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[4 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]

As we’ve exposed before at Illinois Mirror, it’s clear where Crain’s political reporter Greg Hinz stands on the Illinois budget battle: Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Ill.) should abandon his Turnaround Agenda and concede to Democrats and more tax hikes. Hinz’s latest article is more of the same, as he characterizes Rauner as “anti-labor” and portaying a “mad-man act” on “the edge of the cliff” for preparing to trim state spending by $400 million – or just 10% of the anticipated deficit…

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[2 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]

Following up on our analysis of WLS-TV/ABC 7’s Charles Thomas’ sit-down interview with House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), we watched his next sit-down interview with Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Ill.). Clearly, Thomas’s line of questioning was far more antagonistic and leading than it was with the Speaker. This exchange, for example: Thomas: “You virtually called Speaker Madigan and John Cullerton, my word, crooks.” Rauner: “That’s your word. I did not say that.” Thomas: “You didn’t say that, but I’m saying that…

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[26 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

Crain’s political reporter Greg Hinz commented on the recent budget battle in which the state has to find a way to close a $6.6 billion hole in next year’s fiscal budget. Entitled “Ideology, not money, holding up state budget deal,” Hinz illustrates how he believes this budget battle is more about ego between House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Ill.) than math and provides a “simple solution” to solving the battle – which basically involves having Rauner…

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[2 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

Scott Stantis on how the latest Springfield budget was constructed:

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[22 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

As we’ve covered here at the Illinois Mirror, Mike Madigan doesn’t have the votes he needs to make the “temporary” income tax hike permanent.  According to the Chicago Sun-Times, only 34 members of the Democrat supermajority of 71 seats were committed to voting for the plan.  Another 30 were committed to voting against it. Faced with this conundrum, Madigan is turning to political extortion: “I’ve instructed the appropriations chairs to reconvene the working groups on the budget. We plan to…

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[18 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON – Six of 19 Illinois Congressmen and one Illinois senator joined the ranks of federal lawmakers that voted Thursday against a new high for federal spending in Senator Harry Reid’s first budget conference report. Republican House members Randy Hultgren,…

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[19 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Nancy Thorner According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Illinois ended Fiscal Year 2010 in worst financial shape than any other state in the country, with a total state debt of $120,743,392 when compiling outstanding debt, pension and…

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[12 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

Illinois’ Congressman Peter Roskam (6th CD) answered PBS’ Gwen Ifill’s questions Monday night:

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[22 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

SPRINGFIELD – Tuesday, Illinois Policy Institute’s Collin Hitt explained to Capitol reporters that the Democrats’ 2012 accepted budget gets Illinois further into financial chaos as debt mounts, spending increases and the state’s unemployment figures indicate an uncertain financial future. (Illinois…