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Simon Was a Rarity: an Honest Politician PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 16 December 2003 18:00
My father is a Barry Goldwater Republican. Goldwater, you will recall, was the Republican presidential nominee in 1964 who once said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” Dad never voted for a Democrat in his life until 1984.

 
Illinois Governor Avoids Looking Bad – Again – on ComEd Bill PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 09 December 2003 18:00
Without a doubt, it was way past time that a giant corporation was rebuffed in Springfield. Every year, at least one of the big boys hires every available contract lobbyist, signs up a PR firm, cuts a deal with some pliable and influential third parties, and descends on the Illinois statehouse with a clever proposal in hand.

 
Energy Bill Runs into Trouble with Illinois Speaker PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 25 November 2003 18:00
Up until last Tuesday afternoon, it looked like Commonwealth Edison had it made in the shade. House Speaker Michael Madigan had signed off on what was thought to be the final draft of ComEd’s bill to help it purchase downstate electric company Illinois Power.

 
ComEd Reveals Its Endgame, and Consumers Likely Lose PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 18 November 2003 18:00
The big boys who really run Springfield are at it again. Back in August, Exelon Chairperson John Rowe delivered a very frank speech to his shareholders. Exelon is the parent company of Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison, and Rowe explained how he planned to increase his company’s profitability.

 
Illinois Governor Has Only Himself to Blame for Veto Overrides PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 11 November 2003 18:00
You’ve probably heard that Governor Rod Blagojevich is fighting with the Illinois Legislature again. This time, he’s claiming the General Assembly is on a “spending orgy” and tossing around taxpayer money like “drunken sailors” who have “run amok.

 
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