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[21 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

Reading the short story in the Sun-Times about Ken Griffin’s $1 million donation to Republican Bruce Rauner’s campaign reminded us of two things: How much the media likes only certain parts of the Bill of Rights; How they try and distort voters views on who’s “rich” in politics. For instance, Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney was sure to include in the first paragraph of his story that Griffin is “one of Illinois’ wealthiest political patrons.” One of? You mean he’s not…

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[18 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

In the Chicago Sun-Times story on Republican candidate Bruce Rauner’s ethics overhaul proposal, reporter Francine Knowles included this quote from Brooke Anderson, the spokeswoman for Rauner’s opponent, Gov. Pat Quinn: “He has profited from fraud, abuse and mismanagement of his own businesses and taxpayer dollars throughout his career.” As the saying goes, “politics ain’t beanbag,” but this is simply beyond ridiculous. Yes, candidates and their spokespeople should be able to respond to criticism, but the media also has a responsibility…

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[17 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

Two separate – but ultimately related – pieces in today’s Crain’s Chicago Business are worth reading. We doubt the Illinois media will connect the two, so we’ll do it for them. First, John Powers, which the business broadsheet describes as the “owner of Union Street Tin Co., a manufacturer of metal containers based in Park Ridge with offices in Leeds, England,” writes on the op-ed page about those corporate inversions that Sen. Dick Durbin so disdains. Here’s how it works, according to…

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[12 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

Rich Miller, a former staffer for House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), may as well double as communications director for Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.). If you had to guess which lieutenant governor candidate had a rougher week – Democrat Paul Vallas or Republican Evelyn Sanguinetti – which would you pick? For starters, Vallas had to eat his words earlier this week for claiming Republican challenger Bruce Rauner is “too rich to be governor.” Pressed again on the question, Vallas then answered…

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[22 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

Eric Allie on Democrats up for re-election this November trying to get as far away from Obama and Quinn as they can. This ain’t 2012 anymore…

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[11 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

Eric Allie on the media’s distracted attention on Bruce Rauner’s personal wealth instead of Gov. Pat Quinn’s public office record.

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[2 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

Eric Allie on Gov. Pat Quinn’s blaming of Walgreen’s and AbbVie’s talk of leaving Illinois on “unpatriotic behavior.”

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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…