Rich Miller

Rich Miller

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.

Capitol Fax | 'Governor Veto' is way ahead of his 2017 pace

The JB Pritzker campaign slapped a new label on Gov. Bruce Rauner the other day, calling him “Governor Veto” because he’s vetoed several bills that the Democratic candidate supports.

Since the legislative session ended, Gov. Rauner has vetoed 75 bills. By my count, 44 passed with veto-proof majorities in both legislative chambers.

Capitol Fax | Referendums are one way to attract voters

I've told you about the non-binding referendums to be held in dozens of Downstate counties designed to entice pro-gun voters to the polls, but that's not the end of the story.