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Triangulation play defeats Chicago pension bid
House Speaker Michael Madigan likes to send "messages." He doesn't often explain what those messages are, but last week's surprising defeat of a bill to give the Chicago Public Schools a 40-day extension on its $634 million pension payment due June 30th was most surely a message to somebody.
Monday, June 29, 2015

Home on the range, a few early recipes
If there is one thing I do not regret about modern living, it is the convenience of procuring food, especially bread. Ladies, think of how your life would change, if every three days you had to spend your time baking bread. Ladies of the 19th century had no choice. Our focus today is food.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Ad lacks bite, but will it do more harm than good?
Gov. Bruce Rauner's much-anticipated TV ad isn't as over the top negative as we might have thought it would be.

"Exactly," was the response from a Rauner official I spoke with after watching the ad and making that observation about its somewhat muted tone.

Monday, June 22, 2015
Playing politics without a budget deal
Gov. Bruce Rauner gave rip-roaring speeches in several Democratic legislative districts last week denouncing the state's Democratic leadership. All of his visits were accompanied by Illinois Republican Party press releases bashing area Democratic legislators for being in the back pockets of House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.
Monday, June 15, 2015
State leaders fail to understand each other
After five months, you'd think that the warring parties at the Illinois Statehouse would have learned something about each other. Instead, last week's bitter and divisive House overtime session showed that they still fundamentally misunderstand one another.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Exploiting the spoils of war in a Raunerish way
Forget about the budget, forget about Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda," forget about the almost unprecedented animosity during the spring legislative session between Democrats and Republicans.
Monday, June 1, 2015

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