BLOWN WIDE OPEN Bruce Rauner's
fumble on minimum wage set off a mad scramble in the GOP primary race. Bill
Brady used it to question Rauner's connections to infamous Illinois political
corruption symbol Stuart Levine. This campaign is finally getting interesting. Read about the weekend happenings
for the Republican candidates here.
RAISE IT Capitol Fax
publisher Rich Miller says a new poll shows Bruce Rauner may have dodged a
lethal political bullet with his minimum wage reversal last week. Again, it's
getting interesting. Read Miller's take here.
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Rauner's turn-around on minimum wage played out over several days last week. We lay it out here.
TEEN COP The DuPage
County Sheriff let his 17-year-old son access a sensitive law enforcement
database. The Better Government Association would like to know how a teenager
gets such access and what he does with it. As happens so often in Illinois,
government has slammed the door. BGA President Andy Shaw explains.
ALMOST PARADISE CNN Money
pronounced Buffalo Grove the best Illinois city to live in. (See it here.) But
Sheila Weinberg of Truth In Accounting says that's not the whole story. She opens the books on Buffalo Grove
NO PRINCES, ONE PAUPER No members of
Illinois' congressional delegation crack OpenSecrets.org's list of wealthiest
lawmakers, but one made the Top 25 poorest. More here.
KERNER FRAMED? Was former
Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner's federal prosecution and conviction the work of the
Nixon White House? Newly discovered Nixon tapes say yes, say Kerner's children,
who have long sought to exonerate their late father. The prosecutor, former
Gov. Jim Thompson, isn't buying it. Fascinating stuff. Click for more.
HEADLINES Here are the top news stories in Illinois today:5. No matter who gets the Republican nod for governor, the general election in November looks to be close. (Chicago Sun-Times)
4. Chicago taxpayers spent $825,000 to learn the former comptroller didn’t steal a dime while he was in Chicago. (Chicago Sun-Times)
3. The minimum wage in Illinois could get boosted during the spring legislative session. (Herald & Review)
2. A Chicago Public Schools investigation revealed some faked data on attendance and grades at some CPS schools. (Chicago Tribune)
1. Opinion: Otto Kerner is one of the four Illinois governors to have served time, but was he wrongly targeted by then-President Richard Nixon? (State Journal-Register)