IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller Tue, 21 May 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Bad timing for Pritzker 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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’ ‘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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...]]>