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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.

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[16 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

Scott Stantis on Mike Madigan unleashing his attack dogs on the fair map amendment that would take power of redrawing the political lines in Illinois from Madigan’s control.

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[11 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

Rich Miller wasted no time whatsoever belittling the most recent proposal from Democrat Rep. Jack Franks.  Here’s the summary of Franks’ bill: An Illinois lawmaker has introduced a proposal to ask voters in 2015 if term limits should be imposed on leaders in the state Legislature.   State Rep. Jack Franks filed legislation on Monday that would put a nonbinding question on the statewide municipal election ballot next April. The Marengo Democrat says that the structure of state government needs…

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[2 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

Scott Stantis on how the latest Springfield budget was constructed:

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[30 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Someone get Mark Brown of the Chicago Sun-Times a map and a compass, because he seems lost and confused: For three years, Gov. Pat Quinn dodged, sidestepped and generally avoided saying what he would do when the “temporary” state income tax increase he signed into law in 2011 expired in 2015.   What I never heard Quinn do, and that’s because he never did, was promise he wouldn’t seek to make the tax increase permanent when the time came. He…

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[22 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

As we’ve covered here at the Illinois Mirror, Mike Madigan doesn’t have the votes he needs to make the “temporary” income tax hike permanent.  According to the Chicago Sun-Times, only 34 members of the Democrat supermajority of 71 seats were committed to voting for the plan.  Another 30 were committed to voting against it. Faced with this conundrum, Madigan is turning to political extortion: “I’ve instructed the appropriations chairs to reconvene the working groups on the budget. We plan to…