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The Smoke Filled Room Podcast
31 minutes | Jun 6, 2019
Winners And Losers of Springfield's Spring Session
Who won in Springfield's Spring Session, or better put? Who didn't win? Plus, some thoughts on how Chicago's new Mayor Lori Lightfoot may need to wrangle with her City Council to get her ambitious reform agenda done.
28 minutes | Dec 23, 2018
The biggest Illinois political surprises of 2018
The guys discuss the first Chicago mayoral ad buys, which union endorsements are most effective, what legislation will the new general assembly take up first, when and how will a capital bill come, and the biggest surprises of 2018.
35 minutes | Nov 13, 2018
Has Illinois' Politics Gone Tribal?
Victor and Mike talk through what brought Democrats such big wins this year, how does Pritzker avoid becoming a Democratic Bruce Rauner and will this month's huge turnout affect municipal elections in 2019.
23 minutes | Nov 1, 2018
What happens in the last week before Election Day?
Mike and Victor walk through how political decision makers think through their last week strategies, how they spend their money, from the perspectives of legislative leaders and statewide campaigns. Then, they make their predictions for Illinois' November 6 elections.
36 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
Illinois' Big Campaign Spenders And GOP Congressmen In Trouble
Victor and Mike talk through the biggest campaign spenders of Illinois state legislative campaigns -- Mike Madigan and... who? Then the possibility that four Illinois GOP congressmen could lose their jobs in November and finally, the wacky Showdown in Chi-town with 22 mayoral candidates, so far.
40 minutes | Oct 5, 2018
Governors, AGs and Mayors, Oh My!
Mike and Victor walk through polling, TV ads and where the votes are for the 2018 Illinois Governor and Attorney General races. Then, they discuss the growing field of candidates for Chicago's February 2019 Mayoral election.
42 minutes | Dec 19, 2017
SFR002 - Who's in Charge?
49 minutes | Dec 5, 2017
SFR001- El Dedazo
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