* On Friday morning, I suggested that Gov. Pat Quinn’s call for the resignations of two African-American U of I trustees looked a lot like Quinn’s failed demand that Roland Burris resign from the US Senate.
By the end of the day, it was Déjà vu all over again…
Congressman Bobby Rush says Governor Pat Quinn should stop asking two University of Illinois Trustees to resign. […]
In a letter sent to Governor Quinn [Friday], Rush calls trustee James Montgomery an “outstanding citizen.” And he says trustee Frances Carroll is a person of honor and high moral character.
Rush, of course, played the race card right off the bat with the Burris appointment, and kept up the heat when Quinn took over as governor and pushed for Burris’ ouster.
And Eric Zorn isn’t making Quinn’s task any easier…
Did making a few phone calls on behalf of applicants they felt were deserving of admission to the U of I despite falling below conventional threshholds constitute such malfeasance that it demands termination? Well then we should be demanding the resignations of numerous state lawmakers who did the same.
Does remaining silent or failing to investigate when there were certainly major hints that all was not on the square rise to the level of neglect of duty? Well then Quinn himself should resign for being a silent enabler and occasional apologist for now indicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, his running mate in 2002 and 2006.
If those responsible for the “Clout Goes to College” scandal start losing their jobs or resigning in order of culpability, from the top down, and we get to Carroll and Montgomery on that list, then yes, they should go. But until then, this still looks like grandstanding and symbolism.
And now comes word that today’s absolute deadline has been pushed back yet again…
But Quinn told reporters Sunday that he’ll be at a military funeral in Romeoville on Monday and will instead act later in the week.
Using a military funeral as an excuse is typical Pat Quinn.
* Meanwhile, Comptroller Dan Hynes whacked Gov. Quinn again yesterday. This time, it was over a Chicago Tribune report that the IEPA was allegedly not doing its job. From the AP summary…
Dozens of criminal cases against polluters were not pursued because former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration would not refer cases to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, according to a published report Sunday.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has not sent a criminal case to Madigan’s office for two years, according to a Chicago Tribune story, which cited interviews, state records and memos. By contrast, in 2003, the IEPA sent nearly 30 cases to the attorney general’s office.
The report said members of the ousted governor’s administration refused to work with Madigan’s office due to political feuding.
Quinn held a press conference with IEPA Director Doug Scott and Attorney General Lisa Madigan yesterday and praised Scott’s performance…
“Doug’s been a good friend of mine,” Quinn said. “I worked with him as lieutenant governor and governor on this mission … to make sure that we have a healthful environment for every person in Illinois.”
Which led to this attack by Hynes…
“It is troubling enough that Governor Quinn has failed to act on this matter. I am appalled, however, that even in light of the facts revealed in the Tribune that Governor Quinn would praise Scott’s tenure in office.”
“The Governor’s inexplicable delay in removing Blagojevich appointees, from Director Scott to his budget team, prevents our state from moving forward. Governor Quinn likes to talk about making tough choices. This is not a tough choice - it’s a no-brainer,” Hynes said.
Director Scott, however, claimed the Trib report contained several “factually wrong” items, but didn’t specify what those were.
* Lethal bacteria strikes Illinois inmates; prisons fail to notify state: The virulent bacterial disease, which over decades has developed a resistance to antibiotics, also has infected guards and even visitors. Those infected can become carriers for life with the potential of infecting relatives.
* Quinn grapples with prison cuts amid budget mess
* IFDA financial adviser’s hearing delayed
* Ill. reverses course, funds indigent burial expenses
* State cuts free tuition for vets; SIUE will cover them anyway
* Quinn: Ethics reform action this week
* Illinois Governor Must Act on HB 723 in Next Three Days
* Comptroller race has its first candidate - Former state Deputy Treasurer Raja Krishnamoorthi seeking post
* Showdown coming at U of I; 2 trustees trying to hang on
* U. of I. students on campus react to clout admissions scandal
* U of I trustees who resigned push to get jobs back
* Clout no help at SIU medical school
* Can Anita Alvarez ‘Just Say No?’: That also may be harder to do to the one prominent Democrat who endorsed Alvarez back in her highly competitive primary was then-Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn. He stood with Alvarez when none of the other old boys were in sight.
* Blagojevich prosecutor didn’t want impeachment case to end quietly: “I wanted a fight,” David Ellis said. “I wanted them to challenge me every step of the way, because I thought I could overcome that challenge.”
* Judge refused to open all Blagojevich records