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27

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Sorry, But Jim Edgar Really Just Wasn’t All That Great

Jim Edgar is probably the most respected Illinois governor in recent memory.

Of course, since three of the past six (and four of the last nine) have gone to jail, that’s admittedly not a very high bar to clear.  Somewhat like being the tallest midget in the circus.

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May
21

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Madigan: People are Fleeing Illinois Because of … Bruce Rauner?

There was a real gem from Mike Madigan in the Chicago Tribune‘s report on the only angle on the fight to make the “temporary” income tax increase permanent that seems to concern the media: Will Mike Madigan be able to find the votes he needs to get what he wants.  (Read more on that in my post from yesterday.)  Anyway, here’s the quote:

Madigan and Quinn both dismissed remarks from Durkin and Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner, who was critical of Democrats for pushing a tax hike that he says is not needed. Rauner has contended the high taxes are causing businesses and people to leave Illinois.

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May
7

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Divorce Records — This Time, Rauner’s — Again Appear in Illinois Politics

John Giokaris touched on this already this morning, but Business Insider‘s Hunter Walker has been digging through GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner’s divorce records:

Republican Illinois gubernatorial candidate and billionaire private equity businessman Bruce Rauner prominently features his relationship with his current wife, Diana, in an ad for his campaign. However, though Rauner has made his family life a major part of his campaign since winning the GOP nomination in March, the circumstances behind the ending of his first marriage have never been revealed.

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Jun
23

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Reporters Should Grill Madigan the Same Way They Grill Rauner

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As Rich Miller noted on Capitol Fax, reporters were grilling Governor Bruce Rauner during a Q&A session in Springfield on Tuesday:

“A Springfield reporter (Bruce Rushton) ask[ed] Gov. Rauner today why we haven’t seen, ‘a solid budget proposal out of you for a year and a half.’ The reporter made the mistake of throwing in some stuff about the Turnaround Agenda, so Rauner said he disagreed with much of what the reporter said and focused solely on the ‘non-budget’ angle.”

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May
28

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Allie: Off a Sinking Ship

Our cartoonist Eric Allie on Mike Madigan’s blaming of the exodus of citizens from Illinois, which has been going on for at least 15 years, on 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner:

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