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  • Answers to ‘How?’ and ‘What next?’ after election Nov 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Political columnist Paul Green: The next Illinois General Assembly may be the most important session in recent history. All political spins and clichés aside, the basic answer to Illinois financial/budgetary/pension crisis is coldly simple.

     
  • Suburbs could be pivotal if Senate race catches fire Aug 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Guest columnist Paul Green: To be blunt, neither candidate for U.S. Senate has lit the campaign trail on fire. If Oberweis can win downstate, the contest may come down to the voters in suburban Cook County.

     
  • Get ready for a season of promises May 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Paul Green: Before a new governor in Republican Bruce Rauner or a re-elected Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn can tackle the state’s fiscal abyss there will be a political campaign — one that will most likely resemble a trip to Disneyland than a realistic discussion of government’s economic woes and possible solutions.

     
  • Cash dash pushing party politics aside Feb 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Paul Green: To paraphrase an old folk song, “Where have all the politicians gone?” American electoral politics is in the middle of a revolution that is seeing political parties become mere campaign vehicles without drivers or even fuel. Replacing the old party system and its party operatives is money — simple and clear. How has this happened and, more importantly, why?

     
  • Clinging to a memory that still ‘tingles’ Nov 21, 2013 4:00 PM
    Guest columnist Paul Green: John F. Kennedy captured the moment with his wit, personality, style and substance, and no research, pro or con, about his life will alter the memory of this man who still gives millions of Americans the “tingle” when they think about him and his presidency.

     
  • Hooked on politics after one night in ’60 Oct 25, 2013 5:00 AM
    Guest columnist Paul Green: On Nov. 4, 1960, I was a freshman at the University of Illinois-Navy Pier. I was not very political, though I had been following the presidential campaign between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. That night it all changed.

     
  • A fair assessment of politics for 2014 Aug 18, 2013 5:00 AM
    Guest columnist Paul Green: The Illinois State Fair in Springfield is a grand event for a state whose population is tilting quickly northeast to metropolitan Chicagoland. Its main draw is agriculture and a traditional rural lifestyle featuring goats, sheep, pigs, horses and cows. Speaking of animals, the fair for two days of its run also features old-fashion politics.

     
  • Who has ammo in state’s three-way staredown? Jun 25, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Paul Green: The metaphor to the ending of the movie "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" fits the three-way Democratic tussle in Springfield over public pensions.

     
  • GOP’s problems were bigger than just Candy and Sandy Nov 14, 2012 6:33 PM
    Columnist Paul Green: Instant pundit analysis suggests the country's changing demographics trumped Mitt Romney's mantra that he could diminish the nation's huge deficit. OK — but in my view other crucial factors were involved in Obama's re-election win.

     
  • Post conventions, focus is on turnout Sep 14, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Paul Green: What to expect in the next few weeks is a lot of back and forth chitchat until the first presidential debate in early October. No doubt this White House contest will be a "turnout election" (energize your base) rather than a "conversion election" (change voters' minds).

     
  • The GOP’s loosening grip on suburbia Jun 21, 2012 5:00 AM
    Guest columnist Paul Green: Recent general election and party primary returns reveal suburban Cook County is no longer a reliable Republican vote bastion that can partially counter Democratic vote power in Chicago.

     
  • Mapping out a sweet deal for Democrats Jan 6, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Paul Green: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton need some key suburban districts to remain in power. The new legislative map will help their chances.

     
  • Suburbs still not among GOP fold Nov 3, 2010 3:19 PM
    Election night was a disaster for Illinois Democrats, but it could have been worse. In fact, it should have been worse. Why? Since 2009, the Democrats nationally and in Illinois have run all the major governments. Look at the batting order: the White House, Congress, all Illinois constitutional statewide offices and both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.

     
  • Campaigns still lacking in substance Mar 3, 2011 5:09 PM
    In a midterm election year, Labor Day usually kicks off Illinois' nonstop campaign season. Normally, candidates offer their platform and plans to deal with state policy issues. The party in power claims to have been prudent and efficient watchdogs on social and economic issues while the party not in power dwells on the inefficiencies and lack of management skills. Not this year, especially in the gubernatorial campaign - the office that trumps all the others, combined.

     
  • A modern day Valjean? It could happen Mar 3, 2011 5:33 PM
    I attended about one-third of Rod Blagojevich's first trial (RB-I). It was educational and entertaining as well as disheartening and at times frightening.

     
  • Blago's trial: a few observations Jul 19, 2010 12:01 AM
    For true connoisseurs of Illinois/Chicago politics the Rod Blagojevich trial is the greatest show on earth. I have witnessed a good chunk of the proceedings and would like to share briefly my notes and reflections.

     
  • It's more about math than politics Jun 29, 2010 12:01 AM
    In the 2006 Illinois gubernatorial election, Democratic incumbent Rod Blagojevich easily defeated state Republican Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney. Blagojevich's victory over Topinka was by an impressive 367,537 votes.

     
  • How a Cohen run could do more harm than good May 11, 2010 12:01 AM
    Illinois politics has, in the past, had some amazing twists and turns. We have seen Election Day backstabbing or knifing, strange political coalitions form and then disappear and, of course, the U.S. attorney acting as the state's ethics czar.

     
  • Let's rid Illinois of these two evils May 11, 2010 11:45 AM
    Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th century Florentine philosopher, wrote in his political masterpiece "The Prince," "if evils are anticipated they can easily be remedied but if you wait till they come to you the remedy is too late."

     
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