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Educators and Boats Gripe About Illinois Budget Proposal PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 15 April 2003 18:00
The cacophony of angry voices has started rising to a fever pitch in the wake of Governor Rod Blagojevich’s state budget address last Wednesday. Most of the complaining is coming from three areas: riverboat owners; elementary and secondary educators; and higher-education institutions.

 
Stock Traders Buy Their Own Reporters in the Illinois Statehouse PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 08 April 2003 18:00
A new source of cash fell into the laps of Springfield lobbyists this past week. Several New York-based stock-trading firms have hired statehouse lobbyists. But they don’t want the lobbyists to lobby for or against anything.

 
Illinois Governor’s Administration Becoming a Comedy of Errors PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 01 April 2003 18:00
The state’s new deputy governor, 29-year-old New York native Bradley Tusk, evidently has a lot to learn. Tusk was appointed to the important job not long ago even though he has absolutely no Illinois political experience and has never managed anything larger than a tiny staff.

 
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.

 
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