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Bost: “minimum wage will actually hurt the middle class”

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* State Rep. Mike Bost was asked during a tele-townhall meeting: “What do you intend to do for the middle class to get this weight off of us?” The GOP congressional candidate’s response

I know that this might not be a popular statement, but this is the way I feel. You cannot lift up the middle class by continuing to have over-burdensome regulations on the job creators.

As they’ve tried to push forward with a minimum wage, that minimum wage will actually hurt the middle class. We need to make sure that a sensible, we need to make sure that the middle class’ buying power remains at the best possible level and then give them the opportunity to move up from the middle class to whatever class, whatever level that they want to work.

But that can only be done when we start removing government regulations that destroy job growth in this state or in this nation and stop people from being the entrepreneurs that they are naturally and seeking the American dream, whether they want to start their own business or expand their business to provide more jobs for people…

Overburdensomed government has kept us pinned down and it is hurting the middle class.

Full audio is here.

* The Southern Illinoisan followed up after a handful of people protested

[Bost] said minimum wage was created to be a supplemental income for people working toward better jobs through job training and other programs.

Bost said Illinois suffers with its higher minimum wage of $8.25 per hour compared to the federal level of $7.25 per hour. Jobs around the Illinois borders with neighboring states are lost because of the state’s higher minimum wage level, he said.

He said when the minimum wage level is raised, it hurts middle-class wage earners because the cost of living goes up.

“The problem is the middle income wage earners are punished terribly when minimum wage is raised. Your buying power is reduced,” Bost said.

Discuss.

- Posted by Rich Miller   79 Comments      


S&P revises Illinois outlook to “negative”

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* Considering the budget and the Supreme Court ruling on retiree health insurance, this news could’ve been much, much worse.

I have no idea whether Bruce Rauner’s openness to raising taxes contributed to only an outlook change rather than a ratings change, but the raters have to be breathing a sigh of relief now that both candidates for governor want new revenues after the income tax partially expires on January 1st…

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has revised its outlook on Illinois’ general obligation (GO) bonds outstanding to negative from developing and affirmed the ‘A-’ rating on the state’s GO bonds.

“The outlook revision follows the enactment of Illinois’ fiscal 2015 budget, which in our view is not structurally balanced and will contribute to growing deficits and payables that will likely pressure the state’s liquidity,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Robin Prunty. “The outlook also reflects the implementation risk associated with recent reforms related to post retirement benefits,” Ms. Prunty added.

While legislation to reform pensions and other post employment benefits (OPEB) is considered positive, if the reforms do not move forward as planned we believe the significant fixed cost pressure associated with post retirement benefits will escalate. This risk is highlighted by the recent Illinois Supreme Court decision to reverse the trial court’s dismissal of the suit relating to statutory changes to the state’s health insurance premium subsidies, which was remanded back to the lower courts. It is uncertain what the lower court will ultimately decide but the Illinois Supreme Court was clear in its opinion that the health insurance subsidies paid by the state for retiree health care are a benefit derived from membership in a state pension plan and therefore subject to the Illinois Constitution.

Key factors supporting the ‘A-’ rating include what we view as Illinois’:

    · Deep and diverse economy, which is anchored by the Chicago metropolitan statistical area;
    · Above-average income levels;
    · Substantial flexibility to adjust revenues, expenditures, and disbursements;
    · Well-established and tested statutory priority of payment for debt service;
    · Ability to adjust disbursements to stabilize cash flow and to access substantial amounts of cash reserves on deposit in other funds for debt service, if needed, and for operations if authorized by statute; and
    · Improved alignment of revenues and expenditures for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 with some steady reduction in payables. We expect this situation to reverse in fiscal 2015 absent budget adjustments.

Offsetting these generally positive credit factors are what we consider:

    · Sizable and chronic accumulated budget-based deficits despite revenue-enhancement measures implemented in 2011and improved economic trends. While the deficit is reduced significantly, it remains significant relative to the size of the budget;
    · A historically large generally accepted accounting principle general fund balance deficit;
    · A large and growing unfunded actuarial accrued liability; and
    · A moderately high and growing debt burden due to debt issuance for current pension contributions in fiscal years 2010 and 2011 and the approved long-term capital program.

We consider Illinois’ economy to be broad and diverse, and the state’s income levels are well above average.

A negative outlook indicates that we could lower the rating during the two-year outlook horizon. The change reflects the enacted fiscal 2015 budget, which is not structurally aligned and we believe will contribute to growing deficits and weakened liquidity. Also factored into the negative outlook is the implementation risk associated with pension and OPEB reform measures. If the pension reform is declared unconstitutional or invalid, or implementation is delayed and there is a continued lack of consensus and action among policymakers on the structural budget gaps and payables outstanding, we believe there could be a profound and negative effect on Illinois’ budgetary performance and liquidity over the next two years and that this could lead to a downgrade. If pension reform moves forward, and the state takes credible action to achieve structural budget balance over the next two years, we could revise the outlook to stable.

* Budget office react…

Governor Quinn was clear with legislators this year that bond rating agencies would look with disfavor on a budget that did not contain enough revenue to cover a full year of the state’s needs on education, public safety and human services. The legislature passed an incomplete budget and this is the predictable result.

Standard & Poor’s Wednesday maintained its A-minus rating on Illinois bonds but changed its outlook on Illinois from “developing” to “negative.”

Among S&P’s comments:

“Per capita personal income in 2013 was $46,780, or 105% of the U.S. average, ranking Illinois 15th nationally and first among the Great Lakes states.

“Structural budget alignment improved in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 due to economic and revenue recovery, revenue enhancement, and spending restraint and reform. A surplus was generated in fiscal 2013 that lowered the general fund deficit and payables outstanding on a budgetary basis.

“…additional expenditure reductions could be difficult to achieve after several years of cost cutting…”

While expressing concerns about implementing the state’s pension reform law given comments in a recent Supreme Court of Illinois case, S&P reaffirmed its favorable view of the state’s pension reform law: “We view the pension reform as a significant accomplishment that could lead to improved pension funding levels, greater pension plan sustainability, and improved prospects for budget stability.”

When Governor Quinn introduced his budget this Spring, S & P – like the other rating agencies – issued comments looking favorably on the governor’s proposed budget. Governor Quinn shared those comments with the legislature:

“The recommended budget could contribute to enhanced structural alignment due to less severe spending reductions needed to achieve balance…”

- Posted by Rich Miller   8 Comments      


Let’s try that NRI document dump again

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* Click here and keep your fingers crossed.

- Posted by Rich Miller   3 Comments      


What’s ahead?

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* Illinois Issues

Dueling court rulings handed down today put the future of a key piece of Obamacare into question, but for now, nothing will change about the way the law is implemented in Illinois.

A three judge panel in Washington D.C. ruled this morning that under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, federal subsidies to bring down the cost of insurance should only be available to residents of states that operate their own online insurance exchange. Under the decisions, Illinois and 35 other states would lose the subsidies. Illinois partnered with the feds on Getcoveredillinois.gov, but the website still relies on the federal exchange to sign patients up for coverage.

Just hours after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit weighed in, The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia issued a diverging opinion on a similar case. That panel of judges said that the wording of the law was unclear, but the majority agreed that the law allows for the subsidies to be dispersed through the federal exchange.

In Illinois, 217,000 people obtained insurance through the exchange. More than three quarters of those qualified for a subsidy. Health officials in Illinois say that those approximately 168,000 will not lose their subsides as an immediate result of the rulings. “We are monitoring today’s appeals court decisions in which two courts have rendered differing rulings. The bottom line for now is that nothing has changed, and the subsidies created under the law to help people cover the cost of their health care remain in effect. Get Covered Illinois is focused on preparing for the enrollment period for year two that will start this fall,” Jennifer Koehler, executive director of Get Covered Illinois, said in a written statement.

* Tribune

Nearly two-thirds of those who signed up for coverage on the federal marketplace were able to pay $100 or less per month on insurance premiums, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data. The average monthly subsidy for those who qualified for tax credits was $264, government data shows.

In Illinois, the average enrollee received a $202 tax credit, lowering their monthly premium from an average price of $316 to an average of $114, according to government data. […]

Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, said there “is no consensus in terms of a plan going forward” for an Illinois-run exchange.

He and John Patterson, the communications director for Senate President John Cullerton, said the two offices will continue to monitor the court cases as litigation continues.

* AP

State Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, said the rulings could inject new urgency into legislative efforts by her and others to create a state-based exchange for Illinois.

“There’s a more compelling reason to look at it,” she said, adding that she is considering calling for a vote on her proposal in the fall veto session, which begins Nov. 11.

Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said a lack of consensus on the matter in the Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly has prevented a state exchange from moving forward.

He said he doesn’t know whether Tuesday’s rulings will change any minds.

“It seems like there’s a ways to go in the court process,” Brown said. “Time will tell.”

That’s the power of the insurance lobby in Illinois, for you.

- Posted by Rich Miller   25 Comments      


Question of the day

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* Republican US Senate nominee Jim Oberweis

“When I first ran, which was 12 years ago, I was very green,” he told your shorter columnist during the visit. “I had no idea about how to run a campaign, and I made plenty of mistakes. Certainly the ads that we ran on illegal immigration. While the point of the seriousness of the issue was correct, the ads that we ran were very bad and did not communicate the issue very well.”

He also copped to having “made plenty of mistakes in business” over the years.

But here’s the key: “As I’ve made those mistakes in business, I’ve learned and I’ve certainly done a better job in growing our businesses with experience.”

Contrast that to Bruce Rauner’s claim that he’s been successful at everything he’s ever done.

* More from Oberweis

Oberweis said his views have changed slightly on children brought here by illegal immigrant parents.

“Those kids should be given a path to citizenship. I don’t believe that in this country we believe in punishing kids for the sins of their parents,” he said. “The parents, however, who broke the law and entered the country illegally, should not be given a path to citizenship, they should not be given amnesty. If they want to become citizens they should apply like anybody else and follow the rules like anybody else.

“But we don’t want to break up families. So I believe they should be issued a nonimmigrant visa that would allow them to work, to pay taxes, to return to their homes and come back again. But no amnesty and if they want to become citizens they should apply like anybody else and go to the back of the line.”

* The Question: Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as _____ is to _____?

- Posted by Rich Miller   35 Comments      


Teh crazy

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* From Facebook

The accompanying video is here.

* Phil Kadner

“The immigrants are coming! They’re bringing children from Central America here!”

That was the cry that arose from some panicked Southland residents this week after more than 100 military vehicles suddenly appeared on the campus of Cook County’s Oak Forest Health Center, 159th Street and Cicero Avenue.

“I’m almost 100 percent positive they will be shipping all the illegals from Mexico by the hundreds of thousands there …” one man emailed, sending a photo of the vehicles to illustrate his point.

Others called the SouthtownStar convinced that teenage immigrants from Central America soon would be camped out on the grounds of what used to be Oak Forest Hospital.

* Illinois Review

Earlier this week, Illinois Review received several queries about military vehicles suddenly showing up at the now-closed Oak Forest Hospital at 159th and Cicero Avenue. Speculations were running wild, as some thought the National Guard was preparing for a citizen uprising, while others suggested that the federal government was transferring unaccompanied minors from the southern border to house in Oak Forest.

The hospital, deemed as an emergency shelter by Homeland Security, was used to house homeless victims after the Katrina hurricane.

Actually, those Katrina refugees were housed in Tinley Park.

* As it turns out, the vehicles were moved to make way for parking lot improvements. From the Illinois National Guard

Parking Lot Improvements Underway at Crestwood Armory

Vehicles temporarily parked at nearby health center

Crestwood, Ill. – Construction is scheduled to begin this week at the Illinois Army National Guard’s Crestwood armory parking lot, 13838 S. Springfield Ave in Robbins, Ill.

The $1.5 million project will upgrade and rehabilitate the current parking lot. Construction includes drainage improvements, on-site storm-water management and improvements to the current loading ramp. It will also include new lighting, paved concrete areas and an additional gravel lot for parking.

The project will last four to six months. Throughout the project, military vehicles will park at the Oak Forrest Health Center in parking spots leased by Cook County.

Additional construction at the Crestwood armory includes improvements to the Field Maintenance Shop’s driveway approaches. A future construction project will include interior improvements to the armory.

The Crestwood armory is home to multiple Illinois Army National Guard units including Company B, 405th Brigade Support Battalion; Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery Regiment; Company G, 634th Brigade Support Battalion; Company F, Recruit Sustainment Program; 1744th Transportation Company; 108th Signal Company and Joint Force Headquarters Medical Detachment.

* Back to Kadner

As for the sight of military vehicles scaring people, imagine what life would be like in a country where those vehicles are manned by hostile government forces intent on doing harm to anyone considered a threat to those in power. There are a lot of nations like that in the world right now.

We’re lucky. And sharing some of that good fortune, or at least showing people a little kindness, might not be the worst thing that ever happened to this country.

Why there’s so much fear among so many in a nation that has so much (even in the aftermath of the Great Recession) is both baffling and troubling.

- Posted by Rich Miller   76 Comments      


Lawyers want expedited pension ruling

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* Judge John Belz, who’s presiding over the pension law case, held a status hearing yesterday

Lawyers challenging last year’s pension reform law said they will make another attempt to get an expedited ruling in the case in the wake of the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in the retiree health insurance case.

Lawyers said they believe the ruling in the health insurance case — called the Kanerva decision after one of the plaintiffs — effectively nullifies the state’s argument that Illinois’ severe financial problems allow pensions to be changed, despite the pension protection clause of the state Constitution.

At a hearing Tuesday, the lawyers said they will be filing new motions that will bring the issue before Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz.

“In the health care (case) and in this case, the change in pension is clearly a diminishment and impairment protected by the Constitution,” said Don Craven, who brought one of the five lawsuits challenging the pension reform law.

Before the Kanerva decision, Judge Belz’s proceedings looked like they could drag on for months and months. The only thing really left unsettled by Kanerva is the police powers argument. And even that was undermined

In light of the constitutional debates, we have concluded that the provision was aimed at protecting the right to receive the promised retirement benefits, not the adequacy of the funding to pay for them.

- Posted by Rich Miller   45 Comments      


Briefing schedule, threats issued

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* The appellate court has issued a briefing schedule on Bruce Rauner’s term limits/etc. constitutional amendment

The case will proceed in accordance with the following briefing schedule:

    a. Intervenor-appellants will tile their appellate brief on or before July 29, 2014.
    b. Plaintiffs-appellees will .file tl!eir response brief on or before August 7, 2014.
    c. Intervenor-appellants will file their reply brief on or before August 11, 2014.

And then the court has to write the opinion. And then it’ll go to the Supremes. As I’ve been saying for a while now, the state ballot needs to be certified by August 22nd.

* Meanwhile

Sources tell Illinois Review that Howard Rich, founder and president of U.S. Term Limits, has decided to take on Illinois, and may be targeting the Illinois Supreme Court, district by district, as each judicial retention vote comes up.

This doesn’t seem an idle threat. Rich is a veteran political activist who has given and raised millions of dollars, and bats close to 1,000 when it comes to exacting a price on those he targets. He’s taken out state Supreme Court justices in Nebraska, Missouri, and Wisconsin. And the Illinois judges who failed to grant the appeal seem ripe targets for Rich.

Sources tell IR that Rich is already evaluating Judge Mikva’s district and has begun assembling a team to wage a retention vote against her in 2016. Mikva bounced both the term limits and fair maps amendments from the ballot at the district court level, invalidating millions of voter signatures. The type of judicial action for which Rich has successfully unseated judges before.

In addition to Mikva, sources say Rich is eyeing Illinois Supreme Court retentions as well.

The only Supreme Court justice up for retention this year is Lloyd Karmeier, a Republican. It’s also possible that the Supremes could just issue an opinion after the election if the appellate branch sides with the circuit court.

The next member of the high court isn’t up until 2018 (Ann Burke). Judge Mikva isn’t up for retention until 2016.

- Posted by Rich Miller   23 Comments      


A look at another aspect of the Rauner proposal: Property taxes

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* Eric Zorn looks at Bruce Rauner’s property tax proposal

But the “Bring Back Blueprint” also contains some stinkers, notably the call for a property tax freeze. With the freeze in place, according to the campaign’s explanation of the vague passage on Page 10, the annual amount individual property owners pay could not be increased until voters OK’d the hike at the polls.

First, this proposal glosses over the complexity of the property tax system, in which your bill is your share, based on the value of your property, of the combined requirements of local taxing bodies, such as parks, libraries and schools. But even if the law froze or lowered those requirements — called levies — your share would go up if your property value rose more quickly than average.

Second, it would require a three-fifths vote of the General Assembly to impose a property tax freeze on home-rule communities, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue, making it close to politically impossible.

Third, it would plunge every affected community into perpetual (and expensive) referendum hell, with every incremental initiative effectively put to a popular vote.

Finally, as time and inflation took their toll, a freeze would inevitably starve not only police, fire and other essential services, but also education, which already relies too heavily on local property taxes and which Rauner has pledged, somehow, to bolster.

* As does Mark Brown, who wrote “don’t fall for this illusion that the rich man has the secret pain-free formula to save us all”

Nobody likes to pay property taxes. Nobody likes higher property taxes. But property taxes are the primary method by which we fund our schools in Illinois.

If you reduce the state income tax while freezing the local property tax, the effect is to put a chokehold on the public school system in your community.

That’s why there had been a push for many years to increase the state income tax: to get more money to schools and in the process take pressure off property taxes.

Unfortunately, because of the state’s financial mismanagement [feel free to blame the Democrats although Republicans played a role, too] and the recession, we dug ourselves such a deep hole that too little of the increased revenue has made it to the schools.

* As does Phil Kadner

Rauner also recently has said he wants to freeze property taxes.

I don’t even know what that means.

Does he want to freeze property tax rates? Does he want to freeze the levies of local school districts, library boards and municipalities?

I mention this because it’s all of apiece.

Even Republicans, who want to cut budgets, understand that you need money to pay for important programs that provide valuable services for people.

Even Democrats, who advocate increased government spending on social service programs, complain about their taxes.

What people really want, it seems to me, is lots of stuff at no cost.

Yep. We’ve all been spoiled by three and a half decades of almost constant and huge federal budget deficits. The feds have magic money powers, so folks assume everybody else does too. They’re wrong, but politicians and way too many editorial boards think magic is a plan.

- Posted by Rich Miller   50 Comments      


Quinn opens new front in campaign: Assault weapons

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* From Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign…

As gun violence continues to plague many communities, Bruce Rauner’s continued support for the proliferation of semi-automatic, military-style assault weapons was highlighted in a new Web video from the Quinn for Illinois campaign.

The hard-hitting new video shows Rauner’s response at a Republican gubernatorial debate earlier this year, where Rauner voiced strong support for assault weapon ownership, and merely shrugged when an incredulous host asked, “When it would make sense to use an assault weapon?”

* Rate the YouTube video

This is mostly about the all-important suburban female vote. It worked well against Bill Brady in 2010. We’ll see how it does this time.

- Posted by Rich Miller   66 Comments      


Cross turns thumbs down on Rauner service tax

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* Eric Timmons

Republican candidate for treasurer Tom Cross says he opposes Bruce Rauner’s plan to tax 32 different services.

Mr. Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, released a plan last week to freeze property taxes and gradually lower the state’s income tax rate. He also proposes new taxes on attorneys’ fees, warehousing and storage, advertising sales, golf club memberships, debt collection, security guards and residential sewer and refuse.

“Sometimes Republicans disagree,” Rep. Cross said of his opposition to the Rauner tax plan. “I don’t support any of the service taxes.”

The former Illinois House minority leader, Rep. Cross said he wanted it on record that he supports “everything else” in Mr. Rauner’s plan for the state.

Cross’ opponent Michael Frerichs was a co-sponsor of the service tax bill that Quinn supported. So, this move is no surprise.

* But it most certainly is the easy way out

“We have been a state that has just seen people spend money that we don’t have,” [Cross] said. “And we need to learn to live within our means. We’ve got $35 billion. That’s more money than we’ve ever had as a state. And there’s this continuous discussion and thirst for more money and more money and more money. I think the service tax is a mistake.”

He also said this

“I think it’s important for people to articulate what they’re going to do. Sometimes we say, as Republicans we say, ‘The Democrats have done such a bad job, you’re going to vote for us. We’re not Democrats.’

“Now, I think they have done a bad job, but I think we also have to say what we’re going to do.”

OK, well, Tom, let’s hear how you’d solve the problem without new revenues.

- Posted by Rich Miller   28 Comments      


Define “regularly”

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* The I-Team picked up our Rauner tracker ejected from Quinn event story last night. The only new thing in the piece

Rauner campaign officials deny any wrongdoing and say they regularly allow Quinn trackers into events, although the governor’s people say that isn’t true.

A Rauner event was also held Tuesday night in Downers Grove, and attendees were requested not to post the information to social media because it said Quinn trackers might find out and show up to disrupt the event.

I was actually saving that little tidbit for today.

* From a July 11th fundraising e-mail sent by former GOP Congresscritter Judy Biggert…

Thank you again for all you did to help my candidacy for Congress over the years. It was a great run, thanks to wonderful people like you.

Today I’m writing to invite you to meet our Republican candidate for Governor, Bruce Rauner. On Tuesday, July 22, Women For Rauner will host a free town hall meeting at 5:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Suites in Downers Grove. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

But check out the postscript…

P.S. Rauner for Governor has asked you NOT to post this event information on your FB/Twitter or organization website. Trackers from the opposition are constantly searching for opportunities to disrupt events— so this is a point of extra caution. You are strongly encouraged to take pictures and post on the day of the event.

Heh.

- Posted by Rich Miller   27 Comments      


Internal Maywood politics caused shift in NRI grant money

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* Sun-Times

Newly released emails from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office show politics appeared to trump credentials when deciding how big a serving some nonprofits should get from his now-tarnished $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence grant program.

* The e-mail exchange



* Back to the story

Quinn’s administration put Maywood in charge of divvying up $2 million in NRI money for that western suburb in 2011 and 2012. A month into the program, Proviso Leyden had been shut out of funding by the village, prompting a December 2010 complaint to the administration by the organization.

Proviso Leyden eventually wound up receiving $117,715 of the Maywood allotment for re-entry work under NRI.

Maywood allotted a larger, $255,724 chunk of NRI re-entry funds to another nonprofit, Vision of Restoration.

Vision of Restoration’s founder, Marvin E. Wiley, donated $250 to Henderson Yarbrough’s campaign fund and board member Richard Boykin gave a total of $5,000 to political funds of Karen and Henderson Yarbrough. Boykin is a former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., and he ran successfully last spring for the Cook County board with Karen Yarbrough’s backing.

* From the Illinois Republican Party…

ICYMI: Secret emails trip up Quinn as guv cancels planned Q & A

This morning, the Chicago Sun-Times broke a major front page story revealing emails that show Quinn’s top aides used political calculations to make NRI anti-violence funding decisions.

Shortly thereafter, the Governor alerted the media he would no longer take questions at a public event scheduled for 12pm today at Harker Pumping Station, 5300 W. 105th Street in Oak Lawn.

Quinn did indeed cancel his Q&A.

- Posted by Rich Miller   70 Comments      


*** UPDATED x1 *** Rate Rauner’s new TV ad

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* From a press release…

Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor launched a new television advertisement this week outlining the bad news that has marked Pat Quinn’s time as governor.

The ad, titled “Headlines,” underscores Quinn’s record of job losses, tax hikes and education cuts and also highlights the federal, criminal investigation into Quinn’s anti-violence program as well as questions about pay-to-play issues in Quinn’s administration.

“From a 67% tax hike and $500 million in cuts to education to becoming the latest governor to find himself in the middle of a federal criminal investigation, Pat Quinn’s meant nothing but bad news for Illinois,” Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf said. “It’s time for a fresh start in Springfield. Bruce Rauner is the change agent needed to bring back Illinois.”

* Rate it

*** UPDATE *** From the Quinn campaign….

Paid for by vast riches he built using elite methods to dodge taxes, another Bruce Rauner bit of propaganda hit the airwaves today.

Marked by more dishonesty and distortion, the ad is remarkable for totally ignoring the $8 billion hole that the reckless Rauner Tax Plan blows in the budget, as well as the deadly negligence and abuse at long-term care facilities he owned and from which he profited that were supposed to care for people with disabilities and the most vulnerable.

Rauner makes more false claims about jobs, education and anti-violence programs.

Here are some simple facts about the records of Governor Pat Quinn and billionaire Bruce Rauner:

Jobs.

Unemployment is at its lowest point since October 2008 and more people are working today in Illinois than when Governor Quinn took office.

Meanwhile, Rauner built his riches by acquiring companies, stripping their value, massive layoffs, outsourcing and shipping jobs overseas.

Education

The Governor has increased funding for education, including making teacher pension payments and has proposed the largest investment in the classroom in Illinois history. He also has increased funding for job-creating vocational and technical programs.

Rauner, meanwhile, has introduced a Tax Plan that would blow an eight billion dollar hole in the budget and require massive cuts to schools.

Anti-violence program

As Mr. Rauner surely knows, there is no investigation of the Governor and to deceptively suggest otherwise is nothing but a political smear tactic by Rauner and the Republicans. While the Governor took action to fix problems with this now-defunct program and signed a new law to increase oversight of state grants, Mr. Rauner is hoping voters won’t notice all of his companies that were under investigation under his watch for everything from Medicaid fraud to criminal negligence to accounting fraud. Rauner has declined to take any responsibility for these disturbing revelations, but he has taken the money.

In addition, the Governor continues to fight against violence and is pushing to ban military-style assault weapons. Rauner supports military-style assault weapons and said he believes people should be able to use them “as they see fit.”

- Posted by Rich Miller   39 Comments      


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        * Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands
        * Michelle Obama attends fundraiser for Democrats
        * Michele Obama attends fundraiser for Democrats
        * Feds release data on states getting immigrant kids
        * GOP Rauner's campaign ad used made-up headlines
        * Teen collapses at Gov. Quinn campaign event
        * U of I boosts arena budget, gives Groce a raise
        * Quinn: Rauner ad shows 'pattern of dishonesty'
        * Jobless rates fall in all Illinois metro areas
        * Quinn backs county ballot measure on gun laws

        * Business, labor: Speed up Illinois’ fracking rules
        * Teen collapses at Quinn campaign event
        * Quinn to OK marijuana use for children with epilepsy
        * Coalition: State must move faster on fracking
        * Illinois law a boost to ex-offenders seeking jobs
        * Statehouse Insider: Details, details. Rauner finally has details
        * 'Headlines' in Rauner campaign ad don't match up
        * Lawyers will push to speed up pension reform ruling
        * Libertarian, Green Party politicians seeing blocks by established parties
        * S&P drops Illinois' credit rating to 'negative'

        * Obama says tax law must change to stop 'corporate deserters'
        * Obama urges end to tax loophole: 'I don't care if it's legal, it's wrong'
        * New math: CPS defends its 'gimmick-based' 2015 budget
        * Flap widens over possible Walgreen HQ move
        * Ken Griffin says prenup is 'valid, binding, enforceable'


        * Michelle Obama to Chicago donors: ‘Write the biggest, fattest check . . . you can’
        * Feds seek to extradite Emanuel’s ex-comptroller from Pakistan
        * New fuel isn’t right mix for Chicago
        * Cops: Gang member fired ‘without care,’ hit girl at sleepover
        * Los Angeles man arrested in 1992 murder of Skokie teen
        * Man, 26, charged with murder in killing of Gary police officer
        * Beleaguered Concept Charter finds new school site in Chatham
        * North Riverside puts plan to privatize fire department on hold
        * Chicago Board of Education passes $6.8 billion budget
        * 1 dead, 7 hurt in shootings Thursday


        * N.J. Gov. Christie raises money for Rauner today
        * City Hall spells out review of suspicious red light camera tickets
        * City Hall spells out review of suspicious red light camera tickets
        * Victims recall knife attack from witness stand; both stabbed multiple times
        * 4 hurt in city shootings
        * Southwest Side bank robbed
        * Man gets 40 years for 2002 sex assault in Harvey
        * Dozens gather to mourn victims of jet downed over Ukraine
        * Suspect in '92 slaying of Niles West student held in Los Angeles
        * First Lady Michelle Obama raises money for Democrats in Chicago


        * Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring Investigation
        * Man Robbed By Fake Police On I-55
        * Illinois Sees Growth In Tax Revenue, But It Won't Last Long
        * Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules
        * Pullman to get an indoor sports facility
        * Board of Education approves "stop-gap" budget for 2015
        * After Water: Science, art and journalism around climate change
        * Illinois' Credit Prognosis: Negative
        * Questions raised about Daley's health
        * Losing school librarians in Chicago Public Schools


        * Business, labor: Speed up Illinois’ fracking rules
        * Neal Waltmire: Rauner inconsistent, irresponsible on taxes
        * E.J. Dionne: Blind ideological justice
        * Esther Cepeda: Tough calls on border kids
        * Teen collapses at Quinn campaign event
        * GOP Rauner's campaign ad used made-up headlines
        * Lawyers will push to speed up pension reform ruling
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Stocks-Smith considers another run for mayor
        * GROW-IL Coalition: Illinois’ foot-dragging means lost dollars from fracking
        * Eugene Robinson: The downside of giving weapons


        * Studio 84 dancers earn national titles
        * Two charged in heroin-related death
        * Showers likely this a.m.
        * Historic grants will help Putnam, Clinton library
        * Hydration does a body good
        * Shawnee Forest
        * Rock Climbing
        * Hiking Trails
        * Bike Trails
        * Theaters List


        * Lake County joining heroin fight with anti-overdose drug
        * Hanover Park adopts temporary ban on pawn shops, some lenders
        * Cary-Grove High theater gets overhaul
        * Dawn Patrol: Mom dies saving boy; Bensenville helps family after fire
        * Arlington Heights mom dies saving boy in Wisconsin lake

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        * House Passes Schock Charitable Giving Meas...
        * Schock sponsors charitable giving bill - P...
        * GOP's Schock: 'There Is Nothing' in Immigr...
        * Republican Congressman Aaron Schock Defend...
        * Congressman Aaron Schock Obamas Did Nothin...
        * Tyler Posey Licks A Foot, Simon Sherry Woo...
        * Illinois Congresswoman Takes on Minimum-Wa...

        * ATF director to tour new Chicago gun center...
        * ATF director to tour new Chicago gun center...
        * ATF director to tour new Chicago gun center...
        * ATF director to tour new Chicago gun center...
        * Flap widens over possible Walgreen HQ move...

        * Gang of Eight Republicans Promise: We're N......
        * White House Faces Broad Resistance on Bord......

        * Standard & Poor’s Gives Illinois Negative Outlook
        * Latest Rauner TV Ad Features False Headlines
        * Illinois Congresswoman Takes On Minimum-Wage Challenge
        * Woman participates in candlelight vigil for immigration reform near President Obama's Kenwood neighborhood home
        * "Keep the kids, deport the racists" sign at immigration reform protest near President Obama's Kenwood neighborhood home
        * "Stop deportations" sign during immigration reform protest near President Obama's Kenwood neighborhood home
        * Boy walks during immigration reform march near President Obama's Kenwood neighborhood home
        * Big Overnment
        * Rubio: Same-Sex Marriage Foes Face 'Intolerance'
        * House, Senate Advance Competing Border Proposals


        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Charter School Fairness and Accountability - New Law Makes Lottery Process Transparent and Helps Prevent Conflicts of Interest
        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Combat Flooding in Illinois - Oak Lawn to Receive $12.7 Million in Stormwater Assistance as Part of New Law’s Expansion of Clean Water Initiative
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Cook County Board’s Additional Advisory Referendums - Cook County Voters Asked to Voice Their Opinions on Gun Safety and Mental Health Care on November Ballot
        * Governor Quinn Signs $1.1 Billion Capital Construction Bill - Shovel Ready Projects Will Create Thousands of Jobs and Drive Economic Growth
        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Ethics Provisions in County Government - Law Helps Increase Accountability for Public Officials in Illinois’ Collar Counties




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