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Poll: Duckworth Zaps Zopp in U.S. Senate Democratic Primary

David Ormsby | Posted 05.22.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

On Friday, May 15, the Chicago Sun-Times' Michael Sneed reported that Zopp, who has been recruited by ex-White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, had decided to run. Apparently, Zopp got her poll results back.

3 Things to Remember About Illinois Property Taxes

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

On May 17, Democrats in the Illinois House approved a property tax freeze bill that Republicans protested as a stunt. And the conservative Americans For Prosperity-Illinois has made tamping down property taxes a major cause this spring.

Attacking unions, Rauner hurts working families and the Illinois economy

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

Governor Rauner's so-called "local empowerment zones" are dishonestly packaged and fundamentally unfair. They violate state and federal law, would strip working people of basic rights and harm our state's economy. So why is he pushing for them?

3 Ideas on Dealing With Illinois' Pension Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Now that the Illinois Supreme Court has said that the state's 2013 pension reform law won't fly, Illinois finds itself in a difficult position. How to (legally) reform the state's pension systems in a way that saves money and maintains the necessary components of the pensioners' benefits?

Republicans Are Looking For A Few Good Losers For 2016 Races In Some Cities

Reuters | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) - When Republican Stefanie Linares ran for office in the deeply Democratic city of Chica...

In Pension Battle, Governor Faces Constitutional Fight

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, May 10 (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner faces a formidable challenge in his bid to reform public wo...

Civic Federation, Madigan Have Reservations About Rauner's Budget

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A $2.2 billion pension savings that's unlikely ever to happen and an overly hopeful savings on state employee insurance payments are two of the major flaws in Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal for the 2016 state budget, says the Civic Federation, the state's leading fiscal watchdog.

House Hears Rauner's Turnaround Agenda Plan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Some Illinois mayors are worried about Rauner's Turnaround Agenda for Illinois because they worry it could leave their towns with unfunded mandates -- rules they must follow but no state money to ensure compliance. Nancy Mathieson explains at Reboot Illinois why these worries keep some Illinois mayors up at night.

IL Governor Rauner's Pal Made $625,000 Per Hour Last Year and Then Gave $10 Million to Rauner Campaign to Attack Unions and Cut Worker Pay

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The New York Times reported yesterday that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's chief political backer, Ken Griffin, made $1.3 billion last year as manager of the hedge fund Citadel Capital. Griffin made as much personally as 26,000 average Americans making the median wage.

Illinois Needs to Take the Salmon Out of Its Budget Grocery Cart

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois government is like the grocery shopper at the checkout with an overflowing cart and a nearly empty wallet. Something's gotta go back onto the shelves. Madeleine Doubek of Reboot Illinois says maybe the salmon should be the first to go.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Wants to See Legislative Term Limits in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has at least one non-negotiable item on his wish list for the spring legislative session: passing legislative term limits. Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains.

Bruce Rauner's "Good Friday Massacre" budget cuts reinstated

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Please allow me to vent briefly on the "Good Friday Massacre" -- the $26 million in social service cuts issued April 3 by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The big ...

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 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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...