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Rich Miller has been writing about Illinois politics since 1990. He began publishing Capitol Fax, a daily political newsletter, in 1993. He is recognized …

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Miller: Poll shows why Rauner is trying to not be ‘Trumped’ by Quinn

It occurred to me when I was in Chicago the other day that the media furor about billionaire mogul Donald Trump placing his last name in 20-foot-high letters on his skyscraper is the same sort of mindset behind Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign to tag “Billionaire …

Miller: Rauner’s $1 billion in cuts a fantasy

“Today, I laid out more than $1 billion in structural reforms,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner boasted to his supporters via a blast email last week. Baloney. Rauner’s news conference to announce $1 billion in alleged budget savings was an almost total farce. Fully half …

Miller: Lower income tax rate would mean budget time bomb

On the bright side, I suppose you could argue that last week’s budget passed by the General Assembly will lead to the largest income tax cut in Illinois history come Jan. 1, when the 2011 tax increase partially expires on schedule. But that’s about the …

Miller: Will Madigan back two who beat his candidates?

There’s an old Statehouse saying that House Speaker Michael Madigan cares mostly about two votes that each Democratic member makes — one to re-elect him as speaker, the other for the House’s operating rules. Some, such as state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, have gotten away …

Miller: Taxi, ride-sharing feud taints Black Caucus

Every year, we get at least one “corporate fight” in Springfield. Two or more corporations or industries will duke it out over some proposed law change or another. The cable TV industry, for instance, tried awhile back to persuade the General Assembly to tax satellite …

Miller: Some Springfield winners this spring

There were lots of losers during the spring legislative session, but there also were a few winners, so let’s take a look at them. First up, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. Never before has a political party in Illinois nominated a candidate for governor who …

Miller: Poll says $100M for Obama library a bad idea

It has been assumed that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposal to spend $100 million to help build Barack Obama’s presidential library was designed to put Republicans on the spot and perhaps provoke an over-the-top, maybe even racial response by the GOP that would boost …

Miller: Quinn not popular, but Madigan even worse

A poll taken for Rasmussen Reports this month found that Gov. Pat Quinn’s unfavorable rating was 55 percent. That’s pretty bad, perhaps the worst in the nation for a governor. But Quinn ain’t got nothing on House Speaker Michael Madigan. A new Capitol Fax/We Ask …

Miller: Anti-violence grants give GOP ammo vs. Quinn

“There was no money allocated at all before the election of 2010,” Gov. Pat Quinn told Chicago TV reporter Charles Thomas about allegations that the governor had spent millions in state anti-violence grants to boost his flagging election campaign that year. Quinn used his TV …

Miller: Blistering report shows Quinn needs more friends

Some members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus are saying, “I told you so,” in the wake of the stunning report by the state auditor general’s office on its investigation into misspending, waste and possibly even fraud in an anti-violence initiative hastily created by Gov. …

Miller: Rauner support may have peaked, but no one’s close

State Sen. Kirk Dillard told Chicago radio station WLS that Republican county chairmen should try to get state Sen. Bill Brady and/or state Treasurer Dan Rutherford out of the primary race for governor so he could have a clear shot at wealthy front-runner Bruce Rauner. …

Miller: Wary of Rauner, Mike Madigan moves left

Worries about low Democratic turnout in an off-year election for an unpopular governor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s millions in campaign spending are obviously driving much of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s legislative agenda this year. “If you’re an African-American on the South Side, …

Miller: Rauner trying hard to pretend he’s not anti-union

It didn’t take long for Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner to drop the word “unions” from his vocabulary. After bashing public employee union leaders for months as corrupt bosses who buy votes to control Springfield, Rauner and his campaign have assiduously avoided the use of …

Miller: Rutherford credibility, candidacy fading fast

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford delivered a forceful, even believable, defense of himself last week during a news conference hours after he was hit with a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and coerced campaign work. Rutherford made a strong case that at least some of the …

Miller: Rauner’s TV blitz also hurting views of Quinn

Without a doubt, the most overlooked aspect of Bruce Rauner’s multimillion-dollar spending on TV commercials has been his advertising campaign’s repeated attacks on Gov. Pat Quinn. “Career politicians are running our state into the ground, and Pat Quinn, he’s at the top of the heap,” …

Miller: Topinka worked hard to get key labor support

I don’t think I’ve seen a Republican or just about any candidate of any stripe work as hard for an AFL-CIO endorsement than state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka did. She assiduously courted the unions that represent workers in her office, worked to help the Teamsters …

Miller: Poll shows Rauner pulling away in GOP race

A solid week of horribly negative media coverage of Bruce Rauner was apparently outweighed by lots and lots of television commercials because his numbers are still rising. A new Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll found that Rauner’s lead has increased in the Republican gubernatorial primary …