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  • Mayors say Rauner budget plan 'devastating'

    Mayors say Rauner budget plan 'devastating'
    Gov. Bruce Rauner is discovering that any plan to cut state spending by more than $1 billion is going to generate massive political opposition, not only among the disenfranchised who depend on social programs but among powerful who can influence state lawmakers.
  • Seer madness: Readers and I do our duty, predict 2013

    With the help of several Latin scholars I’ve come up with a fittingly snooty motto for this column’s annual exercise in forecasting the news: Non coniectare imprudentior esset Translation: Not to conjecture is imprudent. Inspiration: “Is...

    Year of surprises leaves soothsayers grasping for soothiness

    Print column, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 The most surprising news event of 2013 was the botched rollout of, the Web portal to Obamacare. Yes, I'm sure the partisans who have long derided President Barack Obama for the lack of...

    Southland pols rally against 'Rauner Hood'

    Southland pols rally against 'Rauner Hood'
    A Southland mayor referred to the governor as "Rauner Hood" because he's the opposite of Robin Hood, "he steals from the poor and gives to the rich." Also Thursday, State Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park, called on the head of the Illinois...

    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....