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Ed funding idea may have started something
A blog post appears to have helped at least temporarily break the long stalemate at the Illinois Statehouse.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Cullerton tries carrot-and-stick tactic
"The governor has linked things together," Senate President John Cullerton said at a speech to the City Club of Chicago back in January. "We don't have a budget because he's got his 'Turnaround Agenda.' So I can link things together, too."
Monday, April 18, 2016
Could there be some reasoning finally instead of political games
Governor Bruce Rauner has hit a brick wall attempting to convince House Speaker Michael Madigan to come to the negotiating table to talk about ending the long governmental impasse and then working out a budget deal.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Impasse stays until Rauner accepts reality
It's almost impossible to make a deal with somebody who won't accept reality. And that's been the case in Illinois for over a year, as Gov. Bruce Rauner has made one politically unrealistic demand after another while refusing to negotiate a budget until those demands were met, all the while blaming the entire impasse on House Speaker Michael Madigan's intransigence.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Spending more doesn't always win campaigns
"He was a god in that district," a high-level Rauner guy told me about state Sen. Sam McCann's poll numbers from before this year's Republican primary campaign began.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Madigan's way works, Republicans using it too
Illinois Republicans have long complained that House Speaker Michael Madigan's campaign organization doesn't just beat you, it destroys you. Madigan doesn't always set out to merely win, he wants to make sure he doesn't ever have to deal with you again.
Monday, March 14, 2016


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