After House Democrats ignored the will of the people by electing Mike Madigan to a 17th term as Speaker, it’s clear the only way we will stop the Madigan Machine is by ousting the politicians that give Madigan his power.
This means taking the case directly to the voters.
That’s why today, the Illinois Republican Party is launching the first phase of its “Drop the Mike” campaign, highlighting how Madigan and his prospective Gubernatorial candidates are working for the Chicago machine and against the people.
- dr. reason a, goodwin - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:40 am:
- 340 E Randolph - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:42 am:
Is Rauner that oblivious to see that the a large portion of this state is in revolt against the leader of Rauner’s party?
Right now, no one cares about Madigan, they care about opposing Trump in Chicago. Rubber trying to distract the fact that he had the same R next to his name as Trump will not work. No one cares.
Madigan is a hero because he doesn’t support Trump’s actions. Rauner does.
Rauner is a coward. His days are numbered. That’s a good thing.
Bye bye Brucey.
Not going to disagree with a word. But… ILGOP is way better at marketing than ILDEM. Period. ILDEMs are content with the awful Hillary strategy of hoping people see the truth while ILGOP is shaping opinion.
Somebody actually gave this the green light. There was a meeting. With, I would hope, reasonable people in the room and they said: Yes, this is our best option. And they likely said it with confidence. People felt good about their decision. May God have mercy on their souls.
The ILGOP continues Its outreach efforts to serious people. If Quinnochio didn’t hook ya, Mike the rapper certainly will.
Fan, also noted Manar there with JB and Kennedy. JB doesn’t have a ridiculous look on his face like the others, but he does seem to be highlighting his waistline more than the others. Stay classy ILGOP!
Do not tell me the Speaker has moved one inch towards a bipartisan budget compromise.
Do not tell me there’s a want by Speaker Madigan and/or his Crew to pass any badly needed reforms of state government or our business environment.
It’s January 31st.
We’ve gone 18 months, budget-less.
Illinois has been in decline for over a decade. Democrats don’t want to change anything.
Speaker Madigan admits in 2012 “most of us recognize the current state of Illinois pension systems are financially unsustainable. Everyone pretty much acknowledges that and that there has to be some kind of change.
So I would simply ask everyone let’s not get swept up in the emotion of the minute, lets keep our focus and continue to try and educate ourselves on these issues and move towards good solid decisions as to how we can solve these problems.”
I would say he has been AWOL for quite some time moving towards “good solid decisions” as to how we can solve the state’s problems.
Saying no to everything is not an option any longer with the realities of divided government.
Randolph- your oerception is caused by your living in. Deep Blue State. I am not thrilled with the Trump 10 day performance but still rather have him in WH as opposed to HRC. The polling to date has more support for Trumps performance then your entry suggests. Rauner is not a Trumpster and what is going on with our budget and fiscal mess has ZERO to do with either Trump or national politics. Madigan may think blowing up the status quo in terms of employee pay will lead to a budget. In reality it will just punish a bunch of folks who need their pay since they don’t have cushy real estate tax practices or live high off the public trough
As far as Cullerton’s pension proposal goes, something happened between the time it was first brought up several years before Rauner and now. There was a Supreme Court ruling about the Constitutionality of pension changes. At the time of ruling, even Cullerton said his proposal probably wouldn’t be constitutional.
It’s only out there now to give Rauner a carrot, but will never pass the constitutional test. But hey, Illinois has plenty of time and money to waste on defending this in the courts.
As a former Republican Party precinct committeman and county chairman (very briefly), I have watched the Republic legislators of both chambers slowly but surely turn from members of at least nominally conservative ideals into minions for the robber-baron class.
In a way, it doesn’t matter that the ad is a turkey. It’s a stand-in for something else. In a semiotics sense, what they’re doing is pointing to a barn-sized pile of money, lighting it on fire, and standing back, laughing, because they can afford to keep doing that. Over and over. They’re daring Madigan, trolling and taunting him to get him to commit all his resources to a spending game to counter their messaging. Shelling term bet on Rauner’s side is that he can play arsonist longer. For Madigan, the best option is not to play the same game, but find another way to the goal. As a guy that sometimes has to stop and consider if this is the week he can afford to go thru the car wash or wait for rain, it makes me laugh to see their media “burn rate”, and compare the return Rauner is getting from it. Rich people are not automatically smarter people. Or better people. They do what they think they can afford to do.