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Illinois Governor Loses Badly in Budget Deal PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 03 August 2004 18:00
No governor ever gets everything he wants in a budget. But this year’s budget agreement reflects what appears to be the greatest expansion of legislative power in decades. Governor Rod Blagojevich had to give up a lot during the two-month overtime session, and he didn’t get much in return.

 
Search for Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Turns into a Circus PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 27 July 2004 18:00
It’s been an opportunist playground,” a top Republican Party official sighed last week. Every time somebody floats his or her own name for the vacant slot for Republican U.S. Senate candidate and then “withdraws,” the media paints it as yet another disaster for the state party, the clearly annoyed official complained.

 
Ditka Might Have Been a Lousy Senator, but He Would Have Been a Great Candidate PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 20 July 2004 18:00
I never thought Mike Ditka would actually run for the United States Senate. But I really, really wanted him to. Hey, I know he might not have been a great senator. He’s too obnoxious, too impatient, too “either do it my way or I’ll grab you by the shirt and shake you up good” for such a deliberative body.

 
Obscure Board Spawns Illinois’ Biggest Scandal PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 13 July 2004 18:00
The scandal of the year is not about Jack Ryan’s sex life. It’s about an obscure little state board that appears to have gotten completely out of hand. You’ve probably never heard of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, at least until recently.

 
Illinois Budget Process More Secretive Than Ever PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 06 July 2004 18:00
Slowly but surely, the state legislature is being replaced by five guys in a back room. It’s old news that the four legislative leaders and the governor have totally hijacked the budget process. For years now, the governor, the House speaker, the Senate president, and the House and Senate minority leaders have met behind closed doors to hammer out the state’s spending plans.

 
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