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[18 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

In the Chicago Sun-Times story on Republican candidate Bruce Rauner’s ethics overhaul proposal, reporter Francine Knowles included this quote from Brooke Anderson, the spokeswoman for Rauner’s opponent, Gov. Pat Quinn: “He has profited from fraud, abuse and mismanagement of his own businesses and taxpayer dollars throughout his career.” As the saying goes, “politics ain’t beanbag,” but this is simply beyond ridiculous. Yes, candidates and their spokespeople should be able to respond to criticism, but the media also has a responsibility…

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[18 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Illinois chapter of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) have called for Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to make a decision on whether she’s running the teachers union, or running for mayor of Chicago. From their press release: (Emphasis mine) “With a $40,000 contribution to her mayoral campaign, President Lewis has made it clear she is running for Mayor, but she has also said that she will force negotiations over a new teacher’s contract this year,” DFER-IL State Director…

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[12 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

Rich Miller, a former staffer for House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), may as well double as communications director for Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.). If you had to guess which lieutenant governor candidate had a rougher week – Democrat Paul Vallas or Republican Evelyn Sanguinetti – which would you pick? For starters, Vallas had to eat his words earlier this week for claiming Republican challenger Bruce Rauner is “too rich to be governor.” Pressed again on the question, Vallas then answered…

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[7 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

…here’s what you missed over the weekend on the political front: The Weekend Interview in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal was Kevin Chavous, former Washington, D.C. City Councilman. In the piece, entitled “On the School-Choice Barricades,” Chavous tells Journal editorial page writer Allysia Finley, the nationwide battle over school choice is about the “haves” and the “have nots.” “The only people fighting educational choice are the people who have educational choice,” he says. He’s right. And that’s what many in the media —…

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[22 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

Eric Allie on Democrats up for re-election this November trying to get as far away from Obama and Quinn as they can. This ain’t 2012 anymore…

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[21 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

In liberal columnist Mark Brown’s latest piece for the Chicago Sun-Times, he attempts to explain why Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) boss Karen Lewis and her cult-like minions could “teach Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D-Chicago) a lesson.” What that lesson is supposed to be, I’m not sure, other than the fact that the CTU is a well-organized, well-funded political campaign machine. Brown clearly helps illustrate the latter point right off the bat: The adoring crowd that welcomed Karen Lewis to the Beverly…

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[24 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election campaign is getting desperate to distract Illinoisans from all the bad news coming out of his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) investigation, but the latest development isn’t helping. As the Chicago Sun-Times broke this week: Newly released emails from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office show politics appeared to trump credentials when deciding how big a serving some nonprofits should get from his now-tarnished $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence grant program.   Emails from Quinn’s former top aides…

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[16 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

Scott Stantis on Mike Madigan unleashing his attack dogs on the fair map amendment that would take power of redrawing the political lines in Illinois from Madigan’s control.

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[5 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

At Capitol Fax yesterday, Rich Miller highlighted some numbers from a screed from Robert Starks, a professor emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University: I’ve been watching, with great interest, Bruce Rauner’s TV ads, and it certainly creates the impression that he places a high value on diversity. Several African-Americans, Latinos and women appear in the ads. […]   So I reviewed GTCR’s website, the private equity firm founded by Rauner in 1980, and from which he retired in 2012. By my…

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[30 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Someone get Mark Brown of the Chicago Sun-Times a map and a compass, because he seems lost and confused: For three years, Gov. Pat Quinn dodged, sidestepped and generally avoided saying what he would do when the “temporary” state income tax increase he signed into law in 2011 expired in 2015.   What I never heard Quinn do, and that’s because he never did, was promise he wouldn’t seek to make the tax increase permanent when the time came. He…