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Democrats put GOP legislators in a tight spot
Gov. Bruce Rauner had several House Republicans over to the Executive Mansion last week to ask them to vote "Present" when the House Democrats' called their "right to work" bill the following day.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Statehouse work assigned to 'secret' groups
I recently obtained a document distributed by the governor's office detailing the membership list and meeting times and locations of the secret state legislative "working groups." 

The governor's office has insisted that not only should legislators dummy up about what goes on at the groups' meetings.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Rauner: Term limits just as important as deficit budget
Gov. Bruce Rauner believes that term limits for legislators is just as important as cutting the state's budget and he's willing to crash the entire state government to get a new bill passed before May 31.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Bizarre behavior from Speaker Madigan
A couple of weeks ago, I started noticing that House Speaker Michael Madigan wasn't voting on most legislation during his chamber's floor debates. Madigan was feeling under the weather that week, and was ill enough that a leadership meeting with the governor couldn't be scheduled until a few days later, so I let it go.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Rewarding friends, punishing enemies in Springfield
Gov. Bruce Rauner devised a new way to reward his friends and punish his enemies April 16th when he created a campaign committee called "Illinois Turnaround." 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Schock has plenty of time to redeem himself
Congressman Aaron Schock's resignation is not only a blow to national Republicans, for whom Schock raised millions, but also to Illinois Republicans.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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