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[29 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Illinoisans have no cause to be modest. The state’s legislators are unquestionably the best that money can buy, and Bruce Rauner, Mike Madigan and John Cullerton spent a combined $100 million to purchase them in 2016.
The second most underreported Springfield political story of 2016 is that the governor got more bang for his bucks while the speaker got his proverbial clock cleaned, losing his precious House super majority. Madigan’s Democratic majority dropped from 71-47 to 67-51. The Madigan-funded Democratic candidate lost to the Rauner-funded Republican in seven of the nine …

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[29 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Democrats Face a Rough Electoral Path to the Midterms https://t.co/ss28paB2Ft— OBSERVER (@observer) December 29, 2016

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[29 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Inside the secretive $4.5B startup that is changing the world of computing forever: https://t.co/N34DyA3zBa pic.twitter.com/L5l4duvnzw— Forbes (@Forbes) December 29, 2016

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[29 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Endangered tax dodgeshttps://t.co/hw8WcnOWGa pic.twitter.com/NZ8xYfWnxb— Forbes (@Forbes) December 29, 2016

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[28 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Madeleine Doubek at Reboot…
There actually have been rumors and some reports that a Democratic alternative or two to Madigan will be offered up when lawmakers reconvene for the 100th General Assembly Jan. 11.
One of the names bandied about is state Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook. After all, Rauner likes to offer her up […]

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[28 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

  Namely D. Axelrod on how Trump can govern in view of his cabinet picks’ differing with him on “some key issues”: “This is a great, unanswered question,” said David Axelrod, who was a top adviser to Mr. Obama. “It seems that Trump does not come to this with a well-developed philosophy so much as … Continue reading Wuxtry, former campaign strategist consults looking glass for keen observation . . . 

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[28 Dec 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

If Democrats want to recapture their old self-image as “the people’s party,” their political self-examination will have to go deeper than strategy and further back than millennials can remember. The party’s alienation from the white working class began in the streets of Chicago outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention. There, antiwar protesters and activists for a host of countercultural causes fought the police of Mayor Richard J. Daley while the nation watched on television:
“The kids and their supporters saw the mayor and the cops as authoritarian, ignorant, violent bigots. The …

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[28 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Just awful: Montreal authorities move to protect restaurants by banning new ones https://t.co/6xvLEpOPmb— Walter Olson (@walterolson) December 28, 2016