Rich Miller

Rich Miller

Capitol Fax | Arizona-style pension 'fix' unlikely in Illinois

We've seen a big push over the past few weeks for an Arizona-style pension "fix" here. That state's voters have twice approved constitutional amendments to limit future benefits for public employees — once in 2016 and then again last month.

Capitol Fax | Governor-elect has his work cut out for him

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker was asked last week about the timeline for passage of a new minimum wage law.

"That's very important to me," Pritzker said, "It's probably something we'll be able to get done in the first six months in office."

Pritzker had campaigned to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, so he was asked whether he was still on board for that goal.

Capitol Fax | Female candidates bring new sense of enthusiasm

I had the pleasure of meeting several Democratic women candidates from Lake County during the Illinois State Fair last summer. Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) was showing them around town and brought them to a reception I was attending. We chatted for a while before they went on their merry way.

Capitol Fax | Governor-elect vows to work with both parties

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker has taken the prospect of an immediate income tax hike off the table, telling the Sun-Times that he won't pursue an "artificial" progressive income tax during the coming spring legislative session.

Capitol Fax | Harold's campaign strategy makes sense

"I'll be a check on the Pritzker-Madigan agenda," Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold says in her latest TV ad about Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner J.B. Pritzker and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Capitol Fax | Some things seem fishy about Pritzker staffers' lawsuit

The more I read it, the more skeptical I became of the racial-discrimination lawsuit filed against the J.B. Pritzker campaign by 10 current and former field-level workers last week.

Capitol Fax | Evasiveness is a bad look for J.B. Pritzker

Dear J.B. Pritzker, I totally understand the campaign politics of not wanting to say what you think the income tax rates should be under a graduated tax structure. I also get why you won't say what ought to be the income level at which people will begin paying a higher income tax rate than they do now.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax | Tax-hike talk doesn't deter Pritzker support

JB Pritzker was recently endorsed by Crain's Chicago Business. Yes, you read that right. The state's premiere business magazine endorsed a candidate whose biggest promise is to raise taxes on the publication's well-off subscriber base.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called Pritzker's graduated income tax proposal "a green light to raise taxes on everyone."

Capitol Fax | Some things are more important than winning

The Anti-Harassment, Equality, and Access panel set up by the Democratic Party earlier this year released its final recommendations last week.

Capitol Fax | Rauner claims he's 'grown' in office

Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign-reset speech last week has been described as "contrite," a "mea culpa" and even an "apology."

It most certainly wasn't an easy speech to deliver for a man who never publicly admits mistakes. I mean, he claimed last month that his administration did an "excellent job" at the state's Quincy veterans home, where 14 residents died.

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