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  • The Rhubarb Patch: Is it time for Illinois to retire public pensions?

     
    Following up on my email dialogue on pensions last week with a spokesman for unionized state workers, this week I’m corresponding with Kristina Rasmussen, executive vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think-tank based in...
  • Open thread: Weeks in review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is now an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup......
  • Deadline could backfire on gun-control advocates

     
    Wednesday's print column Talk about the Wild West. Imagine officials of more than 200 local home-rule units of government in Illinois — trustees, aldermen, councilors, commissioners, most of them part-timers — suddenly and urgently...
  • Metra scandal tarnishes Madigan brand, Lisa's future

     
    Sunday's print column For years it's been my sense that the Madigan name doesn't send chills down the spines of average Illinois residents. Despite the yeoman's effort of print and broadcast pundits to portray veteran Democratic state House Speaker...
  • New law bans Metra board pensions, health coverage

    New law bans Metra board pensions, health coverage
    SPRINGFIELD — Generous health care and pensions will go by the wayside for future political appointees overseeing the Chicago area's local bus and train service, but the current officeholders will get to keep the benefits until they are...
  • Madigan out of touch... no, really

     
    By Jessica Reynolds Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, arguably the most powerful man in the state, does not own a cellphone. This stunning revelation was made known Tuesday when Gov. Quinn explained to the press how he tried to phone......
  • Ex-prosecutor won't conduct Metra probe

    Ex-prosecutor won't conduct Metra probe
    Former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins will not be conducting an independent probe of the ousted Metra CEO's allegations of patronage attempts and other improprieties at the agency, officials announced this morning. Late Sunday, Perkins Coie,...
  • Open thread: LMad takes a powder

     
    Big breaking story this evening: Lisa Madigan skips governor race, cites dad as main reason. I admit I didn't see this coming, at least not over the summer. I assumed she was going to stay in exploratory, wait-and-see mode until......
  • Quinn’s thrilling gambit sets chilling precedent

     
    From Sunday's print column Agreed, there was something deeply satisfying about Gov. Pat Quinn’s announcement last week that he was suspending the pay of state lawmakers until they acted on pension reform. "There is a principle as old as the......
  • Lisa Madigan won't say if father ever asked her to hire someone

    Lisa Madigan won't say if father ever asked her to hire someone
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan brushed aside questions Wednesday about whether her father, powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan, has ever asked her to hire or give a raise to someone and also denied she misled campaign donors when raising...
  • A public look at patronage

    A public look at patronage
    In 2011, when Alex Clifford was brought to Chicago from Los Angeles to fix Metra, the commuter rail operation, someone neglected to warn him about the way things are done here. Or if someone did, Clifford — an experienced transportation...
  • Lisa Madigan takes pass on governor's race

    Lisa Madigan takes pass on governor's race
    For months, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, brushed aside the notion that it would be a conflict of interest if she served as governor while he continued to run the General Assembly. But on Monday, she...