Skip to comments.Daley touts his leadership skills in East Peoria stop
Posted on 08/23/2013 9:01:47 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
EAST PEORIA - Bill Daley's campaign trail passed through central Illinois on Friday as the Democratic candidate for governor began to divulge plans for steering the state out of its financial crisis.
The former White House chief of staff met with the media outside the United Automobile Workers Local 974 in East Peoria on Friday morning, his first stop of the day before heading to Du Quoin, Bloomington and Rockford.
Since announcing his run against Gov. Pat Quinn in late July, Daley has asserted his leadership would help guide the state through pension reform and other challenges.
"I just think it's a disgrace that the governor hasn't called the legislative leaders or the conference committee to the mansion and said, 'We're not leaving here until we get an answer and a solution to this,' " Daley said. "People want this solved so we can move forward."
Rather than wait for a pension agreement to land on his desk, Daley said, Quinn should clearly relay what he wants to see and what he will not accept.
"Now it's just sort of, 'Do something and I'll sign it.' That's not leadership," he said.
And while Daley is challenging a Democrat in the race and vowed to bring a new perspective to Springfield, the Chicago native said he's not worried about seeming like a political outsider.
"This is not about a party. This is about trying to change the state," he said, adding, "Pat Quinn was supposed to be the outsider. Pat Quinn was supposed to be different."
In the next few months, the gubernatorial candidate will lay out more concrete plans and announce a running mate. For now, Daley said he envisions separate development plans for southern, central and northern Illinois tailored to the future needs of business.
"There's enormous strengths in central Illinois. We have to build around those," he said.
For example, to capitalize on the state's agricultural potential, he would like to identify food-related businesses, industries and technologies and bring them to the region, generating new jobs.
"I think it all gets back to strong leadership, and that's what I'll bring to the governorship if I'm so honored."
Daley will be Quinn II. He will likely be worse for Illinois since he is a Chicago thug politician. Chicago will set the pace and drive the rest of the state into the ground.