Rich Miller

Rich Miller

Capitol Fax | Mitchell appointment is an important move

Right up front, let's just stipulate that the recent appointment of state Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, as the Democratic Party of Illinois' interim executive director will not usher in an immediate sea change.

Capitol Fax | State fairground really needs a reboot

Back in the old, old days, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley would pack passenger trains full of loyalists and send them all to the Illinois State Fair's Democrat Day rally, where they were treated to rousing speeches by party leaders and candidates. Gov. Rod Blagojevich kept that tradition alive on a somewhat smaller scale by chartering buses filled with supporters.

Capitol Fax | Attorney General race appears to favor Raoul

A political action committee run by top officials of Operating Engineers Local 150 reported a $255,000 contribution last week from a "dark money" organization controlled by the same Local 150 honchos.

Capitol Fax | Anti-Madigan message may trump anti-Rauner message

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan will be on the ballot in just one of Illinois' 118 House districts this November, but his name and reputation will be featured in electoral battles throughout the state as Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Republican Party use Madigan against every Democrat from J.B. Pritzker on down to maybe even mosquito abatement district races.