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*** UPDATED x1 - Kasper won’t ask for Burke recusal *** Question of the day

Monday, Jan 24, 2011

* Yeah, it’s late, but there’s a lot going on.

* The Question: Should Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke recuse herself from any appeal by Rahm Emanuel since her husband is (albeit unofficially) supporting Gery Chico for mayor? Explain.

*** UPDATE - 3:27 pm *** Emanuel attorney Mike Kasper just called to chat. Among other things, Kasper said he will definitely not ask Justice Burke to recuse herself.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


65 Comments
  1. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:19 pm:

    Yes. Her prominent husband is publicly supporting a candidate who stands to gain significantly if Rahm is off the ballot. That’s one potential conflict.

    And if, as I suspect, Alderman Burke is helping to finance the objectors case, then she absolutely must recuse herself.

    If she does not, she tarnishes the office. If she does, ironically, she might also be the reason the Court deadlocks 3-3, and might indirectly have the same effect as if she cast the 4th vote against Rahm.

    Weird stuff. Only in Illinois.


  2. - John Bambenek - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:20 pm:

    No. Just because a family member has a political opinion, it doesn’t make sense. Otherwise, Lisa Madigan would effectively have to resign her office as AG for the same reason (i.e. her dad has basically written the entire ILCS at this point).


  3. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:25 pm:

    Yes. Not that I don’t agree with John B about relatives and political opinions, but if she is on the side that rules against Rahm, she loses all credibility. Even if she’s correct and it’s her opinion and not Ed’s.


  4. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:25 pm:

    Oh great. Now someone wants to see some kind of ethics in all this mayhem?

    Burke should show as much concern regarding politically biased interpretations of the law as been seen by Mr. Emnuel.

    It is a two way street people. Either follow the spirit and intentions of the law, or you do not.


  5. - Plutocrat03 - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:26 pm:

    A sticky wicket to be sure.

    If you want a wide distance from a conflict, them you recuse. I sure legal minds will hash this one out


  6. - 'Dale to HPark - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:28 pm:

    Of course, her husband is finished if Rahm wins. If she doesn’t recuse herself it’s corruption.


  7. - bored now - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:28 pm:

    yes, she should. no, she won’t…


  8. - phocion - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:29 pm:

    If there’s even an appearance of conflict, she should recuse herself. This case is far too high profile to do otherwise.

    Her presence in deciding the outcome could undermine the public’s confidence in the judiciary.

    If she remains on the court and she casts the deciding vote to remove Emmanuel, it would forever place a question of legitimacy over the ultimate winner in the Mayor’s race.

    The Justice must recuse herself.


  9. - SR - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:30 pm:

    Presumably this isn’t the first time there has been a conflict of interest. I say keep her on. I am very curious to see how she rules.


  10. - WRMNpolitics - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:31 pm:

    Yes, although there is no direct conflict of interest to force her recusal, there is enough of an appearance of a conflict to warrant her recusal.


  11. - Boone Logan Square - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:35 pm:

    Should Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke recuse herself from any appeal by Rahm Emanuel since her husband is funding the case against Emanuel? That’s where there’s a conflict of interest, and where a recusal is warranted.


  12. - 'Dale to HPark - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:35 pm:

    “there is no direct conflict of interest” Huh? Ed Burke losing his position as head of the Finance Committee isn’t a conflict of interest?


  13. - Patrick McDonough - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:36 pm:

    No Way, did Rahm cough up Amy rule for the deposition? He made a mistake. I guess I was always right on this matter. I am happy. payback is something. You can address me objector 007. We win.


  14. - You Can't Stop What's Coming - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:38 pm:

    Absolutely terrific.

    What goes around comes around.


  15. - Patrick McDonough - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:38 pm:

    P.S. Rahm is OFF the ballot like it or not! I am happy. Really happy. Super happy.


  16. - Statesman - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:39 pm:

    Yes- Conflict of interest if she stays on


  17. - mokenavince - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:40 pm:

    Common sense says she should recuse herself. But I firmly think she will not.So long Rham, and welcome back to Chicago.Once again the voters lose.


  18. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:41 pm:

    Mr. Objector 007, how much was Odelson charging you? How much did you pay for his representation?


  19. - Jeff Smith - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:42 pm:

    What would Clarence Thomas do?


  20. - Stinky - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:43 pm:

    Are you kidding me…this is Chicago…of course not


  21. - Logic not emotion - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:43 pm:

    Help me understand a bit. Isn’t it a mute point whether she actually recuses herself or not unless she might vote in Rahm’s favor? As 47th said, won’t recusing herself essentially have the same effect as voting to support the appeals court verdict against Rahm? Also, if she were to recuse herself, would she still be able to hear and comment on the case; but not rule? How does that work?


  22. - ILPundit - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:43 pm:

    Yes — because in this case, no vote at all is the same as a vote to uphold the majority. She can be “ethical” and still accomplish the same thing with her vote.


  23. - Caveat Emptor - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:43 pm:

    If she does not recuse herself, is that not grounds for appeal to SCOTUS?


  24. - Draznnl - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:44 pm:

    If she doesn’t recuse herself and is the deciding vote in a 4-3 decision against Rahm, expect him to go to Federal Court. It might have almost no chance, but he would probably claim that her participation in the case violated his Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment right to due process and equal protection under the law. At least I would raise the suggestion to him if I was representing him.


  25. - John Bambenek - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:44 pm:

    Exactly what is the conflict of interest?

    That Ald. Burke is **allegedly** funding the opposition? (I don’t recall any evidence for that.)

    That Rahm **might** remove Burke from the finance committee?

    Should Lisa Madigan recuse herself on any matters regarding redistricting because a Republican ILGA **might** cut her budget?

    Conflict of interest is a specific, defined and legal term. It involves alot more than allegations and conjecture.

    If Burke has put money into the Anti-Rahm crowd, maybe. But I could also say we spike Kilbride each and every time the law comes up before him because Mike Madigan wrote it and incidentally he put in big cash to protect Kilbride last time. We very quickly get into absurd territory.


  26. - John Bambenek - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:46 pm:

    Heh, if the IL Supreme Court opinion is appealed to the US Supreme Court, I’d expect them to issue a “Writ of We Give A Crap Why?”


  27. - Cal Skinner - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:48 pm:

    Were the two appellate judges slated by Committeeman Burke? If so, same question might be relevant.


  28. - Objective Dem - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:49 pm:

    If Judge Burke endorsed another candidate for Mayor, it would be a clear conflict of interest and she should recuse herself. (I don’t think she has or would)

    If Ald. Burke formally endorsed another candidate for Mayor, I don’t think she needs to recuse herself. It is not her endorsement and for all we know she may disagree. She is an independent person and should not be treated as dependent on her husband for decision making.

    If Ald. Burke has been funding the lawsuit to kick Rahm off the ballot, I think she should recuse herself. The reason is her husband then has a direct personal financial stake in the case before her. If nothing else it creates too much appearance of bias.


  29. - Statewide - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:50 pm:

    No, she shouldn’t. No, she won’t. It’s not even a real issue or there would already be some rule against more than one family member being in a government and/or judicial role.

    2011 already feels like we are wasting no time making sure the strange stories just keep on coming.

    Pick out the non-factual “Onion”-style news headline:

    1) Nearly-bankrupt state of Illinois passes totally goofy off-the-wall idea called “taxes” to actually pay for stuff.
    2) Bears try to win fabulous expense-paid trip to the Super Bowl by playing only half of the NFC championship game.
    3) Little-noticed panel of judges rules big-shot Chicago mayoral candidate off the ballot, “just to mess with people’s heads.”
    4) Pundits ask Illinois Supreme Court justice to recuse herself from a future case, just because “she knows someone who knows someone who knows someone.”

    Sorry, it’s a trick question.


  30. - Dave - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:53 pm:

    For the moment, there is a god. Kinda throw water on the whole, rules are for the little people attitude of the ballerina.


  31. - John Bambenek - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 2:57 pm:

    Statewide -

    Easy, the answer is #2. The Bears only played the 4th quarter.


  32. - Loop Lady - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:00 pm:

    Duh, of course, but something tells me she won’t…


  33. - centrist - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:00 pm:

    Ironically, if Burke recuses herself, it can only hurt Rahm, not help him. It’s simple math. In order to overturn the appellate court, Rahm needs a majority. A tie doesn’t help him. If Burke recuses, he still needs 4 votes. Burke only matters if the decision would be 4-3 with her. But if Burke were to vote against Rahm making it 4-3 against him, then it would be 3-3 without her, and he still loses. So would only matter if it were 4-3 in his favor, and she voted with him. In other words, she can only provide the deciding vote in his favor, she can’t provide the deciding vote against.


  34. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:02 pm:

    You know what Dave? The word is danseur. There’s nothing at all effeminate about danseurs. Think of them as ninjas w/ a different outfit.


  35. - Loop Lady - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:05 pm:

    Why can’t Richie take both of the Burkes along when he rides into the sunset? I think they have held sway long enough in the State and city of Chicago…aren’t they both 70ish? Thanks for your service but…


  36. - centrist - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:06 pm:

    touche’ Cheryl44


  37. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:07 pm:

    She probably can’t. That would be an admission that her husband is behind the whole thing and that she’s a puppet on a string. So no, she shouldn’t.

    A couple of things are amusing here:

    One, the contention by some that Emanuel has been trying to game the system as a big shot, and somehow Mr. GOP Joe Morris, the CBOE and the Cook County judge who made the original ruling in his favor (as well as, I guess, the dissenting appellate justice) are all in cahoots with the conspiracy.

    The second is that somehow Mayor Emanuel would just roll Eddie Burke. That’s laughable. Burke has done more favors for — and has more dirt on — more alderman than anyone, and believe it or not, the city council will not genuflect to the next mayor, no matter who it is.

    Burke also has $8 million in his warchest, and as Gov. Quinn and Dan Hynes will tell you, he’s willing to invest it, for you or against you.

    Daley and Burke can’t stand each other, but Daley was too smart to waste time and political capital going to war with Burke.


  38. - piling on - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:12 pm:

    It’s only a conflict if she rules in a way that benefits her interests. If she rules against them, then there is no conflict and she had no reason to recuse.

    Wordslinger (as usual) is right. If she recuses, it, arguably, creates a greater appearance of a conflict of interest.


  39. - SR - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:13 pm:

    ====If Ald. Burke has been funding the lawsuit to kick Rahm off the ballot, I think she should recuse herself. The reason is her husband then has a direct personal financial stake in the case before her. If nothing else it creates too much appearance of bias.====

    I would be very surprised if Ed Burke put himself in a position where his involvement could be traced like that. Back in October when he was aksing questions relevant to the residency case, he wouldn’t even mention Rahm by name. It was Gery Chico who made the connection to Rahm by repeating the same questions, with the same “purge” wording, to Kass.

    I also have to agree with those who have noted that recusing herself in this case would have negative connotations on her ability to be impartial in previous and future cases. Let her judge.


  40. - ZC - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:27 pm:

    Too many assumptions here (slightly off topic) that Republican judges would automatically slant anti-Rahm. Rahm is probably the most economically conservative, pro-business candidate in the mayoral. If I were a Republican, I’d favor him over the plausible contenders.

    I’d love it if somebody had the relevant particulars to define conflict of interest. Withdrawing from a case that your husband has spent money on, seems intuitive. Otherwise, it is quite vague what just is the conflict, except -appearance- of a conflict of interest. Does the law require an actual documented conflict, or just just that a bunch of people out there think there might be? The latter might set a dangerous precedent. Just how far does the chain of reasoning have to run, before outside observers can in effect argue a judge off a case? Without veery clear lines, this could become a mess. I think right now a recusal is unwarranted, barring evidence of a direct financial investment by Burke.


  41. - Matt - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:31 pm:

    I agree with ZC. IF the Republican judges allowed politics to affect their decisionmaking, and that’s a big IF, I’m sure they would prefer Rahm over Chico, CMB, etc.


  42. - Thoughts... - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:32 pm:

    Should she? Of course. It’s naive at best and disingenuous at worst for anyone to say that Ed is not neck-deep in the effort to keep Rahm off the ballot and/or defeat his campaign. No, it’s not her, but he has a vested interest and that’s a conflict for her.

    Will she? If she recuses, she puts Ed in hot water by basically admitting that he’s involved with all of this, but she gets to look ‘ethical’ and it has the same effect as voting to uphold. If she doesn’t and sides with the Appellate ruling, she gets exposed as a political hack rather than a thoughtful jurist and as a bonus, potentially opens a route to SCOTUS. It is a pickle. Couldn’t happen to a nicer couple, if you ask me.

    Of course she could not recuse and vote to overturn the Appellate Court. That could happen. And monkeys might fly out of my butt.


  43. - irv & ashland - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:34 pm:

    Cal,
    For what it’s worth, the two judges have been on the court for quite a while. I did look at results from their most recent retention to get a sense of political support, and found no real difference between the 14th Ward and everywhere else. Not that that’s the final word on whether Burke originally sponsored them, or continues to, but at any rate I found no evidence that his support was a major recent factor in their careers.


  44. - Honest Abe - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:34 pm:

    According to the latest candidate financial disclosure reports, Alderman Ed Burke had not contributed to any candidate for the current mayoral election cycle nor had his campaign committees done so. I think that this was a deliberate choice made with respect to Justice Anne Burke serving on the State Supreme Court and the likelihood that the residency case might be appealed before that tribunal.

    As such, I do not believe Justice Burke is obliged to recuse herself.


  45. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:35 pm:

    –Kasper said he will definitely not ask Justice Burke to recuse herself. –

    Now that’s a slick move. The heat will really be on her to rule for Emanuel.

    Anyone ever seen the client list Ald. Burke discloses on his ethics form (yes, that is a funny phrase in context)? Many, many big hitters in the world of business.

    Anyone know if she has a history of recusing herself in cases involving his clients?


  46. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:35 pm:

    Interesting update Rich. I guess Kasper is saying it’s entirely up to Justice Burke to determine whether or not to recuse herself.

    That’s a nifty way to set a trap. Not sure it helps his client, but it really might put the Burkes in the old trick bag. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.


  47. - think about it - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:36 pm:

    Time for the press to tell us in depth who exactly are Walter P. Maksym, Jr. and Thomas L. McMahon?


  48. - caleb hanie - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:38 pm:

    should she, maybe, because she only knows the true extent of her or her husbands conflicts. will she, yes, because she needs to stay holy enough to yell at the pope, and possibly because she thinks it will not matter if she recuses herself,…anyone else see the speaker weighing in on this behind the scenes?


  49. - John Galt - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:40 pm:

    ===
    The second is that somehow Mayor Emanuel would just roll Eddie Burke. That’s laughable. Burke has done more favors for — and has more dirt on — more alderman than anyone, and believe it or not, the city council will not genuflect to the next mayor, no matter who it is.
    ===

    That plus Burke’s $8.1 million is a compelling argument. The aldermen have been completely rolled by Daley for decades. This will be their first & best shot at grabbing some power in decades. There’s pent-up demand and they’ll at least make some kind of push for it in the first 3-9 months of a new administration. Ed Burke will position himself as the point man even if he loses his Finance Committee chairmanship.

    On another note, if one were to get very conspiratorial and go far out on a limb, I could see the Burke’s cutting a deal with Rham. If the gig is up and Rham knows that Burke was against him and thus is gearing up to go to war with him, this is Burke’s chance to throw Chico under the bus and create a truce. Justice Anne Burke votes in Rham’s favor making him mayor. This would eliminate speculation that she had any bias toward’s her husband’s alleged candidate Chico. In exchange, Rham would agree not to retaliate against Burke’s initial support of Chico and then consent to him remaining as Finance Chairman, with the understanding that Burke would at least somewhat temper a full-bore attempted power-grab by the city council.


  50. - Steve Bartin - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 3:52 pm:

    Only if Alderman Burke is directly funding the lawsuit should Justice Burke step down. Anyway, this shows the great difficulty in having a relative of a powerful politician on the Illinois Supreme Court. But, having said all this: the law is the law. It’s hard to argue that Rahm Emanuel was a resident for the previous year. So, blaming Anne Burke or Alderman Burke will not wash. For some history on Chicago’s ultimate power couple click on the link down below.
    http://nalert.blogspot.com/2008/03/chicago-democrats-and-chicago-mob.html


  51. - Been There - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:00 pm:

    ===Kasper said he will definitely not ask Justice Burke to recuse herself.===
    Its a game of math. When you need to get up to four votes to win there is no upside to taking one of the votes out of the picture from the get-go. Even if Kasper thought the odds were 100-1 that Burke would vote in his clients favor there is still a chance she does. But there is zero chance if she recuse’s herself.


  52. - Wensicia - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:04 pm:

    Kasper is right, why alienate the justice you want to decide in your favor? She will decide based on the law, not on outside political interests, even her husband’s.


  53. - Detail - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:08 pm:

    Rahm should offer a deal. Ed Burke gets to keep his police body gaurds in exchange Justice Burke keeps rahm in the race.


  54. - Loop Lady - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:20 pm:

    What a shock! Kasper is a good little soldier…

    But Emanuels war chest dwarfs Ed’s…what to do, what to do Mr. Kasper…cutting a deal with Burke sounds like the best strategy at this juncture…


  55. - Because I say so - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:20 pm:

    This Burke/Rahm deal…..so you’re all implying that Justice Burke is going to make a ruling as part of a deal? Call me naive but I don’t see that happening.


  56. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:21 pm:

    ===cutting a deal with Burke ===

    Sorry, but that’s just out of the question. You can’t cut a deal with the husband of a Supreme Court justice for her vote. You’d end up in the clink.


  57. - Obamarama - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:23 pm:

    ===For some history on Chicago’s ultimate power couple click on the link down below.
    http://nalert.blogspot.com/2008/03/chicago-democrats-and-chicago-mob.html
    ===

    Cooley is and was a complete moron. His book is a combination of public information and complete fabrications. He was an awful lawyer and an average fixer, at best. I’m not saying everything in that article is crap, but Cooley is about as reliable as a flat tire.


  58. - Honest Abe - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:28 pm:

    @Think About,

    Walter P. Maksym, Jr., is an attorney and Thomas L. McMahon is a police officer. Some of the people who are angriest about a double standard on residency laws are teachers, cops and firemen.

    Their identities have been discussed before today.


  59. - Rod - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:31 pm:

    I have met Justice Burke several times and I have never heard her make any type of political statement. The Federal Judicial Code requires a judge to disqualify themselfs in any proceeding in which their impartiality might reasonably be questioned.

    This is a decision Justice Burke has to make and Mr. Kasper was correct in not asking for Justice Burke to disqualify herself.


  60. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:31 pm:

    If anyone needs further proof that Rich runs the best political blog on the planet, I urge you to read the comments on this story over at Politico.

    Good God, so many stoopid people, so little comment moderation.

    Thanks again Rich, for building this site and making it so good. It really is hard to do, but it’s worth it.


  61. - D.P. Gumby - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:33 pm:

    “A judge should disqualify…herself in a proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned….”
    “reasonably” means “to the average person on the street”
    Is this discussion a “reasonable” stretch? W/o direct evidence, it is all pure speculation.


  62. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:40 pm:

    ===so little comment moderation. ===

    I don’t think they moderate at all.


  63. - Bill - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 4:45 pm:

    Say what you want about Ed, but Justice Ann Burke is so far above letting common political considerations taint her legal opinions. She is an honest, forthright, intelligent judge and the SC is lucky to have her. If she does rule it will be based on the law. I hate to say I told you so but it has been clear for a long time that Rahm did not live in Chicago for a year before the election. The majority rendered the correct opinion. The muni law is simple, clear, unabiguous. Rahm does not qualify to be a candidate. Some of my faith in the system has been restored.


  64. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 5:13 pm:

    @Bill -

    I’ve been saying it too.

    And pointing out that if the candidate in question weren’t named “Rahm Emanuel”, we wouldn’t even be having this debate.

    Which, of course, is why we have the Rule of Law instead of the Rule of What’s Popular.


  65. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 24, 11 @ 8:42 pm:

    Illinois Supreme Court Rule 63:

    C. Disqualification.

    (1) A judge shall disqualify himself or herself in a proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned, including but not limited to instances where: . . .

    (d) the judge knows that he or she, individually or as a fiduciary, or the judge’s spouse, parent or child wherever residing, or any other member of the judge’s family residing in the judge’s household, has an economic interest in the subject matter in controversy or in a party to the proceeding, or has any other more than de minimis interest that could be substantially affected by the proceeding; or

    (e) the judge or the judge’s spouse, or a person within the third degree of relationship to either of them, or the spouse of such a person:

    (i) is a party to the proceeding, or an officer, director, or trustee of a party;

    (ii) is acting as a lawyer in the proceeding;

    (iii) is known by the judge to have a more than de minimis interest that could be substantially affected by the proceeding; or,

    (iv) is to the judge’s knowledge likely to be a material witness in the proceeding.

    (2) A judge shall keep informed about the judge’s personal and fiduciary economic interests, and make a reasonable effort to keep informed about the personal economic interests of the judge’s spouse and minor children residing in the judge’s household.


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        * Illinois will be first state to lock painkiller pill bottles
        * Slain US marshal's fiancee gets 1 year for charity theft
        * Belleville man charged in St. Louis New Year's Eve crash
        * Family seeks answers in East St. Louis strip club killing
        * Chicago police kill man they say tried to run over officers
        * Awards recognize Illinois students with big ideas
        * Chicago's Divvy bike-share program attracts developer
        * Ex-Washington mayor Don Gronewald dead at 83
        * Authorities say carbon monoxide is cause of death of 2
        * 2 residents of veterans home die from Legionnaires' disease

        * Donna Arduin out as Gov. Rauner's state budget adviser
        * Cash-strapped Illinois: Can't do 'impossible' on social service payments
        * Arduin out as state budget adviser
        * Rauner signs bill allowing township governments to dissolve
        * Budget consultant may get second contract extension from Rauner administration
        * Judge will privately review disputed Schock documents
        * Budget expert leaves Illinois without state spending plan
        * Gov. Rauner approves Springfield railroad oversight commission bill
        * Federal judge blasts Illinois for not making all ordered payments
        * Rauner approves rail commission bill

        * Beckman denies Illinois probe's findings, hints at lawsuit
        * Rauner, Dems double down on budget gamble
        * The revolving door spins at Bonobos
        * Starcom wins U.S. media for new Kraft Heinz company
        * Baxalta in talks to buy drugmaker to bolster independence


          * 2 found unresponsive in 'suspicious' fire in Garfield Ridge
          * Man killed, at least 11 wounded in separate shootings
          * Police officers shoot armed man in Oswego
          * Hundreds gather to remember victims of deadly 1990 Plainfield tornado
          * Person shot by police in Heart of Chicago after drive-by, chase
          * Man dead in hit-and-run crash in Portage Park
          * University of Illinois endures a summer of scandals
          * Robbins community mourns family torn apart by drag-racing crash
          * Legionnaires' kills 2 Illinois veterans' home residents
          * FBI: Bank robber hits second Oak Park bank


          * Donna Arduin out as Gov. Rauner's state budget adviser
          * Cash-strapped Illinois: Can't do 'impossible' on social service payments
          * Charles Krauthammer: What six years of 'reset' have wrought
          * Rauner signs bill allowing township governments to dissolve
          * Our Opinion: Ducking sunshine in the digital age
          * E.J. Dionne: Trump's video game mastery
          * Esther Cepeda: Don't bake your DNA
          * Junaid Afeef: American Muslims can't tackle ISIS recruitment alone
          * Budget consultant may get second contract extension from Rauner administration
          * Judge will privately review disputed Schock documents


          * Saturday SportsTalk 08-29-15
          * Now hiring
          * UI losing star professor to Northwestern
          * Hypocritical governor needs to be consistent
          * Weekend planner: Marking Matsuri
          * Smokers subjected to unfair treatment
          * Area history, Aug. 29, 2015
          * This day in history, Aug. 29, 2015
          * Tate: Believe me when I say change is good
          * Who lives here? Aug. 29, 2015


          * Deputy ambushed, fatally shot at gas station near Houston
          * On-Air Ambush: TV crew's killing unfolds in real time
          * Court nixes assembly ban in German town hit by violence
          * Belleville man charged in St. Louis New Year's Eve crash
          * Pro teams push California to offer high-stakes raffles

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * Illinois Sen. Durbin gets a shot at politi......
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          * Shangri-La set to tee off at NBO Golf Clas......
          * Kirk, Durbin ask Obama to declare Grundy, ......

          * Eric Zorn does it again. Talking with the #FightForDyett hunger strikers is negotiating with “hostage takers.”
          * Chicago Tribune: Teacher compensation is a perk.
          * Neither TFA nor edTPA. Becoming a teacher.
          * Thorner: Brady, Andrzejewski address Illinois Forum Luncheon – Part 2
          * Starkehaus: Chicago's Archbishop equals abortion to illegal immigration? Really?
          * Truax PAC dropped $500k on WI Senate Race. AFP Summit abuzz about Kirk replacement.
          * Rhoads: Party Bosses Get the Last Laugh
          * Thorner/O'Neil: Government-approved killings provided via Planned Parenthood
          * Keeping retirement weird. Call your state rep.
          * In defense of edTPA from a reader.


          * Governor Announces Appointments
          * State to Issue $16 million in Credits to Reverse Penalties for Monthly Electronic Wage Reporting - Rules provide relief for nearly 13,000 employers over the next six months
          * GOMB Director Issues Statement
          * Governor Takes Bill Action
          * Governor Rauner Requests SBA Assistance for Grundy, Iroquois Counties - Declaration would help people and businesses affected by summer storms with low-interest, long-term loans to help with recovery




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