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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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