. We're following the social media trends of the six candidates for Illinois governor. The early returns show GOP candidate Bruce Rauner leading the pack in Facebook friends, though his numbers have begun to plateau after a meteoric initial rise.
The pension crisis still has no solution, and as each day passes, the Illinois taxpayers are the ones who pay the piper -- literally. It's cost taxpayers $21 billion since 2000, and it's only getting worse.
While many people relaxed in celebration of the 4th of July holiday, Illinois was buzzing from the recent release of former Governor George Ryan, Bill Daley's endorsement from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Quinn's partial veto of a concealed carry firearms bill.
Apparently the "do nothing" Illinois General Assembly may have done enough to help to turn the long-term tide of the state's underfunded pension systems. Despite the good news, Quinn refused in his statement to embrace his administration's good news.
Conneen found an interested partner in "Suffrage at 17" who had long championed populist causes, and both parties filed this conversation in their collective memories. They were reunited at Stevenson as students wrote their own history of how a bill becomes law.
Feel the energy. There has been no "Thank God, Bill Daley is the in race!" reaction from Democratic political observers who fear that Governor Pat Quinn might lose the Democrats' grip on the governor's mansion.
Leaky pipes can be a politician's best friend. Good government remains good politics. Gov. Quinn announced a loan to the city of Chicago to replace seven miles of aging, leaking, wheezing water pipeline with a "jobs, jobs, jobs" message.
All the legislation does is require that corporations disclose how much they pay to the state. Working families in the state are paying taxes. All we want to do is make sure the big corporations are doing the same. If they have nothing to hide, why do they care?