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Jim Edgar remembers his own time as an Republican governor working with a Democratic legislature in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will follow in the footsteps of former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar when he takes control of a state in a fiscal crisis ...

Bruce Rauner's Victory: A Break From the Recent Past in Illinois?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

In April of this year, Gallup released the results of a national survey in which Illinois was ranked as the state with the highest percentage of residents who believe it is the worst place to live in the United States. Infamy of this sort is not easily earned, but instead accrues over decades.

Jim Edgar on Term Limits: 'Good Politics, Bad Governing'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Part of the reason term limits have become such a popular reform push in Illinois is because of career politicians such as House Speaker Michael Madigan who has served in the Illinois House for over 40 years.

ObamaCare: A Crisis of Crony Contracting

Adam Andrzejewski | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Adam Andrzejewski

Various commentators have begun using the term "the Chicago Way" or "the Illinois Way" to describe the Obama Administrations behavior. With the failed rollout of ObamaCare, we see the costs of rewarding political insiders and their substandard IT companies with plumb projects.

2014: Former Govs. Thompson, Edgar endorse Dillard

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.09.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kirk Dillard already had the endorsement of former Gov. Jim Edgar, for whom Dillard was chief of staff before launching his Illinois Senate career in 1993.

GOP Day at IL State Fair: 4 Gov Candidates Square Off

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republicans this year are giddy about their chances for retaking the governorship for the first time since Rod Blagojevich's victory in 2002.

Metra chairman resigns: No politics here, he says

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.02.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA CONTINUED The Metra board chairman portrayed by former CEO Alex Clifford as a pawn of House Speaker Michael Madigan resigned on Thursday. Cliffo...

Metra chief memo: I stood up to Madigan, others and got fired for it

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA MEMO AND MADIGAN Even if you never ride Metra, if you live in Illinois, your tax dollars help pay for it. That's why you should pay attention to...

Does Perception = Reality in "Two-State" Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Are there two states of Illinois, Chicago and the rest of the state? That was the theme of a discussion I attended last week at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Madigan to Goudie: Eat My Gravel!

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.12.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

ABC 7 Chicago investigative reporter Chuck Goudie caught up with House Speaker Michael Madigan last week, sort of. Madigan didn't share any thoughts o...

Preckwinkle Assembles All-Star Transition Team

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Toni Preckwinkle won convincing victories in the primary and general elections for Cook County Board President, ousting scandal-plagued incumbent Todd...

Jim Edgar: State Needs Rod Blagojevich Saga To End

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The only one of Illinois' last three former governors who hasn't been indicted says the state's image and its finances have be...

For Teachers Unions, Focus Should Be Brady

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

When it comes to education, Illinois voters have a stark choice this November: a Democrat who would fund the schools versus a Republican who would gut them.

Jim Edgar Will Vote For Bill Brady, But Won't Campaign For Him

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois governor Jim Edgar, a widely respected moderate Republican, has been critical of his party's candidate for the state's highest office ...

THOUSANDS Swarm State Capitol SUPPORTING Tax Hike

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An estimated 15,000 people gathered at the Capitol in Springfield Wednesday calling for a tax increase that could stave off major budget cuts. The gat...

Pat Quinn Gives Former Governor Jim Edgar Some Love (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It is no secret that former Republican Governor Jim Edgar is not a huge fan of Bill Brady. Edgar, who was the most well-liked (and least corrupt) Illi...

Jim Edgar, Former Governor, Slams Bill Brady's Budget Again; Rallies For Immigration Reform

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois governor Jim Edgar -- the last man to leave the Governor's mansion without an indictment -- built a reputation during his tenure of pr...

Pat Quinn's Budget Plan: Gov Says Tax Hike Would Save Education, But Not In Formal Proposal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As predicted, Gov. Pat Quinn did not include a tax hike in his formal budget proposal Wednesday, but after listing the massive cuts to education that ...

Former Governor Jim Edgar Talks Budget Crisis, Calls Bill Brady's Budget Ideas 'Naive'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar spoke on WBEZ's "Eight Forty Eight" Tuesday morning about the budget crisis in Illinois. While offering his opinion...

Jim Edgar To Endorse Kirk Dillard For Governor

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATED One of the state's most prominent Republicans is throwing his weight behind a candidate in the crowded GOP gubernatorial primary. Former Gov...

Education in Chicago: Reason to Cheer: Common Sense About Schools From Thinking Observers

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

Get rid of the college admissions essay. We'll thwart those odious helicopter parents. We know they're helping their pampered offspring cheat their way into Princeton.

GOP To Use Blagojevich Against Democrats: 'It's A Payback'

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Both times Rod Blagojevich was elected governor, it was as if he'd run against the same opponent: the legacy of a corrupt former gover...

Former Governor Edgar Opposes Special Election

Chicago Public Radio | Cate Cahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois legislative leaders are gathering in Springfield today, with their eyes on the future. That could include plans for a special election to fil...

Illinois Politicians Call On Blagojevich To Resign

The Huffington Post | Seth Maxon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois politicians moved quickly to repudiate Governor Rod Blagojevich after his arrest early Tuesday on federal corruption charges. Lt. Gov. Pat Q...

Bill Daley Quiet About Gubernatorial Run

The State-Journal Register | Bernard Schoenburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley could become more of a fixture at the Statehouse if he makes a run for governor in 2010. But he wasn't sayi...