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[19 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

* You may have seen this bubbling up on Twitter today…

NEW: Hearing an additional well known, high ranking operative to Speaker Madigan has been quietly removed from organization for alleged complaints, Speaker’s spox will only say “he has no current assignment” #twill
— Mary Ann Ahern (@MaryAnnAhernNBC) February 19, 2018

#Madigan. Shaw Decremer former field lieutenant to […]

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[19 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

* The Liberty Justice Center is, of course, closely affiliated with the Illinois Policy Institute. The Center’s President is Patrick Hughes, who works closely with Dan Proft at the Illinois Opportunity Project. The Institute is run by John Tillman. All those folks have been openly warring with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Proft is […]

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[13 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Is a legislative crackdown on carjackings coming?…
In Illinois, motor vehicle theft is classified as a Class 2 felony, which carries a sentence of between three and seven years. But under the state’s current law, a person in possession of a stolen vehicle has to know it has “been stolen or converted” to be charged […]

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[13 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget proposal Wednesday, and the pregame positioning already has begun.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton had an op-ed published in the Springfield State Journal-Register claiming the governor has to overcome $9 billion in red ink, even as the governor says he wants to lower taxes.
Not only that, Cullerton […]

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[13 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Sun-Times…

Asked by the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board to explain what he’d done wrong in his relationship with victim rights advocate Denise Rotheimer, [Sen. Ira Silverstein] said: “Inappropriate, maybe some stupid banter.”
Inappropriate in what way, he was asked.
“Maybe some joking around that people might take the other way,” Silverstein said. […]
When pressed, however, he also […]

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[13 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

* This was released yesterday morning at 10 o’clock…
House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Monday:
“In November, a courageous woman made me aware that a high-ranking individual within my political operation had previously made unwanted advances and sent her inappropriate text messages. I immediately consulted with my attorney, Heather Wier Vaught, and directed her to conduct a thorough investigation. Ms. Wier Vaught conducted numerous interviews, reviewed the evidence, and recently came to the conclusion that the individual engaged in inappropriate conduct and failed to exercise the professional judgment I expect of those affiliated with my political organizations and the Office of the Speaker.
As a result, long-time aide Kevin Quinn is no longer an employee of any of my political committees. Mr. Quinn has worked with my political offices for nearly 20 years. While this is the only allegation of such conduct, Mr. Quinn also recently pled guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Based on the culmination of events, Alderman Marty Quinn and I decided that Kevin should no longer be affiliated with the political organization. For the record, Kevin was previously an employee of my State office, and he will not be returning to that role.
Further, Ms. Wier Vaught made several recommendations aimed at preventing inappropriate behavior and improving methods for reporting and responding to such allegations. My political committees are actively taking steps to implement those recommendations.
* The Tribune story popped almost exactly twelve hours later…

A key staffer in […]

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[13 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

* NBC 5…
Kina Collins stepped down from her role as Pritker’s field organizer after a scandal broke out last week regarding tapes that surfaced of Pritzker making controversial comments about African-American leaders. […]
“I knew I would disappoint my community more had I stayed,” Collins said.
“As great as apologies are, I don’t necessarily think we have […]

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[7 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

* DGA…
Today, Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration appeared before a legislative body investigating the state’s botched response to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a state-run veterans’ home in Quincy. Over three years, 13 people died. At a hearing last month, lawmakers asked the administration to turn over more information about the state’s response to the […]

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[7 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Drury has been saying all along that Speaker Madigan is behind the effort to kick him off the ballot. Hiring Madigan’s top election lawyer will only buttress his argument…
The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 announced today that it has retained election attorney Michael Kasper in the ongoing challenge of Representative Scott […]

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[6 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

* ABC 7…
Ives called her ad a parody of Governor Bruce Rauner’s “Thank You Mike Madigan” ad. […]
Dan Proft, a radio host and conservative strategist who used to work with the Rauner campaign but defected to Ives, defended the ad.
“Not everybody’s tone or sensibility is the same, so people are going to take things differently. […]