Written by John Biver
Pat Hughes from “Upstream Ideas” recently recorded a scathing short video slamming state Senate Republican Minority Leader Christine Radogno for her participation in the crafting of a budget “compromise” which includes a tax increase on Illinois families. That video can be seen here: ‘Republican’ Minority Leader Radogno Looking Out For Herself Not You.
It should be noted that Sen. Radogno has been the senate GOP leader since 2009, and was recently reelected to that position by her fellow Republicans. Also worth noting is that she has been in office for twenty years, and few considered her a solid fiscal conservative in support of limited government. Any criticism of Sen. Radogno should not leave out the fact that she has enjoyed the majority support of her caucus since 2009, so her fellow Republican senators share in the blame of any tax increase that might get passed.… Continue Reading
Written by Pat Hughes
It’s bad enough that, after decades of Mike Madigan’s leadership, the state can’t pay its bills. But now, his daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, wants to take away the ability of state workers to pay their own bills.
Throughout the bitter dispute over the state budget, Madigan-Nemesis Governor Bruce Rauner has worked to keep the state government running so that core services are not completely shut down. The Governor has made clear that paying state workers for work that they do, while working to pass a balanced budget, is a top priority.
Speaker Madigan and his Democrat Majority have blocked the Governor’s call for reforms like term-limits and property tax freezes, and refused to pass a balanced budget. Instead, they’ve tried to gain political leverage by maximizing the pain felt by families.… Continue Reading
Written by Sara Burnett
The state where both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton used to live is still reliably Democratic when it comes to picking a president.
But drill a little deeper and it’s clear the political map changed, with more counties flipping from Democrat to Republican just as they did in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, helping Donald Trump become president.
While Trump won a smaller percentage of the state’s overall vote than Mitt Romney did in 2012 due to dismal support in Chicago and its suburbs, he won a dozen more counties than Romney. Those included large portions of northwest Illinois and one southern county that hadn’t backed the GOP presidential candidate since Richard Nixon’s landslide 1972 victory over George McGovern.
On Trump’s coattails, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the GOP eroded a Democratic supermajority in the Illinois House.… Continue Reading
Written by John Biver
Former Governor Pat Quinn, a fixture on the Illinois political scene for decades, has been on the statewide ballot many times, and also served as State Treasurer and Lt. Governor. Earlier this month, Reboot Illinois’ Matt Dietrich wrote this:
Before serving as governor from 2009 to 2015, Pat Quinn was known as a rabble-rousing reformer who, most famously, led a 1980 citizen initiative that cut the membership of the Illinois House by one-third.
Now Quinn wants to “open up” Chicago’s City Hall “and let the people in” — this is how his TakeChargeChicago.org states it:
Welcome to Take Charge Chicago, a grassroots movement to open up City Hall and let the people in. Take Charge Chicago aims to put two binding referendums on the ballot: a term limit on the Mayor of Chicago; and creation of an elected Consumer Advocate to be a champion for beleaguered Chicago taxpayers and consumers.
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Written by John Biver
Former governor Pat Quinn agrees with Bruce Rauner, the guy who made him a former governor, when it comes to term limits. While Rauner continues to press for term limits for state legislative and statewide offices, Quinn has launched an effort aimed at the City of Chicago’s mayor. More on those proposals later. First, a few comments on the issue itself.
Limiting the years a person can serve in important political offices isn’t new. In fact, it’s very old. When the ancient Greeks pioneered democratic government 2500 years ago, they set it up so the entire 500-man council meeting on Pnyx Hill in Athens had 500 new faces every year. That’s right — serve a one-year term and then you’re out. Their reasoning was simple — the goal was “democracy.” Here is one dictionary breaking down the word: From the Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos ‘the people’ +-kratia ‘power, rule.’
If the people were to rule, it would not be a good idea to vest too much power in any individual, including the power to hold office for extended periods of time.… Continue Reading
Written by Eric Kohn
Rich Miller wants Bruce Rauner to surrender.
This has been a theme of Miller’s since shortly after Rauner was inaugurated. [Recently] in a guest column at Reboot Illinois, he used the loss of two high profile Rauner-backed primary candidates to renew his call. Miller begins with this sentence:
It’s almost impossible to make a deal with somebody who won’t accept reality.
Let’s talk about reality.
Miller is correct that Rauner lost two races where he had made a significant investment. State Sen. Sam McCann (R-50th) defeated challenger Bryce Benton, and State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-5th) went down in defeat to Juliana Stratton. Rauner, and groups supporting Rauner, like Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles PAC, had invested millions to defeat McCann and keep Dunkin. It didn’t work out.… Continue Reading
Written by John Kirkwood
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted;
the indifference of those who should have known better;
the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most;
that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
When it comes to the voice of pro-life leaders and legislators in Illinois, it’s not a cat that’s got their tongue, it’s an 800-pound elephant named Bruce Rauner. In the wake of the Planned Parenthood scandal the Republican Governor has remained silent and what’s worse yet, Illinois’ journalists, pro-life activists, and most fellow Republicans seem to prefer it that way.
Governors of at least seven states have either halted funding to Planned Parenthood or ordered special investigations into the allegations that they sell baby body parts, but not in Illinois and not Governor Bruce Rauner.… Continue Reading
If you’re a close reader of the two Chicago metro dailies, you know both the Sun-Times and the Tribune are reluctant to talk much about Chicago’s dire financial situation. The one exception is when the union members in the press are trying to help the union candidate for mayor, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Then, they’re quick to point out that Rahm Emanual is a rich guy, who hangs out with other rich guys like Gov. Bruce Rauner.
It’s a shame the media’s inherent bias gets in the way of telling the truth about Chicago’s finances, because the city is in – to put it in terms even a kindergarten kid can understand – deep doo-doo. But to get the ugly details, Chicago taxpayers have to rely on national media outlets unbeholden to certain parts of the Chicago political machine.… Continue Reading
Written by Scott Reeder
Four years ago, State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) walked into a state office and announced he didn’t want a pension.
“I got a blank look in response. The General Assembly has an incredibly generous pension plan, and I was told I was the first legislator to choose not to participate in more than 14 years. I guess I was a trend-setter because today one-fifth of the General Assembly doesn’t participate,” the Palatine Republican said.
Indeed, documents obtained by Illinois News Network through the state Freedom of Information Act found that 37 lawmakers have opted not to participate in the General Assembly Retirement System. View the complete list of GARS OPT OUTS.
State Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison), said she opted not to take a pension so she could be more objective when dealing with state pension reform.… Continue Reading