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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.

Illinois Governor Will Have a Tough Time Killing State Board of Education PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 03 February 2004 18:00
Governor Rod Blagojevich won a lot of legislative victories last year. He rammed through a $10-billion pension-funding plan, increased taxes and fees, enacted several bills that protected workers, and killed an attempt to expand gambling.

Illinois Republicans Practicing Guilt by Association PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 27 January 2004 18:00
Illinois Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) was the biggest surprise winner of the 2002 election. Political observers are still scratching their heads at how the Democrat defeated popular Republican Senator Laura Kent Donahue in a Republican-leaning district.

What’s Wrong with Illinois’ U.S. Senate Democratic Favorite? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 20 January 2004 18:00
Despite winning two consecutive statewide elections by overwhelming margins, Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes has just 14 percent in the U.S. Senate race, according to the latest Chicago Tribune poll. Even worse, Hynes is tied with two of his opponents, Maria Pappas and Barack Obama.

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