* From a press release…
Bruce Rauner’s campaign began airing a new television advertisement today outlining some of Pat Quinn’s most egregious broken promises as governor.
“Again and again, Pat Quinn broke his word and failed the people of Illinois,” Bruce Rauner said. “After promising to make job creation a top priority, Illinois finds itself tied for the worst unemployment rate in the Midwest. After promising not to cut education spending, he gutted it by more than $500 million. After promising to protect working families from higher taxes, he passed a massive 67 percent tax hike on every Illinoisan – and now he’s trying to make that tax hike permanent.”
“Illinois voters can’t trust Pat Quinn. It’s time for a new direction,” Bruce concluded.
* Rauner’s post-primary TV spots have all been positive until now. Rate it…
VOICE: When you hear Pat Quinn’s false attacks remember his broken promises.
PAT QUINN: Our job recovery bill will create more than four-hundred thousand jobs.
VOICE: Under Quinn Illinois leads the Midwest in job losses.
PAT QUIN: Another area we are not cutting is education.
VOICE: Quinn cut 500 million causing teacher layoffs and crowded classrooms.
PAT QUINN: Under our plan a family of four will not pay higher taxes.
VOICE: Quinn raised taxes by 67 percent on every Illinoisan. Pat Quinn a broken record of broken promises.
…Adding… The governor’s campaign claims this is a “very thin” buy of 300 points in Chicago.
*** UPDATE *** Quinn campaign response in full…
Billionaire Bruce Rauner leveraged some of the money he grabbed jumping through tax loopholes for the super-rich to go negative in July and begin the job of distorting Gov. Pat Quinn’s record. Here are the facts that reject Rauner’s false claims and a statement from the Quinn Campaign:
Bruce’s Claim: Gov. Quinn cut $500 million from education.
Fact: That’s false. Quinn has increased education investments, including payments into the Teachers’ Retirement System, and has made the tough calls to protect education from radical cuts that Rauner’s position on revenue would mandate. Education makes up half of the state’s discretionary budget.
Bruce’s Claim: Gov. Quinn raised taxes 67 percent.
Fact: Illinois is tied for the 9th-lowest state income tax rate among the 43 states that have an income tax. Rauner conveniently ignores the fact that by increasing revenue, we’ve been able to protect education from drastic cuts that he wants to enact, while also paying down the bills by nearly $6 billion.
Bruce’s Claim: Illinois leads the Midwest in job loss.
Fact: This is false on multiple levels. According to the Philadelphia Reserve, Illinois is ranked #1 in the Midwest for projected growth over the next six months.
There are more people working in Illinois today than at any time since February 2009—the first month of the Governor’s administration. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Illinois’ unemployment is at its lowest point since November 2008 and is lower than when Gov. Quinn took office. Today Illinois’ unemployment rate is at 7.5%, a 5 ½ year low. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Illinois has added 242,700 private-sector jobs since the recovery began in 2010. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Below is the statement of Quinn for Illinois spokesman Izabela Miltko:
“In the absence of any substantive plans to confront challenges facing Illinois, billionaire Bruce Rauner got an early start distorting Governor Quinn’s record of fighting for working families and getting the job done.
“It’s worth noting that Rauner is paying for these false attacks, and many more to come, with cash he grabbed by jumping through elite tax loopholes that cause the middle class to pay more.
“The next time you see one of Bruce Rauner’s negative TV ads attacking Governor Quinn, remember how he payed for it - at your expense.”