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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Illinois governor’s race could be most expensive in U.S. history
    Candidates--Statewide (12) , Governor (44)
    As candidates already have raised more than $81 million for their campaigns, the race for Illinois governor has seen enough money to exceed the average cost of a gubernatorial election, according to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

    The amount of money could make the race the most expensive gubernatorial election in U.S. history, the political watchdog group said.
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Rodney Davis statement on CBO’s analysis of GOP health care law
    Candidates--Federal (13) , Obamacare, Affordable Care Act
    U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, issued a statement on Wednesday about the American Health Care Act, the Republican health plan that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office stated Wednesday would cause 23 million Americans to lose health insurance over 10 years:

    “Twenty-nine million people currently do not have insurance coverage under Obamacare even though they are...   read more >
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Illinois' public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff's Ponzi scheme
    Pensions (70)
    To the Editor:

    HBO debuted its original movie on Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff over the weekend. Based on Henriques' book "The Wizard of Lies," the film (and book) tells the chilling tale of Madoff's fraudulent investment scheme in which more than 2,200 people lost almost $20 billion in retirement savings.

    That is a lot of victims losing a lot of money.

    But it's...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    State Sen. Paul Schimpf releases statement on budget passed by Senate
    Budget--State (8) Schimpf, Paul--State Senate, 58
    Illinois state Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo, released a statement on a state budget that was passed by the Illinois Senate on Tuesday:

    “The Senate majority advanced an unbalanced budget based on the largest tax increase in Illinois history. That same proposal is also balanced on the backs of our public service workers, by short-changing this year’s pension payment.
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  • Monday, May 22, 2017
    Pulling no punches: Illinois awaits budget
    Budget--State (8) Cullerton, John--State Senate, 6 , Durkin, Jim--State House, 82 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Rose, Chapin--State House, 110
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • For the third year in a row, the three men at the center of Illinois politics are circling inside the Capitol, and nobody is pulling punches.

    In one corner is Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, and in the other are Democratic leaders Michael Madigan and John Cullerton. The goal: pass a budget before the end of the legislative session on May 31.

    The p...   read more >
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  • Sunday, May 21, 2017
    Election math in Illinois statehouse equals multiple casualties
    Budgets--Local , Election Issues (not candidates) (39) , Governor (44) Currie, Barbara Flynn--State House, 25 , Hoffman, Jay--State House, 113 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    http://www.bnd.com/opinion/editorials/cs79jn/picture151546947/alternates/FREE_1140/Madigan%20math

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, and House Majority Leader Barbara Fynn Currie, D-Chicago, have made their calc...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    Sen. Kyle McCarter deserves U.S. ambassador appointment
    Foreign affairs (99) McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54
    If everything works out the way he hopes, Republican State Sen. Kyle McCarter of Lebanon may be leaving the state legislature and beginning a dramatic new phase in his life. He's been recommended to President Donald Trump as the ideal candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.

    What does McCarter know about Kenya? Quite a lot. He's done missionary work in that East African nati...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    Illinois' unpaid bills reach record $14.3 billion
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44)
    CHICAGO • Illinois' unpaid bill backlog has hit a record high of $14.3 billion as the Legislature nears a May 31 budget deadline, the state comptroller's office said on Wednesday.

    The bill pile jumped from $13.3 billion after the governor's budget office this week reported more than $1 billion in liabilities held at state agencies, the comptroller said.

    Illinois is...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    Crime doesn’t pay, unless you steal public dollars
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Secretary of State (80)
    There’s an old saying that you can’t get blood from a turnip, and too often those stealing public funds have no funds with which to repay their debt to society.

    Oliver W. Hamilton owes $40,000 in restitution, the amount federal prosecutors could prove he stole out of the $230,000 in personal expenses he charged to an American Express card issued to East St. Louis Townsh...   read more >
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    New Baden man announces run for District 54 state Senate seat
    Candidates--Legislative (11) McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54
    Republican Rafael Him has announced his intent to run for the District 54 Illinois Senate.

    The seat, currently held by state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), will be open in 2018, as McCarter does not plan to run for re-election.

    “I said during the congressional race I would limit my term, and I’m going to keep that promise,” McCarter said Monday.
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  • Monday, May 15, 2017
    Jobless giving up, so are rest of Illinois residents
    Budget--State (8) , Unemployment (93) Hoffman, Jay--State House, 113 , Madigan, Michael--State House, 22


    Unemployment is an important measure of an economy’s health, but it is only part of...   read more >
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  • Friday, May 12, 2017
    Metro-east legislator could be the next ambassador to Kenya
    Foreign affairs (99) McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54
    Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, could have the chance to become the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.

    Republican members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation recommended McCarter for the position to President Donald Trump on Thursday.

    “I’m honored and humbled to have the unanimous recommendation of our Republican Congressional Delegation to serve the United States...   read more >
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  • Friday, May 12, 2017
    Secretary of state official under investigation owes $144,000 to SIUE
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Secretary of State (80)
    SPRINGFIELD

    Candace F. Wanzo, a top official in the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, still owes Southern Illinois University Edwardsville $144,280 for a federal court theft conviction 25 years ago.

    According to a written statement from the office of Southern Illinois University Associate Counsel Todd Wakeland, Wanzo has repaid $89,111 to date and still owes $1...   read more >
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  • Friday, May 12, 2017
    Make 911 dispatching efficient, not a jobs program
    911 (94) , Metro East (65)
    The large counties in Illinois had 18 months to figure out how to cut their 911 call centers in half. Madison County did nothing.

    They got a judge to give them until Jan. 1 to deliver their plan. More than four months after the deadline and they are still working on it.

    Which provides taxpayers with an opportunity: Push the foot-draggers to cut from 16 call centers to fo...   read more >
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  • Friday, May 12, 2017
    Congressmen recommend McCarter to serve as Kenyan ambassador in letter to Trump
    Foreign affairs (99) McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54
    Even though he has a long record of ministering to the needs of Kenyans, State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) believes he would not likely be considered for an ambassadorship to the East African nation if not for the eight years' learning experience he's had in Springfield.
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  • Thursday, May 11, 2017
    New analysis of state pension systems shows number of retirees earning more than $100K nearly 17,000
    Pensions (70) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    New analysis from the Taxpayers United of America (TUA) shows that more than 16,000 former state government employees each collect annual pensions of at least $100,000, costing taxpayers more than $2 billion this year alone.
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  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    Illegally hired state employees need to be fired
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) , Governor (44) , Governors, former (45) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    Did you know that patronage hiring is illegal in Illinois? Well, it is.

    A 1972 court order prohibits political hiring for non-political state positions.

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  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    Puerto Rico's 'bankruptcy' a warning to Illinois
    Bonds, Bonding, Borrowing, Debt, Credit Rating , Budget--State (8) , Demographics, Census, Statistics , Economy (34) , Pensions (70) , Taxes, misc. (89) McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54 , McConchie, Dan--State Senate 26
    After Puerto Rico declared a form of bankruptcy May 3, The New York Times used these words to describe the U.S. territory’s fiscal woes: “borrowing to pay operating expenses, year after year”; “unable to provide its citizens effective services”; and “rising pension costs, crumbling infrastructure, departing taxpayers and credit downgrades.”  read more >
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  • Monday, May 8, 2017
    Local activists honored by ‘Open the Books’ founder for taking a stand
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54
    The Edgar County Watchdogs – a “group of concerned citizens” that digs for and posts news of public corruption from 21 counties on its website – recently joined more than a dozen other citizens and groups who were honored for holding local government accountable.

    “The Edgar County Watchdogs, Kirk Allen and John Kraft, have pioneered the most robust wat...   read more >
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  • Monday, May 8, 2017
    McCaleb: Is Statehouse conversation fake because it ignores Illinois' fiscal reality?
    Budget--State (8) , Pensions (70) , Taxes, misc. (89)
    By definition, fake news ignores the facts. It disregards and/or distorts the truth to deliver a message that is far removed from reality.

    I would argue that much of the news coming out of the Illinois Statehouse is fake.

    I say "news" but I mean more than that. Much of the conversation surrounding the budget impasse is fake.

    News media, lawmakers, public emplo...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Unqualified? Unreasonable salary expectations? You’re hired in Illinois
    Ethics, Campaign Reform, Transparency (12a) Clayborne Jr., James--State Senate, 57 , Hoffman, Jay--State House, 113
    You are a government worker making $11,000 as a clerk in Washington Park. You want to make more.

    You could go to school and improve your job skills, or you could call your political patron, state Sen. James Clayborne, and demand a state job.

    When the $55,000 state offer comes, even though you have none of the qualifications, you double down on your weak hand and ask for ...   read more >
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  • Sunday, April 30, 2017
    Springfield disconnect can be fixed by laying off lawmakers
    Budget--State (8) , Economy (34) , Governor (44) , Term Limits Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    Want to limit the disconnect between Illinois lawmakers and the real world of taxpayers? Limit their terms. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan has ruled for 34 years. How’s he doing?read more >
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  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    Tossing out squirrely distractions easier than cracking hard nuts in Illinois
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44) , Legislature (56) , Taxes, misc. (89) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22
    Money problems? In Springfield we don’t crack those tough nuts. Let’s talk about everything else that gets people distracted — like a dog seeing a squirrel.read more >
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  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
    Illinois senator worries about pain after gangrene sets in to body politic
    Budget--State (8) , Governor (44) , Taxes, property (87) Haine, Bill--State Senate, 56 , McCarter, Kyle--State Senate, 54 , McConchie, Dan--State Senate 26
    From the mouths of babes: “Why are we so bad with money?”

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner then responded Monday to the New Baden Elementary School student: “We need to get balanced budgets, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

    Trying. Lawmakers are back in Springfield. Trying?

    State Sens. Kyle McCarter and Dan McConchie are pushi...   read more >
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  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    New report confirms need for lawsuit reforms in Illinois
    Asbestos (48) , Tort Reform (27)
    It should not come as any surprise but personal injury lawyers have found a new way to game the system in Illinois.

    According to a new report from the Illinois Civil Justice League - Illinois Asbestos Trust Transparency – personal injury lawyers are manipulating the timing of asbestos personal injury lawsuits to allow them to essentially double dip for the same injury.
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