SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Rahm’s rocky road

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014

* As you all know by now, there was no progress yesterday on Rahm Emanuel’s pension reform proposal

The rapid rollout strategy was aimed at giving legislators little time to get cold feet and blunting labor union lobbying against the changes. But several Chicago lawmakers raised concerns, Democrats blamed Republicans for not getting on board, and the blitzkrieg approach failed — at least for a day. […]

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said the speaker was “still working the roll call” and was trying to achieve bipartisan support for the bill. But many Republicans remained critical, including Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, who mocked Raoul’s explanation that the bill was fast-tracked because Chicago was in the midst of a crisis.

“This state is always in a crisis,” Radogno said. “When will it end?”

Not only did a vote sputter in the House, but the Senate wasn’t embracing the pension plan either. […]

Democratic Rep. LaShawn Ford said African-American lawmakers were split on the pension bill, adding that he opposed it because his West Side community had “already paid the cost to the city” with closed public schools.

* This is part of what really went down

Madigan’s legislation would authorize the City Council to levy $50 million more during each of five years, starting in 2016, to devote toward city pension costs. By year five, that tax levy would stand at $250 million more than today, but Republicans added up all of the revenue collected during that period and dubbed Emanuel’s handiwork as a $750 million property-tax increase that they wanted no part of.

“A $750 million property tax-increase is the last thing we need in Illinois,” said Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, who voted against Madigan’s legislation in committee. “This is outrageous. This is going to kill jobs. I oppose this tax increase.”

During committee, Madigan said he was prepared to amend his legislation to soften the property-tax mandate on the City Council by making it merely an option, not compulsory. That amendment wound up being tacked onto his bill Wednesday afternoon.

The original legislation, crafted by the mayor, ordered the city council to pass the tax hike. No way, man. No way.

* Also

One House Democrat from the city told Early & Often that no one had formally reached out from the mayor’s staff to make a personal pitch for the bill, an oddity given the magnitude of what Emanuel is asking state lawmakers to do on his behalf in Springfield, particularly if Republicans are MIA on the bill. […]

When it became clear the big lift to pass the bill wouldn’t be shared with Republicans, rank-and-file city Democrats appeared to get cold feet with the property-tax component. Others privately expressed worry about opposition to the bill from the Chicago Teachers Union, which last month nearly unseated state Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, in a bitter primary in which his December support for a state pension package became a central issue.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


27 Comments
  1. - Toure's Latte - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 12:20 pm:

    Chicago property taxes aren’t that bad that they could not stand increases. Ben Joravsky in The Reader bleated about the extra TIF gravy it creates, and he has a legitimate point, but think of all the new appeal biz for MJM!


  2. - William j Kelly - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 12:27 pm:

    Rahm’s friends play, the people pay!


  3. - Poorly done - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 12:28 pm:

    Starting to look like amateur hour for Rahm’s political team. They didn’t anticipate that the GOP would go south on them and didn’t firm up Dem members? Seems they thought the Speaker would do all the heavy lifting for them.

    The GA should just dump this all on the City Council. They could strike the city out of the pension code and let the Chicago use their home rule authority to run and fund their own pensions.


  4. - A guy... - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 12:35 pm:

    Even super majorities don’t work when the lion wakes up. The lion sleeps alot, but when awake, all the lion does is hunt…and eat. Fact: Chicago property tax payers pay less than other areas of the state. Most notably, the suburbs. Fact: Chicago taxpayers do not think they are undertaxed. Two realities. The solution was to force a vote before the lion notices. The lion noticed. Now it’s hide and seek time.


  5. - Plutocrat03 - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 12:42 pm:

    Once again Rahm demonstrates he cannot make a coherent argument without name calling.


  6. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    Let’s ask Preckwinkle what to do, she has all the answers, right?


  7. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 12:48 pm:

    === The rapid rollout strategy was aimed at giving legislators little time to get cold feet and blunting labor union lobbying against the changes. ===

    Yeah. Because that’s the approach you always take when you have quality legislation that has been thoroughly vetted and negotiated with legislators.

    Meanwhile, Rahmm is finding plenty of taxpayer dollars to address other concerns. The least his “team” could do is place a few calls to those being asked to fall on their swords for his sake.

    Especially when most of them are about to come under pressure to vote for additional tax and fee increases. Rahm wants them to double-down on tax hikes just a few months before their names appear on the ballot without so much as a phone call?

    Rahm may wind up having to help himself on this one.


  8. - Chicago Publius - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    One interesting strategy bouncing around the corridors of the capitol is that labor is aksing several senators to formally ask the Senate Parliamentarian, prior to a committee or floor vote, whether the Rahm proposal is constitutional. Now THAT would be an interesting development.


  9. - Anonymous - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 12:57 pm:

    Rahm’s team of square headed youth are used to running rough-shod over that legislative body known as the city council. And Rahm’s used to getting what he wants just be telling people what he wants from his perch in the White House or the 5th Floor. “Work a bill? What the hell does that mean?”


  10. - Rod - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 1:16 pm:

    From my reading of the Madigan floor amendment 4 to SB 1922 I do not think it makes much difference whether or not the Chicago City Council approves the property tax increase. Because if the Council does not approve it the amendment requires the State Treasurer to impound an equal amount of state money going to the City of Chicago and deposit it in the Pension Stabilization Fund. Specifically look at page 59 of amendment 4 section (a-4).


  11. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 1:23 pm:

    Rod, it’s the comptroller, but good point.


  12. - Chicago Publius - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 1:31 pm:

    Rod - the reference to monies held by the Treasurer doesn’t get to contributions required from the City. The provision that you cite requires the State Treasurer to intercept, and send to the muni pension funds, monies that would go to the city by way of “grants of state funds.” Comparatively, the “grants of state funds” to Chicago don’t entail a lot of money — maybe some motor fuel tax and some small portion of locally paid income taxes.


  13. - Secretariat - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 1:41 pm:

    Rahm’s intergovernmental team is nowhere to be seen or heard. What is PQ going to do? Why is Rauner silent?? Conspiracy lovers to at it.


  14. - not me - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 2:37 pm:

    Rahm’s lobbyists are a joke.


  15. - RhamALicious - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 2:42 pm:

    ==The provision that you cite requires the State Treasurer to intercept, and send to the muni pension funds, monies that would go to the city by way of “grants of state funds.” Comparatively, the “grants of state funds” to Chicago don’t entail a lot of money — maybe some motor fuel tax and some small portion of locally paid income taxes.==

    State grants includes LGDF and every dollar the State gives the City. It is a lot of money.


  16. - Rahm's Middle Finger - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    Rahm’s lobbyists are actually some of the most talented and best respected at the statehouse. Bur Rahm dealt them a really really crappy hand to play.


  17. - Rahm's Middle Finger - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 2:47 pm:

    Secretariat-

    You clearly aren’t at the Capitol. In addition to their three full time lobbyists and two well respected contract lobbyists, Matt Hynes, Mike Ruemmler, and the Deputy Mayor Steve Koch are all down. They may not be making a lot of progress, but they are definitely working.


  18. - Upon Further Review - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 2:51 pm:

    How about our lavishly compensated taking pay cuts for the duration of the crisis? Illinois and Chicago have some of the best paid elected officials in the USA who collect big checks for part-time jobs.


  19. - PensionResearcher - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 4:10 pm:

    Rod @ 1:16 pm, that is only for the first 5 years of the new, 40-year funding plan the amendment would implement. See line 2 of the page you cite, “For levy years 2015 through 2020.”


  20. - wordslinger - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 4:15 pm:

    I don’t understand — Rahm is the most powerful person in Chicago. All his peeps and media say so.


  21. - Rod - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 4:53 pm:

    Rich is right on the controller and it is also correct that the effective extraction is for 5 years and does not go on for ever.


  22. - Sue - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 4:58 pm:

    why should anyone fear a property tax increase?- the Governor will be rebating the money as part of his plan


  23. - low level - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 6:02 pm:

    @Wordslinger - that is very true. I think he really needs to try and understand the state Capitol better. That it is similar to Congress but not entirely.


  24. - Chuck - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 6:23 pm:

    How about he State reps working only as State reps.No second jobs or other pensions to be had!How about they take their oath of office seriously !


  25. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 6:54 pm:

    ==How about he State reps working only as State reps.No second jobs or other pensions to be had!How about they take their oath of office seriously !==

    So no to the idea of the citizen-legislator? Professional legislators paid like full time workers with appropriate benefits to boot? I like the idea!


  26. - Chuck - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 5:23 am:

    Precinct Captain you must be a state rep!


  27. - Upon Further Review - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 8:30 am:

    Of course, the TIF funds could cover the entire pension payment shortfall, but then the mayoral slush fund for rigged construction contracts would be emptied.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* CUB Poll: 84% Oppose Exelon Bailout - Solar Poll: 81% Oppose Demand Charges
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - New cable TV buys and fundraiser calendar
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 - Friends of the Parks responds *** Lucas pulls plug on museum
* "Dead. Yes, dead."
* Radogno shares some deets on stopgap, blames Chicago for holdup
* Maybe this will convince Democrats to cut a deal?
* Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
* Another way Chicago is behind the times
* More on that Cullerton meeting
* Creating a workaround for new CPS debt?
* Settlement talks in Duckworth case "initiated by the judge"
* Hostage dies
* Close on 6-month stopgap, not there yet on K-12
* 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

  
* Qualcomm files complaint against Meizu on patent infringement allegations
* Apple Celebrates Pride Festival With Rainbow Apple Watch Bands for Staff
* Pair of patents suggests Samsung is testing the fingerprint-tweaking waters
* Microsoft Surface 3 is on its way out, no replacement confirmed just yet
* A few more vivo X7 specs out thanks to TENAA listing
* Once again, 32GB Nexus 5X discounts steepen — this time below $250
* First-party Google smartphone could come aside from Nexus devices this year

* Podcast: Chicago White Sox poised for a run
* White Sox Minor League Update: June 26-July 2
* Less than 4 days left to cast your All-Star vote
* 5 reasons not to count out the White Sox
* Fulmer, Hawkins among top prospect performers Sunday
* Smooth sailing for Sale in MLB-best 13th win
* Sales pitch: Ventura calls ace best in the AL

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


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

Archives
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
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


* Stalemate threatens $2B in road projects - Jack.....
* Editorial: Iowa: The end of the line - Quad Cit.....


* $2B in Illinois road projects threatened by stalemate
* Economic woes cause drop in number of Illinois boaters
* Rauner signs ID law making Illinois comply with federal law
* Illinois police sue town, claim body cameras record nonstop
* Study: Rotting trees caused mysterious holes in huge dunes
* 1 dead, 1 injured after boats crash on Rock River
* US Rep. Duckworth settles workplace retaliation lawsuit
* Workplace retaliation lawsuit against Tammy Duckworth settled
* Chicago police arrest teen in slaying of city dispatcher
* Lucas abandons plan to build museum in Chicago after lawsuit

* Illinois women hit hard by state budget impasse
* Stalemate threatens $2B in road projects
* Economic woes cause drop in number of boaters
* Chicago school money seen as potential deal-killer
* Chicago school money seen as potential state budget deal-killer
* Survey: Nearly 1 million human service clients affected by budget impasse
* Illinois lawmakers to reconvene Wednesday as budget deadline nears
* Illinois State Museum given path to accreditation
* Illinois insurance co-op sues feds over health law payments
* Gun bill at Illinois Capitol gets support from Rifle Association

* Who's sitting in Chicago's cushiest board seats?
* The fall and rise of Chicago real estate in three acts
* At Chicago law firms, a salary war breaks out after years of deep freeze
* Why overbanked Chicago has even more banks
* One suburban manufacturer's answer to shortage of skilled workers


* Police: 2,000 officers now Crisis Intervention Team certified
* Man shot in Marquette Park
* Woman found dead after Spring Grove crash
* Man shot while riding in car in Humboldt Park
* Chile wins Copa in penalty kicks; Messi says he is quitting
* Innovative program cuts violent-crime arrests among Chicago youth
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for June 27, 2016
* Dear Abby: Keep dogs leashed to prevent dogfights
* At BET Awards, stars keep focus on Prince, politics
* Cops: Two shot by off-duty sheriff’s deputy in Marquette Park


* Mayor asks for city authority to buy CPS debt
* UberPool wins on time and CTA on cost in identical trips: study
* Bellwood district pays $105,000 to refill superintendent's pension account
* Morning Spin: Hillary Clinton to speak at Rev. Jackson event, raise money with former Destiny's Child singer
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 6/27/16
* Shootings leave 8 injured across city
* Old East Aurora High School stadium to get rousing farewell party
* Is 'washing' a child's mouth with soap abusive?
* Market volatility continues as investors digest Brexit vote's implications
* Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team after loss to Chile in Copa final


* David M. Gerlach: College students are collateral damage in Illinois politics
* Illinois women hit hard by state budget impasse
* Stalemate threatens $2B in road projects
* Economic woes cause drop in number of boaters
* Chicago school money seen as potential deal-killer
* Chicago school money seen as potential state budget deal-killer
* Angie Muhs: The threshold for national news on our front page
* Their View: Separation of powers prevails
* Statehouse Insider: Lawmakers coming back to Springfield? We're saved
* Bernard Schoenburg: Davis opposes school bathroom transgender rules from DC


* UPDATE: 1 dead in accident on I-74 near Mahomet
* Chuck's Classics: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938)
* Uni High's Rajic shooting for Olympic moment
* UI hoops recruit glance: Jordan Goodwin
* Coaches' corner: Illinois' Kevin Hambly
* June 30 Ask the Sports Editor chat
* June 30 prep sports chat
* June 27 Bob Asmussen chat
* Vietnam Wall Closing Day
* Accidents clog I-74 near Mahomet


* Serbian police find 29 migrants, arrest suspected smuggler
* Alaska rafting deaths highlight response challenges
* After Dalai Lama met Lady Gaga, China warns of his motives
* Camp helps youths with speech alternatives
* Turkey: Pope's genocide remarks won't help peace efforts

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Illinois to get $17 million for HIV assist......

* Workplace retaliation suit against Tammy D......
* Is Tammy Duckworth a sure bet to beat Mark......

* Berman: What Would Gay Christians Have Straight Christians To Do?
* New Kirk ad emphasizes how un-Republican the U.S. Senator is
* What's the Difference Between England, Britain and the U.K.?
* People ought to have enough sense to keep track of their own due dates
* Drobinski, Rod Drobinski
* Paul Ryan isn’t the first guy to try to stop a sit-in.
* Six Clinton delegates on the Platform Committee who voted against a $15 minimum wage.
* "Pride at Montrose" Happening At The Lakefront 11am-6pm
* A Pride Of Lion(s)
* Local Pride!


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller