Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bruce Rauner: …As Quinnocchio Gets His Running Mate a “Sweet Insider Job”

Quinn finds Vallas a nice job per a Rauner Press Release.

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2014

Contact: Leili Doerr
(312) 288-1755

Rauner Grows Coalition…

Chicago preacher James Meeks backs Republican gubernatorial candidate:
“This former state senator is active as a leader in Chicago’s African-American community and also has considerable political clout. This gubernatorial election he is not throwing that clout behind the Democrat, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn. Instead, Meeks is lining up behind Bruce Rauner…” (Fox News, 4/7/2014)

Continues Growing Coalition
Major Chicago black church leaders, all one-time Democrats, have endorsed Rauner, including the Reverend and former State Senator James Meeks, West Sider the Reverend Marshall Hatch and the South Side's Reverend Stephen Thurston. "I'm not looking at the party, I'm looking at the issues that are there," Thurston said… (ABC Chicago, 3/21/14)

…As Quinnocchio Gets His Running Mate a “Sweet Insider Job”

APVallas joins team that includes top Blago aide and Quinn campaign donor:
“Gov. Pat Quinn is taking heat over his running mate's new job. Paul Vallas is joining DSI Civic Financial Restructuring, a Chicago-based firm specializing in government restructuring and reorganization. The company's CEO is Bill Brandt, whom Quinn re-appointed chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority. State records show Brandt gave Quinn's campaign $100,000 in December. John Filan, who was budget director under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is the company's vice president.” (Associated Press, 4/7/2014)

Chicago TribuneFormer Blago aide is Quinn “ally” who Quinn kept on state payroll:
Vallas joins a team that includes John Filan, another Quinn ally who was the state’s chief operating officer under ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Quinn kept Filan on the state payroll following Blagojevich’s 2008 ouster, much to the chagrin of powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan who sought to remove hundreds of Blagojevich appointees. Filan resigned his post as executive director of the finance authority on July 1, 2009, but acted as a paid consultant for several months after that. (Chicago Tribune, 4/7/2014)

Sun-TimesRauner: Vallas hire by Quinn donor a 'Blagojevich-style move':
"Paul Vallas just helped Pat Quinn complete the transformation from self-styled reformer to another back-scratching Illinois politician in record time," Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf told Early & Often. "Over the last five years, Pat Quinn has given special deals and appointments to Brandt and Filan. Now, they're returning the favor in a Blagojevich-style move." (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/7/2014)

The Capitol Fax dubbed it “a sweet insider job.” (The Capitol Fax, 4/7/2014)

Allen West: Is the tide turning? Two minority Dems in Chicago supporting GOP

West writes,

James Meeks, a former State Senator and currently Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Salem Baptist megachurch has decided to support Rauner rather than Democrat Governor Pat Quinn. As well, attorney Manny Sanchez, who helped lead President Obama’s outreach campaign among Latinos is jumping ship to support Rauner.

Rev. James Meeks Supports Bruce Rauner

Haven't been blogging much

Other endeavors took all of my time and energy the past few months so I've had little time for blogging. I will try and post on the Gov race. It's way too important for Illinois not to put some time into that. Today's Editorial in the Trib gives a few of the reasons.
Meanwhile, millions of Illinoisans have come to know this decade as among the most treacherous in two centuries of statehood. It's a time of paltry growth, of stubborn joblessness that ranks second nationwide — yet also a time of headlines about this or that politician, rushing pell mell to raise taxes. Those officials have cornered themselves: The imbalance between the spending they (or their predecessors) foolishly promised and their current revenue really is that huge.
We have arrived at what finally looks to be a pivotal juncture in the darkening arc of Illinois history. More politicians are coming to realize the truth that Madigan spoke three years ago. It is, as he partially admitted in a House debate last week, a truth he helped create: Illinois is overpromised, overspent, overborrowed. Present trajectories point to doom. So the race for luscious new revenue is quickening.
 Please follow Illinois Review in the meantime or Kerrry Lester.  Two of the best on what's happening in this state.

Spring finally...  sat on the porch this AM with my coffee.  About time.  It's been a very long winter.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Diana Rauner: Agenda

Rauner's wife Diana in a very effective ad. I believe him. He has no social agenda. He's got an economic agenda to get Illinois's economy growing and putting people back to work. Whether that's right or left, Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal it's the agenda Illinois needs at the moment.

Rauner keeps this up he's got a shot against Quinn's machine.