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Massive resources used in anti-Madigan theme
During the second quarter of 2012, the Illinois House Republican Organization's largest reported campaign expenditure was a $12,612 payment to the Internal Revenue Service. Indeed, six of HRO's 10 largest expenditures that quarter were for IRS payments, most likely quarterly withholding.

But four years later, the HRO's spending focus is solidly on the campaign.

Monday, July 25, 2016

We'll be getting budget fairytales
Right off the bat I should say that I think the so-called "stopgap budget" signed into law on June 30th was a good idea. Not fiscally, but because people who rely on state government desperately needed a break from the all-out legislative war between two ideologically entrenched parties.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Many problems with governor's list
Gov. Bruce Rauner has been touring Illinois to talk about his new "messaging." He's quite excited about his "messaging" plans, telling one reporter that if he could do anything differently about his tenure so far it would be to improve the way he gets his message out to voters. Yep. That's really what he said.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Budget deal just part of a bizarre year so far
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan rose to give his customary year-end speech after the House had concluded its business last week and pointed his finger right at Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Redistricting the cure only in a cartoon world
Illinoisans are undeniably furious about the way their government has been running (or, more accurately, not running). They're looking for solutions and some are grasping at anything within reach.
Monday, June 27, 2016
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


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