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Michael Madigan

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  • Madigan and Cullerton treat Illinois like their kingdom

    Madigan and Cullerton treat Illinois like their kingdom
    How do we describe what’s going on in Springfield? Foolish? Childish? Most of us wouldn’t tolerate our children behaving as the political class behaves. The people of Illinois elected an agenda, as well as a person, when they elected the...
  • Madigan and Rauner star in game of political chicken

    Madigan and Rauner star in game of political chicken
    One way to understand just why Illinois is as screwed up as it is would be to watch the “Springfield Follies.” It would appear the executive and legislative branches of our state government would fit very comfortably in a teeny little clown...
  • Rauner poised to lose game of budget chicken

    Rauner poised to lose game of budget chicken
    Residents of Illinois will not react well if, as is looking increasingly likely, state government begins to shut down next month as the budget stalemate drags on. They'll go through stages — concern, annoyance, frustration, anger — as the...
  • Who's afraid of empowering the people?

    Who's afraid of empowering the people?
    Democratic lawmakers have spent this spring trying to needle Gov. Bruce Rauner, holding hearings and some sham votes on bits and pieces of his "Turnaround Agenda." House Speaker Mike Madigan says he's simply running Rauner's ideas up the flagpole to...
  • Illinois: Stuck between two political machines

    Illinois: Stuck between two political machines
    The problem with politics in Illinois is that we are stuck between two political machines, neither one of which is interested in the vast majority of middle-class working Illinoisans. The clash of these machines today puts this absurdity on stark...
  • Meeks: Tax swap was good idea, but times have changed

    Meeks: Tax swap was good idea, but times have changed
    As state senators prepared to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal for a property tax freeze in Springfield on Tuesday, I talked to James Meeks about legislation he once managed to pass in the Senate that would have actually lowered property tax bills....
  • Cook County workers will get 10.75% raise over 5 years

    Cook County workers will get 10.75% raise over 5 years
    Cook County commissioners approved Wednesday two new contracts with government worker unions that include average pay increases of about 2.2 percent a year as the board prepares to put together a new budget that could result in a tax hike. About 2,650...
  • Rauner ratchets up rhetoric against Madigan, Cullerton amid impasse

     Rauner ratchets up rhetoric against Madigan, Cullerton amid impasse
    Gov. Bruce Rauner went back on the road Wednesday to sell his “turnaround agenda" to local voters, laying the blame for the state’s financial troubles on the legislature’s Democratic leaders as he encountered angry jeers from some who...
  • Rauner, Democrats spar on property taxes as stalemate enters 2nd week

    Rauner, Democrats spar on property taxes as stalemate enters 2nd week
    The stalemate at the Capitol entered its second week with more political theater on display, and this time the stage play revolved around property taxes as Democrats, who rule the legislature, and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner jockeyed for position on an...
  • House property-tax freeze fails; Rauner says it's not enough

    Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner spent Tuesday talking about the same issue — relief from increasing local property taxes — but they talked past each other in a continuing deadlock over a state spending plan due...
  • Democrats, Rauner camp still misunderstand each other

    Democrats, Rauner camp still misunderstand each other
    After five months, you'd think that the warring parties at the Illinois Statehouse would have learned something about each other. Instead, last week's bitter and divisive House overtime session showed that they still fundamentally misunderstand one...