SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Caption contest!

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

* From a press release…

Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on President Obama’s Visit to Illinois

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn issued the below statement following President Obama’s visit to Illinois. Attached are photos of the President with Governor Quinn at today’s campaign event in Chicago:

“I am thrilled to have President Obama here in Illinois today supporting my re-election campaign.

“President Obama laid out a bold economic vision to support the growth and success of our middle class. That’s exactly what we’ve been working to do here in Illinois.

“Today, unemployment in Illinois is at its lowest point in more than six years, with more people working today than in the first month of my administration. We’ve added more than 39,000 new businesses, and workers are earning the 8th highest wages in the country right here in Illinois. We have more work to do, but we’re making a comeback.

“We stand in strong support of President Obama’s agenda as we work to build on our success, creating more jobs and economic growth for the future.

“With the President’s help - and the support of the people of Illinois - we will continue getting the job done for working families and keep Illinois moving in the right direction.”

* The photo…

- Posted by Rich Miller   127 Comments      


*** UPDATED x1 *** Republicans attempt to frame presidential visit

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

* From the ILGOP…

President Obama is delivering a speech in Chicago today designed to “pivot back to the economy,” but he could hardly have picked a worse state to do it in. Illinois’ economy has suffered badly under Gov. Pat Quinn, who is himself struggling desperately to hold on to his own job.

“Gov. Quinn and President Obama may say unemployment is going down, but more and more Illinoisans are giving up because of Quinn’s economy,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider. “The only way to improve Illinois’ jobs climate immediately is to fire Gov. Quinn and elect Bruce Rauner.”

What Will Obama say about Caterpillar?

Obama Then: 2013 State of the Union: “Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing. After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.” (2013 State of the Union Address)

Caterpillar Today: “Caterpillar representatives say they are is still concerned about Illinois’ business climate.” “LaHood says people continue to leave the state because of job loss, and that’s something that needs to change by turning the business climate around, not only will IL attract more business, but it will solidify caterpillar’s decision to build its new headquarters in Peoria.” (WEEK-TV NBC, Peoria, IL - LaHood insinuates that Caterpillar might not put headquarters in Peoria if Quinn wins, Rauner campaigns in Peoria, 10/1/14)

What will Obama say about Quinn’s Record on Jobs?

Illinois is 2nd-worst for business under Pat Quinn “A Chicago-area research group is out with its annual listing of best and worst states in which to do business — and Illinois, once again, is bringing up the rear. According to the Park Ridge-based American Economic Development Institute, the Land of Lincoln ranked 49th of the 50 states in its overall pro-business status, ahead of only California.” … “Most damaging, I thought, was a grade of F on ‘marketing/website response to new and existing employers.’ If so, that’s inexcusable.” (Greg Hinz, “Illinois second-worst state for biz, study finds” Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/23/14)

Illinois has the worst unemployment in the Midwest for African Americans ”Illinois is the worst state in the Midwest for black male unemployment, new data reveals. The unemployment rate for black men is 47.9 percent, placing it highest among all Midwestern states in this category.” (Brady Cremeens, “Illinois is worst state in Midwest for black male employment” Watchdog.org, 9/29/14)

Illinois has the 3rd-worst jobless rate for veterans of any state - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois’ jobless rate for veterans was 9.2 percent, tied for third worst of any state behind Michigan (10.6) and New Jersey (10.8), and well above the national average of 6.6 percent. More veterans were outside the labor force in Illinois (359,000) than were employed in Illinois (347,000) in 2013. (Bureau of Labor Statics, Table 6a, Employment status of veterans 18 years and over by state, 2013 annual averages, Accessed 10/2/14)

Hispanic workers are struggling in Quinn’s economy “Hispanic Illinoisans are struggling to find work as well, with an employment rate decline of 6.4 percent since 2008 and a decrease of more than eight percent for Hispanic males in that same time period.” (Brady Cremeens, “Experts tackle IL’s minority unemployment problem” Watchdog.org, 9/18/14)

Illinois Jobless rate for Teens and Millennials the worst in the Midwest “Young workers have also taken a hit. Illinois has the worst employment rate in the Midwest for teenage workers age 16-19.” “Illinois also has the worst employment rate in the Midwest for workers age 20-24.” (Michael Lucci, “Who’s hurting in Illinois?” Illinois Policy Institute - 9/22/14)

More illegal cronies than under Blagojevich “In a blow to Gov. Pat Quinn, his former transportation secretary has accused his office of pushing ‘the vast majority’ of improper political hires in her agency … “It is my recollection that [the] vast majority of Rutan-exempt hires were chosen from those recommended to me or my staff by the governor’s office,” [Former IDOT Secretary Ann] Schneider said, referring to the landmark Rutan U.S. Supreme Court opinion that placed limits on political hiring in government jobs.” … “’Neither I nor my staff were in a position to reject the recommended individuals for these exempt positions as no additional interview process was required,’ she said.” (Dave McKinney Ex-IDOT boss blames gov’s office for majority of improper hires Chicago Sun-Times – 8/22/14)

Will Obama respond to Quinn’s NRI Scandal, which included nearly $4 million in federal disaster money?

Sen. Kirk, Republicans demand answers for $3.76 million in HUD disaster relief funding transferred to Quinn’s NRI: “The Illinois Republican Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Republican U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, Aaron Schock, John Shimkus, Adam Kinzinger, Randy Hultgren and Rodney Davis sent a letter Wednesday to President Obama expressing their continued concern over the misuse of federal disaster funds by the state of Illinois for the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.” (Kirk and ILGOP Congressmen call on Obama to investigate Quinn’s use of federal funds Illinois Review, 10/1/14)

*** UPDATE *** DGA response…

Today President Barack Obama returns to his hometown to support his friend Governor Quinn, a leader who is getting the job done and shares his vision for creating more jobs and opportunities for working families.

In contrast, Bruce Rauner, a billionaire who has made a fortune at the expense hard working families and the suffering of the most vulnerable, will continue stumping on issues that limit the economic opportunity and health of those struggling to get ahead.

Here’s a recap of Bruce Rauner versus President Obama, Governor Quinn and the Working Families of Illinois:

Rauner would have vetoed the expansion of healthcare for the working poor.
Bruce Rauner told extremist Tea Party supporters that he would have rejected Medicaid expansion in Illinois, the key component of the Affordable Care Act championed and enacted by Governor Quinn that has provided healthcare coverage to more than 468,000 people in Illinois.

Rauner wants to eliminate the minimum wage completely.
Bruce Rauner was caught on video earlier this year advocating to cut the minimum wage. Facing criticism over his remarks, he claimed to the media that he “misspoke” at the time and was “flippant.” Nope: Video later surfaced showing he wanted to eliminate the minimum wage altogether.

Rauner would tax the consumption of items like food and medicine, while giving huge tax breaks that benefit the wealthy the most.
Bruce Rauner previously announced a regressive plan to tax services (while protecting the buyout business that made him so rich), and has recently made clear he wants to tax consumption. Taxing consumption on everyday items like food, medicine and groceries, would be a disaster not only for our economic recovery-but also for hard-working families who would end up paying a greater share of their income than the wealthy. Conveniently, Rauner’s plan includes tax breaks that benefit the very wealthy the most.

Rauner would advance an irresponsible budget that slashes public schools.
Bruce Rauner’s regressive tax plan would put an additional one million dollars in his own pocket, while requiring historic cuts to education. The cuts could lead to layoffs of more than 27,000 teachers - 1 in every 6 teachers statewide.

Whether its his opposition to affordable care for all, cutting wages for workers or his tax plan to shift financial burdens onto the backs of working families, Bruce Rauner has made it clear that he is out for himself. Policies that trample working families shouldn’t pave the way to the Governor’s Office.

- Posted by Rich Miller   19 Comments      


Rauner says he’ll contribute to “anti-business” president’s library

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

* Remember this 2011 Bruce Rauner quote we discussed yesterday morning?

“Unfortunately, I think President Obama is one of the most anti-business presidents we’ve had in the last 70 years.”

* Well, the AP reported this development late yesterday

During the GOP primary, Rauner said he didn’t have a view on the use of public funds for the library. Now, the wealthy businessman says private money should be used and he’d personally contribute.

My, how times change.

* Also, Gov. Pat Quinn said he supported Speaker Madigan’s $100 million state construction money help for the Obama library in the spring

Quinn now tells AP private money should “make up the majority” of funding.

As I’ve already told you, Madigan’s idea polled horribly with the public from the start.

- Posted by Rich Miller   31 Comments      


« NEWER POSTS PREVIOUS POSTS »
* From the department of least surprising headlines
* Question of the day
* Rauner's smart moves
* Turn on the Wayback Machine
* "RNUG" looks ahead
* Budgetary war-gaming leads to panic
* Wild tales flourishing
* Good morning!
* 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 Droid Turbo lands in snazzy new blue shade
        * Google Nexus 6 unboxing: cutting loose the colossus (Video)
        * Fix for Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020 freezing issues coming soon
        * Nexus 6 has hidden 3 color LED light but not for notifications
        * Nexus 6 hacks: removing carrier customization, disabling encryption
        * iOS App Store downloads up to an all-time high
        * Motorola’s got a pre-Black-Friday accessory deal for you

        * T-Mobile To Provide More Accurate Representation About Data Speeds
        * 39% Tried To Improve Their Privacy Following Snowden Reports [Survey]
        * Infinity Blade Could Be Making Its Way Onto The Xbox One
        * The Notepad Lover's Daily Bag
        * Microsoft Band Remains Sold Out Ahead Of Holiday Season
        * Apple’s Interest In Virtual Reality Hinted At In Job Listing
        * BlackBerry Tempting iPhone Users With Trade-In Program

        * With money to spend, White Sox investing wisely
        * Dawson believes Raines is sure Hall of Famer
        * A look back at the careers of first-timers on Hall ballot
        * Addition of Adam LaRoche could be a slow burner for hot stove season
        * Terrerobytes: Waiting for Adam LaRoche
        * With LaRoche on board, Abreu will benefit
        * Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year 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


        * Pat Quinn: Some good words about a good man (wi.....
        * Horvat-Schneider: Dare to compare..
        * Willes: So much about Pat Quinn will live on..
        * Moose Jaw Warriors coach remembers Pat Quinn as.....
        * Former Canucks remember Quinn as man who change.....
        * Mistress accuses billionaire of tricking her in.....
        * Oil Drops: Tulsa Oilers Weekly Report..
        * Pat Quinn put the Vancouver Canucks on the map..
        * Bright Side: New lottery ticket to benefit vete.....
        * Pete Peeters loved playing for the big Irishman.....


        * Chicago mayor's race takes form on last filing day
        * Son says Mexican trafficker dad not a 'monster'
        * US judge sentences cartel lieutenant to 22 years
        * FAA chief: Disaster response depends on funding
        * New Mexico State names new athletics director
        * FAA chief: Disaster response depends on funding
        * Wintry weather complicates Illinois duck hunting
        * Ex-owner of defunct arena football team arrested
        * Illinois AG to ask high court to consider pensions
        * Ex-owner of defunct arena football team arrested

        * Lisa Madigan to ask Illinois Supreme Court to consider pensions
        * 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

        * CFTC knocks CME for lack of enforcement staff
        * FAA outlines emergency-response plans for air traffic-control sites
        * How the FAA plans to prevent a repeat of this fall’s air traffic meltdown
        * Constellation Brands hunts new ad agency for Corona Light, Modelo beer brands
        * Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25%


        * Tom Leach was a master of public information and private secrets
        * A perfect 10: All in for Chicago mayor race
        * Obama honors recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
        * Business owners seeking pot shop licenses in Illinois faced lawsuits elsewhere
        * As prisons swell, Illinois needs wiser policies
        * Out-of-power comet lander deserves praise
        * Chicago on cusp of election that matters
        * NFL passes 1st big test
        * Let gov’s veto on ride sharing rules stand
        * The Watchdogs: Rauner adviser Poshard's pension bonanza


        * Abner Mikva given nation's highest civilian honor
        * High-level cartel figure sentenced to 22 years in prison in Chicago
        * Arson not suspected in deadly horse barn blaze
        * Two crashes in same site on Grand Avenue near I-94 in Gurnee
        * U of C: Facebook threat incident was not hacking
        * FAA outlines strategy to recover from air-traffic control outages
        * Cause of building collapse that injured 2 women under investigation
        * Teen shot during weekend dispute in La Grange
        * Judge: Illinois fracking rules can be published
        * Police: Man attempted to lure girl into car in Glenview


        * Who Will Work In A Rauner Administration?
        * WUIS/SJ-R Business Report: Transmission Line Meetings Planned; More Space For Senior Living
        * Part Timers & Manufacturing in Illinois Feeling a Slow Economic Recovery
        * Midwest Travel: Starved Rock In The Winter
        * Ears Turn To Supreme Court For Next Pensions Cue
        * 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


        * Lisa Madigan to ask Illinois Supreme Court to consider pensions
        * 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


        * Marion Senior Club to host Christmas potluck
        * Answers to questions about the Ferguson grand jury
        * Brown Pregame 11-24-14
        * Ferguson live updates: BND reporters cover reaction to grand jury decision
        * News-Gazette SportsPage 11-24-14
        * Street closures listing
        * LIVE! vs. Brown
        * Clinton working to keep its Target store
        * DAVENPORT CHURCHES TO SERVE FREE TURKEY DAY DINNER
        * Frerichs replacement may be named next week


        * Chicago mayor's race takes form on last filing day
        * Teen critically injured in Gurnee crash
        * Former Rush owner arrested on fraud charges
        * Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers
        * Fears of major flooding in snowbound Buffalo ease

        * Dan Lipinski re-elected to U.S. House - Th...
        * Rep. Lipinski wins re-election in US Third...
        * Rep. Lipinski Receives Leadership Award fo...
        * Lipinski: New Mixture in Washington May Ge...
        * Lipinski Hoping for Restraint after Israel...
        * Lipinski Welcomes Archbishop Cupich, Thank...
        * Next Generation Supercomputing Technologie...
        * Rep. Lipinski Accepting Service Academy Ap...
        * Brannigan cuts into Lipinski landslide ter...
        * Lipinski rolls to victory and a sixth term...

        * Durbin Releases Statement On EPA Decision ......

        * A Bad Deal with Iran in the Nuclear Talks ......
        * The Killeen Daily Herald...
        * FAA chief: Disaster response depends on fu......
        * US Congress skeptical of Iran nuclear talk......

        * Chicago Elected School Board Referendum Signatures To Be Filed Monday
        * Aldermanic Hopefuls Challenging Mitts, O'Connor File Nominating Petitions
        * Chicago robber shot bringing a toy gun to a bakery stickup
        * Hagel forced to resign
        * Fioretti, Garcia To Submit Signatures For Mayor Monday
        * Obama Announces Immigration Executive Actions, Durbin: 'History Is Being Made' (VIDEO)
        * Lame Duck Congress Faces Tight Budget Deadline To Avert Government Shutdown
        * Durbin On Immigration Reform Executive Orders: 'History Is Being Made' (VIDEO)
        * Workers Claim Wage Theft, Unfair Retaliation At CD One Price Cleaners (VIDEO)
        * Durbin speaks about immigration reform at Casa Michoacan


        * Governor Quinn Launches Newest Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket - Program Has Raised More Than $11.7 Million for Illinois Veterans Since 2006
        * Liquor Control Commission October Underage Compliance Report
        * 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




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