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Illinois Governor Takes an Unfair Hit – but Deserved It PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 22 July 2003 18:00
Last Tuesday was a public-relations nightmare for Governor Rod Blagojevich, but he did manage to avert a complete PR meltdown with a last-minute deal. A few months after freezing wages of nonunion state workers and deducting 4 percent from their checks to pay for their pension contributions, a month after vetoing pay raises for legislators and judges, two weeks after he unilaterally slashed the operations budgets of two statewide constitutional officers, and the same day that Latino legislators slammed him for breaking his promise about not cutting funds for social programs, the Chicago Tribune reported that the governor had given pay raises to some of his employees.

Jobs Program with Interesting History Gets the Ax PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 15 July 2003 18:00
A $6-million annual state program to help at-risk high-school students graduate and find jobs has been vetoed out of existence by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The program appears to be worthwhile, and the governor has never really explained why he wanted to kill it, other than he wants to “streamline” and “consolidate” the state’s job-training efforts.

Illinois Governor Plays All the Angles – and Wins PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 08 July 2003 18:00
After months of publicly jabbing the General Assembly for its hidebound ways, Governor Rod Blagojevich is now aiming his sharp political elbows at his fellow constitutional officers, including his most likely re-election rival.

Irony Abounds in Illinois Politics PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 01 July 2003 18:00
Talk about a week filled with heavy-duty irony. Christian conservatives rallying for lower casino taxes and Governor Rod Blagojevich doling out George Ryan’s pork money. Early last week, a coalition of conservative groups held a press conference.

Conservative Leader Has Eye on Illinois PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 24 June 2003 18:00
“We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals – and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship,” Grover Norquist recently told the Denver Post. Norquist runs a group called Americans for Tax Reform, and his organization was scheduled to participate in a Chicago press conference last week that was called to attack Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for his anti-business proposals.

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