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Last Year Brought Big Changes in Illinois Politics PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 06 January 2004 18:00
Last year was one of transition for Illinois’ political leadership. The year began with Republican Governor George Ryan leaving office after just four years in office – a term constantly overshadowed by allegations of corruption while he was secretary of state.

 
Illinois Governor Small Makes Ryan Look Saintly PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 23 December 2003 18:00
“A prosecutor once described political corruption as a ‘time-honored tradition’ in Illinois, but the scandal outlined in a 91-page indictment against former Governor George Ryan might be the worst yet,” claimed the Associated Press last week.

 
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.

 
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