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A Weak Challenger Creates a Stronger Governor PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 18:00
It would have been almost unthinkable several months ago that if Governor Rod Blagojevich had a primary challenger, he would emerge from the primary stronger than when he went in. The scandals are never-ending, his poll numbers suck, and the discontent with his tenure is wide and deep, even among many in his own party.

 
Candidate Goes on the Offensive in GOP Primary PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 21 February 2006 18:00
The Ron Gidwitz campaign had a stark warning for Judy Baar Topinka last week. “If you think this ad is tough, just wait.” Gidwitz, who is running for governor as a Republican, aired the first negative ad of the campaign last week, then dismissed Topinka’s rebuttals as mere whining and vowed he would ignore any attempt by the Illinois Republican Party to browbeat him into pulling the spot.

 
Republican Challengers Face Tough Decisions Against Front-Runner Topinka PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 18:00
The latest Chicago Tribune poll appears to track closely with recent polls conducted by two Republican statewide contenders. The Tribune poll found Judy Baar Topinka leading the GOP governor’s race with 38 percent, followed by Jim Oberweis at 17 percent, Ron Gidwitz finally breaking into double digits with 11 percent, and Bill Brady bringing up the rear at 8 percent.

 
Court Decision Pits Distributors Against Wineries PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 07 February 2006 18:00
For years, the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois (ABDI) has been one of the most successful lobbies at the Illinois statehouse. The victory that comes immediately to mind was when ABDI teamed up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to prevent direct sales of out-of-state wine to consumers.

 
GOP Front-Runner Wins Debate by Not Losing PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 31 January 2006 18:00
There are plenty of ways to look at who won or lost last week’s gubernatorial debate between the four Republican candidates. On pure style points, I think Jim Oberweis won big. His performance was positively Reagan-esque.

 
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