Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan — arguably the most powerful politician in Springfield — made a rare appearance Friday night in Joliet to address labor leaders of Will and Grundy counties.
And to give, as he called it, his “side of the story” as to why Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and a Democrat-controlled majority remain deadlocked in a 10-month budget impasse.
“The governor's advocacy of these non-budget issues — workers' compensation, collective bargaining, prevailing wage – in my judgment, runs contrary to the core beliefs of both Democrats and Republicans,” Madigan said before a packed International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 167 West Banquet Hall. “Because advocacy of these issues would reduce wages for … middle class families and send injured workers to the emergency room and to the welfare program.”
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Tags: General Assembly, Mike Madigan, 2016 Elections
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday endorsed a petition-driven effort to allow voters to change the state constitution to reduce political influence in the redrawing of legislative boundaries, dismissing attempts by lawmakers to put their own redistricting proposals on the fall ballot.
"What we don't want to do is confuse voters, and it would not be productive to have several constitutional amendments on redistricting on the ballot at the same time," Rauner said.
"My own opinion is that the fair map coalition that's doing it through a voter referendum has the best proposal. … I certainly believe that that would be a wonderful outcome to have them get their proposal on the ballot," he said.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: General Assembly, Bruce Rauner, 2016 Elections
Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.
Biden spoke at a conference on regenerative medicine and ended up sharing the stage with the pope, who used his own speech to decry a profit-driven medical research system. With light streaming through stained glass into an ornate auditorium, the pope called for empathy for the sick and communal guarantees that all have access to care.
"Research, whether in academia and industry, requires unwavering attention to moral issues if it is to be an instrument which safeguards human life and the dignity of the person," the pope said.
Categories: State Issues, National Issues
Tags: Vice President, Joe Biden, Cancer
Allow me to begin today by responding to a version of the comment this column will inevitably provoke from scores of indignant readers:
Raise taxes? So those idiots in Springfield will have even more of our money to spend? Never! Let them cut spending and reform state government instead!
Yes, raise taxes.
We have to. Illinois is falling further and further into debt every day — $200 million deeper in the hole every week, budget experts say — and even Failed Gov. Bruce Rauner has acknowledged that "new revenue" has to be part of any comprehensive solution.
Tags: General Assembly, Bruce Rauner, Taxes
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Tags: US Senate, Tammy Duckworth, 2016 Elections
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