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[31 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* I had no idea that Tony Rezko was recently released from prison…
More than 250 friends, family, political activists, and government officials attended a special “Welcome Home” celebration on May 12 to honor Antoine “Tony” Rezko who was released from Federal custody only one week earlier.
Rezko served 8.5 years in federal custody allegedly for illegally […]

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[31 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that the Illinois State Museum will re-launch Saturday, July 2, 2016 pending approval of the administrative rule that will allow the Department to charge an admission fee at the main museum campus.
The administrative rule is on the agenda for the Joint Committee on Administrative […]

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[31 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* 10:42 am – House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton told reporters after the leaders meeting that they had talked with the governor about his new stopgap budget proposal.
But Madigan said he “made it clear” to Rauner that while the budgeteers would work on the proposal, “this is not something that’s going […]

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[26 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* We’re gonna skip over some of the stuff we discussed yesterday. Let’s start with Finke…
Illinois House Democrats Wednesday night rammed through a spending plan for the next state fiscal year, even though there’s no agreement on any of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “turnaround agenda.”
The House voted […]

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[23 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Greg Hinz…
A new report (scroll down to read) I’ve obtained exclusively from the Illinois Partners for Human Services says agencies serving the disabled, elderly, poor and others collectively are responsible for $3.1 billion a year in direct spending and $1.4 billion in secondary spending. They employ 3.5 percent of the state’s workforce, roughly 169,000 […]

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[23 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* AP…
High school seniors’ unease over the lack of state funding for Illinois universities is contributing to a drop in applications at a number of campuses, and the problem appears to primarily affect schools facing the some of the toughest financial struggles.
A review of admissions data by The Associated Press found that applications for the […]

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[20 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

*** UPDATE ***  ”This is not a reversal,” I’m told. The administration has always had a plan to somehow repurpose the facility, I was informed in no uncertain terms.
[ *** End Of Update *** ]
* As we’ve discussed many times before, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s main weak spot is Republican legislators. Whenever they […]

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[20 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Illinois Review is reporting on a proposed Illinois Republican Party compromise over its platform plank on gay marriage. The existing plank…

* The proposed compromise…

Discuss.

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[20 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Longtime columnist Jim Muir is leaving the Southern Illinoisan to run for countywide office…
A couple months ago I was approached by the Franklin County Republican Party about running for circuit clerk in the November election. After looking the situation over from top to bottom, seeking the counsel of wise friends and much, much prayer […]

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[20 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Bruce Rushton…
Campaign workers for Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino while he was a state legislator have received federal grand jury subpoenas, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.
The source who confirmed the federal investigation spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the situation. He said […]