Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Empty rhetoric masquerading as a “solution”
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Empty rhetoric masquerading as a “solution”

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012

* I first remember seeing this particular pension “solution” on the WLS Radio website back on August 9th

Tom Cross, the Republican Leader of the Illinois House, has a solution to the pension crisis.

Tom Cross says the governor ought to put the leaders in a room, lock the door and tell them to call him when they’ve got a solution.

* Cross has said this “lock ‘em in a room” line numerous times over the past few weeks. For instance, from August 15th

“…put us in a room, lock the key, and when we’re done, you let us out.”

* The idea, which is not really an idea as much as empty hyperbole, has since been adopted by some of Cross’ candidates as their own pension reform “solution.” Here’s Rep. Sid Mathias, who is in a very tough reelection race

“I think the parties have to be put in a room and not let out until they come up with a solution,” said Sente’s opponent, Rep. Sidney Mathias, a Buffalo Grove Republican.

* It was even used yesterday by Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard after S&P announced its Illinois credit downgrade

“I think this requires immediate action by the governor and Speaker Madigan,” said the former candidate for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, who is considered likely to throw his hat in the ring again. He wants to lock representatives of the governor, legislative leaders and pension experts in a room, “give them sleeping bags and pillows and make sure no one leaves” until there’s a template for reducing the state’s unfunded pension liabilities.

* Obviously, this isn’t anything approaching a “solution.” It’s just talk. And it would be illegal as well. Kidnapping maybe? Unlawful restraint? I dunno what the exact crime would be, but it would almost definitely be a crime.

Yet, it’s a good sound bite, so it gets repeated endlessly and even taken seriously by journalists who ought to know better.

Maybe we’d all love to lock the leaders in a room and throw away the key, but that’s not how government works, nor how life works, for that matter.

* It’s been frustrating to watch as the media refuses to challenged this empty rhetoric. But in doing a Google search for this post, I realized that the idea was first suggested by the Southern Illinoisan’s editorial board on August 5th

But if Quinn is serious about passing a reform plan Aug. 17, he should lock himself in a room with the Four Tops and no one emerges until a deal is struck.

The editorial was headlined “Fix pensions in proper, open manner.” Um, OK. What’s so “open” about locking the leaders and the governor in a room?

Enough, already. This is childish stuff and not a worthwhile addition to the debate.

* And, by the way, this is not to say that the other side is blameless here. For example

Steve Brown, spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, pointed the finger at Republicans for the lack of action.

“We tried to pass a bill (in a special legislative session) a couple weeks ago, but the Republicans blocked it,” he said in a phone interview, referring to a bill that would have cut benefits in two of the state’s five pension funds. “We’re committed to comprehensive pension reform.”

They didn’t vote on a pension reform “solution,” they voted to cover their political behinds.

Sheesh.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

47 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 10:33 am:

    Are GA members children and Quinn Big Daddy?

    Call a meeting yourself. Or introduce a bill.


  2. - Demoralized - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 10:41 am:

    It might be fun though to lock them all in a room with a closed circuit t.v. broadcast of the ongoings for all of us to see . . . especially if Quinn was locked in there with them. It might at least be entertaining.


  3. - More Courage - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 10:47 am:

    Speaking of empty rhetoric - when you hold the Governor’s mansion and both chambers of the G.A. - to say the Republicans “blocked pension reform”? Really? Put an effective date on the bill that allows for a simple majority and pass it with 60 votes.

    Don’t you think that if the Repulicans had an ability to “block” bills they would have used this on something - redistricting, income tax increase, etc?

    Under Madigan’s rules he can pass anything he wants - if he really wants it to pass.


  4. - zatoichi - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 10:48 am:

    When will these people add the white smoke from burned ballots up a chimney?


  5. - just sayin' - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 10:54 am:

    Well said Rich.

    I would only add that Tom Cross no doubt figures while everyone else is locked in a room he’ll get a better tee time. What a joke.


  6. - langhorne - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 10:55 am:

    i dont hold out hope for a “complete” or “comprehensive” solution. i would settle for worthwhile progress that has a chance of being upheld in court.

    to do so requires political will, which is lacking. quinn is unable to summon adequate political will bec he is irrelevant. any chance of reform requires a close look at the calendar. that means lame ducks, falling on their swords after the election. cross’ hyperbole notwithstanding, whatever passes will come top down, which requires the leaders to lead and to compromise.

    madigan’s cost shift to locals would get him an A in a grad school public policy class, but is an unacceptable $800 million tax shift downstate(its a tax increase if your district is broke, a loss of revenue if you can “absorb” it)


  7. - Sunshine - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 11:00 am:

    It isn’t movement because neither party wants to put themselves on the hot seat, but it must be made to sound like movement or action is being proposed, even though we all know it won’t take place.

    Almost sounds like politics before an election…ya think?


  8. - Aaron - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 11:01 am:

    How is Cross gonna become speaker if he’s locked up working no pension reform?


  9. - Just Observing - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 11:07 am:

    === Are GA members children and Quinn Big Daddy? Call a meeting yourself. Or introduce a bill. ===

    Wordslinger… my thoughts exactly.


  10. - Loop Lady - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 11:09 am:

    Actually, it’s a not a bad idea. Be sure to include Union leadership and a few rank and file to keep things honest and get ‘er done.
    Schedule the lock in in early November, pass the bill in Veto Session.

    Please leave me alone, I’m enjoying my illusions.


  11. - Belle - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 11:21 am:

    Not holding my breath for a bill much less a solution.
    I agree with Wordslinger and Just Observing.


  12. - dupage dan - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 11:28 am:

    Lock ‘em up and make ‘em work on PQ’s grass roots pension campaign - they can finger paint the posters.

    This is what passes for effective government in Illinois. After the election when many of these jamokes are re-elected we can be confident that those who voted for incumbents are getting exactly what they want.

    The longer they delay the closer this state worker gets to retirement and that huge pension I’ve been waiting for.


  13. - MrJM - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 11:30 am:

    How many examples do we need to see before we learn that locking up men to fight it out never truly resolves a problem? e.g. http://goo.gl/IKTmf (1987), and http://goo.gl/YnFLC (1988)

    – MrJM


  14. - walkinfool - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 11:31 am:

    Such nonsense. I haven’t heard any candidate for the legislature say that if the leaders go into a room and come out with a bill, he will commit to vote as he is told.

    The people who actually support this course of action, must all support leaders having absolute authority. The current leaders, including the Speaker, just don’t have that kind of power, under any scenario.


  15. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 11:36 am:

    Locking governors on rooms is something Illinois is uniquely experienced at doing.

    Sounds great! Just don’t LET THEM OUT again.

    Cross’s proposal is a good idea, when you haven’t any ideas.

    He’s a party leader?
    How freaking pathetic.

    “Shackle us together and force us to do our jobs.”


  16. - Obamas Puppy - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 11:42 am:

    Childish rhetoric. No one wants to address the real problen which is the debt except for Rep. Fortner who has a proposal that actually could work.


  17. - DoubleD - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 12:13 pm:

    Didn’t Will Rodger say the problem with all of these government funded trips to far away lands is that the politicians always seem to find their way back…and for us the road is littered with people who can’t even find a way to talk with one another. Agreed that sadly, we get what we elect.


  18. - Sideliner - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 12:17 pm:

    I’d settle for “put us in a room, lock the key”. At that point a solution in the outside world becomes more likely.


  19. - Cook County Commoner - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 12:21 pm:

    If the bond raters don’t get to fidgety, the Illinois solution will be to reprise pushing suburban/downstate teacher pensions onto the local schools but with a twist. The school districts and state will arm in arm and gleefully announce that the extra funding will come from capital appreciation bonds sold by the school districts and not from property taxpayers. These instruments will push interest payments out about 20 years but then hit with a wallop much higher than a typical 30 year bond. Those that are sitting on realty when the payments come due will see their property taxes skyrocket.
    This could buy a window of calm for a few years and provide sufficient time for those that are smart enough to see it coming to dump their homes and get out.
    One question is who would buy this paper and how large the interest payment would be when it commences. Another is whether the GA is successful in sugarcoating this thing and fooling the voters. Not so hard probably.


  20. - circular firing squad - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 12:36 pm:

    Lets lock the COPies in a room til they enough foreign tee shirts and decide how many COs they will lose and then we develope a plan


  21. - reformer - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 12:40 pm:

    More Courage

    You excuse Republicans from any responsibility to participate in some pension bill and place all of it on Democrats. Republicans get the same pay, so why should they be exempt from responsibility?


  22. - More Courage - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 12:54 pm:

    Reformer - did not say they should be excused - just that saying they are responsible for “blocking” the bill is empty rhetoric. If it passes without them then hold them accountable for not being part of the solution. But don’t blame them for doing something they don’t have the power to do.


  23. - Shore - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 12:59 pm:

    One of the more upsetting terms coming from Springfield republicans of late has been the term “just want to get stuff done”. Rutherford has said it, Dillard has said it. Voters don’t want “just to get stuff done” they want quality solutions not mediocre or bad ones just so some politician can say we did something. I am sure conservatives will be even more enraged by that, but you’re supposed have a vision and a position and work to achieve it, not just try to throw something at a wall. It’s even lazier than the idea of “locking people in a room”-which leaders shouldn’t need the way a carcetti needs to be locked in a room to make his fundraising calls.


  24. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:02 pm:

    ===But don’t blame them for doing something they don’t have the power to do. ===

    So, you think that Democrats, who generally strongly favor union rights, can do this on their own without a bipartisan solution?

    If you don’t want to take part in the process, don’t run for office.


  25. - Palos Park Bob - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:02 pm:

    Actually, there are alot of us GOP GA candidates out there who are proposing REAL solutions to the pension problems. Of course, Cross doesn’t even know who many of his candidates in Dem leaning districts are, so what he’s doing doesn’t represent us.

    What have we been proposing?

    We need to protect the benefits for those who’ve truly retired and minimize them for public “retirees” who start their second career the day after retirement in another government job or as a “consultant” doing their previous job at triple the cost to the taxpayers. We can’t reduce the pensions of those in these situations, but we can limit, or completely cut,the 3% raises and health benefits we currently pay. If a “retired” employee has a job that offers health care, we shouldn’t make state subsidized health care available to them.

    We need to change the calculation method for pension benefits from the last four years before retirement to career employee and employer contributions, as well as ending “spiking” abuse.

    We need to put internal limts on double and triple pension fund dipping, and limit pensions to the greater that they would have earned had they been in the highest paying fund for all their service. I know this may be a legal issue, but it’s worth exploring legal avenues to make this happen.

    It’s clearly unfair to totally shift pension costs to local schools, but those districts giving “spikes” at the end of careers and paying outrageous salary levels should shoulder the full burden of their excessive largesse, not Illinois taxpayers. They should only be held liable for those pension costs under their control, like salaries exceeding $80K per year, end of career “spiking”, paying the employees’ share of pension fund contributions, and the early retirement costs they create by approving early retirements. These changes should be made effective at the next district contract so that cost sharing provisions should be made bewtween the district and the staff. NO real estate tax or fee increases should be allowed in this cost shift.

    This is all pretty radical, but fair, stuff.

    Of course, many of us fiscal conservatives think all new grants, program increases not mandated by law, and non-safety related capital work should be suspended, with the savings used to decrease current pension liabilities and pay off state debt. This budgetary approach would continue until our pensions are at least 80% funded and our bonding debt paid off.

    With ideas like these, is it any wonder that we can’t get Cross’ housegop organization to return our guerilla GOP GA candidate phone calls?LOL


  26. - orlkon - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:05 pm:

    Locking them in a room is good, but you need to tell them that only the survivor will be let out. At least get a proposal that can be voted on.


  27. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:23 pm:

    They will not bend to what’s good for the majority of citizens; they will not loosen their iron grasp on selfish interests; they see themselves as embattled warriors; they hold the populace in contempt by their actions/inaction. When do We The People stand 10,000 strong outside the State House and register OUR contempt for ALL of them?? Rich, organize that will you. Do a real service for all of us who feel voiceless and utterly frustrated. ALL of them


  28. - Cook County Commoner - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:28 pm:

    To Palos Park Bob, I agree that doing something about second career retirees is worth a try. Start with my Congresswoman, Jan Schakowsky. Try and stop her from collecting her Illinois state legislative pension which she is adding to her US Congressional salary. If she agrees to that, maybe there is hope.


  29. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:38 pm:

    Can we lock Tom Cross in a closet by himself until he actually comes up with a plan of his own?


  30. - Sue - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:40 pm:

    Getting sick at all the whining- a solution is available that doesn’t impair contracts thus it would be constitutional- the problem is whether the Dems have the political fortitude to do anything- If the legislature imposed salary caps on all participants it would be the backdoor way of getting around limiting salaries subject to pension credits which for current folks would most likely be an impairment- Dealing with new employees is easy - dealing with health care benefits for existing retirees is easy but even there Quinn hasn’t even announced what he is going to do with his new authority- The hard part is how do you drive down the pension costs of existing active employees who will be retiring in 20 to thirty years- the answer short of bankruptcy is to limit how much money the employees are going to get paid which forms the base of the pension calculation-no one seems interested in a real solution so instead they nibble at the edges which even if something is passed it saves almost nothing- Quinn’s answer is to spread the costs on to the local taxing bodies which doesn’t address costs only who will get hammered


  31. - The Elderly Man You Used to Love - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:53 pm:

    I think Rich is taking the “lock us in a room” plea too literally. It cetainly would behoove Quinn to at least meet with the leaders more frequently, and demand that the Republicans make a concession. The hang-up here seems to be the cost-shift to school districts. Quinn should demand that the Repubs meet him halfway and have school districts split the cost with the State. And yes, the media is being irresponsible. The people who are advocating the “lock us in a room” strategy are not admitting what concessions they would make if locked in a room.


  32. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:56 pm:

    Asking an Illinois Republican to fix a state problem is like asking the cow bell guy to change the lyrics to “Don’t Fear The Reaper”.

    Illinois Republicans think everything can be fixed with more cow bell.


  33. - The Elderly Man You Used to Love - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:57 pm:

    If all else fails, maybe another task force is in order…


  34. - Joe Melugins - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 2:34 pm:

    Meeting and making decisions behind closed doors would seem to violate the open meetings act. Our government should be practicing transparency, not backroom, locked door politics.

    Furthermore, since the Illinois Constitution calls the public pensions a contractual relationship, to change the contract, the legislators should really be sitting down with teachers, state university employees, state employees and also unions that represent those folks, if they belong to a union.

    Any changes in the pensions not negotiated with the other parties in this contractual relationship will end up in court, and probably be ruled unconstitutional. So why not do it right and negotiate with the other parties in the contract.


  35. - Robert the Bruce (formerly just Robert) - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 2:35 pm:

    ==It cetainly would behoove Quinn to at least meet with the leaders more frequently, and demand that the Republicans make a concession.==
    Totally agree. Quinn seems more committed to pension reform than any one of the 4 legislative leaders. Why not ask them to do weekly meetings with him, report on the results of those talks, get media on his side pushing leaders to come up with a solution together?


  36. - cover - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 2:45 pm:

    Aaron @ 11:01 am:
    - “How is Cross gonna become speaker if he’s locked up working no pension reform?” -

    Was that “no” a typo or a Freudian slip?


  37. - Cincinnatus - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 3:09 pm:

    - The Elderly Man You Used to Love - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 1:53 pm:

    “It cetainly would behoove Quinn to at least meet with the leaders more frequently, and demand that the Republicans make a concession.”

    And that concession would be another 67% tax hike? Didn’t need their help the last time.


  38. - dupage dan - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 3:32 pm:

    @ Rich Miller, 1:02pm

    =So, you think that Democrats, who generally strongly favor union rights, can do this on their own without a bipartisan solution?=

    The GOP did it alone in Wisconsin - they had the majority and took on the unions. That took some cajones.

    Look what happened to them. They have been demonized for doing what HAD to be done. Of course, the ildems don’t want to (or can’t) go it alone. They would be skewered alive.

    The ilGOP think they have the perfect solution, a path to a majority and the guv mansion. Pathetic. They had their time and engaged in their own pattern of pandering. We fools are left with the flotsam and jetsam.


  39. - wishbone - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 3:49 pm:

    “We need to protect the benefits for those who’ve truly retired…”

    A nice sentiment, but totally unrealistic given the 83 billion dollar hole we are in. There is no solution possible that will guarantee 100% of current pensioners claims on the system. Taking the $83 billion out of the rest of state spending even over an extended period is just not going to happen, and it is holding out false hope to pretend that it will. We need to start telling the people the truth. The cuts will need to come from everywhere.


  40. - RNUG - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 4:09 pm:

    Rich,

    Breaking story:

    Judge: Illinois must set money aside in state worker pay dispute

    http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x578041821/Judge-Illinois-must-set-money-aside-in-state-worker-pay-dispute


  41. - Union - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 5:18 pm:

    I like the lock up idea. They should do “Big Brother” - Springfield version


  42. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 5:53 pm:

    The SGOP did actually vote with SDEMS for the start of a pension reform plan, though now they say they wouldn’t if they had to do it again.
    Anyway, that roll call (hb1447)is pretty much the way things need to happen, if they’re going to happen.


  43. - gg - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 8:06 pm:

    Sue

    You are 100 percent correct.
    Capping salaries would eliminate the “problem” immediately.

    Notice … everyone ignored you.

    I wonder why?


  44. - Skirmisher - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 8:31 pm:

    Rich- I respectively disagree that the Dems need a bipartisan solution. They have absolute power, so the burden is entirely theirs. The fact that they have milked the unions for $millions is entirely irrelevant. They own the Illinois government, and making it work is 110% their problem. I despise the Illinois GOP, but they are right to sit this out.


  45. - Anonymice - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 8:53 pm:

    Actually, I like the idea, except for the part about letting them out. Leave them in.

    ==A nice sentiment, but totally unrealistic given the 83 billion dollar hole we are in.==

    Unless the feds change the law to let states declare bankruptcy, it is totally realistic. And why do people keep talking about reneging on the State’s contractual obligations to the retirees and current workers, without also sharing the pain by saying “let’s pay 50 cents on the dollar on our bonds and pay only half of our overdue bills from vendors”? Each is equally immoral and illegal. Do all or do none.


  46. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 6:50 am:

    I have been following as well as listening to all of then rhetoric surrounding the pension discussions and proposed solutions. In trying to connect the dots so to speak and put together the truthful facts about the complex multiple pension system in Illinois.

    I ask thefollowing questions;

    Is state workers pensions a funding mandate.


  47. - wishbone - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 10:41 am:

    “And why do people keep talking about reneging on the State’s contractual obligations to the retirees and current workers, without also sharing the pain by saying “let’s pay 50 cents on the dollar on our bonds and pay only half of our overdue bills from vendors”? Each is equally immoral and illegal. Do all or do none.”

    I totally agree, but you are significantly overestimating the problem with your 50% reduction. Reducing ALL expenditures by say 3 or 4 percent from current levels would get you to solvency over many years. A retiree with a pension of $40,000 would lose $1200 per year. Current vendors owed a million would receive $970,000. Not such a terrible hit. All future expenditures would be frozen at the 3% reduced level so vendors and retirees would be protected from future cuts. I would give actual (not automatic) cost of living increases to retirees to insure their reduced pensions were not further eroded by inflation. You would not even have to do the 3 or 4 percent cut in one year. A one percent cut per year over 3 or 4 years would obviously get you there.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed until Tuesday
* Rauner complains it's "hard to overcome" the "biased" Illinois media
* Question of the day: Golden Horseshoe Awards
* Rate Pritzker's new digital ad
* Recent endorsements: Raoul, Biss, Newman, Villivalam
* Joe Berrios' new radio ad features Jesse White, more attacks on Kaegi
* A make-work program for property tax appeals lawyers?
* Rauner tax hike claim ruled "Mostly False"
* Lawsuits expose more problems at Quincy veterans' home
* Could a Moody's methodology change push Illinois into junk status?
* Republicans get into the "holiday spirit"
* Jesse White's GOP opponent: "I'm extremely ordinary"
* Friday open thread
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

...............
<


Loading


* Gov. Rauner looks ahead to 2018 - KFVS..
* Illinois’ $2 billion, high-speed rail project i.....
* How the field in the Illinois attorney general’.....
* MILLER: Why Gov. Rauner probably still won’t be.....
* Duckworth responsible for legionnaires issue? -.....
* Illinois Bicentennial Pepsi Can Unveiled - Effi.....
* MILLER: Why Gov. Rauner probably still won't be.....
* Illinois GOP release states Pritzker 'continues.....


* Supreme Court to consider wrongfully convicted man's lawsuit
* City board probes claims of election official impersonators
* Boy, 13, among injured in Chicago shooting near city bus
* Illinois woman sentenced to natural life in child murders
* No charges in St. Paul police shooting that left man dead
* Jury finds Illinois man guilty of rape, torture
* Chicago decides against suing estate of teen shot by police
* Chicago's Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's to remodel, lose theme
* Macon County dedicating prosecutor to opioid cases
* Kirkwood Community College hires new president from Illinois

* Gov. Rauner unveils Bicentennial Pepsi can
* Video gambling numbers level off in Springfield
* Statehouse Insider: Holiday cheer from Rauner to Madigan
* Judge: Video gambling profits must be split with operators
* Under the Dome Podcast: "Objection! (to nominating petitions), Pritzker endorsements
* Schoenburg: Jones leads fundraising in 13th Democratic primary
* Governor candidates want action on Legionnaire’s outbreak at veterans home
* Schoenburg: Pritzker foundation gave $50 million in 3 years
* Families blame state in veterans home Legionnaires' outbreak
* State insurance department promotes ACA sign-up period

* Chicago lawyers: not a diverse lot
* A legal setback for Jimmy John's in wage-theft case
* A health setback for Hunter Harrison punishes CSX stock
* Former top SEC official joins Citadel


* Rush to enroll as deadline nears for Obamacare health coverage
* Zach LaVine needs his back to play nice in order to clear final hurdle
* SNEED: Joe Maddon steps up for immigrants in his Pennsylvania hometown
* Coming in hot: It’ll never be the same with the Cubs as it was in 2016
* Here’s what’s in final tax bill Republicans plan to send to Trump
* AG: DeKalb man ruled sexually violent, will remain in custody
* MITCHELL: We need a broader conversation on sex, workplace issues
* Cook County’s top civil attorney Chaka Patterson resigns
* How the field in the Illinois attorney general’s race is shaping up
* 2 people shot, including 13-year-old boy, in Gresham


* Trump administration forbids CDC officials from using 7 words and phrases
* Some associates think Trump will fire his lawyers if Mueller doesn't clear him by year's end
* 29 best things Breakfast Queen Ina Pinkney ate in 2017
* Ex-cheerleading coach claims she was fired 'out of pure retaliation' after text with student
* Boy, 13, and man wounded in Gresham shooting after fight at gas station
* GOP tax bill slashes rates for corporations and wealthy with smaller benefits for middle class
* Chicago backtracks on suing estate of teen killed by cop; mayor apologizes to father
* 19-year-old killed in crash involving 2 tollway trucks on I-88 near Sugar Grove
* State panel to examine special education practices at Chicago Public Schools
* Well-known suburban lawyer gets probation following DUI arrest, seizure of dozens of guns


» State Week: Why Are People Still Dying From Legionnaires At Illinois Veterans Home?
» Top Three Challenges For Homegrown Star Taking Over Chicago Schools
» Illinois Women Tell Their #Metoo Stories
» Illinois Issues: A Personal Story
» Key Question For Democrats: To Billionaire, Or Not To Billionaire?
» Pritzker To Be First On Primary Ballot
» 3 Years, 13 Legionnaires’ Deaths At Illinois Veterans’ Home
» Protesters Disrupt Meeting, Call For Palos Trustee To Quit Over ‘Racist’ Comments
» Chicago Hospital First To Sue Over Bad Rating
» Cook County Republican Files For Illinois Treasurer Seat


* Gov. Rauner unveils Bicentennial Pepsi can
* Counterpoint: Oil and gas producers talk a better green game than they play
* Point: Our oil and gas producers lead world in cutting carbon emissions
* Thumbs Up: To good behavior being recognized, and rewarded
* Eugene Robinson: Moore's loss proves America has a bigger following than Trump
* Video gambling numbers level off in Springfield
* Statehouse Insider: Holiday cheer from Rauner to Madigan
* Judge: Video gambling profits must be split with operators
* Under the Dome Podcast: "Objection! (to nominating petitions), Pritzker endorsements
* Kathleen Parker: Women's rage unleashed


* A 37-year-old mystery solved: Reopening case led to confession in Coles County Airtight Bridge murder
* Flames consume machine shed north of Fisher
* Take an inside look at new upgrades to O'Fallon movie theater
* O’Fallon movie theater debuts grill menu, cocktail lounge
* Five at 5: Homes shine with Christmas spirit and 4 other stories you should read
* Semi, 9 other vehicles involved in I-55 collision with serious injuries
* Some offended after Montemagno compares SIUC to a car often called the worst ever made
* Serious crash involving semi, 7 cars on I-55
* 10 prep events to catch before 2017 concludes
* BettPlex to be named TBK Bank Sports Complex


* Panthers owner under investigation for workplace misconduct
* Northbrook teen dies in I-88 crash near Sugar Grove
* Toledo coach Jason Candle sign 6-year contract
* 3 weeks into new budget, Kane County sheriff coming up short
* Aurora airman's early return surprises sons during assembly

* High school football: Randy Hultgren lauds...
* Our Reps: Randy Hultgren Sides With Party ...
* Suburban Democrats line up to challenge Ro...
* Tax cuts for Scrooge McDuck? Dispelling my...
* Strong early filing for Illinois attorney ...
* Efforts continue to have Warrenville Post ...
* Hultgren, Roskam help deliver tax bill for...
* Kendall GOP chief to challenge Kinzinger i...
* Editorial: Roskam gets gun vote right, Hul...
* Letter: Consumers taking a hit - Northwest...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* CBO: Graham/Durbin Dream Act would add $25......

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Duckworth responsible for legionnaires iss......

* Rauner joins Kennedy in calling for Berrios to resign. But isn’t there an election coming up?
* Got Some Rock N Roll Music Talent? Audition For Black Ensemble's Next Play
* Joe Berrios recycles.
* The Weekend In Chicago Rock
* The World's Greatest College Football Report's Bowl Game Preview Part 1
* Comedian Matt Braunger at Lincoln Hall, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend
* Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers episode #44. Emma Tai of United Working Families.
* David Axelrod plays his role as hatchet man for Cesspool.
* Azazel Jacobs’s The Lovers is the most underrated American movie of 2017
* Durbin and Duckworth endorse Pritzker for governor


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* Synaptics will provide in-display fingerprint sensors for Vivo smartphones
* Google’s Tango AR program ending in March with a total of two phones
* iTunes app for Windows 10 (and Windows 10 S) delayed indefinitely
* TouchArcade iOS Gaming Roundup: Bridge Constructor Portal, Fez, Inside, and More
* [Deal] Check out these great stocking fillers from Anker
* Samsung to Announce New Flagship Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Smartphones in February
* MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Messenger Bag or iPhone Camera Bag From WaterField Designs

* Former White Sox players return to rep team
* White Sox news that doesn’t involve Manny Machado
* Former White Sox players return to rep team
* The cracks in the White Sox-Manny Machado rumors
* Hahn mum on any White Sox-Machado talks
* Hahn mum on any White Sox-Machado talks
* White Sox trade Rule 5 pick Tocci to Texas


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

Archives
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

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




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