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[17 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

* This was a good catch by Vandalia Radio…
[House Speaker Michael Madigan] cautioned reporters not to assume that the state’s budget crisis will be solved by negotiations between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who have veto-proof majorities in the General Assembly. […]
Pressed by reporters about why negotiations haven’t been pursued more urgently, Madigan […]

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[15 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From Lance Trover…

“Speaker Madigan and the legislators he controls will leave town without a responsible, balanced budget and without any reforms while taking a pay raise for themselves. That’s unfair to taxpayers and the people they represent. It is time to stop protecting the political class at the expense of the middle class.
“Everyone knows […]

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[15 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

* OK, it was a hacky headline. But, hey…

Today, the governor signed my bill, The Culinary and Hospitality Modernization Act (SB 398), restoring #happyhour in #Illinois. #twill
— Rep Sara Feigenholtz (@StateRepSara) July 15, 2015

* More…
The law allows for discounts for up to 4 hours a day and up to 15 hours a week as […]

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[13 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From the emergency motion for direct appeal…
Movants ask this Court to resolve whether, and to what extent, the Illinois Constitution permits the payment of the state employee payroll when the General Assembly and Governor have failed to enact appropriations statutes. At the heart of the matter is the constitutional separation of powers under which […]

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[9 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

* I’m told by the attorney general’s office that a St. Clair County judge just issued a verbal order authorizing the comptroller to begin processing employee payroll.
So, now we have two possibly conflicting judicial orders [ADDING: I’m not sure if they actually conflict because of how the appellate court ruled today, but I’m checking] […]

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[8 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From a press release…
Attribute the following statement to Tim Schneider, Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party:
“I would like to congratulate State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) on his primary election victory.
Voters of the 18th Congressional District have chosen a consistent, conservative leader for Central Illinois and Western Illinois. Darin LaHood will fight to pass term […]

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[7 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From the same guy who vetoed their salaries in the first place…
From: Governor Bruce Rauner
Date: July 7, 2015 at 4:59:47 PM CDT
To: xxxxx.SendAll@illinois.gov
Subject: A Message from Governor Bruce Rauner
Reply-To: no Reply@All
Good afternoon:
I want to update you on our latest efforts to do all we can to ensure you are paid in full and in […]

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[7 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…
State general fund spending on the three main agencies that handle the safety net has hovered around $5 billion for much of the past decade, which critics say is not enough to keep up with inflation.
Currently, Illinois has 22,000 people waiting for help and ranks 47th in funding those services, which can range from […]

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[2 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From “Illinois Copperheads and the American Civil War”…
Circuit Judge Charles H. Constable of Mount Carmel, a Democrat, released four deserters who had been arrested by army sergeants acting on the orders of Colonel Henry H. Carrington, commander of the Indiana Military District.
Constable argued that the army had no authority to arrest deserters […]

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[1 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From a a CTPF communique to its members…
This morning the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF) Board of Trustees met in a special meeting where representatives of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) presented a proposal to create a short-term employer payment plan. At the meeting, CPS Interim Chief Executive Officer Jesse Ruiz, Chief Administrative […]