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  • Fire Valerie Jarrett: If Obama wants to shake things up, his closest adviser should be first to go

    11/07/2014 9:05:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 7, 2014 | Carol Felsenthal
    Almost since the start of Barack Obama’s presidency, people who have actual, real duties in the West Wing of the White House—the working, executive part of the government, that is—have been urging him to do something about Valerie Jarrett. Push her into the East Wing, where she can hang out with Michelle Obama and the White House social secretary, or give her an ambassadorship—or something—but for Pete’s sake get her out of the way of the hard work of governing that needs to be done. Now it’s really time to do it. Let’s stipulate right away that it would be...
  • Governor's Race in FL, MI, IL all Toss Ups

    11/02/2014 5:52:07 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 44 replies
    PPP ^ | Nov 2, 2014
    PPP's final polls for Governor in Florida, Michigan, and Illinois find incredibly tight contests in all three states. Florida is the closest. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist both have 44%, with Libertarian Adrian Wyllie polling at 6%. PPP usually has a policy of not releasing poll results to the decimal, but when we find a tie on our final poll of the cycle somewhere we make an exception. Crist is at 44.0% to 43.8% for Scott- in terms of raw respondents to the poll that's 526 for Crist and 524 for Scott. Wyllie may be playing a spoiler role for...
  • Obama's Illinois: Food Stamp Growth Exceeds New Jobs

    09/17/2014 3:41:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 16, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Economy In Crisis: A new study by the Illinois Policy Institute shows in the past four years, the number of new food-stamp recipients in the state has outpaced new jobs nearly 2-to-1. Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, locked in a tight re-election battle with self-made billionaire Republican Bruce Rauner, has been arguing that Illinois, arguably the bluest of blue states, has turned the fiscal corner and is on its way back. The recovery may be slower than Quinn wants it to be — but, he says, it is real. It is an odd recovery, though, that makes more people dependent...
  • Governor Quinn, and a Week of Living the Dream

    09/02/2014 4:16:06 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 15 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 2, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he will live on $79 this week.. in a showcase for his call to raise the state’s minimum wage to a nice round ten dollars per hour… and he thinks that will help his campaign. Now, we can certainly grant that it’s a clever bit of showmanship – a governor being paid $177,000/year can hire an accountant to estimate the after-tax, after-housing funds of a “typical minimum wage worker” and then profess to be living on that amount for a week. He can hope that it showcases the need he imagines for poor people to...
  • An 'Antiviolence' Boondoggle in Murder-Plagued Chicago

    08/09/2014 7:06:29 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 50 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 8, 2014 | Claire Groden
    Two summers ago a home invasion by gang members on the city's South Side went wrong when one of the robbers shot another one in the back of the head, according to Chicago police. Sixteen-year-old Douglas Bufford was killed, and 19-year-old Jermalle Brown was charged with first-degree murder. His trial begins on Aug. 15, and it may attract more attention than usual in a city plagued by violent crime, just as his arrest did. Why? Because at the time of the shooting, Douglas Bufford and Jermalle Brown were also on the Illinois state payroll, earning $8.50 an hour to hand...
  • Democratic Governor Compares Black Republicans To Jewish Nazis.

    04/25/2014 5:14:06 AM PDT · by TennMountains · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2014 | By Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon Follow @Kredo0
    Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis.
  • Black Conservative: I don’t care if Cliven Bundy is a racist (VIDEO CLIP)

    04/24/2014 3:50:09 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Apr 24, 2014
    Great clip from Kira Davis that speaks for itself: WATCH VIDEO AT LINK
  • DNC Chair Fails To Respond To Governor Pat Quinn’s Racist Tweets

    04/25/2014 2:43:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    RedState ^ | April 25, 2014 | Caleb Howe
    Last week, Democrat Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn, via Twitter, promoted and, presumably therefore associated himself with, an article from the Chicago Sun Times that compared being a black Republican to being a Nazi collaborator. Eventually, as Greta outlines in the clip below, the tweets were deleted on the grounds that it was offensive to Jews. [3:06 video clip] From the offending column: As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit. It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round...
  • (Democrat Governor) Quinn Could Be Added to Suit By CSU Whistleblower

    03/28/2014 12:58:14 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 26, 2014 | Mitch Dudek
    Gov. Pat Quinn could be added as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claims he was fired in retaliation for calling attention to alleged financial misconduct by Chicago State President Wayne Watson. Glenn Meeks, who was vice president of administration and finance at the school, claims in the suit that he introduced himself to Quinn at a luncheon on March 25, 2013, and urged the governor to reappoint members of the university’s Board of Trustees who intended to replace Watson. Quinn did not reappoint the board members. And the next day, Watson fired Meeks. Meeks’ attorney,...
  • Bruce Rauner copies Mark Kirk’s Illinois playbook [IL Governor race]

    03/28/2014 8:17:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/28/2014 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    Bruce Rauner, the billionaire Republican nominee for Illinois governor, is doing all he can to turn himself into a career politician named Mark Kirk. Fresh off a closer-than-expected primary victory over three underfunded opponents, Rauner is avoiding social issues at all costs and hewing to a throw-the-bums-out message against the unpopular Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Rauner has on his staff four Kirk alumni in his effort to replicate the moderate GOP senator’s path to blue-state victory. And like Kirk — and unlike Republicans in almost everywhere else in the country — Rauner avoids bashing President Barack Obama, who remains popular...
  • Pat Quinn Named in Chicago State Lawsuit

    03/27/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | March 27, 2014 | Anonymous
    The circumstances of this suit differ dramatically from those revealed in the recent Crowley case. Vice President of Administration and Finance Glenn Meeks alleges his firing occurred because he brought a number of, unseemly at best and possibly illegal at worst, Watson practices to the attention of former Chicago State Board of Trustees Gary Rozier on October 31, 2012 and told Rozier he (Meeks) would report his concerns to the Illinois Inspector General’s Office if the board did nothing. Ultimately, in February-March 2013, the board attempted to remove Watson from the presidency During this attempt, Meeks had a conversation with...
  • Quinn: A $10/hour minimum wage is a principle as old as the Bible

    03/22/2014 4:57:58 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 41 replies
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | 21 MARCH 2014 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    Despite his clumsy expression, I’m going to go ahead and venture that, yes, most Republicans would probably agree with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn that a person that works a solid forty hours per week at an honest, productive job should not have to live in poverty. That’s precisely why it would be nice if hiking the minimum wage was actually a constructive way to boost employment, median incomes, and economic growth, instead of an counterproductive and intellectually cheap populist band-aid. Via NRO:
  • 'Thug' in Quinn's anti-violence program accused in murder of teen co-worker

    03/08/2014 5:05:20 PM PST · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 7, 2014 | Dave McKinney and Frank Main
    Jermalle Brown and Douglas Bufford were gang members hired to combat violence on the South Side through a program hatched by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. Paid with taxpayer funds to hand out anti-violence pamphlets, the teens were part-time foot soldiers in the governor’s $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, a program described as “a comprehensive and concerted effort to keep our young people safe, off the streets and in school.” Quinn launched that program a month before his 2010 election as an answer to gun carnage in the city — even though murders that year dipped to a nearly 50-year low....
  • Mel Reynolds pleads guilty to visa violation, but porn charge dropped (Ill RAT getting deported)

    02/22/2014 3:06:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/21/14 | Katherine Skiba
    **SNIP** The disgraced Illinois ex-congressman denied charges he was found with nude pictures and videos of women and men having sexual intercourse on his mobile phone. The count was an alleged violation of Zimbabwe's Censorship and Entertainments Control Act, according to Gurira, and carried a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine. Pornography is banned in Zimbabwe. Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe agreed with Reynolds’ lawyer that state prosecutors had not sought written authority from the prosecutor general for the pornography charge. “This makes the actions of the state null and void,” Gurira said. Earlier on Friday, Reynolds...
  • Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois

    02/26/2014 4:42:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/26/14 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf, which also injured nine or 10...
  • Obamacare Hurting Illinois Police Officers

    02/27/2014 3:28:41 PM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | february 27, 2014
    Severely impacted by the negative effects of Obamacare, Blake Frund, a worker at a central Illinois Police Department, is asking the question millions of Americans are now asking: “Why do we need Obamacare?” Frund works part-time with almost-full time hours. He was aware that because of Obamacare insurance costs to municipalities and businesses, he would have his hours reduced, but he did not know the extent of his soon-to-be work woes. His boss informed him at Christmastime that his work week would be reduced to 56 hours per week from 79 hours per week. He lost about $300 a month...
  • What’s behind Illinois’ employment collapse?

    03/02/2014 11:42:15 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    Illinois Policy.org ^ | 2/24/2014 | Michael Lucci
    A smaller and smaller percentage of adults are working to support the entire state population. Why does this matter? Because a booming economy provides the benefits of opportunity and upward mobility. But not only that. Growing the number of taxpayers is essential for funding core government services and pension bills. The only other tools legislators have are tax hikes, which have done more to chase away taxpayers than to fund the government. The percentage of the working-age population that is employed fell by 5.6 percentage points, from 65 percent in January 2008 to 59.4 percent in December 2013. This percentage,...
  • Illinois governor's race showcases union fears

    03/06/2014 5:11:20 PM PST · by gooblah · 13 replies
    Yahoo/ap ^ | 6 hours ago | Sara Burnett
    CHICAGO (AP) — When superrich Republican Bruce Rauner decided to run for governor of Illinois, it was clear this wouldn't be the kind of race the state was accustomed to. Rauner, who made his fortune as a venture capitalist, was new to campaigning and bragged of being beholden to no one. He came out swinging at entrenched special interests and "government union bosses" with an intensity not seen before.
  • Republicans see chance to seize Illinois governor's seat

    03/07/2014 4:30:18 PM PST · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7 Mar 2014 | MARY WISNIEWSKI AND EDITH HONAN
    (Reuters) - Illinois, the longtime home of President Barack Obama, has chosen Democrats for president in every election since 1992 and for governor since 2002. But this year Republicans, finding a weak incumbent in Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, see an opening. The Republican front-runner ahead of the March 18 primary, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, has emerged as a deep-pocketed and potentially formidable rival. The Republican National Committee already has staff on the ground in Illinois and plans to add more this spring. Quinn eked out a victory four years ago by less than 1 percentage point and his job approval...
  • US Sen. Durbin lauds federal manufacturing grants

    02/23/2014 11:19:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 2:03 PM EST
    Top Illinois politicians say a multimillion-dollar institute bound for Chicago will be the nation’s flagship research site for digital manufacturing. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday publicly heralded Chicago’s selection by the Defense Department as the site of one of two manufacturing institutes. …
  • Quinn teams up with the Onion in insurance pitch to 'young invincibles'

    02/11/2014 9:57:50 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 9 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 02/10/2014 | kin Schorsch
    Gov. Pat Quinn is partnering with satiric news site the Onion to persuade young invincibles” to sign up for health care insurance — before it's too late under Obamacare. Beginning today, Onion Labs, the creative services division of Chicago-based Onion, will run banners ads on its website of a man forced to sell his action figures to pay his medical bills because he didn't buy health insurance, according to a statement today from Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance exchange.
  • SEIU Fights To Force Home Caregivers To Pay Union Dues

    01/23/2014 11:09:30 AM PST · by raptor22 · 35 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Labor Law: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will determine if a Medicaid recipient caring for her child is a state worker required to turn part of her meager resources over to union bosses. Illinois resident Pam Harris is a 55-year-old mom earning less than the minimum wage who cares for her son Josh Harris, 25. He has Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, a muscular degenerative disease, compounded by physical disabilities and mental illness. Josh and his family qualify for an Illinois home-based support-services program that lets disabled adults live at home. He gets $721 each month from...
  • Daley Drops Out Of Race For Illinois Governor

    09/17/2013 1:03:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | September 17, 2013
    Former White House chief of staff William Daley abruptly dropped out of the race for Illinois governor Monday, signaling he wasn't sure he wanted to devote time to a long, hard campaign followed by at least four years in office. The decision leaves Gov. Pat Quinn without a prominent challenger in the Democratic primary next March, unless another candidate makes a late entry into the race. Daley spokesman Peter Giangreco confirmed that the son of late Mayor Richard J. Daley and brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley was ending what many had believed would be a serious challenge to...
  • New Guide: Illinois Pension Reform is Possible

    09/04/2013 3:45:11 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-4-13 | Andrew Bender
    The American Legislative Exchange Council Center For State Fiscal Reform’s latest publication, Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform, offers a solution-based perspective that should be valuable even for high-tax and higher-debt Illinois in its search for Illinois pension reform. Illinois pensions face a liability of at least $97 billion, with some estimates much higher. Gov. Pat Quinn has gone so far as to deny paychecks to the state legislature in attempt to put a more immediate cost on inaction. The governor’s office projected the defined-benefit liability will grow by $5 million per day, an improvement over last...
  • (Illinois) State Rep.: ‘Maybe The (Chicago) Police Are Killing Some Of These Kids’

    07/28/2013 6:43:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 19, 2013
    CHICAGO (CBS) – An Illinois state representative has publicly raised the possibility that Chicago police officers might be the ones responsible for the unsolved murders of black youths in Chicago. State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) was interviewed about Chicago crime Tuesday on WCHB-AM in Detroit. “I’m going to tell you what some suspicions have been, and people have whispered to me: they’re not sure that black people are shooting all of these children,” Davis said. “There’s some suspicion – and I don’t want to spread this, but I’m just going to tell you what I’ve been hearing – they suspect...
  • Jerk of the Week – Pat Quinn

    07/15/2013 10:31:18 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 1 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | July 16, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    Apologies for the lateness of this article, but real life (in the form of my central heat/air dying) put a huge crimp in my writing time. This week’s Jerk of the Week is a no-brainer. First and foremost, RightWingPatriot.com is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and believes that it is the right of every citizen to be armed. An armed citizen is a free man whilst an unarmed man is a subject. There is a huge difference between the two. As it has been reported last week, Illinois passed a law allowing concealed carry. Illinois has the shameful...
  • The National Guard to the Rescue in Chicago

    07/12/2013 4:02:06 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 106 replies
    NBC News.com ^ | July, 11, 2013 | Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News
    “Every single day we wake up in the city of Chicago, some child, some young adult, some African-American male has been murdered,” state Rep. Monique Davis said Thursday. “This is not acceptable. “I’m hearing from mothers that they are afraid to go outside,” she said. “Hospitals are overburdened with 70 gunshot wounds in one day. Ambulances are so busy people are driving victims in their own cars.” Davis held a press conference this week to ask Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to call in National Guard “to protect our children so they can go to the park and swim and play...
  • General Assembly overrides governor´s veto of concealed carry bill

    07/09/2013 6:12:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/9/13 | Ray Long & Monique Garcia
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois today became the last state in the country to legalize the concealed carry of guns after both the House and Senate rejected Gov. Pat Quinn’s attempt to rewrite the compromise bill. Senators voted 41-17 to override Quinn’s amendatory veto of the bill. Earlier in the day, the House voted 77-31 to overturn the governor’s rewrite. The measure now becomes law, though the actual ability of gun owners to carry a concealed firearm remains months away. The action by the Democratic General Assembly was a major repudiation of the actions of the state’s Democratic governor.
  • Let Freedom Ring! Illinois Enacts Nation’s Final Concealed-Gun Law

    07/09/2013 1:46:00 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-9-2013 | EdBigCon
    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Illinois enacts nation’s final concealed-gun law. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns as lawmakers rushed Tuesday to finalize a proposal ahead of a federal court’s deadline. Both chambers of the Legislature voted to override changes Gov. Pat Quinn made to the bill they approved more than a month ago. Even some critics of the law argued it was better to...
  • Quinn says he's ready for 'showdown' on concealed carry

    07/09/2013 6:35:04 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 july 2013 | Monique Garcia and Rick Pearson
    Lawmakers return to Springfield on Tuesday, poised to override Gov. Pat Quinn's rewrite of a proposed law allowing concealed carry of firearms, but his actions and those of his potential rivals have created a conundrum for many Downstate Democrats in the early stages of the 2014 race for governor. The prospects for rejecting Quinn's changes are high in the Democratic-controlled legislature, which faces a court-ordered deadline to enact a concealed carry law. Still, even a quick resolution on the latest gun regulation fight poses longer-term questions for the Democrats. Quinn's gun-control position, along with those of potential primary challenger Bill...
  • Override Gov. Quinnochio's Carry Veto, House and Senate start session at 11AM, call 217-782-2000.

    07/08/2013 5:58:12 PM PDT · by Steelers6
    Jacksonville, IL Journal Courier ^ | July 7, 2013 | Illinois 2nd Amendment Supporter
    Gov. Pat Quinn is off target in his bid to rewrite a bill that would allow Illinoisans to carry concealed firearms. Last week, and with only a week before a federal court deadline requiring the state to approve a concealed carry law, Quinn issued an amendatory veto of House Bill 183, the legislation passed in May by the Illinois General Assembly in an attempt to meet the court's mandate. Even though the bill was approved by wide margins in both the Illinois House and Senate, Quinn's amendatory veto sends the measure back to legislators with significant changes that the governor...
  • IL:Quinn’s veto of gun measure misfires

    07/08/2013 6:09:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    thetelegraph.com ^ | 7 July, 2013 | NA
    Gov. Pat Quinn is off target in his bid to rewrite a bill that would allow Illinoisans to carry concealed firearms. Last week, and with only a week before a federal court deadline requiring the state to approve a concealed carry law, Quinn issued an amendatory veto of House Bill 183, the legislation passed in May by the Illinois General Assembly in an attempt to meet the court’s mandate. Even though the bill was approved by wide margins in both the Illinois House and Senate, Quinn’s amendatory veto sends the measure back to legislators with significant changes that the governor...
  • Legislature should accept changes to gun bill

    07/04/2013 6:12:31 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 26 replies
    Chicago Sun -Times ^ | 04 july 2013
    So a man packing 10 guns, some peeking out of his jacket, goes into a restaurant and gets drunk and boisterous. Good idea? Only as a set-up in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Using the power of his amendatory veto, Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday deleted the provisions that would allow for such a scenario from a bill that passed the Legislature in May to legalize the concealed carrying of guns. He also edited out other troubling measures. Quinn wants to limit the number of concealed guns to one — and require that one be fully concealed. He would limit the...
  • House overrides governor's veto of concealed carry bill

    07/09/2013 12:03:31 PM PDT · by bigbob · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-9-13 | Ray Long and Monique Garcia
    The Illinois House, with no debate, voted 77-31 today to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s changes to a compromise plan to regulate the concealed carrying of firearms in the state. The state Senate must also vote to override Quinn’s rewrite of the bill for the measure to become law. That vote is expected later today.
  • Concealed-carry legal in Illinois after Senate joins House in blocking Quinn’s amendatory veto

    07/09/2013 4:56:54 PM PDT · by umgud · 24 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/9/13 | Dave McKinney
    SPRINGFIELD-Illinois joined 49 other states Tuesday by approving legislation allowing gun owners to carry their weapons in public places, overriding Gov. Pat Quinn and dealing the governor a resounding defeat. The Senate put the finishing touches on the override push, voting 41-17 to reject a series of changes Quinn had recommended to the concealed-carry legislation that passed in May. The Senate’s action followed a 77-31 vote by the House earlier Tuesday.
  • (IL) General Assembly overrides governor's veto of concealed carry bill

    07/09/2013 1:16:09 PM PDT · by bigbob · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-9-13 | Ray Long and Monique Garcia
    Illinois today became the last state in the country to legalize the concealed carry of guns after both the House and Senate rejected Gov. Pat Quinn’s attempt to rewrite the compromise bill. Senators voted 41-17 to override Quinn’s amendatory veto of the bill. Earlier in the day, the House voted 77-31 to overturn the governor’s rewrite. The measure now becomes law, though the actual ability of gun owners to carry a concealed firearm remains months away. The action by the Democratic General Assembly was a major repudiation of the actions of the state’s Democratic governor. Supporters of the compromise legislation...
  • Illinois: Governor Quinn Issues an Amendatory Veto on Concealed Carry Legislation

    07/07/2013 3:58:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | July 3, 2013 | NA
    Yesterday, with the federal court deadline for enactment of concealed carry legislation fast approaching, Governor Pat Quinn (D) issued an amendatory veto on House Bill 183. This legislation was introduced and passed by the state legislature last month in an attempt to comply with a ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on December 11, 2012, that invalidated Illinois’ total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense. Governor Quinn’s irresponsible amendatory veto, if allowed to stand, would impose some of the strictest concealed carry laws in the nation and make a mockery of the serious issue...
  • Quinn signs law to let 17-year-olds vote in primaries (Illinois)

    07/07/2013 8:18:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/03/13 | Rick Pearson
    Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today a measure that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in party primary elections if they turn 18 before or on the date of that year’s general election. The Democratic governor signed the bill at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, where civic faculty and students pushed the legislation. Quinn said Illinois joins at least 20 states that set younger age limit for primary voters, citing a national voting advocacy group. Sponsoring Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, said in a statement that the measure was “only fair” since 18-year-olds “are already voting for candidates...
  • 2014 Gubernatorial Races: An Early Take - Part 5 [Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio]

    06/16/2013 7:49:50 AM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 42 replies
    Red State ^ | June 14, 2013 | davenj1
    If ever there was a region where incumbent Republican governors can experience the great GOP gubernatorial apocalypse, it is the upper Midwest. Three of the races involve Republican incumbents who rode the Republican wave of 2010 into office. They are Rick Snyder in Michigan, John Kasich in Ohio and Scott Walker in Wisconsin. That potential loss of three Governor’s offices may be mitigated by a Pat Quinn Democratic loss in Illinois. The problem is that Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are less red than Illinois is certainly blue.
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Governor Quinn announces $54 million for new Fine Arts Complex

    02/24/2013 2:59:09 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 14 replies
    ISU ^ | 2;23 | Kate Arthur
    Governor Pat Quinn announced a $54 million capital investment to build a Fine Arts Complex that will strengthen Illinois State University’s renowned arts programs and create 775 construction jobs. “This investment means Illinois State University will be able to build on its excellent reputation in the fine arts while creating hundreds of good jobs in Normal,” the governor said on Founders Day on February 21. “Higher education is a powerful force for growth in Illinois. We all benefit when our universities have the facilities to engage and educate our young people, whether the field is art, accounting or engineering.” The...
  • Gitmo North Returns: Obama's Shady Prison Deal

    11/30/2012 3:12:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    If you thought President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had given up on closing Guantanamo Bay and bringing jihadists to American soil, think again. Two troubling developments on the Gitmo front should have every American on edge. The first White House maneuver took place in October, while much of the public and the media were preoccupied with election news. On Oct. 2, Obama's cash-strapped Illinois pals announced that the federal government bought out the Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million. According to Watchdog.org, a recent appraisal put the value of the facility at $220 million. Democratic...
  • DeMint joins national effort to keep feds from bailing out state pension systems (Told ya!)

    09/30/2012 9:07:30 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 30 2012
    Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is getting hit with a nationwide backlash over his suggestion that the federal government bail out the state employees’ pension program. Critics have in the past several days pounced on the suggestion, made last year when Quinn, in announcing the state’s fiscal 2012 budget, said part of Illinois' long-term effort to reduce the estimate $167 billion in under-funded liabilities would be to seek “a federal guarantee of the debt.” Among those leading the charge is Republican Sen. Jim DeMint. The South Carolina senator has joined the Illinois Policy Institute’s national “No Pension Bailout” campaign --...
  • Thanks to Team Obama's Reckless 'Felon' Accusations, Tony Rezko Issue NOW IN PLAY

    07/15/2012 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    How 'bout a little refresher re. Obama political Godfather  and actual (16-count!) convicted felon Tony Rezko...? The Syrian-born Rezko is an infamous Chicago slumlord, fast-food restauranteur, and sleazy political operator who played a key role in the Blagojevich case- as well as the unlikley ascension to power of Barrack Hussein Obama.Obama's longtime ally, friend, and top fundraiser was found guilty of 16/24 counts of felony influence peddling back in June 2008. Of course the story was mostly buried/detached from his bud Barry in the run-up to that year's most unfortunate (for us) presidential election whilst the jury convicted Rezko of wire...
  • Weird… Catholic Dem Governor Does Islamic Praying on Ramadan (Video)

    08/20/2012 7:30:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Gateway ^ | August 20, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Really, Governor Quinn? Really? Catholic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn took time out recently to do some Islamic praying on Ramadan.
  • Quinn signs bill requiring retirees to pay part of health insurance [IL]

    06/21/2012 3:58:38 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12:42 p.m. CDT, June 21, 2012 | Ray Long
    Gov. Pat Quinn today approved legislation requiring thousands of retired state employees to chip in on the costs of health care insurance that many of them get for little or nothing. The law attempts to rein in the state’s rising costs but also seeks to share the expense with the 78,000 retirees who pay no premiums for their insurance now. The Quinn administration will set premiums each year for the group health program, which includes retired judges, lawmakers, university employees and rank-and-file state workers. Currently, retired legislators get free premium health insurance after four years, retired judges after six years...
  • Quinn to ask Illinois Legislature to raise drop-out age to 18

    01/27/2012 7:39:18 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 26 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 27, 2012 | Lynn Sweet
    Gov. Pat Quinn--following on President Barack Obama's Tuesday call to raise the dropout age--will ask the Illinois legislature next week to boost the age students have to stay in school from 17 to 18. "I like the fact that the president said kids have to stay in school until they are 18. Jobs follow brainpower. We have to understand that investing in education, including community colleges, is the key to a nimble economy," Quinn said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday morning. Quinn's office said in a Friday release he will propose hiking the drop-out age this year in his...
  • Corporate Carve-out Revolt

    12/13/2011 8:26:18 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 3 replies
    Noman Says ^ | Noman Says | Noman
    What is Democratic Governor like Pat Quinn in a pork barrel blue state like Illinois to do? The Party's power depends upon an endless stream of government jobs with budget-busting benefits, which translates into votes. Unfortunately, the game only works if the bill can be foisted onto a deep-pocket third party. The fly in the ointment is those unreasonable, right-wing tax payers, who are tired of being played for a pocket. The Democrats' preferred solution is to sew up acquiescence and hamstring resistance by invoking fairness, responsibility, family or what-have-you. The answer is never to cut the size and scope...
  • Bishops blast Catholic governor's role in abortion award ceremony

    11/03/2011 4:35:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | 11/3/11 | Benjamin Mann
    Illinois' six Catholic bishops have deplored Catholic governor Pat Quinn's role as the presenter of a “Pro-Choice Leadership Award” at an abortion advocacy group's upcoming ceremony. “We deeply regret the governor's decision to present this award, which so closely associates him with a political action group whose purpose is contrary to the common good,” the six bishops said in a Nov. 2 statement released by the Catholic Conference of Illinois. “With this action, Governor Quinn has gone beyond a political alignment with those supporting the legal right to kill children in their mother's wombs, to rewarding those deemed most successful...
  • (Democrat Governor) Quinn plans layoffs, facility closings

    09/06/2011 3:36:13 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 9/6/2011 | Monique Garcia
    Gov. Pat Quinn plans to issue layoff notices to thousands of state workers this week as he deals with a budget shortfall he pegs in the hundreds of millions of dollars, a state government source with knowledge of the situation told the Tribune. The governor also intends to announce the closing of several state facilities, including a prison, juvenile detention center and homes for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, sources confirmed. Without action, Quinn's budget office says, several agencies would run out of money by the spring. Quinn is responding to the Democratic-controlled Legislature's decision at the end of...