Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » House passes “no free rides for all” bill - And MJM talks to the press
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
House passes “no free rides for all” bill - And MJM talks to the press

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010

* The House has overhwelmingly passed a bill to get rid of free rides for all seniors, regardless of income. 83 members voted “Yes.” If the bill becomes law (not guaranteed yet), seniors enrolled in the Circuit Breaker program would still be able to ride free.

* Also today, House Speaker Michael Madigan talked to reporters about his constitutional amendment, whether he advised the governor to introduce a budget without a tax hike, the Republican opposition, the people who’ve contacted him about the lt. governor opening and whether Rep. Art Turner has a better chance now that Duckworth has dropped out.

Have a look

The Madigan availability continues. MJM talks about whether a Downstater would help the ticket, the budget and the Republicans, Bill Brady, whether a tax hike is more likely after the November election, his differences with Gov. Quinn over abolishing the lt. governor’s office, the weak support for the Senate’s tax plan in the House, how the state Democratic Central Committee will pick the Cohen replacement (one day for hearings and one day for votes).

Watch it

* Other legislative stuff…

* Southwest Side lawmaker to monitor Iraq elections : Rep. Susana Mendoza, 37, is part of a mission in conjunction with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the U.S. Department of State to travel to Baghdad.

* Voluntary compliance with insurance reforms urged

* Consumers warm up to Illinois’ appliance-rebate program

* Illinois seeks to block new Michigan move in Asian carp battle

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Will County Woman - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:06 pm:

    HB4654 should have happened last year, not sure why Quinn and others (e.g., black GA members such as Ricky Hendon) killed it. Oh yeah, now I remeber, they did so for political posturing reasons. whatever.

  2. - RobRoy - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:21 pm:

    So what’s up with MM? Can’t recall so many smiles and kidding around in pressers. Prozac?

  3. - Will County Woman - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:23 pm:

    Hopefully the IL GOP house members will think strategically/smartly (and later on the IL GOP Senate members) and sign on to the bill to eliminate the lt. guv office. On this issue don’t be the party of “no,” spin this as working in a bi-partisan fashion to help eliminate wasteful spending in state government, assuming that they remain united against quinn’s tax increase (which they should). But, if for no other reason the IL GOP members in the house and senate need to support madigan on this they need only think of Jason Plummer, and the problem he causes their side with repsect to the governor’s race.

  4. - The Doc - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:24 pm:

    Assuming it makes it to Quinn’s desk, what could’ve been a feather in his cap and fodder for his “share the pain” good government mantra instead becomes another fire that requires extinguishing.

    If he signs it, he’ll need to explain why he flip-flopped after having vocally opposed the identical principle just a few short months ago. He’ll also irk the likes of Hendon et al.

    If he refuses to sign it, he gets tarred as slovenly pandering to seniors and ignoring the will of the House majority, risks a veto override, and appears (yet again) as weak and ineffectual, devoid of budget solutions other than an income tax increase.

    Signing the bill seems much more logical, on balance, when viewed through the prism of campaigning to win a full term (never mind the policy, which is also sound).

  5. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:26 pm:

    RobRoy, he’s almost always like that, particularly early in the session.

  6. - Fed up - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:28 pm:

    Quinn has flip flopped on just about everything since he fell into the job. He is a nice rabel rouser but couldnt manage a Dairy Queen much less a state.

  7. - RobRoy - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:29 pm:

    Ah yes….early in the session being the key.

  8. - 3rd Party - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:33 pm:

    reading between the lines.. sounds like Turner is the Lt. Gov pick, no?

  9. - George - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:44 pm:

    “reading between the lines.. sounds like Turner is the Lt. Gov pick, no?”


  10. - George - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:45 pm:

    I find it funny that they think they are saving money by limiting free rides for seniors to…

    the seniors who actually use public transportation.

  11. - This Little Piggie - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:45 pm:

    …no free rides for seniors..

    Wait, so we are going to start taxing pensions?


  12. - Bill - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 1:59 pm:

    So if there are 42 pro increase Dem votes then Maddie only needs 18 Repubs to vote for it. C’mon Repubs, bet off the sideline.

  13. - Fed up - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 2:12 pm:

    no chance of 18 Gop votes.

  14. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 2:39 pm:

    Madigan is always a great interview.

    Q: “What do you say to the social service agencies who are seeing their budgets cut, who are laying off employees?”

    M: “Talk to the non-participating drop-outs…if you can findthem.”


    My guess is you only need to find 8 or at most 9 Republican yes votes. For every vote that the GOP adds, a Democrat like Lyons or Fritchey will come back to the reservation.

    The trickier question is whether Cullerton and Madigan will insist that Radogno and Cross be among the Yes votes.

    Politically, I think the only way for both parties to assure that this issue isn’t used against them in the Fall is for all four leaders to be Yes votes.

    Moreover, I think its tough for Cross to maintain any credibility among his colleagues if he goes to them and says “I need eight volunteers”, but he’s not willing to be among them. Its a pretty good rule in politics that you don’t ask someone to do something that you aren’t willing to do yourself.

  15. - Will County Woman - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 2:46 pm:


    I disgree with you. As it stands, and as discussed in the latter part of last year, there are too many seniors who don’t need the free ride who are taking the free ride because it is, well, um, free. Pat Quinn’s mother who is in her early 90s “loaned” her son’s primary campaign $100,000 days before the feb 2nd race. If she could do that then she probably doesn’t need to be riding RTA systems for free.
    But, there are a lot of elderly people who would qualify for free rides under a means test approach who have not, are not and will not take advantage of free rides. Too many are sickly or prefer to use personal transportation or have family to provide for their transportation needs instead.

  16. - Taxpayer - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 2:49 pm:

    All seniors should be treated the same, be it free ride or no free ride, or half price ride. Free rides continuing by a “means test” just turns it into a welfare program. Seniors unable to qualify will pay taxes to fund the ones who do. I don’t mind paying a little higher fare for seniors to ride free as long as ALL seniors ride free.

  17. - George - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 2:53 pm:

    Will County woman - you have no numbers to back up your argument that there is a significant number of seniors who make too much to qualify for Circuit Breaker but are riding transit for free.

    But if you look at median incomes and populations in the counties where transit is prevalent, it is fairly obvious that the vast majority of senior transit riders are low-income.

    This is all symbolic. Once you add in the new administrative costs of administering a means test, it will probably break even.

    “As discussed in the latter part of last year,” there was a lot of spin and B.S., but no numbers proving that there were these large quantities of well-off seniors causing the bankruptcy of the system.

    To dismiss this as an already settled argument is arrogant.

  18. - Fed up - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 2:59 pm:

    free rides just another handout that we can’t afford. The same Pols that wont kill this boondogle will complain about the CTA, RTA coming to Springfield begging for more money

  19. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 3:20 pm:

    –So what’s up with MM? Can’t recall so many smiles and kidding around in pressers. Prozac?–

    “I actually know how this is going to play out, and you don’t.”

  20. - reformer - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 3:27 pm:

    Almost all Republicans voted to means test the senior rides. I wonder how many would apply the same principle of limiting benefits to the needy to, say, the income tax exemption for pensions & Social Security? I’ll bet there would be a lot less enthusiasm to limit the tax exemption to those on circuit breaker..

  21. - james - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 3:27 pm:

    I’m glad the legislature acted. I agree this program is one of many good liberal notions that nonetheless are not essential and need to be cut in today’s environment. Its creation was, in my opinion, an abuse of Blago’s executive authority.
    However, once created, there is a political price to pay for anyone who rescinds such an entitlement. I can understand why PQ was unwilling to pay that price last year while campaigning for the nomination. By passing this bill, the legislature does the right thing while providing PQ with some political cover for a decision that will be unpopular with many senior voters.

  22. - Will County Woman - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 3:31 pm:

    “By passing this bill, the legislature does the right thing while providing PQ with some political cover for a decision that will be unpopular with many senior voters.”

    Actually James, I think it doesn’t really provide him cover, but instead further highlights his weaknesses on two key front: leadership and comptence.

  23. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 3:47 pm:

    WCW, please help us understand your posts here on Capitol Fax: did the Governor run over your cat or something?

    In addition to the sun rising in the east, we can count on a few things here:

    The morning shorts will be comprehensive;
    The QOTD will be interesting (usually);
    Shore will hijack any post with a pro-Kirk love letter;
    and Will County Woman will find something bad to say about Pat Quinn, regardless of topic.

    Did I miss anything?

  24. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 3:50 pm:

    47th ward.

    So, let me get this right. You are bashing a person for being consistent. Is that why you like PQ so much?

  25. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 3:54 pm:

    I find her to be consistently annoying, Dan.

    If you paid more attention to what I’ve posted here, you’d know I give Quinn his share of grief when he deserves it, and more importantly, when it is relevant in the context of the post to which I am leaving a comment.

  26. - George - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 3:55 pm:

    That makes as much sense as the Chinese characters in Roland Burris’ feed in the right-hand column.

  27. - Will County Woman - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 3:57 pm:

    Just to be clear 47th, the Quinn Camp put it out last month that Quinn’s mom loaned his campaign money. I think their spin was that she did so because Hynes was negative (If memory serves I think it was around the time of the Harold Wahington ad).

    But to your point, is it so wrong of me to want a good governor and good government for myself and my fellow Illinoians? After all we have been through are we not entitled to good government for once? I just want the best governor that I can get, and I have stated as much before.

  28. - Janet - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 3:57 pm:

    Terrible. We no longer have respect or graciousness for the elders in this nation. I have and continue to become disgusted with the political system here in Illinois, especially in Chicago..

  29. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:17 pm:

    === it is fairly obvious that the vast majority of senior transit riders are low-income. ===

    Um, where do you get that from?

    Less than 9% of Illinois seniors are below the poverty level, and in Chicago its 17%.

    In fact, people 65+ have the lowest poverty rate of any age group.

    The highest poverty rate, BTW, is for children under 18…around 17% statewide and 30% in Chicago.

    Socially speaking, Free Rides for Kids makes much more sense. But Free Rides was always a political maneuver, and kids don’t vote.

  30. - Peggy SO-IL - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:17 pm:

    So, is it “no free ride for ALL” or not? Sounds like a typically falsely-named piece of legislation.

    47th Ward at 3:47 pm: How could you forget me, raising the “south of I-80 card” and going right-wing rabid or something like that?

    Do rank and file Dems have a problem with the leadership selecting their own Lt Gov candidate after they voted in an election? Is it not a thumb in the eye to voters for the leadership to select a candidate without regard to the election results?

  31. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:19 pm:

    P.S. It pains me to agree with Will County Woman on even such a minor point.

  32. - George - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:24 pm:

    YDD - Circuit Breaker doesn’t cut off at the poverty line. It is much higher than that.

  33. - George - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:25 pm:

    So, essentially, your post makes no point whatsoever.

  34. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:28 pm:

    47th ward,

    Don’t let WCW get you down. Annoying is actually minor compared to the horrific problems the state has. Now, if a person becomes a pest, that’s a different thing altogether.

  35. - sal - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:35 pm:

    WCW is a pest

  36. - Will County Woman - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:45 pm:

    How is it “much” higher than that, George? Where is it?

  37. - Will County Woman - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:49 pm:

    sorry to double-post here, but george i’m thinking of food stamps as an example. the federal government is keen to report that most people who are eligible for food stamps are not applying/using them because they don’t know they are eligible or don’t want to use them or whatever.

    you seem to suggest that limiting the free rides program to those who need it somehow won’t cut cost from where it is now as a liberal all inclusive program.

  38. - George - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:51 pm:

    Use the google.

    For Illinois Cares Rx, Circuit Breaker property tax grant/ license plate discount and People with Disabilities Ride Free transit card, your total income in 2009 must be less than:

    $27,610 for a household of one;
    $36,635 for a household of two; or
    $45,657 for a household of three.

    The Poverty Level for an individual is $10,830.

    I would say Circuit Breaker limits are much higher.

  39. - George - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 4:54 pm:

    My ultimate point being that this is just as much of a PR stunt as Blago creating the free rides program in the first place.

    Yes, it will prohibit some people from using it who make more than the Circuit Breaker eligibility. But I contest that number is just a tiny fraction.

    A tiny fraction that the savings will be near-nullified by putting new administrative and bureaucratic burdens on the system.

  40. - really? ? - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 5:23 pm:

    I have 90 year old mother that fits the circuit breaker guidelines. The last thing she would do is take public transport for free. For several reasons-one her perception of safety, two, her independence (she still drives), and three her pride. Though she could save much going to the local big supermart for groceries, she willing goes to a smaller more expensive store for groceries. This is anecodatal data for sure, but I believe (no facts) that the senior ride for free program was all form and no substance. And how would data be collected for each rider? Would the bus driver ask each what their income is? This would prompt most to walk.

  41. - Will County Woman - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 5:27 pm:

    “new administrative and bureaucratic burdens on the system.”

    that’s a little different than what you wrote initially. I don’t entirely disagree with you about the added bureacracy. But, I wonder if there necessarily have to be added administrative and bureaucratic burdens. free rides for senior already has some administrative and bureaucratic systems in place as seniors have to get a special fare card after applying for the free ride program. as far as I am aware the RTA has been administering the free ride program and processing all of the paperwork etc.

  42. - cassandra - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 5:32 pm:

    So the seniors are already at Pat Quin’s sacrifice table (the one that unionized state employees already left and that the corporates will be leaving as soon as they get around to calling their legislators), and they’ll be taking the first hit? Time to start taking notes.

    Who will stay? Who will Pat and the Dems let go?

  43. - George - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 5:33 pm:

    that’s a little different than what you wrote initially

    If it is, it was unintentional or a misread.

    The NEW administrative burdens would be that seniors would have to show proof of income each year, thus the RTA would have to issue annual cards and certify income through the State’s Department on Aging who verifies income data for seniors enrolling in circuit breaker.

    Currently, a senior just has to show proof of age to get a card (like a driver’s license). You only need to get that once (you don’t get younger), and that is a much easier process.

    For the seniors themselves, they will now have to wait until february of each year until the Circuit Breaker application comes out, then apply with all their income verification to the state. Then they have to wait for the state to submit that info to their transit agency. Then they have to go get their new annual fare card. They have to do this each year.

    And it might take them until May to get the fare card they need for their “free ride” benefit for that calendar year that began January 1.

    Like I said. Too much bureaucracy. Not gonna save any money, and it will cause a bunch of seniors to be angry at the state and the RTA.

  44. - Skirmisher - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 6:00 pm:

    Heck with the seniors! I am one, and it is an outrage that our pensions are not taxed while earnings are, and every time you turn around some self-serving politician is falling all over himself to give us more freebies and buy our votes. I would only support an income tax for working people if it also includes taxation for persons like me who do not pay their 3% and could well afford it. If the legislature doesn’t make this change quickly, however, the retiring “Boomers” will make it almost a political impossibility.

  45. - Dnstateanon - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 7:09 pm:

    Yeah those republicans just don’t understand their loser responsibility. There suppose to stand aside while the democrats spend all the revenue the state has on their constituents. Then expect republicans to help vote for the tax increase to help cover up the democrats mess, yeah right.
    “Those do nothing republicans” should support a bill that would kill the LT. Governor position so Mike Madigan’s daughter can automatically become governor if the governor has to quit?

  46. - Jeff - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 8:02 pm:

    Is it normal for Madigan to meet with the press as much as he has been doing so lately?

  47. - Will County Woman - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 8:42 pm:

    George i opposed Quinn’s creation of two new administrative/bureaucratic high-salaried dept. of corrections positions in the wake of HIS MGT Push fiasco. One of those high-salaried positions was GIVEN to a retired Chicago police officer. yet Quinn decried the notion of public pension double-dipping as he debated hynes, citing hynes’ father.

  48. - Jim - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 9:30 pm:

    Seniors and students already get a 50% discount, and cllege students whose schools participate in the UPASS program receive even larger discounts.

  49. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 9:45 pm:

    ===and cllege students whose schools participate in the UPASS program receive even larger discounts===

    No discounts for college students on Metra though. It’s too bad we don’t have one regional entity in charge of all transit in Chicagoland. If we did, there might be a common fare structure for CTA, Pace and Metra and all the systems would honor each other’s fare programs.

    There really ought to be a regional transit authority in the Chicago area…

  50. - Paul S. - Wednesday, Feb 24, 10 @ 10:42 pm:

    Is the State paying for this trip to observe the elections? And didn’t Linda Chapa Lavia recently take a trip to Turkey? Was that paid for by the state as well? Just wondering if we are broke and if we are paying for these trips overseas. Anyone know?

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Because... Rauner and Trump!
* A few pension ideas to chew on
* Redacting data, not requiring change
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Campaign news and other stuff
* Because... Madigan!
* The new gilded age
* Sabato moves Illinois governor's race to "Likely Democratic"
* More government, education jobs drive up payroll numbers
* Question of the day
* Rauner to receive lifetime achievement award from National Black Chamber of Commerce, gets shout-out in new Chance single
* AFSCME claims for every worker who dropped membership, 10 have become full members
* Rauner launches another anti-Madigan TV ad
* Despite Rauner praise, Illinois hasn't sent any data to Crosscheck since last year
* There are upsides to having your own billionaire
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






* Gov. Rauner's DC allergy successfully treat.....
* Gov. Rauner receives Fletcher Award..
* Why Your Pension Is Doomed..
* Moody's gives Illinois finances a 'stab.....
* Illinois gets some breathing room from Moody's..
* Moody's has some good news on Illinois credit..
* Village recommends tax incentive for Elk Grove .....
* Gun rights advocate see Pritzker as a committed.....
* As rents soar, Democrats push new policies on a.....
* Because… Rauner and Trump!..

* Judge in court as a defendant in misdemeanor gun case
* Report: Lake oil spill in Michigan would cost nearly $2B
* Police: Parents claimed girl possessed, kept her in basement
* 2 Illinois IHOP franchises settle harassment suit for $975K
* IHOP franchises to $975,000 settlement for harassment
* Illinois nursing home fined $50K in resident’s death
* Waukegan to use loan in $8.6M payment in wrongful conviction
* Lincoln nursing home fined $50K in resident’s death
* Peoria officer fatally shoots 19-year-old after traffic stop
* After hearing the verdict, this defendant stabbed himself in court, Illinois sheriff says

* Marginal amounts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Moody's gives Illinois finances a 'stable' outlook
* Illinois Army National Guard soldiers return home
* Marginal amouts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Under the Dome Podcast: Gun bills, Quincy, Trump-Putin reaction
* Incumbents hold big fundraising leads in central Illinois legislative races
* Springfield man wins Illinois State Police logo contest
* Rauner 'deeply troubled' by Trump's Helsinki comments
* Rauner signs bill to ease physician assistant hiring
* Bill taking Illinois out of voter registration system vetoed

* Northwestern cuts back amid budget shortfalls
* FTD shakes up leadership as it mulls sale
* China sinks money into U.S. hyperloop startups
* FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs
* Hospitals are flirting with Medicare for All

* State bond rating worst in nation — but at least maybe we bottomed out
* Gov. Rauner’s DC allergy successfully treated: Here for award, Trump tariff talk
* Nevada’s path forward unclear after twice-delayed execution
* The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ adapted for picture book
* Judge unhappy with pace of DCFS investigation 11 days after boy, 3, dies in fire
* A patient died after he performed surgery. Now Brazil’s ‘Dr. Bumbum’ is in jail
* Akiem Hicks, Kyle Fuller, Bears’ D looking to Trubisky & Co. for helping hand
* Faced with real thug, blowhard Trump crumbled
* Healed from knee woes, Bears WR Allen Robinson ‘ready for this time right here’
* Man, 23, fatally shot in Chicago Heights

* Dolphins could suspend players who protest during national anthem up to four games
* Mom of aspiring restaurateur after man convicted in son's 2012 murder: 'Every day of my life. I’m completely changed'
* Roquan Smith absent as Bears report to training camp: 'We’re optimistic he’s here soon'
* Officials don't think massive fire at Prospect Heights residential complex was intentionally set
* Chris Chelios leaving Red Wings, moving back to Chicago
* Aldermen to consider $3 million settlement for families of two people killed by man fleeing police
* Outcry in Zion over video of dead dog in trash and reports that police shoot dogs as form of euthanasia
* White House invites Putin to Washington for fall meeting
* Beware the wild parsnip: Flowering plant found throughout Illinois can cause 2nd-degree burns
* Bears betting a more grueling training camp will pay off during the season

» Berwyn Homeowners Squeezed By School District Miscalculation
» How Conservatism Won In Wisconsin; Illinois Election Security; Special Olympics 50th Anniversary
» Illinois Prison Officials Accused of Abusing Transgender Inmate
» Money Machines: Billionaires Rain Cash — With Strings Attached?
» July 18, 2018 - Full Show
» Fast Food ‘No Poaching’ Clauses; Trade Wars & Farmers; Small Town ‘Brain Gain’
» 'Carnaval’ Festival To Highlight Latinx Stories In Theater
» The Cook County Sheriff Is Launching A Podcast On Opioid Addiction
» July 17, 2018 - Full Show
» Rauner Vetos 'Crosscheck' Ban — Illinois' Participation Already On Hold

* Marginal amounts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Moody's gives Illinois finances a 'stable' outlook
* Illinois Army National Guard soldiers return home
* Marginal amouts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Under the Dome Podcast: Gun bills, Quincy, Trump-Putin reaction
* Bernard Schoenburg: Bourne, Clark clash over missed votes
* Our View: Access to Narcan key to combating addiction
* Our View: Dorsey right choice to lead SIU
* Incumbents hold big fundraising leads in central Illinois legislative races
* Springfield man wins Illinois State Police logo contest

* Chad Dyson tapped as new Davenport Parks and Rec Director
* Swimmer drowns in Cleveland quarry
* Odenkirk brothers may fill famous shoes
* Tardy passenger shares complaint with airport director, board
* Davenport biz launches way to walk in Nelson Mandela's footsteps — in virtual realty
* Bettendorf native Jake Wood wins ESPY award
* Five at 5: Army National Guard unit returns home and 4 other stories to see
* Doctors say Belleville food pantry director’s eyeball is ‘basically burst’ after attack
* Boy riding in tractor-trailer is killed in Southern Illinois crash
* Spotted: AWOL pig makes brief appearance near Delavan

* APNewsBreak: Dolphins anthem punishment includes suspensions
* How to best help Prospect Heights fire victims right now
* Bulls promote Blakeney to NBA roster
* Village recommends tax incentive for Elk Grove Technology Park
* State legislator plans to work in private sector after leaving office

* Desperate for a Midterm Election Strategy,...
* House Democrats bet on 'For the People...
* Two Illinois lawmakers named to Farm Bill ...
* 'For the People' Unveiled as House...
* House Democrats Pivot Away From 'Bette...
* MESSAGE MIX-UP: Democrats DITCH 2018 Campa...
* Democrats roll out their newest midterms s...
* House Dems unveil new midterm campaign slogan
* Expanded Job Training for Vets, GI Bill Ch...
* FIBRA Prologis Announces Second Quarter 20...

* Gov. Rauner's DC allergy successfully ......
* No, The Failed Ninth Circuit Court Nominat......
* The Senate Feels Need to Oppose Turning Ov......
* Anti-money laundering reform needs more Re......
* The Senate delivered a rare, unified rebuk......

* Sen. Tammy Duckworth on breast-feed......
* Landscapers advocate for H-2B during Legis......
* The Real Link Between the White House and ......
* She's back: Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Duckworth Announces $1.6 Million for the N......

* Do You Recognize This (Alleged) Package Thief? (Updated)
* Who or what is that on the Reader’s Pitchfork cover this year? Here are your answers.
* Cook County efiling: An incomplete review
* Chance the Rapper owns Chicagoist—now what?
* EXTRA: A 'rap' about the news?
* Chicago soul singer Christian JaLon wants you to know what love means to her
* Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Episode #74. Nate Marshall. Jennifer Klonsky. Alderman Ricardo Muñoz.
* Congressman Rodney Davis. Social justice is the litmus test.
* Thorner/Nelson: Conservatives to gather in St. Louis September 16-18
* How The Fight Against Affirmative Action At Harvard Threatens Wealthy Whites

* Summit for Success: IDOT providing tools, opportunity for disadvantaged businesses
* Illinois Payrolls Jump +18,100
* Liquor Control Commission Underage Compliance Report for Cook County
* Gov. Rauner receives Fletcher Award from National Black Chamber of Commerce
* Nursing Home Violations for Second Quarter 2018

* SoftBank and Leica invest $121 million in Light, smartphone coming by year's end
* Prime exclusive Moto G6 Play / Z3 Play are an Amazon power user’s dream
* Hawaiki subsea cable goes live
* Huawei working on smartphone with a display hole for the camera instead of a notch
* Watch the first trailer for Nightflyers, the George R.R. Martin space horror show
* Sony is making a limited edition ‘Amazing Red’ PS4 Pro for Spider-Man’s launch
* Cheaper Huawei phones are set for a big boost with Kirin 710 chipset

* Scouting report: White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field
* Showing so far bodes well for Astros' road to repeat
* Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/20/18 MLB Pick, O...
* Don Cooper expects success, asks for patience in White Sox r...
* Super Stats Pack: Minors
* Super Stats Pack: Minors
* Chicago White Sox TV Ratings Suffer During Rebuilding Season

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

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