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Prison-Closure Proposal Might Be More Than a Flip-Flop PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 09 March 2004 18:00
During the 2002 campaign, gubernatorial candidate Rod Blagojevich traveled to Vandalia, in southern Illinois, and spoke to a large crowd of union members. Most of those union members worked at the local state prison.

At the Heart of Hull PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Wednesday, 03 March 2004 18:00
I’m going to talk about Blair Hull, but I have to tell you a story first. Nobody thought Terry Link had a chance back in 1996. Link was running for an Illinois Senate seat in a Republican-leaning, Lake County district.

Illinois Governor’s Budget Filled with Intrigue PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 24 February 2004 18:00
Buried deep within Governor Rod Blagojevich’s annual budget address last week was a nasty argument with the most influential bunch of do-gooders in Illinois – the social-service providers. These are the groups, many of them religious (such as the Catholic Conference, Lutheran Social Services, and the Jewish Federation), that take care of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Why Wasn’t Powerful Illinois Lobbyist Indicted by Feds? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 17 February 2004 18:00
At first glance, it might seem puzzling that last week’s list of federal indictments included the powerful lobbying firm of Ronan Potts, but not the guy who runs the firm, Al Ronan. Ronan’s attorney has all but admitted that Ronan is “Fawell Associate 1,” who was repeatedly referred to in the indictments of former George Ryan Chief of Staff Scott Fawell and others connected to Fawell’s alleged schemings at the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, which Fawell ran for four years.

Illinois Governor’s Latest Ploy a Near-Perfect Political Concept PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 10 February 2004 18:00
You really have to hand it to Governor Rod Blagojevich. By simply proposing to transfer the powers of the Illinois State Board of Education to his own office, Blagojevich did several huge favors for the teachers unions, forestalled any budget-busting funding increases for education this year, and all but killed the income-for-property-tax-swap idea for the rest of his first term – while politically positioning himself as a feisty fiscal conservative, a gutsy hands-on reformer, and a concerned pro-education leader.

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