IllinoisTimes - Politics - Rich Miller https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-52-1-politics-rich-miller.html Sun, 20 Jan 19 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
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...]]>