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[24 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election campaign is getting desperate to distract Illinoisans from all the bad news coming out of his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) investigation, but the latest development isn’t helping. As the Chicago Sun-Times broke this week: Newly released emails from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office show politics appeared to trump credentials when deciding how big a serving some nonprofits should get from his now-tarnished $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence grant program.   Emails from Quinn’s former top aides…

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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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[28 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Our cartoonist Eric Allie on Mike Madigan’s blaming of the exodus of citizens from Illinois, which has been going on for at least 15 years, on 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner:

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[23 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Allow me to ask right off the bat: Where was Erin Carlson three weeks ago? Earlier this month Business Insider published a scoop on Rauner’s ’93 divorce. Rauner’s ex-wife accused the Winnetka-based multi-millionaire of having an affair that led to the couple’s 1993 divorce, according to Business Insider. The publication posted the court documents from the divorce proceedings.   Records show that Rauner’s first wife, Elizabeth, whom he married in 1980, said she discovered her husband had a “paramour” in 1990…

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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…

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[21 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Cong. Danny Davis, profile in courage: A leading African American member of Congress from Illinois condemned the Chicago Sun-Times for running an “over the top” column last month that compared black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. …   “I read Neil Steinberg’s piece and quite frankly it surprised me, that it went beyond my characterization of African Americans who are supporting Rauner.” Davis said.   “I found it inaccurate in a sense,” he added. “I thought it was…

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[21 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

There was a real gem from Mike Madigan in the Chicago Tribune‘s report on the only angle on the fight to make the “temporary” income tax increase permanent that seems to concern the media: Will Mike Madigan be able to find the votes he needs to get what he wants.  (Read more on that in my post from yesterday.)  Anyway, here’s the quote: Madigan and Quinn both dismissed remarks from Durkin and Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner, who was critical…

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[21 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

In a story that’s getting wide coverage in the media, albeit in very poor context for journalistic standards, House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) and Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) have filed legislation to make the 2011 income tax hike permanent. Oh, and to offer voters a one-time $500 property tax refund shortly before the elections (September) in a desperate attempt to bribe them for their support. If you were reading this anywhere else, you’d probably see that second part…

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[20 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

This story is bone-snappingly stupid, even by the pitiful standards of manufactured partisan political scandals. It all started with a profile by ABC 7 Chicago‘s Charles Thomas of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner where Thomas visited the multimillionaire/billionaire/rich guy’s Winnetka home for a get-to-know-you news profile.  The profile also included a look at one of his passions, motorcycles:   To get away from business and more recently politics, Rauner rides his Harley.   “The feeling of gliding, the wind in…