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Is It Time to Jump off the Blagojevich Train Already? PDF Print E-mail
Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 07 January 2003 18:00
As you might have observed by now, Illinois governor-elect Rod Blagojevich promoted himself last year in an almost presidential manner. As soon as the election was over, a sympathetic scribe or two in the media even suggested that our governor-elect might have some presidential material in him.

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.

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