SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
A modest proposal

Friday, Jul 11, 2008

* Yeah, it’s tongue in cheek, but it makes a couple of points that needed saying. Here’s my latest Sun-Times column

One of the biggest knocks on Barack Obama is that he lacks experience.

It’s a standard political attack. Obama’s Republican opponent, John McCain, has more Senate experience, but he has no experience running a government or solving problems on his own. But McCain’s many years in the U.S. Senate, his extensive foreign travels and his military service allow him to claim that he’s more “experienced” than his much younger opponent.

All of that is a red herring, of course. The only people with the sort of experience that truly qualifies them to be president are former presidents. The job is so unique and unusual that everybody starts out like a babe in the woods.

Instead, we judge presidential hopefuls based on how they campaign. How do they operate under stress? Do they have what it takes to succeed in a super-tough environment? Can they bring enough groups together to obtain a majority? All those questions and more are supposedly answered during campaigns, yet candidates often turn out to be much different presidents than we were led to believe.

George W. Bush said eight years ago that he was a compassionate conservative and a uniter, not a divider.

Didn’t exactly work out that way, did it?

So, I have a different solution. One that would almost assuredly tell us whether Obama can survive the presidency’s unimaginably hostile environment.

Let’s make him come back to Springfield and solve the gridlock.

Sen. Dick Durbin said months ago that he’d rather go to Iraq and work on that mess than stick his nose into the unending war between Gov. Blagojevich and House Speaker Michael Madigan. I can relate.

“Toxic gridlock” doesn’t even begin to describe our state’s embarrassing political battle, which has held up just about all progress for more than a year. Unemployment is rising, yet a jobs-producing capital construction bill for our roads, bridges, schools and mass transit is stuck in limbo. People are going without health insurance, but solutions can’t be reached because one side doesn’t want to work with the other. Nothing — literally nothing — is being accomplished because the governor and the speaker want to crush each other.

The Israelis talk to the Palestinians more often and with more sensitivity than Madigan speaks with Blagojevich.

Nobody is getting killed at the Statehouse, at least not yet. There are no bullets and bombs in this fight, no mass slaughter like the Darfur catastrophe, no Iraq-style religious war.

But that makes it the perfect training exercise. If Obama fails, we’ll just muddle on like always and hope that somebody comes to his senses.

The consequences of failure in Illinois are not nearly as great as they would be in the Middle East. So, he can’t screw things up too much.

Obama knows all the players because he was a state senator for several years. His political mentor, Senate President Emil Jones, is also part of the problem. Those relationships give him an advantage he won’t have when he tries to solve the rest of the world’s problems and deal with the Congress. But if he can work out a solution to our intractable morass, he’ll prove himself worthy of the presidency, at least in my mind.

I am fully aware that there is not a chance in the world that Obama will take up this challenge. No candidate ever wants to deliberately set himself up to fail.

Our only alternative, however, is to rely on soundbites, gotcha games, TV ads and our woefully inadequate national media to inform our votes.

My idea is better.

Come home, Barack.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


32 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 9:55 am:

    Let’s give Barack credit for having the good judgement not to get anywhere near Springfield.

    As far as preparation for the presidency, I’d say in the Post WWII Era, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon and Bush I were ready to sit in the big chair on Day One. Reagan seemed ready for his role of a lifetime, too.

    JFK, Carter, Clinton and W were scarily unprepared.


  2. - North of I-80 - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 9:56 am:

    Agree with your idea. If that idea is too tough, how about ‘come back home and solve the serious crime issue tearing apart the very neighborhoods & congressional district that he represented, represents and hails from’ ? Obama wants to run this entire country, how about demonstrating that he can run, can fix a community 1st? Or showing he can solve state-sized problems like the Springfield mess 1st?


  3. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 9:59 am:

    Rich your idea optimisticaly presupposes that some kind of solution can be found. I am not sure you can ever obtain a resolution with a sociopathic Gov. The solution is clear, its not another failed round of meetings or pointless negotiations with a Gov who does not compormise; Since we have missed the opportunity to consume Blago as an irish child we are left with impeachment. Removal of the Gov is the only recourse left to us that is an actual solution.


  4. - K to the 3 - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 10:03 am:

    Rich, I think you may have come up with the magical solution for the mess in Springfield. There would be enormous pressure on the big three to compromise and reach a consensus because if Obama failed, it would hurt his presidential bid. And if he didn’t win the presidency, perhaps he would run for governor, which two of the men at the table wouldn’t want to see. Come back, Barack, and spare us the destruction of another “battle of the egos” summer.


  5. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 10:04 am:

    ===Rich your idea optimisticaly presupposes that some kind of solution can be found.===

    Couldn’t the same be said of Israel vs. Palestine?


  6. - Fan of the Game - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 10:20 am:

    Come back, Barack? He would have to come back because it feels like ages since he was actually here, serving the state as its junior senator.


  7. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 10:24 am:

    Yes, but the West Bank has developed Mahmoud Abbas as its new leader. Under Abbas Isreal and palestine have managed to reach agreements and move closer to peace. Abbas has brough about Isreali support for fatah in the West Bank. So there is a solution to Palestine and Israel that has come about because of the change in leadership. Similiarily in Gaza the current Hamas leaders are the impediment to a solution.

    SOlutions are possible with the correct leaders, Israel and palestine/Abbas are heading towards a solution. Illinois with Blago is not. Illinios with Blaggo is more like Gaza under Hamas. No solution can be reached with Blago leading in Illinois.


  8. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 10:25 am:

    At least Obama could use the promise of a presidential pardon for the Governor if the Governor went along with a more sensible tax increase plan. Maybe that would end the gridlock?


  9. - lifer - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 10:25 am:

    Perhaps they need a mediator or an intervention at least.


  10. - fed up - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 10:35 am:

    He would just do what Emil tells him like when he was a state sen.


  11. - Ultra50k - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 10:54 am:

    I think what we need is a strong-willed mediator who knows absolutely nothing about Illinois politics and politicians. Obama is not that person.


  12. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 11:01 am:

    Rich,

    You and I have gone around on this before.

    One of the very few measurable objective criteria when evaluating presidential candidates is what they have done in office before running for president. It allows us to objectively evaluate their accomplishments, how well they build teams, how well they were supported for re-election by voters, their governing methods and style.

    Instead of hype and speculation, media gamesmanship and fund-raising abilities, an objective evaluation is the best way to go beyond partisanship, gut-feelings, and ad buys. We’ve seen too many great men and women not win elections and too many failures succeed to use electoral success as objective criteria as you portend in this article.

    Those of us who study political administration, management and history know this. We use these criteria and have discovered that experience in elected office, experience in executive decision making, and experience in political elections results in a successful presidential administration. This is an excellent unbiased co relationship.

    Are there exceptions? Of course. Do world events overwhelm a president? Yes. Do we always hear how one candidate disqualifies another due to a lack of experience? Yes we do because experience is that important. An architect with no building experience cannot succeed. A chef with a cook book but no experience cooking cannot succeed.

    So expecting the least experienced presidential candidate since 1940’s Wendell Willkie to be successful is a high risk we should at least recognize. While it is true that history can’t always guide us, not using history at all is an act of blind faith. As an Obama for Senate supporter, I cannot support him for president in 2008. He is not yet qualified, his policy positions too fluid, and he is unvetted. I could never support a candidate so lacking in experience for this office, regardless of their political party affiliation.

    However, Obama does have some experience in his half-term we can measure. He said that he wouldn’t run in 2008 because he wouldn’t have any experience, so even Obama recognizes his shortcoming. Yet instead of gaining experience, he has missed nearly every major vote in the Senate over the past two years. He has no major senatorial accomplishments. He hasn’t chaired the committees he has been assigned, even important ones that would have burnished his credibility. So although he admitted he wasn’t experienced to be a candidate by 2008, he wasted four years becoming a candidate instead of getting that experience. You are right in your assumption that Obama most likely would not come to our rescue, even as our senator. What did you base that on? You based that partly on the experience we’ve been witnessing, haven’t you? Most of us do too.

    If Barack Obama decides to do the job he was elected to do in 2004 as Senator, I will be very happy since I helped vote him in office. If Barack Obama shows up in Springfield and is able to resolve the stalemate we have been suffering under for the past couple of years, I would be absolutely delighted and take that success and add it to his vapid curriculum vitae.

    You and I have gone around on this “experience” issue and you know where I stand. You seem to understand our position since it is a proven old chestnut used in every race you’ve covered. But before you dismiss what has been proven, you need to give us a better reason to base our votes upon.

    Respectfully,
    VM


  13. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 11:04 am:

    ===Those of us who study political administration, management and history know this. We use these criteria and have discovered that experience in elected office, experience in executive decision making, and experience in political elections results in a successful presidential administration. This is an excellent unbiased co relationship.===

    Absolute bull. One example: GHWB. One of the most “experienced” people to ever run for president.

    George Ryan was another very experienced politician with management chops.

    Politics is an art, not a science.


  14. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 11:17 am:

    Abraham Lincoln, one of the most “inexperienced” people to run for office.


  15. - PhilCollins - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 11:41 am:

    Obama took 20 years to decide that he that he wanted to leave Rev. Wright’s church. If Obama becomes president, he would probably make other important decisions very slowly.


  16. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 11:45 am:

    Oh, please, PhilCollins. Give the Wright thing a rest already.


  17. - How Ironic - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 11:46 am:

    Phil-

    What a red herring. No more a measure of the man (Obama) than say…McCain leaving his wife (who stood by her man when he was a POW), when she suffered horrific injuries in an accident. Subsequently shacking up with a much younger woman, later marrying her after his divorce. Classy move there.

    I think that there are other issues more relevant to the discussion.


  18. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 11:49 am:

    ===later marrying her after his divorce.===

    Actually, he got the marriage license before his divorce was finalized, but whatever. These stories are all pretty goofy. The national political media is broken, and those who take it seriously deserve what they get.


  19. - How Ironic - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 11:53 am:

    Point being, neither story forwards a legitimate discussion of either the candidates or their policies.

    But I doubt it will get any better in the coming months.


  20. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 12:01 pm:

    ==Politics is an art, not a science.==

    The history of art demonstrates that successful artists are not only those with remarkable creative skills, but also those who have gained experience through art schools, shows and introductions. One-hit wonders are usually not hanging in our museums. The artist recognized with a masterpiece has an established record of artistic development evolving into that masterpiece. That is why it is referred to as a “master” piece of that artist’s abilities. We usually do not christen paintings as such without an established record of experience.

    So if politics is recognized as an art, experience is still a vital part of it.

    ==Abraham Lincoln, one of the most “inexperienced” people to run for office.== Yes, he was. But Barack Obama is no Lincoln, try as he may to portrait himself as such. Obama was a part-time state senator who lived and worked in Chicago, taking day trips to Springfield like most state senators from Chicago. But when he announced his run for the presidency, he decided to make that announcement in Springfield.

    Why? We know why, don’t we Mr. Lincoln? So not only does Senator Obama recognize and vocalized his lack as a presidential candidate in 2008 back in 2005, he also recognized that he could show up in Springfield and tie himself to Mr. Lincoln’s legacy and lack of experience.

    Senator Obama is not stupid.


  21. - How Ironic - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 12:09 pm:

    -Senator Obama is not stupid.-

    Looks like he already has one qualification our current President doesn’t have.

    Baddaaboom! Don’t forget to tip your waitress, and try the veal.


  22. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 12:24 pm:

    I agree with the 20 year rule proposed several years ago by Professor Larry J. Sabato at the University of Virginia.

    Private personal events that had occurred 20 years ago should not be considered campaign fodder by either candidate or press.

    So divorces, affairs, deaths, arrests, etc that had occurred 20 years earlier in a candidate’s life shouldn’t be abused during a campaign in Dr. Sabato’s opinion.

    It is a good rule.

    According to Barack Obama, Dr. Wright is a valid election issue. So to dismiss those of us willing to wade into that messy confusing relationship need to be careful, not avoid it.

    Trinity is one of Obama’s political bases, and has served as one of his political roots. He was a part of this organization for 20 years. He based numerous comments, a book, and a major speech on race based on his relationship with Dr. Wright. Barack Obama during this campaign, disagrees with you Rich.

    In Obama’s state senate district the largest local organizations in which to build a political base are the huge churches. Obama has a relationship with them, just as other politicians in that region of Chicago have. Reverend James Meeks is important. Louis Farakan is important. Dr. Wright is important. Policians from this part of Chicago need to serve their constituencies and these mega churches are vital to these voters. Naturally Obama has a relationship to them. It is not out of the question to ask what those relationships are.

    Obama, like everyone else, doesn’t get to craft this issue and have it only one way. When a presidential candidate says something is an issue, makes repeated statements on it, and attempts to politically benefit from it, you don’t just let them close the door on that issue just because it no longer serves them.


  23. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 12:25 pm:

    Your comment is why I hate posting national stuff on this blog. Ridiculous twisting and over the top goofiness.


  24. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 12:26 pm:

    Is the 20 year rule for politicians like the five second rule for dropped food?

    Utterly. Ridiculous.


  25. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 12:42 pm:

    == Abraham Lincoln, one of the most “inexperienced” people to run for office.Yes, he was. ===

    that pretty much lays to rest this idea then that the ability of a president can be determined from their “experience” in other areas. it is interesting that you go on to explain why Obama should not be considered on par with lincoln in a conclusiory fashion, but compltyl miss the point. If Voters when Lincol was runn9ing for office used your experience argument Lincoln would never have been elected. McCain has no applicapble exp making president like decisions. I guess we can extroploate about McCain from actual recent examples of his leadership. On the iran missle test McCain attacked obama, stateing McCain voted to condemn the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, but Obama had not. Now we would expect McCain, before launching an attack , as the possible future leader, to at least recall his own recent votes! the only intel McCain had to rely upon for this attack was his own memory of his own conduct. But alas Mr. McCain intel, that is his own memory, failed him. McCain did not in fact vote in this manner because he was not present. Meanwhile Obama had in fact voted on a previous bill to procliam the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a teroorist grp.

    So McCain chose to laucnh and attack in which he had 100% of the situation wrong. I guess as a leader he will shoot first and let the truth sort itself out later. But then again, should we not excuse him for finding that doing a tiny bit of research before hand on Obamas record and for knowing his own record before decisevly making the wrong decision. After all, who wants a leader making informed decisions, it never stood in the way of Bush, no reason to expect different from Bush lite mcCain.


  26. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 2:13 pm:

    You are copying portions of my posting, then arguing it when the posting already acknowledges exceptions to the experience rule.

    Additionally your argument is completely subjective when I am discussing using experience as objective. Subjective issues are endlessly debateable as you so prove. Objective ones are not. Measuring a candidate’s record is a valuable practice that even you do. Whether you justify Obama’s lack of experience regarding national issues or international issues is completely subjective. You want to claim that Obama is a new Lincoln, go ahead, but you can’t objectively make that claim, can you? You want to claim that experience isn’t important and use a decision made by Mr. Bush, Mr. Clinton, or Mr. McCain, go ahead, but that doesn’t disqualify my point.

    Experience is measurable, and Senator Obama doesn’t measure up. Find another excuse to support him, but don’t claim it is objective.


  27. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 2:24 pm:

    Experience is in no way measureable. It is inherently subjective. Move on please.


  28. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 2:31 pm:

    47th Ward said it all. There is no magic formula. If there was, we wouldn’t need elections.


  29. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 2:38 pm:

    Rich, your idea might work, but I’m concerned that the desired result may be delayed for years by study, and process, and conversation, and engagement, and all those quirky inaction action steps the left wing is so fond of.

    I can see it now: “Obama and Collins call for Blagojevich and Jones to divest pay raises.”


  30. - Ultra50k - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 4:27 pm:

    ==I agree with the 20 year rule proposed several years ago by Professor Larry J. Sabato at the University of Virginia.

    Who cares what Dr. Sabato said, and I don’t care if he said it twenty minutes ago.

    Everything we have done is part of us. It may be a part we have fixed but it is still part of who we are.


  31. - Levois - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 4:44 pm:

    I wish Obama would take that bet. Let’s see what his new style of politics can do in Illinois. The state could really use it.


  32. - Jack - Friday, Jul 11, 08 @ 10:37 pm:

    I would be happy if the UNION candidate, would just come to Springfield to settle the state/AFSCME contract. He gave a flowery speach at the protest 4 years ago, but is very much absent from the current process.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* Congress finally does something
* Two brief insights on new Kirk poll
* Today's number: $12.7 billion
* C'mon, man
* Unintentionally hilarious editorials
* *** UPDATED x1 - Garcia responds *** Emanuel lashes out at opponents after Tribune runs critical red light cam stories
* Today's quotable
* Rauner's gonna miss JBT more than he may know
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Apple becoming a nightmare for third-party keyboard developers
        * Runkeeper app updated, now supports Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50
        * Secret Files Tunguska: adventure, travel, conspiracy all-in-one
        * Yahoo Aviate Can Now Search For Apps, Contacts And The Web – Without Launching A Browser
        * Apple Pay off to a good first month it seems
        * Facebook’s Money-Making Solution To App Discovery? A Whole Feed Of Install Ads
        * Probable Nokia-developed C1 to echo recent N1 tablet

        * FCC Delays Comcast-Time Warner Cable Review Again as New Documents Found
        * Google, Wireless Industry Not Down With Marriott’s Wi-Fi Blocking Plan
        * Check Your Chromecast App Regularly for Free Offers
        * 'CSI' creator targets children with new tablet 'gamified narrative'
        * North Korea’s internet takes a hit on Monday
        * Facebook blocks page promoting opposition leader rally at Russia's request
        * The year in media: 12 reasons why we should be optimistic

        * White Sox out of options 2015
        * Players rejuvenated by offseason maneuvers
        * AL Central looking like one powerhouse division
        * Digging into David Robertson's reverse splits
        * The year in injuries: White Sox have been better, could've been worse
        * Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote
        * Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Quinn set to go to Maryland to visit soldiers..
        * Quinn departs for Maryland to visit soldiers..
        * Quinn Names Stermer As Comptroller..


        * Blagojevich brother: I was fed 'pawn' to get then-governor
        * Congressman urges completion of levee project
        * Report: Business linked to appointee saw CPS boost
        * Officials: Will County to soon allow 911 texting
        * Lake Shore Drive reopens after accident
        * Autopsies set for 4 people shot dead in Illinois
        * Cook County judge to address cameras in courtroom
        * Quinn departs for Maryland to visit soldiers
        * 4 found dead, including 2 children, in Rockford
        * Quinn set to go to Maryland to visit soldiers

        * Blagojevich brother: I was used as ‘pawn’ to get then-governor
        * Raising juror pay gets mixed reviews
        * Gov. Quinn set to go to Maryland to visit soldiers
        * State treasurer employees get raises, stipends as Rutherford’s term comes to end
        * Springfield-based U.S. attorney’s investigations nab 13; race questions raised
        * 2nd Illinois prison with possible chickenpox
        * Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay
        * Quinn names longtime aide Jerry Stermer comptroller until Jan. 12
        * Quinn signs law to nix deadline for asbestos lawsuits
        * Quinn to name comptroller replacement this afternoon

        * Former Chicago alderman Bernie Stone dies
        * Caterpillar looking at deals, has 'lots’ of capital
        * Can one person run long frieght trains alone? Railroad execs say yes
        * Tribune sells land holding Baltimore Sun printing facility
        * Tribune Media cashes in on real estate portfolio


        * Lakeview pot dispensary on hold; Tunney opposes Halsted location
        * Despite community pleas, CPS puts Dyett HS out for proposals
        * Quinn to appoint new Illinois Comptroller today
        * Gov. Quinn appoints longtime aide as Illinois comptroller
        * Watch: President Obama's year-end press conference
        * Rewriting the Sony cyberattack script
        * time for new course in Cuba
        * Are Rahm's numbers creeping up? New internals show him near 50
        * Obama guidance, press schedule, Dec. 19, 2014. Press conference
        * A whole lot of nothing from the City Council


        * 8 taken into custody in Far North Side barricade incident
        * Apple Store in Naperville reports $10,000 in merchandise stolen
        * Teen killed in Southwest Side shooting
        * Police arrest 3 teens in Arlington Heights burglaries
        * No charges against ex-cop in fatal Milwaukee shooting of mentally ill man
        * Former Chicago Alderman Bernie Stone dead at 87
        * Lake Shore Drive reopened after deadly wrong-way crash
        * 2 dead, 10 wounded in separate West, South side shootings
        * 1 killed after shooting leads to police pursuit
        * CTA reopens Damen Blue Line stop


        * StoryCorps: Bilingual pre-school teacher describes the state of education in Chicago
        * Long-serving Alderman Berny Stone dies at 87
        * Report Faults State For Closing Women's Prison
        * WUIS-SJR Business Report The End of Times For Bel-Aire Motel
        * Local Book Club Provides Camaraderie For Vets
        * Agencies To Ask For More, Rauner Says ... Without Giving An Opinion On If They Deserve It Or Not
        * Rauner Favors Merging Comptroller, Treasurer. Just Not Now.
        * Rauner Named Nation's Most Influential Pension Figure
        * Sangamon Auditorium: Beware Second Party Ticket Brokers
        * Illinois Republican: Cuba Agreement "Good First Step"


        * Blagojevich brother: I was used as ‘pawn’ to get then-governor
        * Quote of the day: Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
        * Raising juror pay gets mixed reviews
        * Gov. Quinn set to go to Maryland to visit soldiers
        * Quote of the day: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner talks of dogs, housing and the work ahead as governor
        * State treasurer employees get raises, stipends as Rutherford’s term comes to end
        * Cathy Becker: Because it’s the right thing to do
        * T. Ray McJunkins: Justice, righteousness descend to fulfill dream
        * Springfield-based U.S. attorney’s investigations nab 13; race questions raised


        * Former Carterville band director makes court appearance
        * Congressman urges completion of levee project
        * Zoo to close early on Christmas Eve, reopens Friday
        * 'Wooooooooooo!!!!!!!"
        * Last day for candidates to file for municipal elections
        * Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats
        * Occupant has to be extricated from three-car crash on I-64
        * 12-22-14 The Shot by Nick Anderson March 1989 over Indiana
        * 12-22-14 Monday Morning Quarterbacks, The greatest basketball shots in Illinois history.
        * Four to be charged with robbing UI students


        * Bears say Clausen will miss finale because of concussion
        * British singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer
        * Joe Cocker dies at 70
        * Loose bear eludes capture in Phoenix suburb
        * South Carolina women remain No. 1 in AP Poll

        * REP. DANNY K. DAVIS NOW SUPPORTS DR. WILLI...
        * Danny Davis Defeats Robert Bumpers In Illi...
        * Representatives Issue Bipartisan Letter Ur...
        * Rehab of Affordable Housing Building in Ol...
        * Rep. Danny Davis Hopes to Keep His Seat fo...
        * Roskam helps lead charge to protect Chicag...
        * Illinois House Dems agonize over vote to f...
        * Durbin 'overjoyed' Gross is home; Roskam q...
        * Congressman calls for removal of police co...
        * Roskam gives impassioned plea for better m...

        * Report: Steyer, Bloomberg Topped List of 2......
        * Education Dept. OKs Sale of Failing For-Pr......

        * Senator Demands a Sony Hack Hearing...
        * Kirk skeptical of increased trade with Cuba...

        * Police Still Looking For Owners of Stolen Property
        * The [Wednesday] Papers
        * Fire-Damaged Vintage Home Rises From The Ashes
        * The [Monday] Papers
        * Stolen Bike BOLO
        * Free Fitness Week @ Park District To Kick Off 2015
        * Rahm privatizes.
        * Mark Anderson: Chicago moving pensions to risky alternative investment schemes.
        * The Weekend In Chicago Rock
        * Rev. Garland R. Hunt Interview [video]


        * IDHR Reminder: Law Protecting the Rights of Pregnant Women in Illinois Takes Effect January 1st
        * Governor Quinn Departs for Annual Trip to Visit Wounded Servicemembers - Will Deliver Holiday Cards to Servicemembers on Monday; Encourages People to Donate Miles and Help Reunite Servicemembers with Families
        * Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller
        * Governor Quinn Recognizes First Program to Help Military Veterans Use their Training to Achieve a Nursing Degree - Bridge Program at Joliet Junior College Could Help Veterans Save Dozens of Credit Hours and Thousands in Tuition and Fees
        * Governor Quinn Calls Legislative Special Session - Governor Urges Legislature to Set Up 2016 Special Election for Comptroller




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller