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  • Former executive to serve as state comptroller, vows to be 'guardian'

    Former executive to serve as state comptroller, vows to be 'guardian'
    Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Monday picked a former corporate executive from the north suburbs to fill the comptroller’s post left vacant after the death of Judy Baar Topinka. Leslie Munger of Lincolnshire is a former executive for Helene...
  • What a Gov. Rauner means for Illinois

    And now, with a new governor ready to take his oath, all eyes in Illinois turn to Springfield. That in itself is remarkable. One party has run state government for so long that many voters could spend less time brightly wondering "What next?" than...
  • Rauner's pick for comptroller not worried about possible 2016 election

     Rauner's pick for comptroller not worried about possible 2016 election
    Leslie Munger, appointed by Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner as state comptroller, awaits a possible vote by legislators Thursday on whether she'll serve for the full four years or will face an election challenge in 2016. That has been at issue since the death...
  • Let the next election for comptroller be the last

    Let the next election for comptroller be the last
    Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's death left a void in Illinois beyond her colorful personality: She would have been sworn in Monday for her second term in the office. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has named GOP businesswoman Leslie Munger to fill the vacancy,...
  • Illinois lawmakers quickly approve special comptroller election in 2016

    Illinois lawmakers quickly approve special comptroller election in 2016
    Democrats gave speedy approval Thursday to a measure that would require a special election to fill part of the term left vacant after the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, as Republicans railed against the move as a power grab aimed at undermining...
  • The Rauner era has begun in Illinois

    The Rauner era has begun in Illinois
    When Speaker Michael Madigan adjourned the Illinois House last week, he closed with the traditional Latin phrase "sine die" or "until we meet again." That signaled adjournment until January when new lawmakers take their seats. That was it. Curtain...
  • People v. pols goes to the Supreme Court

     People v. pols goes to the Supreme Court
    In 2012, when Democrats held on to the White House, Republicans kept a comfortable majority of seats in the U.S. House. This was curious for only one reason: Nationally, Democrats running in House elections outpolled Republicans by more than a million...
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicks off bid for second term

     Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicks off bid for second term
    Four years ago, recently departed White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel chose the crowded gymnasium of a North Side elementary school to formally kick off what he'd been building up to for weeks: a run for mayor of Chicago. The venue, John C....
  • 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...
  • Why this Democrat will miss Judy the Republican

    Why this Democrat will miss Judy the Republican
    A couple years ago, Judy Baar Topinka and I were sparring over the numbers she was using for the state's backlog of bills, so I invited her to my office for a chat. She strides in, tosses a folder full of financial documents on my desk and loudly...
  • Illinois lawmakers opened door to risky CPS bond deals

    Illinois lawmakers opened door to risky CPS bond deals
    The legislation paving the way for Chicago Public Schools to issue $1 billion in risky debt arrived on the Senate floor with little explanation. The sponsor, Sen. John Cullerton, told fellow lawmakers that his grasp of the bill was limited. "I hope...