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Don't cave to Madigan: Why independent Democrats should put taxpayers first

Don't cave to Madigan: Why independent Democrats should put taxpayers first

On Wednesday, Illinois House members are scheduled to reconvene in Springfield. A showdown between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan could unfold over a bill that would imperil the finances of this already debt-ravaged state. Adding to the intrigue? Campaign season officially kicks off this week, too, as lawmakers begin collecting petitions to get on the ballot for 2016. Illinois — where policy and politics perpetually collide. Politics often wins. A dangerous bill that would limit Rauner's authority to negotiate labor contracts — he's currently in talks with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — could get...

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