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Judges the Latest Victims of Illinois Governor’s Political Savvy PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 05 August 2003 18:00
Add the justices of the Illinois Supreme Court to the long list of politicians who have been bested by Governor Rod Blagojevich. The governor has a way of bringing out the worst in his fellow politicos, and the Supremes were no exception last week.

Prison Employees Help Illinois Governor Monitor His Image PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 29 July 2003 18:00
In yet another example of how obsessed Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is about his public image, even during “the worst fiscal crisis in the state’s history,” the governor is requiring state employees to videotape and review local TV-news broadcasts about him seven days a week on state time.

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.

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