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[17 Feb 2017 | One Comment | ]

Bob Michel, an affable Illinois congressman who served as leader of the Republican House minority for 14 years and was skilled at seeking compromise critical in getting many initiatives of two Republican presidents through Congress, died Friday. He was 93.

Michel had announced in late 1993 that he would not seek another term representing the Peoria area and much of Central Illinois, citing lost power under a Democratic administration and a new class of lawmakers making their careers by “trashing the institution.” In an interview after the 1994 election, Michel criticized …

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[16 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

On the same day Gov. Pat Quinn signed an income tax increase into law, his budget chief approved double-digit pay raises for two people under his command.

David Vaught, who directs the governor’s budget office, also serves as chairman of a board that oversees state purchasing in Illinois.
On Jan. 13, while Quinn approved a 66 percent increase in the income tax, Vaught voted to boost the pay of Aaron Carter, director of the Illinois Procurement Policy Board, and Will Blount, who serves as a senior procurement analyst with the five-person agency.
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