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Morning Spin: Team Rauner tries to rebrand November message
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign team is seeking to re-label the partisan impasse that has stifled state government ahead of the Nov. 8 Illinois...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Chicago Cubs Rod Blagojevich Chicago Tribune Lisa Madigan Illinois
Sneed: Former Irish president dropping in to raise money
Begorrah! Sneed is told Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson hits town next week to raise big bucks to build the country’s first presidential library. Hers. • Backshot: Robinson, who was Ireland’s first female president and served from 1990-97, made headlines in 1993 as the first serving Irish president to go to England and meet Queen Elizabeth in hopes of […]
30 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rod Blagojevich Rahm Emanuel Chicago Bulls Illinois Republic of Ireland Yolanda Adams Hyatt Michael Madigan
CTU sets dates for 2nd strike authorization vote
The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday set dates for a second strike authorization vote later this month. CTU officials said its House of Delegates approved a "strike re-authorization" vote that will be taken through petitions beginning Sept. 21 and running through at least Sept. 23. The vote...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Trade union Rod Blagojevich Rahm Emanuel Voting Democratic Party Pension White House Chief of Staff Northwestern University
Morning Spin: Emanuel's new water tax faces key City Council vote today
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new water and sewer tax for city worker pensions faces a key test vote on Thursday when the City Council Finance Committee...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Political action committee Republican Party Campaign finance in the United States Democratic Party President of the United States United States Senate Chicago Rod Blagojevich
Mihalopoulos: Munger’s ‘new’ Open Book website more of a sequel
What's more unusual is to continue a policy started by a predecessor — but claim it as your own work, as Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger did.
484 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rod Blagojevich Pat Quinn Daniel Hynes Donald Trump Chicago Melania Trump Rahm Emanuel Michael Madigan
West Side residents wary of ‘Ravinia-style’ venue in Douglas Park
Ald. Michael Scott Jr.’s vision of an outdoor “Ravinia-style” concert venue in Douglas Park got a skeptical reception Wednesday from West Side residen
222 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Rahm Emanuel Festival Chicago Sun-Times Sun-Times Media Group Chicago Tribune Rod Blagojevich Democratic Party
Winnebago County man gets 12 years for child pornography
A north-central Illinois man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for possessing child pornography.
3 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Lisa Madigan Rockford Illinois Roland Burris Winnebago County Illinois Child pornography Illinois Attorney General Rod Blagojevich Rockford metropolitan area
CTU governing body to discuss next steps in possible strike
Should teachers strike this year? That's the question on the minds of everyone depending on Chicago Public Schools for an education or work.
70 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rahm Emanuel Morgan Freeman Democratic Party School Rod Blagojevich Negotiation Education White House Chief of Staff
City warns retail electric suppliers to stay off CHA properties
Following a rash of complaints from CHA residents, the city announced it will ban retail electric suppliers from soliciting on those properties.
1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Consumer protection Rod Blagojevich Democratic Party Predation Rahm Emanuel Chicago Law Northwestern University
Can budget deal ever get done with Rauner, Madigan at the table?
At the Capitol, the so-called grand bargain proved to be a grand illusion.Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle haven't done much to knock down speculation that they're on the way out of the legislature.The over-the-top rhetoric is back in full effect. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has returned...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Tax Michael Madigan Lisa Madigan United States Senate Illinois Democratic Party Rod Blagojevich
Judge: State lawmakers should get paid, even if there’s no budget
A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that state Comptroller Susana Mendoza must pay lawmakers.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Lisa Madigan Rod Blagojevich Michael Madigan Pat Quinn Salary Rod Blagojevich corruption charges Legislator Legal professions
Rahm Emanuel gung-ho about U.S. Steel project, alderman says
"We are encouraged and supportive of what’s happening,” a top mayoral aide said.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rahm Emanuel Building Mayor of New York City Mayors Democratic Party Aid Mayor Rod Blagojevich
Judge: Move state lawmaker pay to the front of long line of unpaid bills
A Cook County judge on Thursday ruled against the "no budget, no pay" policy backed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza, finding that the comptroller can't delay lawmaker paychecks even in the midst of a historic state budget stalemate and Illinois' pile of...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Lisa Madigan Rod Blagojevich Pat Quinn Legal professions Michael Madigan Judiciary United States Rod Blagojevich corruption charges
Morning Spin: AG Madigan, Rauner set for court clash on state worker pay Thursday
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin A Downstate judge Thursday afternoon will take up the question of whether or not state workers should continue to be paid...
32 points by Chicago Tribune | Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court Lisa Madigan Roe v. Wade Michael Madigan Rod Blagojevich United States John G. Roberts
Morning Spin: Rauner cracks wise into hot mic before Facebook Live appearance
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin Gov. Bruce Rauner’s more frequent use of Facebook Live as a communication tool to go around the media also carries some...
30 points by Chicago Tribune | Donald Trump Illinois Rod Blagojevich Chicago Pat Quinn Ivana Trump Dick Durbin Budget
Toddler killed in Chicago in shooting streamed on Facebook Live
A toddler and his uncle were killed and a pregnant woman was wounded in Chicago on Tuesday when a gunman opened fire on their car as they drove through the city’s West Side, in a shooting captured on Facebook Live.
22 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Rod Blagojevich Chicago Childhood Chicago Tribune Tribune Company Victim WGN-TV Rahm Emanuel
Rauner asks court to reject Lisa Madigan state worker motion
Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration filed an opposition to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's motion to halt state worker pay without a budget.
1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Lisa Madigan Supreme Court of the United States Michael Madigan Illinois House of Representatives Rod Blagojevich United States Fair Labor Standards Act Employment
Emanuel urges old friend Rauner to present balanced budget
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday urged his old friend, Gov. Bruce Rauner, to “hit the re-set button” and present a balanced budget that makes the state and its public schools whole. On the eve of the governor’s budget address, Emanuel used a luncheon speech to the Economic Club of Chicago to demand that Rauner do what […]
17 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Illinois Democratic Party Northwestern University Rod Blagojevich Chicago Sun-Times Cook County Illinois Indiana
Wake up, Bruce Rauner. Bring back Illinois.
Bruce Rauner barnstormed his way to the governor's office by promising to "shake up Springfield." Now it seems he has a new mantra: Don't rock the boat. A bipartisan cartel of Illinois' longest-serving and most tone-deaf politicians are plotting what they call a budget "grand bargain." Unsurprisingly,...
88 points by Chicago Tribune | Springfield Illinois Democracy Rod Blagojevich Illinois Pat Quinn Voting Taxation in the United States George Ryan
No charges for cop who shot mentally ill teen, bystander
Families of a mentally ill teen and his neighbor blasted prosecutors’ decision to not charge the officer who fatally shot their loved ones.
731 points by Daily News | Chicago Tribune Police Chicago Tribune Company Baseball Police brutality 9-1-1 Rod Blagojevich
Zombie state: Illinois gears up for apocalypse
After a lively debate that "awakened various zombies in the chamber," Illinois lawmakers approved a resolution declaring October 2017 to be the inaugural “Zombie Preparedness Month.” Read Full Article at RT.com
323 points by Russia Today | Rod Blagojevich Chicago Chicago Tribune The Zombie Survival Guide The Walking Dead Chicago metropolitan area Zombie apocalypse Tribune Company
THE WATCHDOGS: How much do minorities get from film tax credits?
An Illinois state agency has failed to file required reports to show whether movies and TV shows getting film tax credits hire minorities and women.
90 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Film Chicago Illinois Taxation in the United States Film distributor Rod Blagojevich Film production U.S. state
Morning Spin: Budget watchdog calls for 40 percent hike in state income tax rate
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin A nonpartisan budget watchdog group is calling for dramatic action to get the state’s budget back on track, saying Republican...
144 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Tax Rod Blagojevich Illinois Lisa Madigan Progressive tax Income tax Abraham Lincoln
Few specifics as Emanuel sets goal of starting express rail to O'Hare
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration set an ambitious three-year goal Thursday to move forward with high-speed rail service to O'Hare International Airport, but aides offered few details for a project that has long proved elusive for Chicago.Emanuel brought up the new rail line to the busy airport...
849 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago High-speed rail Rail transport World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Passenger rail terminology Transrapid United Airlines Rod Blagojevich
Rauner tells state workers Madigan is forcing ‘crisis showdown’
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday told state workers in a video that he'll veto a Democratic-sponsored bill to keep pay flowing during the budget impasse.
327 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Lisa Madigan Michael Madigan Illinois Taxation in the United States Illinois House of Representatives Rod Blagojevich Chicago Income tax in the United States
Morning Spin: Senators question Todd Ricketts' campaign fundraising ahead of confirmation hearing
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts has been pressed for details about his fundraising efforts for two groups by three Democratic U.S....
47 points by Chicago Tribune | Lisa Madigan United States Senate Chicago Cubs Rod Blagojevich J. Joseph Ricketts Illinois TD Ameritrade Bill Clinton
Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. ordered to pay temporary child support
Jesse Jackson Jr. filed for divorce from Sandi Jackson in December after 25 years of marriage, citing 'irreconcilable differences.'
9 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago United States Sandi Jackson Jesse Jackson Jr. Chicago Tribune Tribune Company Rod Blagojevich Chicago Sun-Times
Dueling letters draw CPS parents into battle over funding
The battle between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Public Schools over education funding played out in dueling letters delivered this week to parents of students at the financially troubled district. In one letter, State Education Secretary Beth Purvis accused CPS of trying to "arbitrarily create...
172 points by Chicago Tribune | Rod Blagojevich Chicago Republican Party Democratic Party Rahm Emanuel High school Illinois Michael Madigan
Illinois secretary of state seeks funds for mailings
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is asking lawmakers to help bring in money by allowing advertising on vehicle registration reminders that are mailed out to millions of homes each year. The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2jYHtXX ) reports that the idea is to avoid a repeat of October ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Rod Blagojevich Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune Company WGN-TV Chicago Sun-Times Chicago metropolitan area Chicago Cubs
Stalled Olive-Harvey construction project on South Side a 'travesty'
At Olive-Harvey College on the Far South Side sits the half-built husk of a building Mayor Rahm Emanuel planned to make a centerpiece of his efforts to reform the city's community colleges. Originally scheduled to be completed in spring 2015, the Olive-Harvey Transportation, Distribution and Logistics...
394 points by Chicago Tribune | Construction Chicago Building 2016 Rod Blagojevich Illinois Democratic Party Building code
Morning Spin: Emanuel to give speech on infrastructure Thursday
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Here’s a sign a politician has been in office for a while: He delivers a speech timed to the anniversary of another speech. That’s what...
14 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Rahm Emanuel Democratic Party Rod Blagojevich City and town halls Mayor Donald Trump City council
Lisa Madigan presses Rauner to oppose Trump immigration push
Escalating a political feud, Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Monday called on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to demonstrate opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration plans while Rauner's state party accused her of trying to stop state worker paychecks to shill for her father,...
267 points by Chicago Tribune | Lisa Madigan President of the United States Republican Party Rod Blagojevich Springfield Illinois Illinois Kentucky Michael Madigan
Lisa Madigan spars with Rauner over immigration ban
Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to oppose President Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
863 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Lisa Madigan United States Michael Madigan Rod Blagojevich Illinois Rod Blagojevich corruption charges Appeal Attack
Emanuel meets with Uber, with new idea in the works
Emanuel said Monday he had a West Coast meeting with Uber and is working with the company on an idea he hopes will benefit the Chicago.
47 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rahm Emanuel Rod Blagojevich White House Chief of Staff Hotel Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Donald Trump
Brown: Rauner-led GOP elevates Lisa Madigan on party hit list
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan until now has stayed mostly beyond the reach of the Republican campaign to tar her father.
-2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Lisa Madigan Republican Party Michael Madigan Rod Blagojevich Illinois George W. Bush Loyola University Chicago School of Law Illinois House of Representatives
State GOP chief slams Lisa Madigan as doing ‘father’s bidding’
Tim Schneider said Lisa Madigan’s real purpose is “to advance her father’s political interests.”
-2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Lisa Madigan Michael Madigan Rod Blagojevich Illinois House of Representatives United States Rod Blagojevich corruption charges United States Constitution U.S. state
Redflex to pay $20 million to city to settle lawsuit over bribery scheme
Chicago's beleaguered former red-light camera vendor, still reeling from a $2 million bribery scandal that nearly brought down the business and rippled across the globe, has agreed to pay $20 million to the city to settle its lawsuit over the company's admitted fraud. In a 12-page settlement agreement,...
381 points by Chicago Tribune | Rod Blagojevich Contract Chicago Chicago Tribune Rahm Emanuel Camera Tribune Company Breach of contract
City to get $20M from firm at center of red-light camera bribery
Under the terms of the settlement, Redflex Traffic Systems will pay the City of Chicago $20 million, with $10 million payable by the end of 2017.
235 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Rod Blagojevich Chicago Tribune John Hancock Center Tribune Company Northwestern University Federal government of the United States WGN-TV
Illinois secretary of state wants to sell ads on vehicle registration notices to bring in money
Amid a long-running budget battle, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is asking lawmakers to give him a tool to make ends meet: allowing advertising on vehicle registration reminders that are mailed out to millions of homes each year. The idea is to avoid a repeat of October 2015, when White's...
45 points by Chicago Tribune | Rahm Emanuel Rod Blagojevich State Private sector Advertising Mail Tax Voluntary sector
Morning Spin: Comptroller Mendoza rips Rauner on budget impasse
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza issued a blistering critique of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sunday, accusing him of a massive...
990 points by Chicago Tribune | Illinois Chicago Rod Blagojevich Lisa Madigan Democratic Party Illinois House of Representatives Illinois Senate Government budgets
Sneed exclusive: Munger appointed to deputy guv post
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/sneed-exclusive-pritzker-goes-on-gubernatorial-listening-tour/ She was out walking her dog when she got the call. It was a surprise summons. “It was three weeks ago when my cell went off walking Daisy, and I hesitated to answer because there was no called ID,” said former Republican State Comptroller Leslie Munger — who was appointed a special deputy governor Friday […]
-2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Hillary Rodham Clinton Bill Clinton Democratic Party James Carville Barack Obama United States Senate election in New York 2006 Rod Blagojevich Iowa Democratic caucuses 2008
Rauner names Munger deputy governor after she lost comptroller election
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday named former state Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger as a deputy governor, putting one of his allies through the state's long budget war in his administration.Munger served two years as the Republican governor's appointed comptroller before losing to Democrat Susana...
818 points by Chicago Tribune | Hawaii Rod Blagojevich Linda Lingle Democratic Party Illinois Government Non-profit organization Pat Quinn
Former comptroller appointed deputy governor by Gov. Rauner
The former comptroller will "assist in addressing financial challenges facing the state and its nonprofit organizations," the governor's office said.
127 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rod Blagojevich United States Chicago Pat Quinn Judy Baar Topinka Democracy Chicago Sun-Times Proxy war
Lawmakers draft plans to keep Illinois paychecks flowing
The Republican and Democratic measures would approach the payments differently.
15 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Lisa Madigan Government Michael Madigan Rod Blagojevich Sovereign state Illinois State President of the United States
Morning Spin: Rauner reveals what he wanted to be when he grew up
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Before diving into politics, Gov. Bruce Rauner made his bones as a private equity investor. But the Republican said Thursday he earlier...
37 points by Chicago Tribune | Rod Blagojevich Chicago Rahm Emanuel Democratic Party Lisa Madigan Illinois Cook County Illinois Democracy
Who's with Emanuel in Rome? Some of his top campaign contributors
When Rahm Emanuel departed Chicago for the Vatican on Thursday for the elevation of Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to cardinal, he brought along some of his most loyal campaign contributors. Among those granted access to the ceremony hosted by Pope Francis are 24 of Emanuel's top political backers...
375 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Illinois Democratic Party Chicago Tribune Barack Obama Campaign finance Rod Blagojevich Chicago metropolitan area
Morning Spin: Why Chicago top cop Johnson is in Rome with Emanuel
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Chicago’s 80-strong, Mayor Rahm Emanuel-fronted delegation to see Archbishop Blase Cupich’s elevation to cardinal in Rome counts the city’s...
188 points by Chicago Tribune | Benjamin Netanyahu Tammy Duckworth Rahm Emanuel Members of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois Peter Roskam Democratic Party Rod Blagojevich Prime Minister of Israel
'Rahmfather' creator Eric Brightfield remembered for genius, pranks
I receive many fine letters from readers, but only one came stuffed into the mouth of a fish. A dead, dry, stuffed fish it was, a dark green smallmouth bass. "This fish is a little dry," said the cryptic note. "Let's meet for some fresher fish at Shaw's." It was on a square of canvas, a detail...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Rahm Emanuel Rod Blagojevich Wrigley Field White House Chief of Staff Christmas Democratic Party John Grisham
Sneed: Rahm, Rauner find common ground, and it’s at the Vatican
Reunited at last! Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner, antagonists in political life, have finally found something in common: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, who is on his way to Rome to become a cardinal. At O’Hare International Airport before boarding a United Airlines flight, Rahm and Rauner held a press conference. “This is a […]
91 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Democratic Party Supreme Court of the United States Damon Wayans People from Chicago Illinois Rahm Emanuel Rod Blagojevich White House Chief of Staff Jim Clyburn
Chicago cop who fatally shot 2 was mistakenly returned to street duties
Chicago police Officer Robert Rialmo was supposed to remain on desk duty this summer as the city investigated his fatal shooting of two people, one of them an innocent bystander. Rialmo had raised further questions about his fitness for duty by filing an unusual lawsuit against the city, alleging...
699 points by Chicago Tribune | Police Chicago Police Department United States Department of Justice Chicago Tribune Constable Police brutality Rod Blagojevich Club