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Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021

* Biggest losers and biggest winners of the lame duck session? Make sure to explain your answer.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

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  1. - Lt Guv - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:31 pm:

    Winners - easy, the Black Caucus.

    Loser - the Governor with the failure of the delinking bill.


  2. - Dwnstatelib - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:34 pm:

    I second the Lt Guv…


  3. - Andersonville Right Winger - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:37 pm:

    Winner the Black Caucus

    Loser Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Martwick firefighter pension bill and the expanded collective bargaining rights for CTU.


  4. - ILBlack - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:39 pm:

    Losers-
    Governor:
    -failed to move legislation that made major
    changes to cannabis laws to help social equity
    applicants get licenses after discrepancies in
    the original legislation.
    -Decoupling Bill

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
    -CTU collective bargaining


  5. - Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:49 pm:

    Winners: The Black Caucus

    Loser: Durkin, was really shocked with the tone he took when speaking about Madigan. He failed as a leader to show he could rise above past issues and instead chose to play to his caucus and his caucus only.


  6. - ;) - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:51 pm:

    Biggest Losers: Women, MeToo movement, The Women’s Caucus, and the credibility of Ann Williams and the Women’s and Progressive Organizations, and Law Enforcement.
    Biggest Winners: The Black Caucus.


  7. - Howard - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:53 pm:

    Black Caucus is a clear winner

    Loser: Shocked and disappointed in Jim Durkin.


  8. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:54 pm:

    Losers - MJM, the suspension of his campaign was tactical but in the end, he was ousted

    Winner - MJM, his legacy continues with Welch


  9. - Chicagonk - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:54 pm:

    Loser - Future Illinois taxpayers - Not sure how the state plans on paying for what was passed considering the Governor can’t even get a decoupling bill through.


  10. - Rich Hill - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 2:55 pm:

    Biggest winner is west suburban Cook County, home to the House Speaker and Senate President.

    Biggest loser is Gov. Pritzker on the decoupling bill.


  11. - Ummm - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:00 pm:

    Winner: The Black Caucus worked to pass some serious reforms in a short amount of time.

    Loser: Durkin. What was that statement and vitriol!? A week after the president from your party incited a coup, it would probably wise to give a unity message and move on. There was absolutely no need for what he did today.


  12. - Covid - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:07 pm:

    Winner-Black Caucus & Welch
    Losers-potential election losses for a few of those suburban Legislators who voted for that crime bill. When the details of that mess come out, a few suburban Dems will be in trouble (especially in new districts).


  13. - S. Side - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:07 pm:

    Winner: Black Caucus
    Loser: Gov. Pritzker (Not much solid strategic thinking on political matters.)


  14. - Rutger Hauer - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:07 pm:

    Winners: Black Caucus (big chunk of agenda passed), Trial Lawyers (finally passed pre-judgement interest after 40 years - huge victory).

    Loser: Employers - compliance with employment requirements in BC economic package are almost impossible to comply which carries a penalty of 1% of gross income (which isn’t defined). Also pre-judgement interest will definitely push companies to settle (even when not at fault) while further increasing their insurance rates.

    If Lame Duck is a preview of the spring session, the business community is in for a world of pain. Tough to be optimistic about employers finally being valued in Illinois.


  15. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:08 pm:

    Winners: HBC, Illinois, Police Reform

    Losers: Gov Pritzker, Schools and Students, ILGOP


  16. - PC - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:08 pm:

    Winner? Police. They absolutely neutered the most significant reforms through their campaign of lies an deceit.

    Winner? ILBC. 3 of 4 pillars are going to the governor and ECW is Speaker.

    Loser? Durkin. A classless speech during inauguration. You don’t have to praise MJM or even mention him, but the absolutely petty and false attacks were totally uncalled for and against the spirit he claimed he would have.

    Losers? Potentially the House tops as far as staff if Welch wants his own people. Of course, as with Harmon last year, they will likely be on through session no matter what.

    Losers? The house Dems who think Madigan attacks are just going away. If you ever voted for him, with him on a bill, even one with 118 votes, or even breathed the same air, you are tarred according to the GOP.

    Loser? Kelly Cassidy. Her classless present votes are complete cowardice.


  17. - pool boy - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:08 pm:

    Winner- Black caucus
    Loser-MJM


  18. - Anyone Remember - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:12 pm:

    [Throwback Machine font on]
    Winner - AFSCME
    Loser - Former Gov. Rauner
    Reason - Removal of collective bargaining provisions from Police Reform legislation.
    [Throwback Machine font off]


  19. - Kayak - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:14 pm:

    -Winners:
    Black Caucus
    Chris Welch
    Kelly Cassidy
    Mike Madigan’s Legacy

    -Losers
    Durkin
    IL Chiefs of Police
    IL Sheriffs Association


  20. - shocked - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:14 pm:

    Winners
    Lori Lightfoot for getting lucky and avoiding the elected school board…for now

    FOP for getting lucky that the peace officer collective bargaining draft was too broad and having other unions kill that part of the bill

    MJM for getting more time to spend with his family

    Losers:
    Republicans whose entire platform was “Madigan is bad”
    Democrats whose entire platform was “Madigan is bad”


  21. - southsider - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:25 pm:

    Winner: the members of the Black Caucus and the staff who worked tirelessly to get the pillar bills done

    Loser: Jim Durkin. The hatred and toxicity he has expressed does nothing to help his caucus, other than show they’re the party of division.


  22. - Commisar Gritty - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:26 pm:

    Biggest winners: Legislative Black Caucus
    Biggest losers: Corrupt cops

    I don’t buy the argument that this bill “popped up out of nowhere”. There isn’t a single policy on there that hasn’t been advocated for by community organizers / police reformers for the last 20 years, at least! These policies got megaphones after Ferguson and other similar protests.

    Proud of our GA and our state for passing this.


  23. - DickNixon - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:29 pm:

    Loser: Mike Madigan. No longer Speaker
    Winner: Mike Madigan. You won’t have Mike Madigan to kick around anymore.


  24. - Ashland Adam - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:30 pm:

    Winner: Communities in need of local health care options.


  25. - Real Southsider - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:35 pm:

    Winners - Black Caucus, and small businesses that will not see a painful and unnecessary tax hike

    Losers - The legislative process, Mayor Lightfoot, the Governor on the decoupling bill and his state agencies that will not be able to implement or administer any of the large pieces of legislation that have passed in recent days, just as what happened in 2019.


  26. - Redbird Pundit - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:39 pm:

    Winner: Welch

    Loser: MJM(never thought I would say that).
    Loser: The taxpayers of Illinois. The general assembly just keeps on passing legislation with no way to pay for it.


  27. - SAP - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 3:44 pm:

    Loser: Process. A lot of stuff got passed without getting heard in committee. Press and lobbyists did not have adequate access to members.


  28. - Nilwood - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 4:09 pm:

    Winner: Black Caucus
    Loser: Good cops and the communities they serve.

    Overreach in an attempt to get bad cops.


  29. - Now I'm down in it. - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 5:14 pm:

    Winners: Black Caucus
    Losers: Women and the #MeToo movement.


  30. - Brent A - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 5:44 pm:

    Winners: Black Caucus and the millions who will benefit from the reforms, including folks, especially in Black and Brown communities, who will be protected from predatory lending thanks to a 36% APR cap on consumer loans (if the Governor signs it)

    Losers: Predatory lenders


  31. - LibertyvilleNick - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 5:49 pm:

    Elementary and secondary school children. When it comes to education policy, organized labor is paramount and the only constituent worth appeasing. Why? Administrators and staff far outlive local school board officials who have little political capital. Students and parents are stuck not in the middle but always at the end.


  32. - Really - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 6:30 pm:

    Winners: LBC
    Losers: the people of Illinois and anyone with a business.


  33. - Quibi Subscriber - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 7:27 pm:

    Winners-

    Black Caucus. They got more accomplished than I ever would have ever imagined. Congrats!

    Ann Williams- She got to pretend like she was a viable candidate for Speaker for a few days.

    Losers-

    Governor’s Office- What a massive loss. It’s still salvageable, but it’s like a sign of more losses to come. Member’s level of frustration with the Governor’s Office is very high. A lot of (justifiable) blame for the failure of the fair tax coupled with a lot of unreturned calls by their legislative team is going to make for a long session.


  34. - Back to the Future - Wednesday, Jan 13, 21 @ 7:31 pm:

    Winners: LBC, CPU, Predatory Lenders,
    Losers: Teams Pritzker and Madigan, Taxpayers, Chicago Parents, Lightfoot, Women’s Groups


  35. - Al - Thursday, Jan 14, 21 @ 7:29 am:

    Senator Brady winner for walking away. He gave a lot.


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