The subject of political corruption is nothing new to Illinois, but the recent accusations of patronage against House Speaker Michael Madigan made by the former Metra CEO came as a surprise to some, but the even more shocking news came from Madigan's daughter, and attorney general, Lisa Madigan. Her decision to not run for Illinois Governor in 2014 begs the question: Did her father's alleged involvement in the Metra scandal sway her decision? Get the inside scoop on the 2014 governor's race here.
Chicago's three-notch downgrade by Moody's Investors Service became the catalyst for Chicago Public Schools' massive layoffs, totalling to 2,113 employees -- nearly 1,000 of them teachers. This is one more stark reminder that we need a solution to the pension crisis. Speak up and demand a resolution by clicking here.
In case you missed last week's highlights, be sure to check out the slideshow below, from the Capitol to the Windy City, here are my Top Notable Quotables!
There were many reactions to the recent accusations of Michael Madigan's involvement in acts of patronage following the former Metra CEO's suspiciously generous severance package. An emeritus professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield gave his insight into the impact this may have on the House Speaker's daughter and attorney general. Read the full thing here.
What did you think of Lisa Madigan's surprising announcement that she wasn't running for Governor of Illinois in 2014?
Governor Pat Quinn feels that he can relate to the average citizen of Illinois, more so than 2014 candidate, Bill Daley. Share your comments if you agree or disagree!
The Better Government Association recently released their Integrity Index that revealed Illinois has the Third Most Integrity in the Nation. Before you start laughing, BGA President Andy Shaw reveals the reason for these results here.
As a result of Chicago's 3-notch downgrade from Moody's, Chicago Public Schools announced over 2,100 layoffs—1,036 of those employees were teachers.
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