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Monday, Nov 25, 2013

* As noted below, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tio Hardiman and his running mate filed nominating petitions today. Hardiman has contributed a few thousand dollars to his own campaign, but is still filing reports on paper.

* He has a website which lays out his “20/20″ economic development plan

Tio Hardiman’s 20/20 Plan for Job Creation in Illinois has three core components.

Eliminate the Head Tax in Illinois to Create more Jobs

As Governor, I plan to eliminate the Head Tax in Illinois which has caused many corporations to consider doing business in another state. Eliminating the Head Tax will help encourage economic development in Illinois. Revisions to the Illinois Tax Code will be required to entice businesses to stay in Illinois and cause others to return. I am opposed to balancing the problems of the state on the backs of working class people and corporations doing business in Illinois.

Recruiting Investors

As Governor, I would organize strategy sessions with select billionaires to help strategize on how to boost the economy. He will also use this opportunity to help small and mid-size businesses reach their fullest potential.

Reducing the Deficit and Reforming the Pension System

Tio Hardiman has a plan to help reform the Illinois pension system and reduce the state deficit. He would propose a special tax on business transactions executed at the Chicago Board of Trade and a special set aside Lottery that goes directly into a Pension Fund which cannot be liberated by the General Assembly other than for pension purposes only.

* He has a new Internet video

* From the Twitters


* The Question: Caption?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

34 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 1:13 pm:

    “My Carhartt is on ‘Back Order’ so …”


  2. - Stones - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 1:17 pm:

    And notice I am wearing this purple shirt because I am anti domestic violence!


  3. - qcexaminer - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 1:18 pm:

    “people has spoken”?

    But still, I’m for choice—left, right, whatever.

    The teachers unions were pushing that Metaire guy to run, but I guess it didn’t happen.

    I guess they figured a slogan of “Raise My Taxes, Raise My Taxes, Raise My Taxes NOW” would be a hard sell. lol


  4. - MrJM - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 1:19 pm:

    “I would organize strategy sessions with select billionaires”

    – MrJM


  5. - Charlatan Heston - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 1:30 pm:

    Right? All those “select” billionaires that he knows. @ MrJM


  6. - Jeff Trigg - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 1:31 pm:

    Soon to be complaining that Pat Quinn won’t debate because he is a chicken.


  7. - steve schnorf - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 1:31 pm:

    I’m getting old. What is the “head tax”?


  8. - Bogart - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 1:33 pm:

    The People “has” spoken. So he has one pledged vote so far?


  9. - The End Is Near - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 1:34 pm:

    “Tio knows when Tio should refer to me in the first or third person, and as your next governor, I give you Tio’s word that I will do just that.”


  10. - Hit or Miss - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 1:41 pm:

    “set aside Lottery that goes directly into a Pension Fund”

    As I remember it, back in 1985 the GA earmarked profits from the lottery to go to the Common School Fund to fund education. I wonder if changing the law to setting aside the lottery profits to fund pensions will be as ’successful’ as setting them aside to fund education has been?


  11. - The Obvious - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 2:05 pm:

    “See me breathing? That’s my strategy for winning the Sangamon county primary vote.”

    It will work too.


  12. - Raising Kane - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 2:07 pm:

    “has spoken” Is Grogran doing his press releases?


  13. - anonymouse - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 2:08 pm:

    Memo to Tio: You might want to hire a Grammar coach….perhaps.


  14. - Steve - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 2:24 pm:

    Tio Hardiman has some interesting ideas but…. one idea is never going to happen. Hardiman wants a CBOT transactions tax ,two problems here: 1) the state legislature would have to approve it. 2) The CME/CBOT will shut the floors and move the server out of state. They will never get that tax : ever. The CME has already had extensive talks about moving to Texas before Madigan gave them a special tax deals. Most trades now are done on computer , so the server can be anywhere but Illinois.


  15. - Carl Nyberg - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 2:32 pm:

    CME/CBOT already charges $8-95 per transaction to the investors.

    Taxing this service is not a particularly radical move.

    If CME/CBOT increased these fees to $10-97 it would be a two paragraph article in Crain’s.


  16. - Ghost - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 2:42 pm:

    “Tio Hardiman = because there is nothing common about common sense”


  17. - KGB - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 3:18 pm:

    “People has spoken”

    Change = good
    Grammar = bad


  18. - Steve - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 3:27 pm:

    Carl:

    A special new tax would be because they can move the server out of state. Why do they need to be in downtown Chicago if most trades now are done on computer????


  19. - John Boch - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 3:31 pm:

    People has spoken!

    They elected Junior.

    They elected Marion Barry the crack smoker.

    Why not Tio… after all, it was just a little “misunderstanding” with the missus.


  20. - Tommydanger - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 3:35 pm:

    I would think that ’select billionaires’ is somewhat redundant.


  21. - Soldier of Fortune - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 3:38 pm:

    I’m Tim Hardiman. I am not Pat Quinn. If I do 30% in the Democratic primary send the Xlax to the Quinn campaign.


  22. - The End Is Near - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 3:44 pm:

    This Tio will have Illinois saying, “uncle.”


  23. - walkinfool - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 3:48 pm:

    ===I would organize strategy sessions with select billionaires==

    Fahner has you covered


  24. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 4:12 pm:

    “Eliminate the Head Tax, Even if We Don’t Has One!”


  25. - Rollo Tomasi - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 4:58 pm:

    Maybe I need a absentee ballot. I might be in jail on election day again.


  26. - NIref - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 5:16 pm:

    I know where my protest vote is going.


  27. - Juvenal - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 5:38 pm:

    Tio is a solipsism wrapped in a redundancy surrounded by an oxymoron.


  28. - Wordslinger - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 8:16 pm:

    I can see why this dude would want to eliminate the head tax. Must cost him a fortune.

    On the other hand, he could rent that forehead for outdoor advertising.n


  29. - nearsighted - Monday, Nov 25, 13 @ 9:58 pm:

    Wordslinger, you are very bad.
    I didn’t know we had a head tax in Illinois.


  30. - Wiseword - Tuesday, Nov 26, 13 @ 6:16 am:

    The “Has” could be a typo, I will give him that. But his lack of overall knowledge in politics is clear. Next, his lack of funding and state support makes me question why did he even file?

    His intentions could be good, but with so much against him he is really making a fool of himself.


  31. - nearsighted - Tuesday, Nov 26, 13 @ 7:38 am:

    Wiseword, Tio probably has political aspirations and is using this run as a way to gain name recognition for some more local and future run. The answer can probably be found in Proviso Township.


  32. - Pleading the Fifth - Tuesday, Nov 26, 13 @ 10:17 am:

    I can has guvernorship?


  33. - Wiseword - Wednesday, Nov 27, 13 @ 10:59 am:

    @ I couldnt find anything on the Proviso Township accept that his wife is the owner and he isn’t. Which goes along with the comments she made in the Chicago Sun-times.

    Alison Hardiman said: “I had to go to the police department and report it. I wanted him out of my house, his daughter, and the dogs. Everybody. I just wanted it over.”

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/23334995-452/tio-hardimans-wife-says-she-wasnt-punched-but-was-verbally-abused-mitchell.html.


  34. - Wiseword - Wednesday, Nov 27, 13 @ 11:00 am:

    Sorry, @nearsighted


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