Illinois businesses and jobs escape to Wisconsin

By John Ruberry Last Monday I had a errand to run for work--which brought me to Milwaukee's suburbs. And for the first time in five years I drove on Interstate 94 north of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line--on what is known as the Milwaukee to Kenosha I-94 Corridor. A lot has changed since 2012. As I … Continue reading Illinois businesses and jobs escape to Wisconsin

Deep Corruption: Hiring scandal reveals stench of Illinois government

By John Ruberry You've heard of "Deep State," right? If you haven't, it's the powerful yet anonymous cadre of senior bureaucrats within the federal government who are toiling to undermine President Donald J. Trump. They are "the swamp" Trump wants to drain. In Illinois, where I live, we have Deep Corruption. Last week in my own … Continue reading Deep Corruption: Hiring scandal reveals stench of Illinois government

Illinois governor’s race: The folly of voting just to make a statement

By John Ruberry In its first political endorsement in three years--and the only one it will make in 2014--the Chicago Sun-Times says of this year's Illinois governor's race, "It may well be the most important election in our state’s modern history." I'll one-up the Sun-Times here and declare it's the most important Illinois election ever. … Continue reading Illinois governor’s race: The folly of voting just to make a statement

Illinois governor’s race: Rauner sweeping newspaper endorsements

By John Ruberry Illinois, or at least its major newspapers, is finally waking up. Nearly 12 years of Democratic rule in Illinois has brought debt, continued corruption, the nation's worst-funded state pension system, and high unemployment. Most polls show the race between incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican newcomer Bruce Rauner to be a dead heat, … Continue reading Illinois governor’s race: Rauner sweeping newspaper endorsements

ILL-inois: Gov. Quinn’s “Mr. Clean” reputation is gone

By John Ruberry In his 35-year public career, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has carefully developed a persona as one of the few honest politicians in a state that has seen four of its last eight elected governors serve time in federal prison. When he faced the voters four years ago, Quinn, who twice was the … Continue reading ILL-inois: Gov. Quinn’s “Mr. Clean” reputation is gone

Pat Quinn: Illinois’ phony reformer exposed as a fraud

By John Ruberry Governor Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has been mostly on the fringes of Illinois politics since the early 1970s. For most of that time he was a minor-league version of Ralph Nader, part consumer advocate, part self-appointed government reformer. Although Nader never held public office, Quinn was state treasurer for a term … Continue reading Pat Quinn: Illinois’ phony reformer exposed as a fraud

Illinois’ governor race: A battle for the ages

By John Ruberry Pity the Land of Lincoln--four of its last eight elected governors have been convicted of federal crimes--one of them, Rod Blagojevich, is still in prison. He's inmate 40892-424. Blago's successor and two-time running mate, fellow Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn, is running for a second full term. The Republican nominee is Bruce Rauner, a … Continue reading Illinois’ governor race: A battle for the ages