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Quinn Loses His Running Mate for 2014

Given the pathetic slate of potential Democratic candidates in Wisconsin to challenge Walker, I may start observing the upcoming gubernatorial election in Illinois more.  Frankly, it is going to be one hell of a fight down there.

For starter’s you have the Chicago Machine, you have the Obama Machine, and you have the Quinn Machine (what’s left of it) all fighting for control of the Land of Lincoln — and that’s before you add the Republicans to the picture.

The main focus at the moment is how long sitting Gov. Pat Quinn can hang on.  The guy’s pretty much hated by everyone.  He’s all but bankrupt the state (in the name of saving public employee unions) and has the lowest approval rating of any governor in the country.

Today, he lost his running mate for 2014.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will not run again with unpopular incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn.

“I believe I’ve been effective as lieutenant governor and can be more effective in other office and I look forward to that. Thank you,” Sheila Simon said Wednesday morning. And with that, Simon’s three minute and eight second news conference was over. She’s moving on- but she didn’t say where.

“Well, it didn’t come as a surprise,” Gov. Quinn said. The split with the governor comes as Quinn struggles with a poor approval rating and the possibility of two high-profile primary challenges.

Quinn is also under siege from his biggest ally in his last race: public employee unions that picketed his event Wednesday. Sources close to the governor say he hopes to find an African-American running mate to shore up his increasingly shrinking base.

“I have a job to do on policy. And I think that’s what people want their governor to do. Not politics, policy,” Gov. Quinn said.

The Simon surprise comes as a new poll – conducted by The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute , a downstate policy group named for Simon’s father – shows: Among Democrats, Lisa Madigan is the favorite in the race for governor with 32-percent support; Quinn gets 23-percent; and former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley gets 12-percent of primary voters. Twenty-eight percent say they’re still undecided.

Come on, be honest with yourself.  This is going to be a heck of a lot more exciting than waiting to see if Peter Barca runs as a sacrificial lamb, right?

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Illinois Governor to Also Limit Collective Bargaining

Well, well, well…what have we here?

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today defended his efforts to limit collective bargaining rights for thousands of state employees, saying his proposal is a balanced approach aimed at ensuring a separation between rank-and-file workers and upper managers.

Quinn is pushing Senate lawmakers to vote on the plan when they return to Springfield on Wednesday. House lawmakers signed off on the idea earlier this year, but support is low among Senate Democrats.

“I fervently support the right to bargaining, right to form a union,” Quinn said after speaking at the annual Rainbow/PUSH conference. “At the same time, there have to be some positions in government which are management positions and we’re trying to draw a fair line.”

Quinn’s office argues the move would save the state money and make government more efficient, saying the bill would apply to high-level management positions such as attorneys, legislative liaisons and deputy chiefs of staffs for state agencies. The idea is to prevent situations where there is no clear leadership at state facilities because all the workers are union members and managers can’t discipline employees under them.

But labor officials say the bill would unfairly strip workers of their right to representation, and argue it’s not just limited to leadership positions, but lower-level workers, too. They’ve drawn comparisons to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker‘s efforts to limit unions in that state, a likening Quinn calls “completely unfair.”

Of course it’s unfair to Quinn.  Scott Walker has a record of paying off his bets. This frickin’ Illinois bastard will just stop reneging on his NFC Championship bet from this January and used the collective bargaining bill as his reasons for doing it.

When one of professional football’s most storied rivalries was headed for a major postseason match-up, two governors made a bet.

Illinois Democrat Pat Quinn agreed that if his Chicago Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers, he’d head to Wisconsin to volunteer at a food pantry in Packers colors. Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker made the same deal if the Bears won.

It was a good-natured, well-intentioned wager at a moment when the two states were engaged in some nasty infighting. But now, with Wisconsin Senate Democrats on the lam in Illinois and protests gripping the capitol in Madison, Governor Quinn has decided to postpone his trip to the Milwaukee food pantry.

“In light of the very serious issues that the state of Wisconsin is trying to work through right now, the governor felt the timing was not necessarily ideal and that it would be more appropriate to find a better date,” Quinn spokeswoman Annie Thompson told the Chicago Sun-Times.

She also took a moment to score some points at the Governor Walker’s expense.

“When a state is experiencing such mass turmoil, businesses are not going to be attracted to it,” Thompson said. Gov. Walker had argued that Illinois’s income tax increase would drive businesses away, and was pushing to attract Illinois businesses to his state — despite Wisconsin’s markedly higher personal income tax rate.

NBC Chicago reports that Quinn is planning to reschedule “in the next few months.”

Quinn has yet to reschedule as of April according from this Jim Stingl column.

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Walker Seizes on Flat-Lander’s Tax Increase

Epically done I must say.

But what else is there to the businesses of The Land of Lincoln after a tax increase of 66%…besides “Thank You” I suppose.

Wisconsin is open for business. In these challenging economic times while Illinois is raising taxes, we are lowering them. On my first day in office I called a special session of the legislature, not in order to raise taxes, but to open Wisconsin for business. Already the legislature is taking up bills to provide tax relief to small businesses, to create a job-friendly legal environment, to lessen the regulations that stifle growth and to expand tax credits for companies that relocate here and grow here. Years ago Wisconsin had a tourism advertising campaign targeted to Illinois with the motto, ‘Escape to Wisconsin.’ Today we renew that call to Illinois businesses, ‘Escape to Wisconsin.’ You are welcome here. Our talented workforce stands ready to help you grow and prosper.

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