Tag Archives: Bruce Rauner

CN July 20 2017

Well, Illinois has a budget. But the schools don’t. Chicago Public Schools, for the third year in a row, presented to its principals a budget for their individual schools that’s based on state money that has been promised – sorta … Continue reading

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CN June 29 2017 Madeleine Doubek

  Illinois is beginning its third year without a budget. Developing an annual, balanced budget is the most important thing a chief executive is expected to accomplish. But not, apparently, in Illinois. I’m pretty not confident,” the BGA’s Madeleine Doubek … Continue reading

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CN June 8 2017

  The youTube video is above, and the SoundCloud audio-only link is below. In the first half of this two-part show, NBC5’s Mary Ann Ahern joins us to talk Pritzker, Blago, Rauner, Emanuel, journalism and Medicaid. And later, we’re joined … Continue reading

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CN June 1 2017

  Here’s what Natasha Korecki said in this morning’s Illinois Playbook: This is a day you’ll want to buy hard copies of the Sun-Times and the Tribune, sit down with a large cup of coffee, and read. There’s that much … Continue reading

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CN May 18 2017

  As  a direct result of Obamacare,  lots of people in Illinois have health insurance who never had it before. “I’m very grateful to President Obama for making healthcare part of his public legacy. Almost half a million people, 480,000 … Continue reading

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CN May 4 2017

CPS is enduring yet another of its “how-can-we keep-going-without-a-huge cash-infusion crises, except that, instead of its usual fall timing, this is a separate crisis just to figure out how it’ll finish the school year. The total amount needed this time? … Continue reading

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CN Dec 15 2016

Ever heard of VSI? It’s the Vendor Services Initiative, and it was deigned to help pay the hundreds of vendors who’ve never been paid by the State over the past few years of layered fiscal crises. Trouble is, the way … Continue reading

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CN Nov 17 2016

  Pat Quinn was our Governor from 2009-20015. As you may recall, a billionaire financier named Bruce Rauner defeated him. On today’s show, he briefly compares notes with Hillary Clinton, who was also defeated by a billionaire with no government … Continue reading

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CN August 25 2016

  The CPS Board was very busy yesterday. They passed a $5.4 billion operating budget, along with  a basket-ful of big-ticket borrowing. There was about a billion for capital projects like new schools and additions, air conditioning and internet upgrades … Continue reading

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CN July 7 2016

  Something truly unusual happened in Springfield last week. How can you tell? For the first time in memory, Forrest Claypool appeared in public…smiling. More than smiling, he had a huge grin on his face, matched by the Mayoral smile … Continue reading

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