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29

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Politically Expedient Rulings by State Supreme Court are Contributing to Illinois’ Decline

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Many people are disappointed by the fate of the Independent Maps Amendment following the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling, which found the citizen-initiated measure unconstitutional and therefore ineligible for the November ballot. Unfortunately, the court’s ruling was expected, not only because of the court’s Democratic majority but because of the stringent rules surrounding citizen-initiated ballot measures.

In addition to requiring what comes out to be over a quarter of a million (8 percent of the number of votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election) valid signatures from voters, constitutional amendments referred to the ballot by citizens can only amend Article IV of the state constitution. Furthermore, changes can only be made to “structural and procedural subjects contained in Article IV.” This leaves Illinoisans with a very limited avenue by which to directly make changes to state law.

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Aug
25

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Misleading Poll Fails to Dispel the Notion of a “Tax Revolt” in Chicago

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Rich Miller posted an entry on Capitol Fax entitled “Daley whines about Emanuel, but poll results indicate he’s wrong.” However, in highlighting the results of said poll, it turns out the poll, or at least the assumptions made by those conducting the poll, are even more wrong than Daley.

According to Miller, the poll, which was commissioned by the left-leaning Illinois Economic Policy Institute (IEPI) and conducted by Anzalone Liszt, “was ostensibly designed to test the theory propagated by the Chicago media that a ‘tax revolt’ is brewing in the city.” The pollsters claim no such revolt is occurring. However, numbers from the Census Bureau suggest otherwise. According to the Chicago Tribune:

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Aug
25

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Podcast: Eric Kohn on ‘The Michael Koolidge Show’ — August 24th, 2016

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If you missed my appearance on The Michael Koolidge Show yesterday (August 24th), you can listen to the podcast of the interview by clicking on the image below.

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Aug
24

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Greg Hinz Condescends on Rauner and Criminal Justice Reform

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If you didn’t read Greg Hinz’s piece in Crain’s Chicago Business on the criminal justice reform legislation that Governor Bruce Rauner signed on Monday, here’s his thesis: Bruce Rauner is a hard-line conservative, so it’s shocking that he cares about something like reforming the criminal justice system in Illinois to give ex-convicts a second chance at a productive life.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a well-earned reputation as a hard-line conservative when it comes to fiscal and labor policy. But the GOP governor always has been more nuanced overall, and his soft side certainly showed today in signing into law a package of crime-reform bills that will make good liberals cheer. …

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Aug
24

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Editor-in-Chief Eric Kohn joins ‘The Michael Koolidge Show’ August 24th at 9:15am

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I’ll be joining The Michael Koolidge Show this morning, August 24th, at 9:15am.  Click here to listen live on Rockford’s News/Talk 1440 WROK.  For more info, click on the logo below:

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