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[29 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

* A new Chicago Tribune poll has Mayor Rahm Emanuel leading the pack, but still not avoiding a runoff. But the trend is his friend…
In August, a Tribune poll found 46 percent of voters had an unfavorable view of Emanuel while just 29 percent viewed him favorably. The new survey shows Emanuel has turned […]

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[29 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Bernie…
Jim Kaitschuk, who has been executive director of the Illinois Pork Producers, is the new legislative director for Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“I think we can certainly appreciate the challenges that this great state faces,” Kaitschuk said in a news release from the agricultural group he has been with since 2003. […]

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[29 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

Over the past four years, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, has handed out roughly $1 million in pay raises to exempt, nonunion employees who don’t fall under state wage laws, as Illinois faces bankruptcy. From 2011 to 2012,…

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[23 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

* INN quoting Gov. Bruce Rauner yesterday..
“Everybody wants to talk about, the politicians want to talk about, well let’s raise the income tax to fix the debt or the problem. Raising taxes, that issue alone, won’t come nowhere near fixing the problem and in fact will make parts of the problem worse and just kick […]

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[23 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Lynn Sweet…
Rep. Robin Kelly D-Ill. is mulling a U.S. Senate run, making her the fourth member of the Illinois Democratic House delegation looking at a 2016 challenge to Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill.
“She is doing her due diligence to see if there is a path for her to run,” spokesman Kayce Ataiyero told the Sun-Times […]

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[23 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

* A report by the St. Louis Fox TV affiliate has created some controversy…
A new Illinois law aimed at stopping cyber-bullying, gives schools access to kids social media accounts. Some say the law goes too far.
Previously Illinois schools could take action against students if online bullying occurred, such as something posted on Twitter […]

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[20 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Bernie…
There’s a big change coming in the Statehouse pressroom, as RAY LONG, 56, who has been Chicago Tribune bureau chief there since 1998, will soon take a Chicago-based job as part of that paper’s investigative watchdog team.
Long had been with The Associated Press at the Statehouse for three years before […]

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[20 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

* AP…
Ten weeks after the Illinois election, Gov. Bruce Rauner might have finally ended the campaign Friday by rescinding seven executive orders that his defeated opponent issued in his final week in office.
Rauner – by executive order – canceled action taken by ex-Gov. Pat Quinn, including three decrees the Democrat announced Monday, his final day […]

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[20 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

* My Crain’s Chicago Business column…
Gov. Bruce Rauner did something the other day that I’ve never before seen: He attended a half-dozen inauguration parties for members of the Illinois General Assembly.
This just doesn’t happen in Springfield. Governors tend to avoid afterhours playtime, when lobbyists and politicians might use a social setting to inappropriately corner the […]

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[20 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column…
A solid majority of Illinoisans wants newly inaugurated Gov. Bruce Rauner to find common ground with the Democratic legislative majority rather than be confrontational, a new poll finds. However, most aren’t confident that the state’s leaders can avoid gridlock and a majority believes the Democrats will be to blame.
“Do you […]