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Governor’s Borrowing Plan Could Be Bad for Illinois PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 25 March 2003 18:00
You might have heard that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wants to “re-finance” some state debt, which will supposedly free up $1.9 billion to help close the state’s massive $4.8-billion budget deficit. But the media coverage of this plan has been ill-informed, at best, mainly because the governor has done a good job of obfuscating the issue.

 
Legislator Pays the Price for Fighting Illinois House Speaker Madigan PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 18 March 2003 18:00
Back in the day, Ray Frias was one of the sharpest political operators at the Illinois statehouse. The Chicago south-sider was first elected to the Illinois House in 1992 after securing the unlikely support of the Illinois State Medical Society, a usually Republican-leaning group with very deep pockets.

 
Illinois’ New Deputy Governor Faces a Rough Ride PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Sunday, 09 March 2003 18:00
The general reaction to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of Bradley Tusk as his new deputy governor to replace Doug Scofield is not exactly drawing rave reviews. Scofield resigned as deputy governor to “spend more time with his family” after less than two months on the job.

 
Illinois Governor Stacks Deck for Telecommunications Giant PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 04 March 2003 18:00
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Pat Quinn hits the mute button – a device nobody ever thought he possessed. Lieutenant Governor Quinn, a self-styled consumer activist, has for well over 20 years raged against the political clout wielded by the company formerly known as Ameritech, then Ameritech/SBC, and now just plain ol’ SBC.

 
Legislator Learns to Say “No” PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 25 February 2003 18:00
Illinois State Representative Julie Hamos (D-Chicago) begged me last week not to make her out to be some kind of lone-wolf hero or get her in trouble with her fellow legislators. But what she did rates a notice.

 
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