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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Here’s something you won’t see every day, particularly from me.
I came up with what I thought was a pretty good column idea for Crain’s Chicago Business. My editor, Tom Corfman, liked it and gave it a green light.
But then I wrote myself into a hopeless corner. That happens [...]

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[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* During today’s debate on a bill to do away with a state commission which can overturn local school board decisions on charter schools, sponsoring Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia was trying to make a point about minority parents.
“So, listen to me minorities,” she said turning toward the Democratic side of the chamber. “I’m over [...]

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[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* The taxi companies have backed way off their outlandish legislative push to all but outlaw ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. There is no final agreement yet, however. Word is that insurance details are still to be worked out, but here’s the press release from Rep. Mike Zalewski outlining what’s been put [...]

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[7 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* This is a big reason why Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) hasn’t yet passed a single bill. From Illinois Review…
A property tax relief bill that passed the Illinois House last week remains a topic of discussion among Republicans that voted against it. State Rep. David McSweeney’s (R-Barrington) legislation places a one year restriction [...]

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[4 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* After talking about “intrigue” and “mysteries” for days, the Chicago media finally woke up to what has really gone wrong with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pension reform bill. I mean, just look at this story from two days ago…
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday trotted out his running mate Paul Vallas to hammer Republican challenger [...]

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[4 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* From a press release…
Rauner Releases Second Ad of General Election
- Highlights bi-partisan support, will take on both political parties -
Citizens for Rauner launched a new television advertisement today featuring Bruce’s wife, Diana, and highlighting his willingness to take on both parties to fix Illinois.
Watch it by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqzFaWpDLOI&feature=youtu.be
The Rauner campaign’s first ad of [...]

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[3 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* From the Herald-Whig…
Higher fuel taxes could help pay for new road construction under a plan proposed by an Illinois transportation group.
The Transportation for Illinois Coalition unveiled the proposal Tuesday in Springfield. Members say it would provide stability and $1.8 billion annually for construction on roads, bridges, railways and airports.
Coalition chairman Doug Whitley said [...]

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[3 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* As you all know by now, there was no progress yesterday on Rahm Emanuel’s pension reform proposal…
The rapid rollout strategy was aimed at giving legislators little time to get cold feet and blunting labor union lobbying against the changes. But several Chicago lawmakers raised concerns, Democrats blamed Republicans for not getting on board, and [...]

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[3 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* From Tom Kacich at the News Gazette…
One of the first things he’d do as governor, Republican nominee Bruce Rauner said Wednesday, is appoint a task force to study Illinois’ state and local government structure with an eye toward reducing their numbers and size. […]
Among his top priorities, Rauner said, is to “form a task [...]

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[3 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Approximate projected net cost of the Democratic plan to mail $500 property tax “rebate” checks to every homeowner before the November election: $700 million.
* Approximate projected net revenues from House Speaker Michael Madigan’s 3 percent tax surcharge on income over a million dollars, which is all earmarked for education: $1 billion.
Couldn’t they just give [...]