Don’t run again. There’s going to be a primary and even if you win, it’s going to be ugly and expensive and you run the risk of losing the executive branch to Republicans for a long long time. You know why? Because the R that beats you might actually do a good job. Better than you. Much better than you, maybe. So get something done this GA and resign yourself to that legacy and go teach law school. This election is going to be the one where you don’t pull off a miracle 1 week out. Don’t ruin this for the rest of us, sir.
Before any pension reform legislation is introduced, arrange a meeting with Madigan, Cross,Radogno,Cullerton and attorneys from the various employee unions.
At this meeting have three highly respected retired judges. Allow the participants to present various pension solutions to the judges and have the judges rule on their constitutionality.
Why introduce a bill i.e.HB6258 that is so obviously unconstitutional only to be voided by the courts.
- Cook County Commoner - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 12:39 pm:
He should start looking around for a state government job with an extremely high salary that he can occupy for a few days or minutes or whatever so to spike his pension to the sky after his term as governor. Then he and Sqeezy can move to Belize or wherever else high end government pensioners go.
President Cullerton gave you a gift by transmitting that casino bill to you yesterday. Use it. Resist the urge to get sanctimonious, above deal-making and resist the urge to be preachy. Get some deals done. Get a trailer bill passed to make it more palatable if you want, but make a deal. Get something done.
Live up to your self-characterization as honest and ethical. If you do this you will do many thing right.
- Purge Blago operatives and your other hires that are hostile to an honest, ethical, and functioning government.
- Make amends for the wrongdoing your administration has perpetrated and seek justice for those you have wronged.
- Hold yourself and all in the executive branch to a standard of lawful and ethical conduct.
- Stop rewarding misconduct and attacking ethical employees.
There are many more detailed steps, but if follow the above steps you and your administration will get a thousand smaller things right each and every day. You will also be able to restore the reputation of the Illinois Governor’s Office and earn the trust of the other branches and the citizens of Illinois.
hire a point person on pensions–an experienced and trusted former legislator (ala hannig) and support him or her with an experienced and trusted legal counsel (experienced in state government, not a reformer/prosecutor). then do what they tell you to do. this will be your legacy.
i am afraid the executive branch is too far gone at this point, sorry folks, that will take a new administration.
Get yourself an extremely organized chief of staff that you will listen to and a well respected legislative liaison that can work with Cullerton and Madigan. Listen to those people, and head their advice. It doesn’t mean you report to them, but you need to try to surround yourself with extremely capable people and listen to them. Stop holding press conferences; nothing happens by negotiating through the media.
Also, learn to be a pragmatist and to make a deal. Or allow others to make the deal on your behalf.
If some pension bill passes during the remainder of your term, history will give you credit. Campaign for a constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax, which requires voter approval. Then retire and let historians judge whether you did more good than harm.
- WizzardOfOzzie - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 1:30 pm:
- langhorne - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 12:55 pm:
“hire a point person on pensions–an experienced and trusted former legislator (ala hannig) and support him or her with an experienced and trusted legal counsel (experienced in state government, not a reformer/prosecutor). then do what they tell you to do. this will be your legacy.”
Uh, Gary Hannig is the Governor’s legislative point person.
Advice: Less press conferences. More plans. Work on organization. People want to help. Figure out how to use people’s strengths.
- average citizen - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 1:31 pm:
Take a class…either Decision making 101 or Leadership 100
Surround yourself with pragmatic, realistic, and 21st century minded advisors. Listen to them. Communicate regularly with Madigan/Cullerton. Bury the hatchet with Cullerton/Emmanuel. Stop biting the hand the feeds you due to your populist tendencies.
Oh, and one more thing, hope and pray that Bill Brady wins the GOP nomination. Perhaps you could help by making a small contribution!
- Robert the Bruce - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 1:47 pm:
Announce you aren’t running again. Admit you weren’t good at working with the legislature to get pension reform passed. Stay committed to reform as leader of a thinktank/googoo group. Retire without a major scandal, an accomplishment for a governor of our state.
Continue to surround yourself with outdated cronies. Continue to undermine Cullerton/Emmanuel. Continue to flip flop on every major issue. Continue to backhanded the legislature. Continue to discredit yourself. Continue to embrace populism.
- Robert the Bruce - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 2:03 pm:
Perhaps the best way to advise Gov. Quinn is to trick him by telling him to do the opposite of what you think he should do (”I wouldn’t call a former governor for advice on dealing with the legislature; they wouldn’t be helpful!”)
- Re-elect No One - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 2:07 pm:
Find a double “aka the movie Dave” with integrity to actually do the Governor’s job and make the hard choices (cuts) that are a waste of taxpayer money to properly fund the pension systems. Then come back when your term is over and take all the credit.
don’t even think about running for re-election. actually reduce the high level hangers-on, aka deputy directors, chiefs of staff, assistants to directors, in all of your agencies to at least seem like you mean it when you want to cut waste in government.
DO not take any pension money for yourself to set a good example. Pay every penny for your own health care. No COLA. Ever. Live the good life in retirement. You served the people. That alone should make you have warm fuzzies. Who needs money?
Mr. Soul by Neil Young
Oh, hello Mr. Soul, I dropped by to pick up a reason
For the thought that I caught that my head is the event of the season
Why in crowds just a trace of my face could seem so pleasin’
I’ll cop out to the change, but a stranger is putting the tease on.
I was down on a frown when the messenger brought me a letter
I was raised by the praise of a fan who said I upset her
Any girl in the world could have easily known me better
She said, You’re strange, but don’t change, and I let her.
In a while will the smile on my face turn to plaster?
Stick around while the clown who is sick does the trick of disaster
For the race of my head and my face is moving much faster
Is it strange I should change? I don’t know, why don’t you ask her?
- Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 3:03 pm:
Recruit effective floor leaders in the House and Senate to help you draft bills, introduce them on the floor, defend them in committee, and pass them. There are good legislators not in leadership roles who could be you advocates. If you do this, you will need to listen to them and work with them and use their ideas.
(As far as I know, Quinn does not have floor leaders.)
- Ravenswood Right Winger - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 3:07 pm:
Fire Michelle Sadler.
- Jake From Elwood - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 3:14 pm:
Don’t be afraid to surround yourself with some different people–people who are willing and able to lead. Pretend that Madigan and Cullerton are ComEd and Peoples’ Gas. Remember, Milquetoast is not the breakfast of champions.
Reverse the dumbing down of State government by sending pink slips to all the politically connected know nothings hired by Blago and you that are entrenching themselves into agencies. Illinois has gone over a State government competence cliff and the bottom is near.
1. Decide what you want the outcome of pension reform to look like.
2. Meet with Madigan and Cullerton and get them to where you want them to be in terms of the outcome by giving them control of how you are to be perceived in the process, whether that’s as the bad guy, the useless guy, whatever they want.
3. Follow through thoroughly on the agreement in public and leakage.
4. When it’s done, let them feel they won. Don’t celebrate publicly or leakily the fact that you got what you want.
5. You will have earned some capital in working with these two. Use it wisely next time you decide something’s a high priority for you.
Get 5 signs to put over your mirror and on your fridge that read.
1. You are a Democrat.
2. You are Governor,…yes …BUT NOT THE KING!!!
3. Remember Abe lincoln’s famous words, ” It is better to remain silent and be thought the fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
4. The last campaign is over and the next one has not started yet, DO THE JOB YOU WERE ELECTED TO DO.
5. There are Illinois citizens south of I -80.
- Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 4:13 pm:
Michelle for the win.
Not even gonna try after that. At least on the snark side.
But seriously now:
Don’t declare your intentions for 2014 too early. Being viewed as a lame duck in particular is not going to help you get things done.
Get yourself a pension adviser who is not your budget chief and who knows something about pensions. No twenty something’s, either. Someone like Schnorf or Mike Mory.
Give a firm boot to anyone who even remotely thought Squeezy was a good idea.
stop listening to the little kids you continue to hire for your cabinet, Lavin has too much control. You need to bring in different people who know the process and how to deal with people and patronage
your current bunch lacks a great deal of knowledge
- The End Is Near - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 5:03 pm:
Any interest, Pat, in becoming Ambassador to India? Secretary of Health and Human Services? Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s? Think about it. I know a guy . . .
=”Whatever process you went through to hire Julie Hamos was a good one. Repeat that for other high-level positions.”=
Whatever process that was employed to keep Julie Hamos out of jail after the $7 billion in Health Insurance purchasing improprieties is incredible. Please don’t repeat for other positions.
Legalize Fireworks in the state of Illinois. New businesses will open up, jobs, growth. New tax for the state with new revenue. Cities purchase fireworks from neighboring states when they could purchase from businesses within the state of Illinois. How many cross state lines and purchase fireworks from neighboring states and set them off at there homes? Many. Legalize it and watch the growth of new businesses flourish with new tax revenue for the state !!
- Just a Citizen - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 6:02 pm:
Lead, follow or get the heck out of the way!
- Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 6:08 pm:
==Legalize Fireworks in the state of Illinois.==
For the reasons listed by thunder, Illinois should also legalize: marijuana, all gambling (including sports books), prostitution, hunting asian carp in a boat with a shotgun, naked jello wrestling, and pretty much anything else. This could keep you busy for the rest of your term: each month pick something new and insist that the GA legalize it and use the revenue to fix the pension problem.
- Six Degrees of Separation - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 6:14 pm:
I don’t understand why all you address is cut, cut, cut. Bring union people to the table. Listen to them. Read We Are One Illinois’ position paper. Implement the revenue ideas. Then we will be ready to compromise with you.
Pay attention to the real needs of the state. Visit some state facilities that have leaking roofs, crumbling sidewalks and inadequate heating/air conditioning - maybe some of the IVH homes would be a good starting place.
Understand the real needs of the state - either do some maintenance or you might as well close everything!
Hire someone other than 20 somethings!
Include all pension systems in your proposal( Judges too) and have input from representatives of each system. Everyone has to be have skin in the game. Give them a voice on reforming pensions since you want them to bare the blunt of paying for it with more of their money. The bargaining units seem ready to help solve the pension problems if you give them a opportunity….other wise they will continue to fight you. Cut some of those wasteful entitlement programs. ( Don’t pull anymore stunts like giving 55 million dollars to some ad hoc Violence program from Chgo just so you can get votes). Be a better steward of tax payer’s money and remember to compromise– it is not your way or none.
Resist any temptation or suggestion to have a cool pair of custom made shoes or a briefcase to replace Betsy crafted from Squeezy’s snaky skin once you decide to kill him off. It’s not a good color for you.
- Forever young - Wednesday, Jan 9, 13 @ 10:21 pm:
When Sen Durbin accepts an Obama cabinet position, appoint yourself the next day. It your best choice to win in 2014.
I give up. It’s hopeless. I thought hannig moved on. Haven’t heard from him in a while. If that is the case, that he is still present (but silent) Quinn is incapable of listening to any sensible adult.
See if the pawnbroker wants to run for governor again….
- Alexander Cut the Knot - Thursday, Jan 10, 13 @ 9:15 am:
Appoint yourself Chief Judge of the new Tax Tribunal - four year term, and pretty close on salary. Simon won’t do any better, but she can’t do any worse, and you avoid the certain loss in the primary, no matter who is running.
I know - Michelle Flaherty - had the BEST advice, but was mine so bad it got dropped?
- Wilson Pickett - Thursday, Jan 10, 13 @ 9:25 am:
You did your time in the barrel. Dance off of the stage while the audience is still smiling. Everybody still likes you but “just not as our governor”. Let somebody else take over that can actually “whip the boys” into taking action down in Springfield so we can fix our many problems. Thanks for “trying” to help.
- Wilson Pickett - Thursday, Jan 10, 13 @ 9:40 am:
Acknowledge your own limitations in life. That is always hard for all of us to do because we all have egos (just different sizes). Even though we all have the “best of intentions”, we can’t all be good managers. It takes a special kind of person to be a “good manager”. A good ship’s “captain” has to sometimes be willing to flog an insubordinate or unruly shipmate in order to move the ship forward. Nobody likes to fire or dress down an employee who isn’t getting his job done in an efficient manner. We all hate to do be “the bad guy” but that is what it takes to be a good manager or CEO. The “ship” or “corporation” is the most important factor in any equation. It is what “wins” in any decision. None of the the parts of an engine is “sacred” but the the ability of the engine “to be able to run” is sacred.
Raise taxes and fix the pension. Right now you are the aloof failure. Take the hit to save the state. People hated Edgar when he was in office, not he is considered one of our best governors ever. Reagan raised taxes in CA against his promise because it just had to be done and it only landed him in the White House for 2 terms.
You can either go down as the goofy footnote between Blago and whoever Mike Madigan chooses to screw us next, or turn the tables and fix what Madigan took 30 years to screw up. Go all in Pat.