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home : columnists : capitol facts December 17, 2014

She's a politician who will be missed
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had a stroke the morning of Dec. 9, but that's not what killed her. In fact, by that afternoon, she announced she was going to walk to the restroom. Her chief of staff Nancy Kimme told her not to try because she was paralyzed on her left side. In mocking defiance, Topinka started kicking her no longer paralyzed leg.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Who's to blame over minimum wage hike delay
Pretty much every Statehouse finger of blame was pointing North toward Chicago for the minimum wage hike bill's failure during the legislative veto session which ended last week.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Legislators fighting to be a Rauner pick
Whenever a new governor is about to be sworn in, one of the most popular Springfield parlor games is figuring out who is on their way out and who is on their way in.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Rauner, Madigan will have to work together
Last December, Bruce Rauner appeared on a WLS Radio talk show program and revealed that he planned to form a new campaign committee to counter the power of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Quinn's message failed to gain votes
Bruce Rauner out-performed his fellow Republican Bill Brady's 2010 gubernatorial election performance in every region of the state last week. As I write this, with less than half a percent of the vote yet to be counted, Rauner has a big five-point margin over Gov. Pat Quinn and appears to have won a majority vote in a three-way election.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Who lost in this election? You
Some of you will read this column before the election, and some of you will read it after. I suppose I could've written two columns, but I've been kinda busy, so let's talk about one of the weirdest things that happened this campaign season.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014


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