Rauner Robocalls on Pensions; Emmanuel Fires Back

Bruce Rauner makes robocalls to Chicago homeowners hitting Pat Quinn on the Chicago pension reform deal.  Here is the transcript: Hi, this is Bruce Rauner and I’m calling because Governor Pat Quinn is considering signing a bill that will let City Hall raise your property taxes.  I would veto this bill and block this property […]

Which Republicans Voted to Spend $100 Million for the Obama Library?

Which Republicans Voted to Spend $100 Million for the Obama Library?  None, this is actually a trick question and highlights the blatant disregard Democrats have in the legislative process. Last Thursday the Illinois House Committee voted 9-0 that would provide $100 million to a Barack Obama Presidential Library.  This plan was pushed by Speaker Michael […]

Chicago Pursues Deal to Change Pension Funding

The reckoning in Chicago is even nearer and more difficult than the one the state had faced, putting its Democratic mayor, Rahm Emanuel, in a difficult position under a tight deadline. Under state law, the city must increase its contributions to its workers’ pension funds by $590 million in 2015, to a total annual contribution of $1.4 […]

Pension reform trial balloon?

Illinois made its first legislative moves to address the funding crisis in public pensions by passing a bill that changes the Chicago Park District fund. The move may be a legislative trial balloon regarding the constitutionality of reducing benefits to public pensions. According to an amendment fact sheet circulated by House Speaker Mike Madigan’s office, […]

Illinois Republicans: Get ready for Bruce Rauner

John Kass introduces Bruce Rauner to the Illinois Republicans with his column this morning in the Chicago Tribune. Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire bull in the quaint Illinois Republican china shop, sat down with me Wednesday morning at a diner on LaSalle Street to talk about politics. Are you running for governor? “I am thinking about […]

Chick-fil-A: A Lesson in the Intolerance of Tolerance

What did Dan Cathy, COO of Chick-fil-A actually say about the company’s support of the traditional family: Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. […]

Illinois: State of Embarassment

If the Chicago system had proven an economic success, perhaps we could excuse Obama for bringing it to the rest of us. Most of us would put up with a bit of corruption and special dealing if the results were strong economic and employment growth. But the bare demographic and economic facts for both Chicago […]