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Look Beyond the Feds’ Case Against Governor Ryan PDF Print E-mail
Illinois Politics
Monday, 23 December 2002 18:00
Secretary of State George Ryan sat on a couch in his Chicago office, reading a document in early September of 1998. It hadn’t been a good day. The feds were closing in, the media was turning against him, and election day was just two months away.

City Budget Meeting Little More Than a Spin Session PDF Print E-mail
Guest Commentaries
Tuesday, 17 December 2002 18:00
Under the guise of open public discussion, the City of Davenport is conducting a serious spin campaign. Last week’s town-hall budget meeting was advertised as “an opportunity for the public to hear from city officials and staff about the operating and capital budgets of the city and an opportunity for public input on priorities for city services, infrastructure, and programs.

No Confidence in Marketplace Until Criminal Prosecutions PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 December 2002 18:00
It is curious the Bush Administration would be faulted, or credited for that matter, for the sluggish economy based upon the president’s income- and estate-tax cuts that passed in 2001, because most of those cuts will not take place until 2005 and 2006.

Paying Candidates? It’s a Good Start PDF Print E-mail
Guest Commentaries
Tuesday, 10 December 2002 18:00
The Federal Election Commission’s vote on November 25 to allow campaign committees to pay a salary to candidates for Congress and the presidency might on the surface seem like a terrible idea. Why should fat-cat politicians be allowed to skim cash off the tops of their campaign war chests? Don’t they have enough perks as it is? But the idea has merit – a lot of merit, actually – even though it doesn’t go far enough.

Despite Attacks from Illinois GOP, Senator Fitzgerald Sitting Pretty PDF Print E-mail
Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 10 December 2002 18:00
Some top Illinois Republicans are making a lot of noise lately about finding a candidate to run against Senator Peter Fitzgerald, a fellow member of the GOP, in two years. But is their publicity barrage against the incumbent freshman a warning that he faces defeat, or is it just a shot across his bow to remind him that he needs to start being more cooperative in Washington, or, at least, be a little more quiet? Whatever.

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