There are some important milestones in every statewide campaign. The benchmark polling is the first. In the race for governor, Judy Baar Topinka won that one hands down, but wasn't as far ahead, perhaps, as she should have been.
A little-remembered 1975 Illinois law might cause a whole lot of trouble in the coming year or two.
The Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 was passed in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade opinion, which overruled most state laws banning abortion.
It's now becoming clear to people around Richard M. Daley that the Chicago mayor himself might very well have a fat federal target on his back.
Up until last week, most people figured that the mayor would never be personally touched by the ongoing federal probe into his administration.
The level of arrogance and political stupidity exhibited by wealthy office-seekers never ceases to amaze me.
Long before the media got wind of it last year, much of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Blair Hull's top staff knew about the police report that alleged Hull struck his then-wife during a late-night argument.
Last week, I told you about some Republican candidates for governor. We'll finish handicapping the long list of candidates this week.
• Senator Steve Rauschenberger - Apparently, running a strong third in the U.
Now that the state's political season is about to kick into a slightly higher gear, let's take a moment to look at how some of the Republican candidates for governor are stacking up. We'll look at the rest of the pack next week.
Serious, intense clout usually only comes into play at the Illinois Statehouse on behalf of giant corporations, powerful political organizations, influential labor unions, entrenched bureaucracies, or other unstoppable special interests.
Representative John Fritchey's spring legislative session was going extraordinarily well ... until he smacked into the past 10 days.
Fritchey (D-Chicago) was the prime motivator behind the unprecedented compromise between pro-life and pro-choice groups earlier this session.
Governor Rod Blagojevich was declared a "winner" by the Chicago media after the spring legislative session ended last week.
Adjourning the session by May 31 while, for a change, getting along with other Democrats, upholding his promise not to raise taxes, and coming up with lots of new programs and comprehensive medical-malpractice reform made him look pretty good in many eyes.
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