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[12 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

The state’s budget meltdown did not prevent the wives of two Democratic lawmakers from landing six-figure state paychecks thanks to Gov. Quinn and the Illinois Senate.

The spouse of Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Chicago) nearly doubled her state salary when Quinn named her to a $117,043-a-year spot on the Illinois Pollution Control Board.
Read more at the Sun-Times

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[9 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

This is exactly the sort of thing taxpayers can easily get their minds around…
The Illinois Department on Aging plans to move from two state-owned locations in Springfield where it pays no rent into a private office building where it will lease space for more than $530,000 a year.
The department said the move was in the works before the state’s financial problems hit and that it will enable all department employees to be in one location.
OK, hold it right there. “Before the state’s financial problems hit”? When was that? …

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[8 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

Will a court challenge from terrorists not wanting to move to Thomson, Illinois, put a monkey wrench in Illinois Economic Development Plans?  Could the 280 new jobs in tourism resulting from the terror prison be a bit of a stretch? Has there been some objection from family members to the style of antique shops and craft emporiums in Galena?

From Hot Air
What’s worse — living in a secure facility in the tropics where some reasonable social interaction exists, or living in a Supermax facility in icy weather under almost-constant constant lockdown?  Mark …

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[18 Dec 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

The Coming Dem Deluge
A good thing for the Illinois Democratic party that the mainstream media has a long history of obscuring details unfavorable to liberaldom, else the real truth about the political situation would be disseminated. But to anyone with a realistic sense of politics, the truth is getting out anyhow. The standoff between Gov. Quinn and Dan Hynes will be won by Quinn who is the weaker of the two candidates. If Hynes were to win the nomination, he at least would be a somewhat newer face. Not so …

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[24 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

The chief executive officer won his post after raising campaign cash for disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The just-departed human resources director owed her job to a powerful state senator. Other top executives have long ties to Mayor Richard M. Daley’s political machine.
But the defection of two major trade shows this month and a deepening financial crisis raise questions about how well an agency run the Chicago Way can compete with more-efficient, warm-weather convention centers such as Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas.
Despite the high prices it charges trade groups to stage …

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[20 Nov 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

If for no other reason, since the Trib is supporting bringing Gitmo to Illinois , then shouldn’t sensible people be questioning the sanity of importing terrorists to the Galena Territory?
Petition Here

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[5 Nov 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

Pulling fingernails. Gouging eyes. Breaking kneecaps. And waterboarding everybody.
It’s that time of the year. With the closure of candidate filing on Nov. 2, Illinois’ 2010 political campaign has officially begun. Voters’ pain and suffering has commenced, and the torture will continue unabated for the next year. And then it will extend into 2011, with the Chicago municipal elections.
For the next 90 days, until the Feb. 2 primary, expect every scheming, ill-qualified, unappealing aspirant to deluge the airwaves with radio and TV ads emphasizing that his or her opponent …

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[26 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

read the accounts of the GOP gubernatorial candidates in the Chicago Tribune, early this morning.
Dan Proft is the only one making any sense and showing Illinois that he owns a pair of big brassy boys! Proft is unique on School Choice, Abortion, Tax-Reduction, Cost Cutting and Genuine Reform.
That means that Dan Proft might have a snowballs chance in Hell of winning the Republican Primary.  I may vote for this interesting man.
However, he will face the Democratic Challenger, Dan Hynes, in the General Election and the Democratic Machine will crank out …

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[24 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Springfield is abuzz about how to spend our money. Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes are locked in battle about what taxes to hike and which budgetary tricks to use in their effort to tame Illinois’ runaway spending and its crushing debt.
There is little doubt by either political party that something must be done. Since 2000, Illinois’ annual spending has grown by more than 20 percent while the economy has grown by only 12 percent. Illinois’ debt has grown by more than 57 percent over the same period. Every …

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[20 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

SEIU-endorsed Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order in June approving collective bargaining by “individual providers of home-based support services” — effectively busting open the doors of private homes for the Purple Shirts of the SEIU and other union competitors hungry for new dues-paying members. SEIU and its minions leaned hard on providers to join — even sending out-of-state workers to intrude on families with the promise of juicy benefits and health care coverage. Democrat officials tried to intimidate parents like Pam Harris into silence over their efforts to inform …