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Columns by Doug Finke

  • Statehouse Insider: AFSCME, Rauner vie for Illinoisans’ hearts and minds

    They may not negotiate with each other anymore, but neither Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration nor AFSCME is giving up on the war to win over the hear ...
    July 25, 2016 - 9:04 pm
  • Stathouse Inside: It's premature to dismiss tax hikes as unacceptable

    Thursday was not a good day for Illinois financial news. First up was Comptroller Leslie Munger, who detailed just how bad Illinois’ money problems re ...
    July 18, 2016 - 10:47 pm
  • Union triumphs in Round 1

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees won one last week when the state labor board said it wouldn’t skip an administrative ...
    July 12, 2016 - 9:41 pm
  • Stathouse Insider: It's OK to be happy about the stopgap budget – briefly

    Contrary to what some are saying, it’s OK to be happy about the Legislature passing that stopgap spending bill last week. Within limits. 
    July 5, 2016 - 4:32 pm
  • Lawmakers coming back to Springfield? We're saved!

    Well, better late than never.For those of you scoring at home, the state’s new fiscal year starts Fr ...
    June 27, 2016 - 10:46 pm
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