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Business Tax Proposal Would Earn Powerful Enemies PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 02:15

Two articles in recent days have shed a little bit more light on the as-yet-unconfirmed plan by Governor Rod Blagojevich to propose a gross-receipts tax on Illinois businesses. The tax would be levied on all corporate revenues, regardless of profitability or existing tax exemptions and loopholes.

Statehouse Squabbling Could Hurt Obama in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:17

Apparently, Governor Rod Blagojevich, Senate President Emil Jones, and House Speaker Michael Madigan can't get along enough yet to help Illinois' favorite son win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Leaders Have Big Agendas, but Where Will the Money Come from? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 02:40

Governor Rod Blagojevich has said he wants billions more a year for a universal-health-care plan. Last week, a coalition of business and labor groups called on the state to put $5 billion a year into transportation for five years. The Regional Transportation Authority estimates it needs $57 billion over 30 years to maintain, enhance, and expand transit services.

Governor’s Action Portends the “Mother of All Legislative Wars” PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 02:32

For months, most Statehouse observers have predicted a battle royale between the state's three top Democrats: Governor Rod Blagojevich, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, and Senate President Emil Jones.

The three men haven't been getting along, and the relationships between Madigan and Blagojevich, and between Madigan and Jones, are particularly strained. So far, Jones and Blagojevich are doing okay together, but that could change in a heartbeat if Blagojevich and Jones tangle over school funding. Jones wants a lot of money for schools, but Blagojevich refuses to raise taxes.

Leader’s Power Might Not Translate Into Promised Education Reform PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 03:35

Senate President Emil Jones talked for several minutes during a media availability the other day about his war theories.

Among other things, Jones recalled how Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded his desk during the United Nations debate over whether to allow China into the organization. Khrushchev failed to persuade the international body to admit his fellow Communist nation, but, as Jones said, not long afterwards China detonated a nuclear bomb in the atmosphere and the UN quickly relented, bringing China in and forcing Taiwan out.

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