In Illinois the Democratic Party is Michael Madigan and Michael Madigan is the Democratic Party

By John Ruberry Unless you live in Illinois' 22nd state House district, Michael Madigan's name will not be on your ballot when you vote in the March 20 primary in the Land of Lincoln. Not directly, that is. But his foul spirit will be there. Even when there is a Democratic governor in Illinois, the … Continue reading In Illinois the Democratic Party is Michael Madigan and Michael Madigan is the Democratic Party

Illinois is following the model of Czarist Russia

By John Ruberry "I can't stop the revolution, but until it comes, let's have some fun." Prince Felix Yusupov to Rasputin in the film Nicholas and Alexandra. And with the revolution of course came the collapse of Czarist Russia. The beleaguered state of Illinois set a couple of futility records last week. It became the first … Continue reading Illinois is following the model of Czarist Russia

Jesse Jr further disgraces Chicago and himself

By John Ruberry Ann Richards, the last Democratic governor of Texas to date, is wrongly credited with a famous statement about George H.W. Bush, that he was "born on third base and thought he hit a triple." But you can say the same thing about former US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), the son of the … Continue reading Jesse Jr further disgraces Chicago and himself

Chris Kennedy, Illinois’ snowflake candidate for governor

By John Ruberry The Democratic gubernatorial primary in Illinois is more than a year away but the field of candidates to challenge Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner is taking shape. On Thursday Christopher G. Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy, announced on YouTube that he'll be running for the Democratic nomination for governor of America's … Continue reading Chris Kennedy, Illinois’ snowflake candidate for governor

Land of the IOU: Illinois Lottery spends money on ad to say it has no money for big payouts

By John Ruberry For over four months Illinois has operated without a budget. But the Prairie State continues function, not particularly well, as was the case when Illinois had a budget. Despite those budgets, the state's pension fund is the worst-funded one in the nation. Illinois has the lowest credit rating of the 50 states--so … Continue reading Land of the IOU: Illinois Lottery spends money on ad to say it has no money for big payouts

Democrats remain stubborn as Illinois enters fourth month without a budget

By John Ruberry It's been four months since Illinois operated with a budget. But the story goes back a year when Land of Lincoln voters tossed out Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich's two-time running mate, and chose Republican businessman Bruce Rauner to, as his proclaimed in his campaign slogans, "Bring back Illinois" and "Shake … Continue reading Democrats remain stubborn as Illinois enters fourth month without a budget

Chicago Tribune columnist’s “In Chicago, wishing for a Hurricane Katrina” creates anger

By John Ruberry As the tenth anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina approaches we will come across many retrospectives of the storm that killed over 1,800 people and destroyed large swaths of the Gulf of Mexico coastal area--particularly in New Orleans. But we won't see too many like this one from the Chicago Tribune's Kristen … Continue reading Chicago Tribune columnist’s “In Chicago, wishing for a Hurricane Katrina” creates anger

Legislative tyranny in Illinois

By John Ruberry In case you were hiding in a hole for the last week, you undoubtedly heard that there was a wave election on Tuesday--and the Republican Party was on top of that wave, even in Illinois, President Obama's home state. Political newcomer Bruce Rauner ousted Democratic governor Pat Quinn by a surprisingly comfortable … Continue reading Legislative tyranny in Illinois

Gerrymandering, identity politics, and amnesty

By John Ruberry President Obama's point man on "comprehensive immigration reform," which is nothing more than a pseudonym for amnesty for illegal aliens, is fellow Chicagoan Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat who represents Illinois' gerrymandered fourth congressional district. Last week Gutierrez, while speaking at a convention of the far-left La Raza (The Race) last week, said Hispanic … Continue reading Gerrymandering, identity politics, and amnesty

Did I just hear James Clyburn suggest that’s its racist to call him liberal?

Bob Schieffer just asked Clyburn if he goes higher in the leadership with Pelosi will it make the Democratic Party in the house more liberal. Clyburn said he defied labels pointing out that he campaigned in more bluedog districts than progressive ones and said people are calling him liberal based on the color of his … Continue reading Did I just hear James Clyburn suggest that’s its racist to call him liberal?