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Head of Powerful Illinois Agency Cutting Some Dubious Deals PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 25 May 2004 18:00
Something really stinks at CMS. The latest scandal to hit the powerful Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) revolves around a lucrative contract to manage health-care costs for tens of thousands of state workers and their families.

 
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.

 
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