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[6 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]

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* Sun-Times…

A group of high-profile Illinois Democrats have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s case.
In an amicus brief filed Monday, the who’s who list of current and former Illinois Democratic congressional delegation members emphasized that they take “no position on Mr. Blagojevich’s innocence or guilt on any […]

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[6 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune editorial…

Three years into his first term after promising to “shake up Springfield,” Rauner continues to allow the most powerful man in Illinois politics — yes, it’s House Speaker Michael Madigan and let’s not feign surprise — to mess with his psyche. At a news conference Monday, Rauner offered a quirky assertion that even […]

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[5 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Lynn Sweet…
House and Senate negotiators will be meeting to resolve differences in the Republican tax overhaul bills, and an outstanding item is whether a tax-free college savings account can be opened for a fetus.
Will this legislation about unborn children and 529 plans — named after a section of the IRS code — survive?
One needs […]

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[5 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Mary Ann Ahern asked Gov. Rauner about a press release his campaign sent out earlier today attacking JB Pritzker for hiding money in off-shore accounts. Doesn’t he do the same?…

Gov. Rauner: Not at all.
Mary Ann Ahern: You don’t have any off-shore accounts?
Rauner: I do not.
Ahern: That was reported in your first term.
Rauner: Yes, […]

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[5 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Yesterday just wasn’t a good day for Gov. Rauner. He’s had a lot of those lately…
Gov. Bruce Rauner says the Republican attempt to overhaul the federal tax code “has a ways to go,” but it might not have as far to go as he thinks.
“I think they’re not there,” Rauner said during a […]

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[5 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Nice pivot…

Final media stop last night at WTIM Taylorsville. While our Governor says he’s not in charge. I am ready to lead the charge. #twill #ilgov pic.twitter.com/ocIaqm7xFz
— Jeanne Ives (@JeanneIves) December 5, 2017

That “I am not in charge, I’m trying to get to be in charge” comment is gonna haunt this governor for a […]

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[29 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Gov. Bruce Rauner is the ILGOP’s top contributor by far and Gov. Rauner has dodged every single question about the DC tax plan. From earlier this month…
“I’m not going to weigh into the detail that’s being debated in Congress right now at on the federal level. I have shared a few thoughts with federal […]

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[29 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Politico…
There’s nothing normal about the way Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez’s retirement announcement went down.
The abruptness of his decision, the suspicious timing, the immediate coronation of a successor — all of it set off a flurry of speculation Tuesday that Gutiérrez had made some kind of grand inside play, perhaps brokered with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
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[21 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
Today, JB Pritzker with the support of State Representative Deb Conroy unveiled his plan to combat Illinois’ opioid crisis as governor. With Illinois experiencing an over 44 percent increase in drug-related overdoses from 2013 to 2016, JB’s plan is a multi-faceted approach to reduce the rate of addiction through education, remove barriers to […]

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[21 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

* All emphasis added. From the Rauner administration’s presentation to potential buyers of its $750 million bond offering…
INVESTMENT CONSIDERATIONS RELATING TO THE FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE STATE
Budget Passage
The State operated without fully enacted General Funds Budgets for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. The Fiscal Year 2018 General Funds Budget was vetoed by the Governor, […]