” the DPI mailer b...]]>
Weird times in Lake County https://illinoistimes.com/article-20316-weird-times-in-lake-county.html Weird times in Lake County
 Lake County politics has been rocked to the core this month by the abrupt resignation of state Rep. Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) and the announcement by Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor...]]>
The DPI has its work cut out for it https://illinoistimes.com/article-20284-the-dpi-has-its-work-cut-out-for-it.html The DPI has its work cut out for it
 Last month, Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) was interviewed by Chicago Public Radio about his new role as interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.Mitchell was asked at...]]>
Dems hope to stop Madison County’s slide to GOP https://illinoistimes.com/article-20271-dems-hope-to-stop-madison-county%25E2%2580%2599s-slide-to-gop.html Dems hope to stop Madison County’s slide to GOP
President Donald Trump visited an Illinois county last week which was once considered a Democratic Party bastion but has been slipping away to the Republicans throughout this decade.Madison County, ju...]]>
Dems try to rebuild state party https://illinoistimes.com/article-20248-dems-try-to-rebuild-state-party.html Dems try to rebuild state party
 A couple of years ago, a little more than 1,400 voters took Democratic primary ballots in sparsely populated Warren County, which is about an hour west of Peoria. Almost twice that many took Rep...]]>