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Voters want common ground in Illinois
A solid majority of Illinoisans wants newly inaugurated Gov. Bruce Rauner to find common ground with the Democratic legislative majority rather than be confrontational, a new poll finds.
Monday, January 19, 2015

Comptroller vote a last hurrah for Democrats?
We likely received an early lesson last week in how the upcoming spring state legislative session will play itself out with new Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and a Democratic General Assembly.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Topinka's death left gaping hole for new regime
There's little doubt that the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka would've continued her straight-talking ways during a governor-elect Bruce Rauner administration.

Topinka was "good copy" for reporters. When she criticized a budget or a fiscal position, we listened.

Other Statehouse denizens respected her fiscal smarts as well. If she attacked a proposal, legislators and everyone else under the dome took note.

Wednesday, December 24, 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


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