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  • Madigan's Leadership Becomes Democratic Primary Litmus Test Amid Harassment Complaints

    02/20/2018 8:02:52 PM PST · by PBRCat · 2 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 20, 2018 | Rick Pearson
    Speaker Michael Madiganís undisputed political power came under attack Tuesday amid new criticism over his handling of harassment complaints as the March Democratic primary increasingly turns into a referendum on his leadership. Madigan faced increasing calls for him to step down from the state Democratic chairman post he has held for two decades, as well as demands for an independent investigation of complaints that have led him to shed two top loyal political lieutenants in a week. The misconduct scandal comes as the long-serving speaker and his private interests as a property tax appeals lawyer already had been a focal...
  • Powerball, Mega Millions to drop Illinois due to stateís budget crisis

    06/16/2017 8:56:41 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 41 replies
    Chicago Suntimes ^ | 6/15/2017 | Tina Sfondeles and Stefano Esposito
    The popular Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement, Illinois Lottery officials said Thursday. Concern over the stateís fiscal condition prompted the Multi-State Lottery Association to drop Powerball in Illinois, according to internal Illinois Lottery communications obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Mega Millions also plans to drop the state unless a budget agreement comes together, state officials confirmed. Without a budget in place, the state isnít authorized to make payments to Mega Millions or the association. Those decisions were reached at national lottery meetings held this week, Illinois Lottery...
  • Illinois Democrats go all-in on class warfare theme

    03/23/2014 3:28:01 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 21, 2014 | Ray Long, Monique Garcia and Maura Zurick
    SPRINGFIELD ó Illinois Democrats went all-in Thursday with their election-year class warfare theme as Speaker Michael Madigan pitched the idea of asking voters to raise taxes on millionaires, Senate President John Cullerton advanced a minimum-wage increase and Gov. Pat Quinn compared wealthy opponent Bruce Rauner to TV villain Mr. Burns. The moves continued a Democratic push to highlight income inequity that started Tuesday night before Rauner had even claimed his narrow victory in the Republican primary for governor. Rauner and Republican legislative leaders have countered by accusing Democrats of being tax happy and trying to drive a wedge between the...
  • Illinois: How will we fix our budget problems? Letís tax millionaires!

    03/21/2014 2:12:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/21/2014 | Bruce McQuain
    This worked so well for France that Belgium had a real estate boom with the new tax on millionaires was announced. And New Jersey learned that millionaires have a tendency to leave when confronted with higher taxes. But Illinois? Well, per Michael Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois is different: ‚ÄúWell, if they¬íre in Illinois today, they¬íre probably so much in love with Illinois that they¬íre not going to leave,‚ÄĚ he said, according to the Tribune‚Äďa backhanded acknowledgement of how poorly the state is already doing.Madigan may also be encouraged by California‚Äôs example, where millionaires have largely...
  • 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...
  • State lawmaker charged with bribery cruising to primary victory (Dems vote for Criminal before GOP)

    03/20/2012 8:40:15 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/20/2012 | By Monique Garcia and Ray Long
    An Illinois lawmaker from Chicago charged with bribery a week ago appeared on his way to a primary election victory tonight on Chicago's West Side. Rookie state Rep. Rep. Derrick Smith was accused of taking a $7,000 cash bribe in a federal sting caught on an undercover recording. But Democratic leaders showed no sign of backing away from him in the days before the election. Smith's opponent, Tom Swiss, a former ranking member of the Cook County Republican Party, conceeded he lost the race less than an hour after polls closed tonight. With more than half the unofficial vote totals...
  • South side Chicago Man at Tea Party Inspires!

    Paul Mckinley from the south side of Chicago inspires the crowd at a Tea Party in Bloomington, Illinois. He says he no longer has any use for the democrats and gives great reasons as why. A good video to spread around.
  • Madigan circulating impeachment 'talking points'

    06/10/2008 4:01:49 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 7 replies · 106+ views
    The State Journal-Register ^ | 6/10/08 | RYAN KEITH
    House Speaker Michael Madigan is circulating a memo to legislative candidates spelling out how they can discuss whether Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be impeached - with talking points that compare corruption under the governor to a tumor that must be removed. The 14-page rundown of Blagojevich's alleged "misdeeds and malfeasance" is sure to deepen the feud between the two Democrats and lend substance to talk of impeachment. A memo sent to some House Democratic candidates, obtained Tuesday by the Associated Press, offers detailed talking points on the merits of impeachment. "One thing we learned from the (imprisoned former Republican Gov.)...
  • Who won, lost in budget game (Illinois)

    07/31/2004 12:49:08 PM PDT · by SpyderTim · 1 replies · 250+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 31, 2004 | THOMAS ROESER
    Who won, lost in budget game July 31, 2004 BY THOMAS ROESER When the spring legislative session dawned, Big Daddy decided he would have to take The Kid in hand (ahem). It was only right: House Speaker Michael Madigan had served in the General Assembly since 1971, the governor (The Kid) had a few years of legislative service under his belt, sitting on the remotest back bench in Madigan's caucus. Also, all other legislative leaders were new or untried: Tom Cross, in his first term as GOP House leader; Democrat Emil Jones had never been Senate president; Frank Watson was...