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Jones-Blagojevich Feud Portends Long, Hot Summer PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 01 March 2005 18:00
Senate President Emil Jones was not treated too well during his 10 years as Senate minority leader. The majority Republicans locked him out of the room and killed most of his members’ bills. His fellow Democrat, House Speaker Michael Madigan, treated Jones like a junior associate, occasionally helping him out, but not doing all that much to backstop him in the process.

Illinois Governor Brilliantly Blocks Ethics Reform PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 22 February 2005 18:00
One of the problems with applying “appearance of impropriety” rules to Illinois and Chicago politics is that most of the players are swimming in a very small political pond. We’re constantly treated to stories about how this or that political insider connected with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is representing a company that just landed a sweet city contract.

“Pay to Play” Reformers Now Look to State Level PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 15 February 2005 18:00
You could physically feel the political ground shifting last week as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he would no longer accept campaign contributions from city contractors and members of their immediate families.

Fear-Mongering on Gay-Rights Bill Unfounded PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Monday, 07 February 2005 18:00
The reaction by the Religious Right to the passage of a gay-rights law in Illinois has been predictably loud and aggrieved. But the law’s critics have universally zeroed in on one key argument – a claim that churches and religious institutions will now be forced by the government to hire gays and lesbians.

Media Spotlight Not Bright Enough on Department of Natural Resources PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 01 February 2005 18:00
Red Burchyett is getting his wheelchair and his job back. That’s good news for Mr. Burchyett, who was laid off several weeks ago from his mechanic’s job at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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