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[21 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Vinicky looks at the Democrats’ upcoming budget proposal…
Insiders, including legislators, say the Democratic version is shaping up to contain cuts too, but drastically smaller ones. Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, who chairs the House Higher Education Appropriations committee, says universities will see cuts of less than ten-percent.
“This is where our talent gets trained and […]

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[21 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From the governor’s office…
Hi, Rich:
Boone County and Taylorville both passed the resolution.
Thanks!
ck
* From the Illinois AFL-CIO…
Marseilles City Council unanimously rejects Rauner anti-worker resolution and passes a pro-worker resolution.
* I didn’t see anything online about either Boone County or Taylorville, but I did find some Marseilles news…
Without discussion, the Marseilles City Council unanimously rejected Gov. […]

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[21 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* The governor penned a State Journal-Register op-ed…

I’m the new guy in Springfield. I’m proud of that.
Although being new means I’m not as familiar with how things historically have been done in state government, it keeps me idealistic and hopeful. I’m not jaded or cynical about what […]

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[20 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* I tried posting this story yesterday on my phone and couldn’t get it to work right. Sorry about that. Let’s first go to the AP…
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s lawsuit over forced fees paid by non-union state workers may proceed, but without the governor participating, a federal judge ruled yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Robert […]

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[19 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From the governor’s office…
Hi, Rich –
Freeport passed the Turnaround resolution last night.
Have a nice day!
Thanks,
CK
* From the Freeport Journal-Standard…
Aldermen considered two proposals. Option A, as city officials called it, excluded much of the language about right-to-work proposals that has upset local and state labor unions. Option B included the right-to-work language. Both resolutions say […]

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[19 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From a letter to the editor…
In Springfield, I had the misfortune of watching Rauner speak, twice.
The first time was in downtown Springfield for a [Civil War] re-enactment. I subsequently shared a room with other Gold Star family members as Rauner and his wife made the rounds, shaking hands and apologizing for each loss. We […]

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[11 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column…
I recently obtained a document distributed by the governor’s office detailing the membership list and meeting times and locations of the secret state legislative “working groups.”
The governor’s office has insisted that not only should legislators dummy up about what goes on at the groups’ meetings – which are […]

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[7 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Greg Hinz…
In a scathing report being released this morning, the Civic Federation, a Chicago watchdog group largely funded with corporate cash, says the new governor’s $31.5 billion operating budget does not add up and asserts it could leave the state in worse shape than it was under former Gov. Pat Quinn.
Rauner deserves praise for […]

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[5 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* The Tribune has more on the proposed Chicago casino…
Within the past 10 days, Emanuel held three meetings at his fifth-floor City Hall office to pitch the idea of a Chicago casino and discuss the city’s government worker pension challenges, a source familiar with the discussions said. The mayor had a joint meeting with House […]

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[30 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute…
There has been a significant increase in support in Illinois for legalizing gay marriage, according to a series of polls by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.
The issue is back in the news with the U.S. Supreme Court considering marriage equality issues, and Institute […]