SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Why Pat Brady is walking the plank

Monday, Jan 28, 2013

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column

Talk to just about any top Illinois Republican these days off the record and they’ll freely admit that they want the bill legalizing gay marriage to be approved as soon as possible.

It’s not that they’re necessarily in favor of gay marriage, mind you. Many of them are publicly and privately opposed.

Some of them do support it, even though they don’t feel they can vote for it because it might destroy their careers in the next GOP primary.

The reason so many Republicans would like to see the bill passed is because they know that with the huge, new Democratic majorities in both legislative chambers, that it’s eventually going to pass anyway.

They want to get this issue out of the way and behind them as soon as possible. The issue is trending hard against the GOP’s historical opposition, and they want the thing off the table before it starts to hurt them.

In 2005, a statewide poll taken for the Illinois Policy Survey by Northern Illinois University found that 31 percent of Illinoisans supported gay marriage, while 34 percent backed civil unions and 29 percent were opposed to any legal recognition.

Five years later, in 2010, a poll by Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute found little change in the public’s attitudes — 34 percent supported gay marriage, 34 percent backed civil unions and 27 percent wanted no legal recognition.

But then things began changing fast. By 2012, the Paul Simon Institute’s annual poll had support for gay marriage at 44 percent. Opposition to all legal recognition was down to just 20 percent, while backing for the civil unions status quo was at 32 percent.

A Public Policy Polling survey taken last month had support for gay marriage at 47 percent, with opposition at 42 percent. Worse yet for the Republicans, 58 percent of people under 45 backed gay marriage, while 37 percent were against it. And 54 percent of women backed the idea, compared with 37 percent opposed.

Republicans and Democrats expect this trend to continue. By 2014, people figure that a solid majority of Illinoisans will support gay marriage.

The Republicans don’t want to be on the wrong side of another hot-button issue during the statewide election that year. They also don’t want it coming up in their primary election races that spring.

Except for things such as the state income tax increase, which was designed to be “temporary,” what’s done is usually considered done in politics.

The gay-marriage issue is causing some serious short-term divisiveness within the Republican Party ranks. Social conservatives such as freshman state Sen. Jim Oberweis and former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh have called for state Republican chairman Pat Brady’s head for publicly lobbying on behalf of the gay marriage bill.

The quicker this thing gets resolved, goes the reasoning, the quicker the white-hot war will end and the quicker the party can move along to other, less divisive issues such as taxes.

The Republicans want to make repealing the 2011 income tax hike (from 3 percent to 5 percent) a centerpiece of the 2014 election. The higher tax is set to expire in January 2015, less than two months after that election.

But if the GOP gets too bogged down in too many social issues where they are on the “wrong” side of public opinion, its candidates won’t stand much of a chance.

Anyway, that’s why Brady was sent out to walk the plank on the gay-marriage issue this month. Yes, he does personally support gay marriage, but he undoubtedly wouldn’t have gone so public with his support if party leaders were not encouraging him behind the scenes.

And the party’s top dogs, including U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and its top two legislative leaders, want this thing taken care of so they can move beyond it, even though they may not actually vote for the bill when it gets to the floor.

Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) will be a “no” vote on the bill, for example, but she didn’t try to stop Brady when he checked in with her before his public support of it.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


32 Comments
  1. - Demoralized - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 10:25 am:

    At least the Republicans are realizing that they are on the losing side of the gay marriage issue and that it would be better to get it out of the way and move on. Unfortunately, the ultra-right wing of the party will always define Republicans when it comes to social issues such as this and will ensure that the Republicans are branded as intolerant on this issue.


  2. - dupage dan - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 10:36 am:

    This May, Ms dupage dan and I will celebrate 30 years of marriage. I only wish the many young straight couples I know who have eschewed marriage as a defunct, useless, institution would cherish it as much as the many folks in the gay community have. But we so often only desire that which we have been denied. Like Coors beer before they sold it east of the mighty Mississippi.


  3. - walkinfool - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 10:39 am:

    ===he undoubtedly wouldn’t have gone so public with his support if party leaders were not encouraging him behind the scenes.===

    Wow. That’s a new perspective for me.

    Might it be national GOP leaders, rather than our crew?

    Is walking the plank, or happily diving in the pool?


  4. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 10:46 am:

    –Some of them do support it, even though they don’t feel they can vote for it because it might destroy their careers in the next GOP primary.–

    If you can’t vote your conscience on such an issue, you don’t have a “career” to be destroyed.


  5. - shore - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    We’re going to start to see Democrats embrace gay rights a lot more strongly in their primaries especially pushing for more rights for that community beyond marriage. One thing we saw for the first time ever I think in American politics was brad schneider on the north shore use gay marriage support in his general election fight with dold as a plus issue for him. There’s an added benefit for Democrats in that younger voters don’t have an issue with it and see Republican pushback as further evidence the GOP is “intolerant” and out of step with them.


  6. - Endangered Moderate Species - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 10:49 am:

    This seems like good strategy addressing a difficult GOP issue.


  7. - Anthony - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 10:49 am:

    Why not hold the gay marriage bill until veto session? The filing deadline for the primary will have passed by then and the handful of Republicans who would like to vote for it will know if they have to protect their right flank against a more conservative opponent.

    Come to think of it, applying the same logic, passing pension reform during veto would protect Dems from a primary challenge as well. But then again, neither gay marriage or pension reform passed during the lame duck session…so I’m probably wrong.


  8. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 10:53 am:

    Just a heads-up that I will not be commenting on this thread today. Therefore, if “someone’s” handle accidentally defaults to Anonymous (as it sometimes does) or another Anonymous appears, it is not me.


  9. - just sayin' - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 10:54 am:

    There are about a dozen reasons why Pat Brady should resign as state chairman. He’s done a horrible job, doesn’t know how to lead or grow a party, and the election results speak for themselves. Funny watching some of the gullible Chicago press giving Brady cover now and all Brady had to do was come out with a phony distraction.

    But while the IL GOP is selling out its platform, why not also throw in the towell on tax increases? The Dems passed the big income tax increase and yet they won huge victories in November. Surely Pat Brady will want to copy that success next since it’s clear all he does is put his finger in the wind and changes course based on the last election. Well the voters spoke on the tax increase just as much as on gay marriage.

    When will Pat Brady give up his obsession with social issues like gay marriage and come out in support of higher taxes? Come on Pat, Republicans await your next sellout.


  10. - Responsa - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 10:55 am:

    This is what politics is about and how politics is supposed to work.


  11. - Responsa - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:03 am:

    =Unfortunately, the ultra-right wing of the party will always define Republicans when it comes to social issues such as this and will ensure that the Republicans are branded as intolerant on this issue.==

    And regardless of the facts, you will be right there “ensuring” that all Republicans are branded “intolerant”, won’t you? (Despite getting the outcome you desire on gay marriage with some R support and even many R votes.)


  12. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:05 am:

    ===And regardless of the facts, you will be right there “ensuring” that all Republicans are branded “intolerant”, won’t you? ===

    They probably will until the GOP’s center tells the fringe that they won’t be listened to any longer. That’s what the Democratic Party had to do after the McGovern disaster. It took them 20 years to get their far left flank in check.


  13. - ChicagoR - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:09 am:

    “Despite getting the outcome you desire on gay marriage with some R support and even many R votes”

    Many R votes? I’ll believe that when I see it. A few, perhaps, but I don’t think anyone is betting on “many”.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:11 am:

    ===But if the GOP gets too bogged down in too many social issues where they are on the “wrong” side of public opinion, its candidates won’t stand much of a chance.===

    Agreed.

    To further the problem, the H&SGOP seem to recruit these “cookie-cutter” candidates, on prpose!

    In some districts, these recruits are a nice fit to the demographics and ideology.

    In this last election, the H&SGOP recruits seemed to stick out so poorly, its like those Republican political aparti are choosing the “worst possible recruit” given the district they are choosing for our nominees.

    Thus, those Senior Politcal Advisors helped get BOTH chambers Veto-Proofed with their “tin ear” recruitment for diverse districts. Recruitment seems to be one of many ingredients missing by these Politcal aparati, among so many missing ingredients.

    Yet, no “public” changes at the Poltical Management level.

    Maybe, and I may be spitballing here, but recruitment, by senoir politcal directors, is clueless in the choosing of winnable candidates, while almost purposely ignoring the Reagan 80% rule for the “rigid Republican”, appeasing some, but losing just the same.

    The SSM issue should not be the “deal breaker”, and if some in the ILGOP … MUST … have purity, we go nowhere fast.

    If Brady is forced out at the points of pitchforks and the light of torches … exclusively… by this SSM issue, we will never seen tolerant. That press release stating the reason for the removal is the SSM issue, then that release might as well be an obituary to the ILGOP’s chances at getting the votes of Moderate Republicans, Conservatve Democrats, and Indies who hate the purity of ANY party.

    Great article, Rich.


  15. - frustrated GOP - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:12 am:

    Perhaps some of the leadership of the GOP should consider expanding the base and working to bring people into the primary to dilute the lunatic Right that continues to send forth people Like Joe Walsh. Maybe some of us who have left will come back. The party started to abolish slavery and move forward continues to be caught behind the.
    How else can you explain losing to one party when the State is such a mess under their control.

    Regarding the repeal of income tax, please, let’s understand some math. When at 5% our income tax is below all neighbors and we don’t have enough revenue to pay bills explain where the money is going to come from.
    I don’t like paying it either but someone show me where the money is going to come from.


  16. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:27 am:

    I don’t mind the 5% tax. What we really need is a graduated tax.

    And yeah, until I hear of a majority of Republicans coming out in favor of civil rights for everyone, I will consider the entire party to be intolerant.


  17. - Steve Williams - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:29 am:

    Perhaps the GOP should just be smarter about taking social issue “off the table.” For example, make all legal unions, civil unions (straight or gay) and allow religious ceremonies, called marriages, to serve as the vehicle to effect a legal union? That way, each religious denomination can decide if they want to perform gay marriage and it’s no longer an issue for the far right nor the far left to beat on the GOP.


  18. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:30 am:

    Sorry–one exception to my previous post:

    And what great “cerebral” Republican strategist(s) from the 10th managed to affect this simply because they wanted to “thank” one of their buddies from the 10th and totally failed resulting in Mr. Walsh’s election?

    IMO, this latest one, is just as transparent and brilliant. Just when I thought they couldn’t possibly….


  19. - Demoralized - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:44 am:

    @Responsa:

    Thank you for putting words in my mouth.

    Facts are facts. The ultra-conservative wing of the Republican Party speaks the loudest on social issues and, thus (rightly or wrongly), always seems to define the Republicans on social issues. The reason Republicans will be defined as intolerant is because of the nastiness that this wing of the party approaches the gay marriage issue.

    So, I’ll kindly ask you to stop putting words in my mouth and divining what I will do or won’t do. In other words, bite me.


  20. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:47 am:

    ===and it’s no longer an issue for the far right nor the far left to beat on the GOP.===

    Um, no it wouldn’t.

    What would you say to people who didn’t or don’t want to get married in a church? “You’re not really married?” Yeah, vote for that bill and all political problems will magically disappear. You be the one to tell my mom that she isn’t really married, she just had a civil union 52 years ago.


  21. - Responsa - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 11:49 am:

    I may not have expressed well the point I had hoped to make, judging from a couple of replies to my comment @11:03. Please look at it on an individual level. Please look at it on results achieved.

    If those R’s (pols and regular voters) nationally and in-state who increasingly support (or accept) gay marriage are constantly battling BOTH the far social right, as well as strictly partisan Dems who mischaracterize and delight in demonizing and painting all Republicans as neanderthals or “intolerant” regardless of their true stance on almost anything– really where does it get us? Does that hostility enable or improve the chances for reasonable compromise or coalition building on all the other important issues of the day? Neither the left or the right have 20 years to purge the crazies and loudmouths on their far flanks. Not sure it’s even possible in this day and age of the internet. But we can work around them and that’s what I think politics is supposed to be about. I also think we need a functioning two party system, flawed and damaged as it may currently be.


  22. - Steve Williams - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 1:05 pm:

    “What would you say to people who didn’t or don’t want to get married in a church? “You’re not really married?” Yeah, vote for that bill and all political problems will magically disappear. You be the one to tell my mom that she isn’t really married, she just had a civil union 52 years ago. ”

    I would say, that is their choice going forward…get “married” in a religious institution that supports your moral position or not, there’s no difference under the law. Clearly, not getting “married” in a church didn’t minimize your mother’s commitment to the relationship and it didn’t diminish your mother’s legal rights in the eyes of the law either. Just as I don’t feel that I have any less standing under the law because my wife and I were “married” by a JOP. Everyone would be treated the same under the law with their “Domestic Relationship Contract” and the religious right could keep their “marriage” nomenclature.


  23. - Not It - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 1:26 pm:

    Here is a novel idea: If the party’s leadership recognizes that their official position isn’t popular with voters, then maybe they should change their official position. Good for Brady.


  24. - the Patriot - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 1:56 pm:

    The party chair cannot take positions away from the party. If the party is wrong, it is up to him to lead them in the right direction.

    I dispute the proposition that Brady walked the plank. How do you walk the plank on a boat that has already sunk. Brady did not have the guts to lead or quit so he simply walked into the line of fire.


  25. - Chad - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 2:45 pm:

    The Boy Scouts just announced that they will consider dropping their national ban on gays at their national meeting next week. Come on, the GOP better get with it and drop this anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-whatever approach to “building” a majority vote.


  26. - soccermom - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 3:26 pm:

    Steve — We missed that boat about 150 years ago, back when Napoleon made religious marriage subordinate to civil marriage. Now, of course, most European countries require a stop at City Hall on the way to or from the chapel.

    At this point, we have been calling both the civil and religious ceremonies “marriage,” and to change to another model would raise serious hackles. As Rich points out, you don’t get anywhere politically by telling a nice respectable lady that she’s not really married, especially if her kids are big enough to beat you up.


  27. - Deep South - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 3:52 pm:

    I’ve always maintained that the GOP needs to jettison it’s “base”…those extremists on social issues who are really bogging down the party. Then, perhaps, the GOP could move forward and start a new discussion on fiscal matters and other issues that might well attract the fence sitters, the independents and those Democrats looking for a new way to go. Don’t expand the base….get rid of it….and expand rational and responsible discussion. The “base” may well form it’s own, third party, but while they would be loud, I don’t think they’d be viable.


  28. - wishbone - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 4:58 pm:

    “…the quicker the party can move along to other, less divisive issues such as taxes.”

    Laughing through my teeth.


  29. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 5:00 pm:

    Steve, do you expect people who stand up in front of a JOP to say they’re not married, but merely civilly unioned?


  30. - Conservative Veteran - Tuesday, Jan 29, 13 @ 6:34 am:

    I don’t care whether same-sex marriage is legal, but, if it’s legal, the ceremonies should be performed by judges. No Christian church should consider performing those ceremonies.

    I’ve wanted Chairman Brady to quit, for about three years. I know someone who ran for state rep., and he thought that Chairman Brady would be neutral before the primary. Brady endorsed a candidate, before the primary.


  31. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 29, 13 @ 11:09 am:

    =…who mischaracterize and delight in demonizing…really where does it get us? Does that hostility enable or improve the chances for reasonable compromise…? Neither the left or the right have 20 years to ***purge the crazies and loudmouths**** on their far flanks. Not sure it’s even possible in this day and age of the internet. But we can work ***around them*** and that’s what I think politics is supposed to be about.=

    Responsa, did you really use the term “purge the crazies,” believing that would somehow help lead to reasonable compromise?

    (Thank heavens for the internet.)


  32. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 29, 13 @ 11:16 am:

    And “purge…the loudmouths,” too?

    Not overreaching or overbearing at all. I believe that if you were to say that in some circles, it would be considered cause for alarm.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Patronage buster back at it; Rauner robos get cold reception
* Not yet
* Question of the Day
* REAL Peoria mayor defends Twitter raid
* Noland lone "No" vote on Madigan for DPI chair
* 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

          
        * Samsung shows why the GS5′s display looks as good as it does
        * iOS 7.1 code reveals that Siri will reach the new Apple TV?
        * Duet Takes On Tile With A Small, Square Lost Item Finder That Also Lets Your Replace The Battery
        * Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 to hit T-Mobile shelves this summer
        * Samsung shares Galaxy Tab 4 US release pricing, dates
        * OnePlus One finally unveiled, launching soon
        * HBO content heading to Amazon Prime Instant Video

        * Netflix Taps Arrested Development Creator For More Shows
        * Heartbleed Left OpenSSL ‘Beyond Repair’ According to LibreSSL Creator
        * Sprint Will Unlock All U.S. Phones Made After February 2015
        * Study: Samsung’s Apps Are Rarely Used by Anyone
        * China Thinks Windows 8 Is ‘Expensive’
        * Three Galaxy Tab 4 tablets coming to the US on May 1st
        * Siri Might Find Its Way Into The New Apple TV

        * White Sox injury updates: Chris Sale, Conor Gillaspie, Adam Eaton a...
        * Rienzo tasked with slowing Detroit's powerful lineup
        * Leesman endures short outing in first start
        * Tigers 8, White Sox 6: Turning a mismatch into a game
        * Leesman endures short outing in first start
        * Ventura not basing decisions solely on pitch count
        * Gillaspie sits out with sore left hand


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

        Archives
        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


        * Meet Mitt Rauner..
        * Baffoe: The Truth Of The Wrigley Field Birthday.....
        * Bruce Rauner details some views on immigration..
        * Gacy case helps solve unrelated death..
        * Hammel, Olt lead Cubs past D'backs..
        * Man convicted in 1957 death appeals..
        * Are Democrats the problem in Illinois?..
        * Correction: Illinois Medicaid-Overpayments story..
        * Hastert among GOP supporters of immigration reform..


        * Peoria mayor defends response to Twitter account
        * Hundreds of cases of pig virus reported in Ill.
        * East Peoria infant's death ruled a homicide
        * Hearing for Air Force staffer in pipe bomb case
        * Police: 1 person dies after van slams into CTA bus
        * Scorekeeper at Wrigley practices dying art
        * APNewsBreak: Gacy case helps solve unrelated death
        * Teen sentenced to probation for Prophetstown fire
        * Happy 100th, Wrigley Field! A few memories
        * Lawsuit seeks investigation of hiring under Quinn

        * Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges
        * Madigan re-elected to lead state Democratic party
        * Hastert, other state Republicans supporting immigration reform
        * Lawsuit seeks investigation of hiring under Quinn
        * GOP lawmaker objects to 9-0 vote for Obama library
        * DNR mining-oversight official fired
        * Democrats: Illinois schools could face major cuts
        * State prisons to use costly drug for hepatitis C
        * Illinois Medicaid paying for dead clients
        * Quinn grants 43 clemency requests

        * Boeing makes planes faster, beats estimates
        * Ebony taps Jet editor to take top slot
        * First Midwest to buy Banco Popular's Chicago business
        * FCB, Starcom nab Choose Chicago ad business
        * Why a racetrack honcho put his office in the basement


        * Ari Emanuel’s stake in ride-share firm raises uber questions
        * DNA solves murder of Northwest Side man missing since 1978
        * DNA solves murder of man missing since 1978, mistakenly feared to be Gacy victim
        * Ex-head of suburban religious organization denies sex harassment
        * FBI informant on tape hugging man before shooting him: prosecutors
        * Robo-calls on pension reform bill raise Rauner-Rahm rift
        * Robo-calls raise Rauner-Rahm rift
        * Ari Emanuel’s stake in ride-share firm raises uber questions: Mihalopoulos
        * Vehicle hits Roseland bus stop after police chase, injures 5
        * Vehicle hits Roseland bus stop, 5 injured


        * Watchdog questions free parking for city workers
        * Torrez discusses Zion slayings in jailhouse recordings
        * Gacy case helps clear up mystery from 1978
        * Watchdog questions free parking for city workers
        * Man shot to death in Grand Crossing neighborhood
        * Northwestern football players to vote on union Friday
        * Pawnshop that sold gun in cop killing agrees to report more on sales
        * IHSA lifts suspension of girls basketball coach
        * Emanuel's office rips Rauner robocalls on pension bill
        * Emanuel's office rips Rauner robocalls on pension bill


        * Initial Obama Library Vote A "Misunderstanding"
        * Legislator Protests Madigan As Party Chair, Won't Say Why
        * Tax Returns Revealing ... But Not Revealing Enough
        * Quinn Releases Tax Returns; Rauner's Waiting
        * Illinois Senate Joins Push For U.S. Constitutional Convention
        * Quinn Signs Law Intended To Lower Cost Of Auto Leasing
        * Mayors' group pushes for Illinois pension reform
        * Two don't-miss events this Wednesday
        * Illinois Medicaid Paying For The Dead
        * Wait Continues For Schools' Fate Under Proposed New Formula


        * Our Opinion: Top Teen making Springfield a better place
        * Our Opinion: Computer lab a boost for the homeless
        * Lawsuit seeks investigation of hiring under Quinn
        * Madigan re-elected to lead state Democratic party
        * Madigan: 'Misunderstanding' on Obama library vote
        * Hastert, other state Republicans supporting immigration reform
        * Audit: Treasurer's office has 30 guns not given to police
        * State audit: Police training money misspent
        * Amazon takes hit in states with online tax, study says
        * Bankruptcy court trial sought over $3.8 million paid to Parsons


        * Charges allege couple gave teen drugs, alcohol and sexually assaulted her in motel
        * Disturbance call leads to two arrests in Murphysboro
        * Herrin asking residents to conserve water
        * Shiloh airman accused of making bombs to appear in federal court
        * Belleville recognized as runner friendly community
        * Drive-by shoots man through Washington Park gas station window
        * Drive-by assailant shoots man through Washington Park gas station window
        * Drive-by kills teen at Washington Park gas station
        * Big Ten recruits, games to watch
        * Car dealer says`Buy American' proposal off mark


        * The 10th District money race
        * Aurora Democrat calls out IHSA
        * Lawyers: Ill. hazing law vague, unconstitutional
        * Ill. House OKs lower-cost hunting bill for seniors
        * Quinn’s running mate takes new consulting job

        * Rep. Lipinski Helps Secure Funds for Safet...
        * Rep. Lipinski Reviews Operations at Hanson...
        * Lipinski announces 2014 Congressional Art ...
        * Lipinski seeks artistic submissions - The ...
        * Lemont VFW honors Vietnam veterans - Subur...
        * Lipinski Votes to Protect the Paychecks of...
        * Meet the 8 House Dems who don't co-sponsor...
        * Jeff Vorva's Editor's Notebook: In this ca...
        * Rep. Lipinski to Honor Vietnam Veterans at...
        * Rep. Lipinski Honors Vietnam Vets on House...

        * Loading Koch Industries Website Too Many T......
        * Maryland and DC among worst for food aller......
        * Cleveland State University to reestablish ......
        * Convicted political boss Al Sanchez runnin......
        * Candidates make last filings for local, st......

        * Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon opposes pension le......
        * Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction...
        * Sen. Mark Kirk sides with Rauner on pensio......
        * Governor's race infighting threatens pensi......
        * SCHOONERS - Home of Everyone's Favorite Be......

        * Get Some Free Parking Ticket Advice, Free Money For Your Tickets
        * Joel Quenneville's Horse Just May Make It To The Kentucky Derby After All
        * Local Book Notes: Branding The Pope
        * Will County GOP provides insight into how party decides officials and policies
        * Madigan re-elected chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party
        * 8th CD GOP candidate Larry Kaifesh rallies Tea Partiers
        * Weyermuller: Senator Rand Paul urges school choice in Chicago
        * The Chicago Dictionary: Volume Three
        * State Rep. Sullivan says Democrats intend to use Obama Library as wedge issue
        * The [Friday] Papers


        * Governor Quinn Proclaims “Wrigley Field Day” - Home of the Chicago Cubs Turns 100 Years Old Today
        * Governor Quinn Promotes Welcome Home Illinois Program at Annual Affordable Housing Conference - Addresses Industry Leaders on State’s Improving Housing Market and New Program for First-Time Homebuyers
        * IEMA Encourages Participation in ‘America’s PrepareAthon!’ on April 30 - First National Day of Action Expected to Draw Millions of Participants
        * Redeploy Illinois Program Diverts Thousands of Youth From Prison System, Saves State $60 Million - New analysis of prison diversion initiative shows 54 percent reduction in juvenile incarceration
        * Illinois EPA Recognized for 40 Year of Graduate Public Service Internship Partnership with University of Illinois at Springfield - Agency Internship Programs Help Students Gain Real-World Knowledge of Environmental Protection and Regulations




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