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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).

 
“Friends” of Illinois Governor Sick of Waiting for Their Due PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 25 January 2005 18:00
Politics is a numbers game. And votes, dollars, and favors are the only numbers that matter. The boys who play politics at the street level never forget their numbers. They can tell you how many votes they pulled out of Precinct 22 three elections ago, or how much money they raised for some nobody judge in ’96, or the name of their neighbor’s mother’s cousin that they helped out of that jam that one time.

 
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