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  • Doug Finke: Rauner faces the public on Facebook – sort of

    Not sure Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first Facebook Live session last week is going to go down as one of those things where you remember where you were when i ...
    Sept. 27, 2016 - 9:29 pm
  • Rauner goes ‘D.C.’ on his political foes

    Since his inauguration, Gov. Bruce Rauner has consciously aped Washington, D.C.’s notoriously noxious battle to "win" the daily media spin cycle. Raun ...
    Sept. 26, 2016 - 10:03 pm
  • Salesman has time to share a big fat lie

    Dear Dave,My wife and I recently sat through a timeshare pitch at my mom and dad’s community as a fa ...
    Sept. 23, 2016 - 10:57 am
  • Statehouse Insider: ‘Madigan’ movie set to premiere

    Coming soon to a big (or more likely small) screen near you: “Madigan, the documentary.”That’s “Madi ...
    Sept. 20, 2016 - 11:15 pm
  • Springfield Spotlight: Dems say they aren't worried (but they are)

    The Republicans have been saying behind the scenes that they have put four Democratic state senators "on the bubble" -- Tom Cullerton in DuPage County ...
    Sept. 19, 2016 - 9:22 pm
  • Don’t store debt in buildings

    Dear Dave,My husband and I own three commercial buildings in Boise, Idaho, that are leased long-term ...
    Sept. 16, 2016 - 1:14 pm
  • Rauner’s wealth gives GOP fighting chance

    The Washington Post published a story the other day titled "Meet the wealthy donors who are pouring millions into the 2016 elections."
    Sept. 12, 2016 - 7:41 pm
  • Bust your debt, not your 401(k)

    Dear Dave,My wife and I make $100,000 a year combined, and we have about $12,000 in credit card debt ...
    Sept. 12, 2016 - 10:45 am
  • Did you notice the strike that wasn't? Nobody else did, either

    Were you inconvenienced last week by that strike of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees? No? Perhaps that’s because there ...
    Sept. 6, 2016 - 8:41 pm
  • GOP quick to pounce on former Gov. Quinn – too quick

    Whenever you see a statement from the Democratic Party of Illinois, you can feel supremely confident that House Speaker Michael Madigan, the party's l ...
    Sept. 6, 2016 - 8:40 pm
  • Private school is busting savings

    Dear Dave,Our three kids are enrolled in a private Christian school. It’s a great place, and we trul ...
    Sept. 2, 2016 - 12:53 pm
  • Illinois leaders aim to crack down on gun suppliers

    Gov. Bruce Rauner said last week that he has never spoken with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or any legislators about a much-anticipated proposal to toug ...
    Aug. 31, 2016 - 10:40 pm
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