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Poll: Gov. Bruce Rauner's Approval Rating Tumbles

David Ormsby | Posted 04.17.2015 | 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.

Guzzardi Undecided Over Mayoral Endorsement

David Ormsby | Posted 10.27.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

State Rep-elect Will Guzzardi, who has quickly emerged as a progressive rock star for clobbering State Rep. Toni Berrios in the March Democratic prima...

2013 a Good Year for House Speaker Michael Madigan?

David Ormsby | Posted 03.02.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Some political observers think that the powerful Illinois House Speaker, Michael Madigan, (D-Chicago) seriously stumbled in 2013. But they would be wr...

Labor Boosts Legislative Allies in Looming Illinois Pension Fight

David Ormsby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Everybody is working on Illinois pension reform. While the 10 lawmakers on the pension conference committee have been working to erect a sturdy pens...

Lone Chicago GOP Lawmaker Draws Young Democratic Challenger

David Ormsby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Chicago Republican State Rep. Mike McAuliffe has drawn a general election opponent, though it remains to be seen if the upstart challenger will draw a...

"Fire Madigan" Flops

David Ormsby | Posted 01.08.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

"Fire Madigan" was 2012 campaign strategy and brainchild of Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady. How do you spell flop? "Fire Madigan." So now, how should Illinois Republicans begin to regroup?

Lizzie Schiffman

Creator Of Fake Illinois House Speaker Twitter Account Considers Starting Super PAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 06.15.2012 | Chicago

@MayorEmanuel, the famously profane and famously fake Twitter account created in mockery of then-mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel, by Chicago writer Dan...

Cardinal George Opposition to Illinois Civil Unions Swept Aside, Illinois House Partially Undoes an Injustice

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

In 1996, Illinois and 14 other states approved "Defense of Marriage of Act" laws, but Illinois has now partially undone that injustice.

As Potential Chicago Mayoral Candidates Surge, Sheriff Tom Dart Rises to the Top

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Names of potential Chicago mayoral candidates to succeed Mayor Richard M. Daley are gushing out with the same intensity that BP's crippled oil well spewed crude a couple months ago.

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.

Speaker Madigan Blocks GOP Ethics Reform Proposal

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

House Speaker Michael Madigan swatted down a Republican effort Thursday to uncork stalled ethics legislation that would weaken his grip on power and c...

Quinn Is Both Frugal and Generous

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ormsby

Governor Pat Quinn continues to outshine his predecessor Rod Blagojevich. Admittedly, that bar is pretty low. A 7 watt bulb could outshine Blagojevich.