| Oct 18, 2012
Finally, in the sea of envy that is Illinois politics — with all those nasty, mean and negative campaign ads — we have some heartwarming news to report.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady wants to help Democratic candidates for the...
| Oct 19, 2012
American politicians are always on the lookout for "new sources of revenue," which sounds a lot nicer than "sinking their fangs into our necks." But however you describe it, they just can't stop sucking our blood with their unending tax increases on the...
| Feb 17, 2013
This being Chicago, where political dynasties have their hands kissed by journalism and commerce, expect the following about former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, the former 7th Ward alderman:
Lamentations for what might have been...
| Mar 20, 2013
To: The Decisive Dozen
From: Your Supporters
Re: The Illinois House of Representatives Vote on Same-Sex Marriage.
All it takes is the 12 of you, whoever you are. That's the rumor anyway.
"Twelve votes short of passage," said Michael Madigan,...
| Jul 21, 2013
For years it's been my sense that the Madigan name doesn't send chills down the spines of average Illinois residents.
Despite the yeoman's effort of print and broadcast pundits to portray veteran Democratic state House Speaker Michael Madigan as the...
| Jul 16, 2013
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In 2011, when Alex Clifford was brought to Chicago from Los Angeles to fix Metra, the commuter rail operation, someone neglected to warn him about the way things are done here.
Or if someone did, Clifford — an experienced transportation...
| Nov 10, 2013
When Greg Harris went to buy his morning scone on Friday, customers in the bakery came up to hug him and say how proud they were to live in Illinois.
A lot of people were hugging Harris last week, asking to pose with him for photos, telling him...
| Jul 11, 2013
What does Jell-O look like as it grows a spine?
It looks like Gov. Pat Quinn.
It's amazing what happens to a man when he grabs an entire state General Assembly by its paychecks and begins to squeeze. It's the old Illinois saying: Grab their wallets,...
| Jul 12, 2013
If only we lived in a comic book, instead of the corrupt, windswept political wasteland now known to taxpayers as Madiganistan, we'd know just what to do:
We'd go up on top of the Tribune Tower, flick on a switch, activate a giant spotlight and...
| Jul 14, 2013
Agreed, there was something deeply satisfying about Gov. Pat Quinn's announcement last week that he was suspending the pay of state lawmakers until they acted on pension reform.
"There is a principle as old as the Bible," said Quinn, who also voluntarily...
| Dec 5, 2013
Watching Illinois politicians brag about how they reformed the state pension mess — actually pretending they cured the same deadly infection that they caused years ago — I had an odd thought.
Does Illinois smell south of cheese?