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Get a real budget, before you kill the baby
I've been going to Statehouse committee hearings longer than I care to remember - something like 27 years. Last week, however, was the first time I can ever recall having to fight back tears during a hearing.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Poll: Illinoians not liking Rauner, Madigan
You may have heard about a recent Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll which found that Gov. Bruce Rauner's job disapproval ratings have almost doubled in the past two years, from 31 percent in March of 2015 to 58 percent this month.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Stretching the law to pay state workers
If Attorney General Lisa Madigan succeeds in convincing the Illinois Supreme Court to consider ordering the state to stop paying employees without an appropriation, and the governor's legal team uses the same arguments as it did in St. Clair County, we could be in for
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Italians and the Irish, a case of culture clash
If ever there was a typical American melting pot, it was Braidwood in 1883. Braidwood's earliest mining community was made up of mostly Irish, Scots, English and Welsh. Soon African Americans came.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Tax sugary drinks, but leave Medicaid alone
According to a recent poll, Gov. Bruce Rauner is a whole lot less popular than a one cent per ounce state sales tax on sugary drinks.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Only Trump can get away with saying it that way
If you're running for office anytime soon, or if you currently hold office or are a "public figure," please try to keep one thing in mind: So far, the only person to prove he can thrive by talking like President Donald Trump is... President Donald Trump.
Monday, February 27, 2017


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