The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Champaign is among the nation’s faster-growing cities.
One of the public policy areas where I think Governor Bruce Rauner has it wrong is on marijuana policy. He’s been resistant to expanding the state’s medical marijuana program, and his support for the recent marijuana decriminalization legislation has been tepid, at best. It does seem, however, that he’ll sign that bill. So that is good news.
Now that we’ve had some time to observe that marijuana legalization in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado has not resulted in anything like the post-apocalyptic-landscape-from-a-bad-Kevin-Costner-film predictions from pearl-clutching opponents, I find the continuing resistance to moves in that direction to be difficult to understand.Read More
Last week, the Illinois Policy Institute held a rally at the State Capitol for Taxpayer Advocacy Day. The event was covered by Rich Miller at Capitol Fax with exactly the kind of dismissive derision that you would expect from Rich Miller.
You can read the whole post here, and there really isn’t much to it. He scare-quotes “rallies” in the title. He posted a picture of the turnout which he describes as “a bit light:”Read More
On April 1st, the Chicago Teachers Union walked off the job for one day in a preview of the full-on strike that is likely coming to Chicago at some point this year.
When they did so, the union issued a threat to their membership not to cross the picket line and show up for school on that day, lest they face the consequences. Here’s what I said about it at the time:Read More
My occasional penchant for hyperbole notwithstanding, I really think that this could be the most ridiculous and ridiculously unfair attack I’ve seen from Capitol Fax‘s Rich Miller in quite a while.
First, the set up from Miller: He posts this tweet and picture from WBEZ reporter Lauren Chooljian from the ILGOP Convention in Peoria this weekend:Read More