…And Pat Quinn will be bad for Alexi Giannoulias
From Unlikely Voter: The Illinois Senate race is already set to be an ugly war, only distinguished from France 1916 by the lack of chemical warfare. Both candidates are hated and have baggage that is not going to go away. Either one can win, though, judging by the polling I’ve seen. But if Republicans rally around a surging Bill Brady while Pat Quinn polls as | Read More »
Governor candidate Bill Brady (R-IL) speaks on minimum wage.
First, check out the Tribune’s Clout Street article, which I got to via Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax. Now, my take on it (which I also put as a comment in the Capitol Fax discussion): ————- I fully support Brady on this. My small business (restaurant) employs just under 20 people. I opened a bit over two years ago. In that time, food costs have gone | Read More »
A quick update from Illinois.
Illionis’ primary is long gone, so it is safe to start looking at the general election. I live in IL’s 14th (formerly known as Speaker Hastert’s), and I thought I’d put out an update for anyone interested, and to force myself to update my research. Nothing makes me read up on the state of things like writing does. I will spend the most time in | Read More »
, Adam Kinzinger
, alexi giannoulias
, Bill Brady
, Bill Foster
, Bob Dold
, joe walsh
, Mark Kirk
, Melissa Bean
, Pat Quinn
, Randy Hultgren
, tea party
Scott Lee Cohen bringing a knife to the IL-GOV race?
What’s odd is the reaction to this: Gov. Pat Quinn said he’s ready to take on Scott Lee Cohen in the general election if the embattled Chicago pawnbroker publicly announces he’s making an independent run for the state’s highest office. “When all is said and done, there will be a robust contest of ideas,” Quinn said. I mean, you would think that the normal reaction | Read More »
Democratic Illinois Lt. Gov. Nominee Arrested for Domestic Battery
What Chicago election is complete without elements of domestic violence, prostitution and tax evasion? A Chicago pawnbroker who financed his campaign with nearly $2 million of his own wealth, Scott Lee Cohen Tuesday won the Democratic Party’s nomination for Lieutenant Governor. But with new details of Cohen’s sordid past emerging today, Democratic primary voters will soon be wishing they had given his five rivals a | Read More »
Seven Hundred Terms in a Row? The Story of Illinois
Ya gotta love Lou Lang. Any public servant who can manage to exude vast indifference to the public’s disgust with endless political corruption has something going for him. As a state representative in Illinois, he has had a front-row seat to the constant corruption sordidly and melodramatically symbolized by former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s taped attempt to sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat. Like the disgraced | Read More »
An Open Letter to Illinois Republicans
To All Illinois Republicans: How’s this for a “doomsday” scenario: tax increases will plunge Illinois into further economic crisis, hurting economic growth and job creation and causing our state’s budget deficit to grow even larger. As such, any legislator – Republican or Democrat – who supports tax increases is voting against jobs, workers and the Illinois economy … and they should be voted out of | Read More »
Governor Quinn Is In
Blagojevich is out! Quinn is in! There is gubernatorial hope for corruption-riddled Illinois. Now, admittedly, I don’t agree with Governor Pat Quinn on every issue. But few governors can boast Quinn’s long record as an anti-establishmentarian reformer. In April of last year, Pat Quinn, then Illinois’s lieutenant governor, was pushing hard for a ballot measure to give voters the power to recall elected officials. This | Read More »
Gov Pat Quinn calls for Burris to resign.
[UPDATE] Well, well, well: I may be happy to be proven wrong in this case: “Illinois governor says Burris should resign Quinn says a new senator should be chosen by special election.” Via Hot Air. Reported by Jim Geraghty: given the drumbeat of articles cropping up (“Black Ministers May Rethink Backing Sen. Burris,” and “Blagojevich aide tells of Burris call in fall,” and “What people | Read More »
ILGOP Launches FriendsofBlago.com
The Illinois Republican Party is getting aggressive when it comes to the Senate selection in Illinois, and they have a great point: the whole structure of Democratic alliances in Illinois make any appointment by either the Governor or the Lt. Governor suspect. As the ILGOP notes: Today FriendsofBlago.com unveiled the tainted connection Lt. Governor Pat Quinn has to Rod Blagojevich. In 2006, Pat Quinn said | Read More »
Blagojevich Arrest Disrupts Appointment to Obama’s Seat
Just in case you haven’t heard Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (DEMOCRAT) was arrested this morning on a host of charges which includes shopping President-Elect Obama’s Senate Seat to the highest bidder. One would think that common sense deems that a man arrested for shopping a Senate seat would not get to name a person to that Senate seat. However, it appears that Governor Blagojevich will still make | Read More »