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Election 2010: GOP Lead over Dems on Generic Ballot Greatest since Voter Tracking Began in 1942, New Poll Says

(Princeton, NJ) — August 31, 2010. A wave election it’s not–it’s a tsunami. According to a new Gallup poll, the 2010 Republican lead in congressional voting preference is twice that of 1994. Twice. Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences. The 10-percentage-point lead is … Continue reading »

Governor Pat Quinn Announces $3 Million Capital Grant to Carmi Hospital in Southern Illinois

(Carmi, IL) — August 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday announced $3 million in capital funding to restore and open the now-shuttered Carmi  hospital, giving area residents more convenient access to medical care. The refurbished hospital will employ approximately 160 medical personnel and support staff in the community and create 21 construction jobs. The project … Continue reading »

New Inspector General Monthly Report Reveals Illinois Ethics Violation Allegations Surge; August Highest in 2010 So Far

(Chicago, IL) — August 25, 2010. Ex-Illinois Executive Inspector General James Wright has left Governor Pat Quinn another parting gift–his monthly report for August–his last–reveals that his office received more ethics violation allegations from agencies under the Governor’s control than in any other report during 2010. In August, Wright’s August report says the office received … Continue reading »

Illinois Election 2010: Dem State Rep Candidates Denis Ahern, Michelle Mussman Tag-Team against House Speaker Michael Madigan

(Chicago, IL) — August 25, 2010. Aiming to claw their way into the job of an Illinois State Representative, Democratic state representative candidates–one from western Illinois and one from Chicago’s suburbs–are looking to either push Democratic House Speaker Michael Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) out of his or complicate it. Welcome to the Democratic Party–the home of … Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Appoints Michelle Saddler New Chief Staff; Rep. Lou Lang Praises Move

(Chicago, IL) — August 24, 2010. In the wake of former Chief of Staff Jerry Stermer‘s abrupt resignation over a minor ethics flap, Governor Pat Quinn today named Michelle Saddler as his Chief of Staff . Saddler has been serving as the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). Prior to DHS post, … Continue reading »

Blagojevich Trivia: Is Rod Blagojevich Authorized to Practice Law in Illinois?

(Chicago, IL) — August 20, 2010. In the federal corruption trial of ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the prosecutors routinely pointed to the fact that Blagojevich is a lawyer and should have known his actions were illegal. For you Blagojevich trivia hounds, is Blagojevich still authorized to practice law in Illinois? No. Has he been disbarred? … Continue reading »

Blagojevich Trial: Senator Dave Syverson Suggests Blagojevich Juror Hold-Out Was “Trying to Make a Name for Themselves”, Blagojevich “Guilty”

(Rockford, IL) — August 19, 2010. State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) on Tuesday suggested that the jur0r that provoked the hung-jury in ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich‘s corruption trial was “trying to make a name for themselves” and said that Blagojevich is “guilty”. In a rambling press release posted on NBC-TV Ch.13′s Web site, Syverson stated: I … Continue reading »

Ahead of the News: Mayor Daley Can Likely Expect More Unwelcome News as Chicago News Cooperative Joins Payment Records Hunt on Chicago Parking Meters LLC

(Chicago, IL) – August 12, 2010. The Chicago parking meter privatization issue that has bedeviled Mayor Richard Daley since its controversial inception shows no signs of abating any time soon from local news media organizations and a local lawyer. Continue reading »

Illinois Election 2010: Bill Brady Campaign Says Pat Quinn Forced to Pull TV Ad; Quinn Camp Says Untrue

(Chicago, IL) – August 5, 2010. GOP State Senator Bill Brady’s gubernatorial campaign last night rocketed out a press release claiming “… Governor Pat Quinn was forced today to pull his latest attack ad from the airwaves for misleading attacks …,” while the Quinn campaign claimed it was untrue. Brady’s campaign says it was notified … Continue reading »

Does Mayor Daley Face More Bad News, Potential Class Action Lawsuit over Chicago Parking Meters?

(Chicago, IL) – August 3, 2010. The Chicago parking meter privatization issue that has bedeviled Mayor Richard Daley since its controversial inception shows no signs of abating any time soon. Continue reading »

State Rep. Greg Harris Will Not Run for Helen Shiller’s 46th Ward Seat, Mum on Endorsement

(Chicago, IL) – August 3, 2010. Alderman Helen Shiller’s surprise retirement announcement dramatically altered the 46th ward political landscape and intensified efforts by community leaders to recruit State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) to jump into the race, but Harris has turned aside the entreaties. Harris, a 20-year resident of the neighborhood, is staying put in … Continue reading »

Illinois Election 2010: Governor Pat Quinn Hears a Ticking Sound on the Illinois Budget as Election Day 2010 Approaches

Governor Pat Quinn’s gubernatorial campaign yesterday called on GOP opponent State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) to detail his plan for the Illinois budget, arguing that the campaign clock was ticking. Continue reading »

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