The angry revolt in the Republican presidential primary contest, pitting unelected “outsiders” against “establishment” candidates such as Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio–all current or former elected officials– is made doubly unpredictable by the bizarre, complex GOP delegate selection process.
The “outsiders,” Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson, cumulatively are leading with half the vote.
Despite rumors–or... Read the full story »
What began as a modest number of tax breaks for a handful of companies has mushroomed into a billion-dollar giveaway rife with failure.
In the first comprehensive analysis of 783 EDGE agreements, the Chicago Tribune found that two of every three businesses that completed the incentive program failed to maintain the number of employees they agreed to retain or hire.
State officials can’t say how many jobs have been created through the job program; nor can they say how many jobs EDGE companies... Read the full story »
In Illinois there are a multitude of pathways to the governorship, none alike.
Bruce Rauner spent $75 million. Pat Quinn was the lieutenant governor when the governor was impeached. Rod Blagojevich married Dick Mell’s daughter. Jim Thompson put a bunch of corrupt politicians in jail. Dan Walker donned a red bandanna and walked the length of Illinois. Both Jim Edgar and George Ryan spent 8 years each in the unglamorous job of secretary of state.
As 2018 approaches, the Democratic frontrunner... Read the full story »