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 David From, Americans for Prosperity Illinois
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is at it again, attempting to raise taxes. He’s again proposing a constitutional amendment, HJRCA 26, his so-called “Millionaire’s Tax.” This same proposal was defeated in 2014 and last year, and for good reason. This measure could be voted on as early as today so please click here to contact your legislators and urge them to oppose the Madigan Tax …again!
When Madigan suggested this in 2014, the non-partisan Tax Foundation wrote, “a large share of Illinois employers would be impacted by this legislation, since 61% of employers in (Illinois) are pass-through entities. This includes a large number of small businesses and firms in several of the state’s key industries.”
Tantamount to a tax on those who are providing the jobs Illinoisans desperately need, this would be a punitive tax on a highly-mobile group of people largely comprised of job creators and small business owners who operate pass-through entities (meaning the business taxes are paid via the owner’s individual income tax return). … Continue Reading
Written by Russ Stewart
The outcome of Illinois’ gubernatorial race proves anew that any mother’s son can grow up to be governor, provided that he can self-fund $28 million and raise another $60 million.
Republican Bruce Rauner‘s win also reaffirms another pearl of wisdom: Bad always gets worse. If Illinoisans thought that state government was incompetent and leadership was dysfunctional under the Quinn-Madigan-Cullerton Democratic regime, they ain’t seen nothing yet.
The 2018 campaign for governor started on Nov. 5. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the presumptive Democratic nominee, and House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) will do everything possible to sabotage, stain and sully the new governor.
They want Rauner to fail so Lisa Madigan can win. They want to compel Rauner to break his promises of fiscal restraint and make him collude with the Democrats to raise the state income yet again.… Continue Reading
Written by Russ Stewart
Michael Madigan is a political genius, a durable Democratic leader, a successful and wealthy lawyer, and a horrendously dysfunctional speaker of the Illinois House.
Mayor Richard J. Daley once babbled some nonsense that “Good government is good politics.” He should have known better, as he spent a decade in Springfield, where the operative philosophy is “good politics may be good government, but if it’s not, so what?” Grasping, clutching and holding power is endemic.
Specimen A is Madigan, Springfield’s Machiavelli, who has been the speaker for 30 of the past 32 years. Madigan has a 71-47 super majority which he desperately wants to keep. A three-fifths vote is needed to override a governor’s veto and to pass bills in overtime sessions. If the Democrats lose a net of just one seat in November, the super majority is gone.… Continue Reading
Written by Luke Hamilton
Did Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kick over another lantern??
Why are residents and businesses streaming out of Illinois in alarming numbers? Over the past several years, dozens of companies have left Illinois; either shifting corporate HQ to more favorable tax climates or moving the entire company itself. Organizations like Jelly Belly, OfficeMax, Baxter International, Jimmy John’s, FatWallet.com, Hostess Brands, Sony Biotechnology, and State Farm Insurance have moved out of the state or have announced their intention to do so in the near future. These companies are fleeing to places like Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, and Texas; states which are relatively-close with robust fiscal forecasts and much lighter tax burdens. Illinois has lost 640,000 jobs in the past 14 years.
The ripple effect of such drastic downsizing is that between 1995 and 2009, an estimated $26,000,000,000 in taxable revenue left the state.… Continue Reading
By Scott Stantis –
Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) has been Speaker of the Illinois State House of Representatives for over 30 years. In that time he has molded a state constitution that all but guarantees the powerful stay powerful and the rest of us? Well, you know….
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