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[18 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Just about every one of the governor’s vetoes today is a story on its own. But it’s Friday afternoon and nobody is paying attention, so we’ll circle back next week.
I assume the comptroller will have something to say about the veto of her bill (HB3649), and others will object as well. […]

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[18 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

* The four legislative leaders met in Speaker Madigan’s Chicago ward office today to see if they could work out an education funding reform compromise. The meeting was scheduled to start at 1 o’clock.
I called Senate President Cullerton’s spokesman John Patterson late this afternoon to ask how the meeting went. “It was a […]

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[15 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
In response to Donald Trump continuing to send the office of the presidency to new lows and disgracing every value this country stands for, JB Pritzker released the following statement:
“This unhinged disgrace to the presidency just openly sympathized with Nazis on national television,” said JB Pritzker. “There are not two sides when it […]

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[15 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

* August 11th…
Bernie Delegates for Biss: From a release: “more than 30 delegates and committee members who attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention on behalf of Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed Daniel Biss for governor. ‘We believe that if Senator Biss were in a position to implement things like the Financial Transaction Tax, close the loophole […]

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[15 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Greg Hinz reports that the Illinois Liquor Control Commission has concerns about the legality of the way Cook County’s new pop tax is set up…

In a letter to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the commission wrote that even though the tax on sweetened beverages excludes alcohol, many of the wholesalers to which it […]

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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Hmm…

Here’s @GovRauner, who previously advocated for a soda tax, decrying the tax’s impact on food stamps, which he’s currently plotting to cut https://t.co/A8Rn6e6lI6
— IL Working Together (@IllinoisWorking) August 11, 2017

The soda tax is illegal. It jeopardizes the assistance the state provides to families in need. #twill https://t.co/LD9N144OOu
— Bruce Rauner (@BruceRauner) August 11, 2017

We’ve already […]

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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Chicago Magazine interviewed the Illinois Policy Institute’s John Tillman…
How did it happen that you lost so many of your people to the state government?
I don’t prefer the term “lost.” I think the state of Illinois is lucky to have these incredibly talented people. These are very difficult jobs, and I think this whole uproar […]

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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Interesting how they’re trying to de-emphasize the Cook endorsement…
Today, JB Pritzker was endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party and 23 Democratic county chairs from across the state. The chairs represent every region of the state, showing support from the Northern, Western, Central, Metro East, and Southern regions of Illinois.
The county chairs supporting JB […]

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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

* ILGOP…
MORE Insider Support for Pritzker
Pritzker Gets Endorsement of Most Crooked Organization in IL Politics
No group in Illinois politics reeks of crooked insider dealing more than the Cook County Democratic Party.
Just last month, the Chicago Tribune exposed how Mike Madigan-ally Joe Berrios, the Cook County Assessor and Chair of the Cook County Democratic […]

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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Who?…

Burr Ridge doctor Robert Marshall just announced he’s running for gov, 9th candidate. Wants to legalize marijuana and gambling in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/QMiolNBolL
— Tina Sfondeles (@TinaSfon) August 11, 2017

* Marshall was a Burr Ridge trustee from 1989-1993, ran for Congress as a Republican in 1998 and lost to Bill Lipinski in the general, then […]