Category Archives: Illinois Democrats

For Joe Berrios, Illinois Government is a Family Business

Government is a family business for Joe Berrios, the Cook County Assessor and chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party. Thirteen members of the Berrios family have government jobs, the Sun-Times reported Sunday. Berrios has ignored fines from the Cook County Ethics Board and calls that he remove family members from county employment.

 

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Indicted State Rep Derrick Smith will Serve Through a Full Legislative Session While Awaiting Trial

Indicted, expelled and now reelected former State Rep. Derrick Smith will serve through a full legislative session as he awaits trial on federal bribery charges. His trial for allegedly accepting a $7,000 cash bribe has been set for October 2013. His House colleagues could kick him out again, but they can’t do it a second time on the bribery charges.

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Will Super-Majority Gen Assembly Override Quinn’s Veto?

It’s taking a while for Statehouse observers to fully appreciate (or fear) the concept of an all-powerful, Democrat-controlled Legislature. With two-thirds majorities in the Illinois House and Senate, that’s what we have in Springfield. Democrats, led by Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan, can impose their will on Republicans (who hold one-third or fewer seats in each chamber) and if Gov. Pat Quinn tries to stop them with his veto pen, they can override him. The question is: Will they? (via Chicagoist)

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Jesse White Hopes Derrick Smith Can Get Booted Out Twice

Secretary of State Jesse White was the political sponsor of indicted and now reelected former State Rep. Derrick Smith. Now he hopes the House — which kicked Smith out in August because of his pending bribery trial — can figure out a way to expel Smith a second time.

 

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Illinois General Assembly Described as “Death Grip”

“Democrat controlled” doesn’t quite describe the Illinois General Assembly these days. “For the next two years, that might have to be changed to Democrat death grip,” says longtime Statehouse reporter Doug Finke. But the legislative Dems “aren’t a monolithic bunch,” so don’t expect two years peace and harmony among them, Finke adds.

 

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SJR: With Supermajorities Comes Super Responsibilities

With supermajorities in the state House and Senate, Illinois Democrats now have super responsibilities, says Springfield’s State Journal-Register. They may have won the exclusive right to make some of the toughest decisions in state history — like reforming the pension system and figuring out how to pay $8 billion in unpaid bills on a $33 billion budget. And Dems alone may live with the consequences. “(I)f the GOP decides to sit out, the Democrats have earned the right and responsibility to make those decisions on their own, and whatever happens now will be on them.”

 

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Congrats, Dems… Now What Are You Going to Do About This Mess

Illinois Democrats in the General Assembly won big Tuesday, and now have the votes to override any veto by Gov. Pat Quinn. The Chicago Tribune congratulates the Dems. Their prize, says the Tribune, is ownership of a financial disaster largely of their own making which they must now fix – probably without much help from across the aisle.
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Money & The Map: Two Things Working Against the Illinois GOP

Republicans need to pick up six seats in the Illinois House and six in the Senate to gain majorities. With every seat up for re-election tomorrow and voter dissatisfaction in the Democratically controlled Legislature high, that would seem feasible. But two things are working against the GOP: money and the Democrat-friendly legislative map.

Wall Street Journal Dissects Illinois’ “Double Helix” Situation

The Wall Street Journal editorial page sure knows how to turn a phrase. On the cause of Illinois’ wretched financial situation, the WSJ blames “the double helix of government unions and Democratic politicians.” It may not be quite that simple, but who can’t appreciate a phrase that catchy?

 

Meet Mike Madigan!

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass is perhaps the most creative conjurer of politician nicknames in Illinois. Today he anoints Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (a favorite Kass target) the “Lord of Madiganistan.” Kass is writing about an offer from Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady (inventor of the “Fire Mike Madigan” campaign) to throw free “Meet Mike Madigan” parties for Democratic candidates if they’ll invite Speaker Madigan. Free sandwiches for all, says Brady. Festive!

 

 

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