IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Thu, 16 Aug 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Mitchell is ‘a foot in the door for the next generation’ https://illinoistimes.com/article-20219-mitchell-is-%25E2%2580%2598a-foot-in-the-door-for-the-next-generation%25E2%2580%2599.html Mitchell is ‘a foot in the door for the next generation’
Right up front, let’s just stipulate that the recent appointment of state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ interim executive director will not usher in an i...]]>
Pritzker takes over Democrat Day https://illinoistimes.com/article-20197-pritzker-takes-over-democrat-day.html Pritzker takes over Democrat Day
 Back in the old, old days, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley would pack passenger trains full of loyalists and send them all to the Illinois State Fair’s Democrat Day rally where they were treate...]]>
A closer look at Kwame Raoul’s lead https://illinoistimes.com/article-20181-a-closer-look-at-kwame-raoul%25E2%2580%2599s-lead.html A closer look at Kwame Raoul’s lead
 A political action committee run by top officials of Operating Engineers Local 150 reported a $255,000 contribution last week from a “dark money” organization controlled by the same Local 15...]]>
The Democrats’ Madigan problem https://illinoistimes.com/article-20156-the-democrats%25E2%2580%2599-madigan-problem.html The Democrats’ Madigan problem
 Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan will be on the ballot in just one of Illinois’ 118 House districts this November, but his name and reputation will be featured in electoral battles throu...]]>
Top of the ballot races https://illinoistimes.com/article-20122-top-of-the-ballot-races.html Top of the ballot races
 According to a recent Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, Democrat J.B. Pritzker leads Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner by nine points, 36-27, with 26 percent choosing an unnamed third-party candidate...]]>
Can Madigan change 20+ years of behavior? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20102-can-madigan-change-20%252B-years-of-behavior.html Can Madigan change 20+ years of behavior?
If you ask anyone at the Statehouse about House Speaker Michael Madigan’s former chief of staff Tim Mapes, they’ll all say he “made the trains run on time.”Mapes made sure everything got done...]]>
Let this one play itself out https://illinoistimes.com/article-20069-let-this-one-play-itself-out.html Let this one play itself out
Pointing out the holes in Maryann Loncar’s allegations against Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is like shooting fish in a barrel. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that absolutely everything she said was u...]]>
Blue Wave Illinois https://illinoistimes.com/article-20052-blue-wave-illinois.html Blue Wave Illinois
For weeks now, some Democrats have been wondering if their party intends to run a “coordinated campaign” this year and have asked what it might look like. A coordinated campaign means all the part...]]>
Good politics isn’t always good government https://illinoistimes.com/article-20014-good-politics-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-always-good-government.html Good politics isn’t always good government
 Last week’s press conference announcing his latest amendatory veto was, without a doubt, the best press Gov. Bruce Rauner has had since he fired his top staff last July and brought in that Ill...]]>
With him, around him or through him https://illinoistimes.com/article-19990-with-him-around-him-or-through-him.html With him, around him or through him
 “Nothing’s more important for a governor than having a good budget because that allows you to manage the state to do your job.”Let that recent quote from former Gov. Jim Edgar as reported...]]>
The state of higher education in Illinois https://illinoistimes.com/article-19967-the-state-of-higher-education-in-illinois.html The state of higher education in Illinois
 Eastern Illinois University’s legislative liaison Katie Anselment had some strong words for legislators during an Illinois Senate Higher Education Committee hearing last week.Anselment testifi...]]>
When will the TV ads reappear? https://illinoistimes.com/article-19956-when-will-the-tv-ads-reappear.html When will the TV ads reappear?
Believe it or not, one of the questions I’m asked the most these days is: “When will Gov. Rauner and J.B. Pritzker start airing their general election TV ads?”A few weeks ago, Chicago pundit Dic...]]>
Sam McCann’s third-party bid for governor https://illinoistimes.com/article-19930-sam-mccann%25E2%2580%2599s-third-party-bid-for-governor.html Sam McCann’s third-party bid for governor
 Several months ago, House Speaker Michael Madigan’s chief of staff Tim Mapes made copies of candidate nominating petitions for what appeared to be every single candidate in the state, regardle...]]>
Past is likely prologue with state budget https://illinoistimes.com/article-19917-past-is-likely-prologue-with-state-budget.html Past is likely prologue with state budget
I’ve read, watched and heard a whole lot of commentary about the upcoming state budget negotiations during the past few weeks, and it pretty much all ignores recent history and focuses instead on on...]]>
It’s not a winning message if you don’t use it https://illinoistimes.com/article-19873-it%25E2%2580%2599s-not-a-winning-message-if-you-don%25E2%2580%2599t-use-it.html It’s not a winning message if you don’t use it
 J.B. Pritzker appears to have chosen a solid message for the fall campaign. The overall theme at the successful Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s press conference the day after he won the p...]]>
An electoral marriage of convenience https://illinoistimes.com/article-19840-an-electoral-marriage-of-convenience.html An electoral marriage of convenience
 The oddest political couple in all of Illinois did pretty well in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Two years ago, progressive firebrand Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia helped lead Berni...]]>
The politics behind Rauner’s veto and the future of gun bills https://illinoistimes.com/article-19815-the-politics-behind-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-veto-and-the-future-of-gun-bills.html The politics behind Rauner’s veto and the future of gun bills
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a gun dealer licensing bill last week took a lot of folks by surprise. It probably shouldn’t have.We’ll get to the politics in a second, but, as with HB40, the govern...]]>
The remap fight https://illinoistimes.com/article-19777-the-remap-fight.html The remap fight
House Speaker Michael Madigan cares most about three House votes: The votes every two years for both the next Speaker and the House rules; and the vote every ten years on the new state legislative dis...]]>
Pritzker’s path https://illinoistimes.com/article-19765-pritzker%25E2%2580%2599s-path.html Pritzker’s path
Sources in both parties said last week that their tracking polls were showing a dip in support for Sen. Daniel Biss and a trending increase for Chris Kennedy in the Democratic primary race for governo...]]>
A different sort of ‘Madigan tax’ https://illinoistimes.com/article-19742-a-different-sort-of-%25E2%2580%2598madigan-tax%25E2%2580%2599.html A different sort of ‘Madigan tax’
 Every election cycle, House Democratic candidates have to pay what can be thought of as a “Madigan tax.”The “tax” is the amount of extra campaign money, labor and ingenuity required to o...]]>
More on Gov. Rauner’s budget proposal https://illinoistimes.com/article-19722-more-on-gov-rauner%25E2%2580%2599s-budget-proposal.html More on Gov. Rauner’s budget proposal
Last year’s state budget caused some real consternation among local government leaders because the General Assembly cut their funding.The budget slashed their share of the state income tax by 10 per...]]>
Public Policy Polling results https://illinoistimes.com/article-19692-public-policy-polling-results.html Public Policy Polling results
A recent statewide poll taken for Sen. Daniel Biss’ gubernatorial campaign showed Gov. Bruce Rauner is much less liked by Illinois voters than his fellow Republican President Donald Trump. The...]]>
Hold off on predictions https://illinoistimes.com/article-19666-hold-off-on-predictions.html Hold off on predictions
A little perspective may be in order. Lots of political junkies, media types, etc. went gaga after last Monday’s Chicago Tribune editorial board faceoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and stat...]]>
Chris Kennedy isn’t ready for prime time https://illinoistimes.com/article-19639-chris-kennedy-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-ready-for-prime-time.html Chris Kennedy isn’t ready for prime time
 For a while now, the book on Chris Kennedy has been that he may not be cut out for a career in politics, despite his famous last name and pedigree as the son of Bobby Kennedy and nephew of John...]]>
Donne Trotter’s legacy https://illinoistimes.com/article-19627-donne-trotter%25E2%2580%2599s-legacy.html Donne Trotter’s legacy
Assistant Illinois Senate Majority Leader Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) has retired after almost 30 years in the General Assembly.Sen. Trotter has been talking about retiring for years, but he has repeate...]]>
Ad wars heat up https://illinoistimes.com/article-19599-ad-wars-heat-up.html Ad wars heat up
 Whenever a dramatic new element is introduced into a political campaign, it’s always instructive to watch how the targeted candidate responds. Did the candidate appear ready for the new turn o...]]>