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Today’s quota of “Quinn Quotables”

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011

* Yesterday, the AP ran this quote from Gov. Pat Quinn about the ComEd bill, which had been held in the Senate via a parliamentary maneuver for almost two months

“I think we’re going to veto the [ComEd] bill as soon as it arrives,” Quinn said.

Now that the bill is officially on his desk, Quinn was asked when he would veto it…

“Yeah, I have to officially do that. We’ll find the right moment to do that.”

First, though, he went through one of his trademark long, rambling responses…

“Well, that just arrived yesterday. That’s a bill to raise utility rates on people who are Ameren customers and ComEd customers. I’m not sure anybody in Illinois is for higher utility rates, whether you’re in agriculture, or business or you’re a consumer in your household. I don’t think we should be raising utility rates. I started the Citizens Utility Board about 30 years ago and we’re going to fight hard to make sure customers and consumers and businesses get first [unintelligible].”

There’s lots more, but I have other things to do today. If you don’t, listen to the full audio…

* And here’s Gov. Quinn responding not long ago to a question about expanding gaming to the State Fairgrounds

“Harness racing has been at the fair for a long time but when you put in slot machines, that’s a wholly different situation. I was never excited about that. We’ve got Lady Antebellum coming on Sunday. Can’t go wrong with that. I think that’s enough. Who needs slot machines when you have MC Hammer?”

Attendance at the MC Hammer show: 3,618.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Old Milwaukee - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 3:56 pm:

    Another ineffective and embarrassing Governor from Illinois. Hardy har har. I know we would all rather laugh than cry, but I’m tired of accepting incompetence from our leaders as the status quo in this state. I guess we have no choice for a while.

  2. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 4:14 pm:

    MC Hammer - rebuilding his once storied career one State Fair at a time.

    Seriously, I know this state could use a smart grid do over of some sort - is there a serious review of the plan somewhere I could read that would give me the straight poop? To listen to ComEd it is like the second coming. To listen to PQ it sounds more the the money changers run amok. Sheeesh.

  3. - Jim Ridings - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 4:29 pm:

    And today there is another story of Quinn appointing another daughter of a Chicago alderman to a state board at a high salary for not much work. How many is this for Quinn? Isn’t this part of why Blagojevich was impeached and convicted? I think Patrick Fitzgerald should wake up and start collecting the evidence to send Quinn to the slammer.

  4. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 4:30 pm:

    ===Isn’t this part of why Blagojevich was impeached and convicted? ===

    Not even close.

  5. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 4:33 pm:

    Do you think, Jim Ridings, that PF would tell you if he was collecting info on PQ? Sheesh, man, if he told you he would have to………

  6. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 4:39 pm:

    If doing something like hiring an alderman’s daughter at a state board was illegal, the whole state would be in prison. They’d just run electrified razor wire on the borders and call it a day.

  7. - Boone Logan Square - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 4:43 pm:

    I’d love to know if Pat Quinn has actually listened to the music of Lady Antebellum before stating that “you can’t go wrong with that.”

  8. - 1776 - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 4:46 pm:

    I’m glad to hear that Governor Quinn is against the Tenaska facility since it will raise rates by $8.6 billion over the next 30 years!!!

  9. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 4:53 pm:

    BLS, Quinn is a pretty knowledgeable country fan.

  10. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 5:03 pm:

    Are there any state boards that don’t have an influential politician’s relative on them?

  11. - Coach - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 5:04 pm:

    That’s McHammer to you, Gov. Quinn.

  12. - God help us. please - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 5:05 pm:

    2014 can’t come soon enough. We can elect another idiot.

  13. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 5:34 pm:

    Who is this “we” he keeps talking about as going to veto the bill? It’s all on you, Governor. Not quite a full blown “Royal We,” but close.

  14. - ANON - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 5:36 pm:

    ==2014 can’t come soon enough==

    This State hasn’t shown that it can elect an effective Governor is almost 20 years…what makes you think 2014 will be any different?

  15. - ANON - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 5:40 pm:

    ==Who is this “we” he keeps talking about==

    “The Royal “we”, man. The editorial…”

  16. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 6:16 pm:

    You know, Rich, after the beaucoup of beauties you have shared with us over just the past two days, I would suggest making either “Quinn Quotables” or “Adventures in Governing” a recurring feature here on the Blog. Very entertaining. Sad, but very…

  17. - Quinn T. Sential - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 6:52 pm:

    {If doing something like hiring an alderman’s daughter at a state board was illegal, the whole state would be in prison. They’d just run electrified razor wire on the borders and call it a day.}

    Despite the state being inelligible for bankruptcy, the enterprise is insolvent.

    This agency is now paying a part-time secretary $32/hour.

    Schnorf should have just written this position out of the budget, and told those relying on the work to be done to type and file for themselves.

  18. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 8:34 pm:

    Makes me long for the days of Jim Edgar’s “Warshington” and George Ryan’s short, blunt incomplete sentence answers.

  19. - sal-says - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 8:54 pm:

    “I’m not sure anybody in Illinois is for higher utility rates…”

    OR maybe higher taxes;
    OR maybe 87% toll increases?

    Gotta hand it to him. Spot on.

  20. - Its Just Me - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 8:58 pm:

    I still can’t believe the Illinois GOP couldn’t beat this guy. Hopefully the conservative wing of the party learned their lesson. (Moderate Kirk won, conservative Brady lost.)

  21. - x ace - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 9:01 pm:

    Recollection is that M C Hammer’s Oaktown Stable went belly up , even though they finished 3rd in Kentucky Derby in 1992 ? Poor management did him in.

    Slots wouldn’t have saved M C and slots won’t save Illinois racing. Poor management did it in.

  22. - Six Degrees of Separation - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 9:13 pm:

    Funny, the state’s concern about keeping the horse racing industry afloat. It wasn’t like anyone was trying to save the telegraph industry, or the record stores, or other antiquities of the world whose time had passed.

  23. - Dirty Red - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 11:13 pm:

    PQ to be in Chicago for another capital announcement. Still no Du Quoin.

  24. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Aug 30, 11 @ 11:23 pm:

    According to my wife, Quinn is a post-modern collage speaker who creates pastiche word salads.

  25. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 31, 11 @ 9:38 am:

    He might be a rumpled rambler, but he’s about to show the Exelon smoothies that the veto hammer hits pretty hard. You’re never Irrelevant when you can swing that.

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