SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Dillard flip-flops on video poker, and other campaign news

Friday, Jul 31, 2009

* GOP gubernatorial candidate Sen. Kirk Dillard voted to tax and legalize video poker machines to pay for part of the capital bill in May. Now that he’s running for governor, he’s changed his mind

Dillard said he was torn in his vote, but ultimately said he wanted to keep his word to labor unions and business groups to support a major public works package.

“I had a gun to my head,” he said during an interview with the Daily Herald editorial board Thursday.

Dillard said that if he is elected governor, he would reconsider the legalization of video gambling machines even though he voted for it in the state Senate. He did speak out against video gambling expansion as he voted for it.

So, he was against it, but he voted for it because of a “gun” to his head, and if elected governor he would “reconsider” the whole thing.

And how would Dillard replace that poker money? Magic ponies!

Dillard said he would prefer to see the state use revenue from the sales tax on gasoline to cover the needed cash. Yet, he admits that would blow a $400 million hole in a state budget already billions of dollars in the red.

To cover that, Dillard said he would “grow the economy,” hoping for new tax dollars from more jobs and sales.

* CNN covers the Mark Kirk Twitter probe by the Department of Defense without a single hat tip here, but does have this…

While the source did not think the congressman revealing his location was a huge deal (in this particular case), the official was less sure of the other questions the incident raised [about campaigning at the Pentagon].

The source told CNN, “Given who the individual is and how people can perceive things, it is interesting. We are aware of it and we are looking into it.”

* Not a great lede for Mark Kirk and probably not true, either…

North suburban Congressman, and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk, says it’s time he sees the rest of the state.

Kirk says he’ll begin a statewide tour Saturday.

Oof.

* Cullerton to back Giannoulias today…

State Senate President John Cullerton will endorse State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias for U.S. Senate today.

Cullerton becomes the highest-profile elected official to endorse Giannoulias so far, though Giannoulias has a long-running friendship with President Obama.

You can read the endorsement press release by clicking here.

* Zorn goes after DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett over the Brian Dugan saga…

Ever since 1985 [when Dugan tried to confess to the Nicarico kidnap/murder], under a succession of elected state’s attorneys, DuPage has been trying various legal strategies first to discredit Dugan, then to prevent him from telling his full story in open court.

The reason? They botched the initial case. They used shabby, dubious evidence to convict two innocent men and pack them off to Death Row.

Then, when Dugan came forward with his powerfully corroborative admission, they refused to set things right and instead embarked on an infamous effort to defend their mistakes.

Now, we see vestiges of this effort in the attempt to place strict limits on what the sentencing jury will hear. Birkett accused Greenberg on Thursday of wanting to “put the State of Illinois on trial” by placing Dugan’s story into the broad context of prosecutorial and investigative missteps, “that have nothing to do with this defendant’s character or record or actions in the murder of Jeanine Nicarico.”

* Related…

* Greg Blankenship: How Kirk introduces himself to downstate voters is key to his campaign

* Quinn: Death penalty freeze should stay

* Schillerstrom blasts Springfield for state’s lowered credit rating

* New Trier school board president eyes 10th District race

* Former Dist. 155 board member wants to be in Congress

- Posted by Rich Miller        


25 Comments
  1. - Deep South - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 9:22 am:

    Dillards thinks it’s time to see the rest of the state? Man, he does have a long row to hoe! Oy….


  2. - wordslinger - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 9:28 am:

    –To cover that, Dillard said he would “grow the economy,” hoping for new tax dollars from more jobs and sales.–

    You can’t issue bonds with magic ponies.

    I don’t know if the bond Preliminary Official Statements have been drawn up, or whether the state’s GO is going to be secondary coverage on the bonds.

    But it’s not cool to be already talking about taking away a revenue source dedicated for bonds before they’re issued. If he stays in the race and sticks with that position, that information might have to be disclosed in Official Statement at the time of pricing.


  3. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 9:31 am:

    DS, that’s Mark Kirk, not Kirk Dillard.


  4. - CircularFiringSquad - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 9:39 am:

    The Blankenship piece is a must read for all CircularFiringSquad fans. Commando Kirk cannot even count on his secret spy creds as a winner with the wingnuts in the tinfoil helmets.

    The funniest line is how the writer atempts to label TugBoatAndy McKenna as a “credible” Senate candidate LOOOOOOOLLLLL.
    If this were the oppo Burris should circulate petitions


  5. - shore - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 9:41 am:

    It’s not an impossible thing for Kirk to win downstate. As we talked about on TA’s blog this morning if you look at some of the senate key players on health care reform, the maine republicans, baucus from montana, reid from nevada, conrad from one of the dakotas, they come from states that vote opposite their party for POTUS. It’s not impossible for Kirk to pull off.

    As a diehard republican I will be doing whatever I can to avoid seeing folks like schillerstrom and dillard become our nominee for gov. I am disgusted by our party’s performance in springfield.


  6. - David Ormsby - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 9:42 am:

    –To cover that, Dillard said he would “grow the economy,” hoping for new tax dollars from more jobs and sales.–

    Hope is not a plan.


  7. - Deep South - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 10:09 am:

    Right, sorry, Rich. Having trouble keeping up upstate politicians straight.


  8. - Highland, IL - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 10:19 am:

    Recieved my first robo call of the 2010 campaign season. John Shimkus introducing Mark Kirk. I hate robo calls so this is alrady a minus for each of them in my book. Now that I think about it I recieve robo calls from Shimkus more than anyone. I can’t remember the last time he was actually here except to raise money.


  9. - Out There - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 10:20 am:

    * New Trier school board president eyes 10th District race *

    So far, this 10th seat is racking up quite a list of potentials…anyone have that list handy?


  10. - 312 - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 10:47 am:

    Shall I start a pool to bet on which downstate reporter asks Kirk about ‘Lincoln County’?


  11. - Speaking at Will - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 10:53 am:

    Sen Dillard seems to be getting less impressive all the time. Honestly, the GOP should just save thier money and not even run for Gov. this time around.

    This list of Candidates has about the same chance of success as an Amish electrician.


  12. - Downstate GOP Faithless - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 10:57 am:

    for future posts, maybe we should refer to Mark Kirk and Kirk Dillard by intials or some clever name, so as to avoid confusion :)


  13. - Ramsin - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 10:59 am:

    Isn’t comparing the withholding of campaign contributions by unions and contractors to having a “gun to your head” worse than just saying you made a mistake in your vote? Who wants to elect someone who thinks pressure from interest groups is the most threatening situation you can be in?


  14. - shore - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 11:01 am:

    Mark Kirk’s navy name is rooster. You can call Dillard flipper for his endorsement of obama.

    Being President of New Trier School district is the worlds easiest job. The school is funded like harvard, gushing with money it doesn’t know how to spend and probably has the highest percentage of parents with ivy league degrees of any public school system not in a town with a major university. No matter who runs the board, the parents are going to be intense as hell kids kick ass and end up in top schools and the revenue will never go down. Not a hard job. The guy also has the resume for a state rep.


  15. - Obamarama - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 11:01 am:

    Zorn’s piece on Birkett was absolutely priceless. After reading the Herald praise Brickhead Joe unconditionally for years it was nice to see someone in the media take a meaningful and fact-based shot at him.


  16. - Inish - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 11:23 am:

    http://apps.wbez.org/blog/?p=5098
    This is the Chicago Public radio listing of who is running for what- looks pretty complete


  17. - Truthful James - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 11:29 am:

    Eric Zorn rarely agrees with me on anything, but on this we are in lockstep.

    The master manipulator in this case is not Brian Dugan it is Joseph Birkett, He manipulated the feelings of the Nicarico family, focusing them on Rolando Cruz, and thus away from the his office.


  18. - Out There - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 11:35 am:

    Hey Thanks Inish!


  19. - just sayin - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 12:19 pm:

    It’s somewhat refreshing to see a politician admitting a mistake as Kirk Dillard is doing.

    Dillard may be the best of an otherwise unimpressive lot in the GOP field for governor. Granted, it’s a very low bar.

    The interesting thing, as we see on this blog, is the understandable confusion that’s going on between Mark Kirk and Kirk Dillard, because of the name similarity.

    Given the disgust the GOP base has with Mark Kirk, this name confusion could be Dillard’s biggest hurdle, even more so than the Obama ad he did.

    Unsolicited advice to Dillard - whatever you do don’t put your first name on your signs or lit. “Kirk” is poison.

    How’s your middle name? A nickname perhaps?

    “Adolph” would be better in a GOP primary at this point.


  20. - Six Degrees of Separation - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 12:44 pm:

    just sayin’-

    Invoking Godwin’s law on the 19th post is not considered good form here at Cap Fax…you should at least wait til #100 ;-)

    anyhoo- In an election where a GOP candidate might have a better than usual chance just by being “none of the above”, the frontrunners seem to be Dillard and Proft. Quinn might have a better than even chance of retaining the post, due to a variety of factors (the competition that did emerge as well as the competition that didn’t materialize). Who would-a thunk this landscape 2 years ago?


  21. - just sayin - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 12:52 pm:

    Six Degrees, I had to Google “Godwin’s Law.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin’s_law

    LOL! Well played.


  22. - PFK - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:15 pm:

    Wow, in one statement Dillard said “I’m really not cut out to be Governor — or even State Senator!”

    Sure makes an entertaining candidate, though.


  23. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 2:21 pm:

    Dillard was close to a good response but bothced it.

    Why not a simple, the economy is crashing, a capital plan will help IL infrastructure, create new jobs and jump start th economy. We have limited sources for revenue streams to support capital projects which are key to our recovery, so I selected the lessor of two evils and sproved legalizing video gambling. When we are out of the fiscla crisis I hope to be able to revisist this reveneu source and see if it can be replaced with something else.

    A version of the above also works for folks supporting a temp tax increase. I am not sure why politcians are so afraid to say this was not the idea I wanted, but it was the best solution available based on curent circumstances. You dont have to love an idea to support it as neccessary.


  24. - TheTruthWillSetUFree - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 3:10 pm:

    In regards to the Dillard story …”Dillard said that if he is elected governor, he would reconsider the legalization of video gambling machines”. Followed by …”Dillard said he would ‘grow the economy,’ hoping for new tax dollars from more jobs and sales.”

    Given the range of estimated timelines for implementation for video gaming, this would mean that a new Governor could take office shortly after hundereds of Illinois businesses invested over $700 Million in video gaming equipment in IL. I am sure that bankrupting those companies and possibly their local bankers would have a positive effect on the state’s economy.


  25. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 31, 09 @ 4:34 pm:

    hmm I botched spelling botched…. and on that note its time for the weekend (I miss friday beer blogging)


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Where do these people learn to talk like that???
* Suarez stands by her ad, produces evidence
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Lifestyles of the rich and famous
* A very good point
* Rauner outspent 2-1 on Chicago TV last month
* So far, it's still stuntish
* Politico report: Enyart slipping fast, Callis dumped
* *** UPDATED x1 - Another poll shows single digits *** Poll: Durbin with a single digit lead and slightly below 50
* *** UPDATED x1 - Suarez produces evidence *** A big swing and an even bigger miss
* *** UPDATED x1 - Dold response *** Schneider up with first TV ad
* This year's best test of party strength
* A boldfaced lie
* Rate Gov. Quinn's new TV ad
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Lumia 830 leaks trump previous rumors, only 10 megapixel camera?
        * Galaxy Note 4 camera, working iPhone 6 leaks, iWatch times & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Rooted Android devices being denied access to Barclays bank apps
        * Moto G2 retail box caught on camera at retailer’s warehouse?
        * T-Mobile set to launch a new ZTE-made 4G hotspot device?
        * Bio Inc game lets you create the ultimate disease
        * Two new T-Mo Alcatel phones available from next week

        * The Technology of Travel
        * iPhone 6 Weekend Launch Sales To Be Lower Than Expected [Analyst]
        * Apple Rumored To Have Partnered With Nordstrom For Mobile Payments
        * Nokia Lumia 830 Could Sport 10MP PureView Camera [Rumor]
        * There’s now a virtual reality headset designed specifically for an LG mobile phone
        * Opera Mini For Windows Phone Enters Into Public Beta
        * Windows Phone Developers Spend The Most Time On Design [Survey]

        * Season Review: 2014 Charlotte Knights
        * White Sox call up Josh Phegley, Marcus Semien, Jordan Danks, Scott...
        * Prospect Rodon not among White Sox callups
        * White Sox unburden themselves for September
        * White Sox Minor League Update: End of the regular season
        * Noesi looks to continue push toward season's end
        * Williams conveys important message to Little Leaguers


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Bruce Rauner seems to think Illinois voters are.....
        * Can youth football be a safer game?..
        * peHUB Second Opinion..
        * Which States Have the Best Technology?..
        * Quinn Mows Lawn In Latest Ad..
        * Gubernatorial candidates discuss jobs, veterans..
        * Critics take on Quinn’s $102 million high-speed.....
        * Candidates for Governor battle over military ve.....
        * State accepting patient applications for medica.....


        * Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains
        * EPA OKs FutureGen plan for CO2 storage
        * Kirk: US must take hard line against Islamic State
        * Gubernatorial candidates discuss jobs, veterans
        * Suburban Chicago man sentenced for killing infant
        * Rauner criticizes Quinn on veterans
        * Illinois woman rescued after day stuck in mud
        * First medical marijuana tally expected next week
        * School starts in Chicago with more safety guards
        * Climatologist says August warmed up in Illinois

        * Rauner criticizes Quinn on veterans
        * Gubernatorial candidates discuss jobs, veterans
        * Quinn: Eating crackers on minimum wage challenge
        * Illinois prisons struggle with backup power issues
        * State starts accepting medical marijuana requests
        * Audit finds state lax in reviewing eligibility for children’s health insurance program
        * Does the governor need to live in the Executive Mansion?
        * Statehouse Insider: Hands off investments
        * State of unions: AFSCME wins some, loses some on outsourcing
        * State of unions: Domination of Illinois' workforce becomes campaign issue

        * Rauner's $100,000 question
        * Amtrak renews complaint against freight line over Chicago-Carbondale delays
        * A new, improved commuter bike for $325? Well, sort of
        * Hinshaw merger sets up law firm for more growth
        * Thoma Bravo to buy Compuware


        * Three dead, at least 37 hurt in Labor Day weekend shootings
        * New school year brings changes to Gresham
        * Four dead, 36 hurt in Labor Day weekend shootings
        * quit dragging feet on fracking
        * Kids pay the price for weak oversight of charter schools
        * 30 years for man who smothered baby, tossed him in garbage
        * 30-year sentence for man who smothered baby, tossed him in garbage
        * Convicted felon accused of fatally stabbing girlfriend 22 times


        * Woman in her 80s says in lawsuit she was trampled by runners at Little Italy festival
        * Cops did not find suicide note of man who killed wife, disabled children
        * Family files suit blaming Port Barrington bar for fatal crash
        * Rauner declines to say how personal relationship with Emanuel will affect political one
        * Not guilty pleas in red light camera bribery scheme
        * Prosecutors: Man plotted obstruction after slaying off-duty cop
        * Cops: Skokie man charged with gun, drug offenses
        * Man convicted of possessing child porn sentenced to 7 years
        * Garrett Popcorn sued over Chicago Mix
        * Teen critically injured after being hit by train in Lake Zurich


        * Dana Thomas House Drying Out, But More Water Works Needed
        * FutureGen Takes Another Step Forward
        * Decatur's Kirkland - From Beethoven To The Beatles
        * Big Predators In Illinois Inspire New Law
        * WUIS/SJ-R Business Report: Casey's Expansion; Parsons In Court; Farmland Prices Fall
        * Opposition Research Key Part Of Political Dark Arts
        * Digging up political dirt? That's their job
        * State Starts Accepting Medical Marijuana Requests
        * Newborn Found Alive In Jacksonville Trash Bin
        * DNR Releases Fracking Rules


        * Rauner criticizes Quinn on veterans
        * Quinn: Eating crackers on minimum wage challenge
        * Illinois prisons struggle with backup power issues
        * State starts accepting medical marijuana requests
        * Couple’s wedding gifts help the community
        * Angela Bertoni: How to raise awareness of domestic violence in October
        * Catherine Rampell: Tech firms’ poor record of diversity
        * Audit finds state lax in reviewing eligibility for children’s health insurance program
        * Does the governor need to live in the Executive Mansion?
        * Our Opinion: Driving into floodwater a deadly practice


        * Gubernatorial candidates discuss jobs, veterans
        * Police: Highland High teen dies in high-speed Corvette crash
        * Free Fair Scholarship Pageant Thursday
        * SIU enrollment increases for first time in 10 years
        * Boyfriend spat leads to HIV charge
        * Wild ride ends on Champaign lawn
        * Josh Brent back in NFL picture
        * SportsTalk 9-2-14
        * Book signing by local author
        * Police: Man assaults wife, daughter


        * Imrem: It's easy these days to appreciate the McCaskeys
        * Mills eager to get back at it for Bears
        * Source: Broncos' Welker banned 4 games for amphetamines
        * U.S. strike targets leader of Somali extremist group
        * Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

        * US Rep. Lipinski accepting service academy...
        * Dem Explains Why He Voted 'Present' on DAC...
        * Immigration dominates Lipinski's town hall...
        * At a glance: How metro-east residents vote...
        * Tom Kacich: Rauner's focus will soon shift...
        * Shimkus not taking anything for granted de...
        * Shimkus Supports Strikes, Criticizes Presi...
        * #DirtyDenier$ Day 5: Congressman John M. S...
        * Politics Notebook: Shimkus to meet with ve...
        * GOP congressmen from Illinois, Kentucky to...

        * Sen. Dick Durbin on Election, Congress, More...
        * Sen. Dick Durbin on Election, Congress, More...
        * Durbin, Bustos Highlight Potential of Digi......
        * Durbin, Bustos Highlight Potential of Digi......
        * Durbin, Bustos Highlight Potential of Digi......

        * Kirk: US must take hard line against Islam......
        * U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk...

        * Study: Businesses In Low-Income, Majority Minority Areas Struggle To Access Credit
        * Loan denied stamp
        * Election 2014
        * Guest Post: Harris v. Quinn: Another Nail In The Coffin Or Shot In The Arm For Labor?
        * Women's Rights Advocates, IL Lawmakers Rally For Reproductive Choice
        * Preckwinkle at Reproductive choice event
        * Reproductive choice event 2
        * Reproductive choice event
        * ISIS claims it has executed a second American journalist
        * Durbin - Oberweis race tightening; Oberweis endorsed by Bishop Trotter


        * When it comes to jobs and hiring, Pat Quinn is veteran unfriendly
        * Pat Quinn’s Blagojevich-style Hiring Hurts Veterans
        * Rauner Rolls Out Veterans Coalition
        * ICYMI: Capitol Fax: “A Very Good Point”
        * Like All Illinoisans, Veterans Are Hurting Under Pat Quinn




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller