Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » 2016 » May
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 *** Madigan to tell members his side of working group talks

Sunday, May 29, 2016

* SJ-R

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Sunday he will begin polling his members to determine their support for parts of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “turnaround agenda.” However, the Chicago Democrat made it clear he will not support measures he feels will hurt the middle class. […]

Still, Madigan said he will hold a caucus “to survey our members” about what the working groups on Rauner’s agenda have accomplished.

“Here again, I would say my designees to the working groups are very desirous of a compromise, but they are not going to sacrifice the interests of the middle class,” he said.

* Well, he isn’t holding a caucus, where members might actually press him about his furtive march toward all-out war. But he is offering them some “informational meetings”…

To: House Democratic Caucus Members
From: Michael J. Madigan
Date: May 29, 2016
Re: Working Groups

In the last few days, a great deal of misinformation has circulated about the status of the working groups proposed by Governor Rauner, particularly the involvement of House Democrats. Members of the House Democratic caucus, and House Democratic staff, have attended each of the working groups and have been working in good faith to find compromise, and will continue to do so.

Democratic members of these working groups have consistently sought areas of compromise with legislative Republicans and the governor’s office on the working group topics whenever possible, without sacrificing the security of middle-class families and the vulnerable.

To give you the latest information and status of the working groups, I invite you attend any of or all the following meetings. These informational meetings will be held in the Conference Room of the Speaker’s 300 Suite.

Meeting topics and times are:

    Budget: Monday, May 30, 2 p.m.
    Collective Bargaining & School Mandates: Monday, May 30, 3 p.m.
    Workers’ Compensation: Monday, May 30, 4 p.m.

Please RSVP your attendance to [redacted] at [redacted] to ensure adequate space.

*** UPDATE ***  Some Republicans attempted to tell HDems their own version about what’s going on, but they couldn’t get in, of course…


- Posted by Rich Miller   25 Comments      


Question of the day

Sunday, May 29, 2016

* We’ll save the weekend stories not yet posted for tomorrow, I think. No need to rush into the non-session stuff, and, besides, some of the session stories are already out of date. We’ll just focus on today’s legislative action, which you can track on our live session coverage post.

* The Question: Do you see any chance whatsoever that a deal is reached before the end of the fiscal year on July 1st? Don’t forget to explain your answer in comments, please.

- Posted by Rich Miller   34 Comments      


Madigan: Prepare for continuous session

Sunday, May 29, 2016

* Hoo boy…


- Posted by Rich Miller   15 Comments      


Spiraling out of control

Sunday, May 29, 2016

* Tribune

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday lashed out at Gov. Bruce Rauner for vetoing a measure aimed at providing city police and fire pension relief, accusing his onetime vacation pal of telling “every Chicago taxpayer to take a hike.” […]

Over the short term, the bill would have reduced how much taxpayers contribute to the retirement funds by hundreds of millions of dollars a year. But that delay would come at a cost of billions of dollars over the long haul. By paying less upfront, the city would see its pension debt continue to grow. […]

“This bill continues the irresponsible practice of deferring well into the future funding decisions necessary to ensure pension fund solvency,” Rauner wrote in his veto message to lawmakers. “The cost to Chicago taxpayers of kicking this can down the road is truly staggering.”

* More from Rauner’s office, which noted that the bill did not pass the House with a veto-proof majority…

“This legislation forces Chicago to borrow against police and fire fighters’ pensions to the tune of $18.6 billion. Absent reforms, this will simply balloon liabilities and ultimately crush taxpayers, which even the Retired Chicago Police Association opposes. This is the same reckless policy that led the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois to financial crisis. Chicago needs wholesale structural reform to solve its problems — borrowing billions against taxpayers is not the solution.”

* Sun-Times

Top mayoral aides were livid. They likened it to a “declaration of war” on Chicago and Emanuel, akin to President Gerald Ford flatly declaring in 1975 that he would veto any bill calling for “a federal bail-out of New York City” and instead proposing legislation that would make it easier for the city to go into bankruptcy.

Rauner had until Monday to sign or veto the bill. If he had done nothing, the legislation would have automatically taken effect and saved Chicago $220 million this year and $843 million over five years. […]

“You have a governor who said he was for a property tax freeze, who is now, through a veto, gonna force a property tax increase. You have a governor who put this in his own pension proposal and now, he’s vetoing it. You have a governor who said he’s for local control, and the first bill on his desk that reflects local control, he vetoes it. And you wonder why people don’t trust him,” Emanuel said.

“Part of being a leader is people being able to work with you and trust you . . . There’s a reason nobody trusts you. It’s because there’s constant inconsistency. And it’s not an accident that nothing’s getting done in Springfield under his tenure.” […]

“Chicago taxpayers are not a pawn in your failed agenda . . . So far, everything is about hostage-taking. Maybe to break the logjam, the governor should say, ‘I’ll make the first move of good will to anybody anywhere and the good will be to Chicago taxpayers, to Chicago Police and Fire.’ But he hasn’t decided to do that,” he said.

* The war of words continued on Twitter. The Prince of Snarkness was fully unleashed…


Oof.

- Posted by Rich Miller   11 Comments      


Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today’s edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

This post is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


Madigan’s actions show no fear of Rauner

Sunday, May 29, 2016

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column

After what happened last week it’s more clear than ever that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has no fear of what Gov. Rauner could do to his members this fall. And Madigan has even less fear of what his members could do to him.

As you certainly know by now, Madigan lumped together a $40 billion appropriations plan with what the governor’s budget office says is a $7.5 billion hole in it. The budget office claims the bill would require a 5.5 percent personal income tax rate to sustain and the state comptroller estimates would create $15 billion in backlogged bills and an 8-9 month payment delay.

Madigan’s move was at least partially designed to put Republicans on the defense yet again this fall for voting against their local schools and colleges, facilities and various government programs.

Republican threats to tie Madigan’s “most unbalanced budget in Illinois history” around his members’ necks did not phase him. Madigan’s own polling reportedly shows Donald Trump doing pretty well everywhere except Cook County and that didn’t budge him. And just about all of Madigan’s most politically vulnerable members voted for the highly controversial legislation - another very clear signal that his political side doesn’t care a whit about Rauner’s threats to retaliate.

Yes, the Republicans have their “Bad King Madigan” bogeyman, the Democrats concede, and the Republicans used it again last week in tens of thousands of robocalls targeted at seven House Democratic incumbents. The calls claimed that the members backed “Speaker Mike Madigan’s job-crushing, $1,000 tax hike on Illinois families,” which would also “increase Illinois’ debt by $7 billion and force record high income tax rates.”

The Republicans also released results of a statewide “flash poll” conducted last Thursday night which they claim validates their planned messaging against Madigan and the Democrats this fall. 74 percent of the 884 voters who responded to the Victory Phones poll said they opposed “a budget that would spend $7.2 billion more than what state takes in and force a 47 percent tax increase on all Illinoisans.” Another 57 percent said they opposed a “state budget that includes a half billion dollar Chicago Public School bailout.” 71 percent said “rank-and-file Democrats should break with the Speaker and work with the Governor to balance the budget even if it means compromising on issues favored by labor unions.” And 61 percent said they’d be less likely to vote for a legislator who “voted for a budget with a $7 billion deficit that would force income tax rates over 5.5 percent.”

To the Republicans, those are slam-dunk issues that will resonate strongly with voters. The Democrats, they say, simply don’t understand the public’s mood. They believe they have the Democrats exactly where they want them and that Madigan has ironically put them in that position by passing the unbalanced budget and refusing to negotiate on the governor’s economic reforms that Rauner claims will help revitalize the state’s economy.

But Madigan’s side points to Rauner’s ever-tanking poll ratings as proof they can use him against Republican candidates, and they’ll toss in Donald Trump wherever the presidential candidate is unpopular.

And while voters always say they want a balanced budget, they almost always recoil when told what that would actually entail. Details of the $7.5 billion in cuts which “the Trump/Rauner Republicans demanded” via the governor’s expected veto will make for some grisly campaign advertisements. The Senate Democrats did pretty much just that to the Republicans during the last presidential campaign cycle and picked up seats despite raising the income tax by 67 percent - which is a big reason why the governor has twice now refused to submit a truly balanced budget. Once the Republicans vote against overriding Rauner’s budget veto for the second year in a row, they’ll be on the record for huge cuts.

The governor has said for over a year that Madigan’s Democrats privately tell him they’re ready to work with him. But there’s little evidence that they’ll work with Rauner at the expense of crossing Madigan. Just the opposite, in fact. They could’ve killed that budget bill and changed the course of Illinois history by forcing Madigan to the bargaining table, but they stuck with their guy.

Madigan was in a good mood Thursday night as he dined with some of his members. Gov. Rauner was also said to be at peace. Now that an all-out political war is all but certain, they can come to terms with it and steel themselves for the future.

- Posted by Rich Miller   15 Comments      


HRO launches new digital ads

Sunday, May 29, 2016

* Press release…

HRO Launches Digital Ads Targeting House Democrats for their Loyalty to Mike Madigan

Over the past week, House Democrats decided to put their allegiance to Mike Madigan over the financial health of Illinois, voting twice for a disastrous budget that would create a $7 billion deficit and necessitate a $1,000 tax hike on Illinois families. This is a clear signal that they would rather jump off the fiscal cliff than stand up to Mike Madigan. On Thursday, the House Republican Organization launched robo calls in seven competitive districts highlighting the reckless decision House Democrats have made. On Friday, HRO released social media ads to further point out their fiscal irresponsibility. Today, HRO launched digital ads to call attention to the unflinching loyalty of seven house democrats in competitive districts to Mike Madigan. The ads will be pushed with substantial resources online.

* Targets are Reps. Andy Skoog, Brandon Phelps, Dan Beiser, John Bradley, Kate Cloonen, Michelle Mussman and Sam Yingling. A sample ad

* Sample script…

For State House Democrats, it was the ultimate loyalty test.

Given two hours to read Chicago Political Boss Mike Madigan’s phony, five- hundred- page budget, the choice was simple:

Protect Illinois? Or do Madigan’s bidding?

John Bradley chose Madigan.

Raising taxes on the average family by one thousand a year…

…$7 billion in new debt, the largest unbalanced budget ever…

…Even a bailout for Chicago schools…

We pay a dreadful price… for Bradley’s loyalty to Mike Madigan.

Thoughts?

- Posted by Rich Miller   12 Comments      


The Illinois Atlas of Austerity

Sunday, May 29, 2016

* Ms. Heil is a graduate student at UIUC’s Department of Geography and GIS…

Dear Mr. Miller,

I was given your information by [redacted], who suggested I contact you.

My name is Melissa Heil, and I wanted to share with you a website I’ve recently developed. It is called the Illinois Atlas of Austerity (www.illinoisausterityatlas.com), which chronicles the various impacts the state budget impasse has had on social service agencies, higher education, youth programs, and public health. I had two goals for putting together this project. First, I wanted to create a resource that shows the breadth of the consequences of the budget impasse in an accessible way for the general public. Secondly, I hope it can be a useful tool for advocacy groups and affected organizations to communicate with their own constituents.

The website itself is not meant to be a comprehensive listing of all of the budget impasse’s effects, but rather to provide an array of “snap shots” to raise public awareness of the wide variety of consequences the impasse has for Illinois residents and organizations. Since the impasse is evolving, I hope to continue updating the site, particularly as more information about the impacts become available. It currently features information and graphics to describe 15 topics impacted by the impasse (for example, reduced services at rape crisis centers and health departments).

Please let me know if any of the maps and graphics on the site can assist in your coverage of the budget impasse. They are available to use under a creative commons attribution license.

All the best,

Melissa Heil

Creator, Illinois Atlas of Austerity

Click here to see it. Very impressive work. Also depressing as heck.

- Posted by Rich Miller   19 Comments      


*** LIVE *** Session Coverage

Sunday, May 29, 2016

* Today’s live coverage post is sponsored by URENCO USA. The House and Senate reconvene today at 3, so watch it all with ScribbleLive


- Posted by Rich Miller   5 Comments      


Happy Sunday!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

* Seems appropriate

Right from the start

- Posted by Rich Miller   1 Comment      


« NEWER POSTS PREVIOUS POSTS »
* Rauner calls on White House to end child separations at U.S. Southern border
* Pritzker campaign, Campaign Workers Guild clash over intern compensation
* Possible sale of Lincoln artifacts gets national attention
* Uihlein gives $1.5 million to Liberty Principles PAC
* *** UPDATED x4 *** Rauner claims he’s done more for black people than any other governor
* Does Walgreens post office move mean the end of HQ2 bid?
* *** UPDATED 4x - Pritzker buys FB ads, Rauner responds, a correction *** Gov campaigns, Illinois Congressionals respond to border policy
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* *** UPDATED 1x - Pritzker hits back *** Rauner goes statewide with “Porcelain Prince” ad buy
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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

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


Loading


* Emanuel, Rauner together for once—on the U of I.....
* Rauner razzes JB the Plumber — Black Caucus cal.....
* Morning Spin: Rauner says US border policy spli.....
* Rauner maneuvers to keep DCFS director at the h.....
* Decade after vision, $86 million bridge reality..
* Rauner, partner buy 53 acres of land near Sprin.....
* What you need to know June 20..
* Rauner, others visiting city..
* Statehouse preview: Clark vs. Bourne..
* Pritzker promises to work with South Asian comm.....


* Settlement reached in lawsuit by slain woman's parents
* Son of ex-township trustee gets probation in corruption case
* Petition asks CTA to install blue lights to prevent suicide
* Rauner, partner buy 53 acres of land near Springfield
* The all-time NBA draft _ the best pick from every slot
* Chicago teen to be sentenced in 2014 Facebook feud slaying
* Chillicothe post office honors late native Navy SEAL
* Chicago police officer testifies in wrongful death lawsuit
* Former Chicago tanning salon owner sentenced for sex assault
* Guilty pleas in illegal shipping of hazardous waste

* Illinois politicians seek answers to family separations at border
* 80+ years later, Meredosia woman sees the opening of another new bridge
* Chatham man wins Illinois Bicentennial coin design contest
* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Rauner names Justin Blandford curator of Governor's Mansion
* Rauner names Williamsville woman interim HFS director
* Both Rauner and Pritzker have donated to Mansion renovations
* Both candidates for governor have donated to Mansion renovations
* Illiopolis boy helps push bill to cover hearing aids for kids

* Koch network starts campaign against Trump's tariffs
* Deere suit sheds light on race for $240 billion farm tech market
* Ginger Evans leaving top city aviation job
* Dow shows GE the door and welcomes Walgreens
* Starbucks pumps the brakes in its home market


* Free to a good home: city offers Chicago Avenue Bridge to anyone who can move it
* Is Trump’s ‘1,000 percent’ support enough to defuse family separations issue?
* North Korea facing ‘dramatic choice,’ Bolton says
* US leaving UN’s Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias
* Lake Michigan perch and perspective: At least trying to put the two together
* The Grid: Exploring the Ravenswood neighborhood
* 7 shot, 1 fatally, in Tuesday shootings across Chicago
* Woman, boy wounded in drive-by shooting in West Garfield Park
* Man grazed by bullet in Douglas Park
* Man shot while riding bike in Portage Park


* Mike Montgomery's performance raises possibility of six-man rotation for Cubs
* Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen heckled by protesters at Mexican restaurant. Other diners applauded them.
* Chicago teen to be sentenced in 2014 Facebook feud slaying of Endia Martin
* No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children at border
* Bleeding and crying in pain, 14-year-old boy is carried to safety in neighbor's home
* Think teams have gotten smarter in the NBA draft? Think again.
* White Sox's Danny Farquhar posts video of himself throwing during recovery from brain hemorrhage
* Divers search Indonesian lake for 192 missing after sinking
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 6/20/18
* Paramedics under investigation after not immediately tending to teen with gunshot wound to head


» June 19, 2018 - Full Show
» Lawmakers To Hold Public Hearing Over CPS Sexual Abuse Cases
» Eddie Russell Jr.‘s Family Sues Peoria; Helping Veterans Graduate; Inmates And Mental Health Care
» Morning Shift Live From the Streeterville Farmer's Market
» Eddie Russell Jr.; Veterans in College; Inmates and Mental Health
» June 18, 2018 - Full Show
» Illinois Bicentennial Coin Unveiled
» Austin Texas, Like Chicago, Is Struggling With Pedestrian Safety
» Push To Bridge Gender Wage Gap Continues
» Pediatrics For Transgender Kids; ‘Pay What You Can’ Yoga Studio; Illinois Politics


* Guest View: Addressing the higher cost of compliance with our ADA consent decree
* MArc Thiessen: But her emails? You're dang right her emails.
* Byron York: What Republicans suspect about the FBI's Trump-Russia probe
* Catherine Rampell: We'll be cleaning up Trump's mess for generations
* Illinois politicians seek answers to family separations at border
* 80+ years later, Meredosia woman sees the opening of another new bridge
* Chatham man wins Illinois Bicentennial coin design contest
* E.J. Dionne: GOP moderates fold to Trumpism
* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* George Will: Congress suffers arthritic knees from genuflecting to presidential power


* Out of tragedy come life-saving donations
* Decatur and Macon County neighbors: Obituaries published today
* Damp, showery weather to continue
* Area Calendar 6/20/18
* Sharon K. Lazenby
* Dorothy Olive Stevenson Graham
* Earl Dale Williams
* Boil order lifted in Harrisburg
* Donald Parent
* Kenneth Gordon Gentry


* The Latest: Bosnia struggles with rising number of migrants
* APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in 'tender age' shelters
* Ronaldo, laying claim to GOAT status, grows goatee
* Chicago airport chief Ginger Evans resigns
* District 26 board OKs retirement bonus for employee who died days before qualifying for it

* Illinois Republicans in Congress break fro...
* Evanston asylum seeker says she hasn't...
* US House Schedule for Tuesday, June 19, 2018
* Kinzinger expects immigration solution, op...
* Reps. McCaul, Ruppersberger and Sens. Rubi...
* Battle brews on ingredient listing
* Congressman's opioid resolution passes...
* Representative wants answers on ICE arrests
* Trump, GOP leaders meet on migrant-kids so...
* Letter: Kinzinger doing nothing to help se...

* Morning Spin: Rauner says US border policy......
* Representative wants answers on ICE arrests...
* Illinois attorney general demands end to &......
* Feds give $200K to cleanup contaminated Ch......
* City receives $500K to clean up contaminat......

* Duckworth Statement on Senate Passage of N......
* Duckworth Statement on Trump Administratio......
* Duckworth...
* Trump slammed for policies on immigrant ch......
* Duckworth Statement on Trump's Withdra......

* Queer filmmaker Derek Jarman gets a Pride Month retrospective at FilmStruck
* The valley of the gilded frogs on the gig poster of the week
* World Cup Politics: Fixed Matches, Fascism & FIFA
* Gravity Of Precedent Fuels Challenge To Foxconn's Lake Michigan Bid
* Report: 44% Of Cannabis Consumers In Legal Recreational States Identify As Medical Users Seeking Pain Relief, Anti-Anxiety & Sleep Aids
* Separated Migrant Children Are Headed Toward Shelters With A History Of Abuse And Neglect
* J.E.B. who? It’s now going to be Obama Elementary in Richmond
* Video games are public enemy #1 . . . again
* Clarendon Park Neighborhood Association To Meet Next Tuesday
* In the digital age, the standard lecture may not be enough


* New Illinois 104 Bridge Opens in Meredosia
* IL Department on Aging Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Month
* 2017 Wabash County Tentative Multiplier Announced
* Liquor Control Commission Underage Compliance Report for Cook County
* Liquor Control Commission Underage Compliance Report for Will Count

  
* Apple releases beta 2 for iOS 12, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 and watchOS 5 for developers
* Get $100 in Project Fi credit if you’re pre-ordering the LG G7 ThinQ or V35 ThinQ
* A more unified Nintendo is the secret to the Switch’s massive success
* New beta of Microsoft Edge for Android brings AdBlock Plus integration
* This probably isn’t the Samsung Galaxy S10, y’all
* Porsche accelerates EV supercar ambitions with investment in Rimac
* Feral Announces 'Tropico' Coming to iPad Later This Year 'With No In-App Purchases'

* 2018 AZL White Sox Preview
* Junior Legion, White Sox split doubleheaders
* Mieses' homer leads AZL White Sox to 5-4 win over AZL Cu...
* White Sox Minor League Update: June 19, 2018
* White Sox Minor League Update: June 19, 2018
* White Sox in 60: Abreu keeps producing, but Sox lose again
* Rodon can't overcome 4-run 2nd in loss to Tribe


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

Archives
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

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




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