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Schools and Roads Suffer at the Hands of Political Games PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 18 April 2006 18:00
Despite what they said, it’s not too hard to figure out why the Senate Republicans blocked two construction-bond bills proposed by Democrats, one for education and the other for roads and bridges. The idea is to starve the governor and the Democrats of cash for projects that they could use to promote their re-elections this fall.

 
Poll Takes an Early Snapshot of Statewide Races PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 11 April 2006 18:00
For the first time, a statewide poll has included state Senator James Meeks in the gubernatorial mix, but the results are not yet encouraging for the potential third-party candidate. Meeks is an African-American minister and state legislator who has been threatening to run for governor for the past several weeks.

 
Investigations Bring an End to the Old Ways PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 04 April 2006 18:00
The paranoia level is pretty much at an all-time high at the Illinois Statehouse. Walk past House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office and there’s a good chance you’ll see him standing in the hallway talking on his cell phone.

 
Black Voters Could Prove to be Potent Political Force This Fall PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 28 March 2006 18:00
I’m not sure how long it will last, but black voters in Cook County are united and fired up right now like they haven’t been in a long time. It goes back to Barack Obama’s 2004 Democratic primary victory, but it flamed back up in January, when Chicago’s historic Pilgrim Baptist Church burned down.

 
Questions and Comments Raise Doubts About Giannoulias PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 18:00
Alexi Giannoulias has big trouble ahead. As I write this, the wealthy, young, telegenic Democratic candidate for treasurer was favored to win this week’s primary. U.S. Senator Barack Obama appears in his TV ad, and the latest Chicago Tribune poll shows Giannoulias leading downstater Paul Mangieri by 14 points.

 
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