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[26 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Daily Herald…
If Democrats want to send a budget to Gov. Bruce Rauner, they might have to do so without the votes of some suburban party members in the Illinois Senate
Some Senate Democrats are balking at the idea of approving a budget that would spend $3 billion more than the state is set to take […]

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[26 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Probably expected…
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has torn a gaping hole in pension reform legislation being pushed in Springfield by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
In a move loaded with political implications, Alvarez’s office wrote a legal opinion declaring that the bill “is unconstitutional” because it would reduce benefits in the county’s current […]

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[25 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

” House Speaker Michael Madigan opened his press conference today by recalling that he labeled Gov. Bruce Rauner’s original budget a “reckless spending plan” because he used $2.2 billion in phantom anticipated pension savings to fund his budget.
Madigan used today’s press conference to unveil the Democratic budget plan. The proposal “will be consistent with […]

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[21 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Vinicky looks at the Democrats’ upcoming budget proposal…
Insiders, including legislators, say the Democratic version is shaping up to contain cuts too, but drastically smaller ones. Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, who chairs the House Higher Education Appropriations committee, says universities will see cuts of less than ten-percent.
“This is where our talent gets trained and […]

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[21 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From the governor’s office…
Hi, Rich:
Boone County and Taylorville both passed the resolution.
Thanks!
ck
* From the Illinois AFL-CIO…
Marseilles City Council unanimously rejects Rauner anti-worker resolution and passes a pro-worker resolution.
* I didn’t see anything online about either Boone County or Taylorville, but I did find some Marseilles news…
Without discussion, the Marseilles City Council unanimously rejected Gov. […]

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[21 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* The governor penned a State Journal-Register op-ed…

I’m the new guy in Springfield. I’m proud of that.
Although being new means I’m not as familiar with how things historically have been done in state government, it keeps me idealistic and hopeful. I’m not jaded or cynical about what […]

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[20 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* I tried posting this story yesterday on my phone and couldn’t get it to work right. Sorry about that. Let’s first go to the AP…
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s lawsuit over forced fees paid by non-union state workers may proceed, but without the governor participating, a federal judge ruled yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Robert […]

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[19 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From the governor’s office…
Hi, Rich –
Freeport passed the Turnaround resolution last night.
Have a nice day!
Thanks,
CK
* From the Freeport Journal-Standard…
Aldermen considered two proposals. Option A, as city officials called it, excluded much of the language about right-to-work proposals that has upset local and state labor unions. Option B included the right-to-work language. Both resolutions say […]

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[19 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* From a letter to the editor…
In Springfield, I had the misfortune of watching Rauner speak, twice.
The first time was in downtown Springfield for a [Civil War] re-enactment. I subsequently shared a room with other Gold Star family members as Rauner and his wife made the rounds, shaking hands and apologizing for each loss. We […]

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[11 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column…
I recently obtained a document distributed by the governor’s office detailing the membership list and meeting times and locations of the secret state legislative “working groups.”
The governor’s office has insisted that not only should legislators dummy up about what goes on at the groups’ meetings – which are […]