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[26 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* We’re gonna skip over some of the stuff we discussed yesterday. Let’s start with Finke…
Illinois House Democrats Wednesday night rammed through a spending plan for the next state fiscal year, even though there’s no agreement on any of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “turnaround agenda.”
The House voted […]

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[23 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Greg Hinz…
A new report (scroll down to read) I’ve obtained exclusively from the Illinois Partners for Human Services says agencies serving the disabled, elderly, poor and others collectively are responsible for $3.1 billion a year in direct spending and $1.4 billion in secondary spending. They employ 3.5 percent of the state’s workforce, roughly 169,000 […]

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[23 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* AP…
High school seniors’ unease over the lack of state funding for Illinois universities is contributing to a drop in applications at a number of campuses, and the problem appears to primarily affect schools facing the some of the toughest financial struggles.
A review of admissions data by The Associated Press found that applications for the […]

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[20 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

*** UPDATE ***  ”This is not a reversal,” I’m told. The administration has always had a plan to somehow repurpose the facility, I was informed in no uncertain terms.
[ *** End Of Update *** ]
* As we’ve discussed many times before, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s main weak spot is Republican legislators. Whenever they […]

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[20 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Illinois Review is reporting on a proposed Illinois Republican Party compromise over its platform plank on gay marriage. The existing plank…

* The proposed compromise…

Discuss.

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[20 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Longtime columnist Jim Muir is leaving the Southern Illinoisan to run for countywide office…
A couple months ago I was approached by the Franklin County Republican Party about running for circuit clerk in the November election. After looking the situation over from top to bottom, seeking the counsel of wise friends and much, much prayer […]

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[20 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Bruce Rushton…
Campaign workers for Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino while he was a state legislator have received federal grand jury subpoenas, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.
The source who confirmed the federal investigation spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the situation. He said […]

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[19 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* You gotta wonder why she didn’t try to make this go away years ago…

Two former employees at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs claiming to be the victims of workplace retaliation while Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth was the department’s director will get their day in court, nearly a decade after first leveling charges.
The case, […]

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[18 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Finke on the leaders meeting…
Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont said she remains “pretty skeptical.”
“We’ve had a lot of working groups, and (Madigan) disavows any knowledge or interest of them every time,” Radogno said. “I think ultimately the working group needs to be the speaker […]

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[17 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office is upgrading security features to the Driver’s License/ID card design and expanding the central issuance process for driver’s licenses and ID cards to all applicants. With implementation of these changes, Illinois has moved closer to achieving full REAL ID compliance, which is a […]