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Madigan will take blame to stop Rauner
The Democrats got a bit of good news and some serious bad news in a recent Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll. And that bad news is particularly negative for anyone who can be credibly connected to House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Monday, June 13, 2016

'Powerlees' is Rauner's admission of failure
Near the top of any list of Illinois government's many problems is that House Speaker Michael Madigan has made a decades-long game out of messing with the minds and the agendas of our governors. 
Monday, June 6, 2016
Voters disenchanted with state's inaction
After what happened last week it's more clear than ever that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has no fear of what Gov. Rauner could do to his members this fall. And Madigan has even less fear of what his members could do to him.
Monday, May 30, 2016
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


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