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AG Madigan “reviewing” Quinn move

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

* Amanda Vinicky

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Unclear on the concept

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

* Gov. Pat Quinn on his veto of legislative salaries

“There is a principle as old as the Bible, you don’t get your wages until the job is finished.”

Only if you’re working on a piece-rate.

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ISRA still pushing court case

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013


Illinois lawmakers thought they were in the clear after meeting a federal court’s deadline to pass a concealed carry law by Tuesday. But the Illinois State Rifle Association says that’s not good enough.

The Rifle Association believes lawmakers did not meet their deadline because the state’s ban on carrying guns outside the home remains in effect.

While concealed carry is officially the law in Illinois, it could be mid-March before a gun owner would actually and legally be able to carry their weapon in public. The new law gives state police six months to setup a permit system, then there’s a 90-day application process.

The Rifle Association says that delay continues to deprive lawful gun owners of their constitutional rights.

The ISRA’s motion is here.

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Topinka wants legal review of veto

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

* From Comptroller Topinka…

This morning the Governor notified my office of his intention to eliminate the salaries and stipends of members of the General Assembly.

While I understand and appreciate the Governor’s focus on pension reform, real questions have been raised about the legality of his action.

Specifically, Section 11 of our State Constitution states that ‘changes in the salary of a member shall not take effect during the term for which he has been elected.’

Therefore, I have requested a legal review which should be completed before lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks on August 1, 2013.”

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Don’t be so quick to think there will be an override

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

* Here is House Speaker Michael Madigan’s full react to Gov. Pat Quinn’s line-item veto of legislative salaries and benefits…

“I have been working for many months to pass real, comprehensive pension reform.  During the first Democratic Caucus of this General Assembly, I admonished our members that doing nothing or passing only a half measure on pension reform was not an option.  This issue must be solved in order to put Illinois on a more secure financial path. 

“I, along with Representative Nekritz, Leader Cross and the members who supported House Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 1, have been the only lawmakers willing to take a difficult vote that would lead to solvency in our pension systems.  The Governor’s decision follows my efforts and I understand his frustration.

“I am hopeful his strategy works.”

Translation: Unless something drastic happens, there ain’t gonna be an override vote until pension reform passes.

This is a House Bill, sponsored by Madigan himself, so he alone controls what happens next.

* Senate President John Cullerton’s full react…

Lawmakers have worked hard this session. That work included passing a balanced budget, paying off hundreds of millions of dollars in old bills, cutting their own pay and numerous, serious bipartisan efforts to enact comprehensive pension reform.

The governor’s actions today are as unproductive as yesterday’s arbitrary deadline. Responsible leaders know that unworkable demands will only delay progress.

Our efforts on pensions will continue until we’ve reached our goal. In the meantime, the work of the pensions conference committee shouldn’t be undermined or deterred by today’s or future political grandstanding.

Cullerton can complain all he wants. The sponsor in the originating chamber controls the override motion’s fate. If MJM is with Quinn, then there won’t be an override.

…Adding… Commenter 47th Ward is again spot on

Madigan must believe Quinn’s “strategy” will soften up the Senate more than causing a ruckus in the House. The pension debate is still Cullerton v. Madigan, and neither is yet willing to blink.

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Question of the day

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

* Your one word react to the governor’s announced “consequences” on the failure to enact pension reform?

Keep it to one word only, please. Thanks.

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Daley changes his stance on contributions

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

* Now we know why Bill Daley traveled to Springfield on a hot news day. Yeah, he wanted to get himself into the stories, but I think mainly he wanted to bury a position change

Days after Bill Daley proposed strict campaign fundraising guidelines and promised to limit his own donations while a gubernatorial candidate, the former White House chief of staff reversed his stance Tuesday and said he would take in money this year while lawmakers are in session.

The Chicago Democrat rolled out his proposal to limit political fundraising last week, after he’d announced about $800,000 in political fundraising during the initial weeks since forming his 2014 exploratory committee.

Playing up Illinois’ dark history of political corruption, he called for reforms. He said once elected governor, he’d move to ban political contributions during the time that lawmakers meet in Springfield. That would apply to state lawmakers, statewide officeholders and candidates seeking those offices.

Then he vowed to extend that principle to himself this year, saying he would not take any political donations while lawmakers meet in Springfield — including sessions in July and later this fall.

But Daley pulled back from that idea Tuesday while addressing reporters outside the Illinois Capitol, where lawmakers were gathered inside. He explained the discrepancy by saying he was “correcting” his statements and that he wasn’t elected yet.

“I have no power to affect anything,” he said, adding that refusing to take donations on those days would “be just political grandstanding.”

I don’t disagree with this. Glenn Poshard killed his campaign by imposing his own campaign contribution caps. Sheila Simon lost what was believed to be a sure thing Carbondale mayoral race by doing the same. Get elected, then change the system.

But, obviously, Daley should’ve figured that out before he rolled out his initial announcement the other day. Not a good sign.

* More coverage

Former White House Chief of Staff William Daley criticized Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday for snubbing a hearing this week before a legislative panel the governor himself prescribed as the venue for solving the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

“It’s unfortunate the fiscal crisis, driven by the pension issue, doesn’t seem to be any further than it was the last time the Legislature was here,” Daley told reporters outside the Statehouse. “It’s unfortunate the governor didn’t meet with the conference [committee] members [Monday], have the opportunity to lay out exactly what he’s for, what the parameters of what he would accept [in a] deal.” […]

“He called for the conference [committee], and I don’t know what’s exactly happened in the last two-and-a-half weeks since the conference was created, how many times the governor has met with the members or other legislators to try to develop a plan and a solution to this crisis,” Daley continued. “But it’s unfortunate: It looks as though once again, there will be failure here today on the fiscal situation.”

* More

Bill Daley, the former White House chief of staff and gun-control advocate who has launched a primary challenge to Quinn, slammed him for touting his proposed gun restrictions at high-profile community events rather than behind closed doors with lawmakers.

“I know he’s gone to churches and he’s prayed, but hope and praying are not a strategy,” Daley told reporters outside the Statehouse on Tuesday as the override vote loomed. “There wasn’t a concerted effort driven by the governor” to get the restrictions into the bill earlier.

“One would have to raise the question,” Daley added. “Was this a political statement or a real attempt to have a solution to a problem that plagues our state and nation?”

Quinn, in remarks to later to reporters, testily denied he’d been disengaged from the legislative process . “I spoke about this to members of the Legislature over and over again,” he said.

* Daley press conference audio in three parts…

Click to listen Part 1

Click to listen Part 2

Click to listen Part 3


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*** UPDATED x1 *** *** Live *** “Consequences” press conference

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

*** UPDATE *** The governor’s veto message is here. You can compare those line numbers to the General Assembly’s operating appropriations, which is here, beginning on page 75. He got them good.

[ *** End Of Update *** ]

* From the governor’s office…

This event will be streamed live online at

For an audio only stream, please visit

The big event begins at 10:30.

* From IOCI Media Services…

A free, live stream (video and audio-only) of Governor Pat Quinn’s press conference will be available this morning on our website:

* Watch the ScribbleLive feed

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Dillard to announce Monday

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

* Another one makes the expected jump

State Sen. Kirk Dillard told the Sun-Times today he will announce his bid for governor on Monday, in a two-day fly-around that will kick-off that morning outside of his Northwest Side childhood home.

Dillard (R-Hinsdale) will become the fourth Republican to compete in the gubernatorial primary. After the Chicago announcement, Dillard will head to Decatur, Peoria, Carbondale, Rockford, Rock Island and will conclude with a rally back on Dillard’s home turf in DuPage County.

* Meanwhile, a reader pointed out something to me the other day. James Liautaud, the Jimmy John’s founder who’s threatened repeatedly to move out of state, contributed $1,000 to Bruce Rauner’s campaign late last month.

Liautaud has been a supporter of both Bill Brady and Dan Rutherford in the past.

Treasurer Rutherford regularly touts his friendship with the submarine sandwich kingpin, but so far Rauner has been the sole recipient of Liautaud’s cash this year.

* And speaking of money

Don’t count out Gov. Pat Quinn in the Dem primary race that reads like a dust-up with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley.

† To wit: Sneed hears that Quinn out-raised both potential opponents this last quarter.

† The numbers game: Sneed is told Quinn raised more than $1 million, while Madigan raised more than $600,000 and Daley raised more than $790,000.

Quinn also outraised Rauner in the second quarter.

So far, only Sneed and myself have highlighted this fact. The governor is truly getting no respect, perhaps deservingly so.

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Worst day ever?

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

* It’s hard to disagree with Dave McKinney’s analysis of yesterday’s drubbing

Hoarse and unusually agitated, Gov. Pat Quinn went before cameras Tuesday to explain his resounding defeat on concealed-carry legislation and to tell voters one more time why he couldn’t exert his will over a Democratic-led state Legislature.

“Today was a bad day for public safety in Illinois,” the governor said.

But in fact, it was Quinn himself who had the bad day, perhaps one of the worst of his one-and-a-half terms as governor.

The Democratic governor was resoundingly mowed down by lawmakers in his effort to rewrite portions of the gun bill – even on something as basic as requiring a concealed-carry licensee to tell a cop if he or she is armed and to strengthen the state’s hand in keeping concealed weapons out of the hands of a gun owner who presents a “clear and present danger.” […]

One could argue Quinn has set out on a path to seek his second full term by running against the Legislature, whose members consistently rate lower in popularity than even the chronically unpopular Quinn.

But that strategy, as his concealed-carry and pension defeats show, leaves Quinn looking weak, which the governor strained to explain away Tuesday during his news conference.

“With respect to working and getting the job done, I think the people of Illinois know I work every day for their common good,” Quinn said.

Working every day for the common good is a fine thing. But you gotta show accomplishments in order to do good things. Doing ain’t exactly his strong suit.

* The Tribune editorial board was on point as well

It wasn’t a good day for the governor. His veto was swiftly and summarily dismissed by an overwhelming number of lawmakers. His rhetoric — slapping this bill as some National Rifle Association diktat — didn’t ring true. It was the product of a difficult but balanced negotiation, compelled by the ruling of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

That’s exactly right. If Quinn wanted to be in the negotiations, he could’ve been. He chose to sit them out so he could do what he eventually did. Showmanship instead of leadership. But, hey, throwing rocks at the process has long been his thing.

* I tried twice to get Quinn to answer a simple question yesterday about why he or his staff weren’t in the room when the Legislature negotiated the concealed carry bill. He wouldn’t move off his talking points, then left after I pressed him a second time

* This ain’t the end, however. Not by any means

But the legislature’s decision to override Quinn and stick to its agreed-upon compromise may represent only a short-lived truce between gun rights advocates and gun control supporters in a state where there is a vast divergence over how firearms are viewed, dependent largely upon cultural and regional differences.

Even a late effort by lawmakers to amend another bill to reflect three mostly minor changes that the governor had proposed ended up falling short of the votes needed in the House after first passing the Senate. […]

Sen. Christine Radogno of Lemont, the Senate Republican leader, told colleagues that “I don’t think this is the last time we’re going to be discussing this issue.” And Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, a gun control supporter, said “it is a very safe bet that we will be back” fighting over changes in the new law. […]

Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said lawmakers “can and should add more protections to when and how people can carry guns in public places. I believe in give-and-take and compromise, but we can’t bargain away the safety of our families.”

Richard Pearson, who heads the Illinois State Rifle Association, cheered the vote of legislators to overcome Quinn’s efforts to make the legislation more restrictive. But he also said that the new law was “not perfect” and that it would be reviewed and fine-tuned when necessary.

The trailer bill passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and got 62 House votes. It died in the House because it needed a super-majority due to its immediate effective date. That bill, and others, will likely pass next spring if they’re allowed to the floor.

* Related…

* How gun law works: Likely 2014 before permits issued

* New law gives suburbs 10 days to ban assault weapons

* Attorney General Lisa Madigan: Appealing federal court’s concealed-carry ruling now moot after override effort

* Concealed-carry legal in Illinois after Senate joins House in blocking Quinn’s amendatory veto

* Illinois lawmakers school governor with concealed carry override

* Despite Chicago bloodshed, Illinois will allow concealed carry

* 9 Illinois lawmakers skip historic concealed carry vote

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Here come the “consequences”

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

* From a press release…

**Wednesday, July 10, 2013**

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn will make a major budgetary announcement.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: James R. Thompson Center
Blue Room – 15th Floor
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, 60601

I’ll try to have live coverage. It’ll be on a separate post. ADDING: The live coverage post is here.

* AP

Quinn hasn’t yet signed a key part of the Illinois budget that gives the state comptroller the ability to issue paychecks to tens of thousands of state employees.

The measure also provides money for agencies in charge of things like state campgrounds and running two state fairs. It contains a 250-page spending plan for state agencies.

The governor has until July 15 to sign House Bill 214. The fiscal year began July 1.

Any predictions?

…Adding… Here’s some advance coverage…

* ‘Arbitrary’ pension date passes: “The pension crisis will get dealt with,” state Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, said. “It won’t be by some arbitrary date set by an irrelevant governor.”

* Quinn: Inaction on pensions ‘let down taxpayers’: “We don’t need any more excuses,” he said. We don’t need any more alibis.” He warned of consequences but declined to say exactly what he’d do. However, when asked, he didn’t deny the possibility of cutting legislative salaries from a pending budget bill.

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Morning video

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

* After Gov. Quinn’s repudiation yesterday over concealed carry, this Blackberry Smoke tune seems appropriate. I’ve been listening to it all morning while writing the Capitol Fax. Check it out


Well my fall from grace was a sight to see
Good turned to bad and bad turned to misery
I found out what it is and what it’s not
And all I ask for sure ain’t what I got

Well I’ve been rained on, rode hard and put up wet
Danced with the Devil ’til I’m in debt
Took all I got and there ain’t much left of me
I’ve been knocked down, drug out and left for dead
Barely held together by a few old threads
And I’m still here, there ain’t much left to see, no
Well I’m still holding on and there ain’t much left of me

Thought that I hit bottom but I ain’t there yet
‘Cause you’d be surprised of how low a man can get
I watched stolen dreams slip through my hands
And now I’m getting out of here still while I still can

Well I’ve been rained on, rode hard and put up wet
Danced with the devil ’til I’m in debt
Took all I got and there ain’t much left of me
I’ve been knocked down, drug out and left for dead
Barely held together by a few old threads
And I’m still here, there ain’t much left to see,no
Well I’m still holding on and there ain’t much left of me
That’s right

Well my fall from grace was a sight to see
Nobody even cared what became of me
Do I have to get down on my knees
And ask the Lord, Lord have mercy on me

Well I’ve been rained on, rode hard and put up wet
Danced with the Devil ’til I’m in debt
Took all I got and there ain’t much left of me
I’ve been knocked down, drug out and left for dead
Barely held together by a few old threads
And I’m still here, there ain’t much left to see, no
Well I’m still holding on and there ain’t much left of me

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