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Illinois Has a Crisis of Confidence in Government. Here's What We Can Do to Change That

Ra Joy | Posted 03.14.2016 | Chicago
Ra Joy

We, the people, have the power to fix the governing crisis in Illinois. All of us who care about achieving true democracy should resolve to get informed and get more involved in our public life.

New Senate President Says Democrats 'Have Embarrassed Ourselves' (VIDEO)

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Incoming Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Sunday the Democrats who control state government should be embarrassed by the constant fightin...

John Cullerton Picked As Illinois Senate President

Associated Press | Christopher Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

llinois Senate Democrats picked Chicagoan John Cullerton to become the next Senate president, part of a shake-up Wednesday that could change the atmos...

Senators Getting Back To Work, But Not To Fix Budget

The Southern | Kurt Erickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The state's financial picture is worsening, but don't look for any quick fix from the Illinois Senate. After a busy election season, Illinois lawmake...

Voter's Push For Change Stops At Springfield

Daily Herald | John Patterson and Joseph Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Suburban voters turned out in droves to back Barack Obama's message of "change" last week, but on the state front, they sent back to Springfield nearl...

The Time is Now

Rep. John Fritchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. John Fritchey

It is the time for ideas aimed at shaping our state for the next generation, rather than for the next election cycle.

Are Citizens 'Too Stupid' For A Constitutional Convention?

SouthtownStar | Kristen McQueary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

T here they stood, like an old Archie and Edith. Gov. Jim Edgar and his 1992 gubernatorial opponent, Dawn Clark Netsch, side by side in the Thompson C...

Blagojevich Warns Obama Of GOP "Ruse"

Chicago Tribune | Robert Mitchum and Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich warned home-state presidential contender Barack Obama he is falling into a Republican trap by siding against the gover...

Jones Caves To "My Friend, Barack Obama"

Chicago Tribune | Ray Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A day after getting a phone call from Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, Senate President Emil Jones decided Thursday to summon senators ...

Obama Makes The Call

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Responding to pleas from government reformers, Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday phoned Illinois Senate President Em...

Obama Prodded To Intervene On Illinois Ethics Bill

Crain's Chicago Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois lawmakers tried again to draw Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama back into state politics. At a bipartisan press conference meant ...

Obama Dodges Illinois Ethics Gridlock

Chicago Sun-Times | Dave McKinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While Barack Obama left an imprint on two major ethics packages as a state senator, he ducked a plea Thursday to use his influence to safeguard landma...

House Restores Budget Cuts, Affirms Strong Ethics Law

Greg Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Greg Harris

The actions of the House, although by overwhelming bipartisan majorities, are only the first step in undoing this damage to the state.

Governor Blagojevich, Do Right on Substance Abuse Cuts

Greg Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Greg Harris

Rather than spread the pain of a difficult budget year across the state budget, the Governor purposefully targeted vulnerable Illinoisans for more pain and suffering. They will pay a steep price, and so will everyone else.

The Power of Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Illinois Needs a Big Hug

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

When one thinks about the bitter political feuds in recent years - Blagojevich vs. Madigan; Madigan vs. Jones; Jackson vs. Daley or Rush or Halvorson; the Tribune/Sun-Times vs. Stroger - one can't help but think Illinois is in need of reconciliation.

Blagojevich Vetoes, Re-Writes Ethics Bill

State Journal-Register | Ryan Keith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Rod Blagojevich today drastically changed a legislative effort to curb "pay-to-play" political donations, using both his executive order and veto...

Con-Con? Yes!

Dave Lundy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Dave Lundy

My biggest pet peeve is the absolute power exercised by our legislative leaders in refusing to allow votes on bills they don't like. For those that aren't familiar with the bizarre ways of Springfield, let me explain.

Illinois' Feudal Politics

Elizabeth Austin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elizabeth Austin

If you really want to understand Illinois politics, the place you really need to go is San Gimignano, in the rolling hills of Tuscany.