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  • STATEHOUSE INSIDER: No drama in Illinois House's leadership vote

    So much for the grand plan to oust Michael Madigan as House speaker.Not that many people thought it ...
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 10:03 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD SPOTLIGHT: Little joy among Dems as they crown Madigan again

    If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats' nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan's re-election last week, it would be either ...
    Jan. 15, 2017 - 11:30 pm
  • Is it worth keeping the LLC? Probably

    Dear Dave,My wife and I are debt-free, plus she has a business giving music lessons. We formed a lim ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 1:38 pm
  • State revenue hits the skids

    The Illinois General Assembly’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability delivered some more sobering news last week.
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 9:10 pm
  • Springfield Spotlight: Era of constant campaigns not helpful to governance

    Back in December, Gov. Bruce Rauner was asked by a Chicago TV reporter whether he planned to run for re-election. Rauner said he wasn't focused on suc ...
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 12:25 am
  • Relative wants to spread wealth of experience

    Dear Dave,I’ve followed your plan for 3 years. I’m living totally debt-free except for my home, and ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 1:41 pm
  • Doug Finke: Being correct isn't enough

    State Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, sort of stepped in it recently.Appearing on a Peoria television p ...
    Jan. 4, 2017 - 10:33 pm
  • Rich Miller: Failed state? Illinois is in danger of becoming one

    Let's take a look at headlines from just 1 day in December: • The state's bill backlog tops $11.3 bi ...
    Jan. 2, 2017 - 8:47 pm
  • Wife wants a final wish to come true

    Dear Dave,My wife and I have been married 12 years. Last month, we found out she has terminal cancer ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 5:31 pm
  • Hear the voice of experience

    If you want to see how Gov. Bruce Rauner’s mind works, you should skim through the vast trove of emails from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s private acco ...
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 10:58 pm
  • STATEHOUSE INSIDER – Illinois' fate: Stuck in a movie plot

    There is a very famous Japanese film called "Rashomon" that involves different characters giving different accounts of a murder. Some descriptions of ...
    Dec. 21, 2016 - 10:40 pm
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