LAME DUCK WARNING Prediction: A
year from now, the lame-duck Illinois General Assembly will vote to extend the
2011 income tax increase. And some of those lame ducks will get high-ranking,
high-paying state jobs in exchange for their votes. So said our panel of
lawmakers -- two Republicans, one Democrat -- at our town hall meeting Tuesday
night in Woodstock. And that's not all. More here.
SWEETNESSGATE Chicago Tribune
columnist Eric Zorn has christened the Bruce Rauner/Walter Payton College Prep
clout controversy "Sweetnessgate." (That's a reference to Walter
Payton's nickname, for those not aware.) It's not so sweet for Rauner, Zorn
writes. Summary here.
BUSINESS PUSHES BACK Some of the
biggest business groups in the state have united against the effort by Gov. Pat
Quinn to raise Illinois' minimum wage to $10. Doug Whitley of the Illinois
Chamber of Commerce explains why businesses hate the
THE BARON AND THE BRAIN No, Baron Von
Carhartt, Shady Bill Brady and Pat Quinn's Brain aren't characters from a board
game. They're among the fake Twitter accounts issuing satiric posts in the
voices of the candidates for governor. They're hilarious, but sometimes the
satire can have a real bite. Here's a sampling.
WHERE ARE THE JOBS? Moody's
Analytics ranked all 50 states for projected job growth through 2014. Illinois
does not fare well. This interactive map lets you see where the job growth is
and isn't happening. Click here and explore the national
SOUND OFF A police chief
retires, starts collecting a $100,000-a-year pension, then gets hired back as
"director of security" -- same salary, new title.
Lax and vague disclosure rules let
politicians avoid revealing financial conflicts. Big corporations extort the state for big tax breaks
by threatening to leave if they don't get them. If you're tired of any or all
of these scenarios, now you can do something about them. Use our Sound Off tool
to learn more about the issues and send a message to your lawmakers, Gov. Pat
Quinn and the four leaders of the General Assembly. All in a few mouse clicks.
It's fast, easy and effective. Choose and click an issue below to get started.
HEADLINES Here are the top news stories in Illinois today:
- 5. The Associated Press asked
the Illinois candidates for governor to sum up why they are running in
140-character Tweets. (Associated Press)
4. All four GOP gubernatorial candidates said fixing the state’s economic problems would be the top priority if they win. (Associated Press)
3. The University of Illinois is working on a new pension plan by June for employees hurt by the state’s new pension reform law. (The News-Gazette)
2. Pat Quinn continues to stay quiet while his GOP opponents battle each other. (CBS Chicago)
1. Opinion: Bruce Rauner is paying the price for what Tribune columnist Eric Zorn is calling “Sweetnessgate.” (Chicago Tribune)