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Governor Rauner on the state budget: 'I'm cautiously optimistic'

Governor Bruce Rauner joined The Steve Cochran Show to address the almost year-long stint without a state budget. The Governor stayed cautiously optimistic about the rank and file leaders who could be key to solving the budget woes. 53 more words

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China Doomed?

If a business could foresee that it would have a declining consumer base (declining number of total potential customers), that would likely be a pretty good reason for serious concern and significantly lower growth expectations. 154 more words


Played For Fools

Congratulations, liberals of the Washington press corps and elite organizations: You’re a bunch of suckers. We all know this because the Obama White House just told us so. 254 more words


So Much Corruption

CHICAGO (Reuters) – While designing a walking tour of Chicago focused on corruption and political shenanigans, journalist Paul Dailing watched new scandals pop up at a rate that only reinforced the city’s reputation for rackets and rough politics. 156 more words


The donor class that buys Chicago’s elections is overwhelmingly rich and white — unlike the city

These big donors have a hankering for austerity

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

The windy city’s political donor class is disproportionately and overwhelmingly made up of rich white men with a penchant for austerity and budget cuts, according to the first-ever municipal-level  261 more words

Point Of Interest

Balancing the agenda

State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, joins the show. The senator explains his attempt to present a potential Democratic reform agenda for Illinois as a counterpoint to what Republican Gov. 25 more words

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What REALLY happened inside the courtroom of Dennis Hastert's sentencing

Jeff Coen, reporter for the Chicago Tribune’s political enterprise team joins Rick Pearson to speak about the sentencing of former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and he’ll discuss what went on inside Judge Thomas Durkin’s courtroom. 18 more words

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