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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.

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.

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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.23.2015 | 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.

Poll: Gov. Bruce Rauner's Approval Rating Tumbles

David Ormsby | Posted 02.15.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Polls may confirm the angst that some GOP lawmakers are feeling about the governor's full-throated attack on the unions, fearing that slippage of Rauner's approval rating could hit their own numbers, particularly those labor-friendly Republican legislators who may be forced to vote for anti-labor initiatives.

Miller: Gov. Bruce Rauner Has Not Shut the Door on Tax Hikes

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.26.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rich Miller of Capitol Fax took a look at how exactly Rauner and his team plan to deal with the state's issues, including the possibility of higher taxes along with spending cuts.

Raunerphobia

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.14.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Multimillionaire Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner has an extremely close relationship with Rahm Emanuel, moderate stances on social issues a...

Top 10: Illinois Remains in National Unemployment Cellar

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

New unemployment figures last week showed Illinois' jobless rate unchanged in August. That also means our second-worst national ranking is unchanged.

Daley on Exit: I Could Have Won, That's Why I Quit

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Bill Daley offered a unique excuse Tuesday for why he had abandoned his bid for governor the previous day: He was confident he'd win. And he realized that, at 65, he wasn't prepared for the 5- to 9-year commitment winning the governorship would entail.

Pension Committee Compromise Sure to Displease

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There is one thing I am absolutely, 100 percent sure about when it comes to the pension bill being hammered out by the Illinois General Assembly's conference committee: Whatever it is, both sides will find plenty to hate about it.

Quinn's lawmaker salary veto: Playing with fire?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SALARY VETO AS STRATEGY This week Illinois lawmakers will miss their first monthly paycheck after Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries after their fai...

Madigan, Metra and clout culture: "Legal" doesn't mean "correct"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LEGAL VS. RIGHT Whether House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws in trying to obtain a raise for a political donor at Metra is all but irrelevant....

Let's Get Ready to Rumble: Illinois Senate Back in Session

Kyle Hillman | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

In Springfield, our representation is free to debate a bill however they choose, but that doesn't include making public the fact that there is a very clear conflict of interest. Think about that for a second.

Governor Pat Quinn's "Open Primary" Push Is Fish Food

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Under current Illinois law, a voter must declare a party affiliation before voting in the primary, which is then recorded as a public record. Pat Quinn's "open primary" plan would change that.