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Despite higher income tax, state finances continue downward spiral in Illinois!

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A bill filed by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is intensifying speculation that the 2011 personal and corporate income tax hikes could become permanent. T...

Changing Our Corrupt City's Course

Dick Simpson | Posted 04.17.2012 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

Unless Chicagoans give a damn, we will never have the votes at the ballot box or in the city council to end the endemic cultural of corruption which has plagued this city since the first public corruption convictions in 1869.

Blagojevich, Illinois Governor, Arrested (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Update, 2:40pm AP reports that Blagojevich's Deputy Governor, Bob Greenlee, has resigned. Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn says Deputy Gov. Bob Greenlee res...

Advice To Blago: Invoke Caesar

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

If only he had invoked Caesar from the start, instead of civil rights heroes whose legacies are so sacred to so many, perhaps he could go down more gracefully (or at least less offensively).

Blagojevich 2.0

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

What Blagojevich did is so shocking that it could make "Lincoln turn over in his grave." But Caroline getting the seat because of her zillion-dollar fund raising ability wouldn't do the same?

How About Some of that Blago to Go?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Blagojevich, by any reasonable standard, ought to be beside himself with embarrassment over the 114 to 1 vote to impeach him. Yet he's reciting Tennyson in front of cameras.

Replace Harry Reid?

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The Democrats should cut their losses and seat Burris. Perhaps they should cut their losses with Reid, too.

Blagojevich vs. the Senate

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

In this contest of wills -- the governor's rightful authority to appoint a senator as opposed to the Senate's power to judge the qualification of its members -- the last word simply belongs to the Senate.

Enough About 'Roland Burris, Good Guy'

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

It doesn't matter how clean his record was when he was in office a decade ago or if he didn't pay a cent for his appointment: Roland Burris is a willing pawn in a very corrupt game.

A Lesser Class of Rogue

Allison Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Silver

Though Blagojevich is regularly described as the apotheosis of the shady Illinois politician, he does not come close to the finesse and style embodied by masterful machine politicians. He's no McGinty.

ABC's "The Note" Embarrasses Itself on Behalf of Beltway Journalism

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Doing its best to prop up the beyond soggy Blago/Obama "scandal," The Note worked feverishly to convince fellow journalists that they didn't make fools of themselves hyping the non-story for weeks.

Blago and Me

Neil McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

In electoral politics we want to avoid the rich and famous in favor of the modest but qualified. But we make it impossible for anyone but the rich and famous to get the jobs and then keep them.

Blago Should Still Appoint Diane Nash

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen C. Rose

Diane Nash is a pillar of the civil rights movement who happens to be a blue ribbon Chicago citizen and is certainly more qualified than Caroline Kennedy to be a US Senator.

Welcome to the Blagosphere

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

The Blagojevich scandal is widely seen as a heavy blow for the incoming administration, but in fact it's good for Mr. Obama that it happened early on.

The Right Way to Sell a Senate Seat

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Handel

Blago is actually the Governor's nickname, and please don't confuse it with "blogger," which is what I am. I'm not the governor of anything, and I left Chicago at age 6, with my morals more or less intact.

Handcuffs and Shoulder Shrugs

Toby Greenwalt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Toby Greenwalt

The conversation has moved on to how far this investigation will lead. Whether it's a political newcomer like Tammy Duckworth or a political institution like Richard Daley, a lot of people are hoping Fitzmas only hits once this year.

The Other Blago-Sphere Takes a Hit

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

It's not just Lincoln turning in his grave, as U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald suggested, this would make even the first Mayor Daley turn in his grave, a man who could peddle boodle in his sleep without a scratch.

Blagojevich Returns To Work

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI and CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — His career in shreds, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich clung defiantly to power Wednesday, ignoring a call to step down from President-el...

Media Use Blagojevich Scandal Against Obama

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Media Matters reports that, despite U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's warning to "not cast aspersions on people for being named or being discussed" i...

Blagojevich Proves Obama is Clean

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

The headline shouldn't be about how this is a problem for Obama. The headline should be, "Blagojevich Case Proves Obama Can't Be Bought." He is indisputably clean.

Obama Unfairly Tainted by Crimes He Didn't Commit

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We've seen this before: specious attempts to connect Obama with corrupt or controversial figures in Chicago. This is what we can expect for the next four years. The crazy has only just begun.

My Take on Blagojevich

David Mamet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Mamet

I am from Chicago, and, so, having been disillusioned with politics at an early age I do not become involved. The only reason I vote is because they pay me.

Blagojevich's Magnificent Downfall

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Warren

At the heart of it all, is money -- as is the case in about 49 other states, regardless of all the television chatter Tuesday about a peculiarly "Chicago" brand of corruption.

Blagojevich Scandal An Early Test For Obama Team | PETER BAKER and JEFF ZELENY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- When Representative Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat, began exploring whether she might fill Barack Obama's seat in the United State...

Jason Linkins

Blagojevich Profanity-Laced Conversations Reenacted On "Rachel Maddow" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Everybody's been reading over the obscenity-strewn transcribed conversations of Rod Blagojevich and realizing that he's the most profane, David Mamet-...