Tag Archives: Bruce Rauner

The Governor’s SOTS Speech, What He Said and What He Didn’t Say

Every “State of” speech I’ve ever heard follows the same script: A recitation of accomplishments achieved since the previous speech; A shopping list of proposals to be addressed before the next one; and A reminder that those who stand in … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Abuse: We’re #3! (From the Bottom)

Mark Fitton at the Illinois News Network just published a story about a recent poll published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform exploring how fair and reasonable the states’ tort liability systems are perceived to be … Continue reading

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Goring The Ox That Buys Ink By the Barrel

Today, the Northwest Herald’s editorial page came out in opposition to a proposal in the Legislature to charge sales tax on advertising. The Herald at least makes the obvious point right up front: “Our position might appear entirely self-serving. After … Continue reading

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Invoking the Nuclear Option on Pensions

The head of the Chicago Teachers’ Union pension fund, Charles Burbridge, was on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, and he held up 7 checks totaling $643 million, which was the amount needed to fully fund this year’s required contribution. When Phil … Continue reading

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Pot, Meet Kettle

Speaker Mike Madigan held a press conference yesterday and addressed Governor Rauner’s latest ad blitz in support of his “Turnaround Agenda”, the point of which was to label the ads as “extreme”. Illinois Review has a good summary of the … Continue reading

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There Are No Clean Hands in the Pension Debate

In its May 8th decision, the Supreme Court couldn’t have been plainer as to the priority of pension obligations in the state budget, and placed the greatest portion of the blame for the condition of the pension funds squarely where … Continue reading

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A Tax Freeze With No Relief

The Illinois House will hold hearings today on a Democrat-sponsored bill to freeze real estate taxes. The bill, (HB 690) is sponsored by Jack Franks (D, Marengo). Without getting too much into the weeds of the bill, the thing to … Continue reading

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