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[21 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

* From a Sun-Times editorial…
A new federal census reports the state’s prisons were filled to 173 percent of design capacity as of Sept. 30, one of the worst rates in the nation. The Illinois Department of Corrections disputes that, saying prisons are at less than 100 percent of “operational capacity,” which takes into account such […]

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[21 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Um, is this snark?…
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says lawmakers are heeding Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s advice and won’t extend the state’s temporary income tax increase.
Rauner advised lawmakers not to take up any substantive issues before he’s sworn in.
Cullerton says Rauner has “a little honeymoon period” during his first weeks in office and the Legislature […]

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[21 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

* We should be hearing sometime today from Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz about how he’s going to rule on the constitutionality of the state’s pension reform law. I’ll be out of the office today from noon to about 2, so if I’m not here when it comes down, just use this post […]

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[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

* From the Register-Mail…
For the first time in more than a decade a Republican will sit as Governor serving with a Democratic Legislature.
Knox College Political Science instructor Jim Nowlan said it’s going to be rough for Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner.
“He’s created expectations I’m afraid he can’t fulfill,” Nowlan said. “It will be interesting to see […]

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[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Those of you who are nobody what nobody sent can now click here and apply for a job with the incoming Rauner administration.
* From the required “Vetting” section…
Business / Lobbying: Describe any business relationship, dealing or financial transaction which you have had during the last five years, whether for yourself, on behalf of a […]

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[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

* AP…
Cross, the former Illinois House minority leader from Oswego, and his campaign are questioning the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners about the number of mailed ballots it has received and how it has accounted for them.
The board released a letter late Friday rebutting a majority of the claims, including its accounting for 4,600 absentee […]

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[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Tribune…
Illinois school districts ended up nearly $1 billion in the hole in 2013, dipping into reserves or borrowing to pay the bills, according to the latest finance data, painting a grim picture of the state’s public school system.
While statewide school deficits aren’t unusual — some have been much higher over the years — the […]

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[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Considering that Bob Dold lost two years ago in a Democratic landslide and took his seat back from Brad Schneider in this big GOP year, a Schneider comeback wouldn’t be all that surprising. From Politico…
Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider, one of 10 House Democrats who lost reelection, stood before his 200 fellow congressional […]

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[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

* It’ll be mildly interesting to see which office Rauner chooses to use when he’s in town this week. That’s often interpreted as a sign of who’s most in favor. Then again, it’s also sometimes misinterpreted. And, then again, he may choose to go to legislators’ offices instead. Sun-Times…
Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is […]

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[15 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

* Jim Allen with the Chicago elections board appeared with Rep. Tom Cross’ attorney Bill Quinlan on Fox Chicago Sunday with Mike Flannery to discuss Quinlan’s letter to the board alleging irregularities in the counting process and the board’s detailed response. And, yes, that’s the same Bill Quinlan who served as Rod Blagojevich’s chief […]