Democrats often propose ideas that take forever to explain and are often difficult for the masses to understand. That wasn't the case last week.

A lobbyist who works for a business-related organization asked me a question the other day that I've been hearing a lot lately: "Who's going to be the stopper now?"

What he meant was: Who in the legislative process can be counted on these days to help derail bills which are deemed hostile to business interests?

Give Governor JB Pritzker some credit: The man can give a good speech.

Governor JB Pritzker's administration has confirmed that its new public pension plan will slash $800 million from the state's scheduled pension payment next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's administration has confirmed that its new public pension plan will slash $800 million from the state's scheduled pension-payment next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

That reduction is a direct result of Pritzker's proposal, unveiled last week by Deputy Gov Dan Hynes, which would extend the state's pension-payment "ramp" by seven years, from 2045 to 2052.

Two "dark money" groups are stepping up to separately promote and attack the new governor's agenda.

We've known for weeks now that the FBI recorded Chicago Alderman Ed Burke's mobile-phone conversations over a period of eight months, listening in on 9,475 calls. And then we discovered that the feds had wired up Chicago Alderman Danny Solis during his own conversations with Burke.

We all know that former Governor Bruce Rauner was outspent by our new Governor JB Pritzker during the 2018 campaign. But the actual numbers are pretty darned eye-opening.

Governor JB Pritzker announced last week that he had picked Sol Flores to be his fourth deputy governor. He’d previously announced deputy governors Dan Hynes, Christian Mitchell, and Jesse Ruiz.

I missed JB Pritzker’s impromptu speech to a gathering of Republicans last week by a few minutes. But the fact that Pritzker even stopped by the event, hosted by Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, was notable in and of itself.

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