* The Sun-Times reports that Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate Paul Vallas thinks Republican Bruce Rauner’s term limits proposal will survive challengers and make it onto the ballot…
The former Chicago Public Schools CEO also said the proposed term-limit referendum has a good chance of landing on the November ballot, and of being approved by voters.
That’s how he said he would place his bet — if he were a betting person.
“I’m not a betting person, unfortunately,” Vallas said.
* Vallas also said he was against House Speaker Michael Madigan’s idea to make local school districts start paying for teacher pensions…
“I don’t support that at all,” said Vallas, former Chicago Public Schools CEO.
Chicago schools already pay the employers’ share of teachers’ pension costs, but suburban and downstate schools don’t. Making the change has been pushed hard by House Speaker Michael Madigan but hasn’t found traction in Springfield as suburban and downstate Republicans in particular have feared loading more costs onto already cash-strapped school districts.
“For every rich district that can afford it, there’s a poor district that can’t,” Vallas said.
* In other news…
Paul Vallas, Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate has been hired by DSI Civic Financial Restructuring firm, whose president and CEO, Bill Brandt, donated $100,000 to the Quinn campaign last Dec. 31—a move that may well trigger some political ripples in the heated governors race.
Brandt, who is also chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority, a non-paid position, told me Vallas would not be working on any Illinois deals and will be a salaried employee. With Brandt on the IFA, the firm had not been “seeking” or “working on” Illinois business. […]
In a release, DSI, based in Chicago with offices in other cities, said Vallas “brings a solid grasp of state and municipal issues that complement the senior management team” of DSI.
DSI said in its release its built a wall around Vallas to avoid conflicts and his “practice will adhere to the firm’s present policy of only working on out-of-state projects. These protocols preclude DSI Civic from seeking or working on distressed municipal matters, or with troubled governmental units, within the state of Illinois, and have long been in place due to Mr. Brandt’s position as Chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority, as well as John Filan’s former role of COO of the State. “
Since they’re not getting state business anyway, it’s probably no big deal, other than it sure looks like another business as usual hire.
…Adding… Rauner campaign’s response…
“Paul Vallas just helped Pat Quinn complete the transformation from self-styled reformer to another back-scratching Illinois politician in record time,” Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf told Early & Often. “Over the last five years, Pat Quinn has given special deals and appointments to Brandt and Filan. Now, they’re returning the favor in a Blagojevich-style move.”
* So, if you’re keeping score, that’s one comment in favor of Bruce Rauner, one comment opposing Speaker Madigan and a sweet insider job.