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Things are not good in Springfield right now
Earlier this month when the General Assembly was in Springfield, House Speaker Michael Madigan called Senate President John Cullerton six different times to ask him to move the child care program restoration legislation once it passed the House.
Monday, November 23, 2015

Rauner thwarts Madigan at every turn
"He seems so done with it all," said one top Republican earlier last week about House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. "He hates this," said a close Durkin pal not long afterward.

The overtime session's constant battles with the House Democrats and super-strict marching orders from Governor Bruce Rauner were wearing Durkin down, said some folks who know him. "This summer was pretty nasty," he admitted to reporters last week.

But that changed by Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
A state meeting that will be fun to watch
The concept of a public meeting on Nov. 18 by the four legislative leaders and the governor sounds nice, but will it actually move the ball forward and break the months-long governmental impasse?
Monday, November 9, 2015
Rauner, Dems, all think they're winning
Governor Bruce Rauner took it on the chin for several days in a row this month.

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute's recent poll of southern Illinoisans showed Rauner's approval rating absolutely tanking in a region he swept last year.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Like state, Thompson Center is a wreck
Gov. Bruce Rauner said last week that he had spoken with both Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan about his proposed sale of the state's Thompson Center building in Chicago, and that both men were "forward leaning and positive" about the plan.
Monday, October 19, 2015
It seems neither side will cave
Last year, gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner pledged to "crack down on waste" in government in order to save taxpayers over $140 million. He also vowed to cut $500 million from the Illinois Department of Central Management Services and find another $250 million in Medicaid savings.
Monday, October 12, 2015

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