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The Emerging Populist Groundswell

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We are the richest country humanity has ever seen, and we are at our richest moment. Yet hardworking Americans keep coming home to "a plate full of worry." This is largely because over the last few decades the wages of the bottom 80 percent of Americans have fallen or stagnated while the super-rich rake in all the profits. We can do better, and we must.

Judge Overturns Illinois Governor's Anti-Union Order

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, April 10 (Reuters) - An Illinois judge on Friday overturned Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's anti-union order, which would keep fees paid...

Arthur Delaney

Illinois Cuts Funds For Indigent Funerals

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has decided the state will no longer help pay for poor people's funerals to reduce a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. ...

Rauner's Essentials

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.24.2015 | Chicago
Michael Beyer

Gov. Rauner is worth billions, and adds 60 million dollars a year to his personal coffers. If Gov. Rauner continues to push his agenda of austerity, he should be honest and admit that his wealth isn't essential, either.

How the Super-Rich Are Attempting an Illinois Takeover -- and Trying to Shut Out Working Families

Roberta Lynch | Posted 03.18.2015 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

While it may seem mysterious to many in the Illinois media, Gov. Rauner's obsession with weakening unions fits within the context of the corporate elite's nationwide crusade to eliminate organized labor from the American political landscape.

Poll: Voters Sour Further on Rauner

David Ormsby | Posted 03.18.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Shortly after his election, Bruce Rauner warned that "tough" decisions needed to be made to fix Illinois and that he would likely not be "Mr. Popularity" for a while. That prediction continues to be prescient.

What Do the State of Illinois and a Boiling Frog Have in Common?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you throw a frog into a pot of scalding liquid, it'll jump right out to save itself. But if you place the frog in the pot and then slowly turn up the heat, the frog will boil right along with the water; it won't know it's slowly dying. Former Illinois resident John Cole explains why that science experiment could be a metaphor for Illinois' political and financial situation

Aaron Schock's Fall From Grace Is a New Twist on an Old Theme

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.16.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Schock has come under criticism for possibly improper use of taxpayer funds on dinners, hotels, private jet flights and even concert tickets. The Better Government Association's Andy Shaw took a look at how Schock, a rising Republican star, fell out of favor. His ailment is not unique, says Shaw.

The GOP's Big Squeeze

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Every adult American, of course, has the right to work. What this legislation does is help corporations and state governments cut workers' pay. Its intent is regressive. Republicans want to return America to the days when robber barons controlled workers' lives completely.

Rauner Funding Cut to Preschool for HIV/AIDS-Affected Kids Promises Political Fight

David Ormsby | Posted 03.10.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Insiders were struck by the political tone-deafness of the cut, given the charged history of the well-regarded nonprofit and its 13-year struggle to cling to the funding for its preschool and specialized nursing care for ill children.

Dave Jamieson

Biden Warns The Right Is 'Intent On Breaking' Labor Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking to the leading labor union for firefighters on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden hammered the GOP for pursuing budget cuts and t...

Gov. Rauner Clashes With Illinois Senate Black Caucus Over Budget

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Things were going fairly smoothly for Gov. Bruce Rauner as he met with lawmakers to sell his budget reforms. But things went off the rails when Rauner hosted the Senate Black Caucus, writes Rich Miller of Capitol Fax.

Gov. Rauer's Illinois spending cuts plan: "admirable" or stressful?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts for Illinois have a lot of people up in arms. But David From, director of the Illinois chapter of Americans F...

Sam Levine

Public Unions Sue Illinois Governor Over Blocking 'Fair Share' Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Illinois public employee unions struck back Thursday, filing a lawsuit to block Gov. Bruce Rauner's attempt to prevent them from collect...

Rauner Budget Would Cut Medicaid, Restore Funding for Other Social Services

Hilary Gowins | Posted 03.02.2015 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

Rauner's 2016 budget proposal is far from law -- any spending plan must first pass the Illinois General Assembly, which will happen sometime over the course of the coming months. Until then, Illinois will prove a testing ground for how to dig out of debt without undue harm to the state's most vulnerable residents.

A Tale of Two Midwestern States and Their Wealthy Governors

John A. Tures | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Minnesota and Illinois share a common region, a similar economy, and even the same athletic conference (the Big 10). They both have billionaire governors. One launched a series of progressive policies, with great results for the business climate in the state, a stark contrast to the anti-working class agenda of the other.

How Many Millionaires Are There in Illinois?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.25.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

After Gov. Bruce Rauner's Feb. 18 budget address that called for steep cuts to spending in order to recover the state's financial stability, House Speak Michael Madigan revived talk of a "millionaire tax" in Illinois.

IL Governor Rauner Gets $750,000 Tax Break, Proposes Slashing Services to Middle Class and Poor

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Bruce Rauner may think that he is auditioning for a spot on the 2016 GOP ticket or a cabinet post in a Bush, Walker or Christie administration. In fact he could easily become the national symbol of the trickle down economic theory that has failed to produce benefits for everyday Americans.

Rauner's Illinois Pension Plan a Budget 'Booby Trap'?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Back in December, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Democrats had concocted a "booby-trap budget" that would detonate just as he took office. He was right. But is Rauner setting another trap with a new pension reform plan he proposed last week? Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains.

13 Million Illinois Citizens Named Bruce

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The billionaire Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, injected himself into ceremonies in Chicago last week presided over by the city's Democratic mayor and the nation's Democratic president.

6 Spending Cuts Proposed for Illinois by Gov. Bruce Rauner

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.21.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his first budget address to the General Assembly Feb . 18, outlining his plans for getting the state's finances back on track.

How Many Union Members Are in Illinois?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.20.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made his criticism of public unions clear, signing an executive order to stop mandatory "fair share" fees and expressing support for local "right-to-work zones" throughout the state.

Watch: What Does Gov. Rauner's Budget Proposal Mean for Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner didn't just deliver his Budget Address on Wednesday. He detonated a bomb over state budgeting practices and philosophy that have guided Illinois government finances for at least 12 years.

Another Republican Governor Proposes Big Cuts In Higher Education

Chronicle Of Higher Education | Posted 02.19.2015 | College

The chopping-block tour of 2015 made its third stop, in Illinois, on Wednesday, where Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cutting a $1.5-billion deficit by sla...

Reinventing America, The Forbes Summit in Chicago Part II

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Sugar Rautbord

These small, invitation-only congresses bring together Wealth, Politics, Business, and Government as well as Education and Disruptive Innovation and are a winning formula for stimulating growth, forging new partnerships, and in this case, the reinvention of industrial power.