The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority released the Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) annual report this week, saying the prison-diversion program saved taxpayers more than $75 million over the past five years.
Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward) allegedly
is employing a registered lobbyist who represents some of the biggest and most powerful real estate developers in the city as his chief of staff -- a conflict of interest that would skirt legal and ethical guidelines, Faisal Khan, who investigated the matter for watchdog group Project Six, alleges.
Terming the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) an “800-pound gorilla at the negotiating table,” the Illinois Policy Institute recently examined the relationship between the union and Illinois workers, suggesting that the balance of power tends to tilt toward the union.
Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Nick Klitzing released a memo following last week’s election results detailing the challenges that now lie before House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) and the Democratic Party in the Land of Lincoln.
In a victory for Gov. Bruce Rauner and his administration, the Illinois Labor Relations Board ruled in a 5-0 vote on Nov. 15 that the state and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have reached an impasse in their contract negotiations.
In a charged statement and maneuver that opposes President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, Illinois state Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) has proposed a House bill that would require those managing the state’s pension funds to divest investments in companies that may be hired by the Trump administration to build the border wall.
The co-founders of a Chicago-based conservative public-policy think tank recently challenged an assertion by House Speaker Mike Madigan's (D-Chicago) spokesman that Madigan shouldn't have to release his tax returns as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has done.
One-time Illinois GOP chair Pat Brady said that despite the controversy over the presidential election results, the public must abide by the nation’s democratic process and give Donald Trump a fair chance when he takes office.
Following the general election, regional political analysts suggested that Republican victories in Illinois had more to do with Democratic challengers being intentionally tied to House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) in the public’s mind than initially anticipated.
Despite the controversy surrounding embattled Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino and whatever misdeeds he may have committed, the scandal apparently is not a big deal if news media buzz and political heat are any indication, a citizen journalist recently said on his blog.