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  • Illinois On The Fiscal Brink

    06/15/2016 8:31:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution) ^ | June 13, 2016 | Richard A. Epstein
    Illinois—a state that has long embraced progressive fiscal policies—has moved one step closer to the financial abyss. Last week, Moody’s Investors Service issued the jarring announcement that it was downgrading Illinois’s general obligations bonds to Baa2 from Baa1, which is just two levels above junk bond status. The next day, Standard & Poor’s followed suit by lowering its rating to BBB+, or three levels above junk bond status. In one important sense, this is really not news at all, since Illinois had thirteen bond downgrades under its previous governor, Patrick Quinn, even though it passed a temporary tax increase that...
  • Chicago whistle-blower implicates top state Democrat

    07/19/2013 6:45:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Fox News. ^ | July 19, 2013 | Marla Cichowski
    A former Chicago-area executive is blowing the whistle in the latest case to showcase what is derisively known as the "Illinois way" -- politicians' practice of doing business by dishing out favors to friends who contribute generously to their campaigns. This time, a top-ranking Democrat has been implicated. The case involves Illinois' most powerful Democratic leader -- state House Speaker Michael Madigan -- and the former head of the Chicago area's commuter rail service, Metra. In a rare move earlier this week, Metra's ex-CEO Alex Clifford came forward publicly to reveal specific details about how he says he was forced...
  • Madigan Seeks Delay on Concealed Carry Mandate

    06/04/2013 7:18:19 AM PDT · by Petruchio · 12 replies
    NBC5Chicago ^ | 6/3/13
    Click Here! Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking a 30-day delay of a mandate for the state to enact a concealed gun carry law. In a statement Monday, Madigan says she filed the motion in order to give Gov. Pat Quinn time to review the legislation passed last week. "The current stay of the Court’s mandate expires in less than one week, which significantly shortens the time set in the state Constitution to allow the governor to review legislation," said Madigan. "This request for an additional 30 days would allow...
  • Time to Act Again (sneak peek on Madigan's anti-carry strategery for Illinois)

    02/23/2013 8:20:48 PM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 11 replies
    In case anyone hasn't heard, the 7th circuit denied Lisa Madigans request to have the ban on concealed carry ruled unconstitutional. Thus they are now under the gun to pass a conceal carry law by June 9, 2013. The judge who wrote the dissenting opinion basically gave them a layout on how to pass a very bad bill in his opinion that would not infringe the second amendment. Hogwash, but now Michael Madigan is going to try to railroad a bill through ala NY style. Only difference is we have a few days to react where they had none. They'll...
  • The other Madigan: state's top law-enforcement official doesn't play to the cameras (puff piece)

    07/09/2012 8:45:53 AM PDT · by SERKIT · 3 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 7/9/2012 | Steven R. Strahler
    Lisa Madigan swept into the Illinois attorney general's office almost a decade ago as the can't-miss, up-and-coming daughter of the state's most powerful politician. Today her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, still commands the spotlight. Ms. Madigan, who was supposed to be governor by now, shows no sign of upstaging him. By all accounts, she was deeply involved in the signature issue involving state attorneys general ...
  • Michelle Obama: "Distressed" about Daley, Madigan, Hynes clout

    01/09/2012 1:59:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/9/12 | Lynn Sweet
    Washington - When Michelle Obama worked in Mayor Daley's City Hall in the early 1990s, she was "distressed" by how a small group of "white Irish Catholic" families -- the Daleys, the Hynes and the Madigans -- "locked up" power in Illinois. And as she prepared to become first lady, Mrs. Obama naively wanted to delay a move into the White House for six months, so her daughters could finish the school year. Her initial thought was to "commute" to the White House from her South Side home. And Marty Nesbitt, one of President Obama's best friends, had been recruited...
  • Shepard V. Madigan: Illinois Files Response to Lawsuit

    08/17/2011 7:22:37 AM PDT · by AnoniMooseCelt · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Jul 29, 2011 | Jayn Bigler
    Along with a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges that the state's restriction on law-abiding citizens to carry a weapon outside of their homes violates the Second Amendment, Illinois Attorney General Lisa M. Madigan filed a response to the plaintiffs' request for a permanent or preliminary injunction. According to court documents filed on July 22, Madigan is asking the court to deny a summary ruling.
  • Illinois probing Catholic groups for adoption discrimination

    06/07/2011 7:44:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 7, 2011 | James B. Kelleher
    (Reuters) - The state of Illinois is looking into allegations that several Catholic groups providing adoption services for the state illegally discriminate against unmarried and gay couples, a lawsuit filed on Tuesday showed. In a March 8 letter to the charitable arm of the Diocese of Springfield, the Illinois attorney general's office said it was investigating reports the group "discriminates against Illinois citizens based on race, marital status and sexual orientation in its provision of foster care services." The letter, which was included as an exhibit in a lawsuit filed by the charitable arms of the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria...
  • Illinois Officials Spar Over Order to Make List of Gun Owners Public

    03/02/2011 3:32:54 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/02/2011 | Fox News
    In a showdown over the privacy rights of gun owners, the Illinois State Police are refusing to release a list identifying all firearm permit holders in the state after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan determined that the information "must" be made public. The dispute, which soon could come before a judge, has been building since last fall when a reporter for The Associated Press made a Freedom of Information Act request to the police for the names of cardholders as well as information about the weapons each permit holder is authorized to carry. But the state police, who safeguard that...
  • Madigan and Quinn Spike the Punch

    01/08/2011 9:11:24 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 8, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    So, your boss – let’s call him Joe – is just sitting at his desk, diligently working on his computer… trying to see if his business can make it through another year of this painfully long recession without having to lay off any more people... …when, all of a sudden, this guy in an ill-fitting suit walks in, plunks down his state ID, and starts punching Joe in the face. Not constantly, but regularly. About 10.9 times per hour. Finally, at the end of the day, at about 6 or 7 pm, Joe puts on his coat and goes home....
  • Madiganistan has a governor, call him Jell-O

    11/09/2010 9:54:13 AM PST · by chitownguy
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/07/2010 | John Kass
    In a short concession speech, state Sen. Bill Brady, the Bloomington Republican who lost his campaign for governor, made one thing plain Friday. We've got Gov. Jell-O for the next four years. Brady didn't actually mention anything gelatinous. He didn't remind us that the Jell-O will quiver on Boss Madigan's serving platter, with the state facing a $15 billion budget deficit by next summer and public pensions out of control and Pat Quinn owing his election to public employee unions.
  • Madigan: 'We must put aside partisan games' (IT'S ALL THE '94 GOP'S FAULT!!!)

    06/27/2010 3:36:53 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 14 replies
    Southtown Star (Chicago) ^ | June 27, 2010 | Mike Madigan via Kadner
    (On May 12, I offered to turn my column space over to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) to explain his views on this state's budget crisis to the people of Illinois. Madigan, the most powerful political figure in Illinois, responded to that offer last week and here, unedited and (as promised) without comment from me, is his statement. The Road to the Present In discussing the causes of our fiscal difficulties in Illinois, it is critical to note that we are not alone - that in fact, a staggering 46 of 50 states have been forced into deficit budgets...
  • Crain's Chicago Business: Assessor Houlihan charges plot to delay property bills post-election

    03/31/2010 12:06:19 PM PDT · by Mrs_Stokke · 4 replies · 230+ views
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 3-31-10 | Greg Hinz
    A long-brewing political war over Cook County property taxes has gone nuclear with charges that tax bills are being delayed intentionally until after the November elections to disguise big tax breaks to politically connected businesses and higher levies on homeowners.snipAt his [Houlihan's] press conference, he said that the County Board of Review — which doublechecks and revises proposed property assessments made by Mr. Houlihan's office — "is engaged in a deliberate effort to delay second-installment property tax bills until after the Nov. 2 election."
  • Blame for Burris mess isn't Blagojevich's alone (Obama was the beneficiary of Burris' lies)

    02/18/2009 12:22:42 PM PST · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 1,406+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2-18-09 | John Kass
    Sen. Roland "Tombstone" Burris (D-Lying Weasel) hatches his lies by the minute; they bubble out of his mouth like insect larvae from the mud. Once their wings are dry, they launch from our senator's lips and buzz. Yet with all the buzzing, let's consider a few things. First, there are two Chicago politicians who should get credit for Burris being in the Senate to embarrass everyone in Illinois. No, not just former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He appointed Burris, but that's not the whole story. I'm talking about two other Chicago pols: President Barack Obama. And Illinois House Speaker Michael "What...
  • [Democratic Majority Leader]Reid blocking 3 black replacements for [President-elect]Obama

    01/04/2009 5:00:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,307+ views
    Cave News ^ | January 04, 2009 | Perry Peterson
    A report at the link below states that: Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid (pictured) made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones. Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis and Emil Jones are all three black. Reid’s choices are Lisa Madigan who is white and Tammy Duckworth is Vietnamese. Harry Reid says he is concerned about the ability of the appointee to win election in 2010. However, there will always be...
  • Dan Proft: On Rod's Personal Pep Rally and the Chicago 9

    12/22/2008 11:04:46 AM PST · by JulianaJohnson · 2 replies · 381+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | Dec 22, 2008 | Dan Proft
    The reality of Rod Blagojevich is making it difficult to write the comedy. We now know why it took Blagojevich 10 days to make a public statement about his arrest. He spent that time memorizing a stanza of Rudyard Kipling poetry. His press conference on Friday was less a review of his current predicament than it was a personal pep rally. "I will fight. I will fight. I will fight," the governor exclaimed. While Rod was offering up Knute Rockne dinner theater to the assembled media, I half-expected Patti Blagojevich, or should I call her "Real Estate Agent Number One",...
  • Order Highlights Close Ties With SEIU

    12/15/2008 11:38:50 PM PST · by malkee · 4 replies · 530+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12-15-08 | KRIS MAHER and DAVID KESMODEL
    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was preparing to issue an executive order prior to his arrest last week that would have allowed union organizing of home-care workers that could have benefited a labor union with close ties to the governor. The existence of this executive order, though never signed, illustrates the close ties between the embattled governor and the powerful Service Employees International Union, the nation's fastest growing labor organization. Last week, Gov. Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges, including that his office suggested a deal in which he would be given a job with an SEIU-affiliated group in exchange...
  • Rahm Emanuel talked with governor's office about who should fill Obama's Senate seat.

    12/12/2008 9:31:32 PM PST · by BAW · 60 replies · 1,997+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 13, 2008 | Bob Secter
    The revelation does not suggest Obama's new gatekeeper was involved in any talk of dealmaking involving the seat. But it does help fill in the gaps surrounding a question that Obama was unable or unwilling to answer this week: Did anyone on his staff have contact with Blagojevich about his choice for the Senate seat? Blagojevich and John Harris, his former chief of staff, face federal charges in an alleged shakedown involving the vacant Senate seat, which Illinois law grants the governor sole authority to fill. Obama said Thursday he had never spoken to Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy and...
  • Just How Dirty Are Chicago Politics?

    12/12/2008 8:18:53 PM PST · by NorthShoreGibby · 5 replies · 445+ views
    The Policy Project ^ | 12 December 2008 | Patrick Gibson
    Introducing Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General. Friend of Obama Long-Term (FOOL). Veteran of Chicago Thug Wars, and a crony of the Daly Machine. Think she'll do her best to see justice is done here? (video)
  • Madigan memo outlines impeachment for Gov. (Blagojevich)

    06/11/2008 11:27:23 AM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies · 216+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 06/11/2008 | DAVE MCKINNEY and CHRIS FUSCO
    (Illinois) House Speaker Michael Madigan has sent a 14-page memo to Democratic legislative candidates that outlines "talking points" in favor of launching "impeachment proceedings" against Gov. Blagojevich. The memo, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, refers to corruption under Blagojevich as a "tumor" and notes that "criminal activity in the Blagojevich administration is no longer theoretical -- it is proven." A Madigan aide said the document is not necessarily reflective of the speaker's personal views but was prepared by House Democratic campaign staff. "Candidates get incessant questions from the media about the impeachment process. Some asked staff if they could have...
  • Dan Proft: Madigan's Memo Signals Gathering Storm

    06/11/2008 8:22:16 AM PDT · by JulianaJohnson · 1 replies · 70+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | June 11, 2008 | Dan Proft
    There is a reason Mike Madigan has been Illinois House Speaker for 24 of the past 26 years (the exception being the hiccup of the Gingrich Revolution year of 1994 which Madigan quickly rectified in 1996). He has a shrewd political mind. He is not given to reckless behavior or careless, emotional excess. He demands and receives loyalty. And he is patient, plotting in the present for a payoff he anticipates years down the road. These qualities explain Madigan's success in methodically converting Republican legislative seats in suburban Cook County and the collar counties into Democrat ones. So it is...
  • McChord, Madigan medics aid wounded at Balad

    05/08/2006 6:04:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 283+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Dave Kellogg
    5/8/2006 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- To say the staff at Balad’s Air Force Theater Hospital has seen everything may be an understatement. The doctors, nurses and medics here, some from McChord Air Force Base and Madigan Army Medical Center in the state of Washington, save the lives of servicemembers who are wounded while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. From injured Soldiers rushed in by helicopter to wounded insurgents, the patients they see run the gamut. The patients are Iraqi police, military, civilians and insurgents, in-country nationals, coalition civilians and military, American civilians and, of course, American servicemembers. “We...