The dance of democracy continues in 2021 with the once-a-decade ritual of drawing new state legislative and congressional district lines in Illinois and across the nation. In two-thirds of the states, including Illinois, the legislators themselves draw the lines.
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Politically, Illinois House Speaker and state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Madigan is a dead man walking. The recent ComEd admissions of a decade of bribery killed him.
I had a front row seat, literally, to corruption in Illinois, when in 2008 I served on the Illinois House committee that recommended impeachment of disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
As one who scribbles largely about things Illinois, I feel almost obligated to observe on the bombshell (certainly for the small fraternity that follows Illinois politics) news that utility ComEd has agreed to pay a $200 million fine for bribery of Illinois officials.
As I walked a country road near my rural town this past week, a local slowed his pickup alongside me. “We’re moving to Florida, Jim.” He paused, then: “Illinois is not well managed, you know.”
Remember as a teen when you devised a strategy to convince your old man to let you have the family car to go on a date Saturday night? You we’…
In each of the last three statewide elections, we've enthusiastically supported citizen-driven campaigns to amend the Illinois Constitution to…