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Is the Illinois Legislature Gearing Up for a January Surprise? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 30 November 2004 18:00
After the Republicans lost complete control of the state legislature in the 1996 election, they rushed through several bills the following January, before handing the House gavel back to the Democrats. The state Constitution requires a three-fifths majority to pass any bills with immediate effective dates after May 31.

 
Illinois Governor Wants to Leave Few Fingerprints PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:00
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is becoming way too predictable. Twice now, the governor has told a legislator that he’s for a gaming-expansion deal, then his staff denies that the governor said any such thing.

 
Personality, Not Politics, Led to Candidates’ Downfalls PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 16 November 2004 18:00
Ten years ago, just before the 1994 Republican landslide, I thought that state Senator Patrick Welch (D-Peru) was in big, big trouble. The Republicans launched an expensive campaign against him, and they had a pretty good candidate.

 
Who’s to Blame for Sorry Illinois GOP? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 09 November 2004 18:00
It’s understandable if Illinois Republicans feel a little panicky right now. Their party’s U.S. Senate candidate, Alan Keyes, was wiped out in the biggest Senate landslide in Illinois history. And they were stunned when longtime Congressman Phil Crane lost his seat to a Democrat.

 
Coalition of Female Legislators Fractures Under Election Pressure PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 02 November 2004 18:00
Women House members from both parties have stuck together like glue for the past few years, uniting to form the bipartisan Conference of Women Legislators (COWL). The group has become a powerful force at the Statehouse, successfully pushing several woman-friendly bills and budget items.

 
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