Posts Tagged “Illinois”

Here’s a man-bites-dog story for you:  on Tuesday in Springfield, capital of our fair state, over 5,000 people rallied in support of a tax increase.  There’s good reason for this. The state income tax is flat (i.e., regressive) and one of the lowest in the country, at only three percent… and has been kept that way Continue reading →

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First things first:  after what we’ve suffered through in recent years, merely being able to say “Governor Pat Quinn” is almost as delightful as being able to say “President Barack Obama.” 😎  After a mere seven weeks in office, Illinois’ new governor has a budget proposal ready, and he gave a formal address in Springfield Continue reading →

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It’s been far longer than I intended since my last post. Sometimes time just runs away from you. So let me just toss off a few ideas that have crossed my mind in recent days, and get caught up… — First off:  the wrangling in Washington over the new “economic stimulus package” has been interesting Continue reading →

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At 4:52 p.m. yesterday, the Illinois Senate voted unanimously to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office, following his earlier impeachment by the Illinois House. Seven minutes later they voted to ban him from ever holding any future public office in Illinois. And by 5:30, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn had been formally sworn in as our Continue reading →

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The question of who will fill Obama’s Senate seat has gotten the lion’s share of media coverage, but meanwhile things are heating up around another question, the one of who will replace Obama’s Chief of Staff—Rahm Emanuel—in the seat from Illinois’ fifth Congressional district, here in Chicago. I went to a meeting tonight of the Continue reading →

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Sorry I haven’t posted for a few days. But the holiday interregnum is now well and truly over, and the ordinary part of winter has commenced. Kids are back in school, the full staff is back in the office, and as of today the new Congress has been sworn in. (Of course, that last part Continue reading →

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A completely subjective list, of course. But what the hell… aren’t they all? Going in to 2008, one could hardly open a magazine or flip a channel without hitting a media comparison to 1968. It was 40 years ago (a nice, round number), and it was a paradigm-shifting political year that looked familiar, with an Continue reading →

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We all knew Gov. Rod Blagojevich was under a federal investigation, but nobody expected developments as dramatic as what happened today. FBI agents arrested Democratic Gov. Blagojevich at his home this morning, at the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald—the same man who brought down his predecessor, Republican Gov. George Ryan. (Chicago is famous for Continue reading →

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Tomorrow night, we’re going to have a president-elect. That means, of course, that he will vacate his seat in the U.S. Senate. There’s been remarkably little mainstream media coverage of this—everyone’s attention has been focused on more immediate matters—but Obama has no heir apparent for that seat, and it’s an open question who’s going to Continue reading →

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