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S&P blames Rauner for fiscal crisis
You may have read a news story or two about the latest blistering report from New York-based S&P Global Ratings about Illinois' fiscal and economic woes.

But it's far more brutal than anything reported by the media and it pretty obviously lays the blame for much of the morass at Gov. Bruce Rauner's doorstep while calling on legislators to assert "governing control." 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Instead of leadership, Illinois gets downgrades
The latest Illinois credit rating downgrade from Fitch Ratings is chock full of phrases that could be used in the next campaign cycle against the governor and other incumbents.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Madigan lawsuit and Rauner's leverage
Question the timing all you want, but last week's legal filing by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to stop paying state employee wages without an official appropriation is long overdue and is completely consistent with a 2016 Illinois Supreme Court ruling and with her (and the governor's) opposition to a similar lawsuit brought by social service providers.
Monday, January 30, 2017
The day I told Barack Obama not to be so ambitious
On a fairly regular basis back in the day, state Sen. Barack Obama would walk up to the Senate press box and bum cigarettes off me. That was when people could smoke in the Senate chambers and back when both of us smoked.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Senate brims with hope, House mired neck-high
If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats' nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan's re-election last week, it would be either "defensive" or perhaps "joyless."
Monday, January 16, 2017
Rauner followed Madigan down the rabbit hole
Back in December, Gov. Bruce Rauner was asked by a Chicago TV reporter if he planned to run for reelection. Rauner said he wasn't focused on such things.

Just three days later, Gov. Rauner contributed $50 million to his own campaign fund.

So, either he suddenly focused himself on the 2018 campaign, or he simply wasn't telling the truth.

Monday, January 9, 2017


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