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Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010

* Scott Lee Cohen’s job fairs got some coverage by NBC5 today

The indy candidate is sticking with a formula that helped him win the Lieutenant Governor nomination in February — before he resigned from the ticket — by hosting job fairs like the one today.

He used today’s opportunity to announce yet another job fair for October 5 in Rockford, Illinois.

* I’ve been wondering what sort of jobs were available at Cohen’s fairs. Turns out, he has a Twitter page called Cohen Job Fairs.

According to that site, employers at the fairs include Mary Kay Inc, Blue Heron Partners, Arbonne International, EXIT Realty, PLS loan store and Syclo LLC.

You already know what Mary Kay is. Home-based sales. This is from Blue Heron Partners’ website

We are looking for sharp, driven, entrepreneurial minded, individuals who are in search of an exciting, dynamic career participating in and assisting others to achieve exceptional wealth objectives in the most profitable Real Estate Investment market in the history of the United States.

Ummm. OK.

Arbonne International

You have a unique opportunity to become an Arbonne Host and earn exclusive rewards when you gather friends together to learn about Arbonne and experience our botanically based products. You and friends will have fun learning and shopping for products, and the more everyone shops, the more rewards you earn!

EXIT Realty appears to base its pay on who you bring in to the company.

Cohen left out a word in one of the names. It’s actually called PLS Payday Loan Store. Etc.

I hope people weren’t expecting real jobs at these fairs.

*** UPDATE *** My parents just received a mailer from Cohen’s campaign about his job fairs. Click here to see the front.

[ *** End Of Update *** ]

* Speaking of jobs, this came up in the gubernatorial debate today

Despite the state’s financial woes, Gov. Pat Quinn [yesterday] said he would pump about $75 million into a jobs program to keep it alive through the end of November.

The move allows Quinn to get through the Nov. 2 election without outcries about a potential collapse of the Put Illinois to Work program that places trainees in jobs with multiple companies, typically at $10 an hour.

Quinn said the state cash would serve as a bridge until Congress can send federal funds, which expire Sept. 30. The governor said he would use the broad authority lawmakers gave him to pay for the extension from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.

Quinn said he did not want people in the program to lose jobs while waiting for federal money. In some cases, workers had suffered because paychecks had been slowed down due to various glitches.

* And even Jason Plummer got into the act in Southern Illinois

[Plummer] said that Illinois needs to focus on bringing business back to the state. Plummer said there is little incentive for businesses to start or continue in Illinois.

“The private sector has been cannibalized,” Plummer said.

* And now for the bad news

The new American Community Survey data from the Census is out, and it is not a pretty picture.

The Great Recession is being displayed in the numbers. Here are some initial statistics that demonstrate the hardship in Illinois:

* The Illinois poverty rate rose 24% from 1999 to 2009. In 2009 the poverty rate in Illinois was 13.3%, up from 12.2% in 2008 and 10.7% in 1999.

* Number in Poverty in 2009: 1,677,093, up from 1,532,238 in 2008, and 1,291,958 in 1999.

* Extreme Poverty Rate in 2009: 6.0% which rose from 5.4% in 2008, and from 5.1% in 1999.

* There was unconscionable growth in the number living in extreme poverty (below half of the poverty line) in Illinois in 2009: 759,761 which rose from 680,013 in 2008, and from 619,240 in 1999.

* The downward trajectory in median household income continues in Illinois: Illinois median household income in 2009: $53,966 which declined from $56,022 in 2008, and from $59,975 in 1999.

* Over 581,000 children (18.6%) in Illinois are living below the poverty line – significantly higher than a decade ago (443,296).

* Well over 2 million Illinoisans (2,128,485) are now considered low income in Illinois – almost 17% of our state’s population (16.9%).


* Roundup…

* Tax amnesty program starts Friday

* Illinois jobs program extended for two months

* Impatient Quinn will use state money to extend job subsidy for thousands, on eve of election

* Poverty rises slightly in Chicago area: Every county in the Chicago area except Kendall experienced slightly increased poverty rates during the four-year period, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Cook County’s rate was 15.9 percent in 2009, up from 14.8 percent in 2008 and 15.3 in 2006.

* Sangamon County poverty rate at highest in three decades, Census data show

* Brady says he’ll run Illinois ‘like a business’

* Whitney wants free higher education

* Small businesses, schools, health care top issues at Asian-American candidate forum

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - OneMan - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 1:29 pm:

    red, most voters are likely unaware of any of that.

  2. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 1:53 pm:

    SLC is banking on the same folk who voted for RB to come over to his campaign. Sounds like a good tactic to me. He just needs to get a different hairdo and he’s set.

  3. - Amalia - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 1:55 pm:

    Thanks for printing the list of businesses at Cohenfest.
    the list of those who helped him with the job fairs before
    is interesting too. I recall from news reports that Roberto Maldonado was somehow involved which makes one wonder.

  4. - MrJM - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 2:05 pm:

    “You know what this state really needs? A minimum wage reduction.”


  5. - diehard Dem - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 2:07 pm:

    Rich, what’s going on with the Claypool issues. i hear Berrios is having press conferences everyday, but no one seems to be picking it up. what’s with that? are you trying to push it under a rug also?

  6. - Jim - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 2:18 pm:

    Where does Quinn find $75M for the jobs program? I know it’s a good program but this is how we continue to get further in the hole. Any guarantee of fed money for this?

  7. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 2:20 pm:


    This money is not guaranteed.

  8. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 2:23 pm:

    DD, this is a state politics/government blog. I cover local races when I can, but I’m a bit busy these days with my own beat.

  9. - Lincoln Parker - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 3:32 pm:

    [Plummer] said that Illinois needs to focus on bringing business back to the state. Plummer said there is little incentive for businesses to start or continue in Illinois.

    What evidence of this is there? Just because the Republicans repeat it over and over again doesn’t make it true.

  10. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 3:46 pm:

    Anyone with any sanity should run from a candidate who believes or says that state government should be run like a business. Ask people from both sides of the political coin and you can get the same answer. In state government you are working within a set structure and cannot make unilateral decisions like you could in running a business. A good Governor needs to be able to work within the established parameters (or be able to change them through legislation). For those of you who will come back at this comment, I would offer you this fact: the Blagojevich team came in with the same attitude as Brady (i.e. that they were running a business). Instead of getting help from those of us that know how the system works, they simply ignored the laws and rules. I guarantee you that unless Brady is ready to do the same thing, his proclomation about running the state like a business is just hot air.

    Mind you, I don’t support either one of these nimrods for Governor . . .

  11. - unspun - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 3:52 pm:

    Plummer: “The private sector has been cannabilized”. So….the private sector is eating itself? That’s called competition, right? “Cannabilized” is when daddy owns a lumber yard one one side of town, then builds another competing lumberyard on the other side of town so that his son can be the boss.

  12. - JCIII - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 3:55 pm:

    IS Cohen really have this big of an effect to where he’s pulling @ 14 and keeping Brady to a two point lead?

  13. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Sep 29, 10 @ 4:20 pm:

    Lincoln Parker,

    And just because Republicans say it doesn’t make it wrong.

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