Home » Archive

Articles tagged with: Elections

Syndicated »

[29 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

Many people are disappointed by the fate of the Independent Maps Amendment following the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling, which found the citizen-initiated measure unconstitutional and therefore ineligible for the November ballot. Unfortunately, the court’s ruling was expected, not only because of the court’s Democratic majority but because of the stringent rules surrounding citizen-initiated ballot measures. In addition to requiring what comes out to be over a quarter of a million (8 percent of the number of votes cast in the most recent…

Syndicated »

[23 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Illinois Comptroller’s race is heating up, and so is the media circus surrounding its coverage. Incumbent Leslie Geissler Munger (R) and her opponent, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza (D), used speeches at the State Fair to exchange barbs with one another. Munger said of her opponent: “My opponent spent her entire adult life on the city of Chicago and state of Illinois payrolls. […] She’s used the Chicago machine to jump from office to office, and now she wants…

Syndicated »

[6 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has been making the rounds in recent weeks, pushing his proposal for term limits for the office of mayor of Chicago.  Always the populist, Quinn is also touting the idea of an elected “Consumer Advocate” for the city.  Whatever that is. I’ve never been a huge fan of term limits — voters have an option to invoke a term limit every time they go to the ballot box — but I do find it amusing that…

Syndicated »

[28 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

Where to even start with this Frankenstein’s monster from Crain’s Chicago Business that stitches together illogic and self-contradiction into an unwieldy beast of pure nonsense? First, the background: Crain’s endorsed Bruce Rauner in the 2014 GOP primary and in the General Election.  But, not even two years later, they have clearly soured on their choice: Back in 2014, when Crain’s endorsed Bruce Rauner in the primary and general elections, we saw him as a pragmatic businessman who would bring long-overdue solutions to…

Syndicated »

[19 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Well, the press won’t have Aaron Schock to kick around anymore. The 33-year-old Republican from Peoria, the first-ever representative to the U.S. Congress born in the 1980s, has resigned as of March 31.  Apparently, Schock has done some terrible things to trample on the trust his constituents placed in him.  He has misused public money and campaign funds. Well, at least the press thinks so. Like a lot of these stories — Iraq WMDs, Trayvon Martin, Ferguson — the press is sure…

Syndicated »

[5 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s (D-Chicago) campaign donors have received extensive scrutiny from both print media and the broadcast TV news networks throughout Chicago. His April 7 runoff opponent: Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García? Not so much. Thus far, the only two media outlets to consistently shed light on García’s financial backers (besides us) have been the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ 91.5. To date, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has donated more than $450,000 toward García’s campaign to defeat incumbent…

Syndicated »

[25 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

We’ve long suspected – heck, we’ve had no suspicions – that the Chicago media doesn’t much like Rahm Emanuel. He’s too aloof, too dismissive of their often silly questions, and, frankly, too rich. The union-member press corps had collectively thrown its weight behind  Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, then health problems forced her out of the race. Next up was Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who will face Emanuel in the runoff. Although the press loves to write about money and…

Syndicated »

[18 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

It’s clear that despite Illinois’ terrible performance numbers over the last decade (worst credit rating in the nation, worst funded public pension system, highest debt, highest unemployment in the Midwest, largest exodus of residents in the Midwest, etc.), Capitol Fax curator Rich Miller would rather advocate maintaining the status quo than doing anything to reverse the bleeding. He, as well as many other members of the media, has repeatedly used dramatic language to describe Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order halting mandated “fair share” fees for unions – on the grounds that…

Syndicated »

[13 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

That’s a legitimate question after a bruising gubernatorial campaign, the cold, critical shoulder he’s been given since winning, and the slanted coverage of his inauguration. Here’s a little roundup of how the Illinois media have portrayed the new governor’s first days in office: Sun-Times worried about media access Never mind that the press hasn’t had much access to President Barack Obama over the past six years, the fact that the new governor limited press access to some of his inaugural…

Syndicated »

[16 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D-Ill.) has released her legal opinion on how filling the vacant Comptrollership should proceed based upon her office’s interpretation of the Illinois Constitution. She believes one appointment can be made now to finish the last four weeks of Judy Baar Topinka’s term and a new appointment will have to be made to serve Topinka’s next-elected term until a special election. Madigan goes on to say that a special election is not constitutionally required in Illinois but…