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Illinois Governor Picks a Serious Fight with Mayor Daley PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 18 May 2004 18:00
Part of me cheered when Governor Rod Blagojevich took a shot at Chicago Mayor Richard Daley last week. In case you haven’t heard, last Monday, Daley announced that he wanted a huge, land-based, city-owned casino.

 
Illinois Soap Opera Pits Speaker Against Governor PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 11 May 2004 18:00
There’s always a soap opera at the Illinois statehouse, but this year’s version is a bit crazier than usual. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is killing off Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich’s proposals left and right.

 
Racial-Slippage Theory Ignores Illinois History PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 04 May 2004 18:00
The concept of “racial slippage” is back, and it’s being misapplied to Illinois. Racial slippage describes a situation of minority candidates doing worse than the polls predict. According to the theory, some white voters lie to pollsters and tell them they support a black candidate because they might be embarrassed to admit that they aren’t going to vote for an African American.

 
Madigan Upends “Quiet” Year with Criticism of Illinois Governor PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 20 April 2004 18:00
This was supposed to be a quiet year at the Illinois statehouse. The Democrats have some vulnerable incumbents, particularly in the House. The fewer problems, the less controversy, the better for incumbents with tough campaigns ahead.

 
Furor Over Casino License Ignores Another Big Story PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 13 April 2004 18:00
With all the breathless coverage of the Illinois Gaming Board’s decision to put a riverboat in Rosemont, a big story has been completely ignored. Why did the board’s staff twist so many facts, ignore so many problems, and neglect to look into serious mob ties in order to put a casino next door to Rosemont, in Des Plaines? You don’t have to look much further for proof that staff favored Des Plaines than its selection of the casino-bidding finalists.

 
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