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[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* Mark Brown…
As Rauner campaigned for governor during the Republican primary, he was often asked how he could win in November when so many of his party’s recent nominees had stumbled against the state’s Democratic tide rising from Cook County.
Their doubts were understandable, having watched Democrat Pat Quinn prevail in 2010 [...]

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[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* The latest proposal from legislative GOP leadership caps the number of terms an executive branch office holder may serve at two…
“I’ve been slow to embrace term limits because voters do have the power to reject candidates and oust incumbents. However, given the condition of Illinois, I think the time has [...]

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[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* There are a lot of big names on the Yes to Independent Maps’ list of donors. Former U.S. District Attorneys Patrick Collins and Patrick Fitzgerald, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Illinois Manufacturers Association, the McCormick Foundation, Sam Zell, the Pritzkers, Tom Ricketts, Robin Steans of Advance Illinois, former Lt. [...]

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[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* “It’s your job as Governor to get along with people.”

The Mayor has bit his tongue a few times in recent weeks as his pension bill is sitting on the Governor’s desk at the moment.
* The pension bill has sort of been tucked away in the inside pages as of late [...]

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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* I posted this story yesterday in Morning Shorts. It has since caught fire…
Police officers trying to find out who was behind a fake Twitter account set up in the name of Peoria’s mayor have raided a home, seizing computers and phones and hauling several people in to be questioned.
Tuesday’s raid [...]

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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* The set-up (pun intended)…
Illinois State House members are advancing a bill that would devote $100 million toward a Barack Obama presidential library. The House Executive Committee meeting in Chicago today voted, by an official tally of 9-0, to authorize using state money for the library…Nine representatives were recorded as voting [...]

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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* Fitch Ratings stuck with its “A-” rating and “Negative” outlook on Illinois’s general obligation bonds. From the explanation…
BUDGET TEMPORARILY STABILIZED WITH TAX INCREASE: Temporary increases in both the personal and corporate income tax rates, coupled with statutory spending limits, have closed a significant portion of the structural gap in the [...]

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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* The Better Government Association through the Sun-Times…
Since December 2012, GTCR has owned Correctional Healthcare Cos., which got a five-year contract with a five-year renewal option from the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice in February 2013 to provide medical, dental and mental health evaluations and treatment for the approximately 900 inmates, [...]

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[17 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* Sen. Mark Kirk has come a long way from withholding his endorsement from Jim Oberweis. The junior Senator told reporters yesterday he intends to campaign for Oberweis this year…
Kirk says he doesn’t believe the decision will affect his “very good relationship” with Durbin, who’s running for a fourth term.
Kirk [...]

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[16 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* From Chicago Tonight…
(Bruce) Rauner says he would support freezing pensions for current workers and moving them into a separate 401K-style system for future work. But, he says police and fire officials would be exempt from that.
“The two groups, I believe, that should have a special deal that’s much better and [...]