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Predatory Lending Falls Prey to Speaker’s Clout PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 28 June 2005 18:00
Serious, intense clout usually only comes into play at the Illinois Statehouse on behalf of giant corporations, powerful political organizations, influential labor unions, entrenched bureaucracies, or other unstoppable special interests.

 
Poll Gives Illinois Governor More Bad News PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 21 June 2005 18:00
Yet another statewide survey shows big trouble for Governor Rod Blagojevich. The Glengariff Group’s poll of 600 registered Illinois voters found Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka leading Blagojevich 33-31.

 
After Brilliant Session, Legislator Gets a Hard Political Lesson PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 18:00
Representative John Fritchey’s spring legislative session was going extraordinarily well ... until he smacked into the past 10 days. Fritchey (D-Chicago) was the prime motivator behind the unprecedented compromise between pro-life and pro-choice groups earlier this session.

 
After Successful Session, Governor Should Be Wary of Bumps Ahead PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 07 June 2005 18:00
Governor Rod Blagojevich was declared a “winner” by the Chicago media after the spring legislative session ended last week. Adjourning the session by May 31 while, for a change, getting along with other Democrats, upholding his promise not to raise taxes, and coming up with lots of new programs and comprehensive medical-malpractice reform made him look pretty good in many eyes.

 
Falling Poll Numbers Explain Latest Blagojevich Flip-Flop PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 31 May 2005 18:00
If you’re wondering why Governor Rod Blagojevich would flip-flop on his solemn vow to reform the state’s massively underfunded pension systems, you don’t have to look much farther than the most recent poll. A survey of 1,000 registered Illinois voters taken a week ago showed Republican state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka leading Democrat Blagojevich by almost 10 percentage points.

 
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