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Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

* I’m giving a speech today to the City Club, so blogging is gonna be light to nonexistent.

If you’re coming to the event, make sure to remember to bring a toy or gift card for a child ages 3-5 in Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ early childhood program.


You can use this post as a very rare “open thread.” Also, if something happens and I can’t get to the ‘puter, it’ll be a good place for any breaking news comments.

Later, gators.

- Posted by Rich Miller   68 Comments      

Question of the day

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

* The 2013 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Illinois State Senator - Democrat wasn’t even close. Sen. Kwame Raoul

The man ate crow on concealed carry and pension reform after his Leader spent all of his time trashing previous proposals, and he did it in order to get important pieces of legislation passed. And he did it with class. That’s a statesman.

* Runner-up is a popular freshman…

Senator Manar has a very diverse and geographically large district but manages to cover it from north to south and east to west with his town hall meetings. I have attended two of these meetings and still have not seen the Senator fail to answer a question thoroughly and responsibly. His depth of knowledge of issues (especially downstate) and how to get things done are true assets to his district. The new water line for Stonington and his hearings on equitable education funding are prime examples. Downstate is fortunate to have an experienced and strong voice.

* The 2013 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Illinois State Senator - Republican goes to Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno. I don’t usually give this award to chamber leaders, but some of you pointed out that she was particularly deserving this year…

She leads that caucus in the right direction more often than not, and does it with more than her fair share of misfit toys. Pension reform doesn’t happen without her efforts. She beat back Madigan & Cullerton’s push for the pension cost shift, even while business interests and IPI supported it. She’s having more impact than she should be having under this map with 19 members. And like, Raoul, she does it with class.

Agreed. Some were skeptical that she could hold that caucus together on pension reform, particularly with Dillard jumping ship, but she did it.

* Runner-up goes to another popular freshman…

[Sen. Jason Barickman] voted for SSM because he believed it was the right thing to do. Despite the fact that he has a largely rural district. Despite the fact that he was Bill Brady’s attorney in 2010. He has also kept his head down and worked hard. He is clearly smart and a bright future ahead.

I also appreciate that he is willing to take risks. People forget that he was an appointed State Rep when he decided to challenge a sitting State Senator without a net. Granted it was Shane Cultra, but that takes a lot of guts. Something in short supply in Springfield.

* OK, instead of a question today, let’s move to the next category…

* Best Statewide Officeholder:

* Best Illinois Congresscritter

As always, make sure to explain your answers to both questions in comments, please. Drive-by and name-only votes won’t count. Thanks.

- Posted by Rich Miller   38 Comments      

Deep thoughts, but not by Jack Handy

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

* From the twitters…

Any other deep thoughts to share on this cold December morning?

- Posted by Rich Miller   63 Comments      

War of words over Medicaid purge

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

* From a press release…

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) [yesterday] announced that an Arbitrator has issued a supplemental order impacting the State’s largest public employee union that will allow for a contract with an outside vendor that handles Medicaid eligibility screening to be amended instead of abruptly cancelled.

The arbitrator’s supplemental order allows the state to maintain the improved screening process put in place this year to verify that Medicaid clients remain eligible for benefits when they re-apply annually to remain in the program. The state was faced with the abrupt termination of the eligibility screening contract with Maximus, Inc., at the end of this year, under an arbitrator’s initial ruling - issued this summer- in response to a grievance by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31.

Under the supplemental order, the Maximus contract will be amended and the state will retain the ability to use Maximus to make preliminary electronic determinations through the end of June. In addition, the agencies will be able to retain the use of Maximus’s call center and mail room operations through June 30, 2015. The screening program, known as the Illinois Medicaid Redetermination Project, was authorized by the General Assembly as part of the “Save Medicaid Access and Resources Together Act” (SMART Act) of 2012. The amended contract will comply with State and federal law and the collective bargaining agreement.

* But that’s not entirely true. The arbitrator’s “supplemental order” came after some negotiations

In order to bring down costs, the administration of Gov. Pat Quinn agreed to hire Maximus, a company with experience verifying eligibility for Medicaid in other states. But the AFSCME union objected, saying the job should be done by government employees.

An arbitrator agreed, and the Quinn administration, warned by its lawyers that an appeal might not succeed, cut a deal with the union.

* Two Republican legislators called the new agreement a “backroom deal” and defended Maximus

But lawmakers say the private company, Maximus, was “a stunning success” and should have never been fired.

“As of the latest update, 216,000 people who were receiving Medicaid benefits were taken off the program because the third-party contractor was involved,” said state Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, adding that Maximus only looked at about a half million Medicaid files.

State Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, said before Maximus took over the review, state workers did a terrible job of checking incomes and addresses.

“These people were not even living in Illinois,” Bellock said. “They were (in) Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan.”

* AFSCME disagrees that Maximus was so great

The union, however, points to the same report to contend that Maximus has a roughly 30 percent error rate among those 127,000 cases. Union leaders also say Maximus was duplicating work being done by state employees and argue that the company “found favor with a small vocal minority of legislators and conservative lobbyists.”

“It’s time to end this failed experiment with outsourcing a critical public watchdog role to a private, for-profit corporation,” said Henry Bayer, executive director of AFSCME Council 31. “This order will bring oversight back to state government where it is directly accountable, and save money in the process.”

Actually, Maximus has some Democratic and regular Republican lobsters.

* Quinn defended the new arrangement

Quinn denied any “backroom deal.”

“That isn’t the case,” Quinn told reporters in Chicago. “The fact of the matter is that I respect everyone. But I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in court.”

Mike Claffey, a spokesman for HFS, said there was “nothing secret” about the deal, noting that legislators were told about the “two-track strategy” in September and it was in the department’s quarterly report.

* Look, the problem before wasn’t with the state employees, it was with management. If competent management is determined to cleanse the Medicaid rolls, then the job will get done. The question is whether state management is competent enough to do that and has the will to go forward.

- Posted by Rich Miller   36 Comments      

ADM decides on Chicago

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

* Various news sources are reporting that Archer Daniels Midland has decided to open its new world headquarters office in Chicago without any state tax incentives.

ADM had asked for up to $30 million in tax breaks over 20 years. Gov. Pat Quinn said he opposed any such proposal until after pension reform was passed. The Senate overwhelming approved the incentive as part of a broader package earlier this month after passing a pension reform bill, but House Speaker Madigan refused to call it for a vote, later blasting unnamed corporations for trying to get a free ride on the taxpayers’ dime.

* In reality, everybody probably shoulda seen this one coming back in October when this report emerged

D. Cameron Findlay, ADM’s recently hired senior vice president and general counsel, paid $2.619 million for a 21st-floor condominium unit in a newly built Lincoln Park tower in Chicago.

Findlay closed on the unit in early September, before the company went public with its announcement that it’s planning to move its headquarters. It has said Chicago is its preferred city, although it’s seeking $24 million in tax incentives and is entertaining offers from other states.

* Crain’s

Sources said the new deal reportedly was struck after a series of conversations between Gov. Pat Quinn and ADM CEO Patricia Woertz.

If true, that’s yet another win for Quinn. He stood against the incentives while most everybody else jumped on board.

* In contrast, Bruce Rauner said Quinn was “avoiding responsibility” and “playing games” with ADM when Quinn tied the passage of pension reform to more corporate subsidies.

Sen. Kirk Dillard’s running mate Jil Tracy claimed Quinn had displayed a “terrible lack of leadership to link these two issues,” adding

“We need to assess and analyze, and certainly not hinder or antagonize them in the public as the governor’s done,” said state Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy)

* Both Dillard and Sen. Bill Brady voted for the ADM bill in the Senate this month. Brady demanded a special session to take up the issue after the House refused to act and Office Depot did what everybody expected and announced its new headquarters would be in Florida

Hours after the Office Depot decision was aired, state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, called on Gov. Pat Quinn to call the House back to town for a special session regarding ADM’s tax breaks.

“We have to do what we can to keep job creators in the state of Illinois,” said Brady, who is running for governor. “The leisurely, passive attitude of the governor and House sends a powerful message to all businesses in Illinois that they don’t really feel any urgency to protect jobs and assist employers.”

* The company won’t be creating new jobs, but, then again, it’s not getting any state money

According to multiple sources with first-hand knowledge, ADM has reached an agreement with the state under which the headquarters and 60 to 75 top jobs will be moving from Decatur, where the agricultural giant now is based, to an as-yet-unidentified location in downtown Chicago.

That’s less than the 100 headquarters jobs the firm originally had mentioned when it announced in September that it was in search of a location with better international air connections and a wider talent pool than are available in Decatur.

Also not included are the 100 jobs at a technology center that the company said it would open in conjunction with its new headquarters. The fate of those positions is being left ambiguous, I’m told, with the company perhaps feeling that it has a better chance to get incentives for newly created positions rather than to just move jobs from one corner of the state to another.

* Mayor Rahm Emanuel is jumping on board today with a press release…

Mayor Emanuel today welcomed the announcement that Archer Daniels Midland has chosen to move its global headquarters to the city of Chicago.

“I am pleased to welcome ADM to Chicago and I look forward to the company’s continued success out of their new home,” said Mayor Emanuel. “As I said throughout this process, our goal was to put the city’s best foot forward and highlight Chicago’s strengths: an outstanding workforce, globally renowned transportation and infrastructure, and excellent quality of life. These strengths will help ADM as it continues its growth in the future just as they continue to drive our economy forward every day.”

The announcement comes a day after IBM released its annual “World’s Most Competitive Cities” report, which ranks 100 cities around the world in several key categories. In the category of International Headquarters, Chicago ranked 7th globally and second in North America, and the ADM headquarters move will only serve to solidify this ranking. Additionally, attracting corporate headquarters to the city is a key tenet of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, the city’s economic development plan that is implemented by World Business Chicago.

Throughout the several month process, Mayor Emanuel marshaled all of the city’s economic development entities toward the goal of attracting ADM, including World Business Chicago, and the city’s Department of Housing and Economic Development (DHED). He was also directly involved in the recruiting process on a number of occasions.

Emanuel’s refusal to publicly support ADM’s bid for state incentives and/or add in his own city’s money was blamed in part on Speaker Madigan’s reluctance to move the ADM bill. So, I guess it’s a sorta win for Emanuel, too.

Mainly, though, Quinn winds up looking pretty good here and at least three of his Republican opponents don’t.

* Also too, maybe ADM’s decision will finally get people to realize that Illinois can compete and that Chicago is our jewel in the crown for attracting corporate headquarters and more jobs. The Republican candidates for governor (and lots of others, myself included at times) apparently believed that Illinois couldn’t pull this off without a government subsidy.

Constantly running down your own state may play well in a primary, but as it turns out, doing so can be a dangerous little political game.

- Posted by Rich Miller   38 Comments      

Question of the day

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

* Tribune editorial

Chicago will soon be blanketed with [speed cameras], in hopes of slowing drivers around schools and parks. No more cat-and-mouse between cops and speeders. If you’re speeding, you’ll get caught.

Why not deploy the cameras on the interstates, where motorists feel they can barrel along with impunity?

It’s not a perfect solution. Illinois already uses cameras to enforce speed limits in construction zones, but some of those tickets have been thrown out because the photos aren’t sharp enough. Also, the ticket goes to the owner of the car, who is not necessarily the driver. And cameras are a poor substitute for troopers, who can recognize drunken or distracted driving and other safety violations, such as failure to wear seat belts.

Still, a reliable camera system could be a backstop in areas that troopers say are largely unpatrolled. And yes, it would be a big moneymaker for the state, judging from the number of speeders. Too bad. Drivers who brazenly disregard the posted speed limit deserve to get a ticket. It’s not up to individual motorists to decide — or guess — how fast they can safely drive.

* The Question: Do you support speed cams on Interstates and Expressways? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.

free polls

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Another reminder about toys for LSSI kids at City Club

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

* Please, don’t forget that if you’re coming to the City Club’s “Christmas with Rich Miller 2013″ tomorrow, we’re asking that you bring a toy or a gift card for a child ages 3-5 in Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ early childhood program.


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Dart vows “blanket” objections to “thousands” of concealed carry applicants

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

* Fox 32

Illinoisans can begin applying next month for the state’s first-ever permits to carry concealed firearms. But the Cook County Sheriff complains to FOX 32 News that the system to screen those applicants is full of holes. Unless the system is fixed, Sheriff Tom Dart says he’s prepared to take extraordinary action to prevent permits from being granted to anyone with a serious arrest record.

FOX 32 has learned that Sheriff Dart sent a letter to the director of the Illinois State Police announcing his “blanket objection” to granting a concealed carry permit to anyone who’s been arrested even once in the last seven years for domestic violence, a gang-related crime or illegal gun possession. Even if they haven’t been convicted, Dart says, those charges are “red flags” that need to be pursued. […]

“I gotta imagine we’ll be objecting to hundreds, easily thousands of people,” Dart told FOX 32’s Mike Flannery. “What we’re gonna have is this massive influx of the applications. And they’re gonna be given out. And we’re just left holding the bag when the inevitable bad thing will happen. It happens in other states. And in other states they also have people who are armed who stop crimes. It happens both ways, I understand that. But when the inevitable bad thing happens, people will say, ‘Why wasn’t this person caught?’”

The law sets up a concealed carry board that is supposed to act on local police objections within 90 days. Dart will be jamming that system for sure.

The NRA’s Todd Vandermyde said that Dart’s intention to object to absolutely everyone with a prior gun arrest doesn’t make sense since the state’s public carry laws were declared unconstitutional.

Sheriff Dart’s letter to the State Police is here.

* Meanwhile

Suburban police say it’s a frequent scenario: They’re called to respond to a tense situation at a house and don’t know if anyone inside is licensed to own a gun.

Bloomingdale Police Officer Levi McGhee warns a driver about speeding. McGhee, like many officers, believes having better access to FOID information would make police safer during such stops.

That information is held by the Illinois State Police, but the list of the state’s 1.6 million Firearm Owner Identification cardholders isn’t shared with local police.

Police often don’t have that clue to whether a gun might be in the house until the encounter is nearly over. Only after they’ve got a person’s name can they check it against the state’s list.

Some police officials say that’s a key shortcoming of the state law. They would prefer to have that information available ahead of traffic stops and calls to quell domestic disputes.

- Posted by Rich Miller   35 Comments      

*** UPDATED x1 *** Words mean little to nothing

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

* I disagree with this AP report

When Illinois lawmakers considered a landmark vote on same-sex marriage, religious and conservative groups vowed to retaliate against those who voted in favor by grooming potential primary challengers in next year’s elections.

But now that gay marriage is Illinois law and legislative candidates have submitted candidate petitions to election officials, the threat seems to have evaporated.

* For instance

Yet of the 14 black House Democrats who voted yes, only half have primary challengers. Of the nine total challengers — most of whom are seeking public office for the first time — seven spoke to The Associated Press, saying same-sex marriage wasn’t among their top campaign issues. One supported the vote outright. Another wasn’t aware of how the incumbent voted. Two didn’t return multiple messages.

Just because they’re saying they aren’t making it a major issue right out of the gate doesn’t mean that the candidates aren’t connected to the churches. I’ve already identified several for my subscribers. There may be more.

* Also

[GOP Rep. Ed Sullivan’s] challenger, Bob Bednar, said he doesn’t support same-sex marriage, but the former treasurer of the Lake County Republican Party said it’s not why he jumped in. [GOP Rep. Ron Sandack’s] opponent, suburban school board member Keith Matune, declined to state his position or say how he would’ve voted on same-sex marriage.

Oh, c’mon. Bednar is running precisely because of the gay marriage issue, and Sandack was always gonna get a right-wing primary opponent.

* Look, for the most part, incumbents don’t want to bring attention to the issue because they don’t want to make waves with voters. The challengers will avoid the judgement of the “mainstream media” and save their fire for fliers, mailers and robocalls. And, trust me, that’s all coming if the money can be raised.

*** UPDATE *** And as if right on cue, Paul Caprio’s Family-Pac just did a robocall blasting Rep. Sandack for his votes for gay marriage and pension reform.

Click here to listen

Yeah, but no worries. The threat has “evaporated,” right?

…Adding… Rep. Sullivan also got hit with that Caprio robocall.

Yep. Nothing at all to see here, move along.

- Posted by Rich Miller   12 Comments      

Rauner’s money

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

* Tribune

If Chicago-area voters think they’ve seen a lot of Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on television lately, there’s a reason: He’s spent nearly $1.5 million on ads that began in mid-November and will wrap up before Christmas. […]

For Rauner, a wealthy equity investor from Winnetka, it’s a way for a first-time candidate to introduce himself to the public. His latest ad, which ran during Sunday’s Bears game, promotes his support for term limits. Though most voters won’t start to focus on the March 18 governor primary until well after the holidays, Rauner is spending nearly $300,000 a week during a five-week period. […]

The ad buy records also shed light on the audience Rauner is seeking. His campaign team is placing ads on programs in which audiences skew older — age 55 and above — rather than viewers ages 24 to 55 that traditional advertisers try to reach.

That strategy is in keeping with the demographic of Illinois Republican primary voters. In the 2012 GOP presidential primary in Illinois, nearly three-quarters of voters were 44 and older, network exit poll resulted showed, with a quarter of voters 65 and older.

He’s advertising a lot on Fox News.

One of the more interesting bits of feedback I’ve yet heard about Rauner’s new ad on this website is that it’s the clearest signal yet to Springfield “insiders” that the candidate has a ton of money to burn and will burn it at will. Candidates don’t advertise here because it’s too expensive and targeted for their purposes. Rauner just doesn’t care.

But because he may have wanted to send a message, it was money worth spending. We’ll see.

- Posted by Rich Miller   55 Comments      

Golden Horseshoe Awards

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

* The 2013 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Illinois State Representative - Democrat was almost unanimous. Rep. Greg Harris

Have to go with Greg Harris. He not only passed landmark legislation like the marriage bill, but what is not so known is his work as an Appropriation Chair and the headaches and demands that go along with that.

He spent countless hours working with the state human services agencies crafting a budget that protected vital services at a time many were calling for more cuts. He also crafted legislation which made key changes in how abuse and neglect of those with disabilities is reported. When he was done crafting the bill, he moved it through the process quickly and without asking for any credit.

The work on human services issues is not flashy and is at times gut wrenching when dealing with issues that have profound impact on people’s lives yet Harris still does it, does it well and does it without drawing attention to his work.

Harris had a year many lawmakers can only dream about.

* Several folks also nominated Speaker Madigan, and not for the usual “he controls everything anyway” reasons, so he’s our runner-up…

Madigan is a closer. He made sure that SSM and pension reform passed. He voted for MMJ. He proved his worth as a leader. He took a stand against corporate welfare and has the quote of the year, to me. When he was told that ADM wants an answer on tax breaks by the end of the year, he said: “Okay, well that’s nice.” Brusque.

* The 2013 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Illinois State Representative - Republican is a tie…

Rep. Ed Sullivan. While most floor leaders historically just drone on, both sides of the aisle actually listen to Sullivan because he is to-the-point and has a thoughtful perspective. Furthermore, as seen with the death penalty, marriage equality, and pension reform, he is not afraid of a tough vote.


For Republican, I vote for Ron Sandack, who stood against his party, which is falling out of favor with voters in many ways. Mr. Sandack has good sense enough to see that being on the losing side of issues risks harming the future of the party.

Congrats to all. You really deserved it in a way crazy year.

* OK, on to today’s category

* Best Illinois State Senator - Democrat

* Best Illinois State Senator - Republican

Don Harmon and Matt Murphy won last year, in case you have trouble remembering these things.

Remember, it’s absolutely necessary to explain your vote. A simple name or a quick drive-by won’t be counted. Thanks!

- Posted by Rich Miller   34 Comments      

Formal complaint filed against state’s first med-mar “clinic”

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

* I suggested months ago that there was something not quite right about the state’s first “medical marijuana clinic,” so I’m glad to see the state is taking some action

Months before any Illinois residents can legally purchase pot, state regulators have filed a formal complaint against the doctor who opened Good Intentions LLC, the first medical marijuana clinic in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which inspected the clinic shortly after it opened in August in Wicker Park, said today that Dr. Brian Murray charged for “pre-certification for medical cannabis without conducting physical examinations” or “establishing a legitimate physician-patient relationship.”

The clinic vigorously disagrees.

“That’s absolutely false,” said Daniel Reid, general manager and spokesman for Good Intentions, which he said has received about 25,000 inquiries from potential patients since August. “He didn’t pre-qualify or anything of the sort.”

* From earlier this year

On Wednesday, the clinic charged some people a $99 fee for an individual care plan that would later be formulated. […]

Stuart Bander, 50, who said he’s been suffering from multiple sclerosis for 20 years, was disappointed with the staff’s answers to his questions about the law.

“I know more than they do,” he said. “They’re doing nothing.”

* Look, I don’t particularly love the state’s new medical marijuana law. It’s way too restrictive. Just legalize it and get it over with already. But we do have a law now and hinky practices need to be avoided. From an IDFPR press release…

“Unlike some states, Illinois law does not allow for ‘medical cannabis clinics’ or practices that exist solely to offer cannabis certifications,” IDFPR Acting Secretary Manuel Flores said. “We want to make sure that patients who would truly benefit from the relief of medical cannabis are not misled and physicians are not violating the law.”

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act does not take effect until January 1, 2014 and rules for administration of the Act have yet to be finalized. The rules will not be adopted until the winter of 2014. Any entity or individuals touting their ability to help with compliance with the Act or offering services in furtherance of obtaining medical cannabis before rules are adopted should be treated with extreme caution.

The Act only permits a physician who has a bona fide physician-patient relationship and is treating the patient’s qualifying debilitating medical condition to certify them for use of medical cannabis. A physician may only accept payment from a patient for the fee associated with the required medical examination prior to certifying a patient for use of medical cannabis. Physicians cannot accept payment for the certification itself.

There is no specialty in medicine that treats all the various qualifying debilitating medical conditions listed in the Act. This means that one physician could not properly treat all patients eligible to use medical cannabis. Additionally, IDFPR would not consider a physician to be treating a patient for a condition if the only treatment being provided is a written authorization for the used of medical cannabis.

Any physician advertising as a “medical cannabis clinic” will immediately fall under the Department’s scrutiny. It may be appropriate for a specialist who treats one or more of the debilitating medical conditions to advertise that they are open to providing written authority. But, it is not appropriate for a physician to advertise that the purpose of the clinic is to provide such written authorization.

* Lou

“We did that to avoid what happened in California,” where physician offices or even websites were created solely to provide ID cards for medical marijuana, said Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, a principal author of the law. “It’s a sham. We have no intention under our law to create a sham.”

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Brady actually has taxable income this time

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

* Perhaps the biggest story about Sen. Bill Brady releasing his 2012 tax returns yesterday was that he actually paid taxes.

You’ll recall that Brady only reluctantly released his returns in the 2010 campaign, and when he did we found out that he didn’t pay state or federal income taxes in 2008 and no federal income taxes in 2009, which was partly because his businesses were so hard hit by the recession. From a Pat Quinn 2010 TV ad

“We pay millionaire Bill Brady over $76,000 a year as a state senator. And he didn’t pay any federal income taxes?”

* This time around, Brady actually has taxable income to tell us about

Brady released his 2012 tax returns, showing he paid more than $37,000 in state and federal income tax on $200,529 in income that year. The joint returns with his wife, Nancy, showed $66,998 in wages and salary from his legislative pay and an additional $133,000 from other business and investment income. He did not provide schedules that would offer further details.

Brady paid $28,100 in federal income tax and $9,268 in state taxes, according to the documents. Part of Brady’s legislative salary is not taxable because he elects to place it in a deferred retirement account, his spokesman said.

If you’re keeping score, that’s a 14 percent federal tax rate. Bruce Rauner’s rate last year was 19 percent. Gov. Pat Quinn’s rate was just under 18 percent.

That’s somewhat important to note because of the uproar over presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s rate

The news is out that Mitt Romney paid a 14.1% effective tax rate on an income of over $13.7 million in 2011, a number that will strike many people as high but that is actually artificially inflated. He didn’t fully deduct all his charitable contributions in order to make sure his effective rate stayed above 13 percent.

* Back to Brady

“Like many, we are on a slow climb out of a deep hole, but we are not yet out of that hole,” Brady said in a prepared statement issued Monday. “We have worked through many challenges over the last six years. Like others, we have downsized, liquidated assets and retooled our strategies. These have been tough and sometimes painful decisions, but they were necessary.” […]

While Rauner said he would put his extensive business holdings in a blind trust, Brady on Monday said his businesses do not present any current or future conflict with the responsibilities of being governor.


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* More shenanigans!
* Saturday campaign money report
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Shenanigans!
* Tribune drops bombshell on Biss running mate
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Rauner: "Madigan has rigged the Democratic primary for Pritzker"
* New Ives radio ad claims Democrats are trying to help Rauner, while Brady does Rauner robocall
* *** UPDATED x1 - DGA responds *** Elections board says DGA should file disclosure for Ives ad
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* ISRA, Drury both try to claim Raoul inserted "poison pill" into gun bill
* Pro-life group launches GOTV effort for Lipinski
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Rauner opens new online track against Ives
* Erika Harold still can't remember comments, but says "I was wrong"
* Rauner calls Madigan "a unified force of bad, of evil"
* Sen. Duckworth gets involved in another state central committee race
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Has Pritzker gone to ground?
* Illinois House Bill HB 4900 Wastes Government Resources
* McCann, barred from SGOP caucus meeting, claims Rauner threatened to "destroy you and your family"
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Caption contest!
* Obama mailer kerfuffle in Lipinski district
* Rauner attended Quincy campaign event after Quincy veterans' home presser
* After spending millions in Dem primary, Rauner accuses "Washington liberals" of "hijacking" the GOP primary
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