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[28 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* From the Executive Inspector General…
First Deputy Inspector General Kristy Shores today discussed the results of the investigation by the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (OEIG) into the solicitation and acceptance of gifts from State vendors at the DuQuoin and Illinois State Fairs. In a ruling issued on [...]

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[28 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Greg Hinz…
One insider tells me that a combination of the state and national parties and the Rauner campaign is prepared to spend as much as $2 million just on an absentee ballot operation—perhaps seven or eight times as much as in 2010, when Republican state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington lost to Gov. Pat [...]

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[28 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column…
Back in January, state Sen. Michael Frerichs formally kicked off his campaign for Illinois state treasurer and posted a video online touting the fact the he’d ended “free, lifetime health care for state legislators.”
Actually, Frerichs had voted against that bill in the General Assembly. Frerichs’ campaign had to pull [...]

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[24 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, in June of 2004, total Illinois employment was 5,932,487. Ten years later, in June of 2014, total Illinois employment was 6,068,068.
That’s a net increase of less than 2.3 percent.
In ten years.
Oy.
* In November of 2006, the last time the state’s unemployment [...]

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* State Rep. Mike Bost was asked during a tele-townhall meeting: “What do you intend to do for the middle class to get this weight off of us?” The GOP congressional candidate’s response…
I know that this might not be a popular statement, but this is the way I feel. You cannot lift up [...]

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Illinois Issues…
Dueling court rulings handed down today put the future of a key piece of Obamacare into question, but for now, nothing will change about the way the law is implemented in Illinois.
A three judge panel in Washington D.C. ruled this morning that under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, federal subsidies to [...]

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[21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column…
“This morning,” 1,063 respondents were told the evening of July 17th during a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, “Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner released an economic plan for Illinois.
“That plan calls for a freeze on property taxes and rolling back the 2010 tax increase. [...]

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[17 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* After initially casting petulant aspersions on the US Department of Justice’s request to delay testimony by subpoenaed witnesses before the Legislative Audit Commission, today’s editorial says the Commission should abide by the request…
Lawmakers have little choice now but to abide by the U.S. attorney’s request that they don’t conduct interviews. If they pursue this, [...]

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[17 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Pearson…
Democratic comptroller nominee Sheila Simon, currently the state’s lieutenant governor, reported more than $510,000 left as she takes on incumbent Republican Judy Baar Topinka.
Simon reported raising more than $181,000 in the three-month reporting period. Topinka’s report had not been filed late Tuesday, but she entered the quarter with more than $1.1 million.
Topinka eventually reported [...]