Tag Archives: Governor Rauner

CN March 23 2017

  What does it say about a society when its elected representatives decide that access to an inexpensive, quality university education is no longer a priority? That’s what’s been happening in Illinois since at least 2000. According to the Center for … Continue reading

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CN March 24, 2016

  Steve Rhodes, reacting to the decision by the Illinois Supreme Court this morning calling Mayor Emanuel’s pension plan for City workers unconstitutional, tells us -“Now there’s no wiggle room whatsoever. Now there’s no negotiation that can take place.” The … Continue reading

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CN Nov. 12, 2015

  On this week’s show – the voices of experience. Between them Paul Meincke and Phil Rogers have more than 55 years of accomplishment as Chicago TV reporters. Meincke recently went into semi-retirement at Channel 7, and Rogers still has a … Continue reading

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CN Sep. 10, 2015

So, it’s sort of quasi-official. We’re in for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history. Along with new fees for garbage collection and new taxes on all kinds of other activities. We’ll know officially in a couple of … Continue reading

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CN August 27, 2015

  Wanna spend a half-hour talking about the Illinois budget mess and the neutron-bomb that is the Illinois pension situation? No? Who could blame you? But this conversation’s a little different, because it’s with a guy who was there. For pretty … Continue reading

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CN July 9, 2015

  There’s a provocative article in the latest In These Times that should be mandatory reading for everyone concerned about the pension/budget crisis that’s gripping Illinois. It’s titled Why Chicago Won’t go Bankrupt, and Detroit Didn’t Have To. It’s written … Continue reading

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CN Jun 11, 2015

What we’re seeing in Springfield right now could be a level of intellectual virtuosity unmatched in the modern age, as three unrivaled masters jockey  for the dominance of a political philosophy. Of course, it might not be. When Governor Rauner takes to … Continue reading

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CN May 28, 2015

  It all just seems so hopeless. Unfunded pensions are everywhere. A billion dollar hole here, a half-billion one there.  A hundred-billion shortfall in Springfield.  Junk bond ratings. There doesn’t seem any way out of it without giving up hard-earned … Continue reading

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CN May 21, 2015

  The situation in Springfield looks dire. There’s at least four billion less coming in next year due to the reduction in the income tax that just went into effect, and billions more due to help plug the various pension … Continue reading

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CN May 14, 2015

  The Illinois house today voted 72-0 (with 37 Republicans voting “present”) against a proposal Governor Rauner’s been promoting to create so-called opportunity zones in Illinois – zones where union membership would be optional, along with the payment of union … Continue reading

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