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  • Illinois Drives People Away

    12/13/2017 7:13:40 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/2017 | The Editorial Board
    If Republicans succeed in limiting the state-and-local tax deduction, one hope is that this could finally inspire a come-to-Jesus moment in prodigal high-tax states. Democrats in Illinois ought to be especially chastened by new IRS data showing an acceleration of out-migration. The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year, according to recently IRS data released. That’s up from $3.4 billion in the prior year. Many of the migrants were retirees who often flock to balmier climes. But millennials accounted for more than a third of the net outflow...
  • 2018’s most important, expensive and strange election

    12/04/2017 1:40:22 PM PST · by AT7Saluki · 6 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | Nov 17 | George Will
    ...This model is the iron alliance of the Democratic Party and government workers’ unions. Madigan supports Pritzker, who is committed to the alliance. This is the state of the state under it: Unfunded state and local government retirement debt is more than $260 billion and rising. Unfunded pension liabilities for the nation’s highest-paid government workers (overtime starts at 37.5 hours) are $130 billion and are projected to increase for at least through the next decade. Nearly 25 percent of the state’s general funds go to retirees (many living in Texas and Florida). Vendors are owed $9.5 billion. Every five minutes...
  • Pritzker, wealth can't save you from yourself (Running for Illinois governor)

    06/01/2017 7:39:00 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/31/2017 | John Kass
    The beauty of being a billionaire in politics is that you can say you're not beholden to anyone. And J.B. Pritzker, Democrat and billionaire, is running for governor of Illinois. When you're a billionaire in politics, nobody can buy you. So you don't have to fall to your knees and beg the political money men, then bounce up like a medieval jester to tell voters you're an independent who'll speak truth to power. So being a billionaire isn't all that bad a thing in politics. But wealth can't save you from moronic self-inflicted wounds. If you're a Pritzker, you can...

    11/11/2016 10:57:09 AM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | 11-9-16 | Austin Berg
    House Speaker Mike Madigan is the most powerful man in Illinois politics. He controls whether bills live or die. He controls the legislative map. He controls a property tax law firm that makes millions on the back of his influence. But on Nov. 8, Illinois voters proved he can be beaten. Madigan will no longer control a veto-proof supermajority in the Illinois House. The election results will likely change what was once the easiest and most obvious vote for House Democrats – Madigan for speaker – into one of the most contentious of the upcoming legislative session. Voters in five...
  • Responses come in to Illinois Supreme Court's decision to block voters' opinion on remapping

    08/27/2016 6:25:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Friday, August 26, 2016
    Responses come in to Supreme Court's decision to block voters' opinion on remapping SPRINGFIELD - Friday, Illinois lawmakers from all over the state expressed their dismay with the Illinois Supreme Court Democrat majority's decision to block voters from expressing their opinion on a proposed November referendum. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) released the following statement Friday: Illinois residents, as Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas writes, have had their voices ‘muzzled’ after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled yesterday that only politicians, and not the people, have the power to draw legislative district maps. We cannot disenfranchise the will of...
  • 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...