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Hiring Practices Could Bring Problems for Blagojevich PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 06 June 2006 23:08

For years, the governor and his top aides have claimed that politics never touch state hiring.

They swore up and down that they follow the law whenever they fill mid- to low-level civil-service positions, and claimed they don't even know the names of the people who were applying for the jobs.

 

 
State Loses Bright Light in Lou Jones PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Wednesday, 17 May 2006 01:24
Her name was Lovana, but everyone called her Lou.

There haven’t been many politicians like state Representative Lou Jones in this world. The Chicago Democrat was completely out front about whatever she was doing, and I don’t think she ever minced a single word in her entire career. She took on issues that almost nobody else would touch, and she used every ounce of her being to force the rest of us to see some harsh truths that we preferred to ignore. 

 
Poll Suggests Third Gubernatorial Candidate Would Hurt Republicans PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Wednesday, 10 May 2006 02:54
State Senator James Meeks (D-Chicago) has continually brushed aside notions that he wouldn’t run for governor on a third-party ticket, saying last week, for instance, that he is very encouraged by the results of a new poll he commissioned that shows him right in the race.

The Meeks poll has some more bad news for Governor Rod Blagojevich, but also a rare spot of good news. 

 
Reform Packages Treat the Symptoms, Not the Disease PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 02 May 2006 18:00
Whenever there’s a big story, a calamity of some sort, an outrage, or some type of disaster, you can bet that a lobbyist or special-interest group will try to take advantage of the situation to push its own legislation in Springfield.

 
Why George Ryan Thinks He’s Innocent – and Why He’s Not PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 25 April 2006 18:00
I’m from Kankakee. That accident of birth automatically put me on George Ryan’s “A” list. Everybody from Kankakee was given special treatment. Ryan treated me differently from many other reporters. But being from Kankakee also had its downside.

 
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