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Illinois Budget: State Tax Revenue Drops $14.3 Billion Nationwide–Illinois 1 of 10 States with Double Digit Decline in Personal, Corporate, Sale Taxes

(Chicago, IL) — November 30, 2009. State tax revenues nationwide to continue to evaporate. Tax revenues dropped at least $14.3 billion nationwide in the most recent fiscal quarter, according to a study by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. The Rockefeller Institute compiled data from states and it shows major tax sources were $119.7 … Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn OKs Anti-”Cramming” Bill, Praises Lisa Madigan

(Chicago, IL) — November 30, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed legislation that protects consumers from unauthorized telephone practice commonly known as “cramming” and praised the bill’s principal backer, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. “I applaud the Illinois Attorney General’s hard work in support of this new law, which will combat the growing problem of … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Illinois GOP Treasurer Candidate Dan Rutherford Rolls Out New Campaign Team

Republican Candidate for Illinois State Treasurer State Senator Dan Rutherford (R-Pontiac) has tapped a top-flight campaign team for his 2010 statewide bid. Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: David Schroeder Survives Petition Challenge from Ken Dunkin Allies

The Chicago Board of Elections dismissed a challenge to the candidacy of David Schroeder that clears the way for Schroeder to face incumbent State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) in the Democratic primary for the 5th legislative district seat on February 2, 2010. Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Adam Andrzejeski: “We’re the only campaign surging in the polls” – LOL

From the Department of Kid-You-Not, Illinois 2010 Republican Governor candidate Adam Andrzejeski announces in a new press release “We’re the only campaign surging in the polls…” Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Schoenberg, Reitz Law to Grab $1.15 Billion from Feds for Illinois Hospitals

(Chicago, IL) — November 20, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation at a press conference today that could draw an estimated $1.15 billion in new federal Medicaid dollars to Illinois to help speed payments to thousands of local hospitals, fund social service providers, and provide relief to the state’s beleaguered budget. “Trucking off to Children’s … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER Today on “Mornings with Ray Hanania” WJJG 1530 AM

Yours truly, the editor of THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER will appear today morning at 8:00 a.m. on “Mornings with Ray Hanania”, a lively new radio show in Chicagoland. Continue reading »

New Poll: American More Happier Today With Current Healthcare System, Costs than a Year Ago

(Chicago, IL) — November 19, 2009. Americans are happier with the U.S. healthcare system. Happy. Happy. Happy. Congress has approved no health care reform. Approximately 50% of all bankruptcies are still by persons overwhelmed by medical costs. More than 31 million Americans still have no health insurance. U.S. health plan costs will continue to be … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Democrat James Meeks and Republican Dan Proft Meet to Talk Education

(Chicago, Illinois) – November 18, 2009. On Monday, Illinois 2010 Republican primary governor candidate Dan Proft and Rev. James Meeks, a Democrat State Senator and Chairman of the Illinois Senate Education Committee, met to talk education. Proft and Meeks met at the administrative offices of the 20,000 member Salem Baptist Church in Roseland to discuss … Continue reading »

New Poll: Republicans, Independents More Likely to Skip Swine Flu Vaccine

From the Department of Kid-You-Not, Republicans (74%) and independents (68%) are much more likely than Democrats (45%) to skip the swine flu vaccine, according to a new John Zogby poll. Continue reading »

Illinois Legislature: Tom Cross Worries Pat Quinn Will Sell Lincoln’s Tomb; Maloney; Steans, Lang, Feigenholtz, Jones, and Luechtefeld

“It would be irresponsible for a governor to move forward on something of this magnitude. without having a debate on it,” Tom Cross said Monday. “What if he says tomorrow that he’s going to sell Lincoln’s Tomb?” Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Dan Proft Wins New Trier Township GOP Endorsement

(Chicago, Illinois) – November 14, 2009. The New Trier Township Republican organization today endorsed Dan Proft for Governor in the Illinois 2010 Republican primary. In a field of seven candidates, Proft garnered the most votes on the first ballot, tying with Andy McKenna on the second ballot, resulting in a dual endorsement of Proft and … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections–Round’em Up: Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes Clash at Candidate Forum; Mell, Laiacona, Madigan, Lang, Connor, Meister, Biss, Mullen, Raoul, Burns, and Poshard

Governor Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes slugged it out at their first joint appearance at a candidate forum in Rock Island on Thursday night. Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Anti-Incumbent Sentiment in 2010 at 1994 Levels, New Pew Poll Says

(Chicago, IL) — November 13, 2009. Americans are pissed. Incumbents are in trouble. And Independents are breaking towards Republicans as the 2010 elections approach. It’s morning in America–circa 1994. Approximately 2/3rds of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. At least 9 out 10 say economic conditions in the country are fair or … Continue reading »

Illinois Women in Drug, Alcohol Treatment Jump 41%; Young Girls up 53%

(Chicago, IL) – November 12, 2009. According to a new analysis of Illinois government data, the number of women receiving state-supported treatment for drug or alcohol addiction between 1995-2007 jumped 41%, compared to 21.7% for men. “The face of addiction is changing across Illinois—and it is increasingly a woman’s face,” said Sara Moscato Howe, CEO … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: David Schroeder’s State Rep Campaign against Incumbent Ken Dunkin Hit with Petition Challenge

(Chicago, IL) — November 11, 2009. A petition challenge yesterday landed on the candidacy of Illinois House 5th District Democratic state representative hopeful David Schroeder. Schroeder is challenging incumbent State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) in the February 2 primary. “Today someone filed objections to my petition signatures on behalf of my opponent Ken Dunkin,” Schroeder … Continue reading »

2010 Elections: Voters Back Republicans over Democrats as 2010 Elections Approach, New Gallup Poll Says

(Princeton, NJ) — November 11, 2009. Republicans have surged passed Democrats as the 2010 congressional elections loom, according to a new Gallup poll. Not good news for national–or Illinois Democrats. Registered voters in Gallup’s new poll on the generic congressional ballot for the 2010 House elections has Republicans besting Democrats 48% to 44%, after being … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Candidate Todd Connnor, Former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt Bash Water District Bond Deal that Flushed $68 Million in Taxpayer Money Down the Sewer

(Chicago, IL) — November 9, 2009. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago Board of Commissioners last Thursday got a pasting from financial analyst Daniel Kaplan and candidate Todd Connor–who is aiming to join the board’s ranks–over a botched bond deal that cost Cook County area taxpayers $68 million. The MWRD cleans sludge. … Continue reading »

Sign-Off…

(Chicago, IL) — November 6, 2009. Shutting down for Friday … off to Spanish lesson and gym. Hasta pronto, folks. David Ormsby

Illinois 2010 Elections: Pat Quinn Gets Fritchey, Lang, Silverstein Endorsements–Chicago Tribune Says “…Former Blagojevich Allies”

(Chicago, IL) — November 6, 2009. Illinois Democratic lawmakers State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago), Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie), and State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) today endorsed Governor Pat Quinn in the Illinois 2010 Democratic primary for governor over Comptroller Dan Hynes at a press conference on Chicago’s North Side. Hynes, a constituent … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Democrat Ed Scanlan Leads Illinois Governor Race for Web Site “Eye Balls”; Kirk Dillard Web Visitors Soar 500%, New Survey Says

(Chicago, IL) — November 5, 2009. Illinois 2010 Democratic governor candidate Ed Scanlan of Oak Park is currently leading all Illinois 2010 Republican and Democratic and Green governor candidates in the Web “eyeballs” race, according to a new survey of candidate Web sites. Utilizing Alexa Internet’s Web traffic monitoring tool, THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER submitted the … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Jim Ryans Joins Crowded 2010 Illinois Republican Governor Primary

(Springfield, IL) — November 4, 2009. Jim Ryan, the former two-term Illinois General who lost to Rod Governor in the 2002 governor’s election, entered the overflow 2010 Illinois Republican primary for governor yesterday. Ryan, an Elmhurst Republican, returns after nearly seven years of teaching government and politics at Benedictine University in Lisle. “The uncomfortable truth … Continue reading »

Pro-Life-Cherry-Picker “Investigates” State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz’s Receipt of Community Service Award in Cathoic School Basement

(Chicago, IL) — November 4, 2009. From the Department of Kid-You-Not, a Pro-Life Cherry-Picker has launched an “investigation” to determine how State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) received a community service award in the school basement of St. Clement’s Church in Chicago. “Catholic columnist” Matt C. Abbott revealed in a blog post at Renew America on … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: 2010 Illinois Candidate Petition Filings Jump 17.3% over 2006

(Chicago, IL) — November 3, 2009. From the Department of Minor Statistics, the number of 2010 candidates who filed primary nominating petitions with the Illinois State Board of Elections jumped 17.3% over 2006. In 2006, 710 candidates filed, and 859 filed this year. Well, there is a recession under way. People need jobs. Heck, in … Continue reading »

Illinois Politics: New Survey: Top 10 Independent Political Blogs in Illinois

(Chicago, IL) — November 2, 2009. A new survey released today by THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER ranked 52 independent Illinois-based blogs that cover Illinois politics and government–blogs that are not embedded in or sponsored by major media Web sites such as the Chicago Tribune or the Chicago Sun-Times–and found the Chicagoist headed up the top 10 … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: 7 Candidates in Scramble to Succeed Rep. Art Turner, Including Turner’s Son–Who Filed Petitions Twice

(Chicago, IL) — November 3, 2009. There are seven candidates–all Chicago Democrats–who filed nominating petitions to capture Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Art Turner‘s 7th district House seat, including Turner’s son, Art–who filed petitions twice. Rep. Turner is running for Lt. Governor. The candidates are: John Burros (W. Erie Street) Keith Jackson (W. Adams Street) … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections–Lt. Governor: Mike Boland Files Last at 4:51 P.M.; 13-Men, 0-Women File

(Springfield, IL) — November 2, 2009. In the 2010 Illinois Lt. Govenor race, like the governor’s race,  13 candidates filed nominating petitions, and of those 13 men and 0 women filed to become the state’s second banana. In 2002, 10 candidates filed, 8-men and 2-women. And, unlike the governor’s race where there are only 2 … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections-Governor: Each Party-GOP, Dems and Greens Have a Primary; 13-Men, 0-Women File

(Springfield, IL) — November 3, 2009. There are 13 candidates who filed petitions to run for Illinois governor in 2010. Each party–the Republicans, the Democrats and the Greens have a primary. There are 13 men, 0 women candidates. There are 7 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 2 Greens There are 6 candidates from Chicago–3 Democrats, 2 … Continue reading »

Illinois 2010 Elections: Of Statewide Candidates Only 10% are Women, Down from 19.6% in 2002

(Springfield, IL) — November 3, 2009. For the 2010 Illinois elections, 60 candidates filed nominating petitions for the offices of U.S. Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Comptroller and only 6, or 10 %, of those are women, down from 19.6% in 2002. In 2002, for the same offices, there … Continue reading »

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