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Quinn's Secret Lottery Deal Must Be Stopped

(11) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 3:49 PM

The stars are aligning for another bad deal for Illinois taxpayers, one that will dwarf the mistakes of Chicago's parking meter fiasco. At any moment, Governor Pat Quinn is set to receive a recommendation from his administration's secret Illinois Lottery evaluation committee on who will manage the day-to-day operations of...

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Illinois Should Better Manage the Lottery, Not Waste the Bucks

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 6:20 PM

Our state recently put the wheels in motion to hire a private management firm to run the Illinois lottery for the next decade. No other state has ever tried to privatize any portion of their lottery. There is a simple explanation for this; taxpayers lose out under a privatization plan....

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Quinn's Lack of Leadership Continues to Hurt the People of Illinois

(5) Comments | Posted July 8, 2010 | 4:31 PM

July 1, Governor Pat Quinn proudly proclaimed that he made tough budget choices to move our state forward. Fresh from issuing $509 million in cuts made with his newly enhanced executive power, another $891 million held in reserve and an executive order aimed at cutting state employee expenses, Quinn acted...

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Gov. Quinn: Veto the Budget, Bring General Assembly Back to Springfield

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 11:30 AM

I called on Governor Pat Quinn this week to veto the budget plan provided by the General Assembly and bring the legislature back to Springfield immediately to fulfill our constitutional obligation to pass a responsible, balanced budget.

Just a few weeks ago, the General Assembly provided the Governor with a...

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Quinn Has Tragically Wasted Budget Opportunities

(4) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 2:49 PM

As the General Assembly prepares to tackle the budget once and for all, Governor Pat Quinn is pointing the finger at everyone but himself. On Thursday, Quinn told reporters, "When the legislature wants to drift off and not focus on doing important things for the people, the governor has to...

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Gov. Quinn: No Borrowing Without $2 in Cuts for Each $1 Borrowed

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 4:49 PM

I want you to imagine for a minute that your family is facing a monumental fiscal crisis. Bill collectors are hounding you, you're facing foreclosure on your home and your children's tuition is due. Just before the moment of reckoning, in the mail you receive an offer to loan you...

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Time to Get Real About Our State's Budget

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 1:57 PM

These days, Illinois is in desperate need of a multitude of things: an influx of jobs, a fully funded pension system, a winning baseball team. Yet what Illinois needs most during this alarming period of our history is precedent-shattering leadership. Everyone agrees that eliminating the $13 billion budget deficit facing...

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Time to Fundamentally Change the Budget Process in Springfield

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 11:37 AM

Illinois continues to face the worst financial crisis in the state's history. Our budget deficit has reached an unfathomable $13 billion. Yet we have scarcely uttered the word 'budget' since returning to Springfield this year. In effect, we are failing those who elected us. It is time to put an...

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Investigation Needed Into Governor Pat Quinn's Personal Ponzi Scheme

(12) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 10:41 AM

Today I'm calling for an investigation into what many are calling Governor Pat Quinn's "personal ponzi scheme." This is an outrage. Here we are in the middle of an economic recession, and families throughout Illinois are struggling just to pay their mortgage and utility bills. Governor Quinn prides himself on...

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Video Poker: A Bad Bet for Illinois

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 11:26 AM

In my career as a legislator, I have faced many challenges. No issue that is so pervasive, so detrimental to society, yet so mainstream, has presented as difficult a challenge as gambling.

I've always opposed gambling expansion based on its social consequences. People are not expendable because the price seems...

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Franks to Blago: Don't Spend it All at Once

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 2:00 PM

Rod Blagojevich would be wise to put aside any profits from his new book, The Governor, because if he's convicted on the federal charges against him he will have to surrender those profits to the state of Illinois.

I have not purchased or read The Governor, however, I have...

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Now is the Time for Quinn to Lead

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 8:50 PM

As chairman of the State Government Administration Committee in the Illinois House of Representatives, I became an early and vocal critic of former Governor Blagojevich's handling of state contracts and the operations of state government. I held hearings on a myriad of questionable deals and alerted the people and the...

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More Reform Needed in Illinois

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2009 | 8:13 PM

The last five months in Springfield have been exciting and difficult. My colleagues and I began this year with a goal to restore the citizens' faith in government and our first action was to impeach former Gov. Blagojevich. We hoped that government reform would follow after a change in administrations....

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Why Roland Burris Must Go

(58) Comments | Posted May 28, 2009 | 9:08 PM

The embarrassment and shame that grows from the corruption that haunts the state of Illinois continues. Those who were hopeful that the ouster of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich would be the end of Illinois' political drama are surely disappointed by the revelations contained in the audio tape between Senator...

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