Obama to Campaign in States Where His Job Approval Is In the Mid-40s
President Obama’s autumn campaign schedule feels a lot like President Bush’s safe-state only itinerary in 2006: “The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular, …
In Illinois, 67% Oppose Spending $100 Million on Obama Presidential Library
The people of Illinois may still feel fond of their former resident, President Barack Obama. They’re just not eager to spend $100 million to host his presidential library:
A new poll from Capitol Fax’s Rich Miller reveals that a whopping 67 percent …
The Stage Is Set for Illinois Republicans. Really.
Also in today’s Jolt:
Could Illinois Get a Republican Governor in 2014?
Illinois Republicans, you have a golden opportunity this year. Don’t screw it up:
Gov. Pat Quinn may be the ‘luckiest politician alive,’ a moniker given to him …
If Voters in Illinois Sour on You, Mr. President . . .
The death of Qaddafi, and some pop-culture silliness about television shows fearing to echo or managing to predict actual events, feature in the final Morning Jolt of the week. And then there’s this intriguing polling result:
Of All the Democrats to Hang on . . . Pat Quinn? Blago's Successor?
The GOP keeps Mark Kirk’s seat. Congratulations, Congressman-elect Robert Dold; I underestimated his chances all cycle long.
And yet, this Illinois Campaign Spot reader warns the new Republicans to not get too comfortable:
Greetings from still occupied Illinois. Kirk …
Another Stimulus, Another Bailout
Pres. Barack Obama’s plan for yet another round (!) of stimulus spending, this time focused on highway infrastructure work, is, like so many products of this administration, something other than what it seems. What Obama is proposing is another …
Illinois Fiscal Meltdown: A Continuing Series
The Land of Lincoln (or, if you prefer, the Origin of Obama) is going broke, in a big, big way, as I have noted earlier. The main reason is it going broke is because its public-sector caste is robbing the …
The Next Bubble: Municipal Bonds?
An interesting thing happened on the way to the bond market: As I mentioned earlier, the state of Illinois went to market with $900 million in “Build America Bonds,” which are federally subsidized debt instruments intended to be used …
The Coming Republican Takeover of . . . Illinois?
How will President Obama feel when a Republican wins the governor’s race in his home state of Illinois?
Gov. Pat Quinn is facing an increasingly uphill battle against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, a new We Ask America poll shows.
Illinois Governor's Anti-Crime Program May Have Committed Crimes
Elsewhere in today’s Jolt, an update on the organized-crime organization commonly referred to as the Illinois state government:
Illinois Governor’s Anti-Crime Program May Have Committed Crimes
Indictments of Illinois governors: it’s not a question of “if,” but “when” and “for …
Bloomberg's Big Spending in an Illinois House Primary
Former Democratic representative Debbie Halvorson, who is running in the extremely crowded primary in the special election in Illinois’s second congressional district, tells Breitbart.com:
There’s a commercial that everybody knows about, that runs, I think every …
Illinois Treasurer: Don't Loan Any More Money to My State!
Ah, the political culture that our president marinated in:
Illinois chief fiscal officer [Republican Treasurer Dan Rutherford] said Monday he is willing to dial up the bond houses and finance companies to alert them that lending the state more money, …
You Could Call This the 'Blagojevich Base'
At least one Illinois ballot-distribution operation is at peak efficiency:
Meanwhile, the Chicago Board of Elections hand-delivers ballots to inmates in Cook County Jail. The board doesn’t even wait for the inmates to apply — it brings the applications …
So now that the state of New Jersey has been charged by the SEC with lying to bond investors about the (desiccated, horrific, probably insolvent) state of its pension funds, the guessing game begins: Who is next? Exchequer readers will …
An Obama Endorsement Hurts Candidates . . . in Illinois.
I doubt you’ll read anything more surprising today:
Illinois voters say they would be negatively influenced if a candidate was endorsed by Barack Obama. And if his support isn’t an asset in his home state it’s hard …
I'm Not Saying Running Against Phil Hare Is Like Playing the Rams at Home
In yesterday’s rankings, the one that has generated the most skepticism is putting Rep. Phil Hare of Illinois in the “Blue/As Difficult as Beating the St. Louis Rams” category. As one media guy who watches Congress closely put …