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Byrd-Bennett pleads guilty to fraud

Via Chicago Sun-Times: “Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked former schools CEO, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday, admitting her role in a brazen alleged kickback scheme. Byrd-Bennett’s arrival at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse was her first public appearance in…

Judge Rejects City Plan to Save Two Pension Funds

Via Chicago Sun-Times The writing has been on the wall for Chicago’s plan to save two of four city employee pension funds ever since the Il. Supreme Court overturned state pension reforms, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel chose to ignore it….

Blagojevich Ruling Draws Line on What Is, Isn’t Corruption

via The Washington Post CHICAGO — Federal judges who tossed several of Rod Blagojevich’s corruption convictions endeavored to answer a question legal observers said Wednesday had gone largely unanswered: Just when does an elected official cross the line between legal and…

Illinois Issues: The Governor’s Money

via NPR Illinois Technically, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s election victory on November 4, 2014, marked the end of his first political campaign. But in some ways that campaign has never stopped. In what appears to be a fundamentally new strategy in the…

Rauner Coordinates Candidates

via If Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to put $20 million into legislative races, how he distributes the money matters in terms of campaign finance laws. Rauner is reportedly looking to recruit candidates to run against 20 incumbent Democrats, pledging…

Rauner Slashes Illiana, Job-Creation Tax Credits and More

via Crain’s Chicago Business Gov. Bruce Rauner today took his first formal steps to respond to the unbalanced fiscal 2016 budget approved by the Legislature, effectively killing the proposed Illiana Expressway and suspending funding for a variety of programs, including new…

Illinois Governor Spends Big in Fight With Legislative Democrats

via the Wall Street Journal CHICAGO—Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is dropping thousands of dollars into the campaign accounts of every GOP lawmaker in Illinois as the state’s fiscal crisis grows and deadlines near. The $400,000 dispersed in recent weeks appears to…


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