Only in Illinois (1/28/2016)

by Reboot Illinois

The 1967 prison drama “Cool Hand Luke” is a classic, and contains one of the all-time classic American movie lines.

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate,” the prison’s sadistic warden intones with mock regret after administering a beating to Luke (Paul Newman), newly recaptured after an escape.

The line comes to mind this week as Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his second State of the State Address and his political nemesis, House Speaker Michael Madigan, delivered his response. Continue reading

Ethics questions nag Illinois Auditor General Mautino

Editorial by the Daily Herald

For days, newly appointed Auditor General Frank J. Mautino of north central Spring Valley has been getting hammered by government watchdog groups and some downstate newspapers for his spending habits while he was a Democratic member of the Illinois General Assembly.

Some pretty significant questions. For instance:

How could his campaign have racked up $55 a day in gas and auto repairs over the past decade? Could he explain why so much campaign money was spent for meals at his wife’s family’s restaurant in Spring Valley? Why did another family business, Mautino Distributing Company, once owned by his father and now owned by his cousin, receive a large bump in state business after he became assistant majority leader to House Speaker Michael Madigan in 2009?

You don’t have to be an ideologue to ask these questions.

Left Right and You Radio 1/25/16 with Guest Co-Host Allen Skillicorn

Although Allen was still fighting a cold, he was gracious enough to bail out Jeff Ward on Monday morning’s Left, Right, and You Show. Jeff Ward conducts an in depth interview with Skillicorn to explore why he’s running for State Representative and where he stands on the issues.

Illinois Faces The 5th Highest State And Local Tax Burden In The Nation

11 Percent of Income in Illinois Goes to State and Local Taxes

Published at Illinois Review

11 percent of all income in Illinois went toward state and local taxes (in FY 2012), according to the annual State-Local Tax Burden Rankings released this morning by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

The report highlights the state-local tax burden on taxpayers in each of the 50 states, details how much residents pay to their state and other states, and illustrates tax burden trends over time and within each state.

Skillicorn moves into lead

-from Illinois Review

EAST DUNDEE – A four-way Republican primary to fill retiring State Rep. Michael Tryon’s 66th House seat may have a candidate that is breaking out of the pack. Recent polling shows East Dundee trustee Allen Skillicorn could be moving into the lead to win the March 15th GOP primary.

While the majority of the 346 polled by Compass Consulting have yet to make their pick in the 66th House District GOP primary, on a sample ballot, the survey showed that Skillicorn leads with 24%, 15 points ahead of next highest GOP candidate in the race.

Madigan is “main reason we’re in such big trouble as a state” – Gov. Rauner

Click here to listen to Dan Proft Interviewing Gov. Rauner


It’s so unfortunate the way the mayor is failing the people of Chicago and he’s looking to blame other people for it.

The mayor has done virtually nothing to reform and transform the government of Chicago and the schools of Chicago.

He’s afraid to take on Speaker Madigan… He’s afraid. He’s hiding behind the Speaker.