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[21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column…
“This morning,” 1,063 respondents were told the evening of July 17th during a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, “Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner released an economic plan for Illinois.
“That plan calls for a freeze on property taxes and rolling back the 2010 tax increase. [...]

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[17 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* After initially casting petulant aspersions on the US Department of Justice’s request to delay testimony by subpoenaed witnesses before the Legislative Audit Commission, today’s editorial says the Commission should abide by the request…
Lawmakers have little choice now but to abide by the U.S. attorney’s request that they don’t conduct interviews. If they pursue this, [...]

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[17 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Pearson…
Democratic comptroller nominee Sheila Simon, currently the state’s lieutenant governor, reported more than $510,000 left as she takes on incumbent Republican Judy Baar Topinka.
Simon reported raising more than $181,000 in the three-month reporting period. Topinka’s report had not been filed late Tuesday, but she entered the quarter with more than $1.1 million.
Topinka eventually reported [...]

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[10 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Assistant US Attorney General Peter Kadzik wrote a letter today to the co-chairmen of the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission. Read it here. From the letter…
This confirms our request, during a telephone conversation with you and your staff on July 9, 2014, that the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission refrain from conducting interviews or [...]

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[9 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* As we discussed yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn held a press conference to slam Bruce Rauner over his tax issues. Sun-Times…
In a campaign in which Democrats are playing up income inequality issues, Quinn held a news conference that called on Rauner to further disclose details related to taxes he’s already released as well as [...]

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[8 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* From a Tribune editorial entitled “How the pols who caused this crisis can save Illinois from ruin“…

A better option is for the politicians who own — sorry, we should say run — Illinois governance to declare right now that they will put before us an amendment to refine the state constitution’s retiree benefits protection [...]

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[3 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…
(A) spokeswoman for Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the decision “has no direct impact” on the pension litigation.
“While this decision is very clear on the fact that the pension clause covers health care benefits, the arguments in the pension reform litigation are different than the ones in this healthcare case,” attorney general spokeswoman [...]

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[3 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* From a press release…
After many years of hard work, the Illinois General Assembly crafted and Governor Quinn signed a significant piece of pension reform legislation last December which protected our state from financial implosion, while also protecting the pension benefits of Illinois’ state and municipal employees.
Today’s state retiree health care ruling considered a different [...]

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[30 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

* I talked to Rep. Tom Cross about this last night. He said his parents were shaken up a bit, his mom was still sore, but they were going to be OK. Greg Hinz has the story…

Both Ruth Cross, 76, and the Rev. Thomas Cross, 78, marched with their son in yesterday’s big [...]

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[30 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Today is the end of the quarter, so my inbox is flooded with candidate pleas to give last-minute money. Republican Bobby Schilling went for the dramatic angle…
This is bigger than us. This is about saving this great nation. This is about standing up for our children and our grandchildren.
* But my favorite appeal [...]