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John Theis (center), lawyer for Barbara Shaw, the former director of Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, says his client will answer questions next week from a legislative panel investigating the governor's failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and won't assert her Fifth Amendment rights. File Photo. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Lawyer: Key witness will answer questions from panel probing NRI

 
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaves Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit in 2008. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Rauner's biggest strength proving to be his greatest weakness

His track record as a businessman should be the strong point of Bruce Rauner’s sales pitch for the governor’s office. Instead, it’s become possibly the greatest liability for the wealthy Republican nominee. While Rauner and others at the GTCR private-equity firm he started in Chicago have never been charged, executives of companies they backed financially have ended up in legal trouble. Another hit to the Rauner campaign comes from Detroit, where a high-ranking executive for a GTCR-controlled company was at the center of a massive City Hall corruption scandal.

John Theis (center), lawyer for Barbara Shaw, the former director of Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, says his client will answer questions next week from a legislative panel investigating the governor's failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and won't assert her Fifth Amendment rights. File Photo. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Lawyer: Key witness will answer questions from panel probing NRI

SPRINGFIELD — The former head of the state agency Gov. Pat Quinn put in charge of his failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence grant program will answer questions from a legislative panel next week, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Republican Bruce Rauner visits his Chicago campaign headquarters in January. | Jessica Koscielniak / Sun-Times

Video shows Rauner opposing Medicaid expansion last year

SPRINGFIELD — Newly surfaced video of Republican Bruce Rauner obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows him telling conservative activists in Lake County last year that, as governor, he would have blocked Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid. Rauner’s words mark the first time he has publicly staked out that position after sidestepping the question of a possible rollback of the state’s Medicaid expansion during a joint appearance in March with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and at a Chicago Tribune editorial board meeting a month earlier.

 

State Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, speaks at a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Pat Quinn at Quinn Chapel AME Church, 2401 S. Wabash Ave., in July. File Photo. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Mugabe lobby trial might require some sifting through the b.s.

Strange things can happen when state legislators play foreign diplomat —especially, it would seem, if they are Illinois state legislators. Exhibit A: the ongoing federal trial of Chicago businessman C. Gregory Turner on charges he illegally lobbied on behalf of the government of Zimbabwe to lift U.S. sanctions on the African regime.

 

Illinois-owned planes to be sold in online auction

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Central Management Services plans to relist six state-owned airplanes for sale on an online auction site after a previous attempt to lure buyers brought bids for only two planes.

Gov. Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats are getting help from major unions, which are pumping money into a minimum-wage ballot initiative. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Labor using Illinois minimum wage question to drive Dem turnout

WASHINGTON — Major unions are pumping big money into a November ballot question on raising Illinois’ minimum wage, which in reality is a political tool to energize Democratic voters who are also more than likely to vote for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats down the ticket.

Illinois High School Association Executive Director Marty Hickman speaks with reporters before testifying at a House committee hearing at the state Capitol in Springfield in May. | Seth Perlman/AP

IHSA to boycott legislative hearing set for Friday in Chicago

A legislative hearing set for later this week on Illinois High School Association operations won’t have a key player: the high-school sports governing body itself. IHSA officials announced Monday they plan to “have no official presence” at the House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee hearing set for Friday because they’ve been “informed that the IHSA will be unable to testify or call witnesses during the hearing.”

 
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