Dan Caulkins would like to think the way Republican leaders have come together to handle a disagreement about who should be cast in the role of state GOP chairman is another example of the party’s vastness compared to Democrats.
Dan Caulkins is hopeful that Rep. Jeanne Ives’ (R-Wheaton) Local Government Bankruptcy Neutral Evaluation Act may offer cities across the state the chance to dig themselves out of the financial ruin crippling so many of them.
Dan Caulkins thinks Illinois Democrats moving to re-elect House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) as chairman of the state Democratic Party should effectively serve as an endorsement for the re-election of Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-Gibson City) recently introduced a bill in the House that would alter the Public Pension Funds Article of the Illinois Pension Code to require the Public Pension Division of the Department of Insurance to make resources available to assist each municipality.
Dan Caulkins worries that the city of Harvey being forced to lay off at least 30 police officers and firefighters as its pension system woes continue to mount may be the start of the new normal across the state.
Dan Caulkins doesn’t really have an issue with the size of the microphone some politicians are able to make use of during campaign season; he just wishes they would use it to express more of an inclusive tone.
Dan Caulkins is as optimistic as he’s been in a while about the direction of Illinois after hearing Gov. Bruce Rauner speak out in favor of the implementation of a full and balanced budget.dd Teaser here
Even with a new Comprehensive Annual Financial Report showing that Illinois lost $9.9 billion in net worth in 2017, Dan Caulkins doesn’t think the numbers alone are representative of the state’s biggest problems.