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Reagan Won Illinois. Three times.

Political pundits and party leaders in DC assume that Illinois is a solid Democratic state and cannot be won. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush are evidence to the contrary. Illinois has certainly changed since the 1980, 1984, and 1988 elections in which they won. After Democratic dominance of Springfield in recent decades has bankrupted [...]

By | May 6th, 2016|Feature Story, Historical|Comments Off on Reagan Won Illinois. Three times.

Historical Democratic Perspective for November

While spending Illinois into bankruptcy and driving jobs away over the last 40 years, the Democratic Party has worked to grow their base from 2 million in the Reagan years to over 3 million in 2008 and 2012. The question for 2016 is whether the record high turnout of the Obama years will continue for [...]

By | May 1st, 2016|Analysis, Historical|Comments Off on Historical Democratic Perspective for November

Historical Republican Perspective for November

Party leadership choices have consequences. Illinois largely missed the “Reagan Revolution” of the 1980’s, as well as the economic boom which continued into the Bill Clinton years. Neither Bush was competitive In Illinois. While Springfield remained dominated by progressive Democrats, the party leadership wrote off Illinois as a hopeless “blue state”. It failed to grow [...]

By | April 29th, 2016|Analysis, Historical|Comments Off on Historical Republican Perspective for November