MAD ABOUT MADIGAN The Chicago Tribune
editorializes today that House Speaker Michael Madigan is the poster child for
term limits in Illinois, and cartoonist Scott Stantis draws the poster. See it here.
- TRIB TALKS TOUGH Actually, the Chicago Tribune has two editorials today focused on Madigan, his patronage power and how term limits and redistricting reform could curtail both. Condensed versions and links to the originals here.
FORECAST: STORM AHEAD Gov. Pat Quinn
has released his 3-year financial projection for the state that includes big
losses in tax money after the income tax rate falls at the end of this year.
Message to anyone who wants to be governor: You better tell us in specifics how
you will deal with this. See the report and our comments
(ALMOST) THE BIGGEST LOSER When your
economy thrives, your population grows. When it tanks, you end up like Illinois
in the new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. We map it out here.
14 FOR 14 From littering
to cell phones to construction zone enforcement, there are plenty of new laws
for Illinois drivers (and everyone else). The Illinois Senate Democrats put
together this great interactive slide show explaining the state's new laws for
2014. Don't miss it. Click to view.
SOUND OFF FOR DISCLOSURE Wouldn't you like to
untangle the web of connections and know more about the financial interests of
your lawmakers? A bill in the General Assembly would provide stronger
disclosure rules and bring more transparency to Illinois government. Let your
representatives in Springfield know you believe more openness means better
government. Use our Sound Off tool and be heard. It's easy and effective. Click here to get started.
HEADLINES As Illinois recovers from the Great Polar Vortex of 2014, here are the top headlines:
- 5. In a political turnaround,
Bruce Rauner now says he wants to raise, not lower, the minimum wage. (Chicago Sun-Times)
4. A new report shows Illinois’ bill backlog will increase if the temporary income tax increase is allowed to expire. (State Journal-Register)
3. Illinois’ pension debt has officially gone over $100 billion. (State Journal-Register)
2. Opinion: Michael Madigan doesn’t have to be direct or demanding to get what he wants. Why? Because he’s Mike Madigan. (Chicago Tribune)
1. Opinion: The best way for voters to keep politicians' power in check is to sign petitions supporting legislative redistricting and term limits for politicians. (Chicago Tribune)