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While the GOP candidates duke it out, Quinn spreads good news

Friday, Feb 7, 2014

* This is just from the past two hours in my Bing News feed

* New Health Tech Incubator to Open in Chicago

* Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to host Mexico officials to promote trade and culture

* Quinn announces Barrington Rd. interchange funding

* Gov. Quinn giving $14.5 million to fix up Triton College building

* $68 million improvement project planned for I-90 and Barrington Road

Discuss.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


20 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 2:31 pm:

    It IS Friday #QuinnNewsDumpDay

    To the Post,

    Quinn will just keep with the positives to try to offset the Negative Rauner narrative all 4 of the GOP Hopefuls are benefitting from.

    Power of the incumbency.

    If Rauner makes it out of the Primary, he will find that out real quick; Incumbent governors, even unpopular ones at times, are hard to defeat on the one day you need to defeat them.


  2. - Commonsense in Illinois - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 2:35 pm:

    Oh how I love gubernatorial campaigns. Ribbon cuttings abound!


  3. - walker - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 2:38 pm:

    Illinois and Chicago are beginning to take a national leadership position in business start-ups. Not just image, but hard numbers.

    World Business Chicago has helped build momentum in both the high-tech start up world, and the international business relocation arena.

    This is what the Civvies of both organizations should be focusing on, more than on pensions and taxes. A better business environment includes a healthier and bigger set of players.

    The great business community that helped build this city and state were called “windy” because of their cheerleading around the country and world.

    More of that please. And less whining.


  4. - Roadiepig - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 2:51 pm:

    You beat me Oswego Willy- the power to spread state money around at election time is the #1 benefit of incumbency. Any good economic news is welcome, no matter who it is coming from IMHO


  5. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 2:52 pm:

    “Quinn Spreads Good News”

    Death spiral narrative starting in 3,2,1…


  6. - Knome Sane - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 2:59 pm:

    It’s good to be da king….


  7. - Veritas - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 3:08 pm:

    Most elections are decided by ” The Devil we know ….” Even Republicans aren’t sure who Bruce Rauner is, so more news such as this and it is lights out AGAIN for the GOP if Rauner is their candidate.


  8. - OLD BRASS - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 3:09 pm:

    Thank God they were able to pull off that pension theft! Looks like there is now plenty of money to toss around ….. all of a sudden!


  9. - Anon - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 3:10 pm:

    The power of incumbency has it’s benefits. Look for good news and you can find it.


  10. - Veritas - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 3:13 pm:

    Quinn was always considered a gadfly by both parties,but I don’t recall that his character was ever questioned. Character matters in Illinois - particularly after Ryan & Blagoevitch. Again - take Quinn & give points against Rauner.


  11. - Darienite - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 3:15 pm:

    2 of the 5 bullets above are the same project. But the point is the same. You will see I-294 & I-57 open to traffic along with I-90 from Elgin to Belvidere done in October. And the Circle Interchange will start around then. Timing is everything.


  12. - dupage dan - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 3:35 pm:

    2 populists enter a bar. One gets the beer - the other gets a bar towel.


  13. - Knome Sane - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 3:40 pm:

    @dupage dan -

    “One gets the beer - the other gets a bar towel..”

    It’s late on a Friday so maybe I’m a little slow. But what does that mean?


  14. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 3:42 pm:

    That was meant to add above: “…on Government time (Rutherford),….”


  15. - Reformed Public Servant - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    Beyond 3 of 5 being the same project, there is still no significant movement on the much anticipated “Capitol Bill” (misspelling intentional to highlight only government grew!).

    What about Quinn’s highly publicized Chicago veterans home that he “broke ground” on for his 2010 election??? No ground broken nearly 4 years later. A lot of smoke and mirrors to hide ineffective leadership in IL.


  16. - DuPage - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    @3:09, Maybe they could put a sign up. “This new interchange paid for by your Illinois public pension systems.”


  17. - Anon. - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 4:07 pm:

    ==Quinn was always considered a gadfly by both parties,but I don’t recall that his character was ever questioned. Character matters in Illinois ==

    Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.


  18. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 4:08 pm:

    I thought you dumped only bad news on a Friday afternoon? What’s the strategy here?


  19. - phocion - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 4:14 pm:

    Old Brass and DuPage,
    Tollway interchanges are paid for by the Tollway users. IDOT interchanges are paid for by the gas tax. Those funds cannot be used for purposes other than transportation.


  20. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Feb 7, 14 @ 4:26 pm:

    === Triton Board Member Glenn Stam said Thursday he was not aware of the money from the state until notified by the press ===

    What?

    The project has already been bid and awarded.

    The project was initially approved by the state in 2009.

    Triton College was in charge of the bid according to CDB docs.


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