Tuesday, Aug 29, 2006
Â· “The Fix” moves Illinois into play.
15. Illinois: Even Democrats acknowlege that Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) is vulnerable this fall. A cloud of ethical problems hovers over his administration and could counter the prevailing Democratic winds nationally. State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R) is far from a world-beater but the race is likely to be focused almost entirely on the incumbent. Topinka has struggled to stay within financial range of Blagojevich — a trend that if it continues will make it tough for her to push her change message. (Previous ranking: N/A)
Â· Study: Ill. tollways lease could mean toll increases for drivers
Â· ‘Sweetheart‘ deal given to gov donor slammed
Â· Editorial: The Cook County jobs machine
Â· Shakman goes after county hiring
Â· Alleged ghost worker gets pension
Â· “Chicago politicians rarely get the chance to lecture others about honest government, and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama took advantage of the opportunity Monday when he urged Kenyans to fight against public corruption.”
Â· Hanania: Reversing Vote Is Not Answer To Big Box Crisis
Â· “Patti Blagojevich laughed and said the DuQuoin State Fair is a place where kids can be kids. ‘This fair is cozier and more comfortable for parents with children,” Blagojevich said. “But still it has everything you can find in Springfield.’”
Â· State’s crime rate drops
Â· Jeff Trigg moves to the National Taxpayers United of Illinois.
Â· Chapman: The wrong road to fuels of the future
Â· Gov’s administration settles union dispute for $1 mil.
Â· “Democratic U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean and Republican challenger David McSweeney clashed on stem cell research and tax cuts but fundamentally agreed on the Iraq war and immigration reform at a Monday debate in Waukegan.”