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No solution in sight coming from Springfield
It has looked to me for a long time that House Speaker Michael Madigan has been waiting for an existential state crisis to force Gov. Bruce Rauner to back completely away from his anti-union, pro-business Turnaround Agenda so that they can pass a "clean" state budget.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Time running out for school funding formula
We saw some examples last week of why school funding reform is so difficult to accomplish in Illinois.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Dems may be tempted to keep impasse going
With yet another poll showing plunging Downstate support for Gov. Bruce Rauner in a Republican district and the intense Republican freakout over Donald Trump's impending presidential nomination and its impact on independent suburban women, there appears to be a growing feeling among Democrats, particularly in the Illinois Senate, that they need to get out of the way to let the other party crash and burn.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Mah wins but can't let her guard down
Theresa Mah, D-Chicago, was never given much of a chance at winning the 2nd House District Democratic primary race on March 15 against a well-known political name who had a huge demographic advantage. 
Monday, May 2, 2016
Ed funding idea may have started something
A blog post appears to have helped at least temporarily break the long stalemate at the Illinois Statehouse.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Cullerton tries carrot-and-stick tactic
"The governor has linked things together," Senate President John Cullerton said at a speech to the City Club of Chicago back in January. "We don't have a budget because he's got his 'Turnaround Agenda.' So I can link things together, too."
Monday, April 18, 2016


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