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A chat with Rauner about droppin' his g's
Every time Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a major speech, social media (and even mass media) lights him up over the way he drops his "g's" at the end of words.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Madigan can back own bill, or fight Cullerton
Gov. Bruce Rauner blew a perfect opportunity last week to finally drive a public wedge between Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan, clearly put Madigan on the defensive and maybe finally make progress on an important issue which might save the state a billion dollars a year.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Payoff for state budget impasse not worth price
A lot of folks have taken to calling Bruce Rauner "Governor 1 Percent" because of his immense personal wealth. Gov. Rauner himself told the Chicago Sun-Times during the 2014 campaign that he was in the top one-tenth of 1 percent of income earners.

But, right now, anyway, he ought to be referred to as "Governor 1.4 percent."

Monday, January 18, 2016
Has Rauner lost the match?
"He has taught us how to deal with him," explained one top official in Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration when asked why the governor has once again cranked up his public criticism of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
It may be America's most beloved cocktail
The Free Press Newspaper debuts a new column this week that will have you looking forward to Sundays. It's called the Sunday Cocktail, the day to pour a smooth beverage, sit back and relax.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Good for government, bad for incumbents
One of the realities of Illinois legislative politics is that our state's system tends to discourage competition.
Monday, December 21, 2015


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