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  • Rauner, Legislature: Not enough talk or action

    Last week was supposed to have been the week when Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four legislative leaders sat down together for the first time in months to ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 5:09 pm
  • Senate chief just says no to speaker

    Earlier this month when the General Assembly was in Springfield, House Speaker Michael Madigan called Senate President John Cullerton six different ti ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Gridlock isn't doing state or politicians any favors

    Another week and another shining example of how dysfunctional this state has become.It started with ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 12:10 am
  • Unaccustomed bad week for a powerful pol

    "He seems so done with it all," said one top Republican earlier last week about House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. "He hates this," said a close Durk ...
    Nov. 16, 2015 - 3:27 pm
  • Budget summit: Who'll be put on the spot the most?

    The concept of a public meeting on Nov. 18 by the four legislative leaders and the governor sounds nice, but will it actually move the ball forward an ...
    Nov. 9, 2015 - 6:13 pm
  • Season of squash: Many uses for this delectable produce

    Orange, yellow, creamy taupe, striped, dark green – the list of colors goes on and on in the cornucopia of plenty in the concurbitaceae family. Harves ...
    Nov. 7, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Rauner should concede on the prevailing wage

    For months now, Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he won’t negotiate a state budget unless his “Turnaround Agenda” demands are met. In the meantime, he has s ...
    Nov. 2, 2015 - 10:03 pm
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