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John J Cullerton

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  • Rauner commits rookie error in budget game

    Rauner commits rookie error in budget game
    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...
  • Rauner grapples with this year, next year's budget problems

    Rauner grapples with this year, next year's budget problems
    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...
  • Nekritz still has faith in pension reform

    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...
  • Rauner, Democrats disagree on short-term budget fix

    Rauner, Democrats disagree on short-term budget fix
    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,"...
  • Illinois' financial woes

    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...
  • U. of I., other universities brace for Rauner funding cuts

    U. of I., other universities brace for Rauner funding cuts
    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...
  • At outset, Rauner making more enemies than friends

    At outset, Rauner making more enemies than friends
    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...
  • Critics: Medicaid services that Rauner wants cut actually save money

    Critics: Medicaid services that Rauner wants cut actually save money
    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 —...
  • What will Madigan and Cullerton do?

    What will Madigan and Cullerton do?
    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...
  • Bruce Rauner is Scott Walker on steroids. But is that bad?

    Bruce Rauner is Scott Walker on steroids. But is that bad?
    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...
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicks off his re-election campaign

     Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicks off his re-election campaign
    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...