SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED 1x *** Patronage buster back at it; Rauner robos get cold reception

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)

* Michael Shakman and Andy Shaw are asking a judge to order an investigation into the reclassification of certain IDOT employees..

He said 61 of the “Staff Assistant” positions once deemed by the administration to be exempt from state rules were submitted to the state’s personnel agency for review, and the agency determined at least 50 should not be exempt. Tridgell said going forward, those positions will be hired according to state rules that say a person’s qualifications take precedence.

“The hiring of Staff Assistants began in 2003 under the previous administration, and was suspended when new information came to light last year,” Tridgell said.

He also said that of the roughly 5,200 IDOT employees, about 4,900 are in positions in which political connections cannot be considered.

But Shakman says the Quinn administration is claiming an “inconceivable” number of employees may be hired based on their politics. He says the number is “far greater than justifiable under applicable law.”

Currently there are no “Staff Assistants” at IDOT.

*** 12:25 p.m. - The Rauner campaign on the suit…

“It should come as no surprise that someone who started his political career as a ghost payroller and patronage chief for Dan Walker is now carrying on the Rod Blagojevich practice of rewarding friends and allies with state jobs.”

The release goes on to cite newspaper articles and wire reports of instances where Quinn has been accused of using clout and ghost payrolling, such as with former state Reps. Careen Gordon and Mike Smith, Agriculture Director Bob Flider, David Vaught, the former OMB and DCEO director.

End update.

* I retweeted this for the ScribbleLive earlier this week…

Chicago homeowners may have a familiar voice among their phone messages tonight: Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. The Rauner campaign conducted thousands of robocalls today. The message? That Gov. Quinn is considering signing the recently passed Chicago pension reform bill which Rauner says would pave the way for higher property taxes.

Naturally, the Mayor is less than thrilled about this…

“Bruce Rauner hasn’t even gotten to Springfield, and he’s already acting like a career politician who plays politics with people’s pensions and livelihood,” Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said late Tuesday. “This pension reform bill currently awaiting the governor’s signature will bring financial security to 60,000 hardworking people and provides more savings through reform than a plan proposed by Mr. Rauner just a few years ago.

The people of Chicago don’t need more rhetoric or gimmicks, they need a plan that will give our workers and retirees financial certainty and that will put our city finances in order for the long-term.”

The calls also received a cold reception from the two legislative GOP leaders…

“The robo-calls? It is what it is for this time of year,” the Western Springs Republican told the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board.

Durkin voted for the pension overhaul bill.

“I will respectfully disagree with Bruce Rauner’s position. When the city of Chicago came to me very desperate for some relief, I couldn’t ignore the multiple [bond rating] downgrades they’ve taken,” Durkin said. “How many more downgrades does the city of Chicago need to go before it hits junk status? To me, that’s not something I could accept under my watch in the House.

“I can’t speak for Bruce, but I thought it was the right thing to do,” Durkin said of his vote.

Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont did not support the bill currently before Quinn, but she agreed that Rauner’s call for Quinn to veto the bill amounted to “political theatre.”

Related…

* Gov. Pat Quinn’s taxes showlittle change from prior year

* Quinn Releases Tax Returns; Rauner’s Waiting: A spokesman says Rauner has filed for an extension. Rauner did release three prior years’ worth of returns in November. Those showed his salary in 2012 was about $52 million.

* Tax Returns Revealing … But Not Revealing Enough: “We really want to know where the sources of money that you have, that your spouse has, that might make it a conflict for you to vote on a measure, advocate for a measure,” (Sheila Simon) says.

- Posted by Barton Lorimor        


14 Comments
  1. - William j Kelly - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 11:57 am:

    If the rauner camp thinks this fake Rahm /rauner conflict is going to fool anyone I have about 20 million reasons why it won’t.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    Well, that Rauner/Rahm tiff is going to make vacationing in Montana awkward. Thank goodness the ranch house is huge.

    This Rauner/Rahm “thing” is as phony as the Carhartt either Rauner wears tried to fool us every day day during the Primary.


  3. - Huh? - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 12:03 pm:

    Currently there are no “Staff Assistants” at IDOT.

    Of course there aren’t any Staff Assistants at IDOT. They have all moved into Rutan protected positions.


  4. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 12:11 pm:

    “Bruce Rauner hasn’t even gotten to Springfield, and he’s already acting like a career politician who plays politics with people’s pensions and livelihood,” Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said late Tuesday.

    - So - you’re expecting him to go to Springfield as our next governor, and as Mayor Emanuel’s old vacation buddy?


  5. - Norseman - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 12:22 pm:

    “Thump, thump!” That’s the sound of Da Mayor being run over by the Rauner bus.


  6. - OneMan - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 12:26 pm:

    Hey man, county party chairs are not going to hire themselves…


  7. - Formerly Known As... - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 12:27 pm:

    Shakman has done more to benefit Illinois than most of the politicians who have served here during his lifetime.


  8. - Formerly Known As... - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 12:33 pm:

    If the breaking SunTimes article about his brother’s stake in Uber is any indication, Rahm looks to have larger problems on his hands now than a robocall or two.

    More like an uprising among the city’s cab drivers, lol.


  9. - Robert the Bruce - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton needs a new line - isn’t her boss a career politician?


  10. - LittleOleMe - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 1:44 pm:

    Staff assistant is a working title for some Technical Manager positions at IDOT. I assure you there are still Staff Assistants around. IDOT’s spokesman said as much in his response to reporters.


  11. - Jimbo - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 2:41 pm:

    Someone quick, tell his crack campaign that robocalls generally get cold receptions from the people receiving them as well.

    Unless of course, this is just a ploy for media stories about how he and Rahm are like not really totally BFFs.

    Yeah Brucey, we all see right through you. Your contempt for our intelligence is noted.


  12. - Upon Further Review - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 4:12 pm:

    Rauner’s robot calls are a good test for one’s reflexes — see how quickly you can press “DELETE.”


  13. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 4:15 pm:

    1. Robocalls work.
    2. Rahm is genuinely not amused.
    3. The reaction from Durkin and Radogno is the best.
    4. If Quinn was looking for an excuse to veto, he has got it now.


  14. - Just The Way It Is One - Wednesday, Apr 23, 14 @ 8:12 pm:

    Robocalls by Rauner at THIS stage in the Campaign about this singular issue–and when his OWN track record on the issue shows how lame his position has been??? A real turn-off and waste of time–unless you want to REALLY tick off Voters here in April…! (i.e. keep your nose OUT of it, Baron)!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* *** UPDATED *** THIS JUST IN... Judge orders permanent stay on pension law
* Today's number: 10 percent
* Unclear on the concept
* Could be a big day
* Question of the day
* Illinois leaders react to Obama's immigration order
* TrackBill – An Introduction
* Caption contest!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* 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

          
        * Software bug forces AT&T to recall, send back Nexus 6 inventory
        * Google search app for Android TV arrives at Play Store
        * Which app payment system is right?
        * Our 5 favorite new Windows Phone apps of the week
        * Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding
        * Apple Watch price, Lollipop updates, MS Office mobile comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap
        * Google’s Nexus 6 Might Be Too Big For Right Now, But Right-Sized For The Future

        * Sprint’s Galaxy S5 Finally Gets Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update
        * Microsoft Offer Xbox One Early Adopters with Free Limbo Copy
        * Alienware Alpha Small Form Factor Gaming Desktop
        * Samsung Gear S Wi-Fi Only Model Hits Japan
        * Urban Outfitters and 200 Others Start Selling Directly in Shopping App Wanelo
        * 27-inch WQHD Acer Display With G-Sync Reportedly In The Works
        * UK Government Wants ISPs To Start Keeping Records Of Its Users

        * Terrerobytes: Waiting for Adam LaRoche
        * With LaRoche on board, Abreu will benefit
        * Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal
        * Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal
        * Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal
        * Abreu will benefit from LaRoche's presence
        * White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year, $25 million deal

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


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

        Archives
        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


        * Governor-elect Rauner, Pastor Brooks hand out T.....
        * Blackhawks crush Oilers..
        * Gov. Quinn could collect healthy pension on way.....
        * Better Government Association..
        * Rauner tackles full transition agenda..


        * 2 hospitalized after Chicago building collapse
        * Judge denies bid to halt Illinois fracking rules
        * Some 30 horses die in stable fire outside Chicago
        * Vatican prosecutor didn't report abusive priest
        * Illinoisan among winners of Rhodes scholarships
        * Woman accused of attack using nail-studded board
        * Church members each get $500 to do good for world
        * Man dies after being shot during Missouri hunt
        * Illinois' Rauner tackles full transition agenda
        * Immigrants urged to take advantage of Obama action

        * Rauner tackles transition agenda
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * State pension changes ruled unconstitutional; appeal to Illinois Supreme Court next
        * State to refund $60 million in retiree health care money
        * State pension changes ruled unconstitutional; appeal to Illinois Supreme Court likely
        * Illinois pension case likely headed to high court
        * Judge: Pension ruling to come Friday
        * Rauner mum on fixes for ‘dire’ state finances, wants Quinn to freeze hiring
        * Rauner mum on fixes for ‘dire’ state finances
        * Judge to hear pension law arguments today

        * AndroGel giving AbbVie performance anxiety
        * Turning the kitchen into a tech hot spot
        * What does Michael Madigan do next?
        * Are Chicago's manufacturing districts vulnerable?
        * United's Smisek back in analysts' good graces


        * Simple GOP remedy: Enact immigration reform
        * Rauner, Brooks hand out turkeys and trimmings
        * Garcia says he has 60,000 signatures for mayoral run
        * Our ancestors, all immigrants, are watching us now
        * Is there a way for GOP to defuse immigration issue?
        * Coalition pushing advisory vote for elected CPS board
        * Obama dismisses GOP criticism on immigration
        * Gov. Quinn could collect healthy pension on way out the door
        * 'SNL,' 'Schoolhouse Rock,' a bill and an executive order
        * Faces of minimum wage: Business owners paint post-layoff path


        * Crews rescue 2, dog trapped in rubble of collapsed South Side building
        * Most stop-for-pedestrian signs hit by drivers, city data show
        * Man on parole for armed robbery charged in Logan Square liquor store holdup
        * Man shot multiple times on Far South Side
        * Man falls through ice into Fox River trying to escape Elgin police
        * Prosecutors: Man phones in fake gunshots to get out of traffic tickets
        * McHenry County blaze kills 32 horses: 'I don't know what to do'
        * Cupich apologizes to West Side church for sex abuse
        * Man dies after falling from Near North Side hotel
        * Rhodes Scholars include 6 from Great Lakes area


        * Listen to State Week - November 21, 2014
        * State To Refund Retiree Health Care Money
        * Labor unions celebrate judge's ruling against Illinois pension law
        * Judge Finds Reductions In Pension Benefits Unconstitutional
        * Pension Ruling Imminent
        * Hoosiers divided over Obama’s executive action on immigration
        * Illinois Symphony Orchestra Joins The Circus For Holiday Pops
        * School Funding Testimony Taken At Capitol
        * Incoming U of I President Speaks To Springfield Audience
        * To Restore Executive Mansion, Rauner Plans Private Funds


        * Quote of the Day: Nov. 24, 2014
        * Our Opinion: Illiana project too risky for tapped-out Illinois
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Sen. Manar backs aide Watson over Cahnman, Proctor in Ward 5
        * Karen Cox: Shop for a cause
        * Andy Shaw: Protect Illinois’ FOIA law from unnecessary tinkering
        * Quote of the Day: Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
        * Rauner tackles transition agenda
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * Deckle McLean: Plagiarism comes with a price
        * Charles Krauthammer: The climate pact swindle


        * ‘She makes us laugh’: O’Fallon teacher who brings humor into classroom wins regional award
        * Maher brings unfiltered show to Adler
        * Man dies after being shot during Missouri hunt
        * Richey: Illini use second half surge for win
        * Church members each get $500 to do good for world
        * Two people injured in crash on Interstate 57
        * Judge denies bid to halt Illinois fracking rules
        * Jacksonville man faces criminal sexual abuse charge
        * Urbana city council scheduled to vote on enterprise zone
        * New 'Adventure Adventure' attracts children to Radisson


        * Bears' defense applies the pressure, and it pays off
        * Letter that inspired Kerouac found
        * Faiths unite to celebrate in Buffalo Grove
        * 12-year-old suburban girl missing
        * Not-so-happy homecoming for McCown

        * Illinois Democrats cede seats in Congress ...
        * Three-peat: Schneider eyes another race ag...
        * Mike Bloomberg takes his money local
        * Dold wins return trip to D.C., says it wil...
        * GOP's Bob Dold wins rematch over Democrat ...
        * GOP's Dold wins rematch over Democrat Schn...
        * Republican Regains Former House Seat In Il...
        * Illinois treasurer race is too close to call
        * Bob Dold Defeats Brad Schneider In Illinoi...
        * Republican Bob Dold wins 10th District seat

        * Open: This is Face the Nation, November 23...

        * Algonquin chief recommended to be next U.S......

        * Exclusive Tips To Prepare For Severe Weather Ahead!
        * The Beachwood Radio Hour #33: Save The Spire, Ditch DePaul, Nuke The Luke
        * Somos todos Ayotzinapa. Chicago.
        * The Better Government Association continues to spread the lie about public employee pensions.
        * Marion Barry has passed away
        * Sherman’s Maps
        * An Encounter Along Sherman’s March
        * Rethinking Sherman’s March
        * The Civil War’s Environmental Impact
        * Who Burned Atlanta?


        * Illinois Residents Asked to Put the Tobacco Down - Support the Great American Smokeout – November 20
        * Governor Quinn Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Selection of New University of Illinois President
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Committee Passage of Minimum Wage Legislation
        * Governor Quinn Statement on the Installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich




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