| Mar 3, 2015
| 11:39 AM
A rookie mistake has led to some big problems.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both D-Chicago, believed that Gov. Bruce Rauner would ask to postpone the scheduled Feb. 18 budget address.
The current fiscal year's...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 10:42 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will lay out his plan on Wednesday to confront an unprecedented fiscal crisis exacerbated by the recent expiration of the state's temporary income tax increase, a multi-billion-dollar revenue loss that...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 4:50 PM
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, who led the fight to pass pension reform in the legislature, told me that she believes the Illinois Supreme Court will ultimately rule that law is constitutional.
The measure was passed in a desperate attempt to...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 5:12 PM
More than a week after Gov. Bruce Rauner declared he was "literally days away" from a solution to the $1.6 billion shortfall in this year's budget, the governor insisted Friday that he and Democrats are "very close" to a deal.
"We'll get it done,"...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 1:37 PM
I have to agree with Gov. Bruce Rauner. What happens when you spend more than you earn every year? You end up where Illinois is right now. Bankruptcy is one solution, but Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and Illinois Senate President John...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 5:35 PM
Gov. Bruce Rauner drew big applause three weeks ago when he rolled out his vision of making the University of Illinois the best college in the country, but those cheers turned to jeers the other day when he proposed cutting public university spending by...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 2:17 PM
More than a few Statehouse types have been wondering aloud for weeks what Gov. Bruce Rauner is up to with his almost daily attacks on organized labor. Just what, they ask, is the end game?
His people say that the governor feels "liberated" since the...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 6:36 PM
Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed $1.47 billion in Medicaid cuts includes reductions in dental services, mental health care and other coverage. But some legislators and patient advocates say the targeted services don't just help keep people healthy —...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 4:28 PM
In their combined 80 years in state government, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton have seen several governors. They have not seen a governor the likes of Bruce Rauner.
Rauner delivered his budget address Wednesday, his...
| Feb 19, 2015
Bruce Rauner is Scott Walker on steroids.
But is that a bad thing?
It does make the coming fight in blue-state Illinois, the political birthplace of President Barack Obama and a state drowning in red ink, a national story.
It isn't like we don't...
| Dec 6, 2014
| 4:31 PM
Often criticized for perpetuating a city of haves and have-nots, Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired back Saturday with his own tale of two cities — the old Chicago and new Chicago — as he kicked off his campaign for a second term.
Though he stuck with...