SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The pension proxy war

Friday, Mar 14, 2014

* One of the biggest legislative campaign stories this year is the proxy war between House Speaker Michael Madigan and the public employee unions. For instance, appointed state Rep. Rep. Jaime Andrade Jr. (D-Chicago) voted for the pension reform bill. The unions have been spending tons of cash to defeat him

Andrade has picked up more than $60,000 from Madigan and is getting help from the speaker’s troops. Mell’s ward organization added $15,000. Andrade, who voted for same-sex marriage, received $11,000 from Equality Illinois PAC, a gay rights group.

Big union money is backing Nancy Schiavone, who finished third for 35th Ward alderman in 2011 and then became the ward’s committeeman. AFSCME gave her $50,000, SEIU donated $40,000 and spent about $82,000 in an independent expenditure, and the Illinois Federation of Teachers contributed $25,000.

* Rep. Toni Berrios (D-Chicago) voted against the pension bill, but she voted for six pension reform bills previously, so the unions are on the attack

Joe Berrios’ 31st Ward Regular Democratic Organization is in big for his daughter at $66,000. Madigan has poured in more than $55,000. Mailboxes are getting stuffed with fliers from Madigan’s operation. He’s also chipped in thousands more for paid campaign staff. Rep. Berrios received $6,500 from a local operating engineers union. She started the year with $156,779 in her campaign fund and so far has added more than $302,000.

[Will Guzzardi] has collected more than $240,000 since Jan. 1, the bulk of it from unions. AFSCME, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Education Association each tossed in $50,000. The CTU chipped in $11,000. A Service Employees International Union Healthcare fund PAC contributed $42,000. Guzzardi also is benefiting from nearly $91,000 in independent expenditures from the Illinois chapter of SEIU.

* And then there’s Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) who voted for the pension bill and is mainly targeted by the Chicago Teachers Union, but other labor groups are involved

{T}eachers unions have poured in $240,000 since Jan. 1 to blast Mitchell and boost the campaign of challenger Jay Travis, a community activist with sympathies for union concerns. They’ve made independent expenditures through a political action committee called Chicagoans United for Economic Security.

Travis also has collected $30,000 for her campaign fund from teachers unions and $10,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which is among the unions suing over the state pension law.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


17 Comments
  1. - Mason born - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 11:39 am:

    I really wonder how these unions will, with a straight face, pivot to support Quinn in the general. (yes i am assuming BR Wins) We spent a fortune to rid ourselves of a few of the legislators who voted for this but hey vote for the Governor who cheerfully signed it.

    I don’t see how Quinn with the Pension bill, canceling contractual raises, and the contract mess ends up with excited union support.


  2. - Walker - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    True, but not just about public pensions.

    A Guzzardi win would be quite a shock to the system: organizations of Madigan, Chairman Berrios, entrenched aldermen, and President Preckwinkle.


  3. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 11:49 am:

    ===A Guzzardi win would be quite a shock to the system===

    Yes, it would. But winning two out of three would be the really big story I think. Berrios has a horrible name, Guzzardi has been campaigning for three straight years. It will obviously be big, big news if he wins (Chi media loathes her dad), but if they can beat Andrade or Mitchell too it would then be a real shock to the system itself.


  4. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    If any of these candidates lose, it will not be their pensions votes that sunk them. The unions need to understand that.


  5. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:03 pm:

    Well, the system needs a shock. For all those who complain about the corruption of Berrios and the tight control Madigan holds over the General Assembly ( apparently not as big a threat to the Trib editors as those awful teachers), this is your chance to make a difference.

    If you think that with a Democratic governor and two-thirds majorities in the legislature, you shouldn’t have to beg for marriage equality ,wait for an increase in the minimum wage,or watch hugh corporate giveaways to the likes of CME while vital education, health, and social service programs are neglected, now is the time to make your voice heard.Otherwise, quit complaining.


  6. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:06 pm:

    ==If any of these candidates lose, it will not be their pensions votes that sunk them. The unions need to understand that.==

    What has Mitchell done other than the pension vote that’s objectionable? Berrios & Andrade have the insider baggage and while Mitchell is an insider with the Preckwinkle crowd, there is the reform aspect there that Andrade and Berrios don’t have. Also, it doesn’t matter whether the motivating issue was pensions or not for voters, but that it was the reason unions went all in against these candidates.


  7. - A guy... - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:10 pm:

    They’re all in. All over the map. Dangerous game to play on the side of the chamber that owns Boardwalk and Park Place.


  8. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:14 pm:

    “What has Mitchell done other than the pension vote that’s objectionable?”

    Nothing. That is why he will win.

    Election day will be very interesting. If all three of these candidates win, there will be a different type of shock to the system - one that shows that the political influence of unions is waning.


  9. - Norseman - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 12:24 pm:

    I could stand a little shock to their system.


  10. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:18 pm:

    ===If you think that with a Democratic governor and two-thirds majorities in the legislature, you shouldn’t have to beg for marriage equality ,wait for an increase in the minimum wage,or watch hugh corporate giveaways to the likes of CME while vital education, health, and social service programs are neglected, now is the time to make your voice heard.===

    Will Guzzardi must be some sort of super-hero if he’s gonna single handedly force all of that change.

    Impressive.


  11. - Truthteller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:27 pm:

    Rich, you’re way too cynical. Things can be changed if folks are willing to make the effort.
    Do you think change is desirable and possible?
    You have to start somewhere, don’t you agree?


  12. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:28 pm:

    ===Do you think change is desirable and possible?
    You have to start somewhere, don’t you agree? ===

    Of course it’s possible. But there are 118 people in that chamber.


  13. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 2:30 pm:

    ===Rich, you’re way too cynical.===

    No, mainly a realist. One member matters little, unless that member is the Speaker.


  14. - Anon - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 3:29 pm:

    It’s instructive that Democrats are facing union wrath, but no mention of any GOP incumbents neing sp targeted.Is that because the majority of GOP legislators found reasons to vote against SB1?


  15. - wordslinger - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 3:52 pm:

    –I really wonder how these unions will, with a straight face, pivot to support Quinn in the general. (yes i am assuming BR Wins) We spent a fortune to rid ourselves of a few of the legislators who voted for this but hey vote for the Governor who cheerfully signed it.–

    Mason, good points.

    Public employee unions hardly own the Democratic Party in Illinois, despite the lazy national narrative.


  16. - AnonymousOne - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 4:25 pm:

    ==vote for the Governor who cheerfully signed it==

    I seriously doubt that anyone affected by pension theft will be cheerfully voting for anyone…Emphasis on cheerfully. Death by sword or gunshot. Take your pick. No good choices out there.


  17. - Mokenavince - Friday, Mar 14, 14 @ 4:41 pm:

    If I were a betting man my money would be on Madigan’s pick. Guzzardi got a ton of union money betting on him, big set back if he loses.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* $3 million in one pop from Rauner
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - State House fundraising report
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Has the haymaker punch arrived?
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - State Senate fundraising report
* Third straight poll shows Rauner leading Quinn
* Last call for tickets!
* Vast Majority of Illinois Voters Support Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency
* Sun-Times reporters want you to sign their petition
* Same song, different century
* Question of the day
* Quinn finally wins a newspaper endorsement!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's cable TV buy report
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition: Crosstabs, TV ads
* Report: Another tie between Rauner and CS-T chairman
* Bost's "anger," Cook's ratings, Foster's ad
* $580 MILLION EXELON RATE HIKE?? That’s the price tag for their nuke bailout…EVERY YEAR!
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Rauner pumping dollars
* Rauner pushing IDOT back into the news stream
* Gov. Quinn runs new TV ad featuring FLOTUS
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* No, your eyes didn't deceive you
* Good morning!
* 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

          
        * U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market
        * Lockdown Pro allows selectively locking almost any app
        * Pronto Fast Charge battery gives a full charge in 5 minutes
        * GunFinger is a zombie shooter with fun shooting gameplay
        * Samsung answers design questions for Note 4, Note Edge
        * The Week in iPad Cases: Keyboards, exotic designs, and protection for every season
        * Spot the hubris: A case of the pundit pot calling the Apple kettle black

        * Consumer Drives Might Be More Reliable Than Enterprise Hard Drives
        * Whisper CEO suspends editorial team, but maintains that the Guardian report is inaccurate
        * How to use Apple’s Continuity, iCloud Drive and AirDrop to share files with yourself
        * Apple’s Yosemite Outpaces Mavericks (Thanks to a Head Start)
        * Why companies that rely on open-source projects must insist on a strong, enforceable code of conduct
        * Top 10 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Evil
        * Soaring SpaceX, Isaacson on Wikipedia, Asimov on creativity, and more

        * A 15-GIF salute to Moises Sierra's White Sox career
        * Konerko caps stellar career with Clemente Award
        * Konerko caps stellar career with Clemente Award
        * World Series Game 3: Notes and discussion
        * Rollins, Konerko named co-winners of Clemente Award
        * Alexei Ramirez and Adam Eaton Gold Glove finalists, but maybe not f...
        * Longtime scout Provas passes away after battle with cancer


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

        Archives
        October 2014
        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


        * Gov. Quinn orders mandatory statewide Ebola qua.....
        * Costly Capitol renovations recognized for design..
        * Animals Flunk These 2014 Candidates For Office..
        * As Ebola spreads, states enact stricter quarant.....
        * Chuck Sweeny: Dick Durbin leading Jim Oberweis .....


        * Costly Capitol renovations recognized for design
        * Chicago Fire Department hired few blacks in 2014
        * Illinois lieutenant governor candidates on issues
        * Illinois lieutenant governor candidates bios
        * Lieutenant governor picks hope to help lead
        * Chicago Fire Department hired few blacks in 2014
        * Coroner's jury: July SWAT shooting justified
        * Illinois quarantine for who touched Ebola patients
        * US judge names monitor of IDOT hiring
        * Radio host convicted of alleged $10 million fraud

        * Feminist Gloria Steinem endorses Quinn for governor
        * Madigan, Rauner spend big on Illinois House races
        * Officials rethink early vote-counting after Madigan ruling
        * Minimum wage increase supporters urge early voting
        * Sun-Times political reporter resigns following Rauner complaint
        * Minimum wage hike supporters urge early voting
        * Federal judge orders court-appointed monitor for IDOT hiring
        * Rep. Raymond Poe to undergo stem cell transplant
        * Bill Clinton campaigns for Quinn, Durbin
        * Quinn, Rauner spar over jobs, taxes

        * Regulators close National Republic Bank of Chicago
        * Rauner, the reporter, the Sun-Times and 'appearance of impropriety'
        * Carol Adams retiring as head of DuSable Museum
        * Chicago police to check bags at CTA stations
        * Shire CEO Ornskov 'dumbfounded' by collapse of AbbVie deal


        * Enthusiastic student Stan Kij, 25, dies of stomach cancer
        * Judge rejects Pistorius comparison, gives 17-year sentence in murder-for-hire plot
        * Keep it peaceful in Ferguson, Mo.
        * Why wasn’t Ebola doc kept under scrutiny?
        * Editorial: Bruce Rauner for governor
        * Back to the past with mayor’s move
        * Illinois needs better way to deal with terminally ill inmates
        * At panel on school closings, board acknowledges more planning needed
        * Marina City residents reminded to watch their step during Wallenda’s walk
        * Republican senators question Quinn’s IDOT scandal response


        * Burglary reported at Pastor Corey Brooks' church
        * Gary, Ind. boy, 13, fatally shot
        * 2 dead, 8 hurt in shootings since Friday evening
        * ComEd explosion startles residents in Near North neighborhood
        * Man hurt in Dan Ryan shooting Friday evening
        * Man charged with murder in South Side man's slaying in August
        * Cops: Man stole semi-truck, critically injured bicyclist and fled
        * Former radio host convicted of mortgage fraud
        * Boy, 17, charged in fatal shooting in Englewood
        * $5 million bond in vandalism of Lombard synagogue


        * Listen to State Week - October 24, 2014
        * 2014 Election Coverage: Citizens, here's your homework!
        * 2 dead, including gunman, in high school shooting
        * Prosecutors want more of indicted police commander’s 'bad acts' in court
        * Prosecutors want more of indicted police commander's 'bad acts' in court
        * Bedrock 66: Charlie Parr Plays Springfield Friday
        * Oberweis Would Back Federal Same Sex Marriage Law
        * Wild Bison Return To IL
        * Scary Story: The Diviner by Susan Vondrak
        * Artist Profile: Local Troubadour Tom Irwin


        * Michael Bromberg: Benedictine looking ahead at changes in higher ed
        * Charles Krauthammer: Barack Obama, aggrieved bystander
        * Feminist Gloria Steinem endorses Quinn for governor
        * Madigan, Rauner spend big on Illinois House races
        * Our Opinion: Bell, Manar, Davidsmeyer endorsed in state legislative races
        * Craig Burns: Honesty, integrity in great supply at CWLP
        * E.J. Dionne: Ebola, pandering and courage
        * Esther Cepeda: Benefits of closing the word gap
        * Officials rethink early vote-counting after Madigan ruling
        * Our Opinion: Frerichs has the expertise to be Illinois treasurer


        * PHOTOS: Beautiful day for heart Walk in the Park
        * One dead, another gravely injured from overnight shootings in Champaign
        * LIVE! Minnesota
        * Coffee with the Plant Experts 10-25-14
        * UI Football vs Minnesota
        * Saturday SportsTalk 10-25-14
        * Minnesota Pregame 10-25-14
        * King Neptune: The million-dollar pig
        * Old Glory passes through Southern Illinois as part of coast-to-coast relay
        * Daily Digest 10/25/14


        * Live video: St. Francis vs. Fenwick
        * Live video: St. Viator vs. Nazareth
        * Women on front lines in Syria, Iraq against IS
        * Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response
        * Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Chuck Sweeny: Dick Durbin leading Jim Ober......
        * Chuck Sweeny: Dick Durbin leading Jim Ober......
        * Chuck Sweeny: Dick Durbin leading Jim Ober......
        * Chuck Sweeny: Dick Durbin leading Jim Ober......
        * Chuck Sweeny: Dick Durbin leading Jim Ober......

        * Bruce Rauner & Carly Fiorina Inspire Downe......

        * Les Perelman’s BABEL generator. You try it.
        * College Republicans launch new ad: Why I Am [video]
        * Illinois pro-life voters finding a choice in Libertarian candidate
        * Touring Graceland
        * With another $3M this week, Rauner surpasses $26M to his campaign
        * Stantis: Captain Pat Quinn and our ship of state
        * Lessons Learned from Past Tax Reform Efforts [video]
        * Study: Non-Citizens Are Voting And Could Decide The Election in Illinois
        * The Weekend Desk Report
        * Need Help With Winter Heating Bills?


        * Rauner rips Quinn on IDOT patronage oversight
        * Governor Quinn Announces Winners of 2014 Illinois Export Awards - State’s Trade Programs Help Companies Increase Global Sales
        * Governor Quinn Directs Illinois Department of Public Health to Require Quarantine to Protect Against Ebola
        * New Ad: Labor leader backs Rauner
        * Jewish Newspapers Endorse Rauner for Governor




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