image
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
And here it is again…

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014

* From a press release…

The Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, one of the oldest statewide business organizations in the nation, is issuing its first ever endorsement for the office of Treasurer and is backing Republican candidate Tom Cross. Illinois State Chamber of Commerce CEO Todd Maisch said Cross’ commitment to balancing the budget and fighting corruption will serve taxpayers and employers well.

“Tom Cross has distinguished himself as a leader in the fight for responsible, accountable government,” said Maisch. “As House Republican Leader, he fought for common sense lawsuit reform, worked to reduce burdensome regulations and vigorously opposed the Quinn income tax increase. Tom Cross is exactly the type of Treasurer we need to protect taxpayers. Cross’ plans to demand a balanced budget, and take on corruption and fraud are among the reasons we took the historic step of endorsing him for Treasurer.”

* But check out the main subject matter of the Mike Frerichs campaign response…

Rep. Tom Cross is the ultimate Springfield insider, voting over the past 20 years with the special interests and against the interests of Illinois families. In return, lobbyists showered Tom Cross with more than $22,000 in free meals in recent years, but those meals were likely cooked and served by minimum wage workers whose income isn’t keeping up with rising costs thanks to Tom Cross who has opposed raising the minimum wage three times.

Now we know that Tom Cross’ closest ally and one of his biggest donors, Bruce Rauner, would abolish the minimum wage altogether if he could. Those are not the values that Mike Frerichs was raised with in Central Illinois or that he will bring to the Treasurer’s office.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is part of a group of business interests that are working against raising the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.00 in Illinois. Rep. Tom Cross has not voted to raise the minimum wage three times in his 20-year Springfield career (2003, 2006, and 2014). If Rep. Cross had his way, the minimum wage in Illinois would still be $5.15 as it was in 2003 when he first voted against raising it.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


22 Comments
  1. - Da Moat - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:22 am:

    Yes. Because the Constitutional duties of the Office if the Treasurer are all about “balancing the budget” and “fighting corruption.”


  2. - Da Moat - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:24 am:

    And if people don’t think illegal aliens will still work under the table for less than whatever the minimum wage is at any given time they oughta wake up.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    Good “get” by Cross, some of the rhetoric is weak, at best, but the “get” was good politics…

    Now, …. by far, not even close, the best “work product” that has come out of the Frerichs’ Crew this whole run. Period.

    Maybe - YDD -, is helping those guys(?)


  4. - Twitter Proofreader - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    But once the voters hear about the typos Frerichs’ interns made on twitter, Cross will seal the deal. I mean, what a bumbling fool Mike is not to have released his entire oppo book in a 17 page press release already and stupidly sitting on what could have been great hits, like Cross taking 22K in free meals from lobbyists and voting three times against raising the minimum wage. If only he could have got that out there in July like Cross did. A million bucks of TV time? Too little too late. His twitter typos have already sunk him.

    Aren’t I right, Springfield conventional wisdom?


  5. - IL Spoof Team - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    Does a 7th grade girl write Frerichs’ press releases? I can hear the screeching from here.

    The second sentence… holy run-on batman. There are teachers who had to be talked out of throwing themselves off the roof of a school building in Gifford after reading that.


  6. - Cassiopeia - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:29 am:

    I can’t help but wonder if the Democrats are not overplaying the minimum wage issue. The number of people truly effected by this are small AND, more importantly, the Democrats have been in charge of the Governor’s Office and the legislature for over a decade and haven’t seen fit to raise it to the levels they are now touting.

    Plus Quinn’s stunt this past week is insulting to working people.


  7. - IL Spoof Team - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:32 am:

    Twitter Proofreader-

    Zack Koutsky, is that you? Or are you one of the Champaign sycophants who have become internet refugees now that Big Debbies House closed down?


  8. - RNUG - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    And exactly what constitutional authority does the Chamber think Tom Cross will have to balance the budget?


  9. - John Boch - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:34 am:

    Frerichs was my state senator for a whole lot of years.

    I don’t recall him introducing or championing any minimum wage increases these past few years.

    His “advocacy” seems a little bit opportunistic.

    But then again, I repeat myself as he’s a politician in Illinois…

    John


  10. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:34 am:

    @FakeMikeFrerichs - I just can’t catch a break, I have Dopey commenters reminding others to Mock me over and over #MoreFakeTweetsPlease


  11. - Easy - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:35 am:

    Was not paying your taxes also part of Frerichs value system that he will bring to the Treasurer’s office


  12. - LincolnLounger - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:36 am:

    RNUG: He’s going to sue the General Assembly/Governor if they keep passing these “balanced” budgets that aren’t balanced.

    It’s an interesting proposal. Nothing else has worked, so . . . .


  13. - Anon - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    The Chamber forgot to remind conservatives that Cross also voted for driver’s licenses for undocumented aliens, for medical marijuana, and for marriage equality.


  14. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:47 am:

    It appears that the Minimum Wage controversy is in play so that there could be more than a few Democratic voters this November. The entire thing plays to Democratic voters and anything a GOP candidate can do to address it in any way, is a loss for the GOP.

    My advice is to let them use the Minimum Wage Increase to somehow help with their turnout and avoid falling to any arguments over it.

    If it was such a savior, Pat Quinn would have ensured that the Illinois Minimum Wage would have increased more than the quarter it has since he has been governor.

    Actions speak louder than words, and Quinn’s actions on the Minimum Wage don’t synch with his words during this campaign. It is a big ruse.


  15. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:48 am:

    The Minimum Wage is Pat Quinn’s Property Tax Freeze.


  16. - IL Spoof Team - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 12:28 pm:

    If the Democrats really wanted the minimum wage to be a turnout driver, they should have made it a binding referendum, something the legislature is perfectly able to do.


  17. - Demoralized - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 12:34 pm:

    What does a commitment to balance the budget have to do with the Treasurer’s Office? That’s not even within the powers of that office.


  18. - IndependentVoter61282 - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 1:12 pm:

    Once again Mike Frerichs stands tall for Illinois’ underpaid workers!


  19. - wordslinger - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    –Cross’ plans to demand a balanced budget, and take on corruption and fraud are among the reasons we took the historic step of endorsing him for Treasurer.”–

    I understand candidates pretending that treasurer is a big job, but the chamber looks silly getting into the act.

    “Historic” how, by the way? In their own minds?


  20. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 1:41 pm:

    == The Minimum Wage is Pat Quinn’s Property Tax Freeze. ==

    I thought the Property Tax Rebate was Quinn’s Property Tax Freeze? /s


  21. - A guy... - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 3:26 pm:

    Is there a font big enough out there to stress this is the first time they’ve ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, taken a position in the um, um, um, um, um, Treasurers race. That’s not even big news in a cubicle.


  22. - walker - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 7:27 pm:

    The problem with Cross suing the state for producing a not-really-balanced “balanced budget” is that he could be a material witness for both plaintiff and the defendant.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* *** UPDATED x2 - 9 Indy CEOs demand changes - Wilco bites Indiana *** Indiana bites back
* Tracy takes herself out of Schock replacement bid
* This is how it starts
* *** UPDATED x1 - Rauner responds *** Fritchey, Emanuel double-team Rauner on "right to work" zones
* Meanwhile, in Missouri
* Question of the day
* Rauner "troubled" by new Indiana law
* Dold doubles down on Schock money
* More budget details begin to emerge
* *** UPDATED x1 - Announcement video released *** A somewhat odd Duckworth rollout
* "If I ever leave here I hope never to return"
* Schock's breathtaking downfall
* Dogmatic nonsense
* Schilling endorses LaHood
* 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

          
        * Motorola adds red leather backing to the Moto X 2014
        * Leaked images imply Huawei to launch new Honor phone in Russia
        * LG makes April 28th press event day, will probably be the LG G4
        * [APK Download] Gmail update brings a unified inbox and better searching
        * Cyanogenmod preps for CM12.1, features and changes explained
        * Expensify app gets a redesign making it easier to use
        * Watch this Speed Test: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

        * Micromax Bolt S300 Launched For Just $53
        * Bryan Singer Teases The Resurrection Of Angel In X-Men: Apocalypse
        * Samsung Theming Tool For Galaxy S6 Expected To Arrive In April
        * Tidal Relaunched As Artist-Owned, Hi-Fidelity Music Streaming Service
        * Galaxy S6 Edge Survives Water Test Despite Not Being Waterproof
        * Google Brings Photos And Files Together In Drive
        * The Computer Science Student's Bag

        * 'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game
        * 'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game
        * Final roster alignment a question of flexibility
        * Noesi recovers from quick stumble; Sox fall
        * Petricka headed to disabled list
        * Rodon's immediate future to be in Minors
        * Podcast: Countdown to Opening Day

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


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

        Archives
        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


        * Cenkos keen on more big deals after British Car.....
        * Rauner talks state ‘crisis’ on Peoria visit..
        * Garcia sticking with 'two cities' theme as camp.....
        * Right-to-work zones are not cure-all for Illino.....
        * Governor meets with business leaders in O’Fallon..
        * Chicago area parents upset by Rauner child care.....
        * Darin LaHood talks federal highway bill, possib.....
        * Youth fitness campaign coming to Illinois..
        * LaHood talks transportation issues as he kicks .....
        * Dogmatic nonsense..


        * Bradley University officials report malware computers breach
        * Man killed during chase by DeKalb sheriff's deputies
        * Lincoln funeral car set to appear in Springfield
        * Coroner IDs 6 people killed in fiery Interstate 26 crash
        * BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains
        * Aunt of men accused in terror plot: They're 'not monsters'
        * Cook County, Chicago officials oppose 'right to work' zones
        * Officials: Slow justice at fault in Chicago man's long con
        * Garcia focuses on wealth gap in speech before civic group
        * 2 decades after crash, Willis family gets new TV show

        * LIHEAP utility assistance fund for Sangamon County is empty
        * LaHood talks transportation issues as he kicks off congressional campaign
        * Duckworth to challenge Kirk for U.S. Senate seat
        * Rauner to push for federal spy agency relocation
        * Cook County, Chicago officials oppose 'right to work' zones
        * Bill pushes for possible municipal bankruptcies in Illinois
        * Stripped of funding, auto theft task forces shutting down
        * Rauner looks to Kentucky right-to-work zones as labor model
        * Rauner's business prescriptions are popular, but no cure-all
        * Stripped of funding, Illinois auto theft task forces are shutting down

        * Pay pops for CME's CEO and chairman
        * BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains
        * Cook County, Chicago officials oppose 'right to work' zones
        *
        * Duckworth could become Senate's second female combat veteran


          * 1 dead, 6 wounded in separate shootings on South, West Sides
          * Alderman declines to step down in wake of arrest report
          * Deputies save 2 lives in 26 hours in Lake Bluff, Antioch
          * Man who wanted prison released from jail
          * Wilco cancels Indianapolis show over Indiana's religious objection law
          * Dems call for repeal of religious objections law
          * Crystal Lake Bank robbed, suspect sought
          * BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains
          * Third conviction results in life sentence for Northlake man after robbery
          * Charges against Aurora cousins in terror plot tearing up family, aunt says


          * More than 21K early votes cast in Chicago runoff election
          * Duckworth makes video announcement for 2016 Senate bid
          * Legal expert says Illinois 'got it right' when it comes to religious freedom law
          * Legal expert says Illinois 'got it right' regarding its religious freedom law
          * Heinz buying Northfield-based Kraft and building a $28 billion food giant
          * Obamacare tax rules trip some immigrants
          * Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house
          * With GOP votes, Indiana House approves religious objection bill
          * After spending scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock says goodbye
          * Legislature to consider Madigan plan to fill state budget gap


          * LIHEAP utility assistance fund for Sangamon County is empty
          * LaHood talks transportation issues as he kicks off congressional campaign
          * Duckworth to challenge Kirk for U.S. Senate seat
          * Rauner to push for federal spy agency relocation
          * Cook County, Chicago officials oppose 'right to work' zones
          * Our Opinion: Rianne Hawkins for Springfield city clerk; Misty Buscher for city treasurer
          * Bill pushes for possible municipal bankruptcies in Illinois
          * Stripped of funding, auto theft task forces shutting down
          * Rauner looks to Kentucky right-to-work zones as labor model
          * Rauner's business prescriptions are popular, but no cure-all


          * How MJ voted: AP All-America teams
          * Tate: Big Ten gets last laugh
          * N-G preseason soccer rankings: No. 2 M-S
          * Fire destroys vacant Centreville home
          * BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains
          * Former Carbondale pastor sentenced six years
          * Champaign Fire Dept. Promotions
          * Attorney general to create task force to improve rape prosecutions
          * Stolen items include 2 dogs
          * April 1 Illinois basketball chat


          * CLC celebrates start of science and engineering building
          * Lincoln funeral train replica headed to Springfield
          * Volo woman faces federal charges in bank robbery case
          * Girls basketball: Burlington Central's Pryor commits to NIU
          * Crystal Lake police search for bank robber

          * St. Louis-area members of Congress votes f...
          * Kaergard: Schock's office not the only thi...
          * Chuck Sweeny: Poll shows most support Gov....
          * Post office named for Champaign County's 1...
          * Sweet: A Duckworth vs. Kirk race — an elec...
          * Rep. Aaron Schock quits House amid questio...
          * Duckworth's bid for Kirk's U.S. Senate sea...
          * Kinzinger gives foreign policy lecture to ...
          * Tammy Duckworth running against Mark Kirk ...
          * Congressman helps anti-drug overdose clini...

          * Rep. Tammy Duckworth announces Senate bid:......
          * Sweet: A Duckworth vs. Kirk race — an elec......
          * Why Harry Reid’s likely successor Chuck Sc......

          * It's official: Duckworth is running agains......
          * With or without Iran deal, Obama faces fig......
          * Duckworth's bid for Kirk's U.S. Senate sea......
          * Rep. Tammy Duckworth announces Senate bid:......
          * Sweet: A Duckworth vs. Kirk race — an elec......

          * Before Chuy, There Was Miguel
          * Jackson Jr. Reports To Baltimore Halfway House After Leaving Prison
          * After ACLU's 'Stop And Frisk' Report, Chicagoans To Continue Push For CPD Reforms
          * U.S. Senate Passes GOP Budget Blueprint
          * U.S. Reps. Schakowsky, Becerra: GOP 'Manufacturing' Social Security Crisis (VIDEO)
          * Street Sweeping Begins In April, Get Reminders About When Your Street Will Be Cleaned
          * Chipotle Is Hiring, Opening Date Still Unannounced
          * Chipotle Is Hiring, Opening Date Still Unannounced (Updated)
          * Elderly Woman Reported Missing Near Uptown
          * Elderly Woman Reported Missing Near Uptown (Update: Located!)


          * Illinois Mayors to Celebrate National Service - April 7, 2015 Designated as “Mayors Day of Recognition”
          * Governor Rauner Takes Bill Action
          * Governor Announces Appointments B.R. Lane to lead Illinois Lottery; John Holden to continue leading Dept. of Aging
          * USDA Awards Grant to Illinois' JTED-SNAP Employment & Training Grant - Program helps participants find jobs and promotes business growth
          * Nominating Petitions Available For Illinois Commodity Board Seats




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