Illinois Fracking Ban Fails After Local Newspapers Refuse To Accept Ads Supporting It

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 10:03 am

An attempt to ban fracking in Johnson County, Illinois has failed by a 58-42 vote after the only two newspapers in the country refused to run advertisements from those supporting the initiative. According to the group Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) Johnson County’s only two newspapers – The Goreville Gazette and The Vienna [...]

ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Sham Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter CSG

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 1:51 pm

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog 19th Century German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said, “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), put on the map by the Center for Media and Democracy in its “ALEC Exposed” project, is the archetype of von Bismarck’s truism. So too are the fracking [...]

Sears Layoffs Shows Futility of Corporate Welfare

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 10:15 am

Pat Garofalo highlights one of the biggest problems with the corporate tax code, especially at it relates to the states. It turns out that getting to the bottom doesn’t guarantee you win the race: Just a few months ago, Illinois gave retail giant Sears $275 million to keep its corporate headquarters in the state, after [...]

The Incredible New-Found Humility of Scott Walker and John Kasich

By: Monday August 22, 2011 12:16 pm

The New York Times notices that the Tea Party Republican governors who came in with a lot of swagger and a desire to destroy public employee unions have suddenly taken a more conciliatory tone after threats to their power. “My thought is, you start out with small things, you build trust, you move forward, you [...]

Hearings Planned on Continued Robo-Signing

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 7:30 am

In addition to some lawmakers calling for increased regulation, oversight and enforcement after revelations of continued robo-signing, others with the ability to call hearings into the matter have announced that they would do so. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., chair of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, said the subcommittee will hold a hearing on [...]

Army Corps of Engineers’ Purposeful Levee Breach Saving Cairo, Illinois

By: Tuesday May 3, 2011 7:55 am

I thought the really false note in Obama’s remarks on the killing of bin Laden was the part at the end where he tried to connect the incident to the spirit of possibility in America. As I said yesterday, I hope we can set our sights higher in the future for doing anything the country [...]

Bill Banning Death Penalty Passes Illinois Legislature

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 6:36 am

One of the first things I was asked after the initial shock of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting wore off last weekend was whether I supported the death penalty for Jared Loughner. I answered that I wasn’t the prosecutor making the decision, of course, but I always find it odd when people downplay life in prison [...]

Crushing State Budget Cuts Wiping Out Stimulative Effects of Tax Deal

By: Monday January 10, 2011 11:01 am

Today, Jerry Brown announced his fiscal plan for the next 18 months, and it’s not pretty at all. He’ll make an effort to save current tax increases which are set to expire, reducing the pain somewhat, but you’re still looking at major budget cuts to almost all sectors. The spending plan eliminates an 18-month budget [...]

Some LGBT Voters Plan to Sit Out Election

By: Monday October 25, 2010 10:40 am

Recent statistics have shown that the enthusiasm gap may be lower between Republicans and Democrats than the original assessment. But the exception to that may be the LGBT community, which could make the difference in some close races. Keep in mind that most of the quotes in this article come from voters in the Chicago [...]

Republicans Ramp Up Voter Suppression Machine: Justice Department Involved

By: Wednesday October 20, 2010 7:25 am

Republicans and their outside allies seem to be spending money on two things this election. One is zillions and zillions of TV ads. The other is the usual voter suppression machine, designed to intimidate minorities and the poor. In Illinois, Mark Kirk was caught on tape talking about a “voter integrity” program that he will [...]

Emanuel Engaged in Quid Pro Quo with Blagojevich While in Congress

By: Monday June 21, 2010 1:59 pm

Rahm Emanuel is a transactional politician who comes out of a transactional political culture in Illinois. He operates on favors and horse trading and putting numbers on the board rather than principle and idealism. This has been known for a long time. Therefore, his horse trading with the Governor of Illinois while he was a [...]

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