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“Friends” of Illinois Governor Sick of Waiting for Their Due PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 25 January 2005 18:00
Politics is a numbers game. And votes, dollars, and favors are the only numbers that matter. The boys who play politics at the street level never forget their numbers. They can tell you how many votes they pulled out of Precinct 22 three elections ago, or how much money they raised for some nobody judge in ’96, or the name of their neighbor’s mother’s cousin that they helped out of that jam that one time.

Disdain for Illinois Governor Fuels Rumors PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 18 January 2005 18:00
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich tends to bring out the worst in people. A good example of this would be a malicious and false rumor that made the rounds about the governor a couple of months ago. My phone rang off the hook for days as people called to fill me in about the latest variation on the theme.

Tort Reform Gets Presidential Boost in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 11 January 2005 18:00
The ongoing Illinois drama over the medical-malpractice-reform debate intensified last week when President George W. Bush paid a visit to Madison County. Yes, that Madison County – the favored courtroom home to many of the nation’s wealthiest trial lawyers, made universally infamous by the multi-billion-dollar class-action lawsuits filed over asbestos and Marlboro Lights, and the focus of a multi-million-dollar Supreme Court race last year that featured both candidates accusing each other of being soft on child molesters in front of a backdrop of stories about small-town hospitals closing their doors and doctors fleeing to neighboring states, and ending with the trial lawyers’ hand-picked Democratic candidate losing both the campaign and his appellate court seat, which then spun off a bizarre sequel when the loser immediately filed a nine-figure defamation lawsuit against his opponent’s financial backers.

2004: What a Long, Strange Trip in Illinois Politics PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 28 December 2004 18:00
In my opinion, 2004 was the weirdest year in Illinois political history. January: Governor Rod Blagojevich used most of his State of the State address to blast the State Board of Education for being a “Soviet-style” bureaucracy – the first time a sitting governor red-baited a state agency.

Illinois Governor Plays It Safe with Video-Game Attack PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Monday, 20 December 2004 18:00
It was probably no accident that Governor Rod Blagojevich chose a Naperville school last week to unveil his proposal to criminalize the sale or rental of violent and sexually explicit video games to minors. If he had used an impoverished inner-city school as a backdrop, the assembled parents might have asked him about the real-life violence that their children face every day.

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