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[24 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

There’s a story in today’s Chicago Tribune on the cuts that Gov. Bruce Rauner was forced to make because last year the Democrats shorted the current budget by some $1.6 billion in a move of stunning political calculation. At first glance, it’s just another in a long line of stories about how mean Bruce Rauner is, picking on our most vulnerable citizens.   The administration will make roughly $106 million in cuts to the Medicaid health care program for the poor,…

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[22 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Illinois press corps must be aghast that “rookie” Gov. Bruce Rauner seems to be holding his own against veteran Springfield pols Mike Madigan and John Cullerton. That’s in marked contrast to what the press gleefully wrote shortly after Rauner was elected. The tone and tenor of stories from November to January was basically, “It’s one thing to win an election, now let’s see you govern.” Indeed, the press was looking forward to House Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton showing the…

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[25 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

You wouldn’t know it from reading the coverage in today’s papers, but Gov. Bruce Rauner got most of what he wanted in coming up with a fix to the current budget that’s running out of money, a deliberate tactic put into place by former Gov. Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature last May. The Chicago Tribune story is headlined, “Rauner, lawmakers on track for short-term budget fix.” Reboot Illinois put out a story this morning that deemed Rauner and…

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[24 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

It’s no surprise that the union members who make up the bulk of the press corps are rushing to defend their union brethren against big, bad Bruce Rauner. But the story that reporter Natasha Korecki wrote in today’s Chicago Sun-Times leaves out a number of facts in the so-called “fair share” union dues case that is making its way through the courts. Three state of Illinois employees who say they are forced to pay dues to unions of which they’re not members…

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[13 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

That’s a legitimate question after a bruising gubernatorial campaign, the cold, critical shoulder he’s been given since winning, and the slanted coverage of his inauguration. Here’s a little roundup of how the Illinois media have portrayed the new governor’s first days in office: Sun-Times worried about media access Never mind that the press hasn’t had much access to President Barack Obama over the past six years, the fact that the new governor limited press access to some of his inaugural…

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[10 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

We hate to keep citing out-of-state media as the best source for honest and open discussions about Illinois’s ballooning pension crisis, but facts are facts. There’s a great piece in today’s Wall Street Journal by Gerald Skoning, a Chicago labor and employment lawyer who, despite presenting some pretty damning evidence, vows to stay in Illinois, which he calls “the deadbeat state.” Ouch. The Land of Lincoln has accrued a $111 billion unfunded liability for government workers’ pensions—up 75% from five…

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[21 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

Sometimes you have to take what you can get and call it progress. That’s what we’re doing with the front-page story in today’s Chicago Tribune on Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and the Illinois pension crisis. The piece is mostly an even-handed look at the fact that a key ruling — albeit from a lower court — is due today. Making his first post-election appearance at the Capitol on Thursday, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said he hopes the Illinois Supreme Court eventually will…

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[13 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who once famously advised President Obama not to let “a good crisis go to waste,” is jumping into the fray over Illinois’s “temporary” state income tax. From this morning’s Chicago Tribune: “I don’t know what those are, I don’t know what that is,” Emanuel said when asked about Rauner’s stance on the issue of pro-business reforms. “I’m for something specific. I’m for the minimum wage, have been all my life … but when you say pro-business,…

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[20 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

There was a bizarre piece in the Chicago Sun-Times over the weekend about the five ballot initiatives up for a vote in Illinois. Near the top of the piece, AP reporter Sophia Tareen basically told readers why they don’t really mean much. Lawmakers say the non-binding questions are aimed at taking the public’s temperature so they know how to proceed in Springfield. But at least some of the measures also have a political purpose, as part of a coordinated campaign…

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[19 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

Eric Allie on Mike Madigan’s talent and love for drawing Illinois’ lines, which is why he’s fighting the Fair Map proposal so hard.