i’d ask both of them how they planned on keeping illinois from “going bankrupt” without additional revenues. i’m no expert, but it seems that even if you cut every bit of discretionary spending from illinois’ budget, you still wouldn’t be able to meet the state’s obligations, even in an improving economy. even a turn-around specialist knows that you have to have revenue to stay afloat…
To both of the candidates: In this campaign, each of you made a decision that was yours and yours alone: your choice of running mate. Please tell us why you chose your running mate, how you made that decision, and what that decision tells us about you.
Does it really matter what questions you ask? Both candidates are running purely on talking points.
I wish the rules were set up like a Pub Crawl.
You don’t get to answer the next question until you answer the previous question.
Rauner said back in May that he “feared” pension reform was unconstitutional. i think he ought to answer the question of whether he thinks it is constitutional or not. If he wins, he will be sworn to uphold the Constitutional in a few months…it is a fair question.
And, given the likelihood, or at least the possibility, that pension reform will be overturned, I would like to hear from both candidates what they would do if that happens. Seek additional cuts, or new revenue, and if so from where?
What are the programs you think are the most important for the State to fund? Follow-up: explain how you would cut each by 20%. It’s always so easy to cut the programs you don’t like (which of course are vital to someone else).
For Pat Quinn: What plans do you have that could actually change the way this state operates that are different than what we’ve experienced over the past 6 years? What plan have you ever operated off of, or is it always just a short horizon?
Bruce Rauner: If you plan to grow the economy to meet revenue demands, what methodology would you use, who would be targeted (what industries?) to grow in Illinois or come to Illinois? What regulations could be changed to make us the most competitive the quickest?
For Bruce Raumney: Would you hire a CEO to run a $91 billion company in an industry that they a) had no experience with and b) had no faith in, i.e. would Bruce Rauner hire Bruce Rauner for the job Bruce Rauner says he wants?
For Pat Quinn: What’s up with the Fenwick football team anyway?
Questions for Chad Grimm: how many people you asked for $100 or more for your campaign? Of your Facebook friends, how many have contacted 20 or more of their friends and asked them to vote for you or support you?
For Bruce Rauner: You’ve been in the private sector your whole life, and are now seeking the state’s top public sector job. What makes you think you are capable of succeeding in the public sector?
For Pat Quinn: You’ve been in the public sector most of your adult life. Could you have been successful in the private sector, what would you have done, and what about you makes you think you would have been successful?
Q for Bruce:
Should you win…Does it not scare the hell out of you that state revenues will immediately drop by millions beginning in January, and that you have no plan to deal with that loss of revenue?
Shouldn’t the public be scared as hell?
Shouldn’t public employees and school teachers be scared as hell?
I’ll second both YDD’s and casual observer’s pension questions while rephrasing and expanding …
For both candidates:
Given that the ISC says government pension benefits cannot be diminished in any way, shape or form in Illinois, what is your plan B?
1) How do you plan to fully fund the 5 state level pension systems? Do you favor maintaining the current 1995 ramp and raising additional revenue as needed? Would you prefer to rework the ramp to fully fund the pension systems sooner than required by the 1995 law and, if so, where would you find that revenue? Or do you have a different plan that you can delineate in detail right now?
2) The state sponsored funds are just the tip of the pension iceberg. How do you plan to deal with the non-IMRF pension fund crisis that is looming at the city and county level? Will you just ignore it? Will you change state mandates? Will you bail out local municipalities and, if so, specifically where will you get the revenue?
To both: Should a domestic violence conviction prevent someone from having a conceal carry license or FOID?
- William j Kelly - Tuesday, Sep 30, 14 @ 5:09 pm:
It never eases to amaze me at how predictable Oswego is, so anyway is chad on the ballot or not? Do his rights count for anything? What about the rights of the people who circulated and defended his petitions from rauner? Why even have a debate? Or an election? Dope.
===It never eases to amaze me at how predictable Oswego is,===
===so anyway is chad on the ballot or not?===
Do a search, you’ll find your answer…if it’s rhetorical…===Do his rights count for anything? What about the rights of the people who circulated and defended his petitions from rauner? Why even have a debate? Or an election?===…being Otter from “Animal House” is not going to get you past Rahm.
You are the only person who can get me to vote for Rauner…
Quinn: You advocate increasing the minimum wage to a “living wage”. Aren’t minimum wage jobs for people just starting out in life ? Where is the responsibility for the individual to gain skills that allow them to increase their earnings ?
Rauner: You have spoken conflicting positions on a variety of issues over the past year. What is your actual position on the minimum wage, abortion and gay rights ?
With the close of the 150th commemoration of the Civil War fast approaching; why haven’t either of you, the candidates, signed on to the celebration activities in Springfield next year? This can be the biggest exposure for Illinois in years!
Governor, why didn’t you follow through on “fumigation”? Imagine the problems you wouldn’t have now (NRI, patronage). You could have sealed the deal as a true reformer if you had removed any trace of the Blago administration.
both,what is your opinion on why chad grimm is not here?
- One to the Dome - Wednesday, Oct 1, 14 @ 4:53 am:
Race relations: Both: it is clear that both of you are tring to sway minority communities, what is your view on the current racial relations and disparities in Illinois? What have you done specifically OVER THE YEARS, to address any disparities that you see? As Gov. What are your plans/what have you done to improve health and economic disparities in these communities?
Both: How would you increase funding for education? Specifically, what other areas would be cut since even if the tax rate remains at 5% it is highly unlikely there will be enough revenue to increase funding.
Rauner: Do you plan on skipping pension payments as a way to increase funding for other areas? If so, why since that has been the primary driver of pension problems since 1917.
i can`t believe that everyone on the ballot did not get an invitation(a level playing field for all that have qualified?)the choice of none of the above is on the ballot, i`m undecided an would like to hear all the candidates, did you think no one would find out?
Please ask our Governor what he intends to do differently. Illinois hasn’t had it easy, and he hasn’t really helped the situation enough for his reelection, or he wouldn’t be polling where he is today. Why should voters give him another chance?
Ask Rauner what makes him think MJM and Cullerton would be better working partners with him, than they have been with Quinn. After Blagojevich and Quinn, these guys appear very comfortable working around inept governors and could very easily work around Rauner as well.
I would ask Quinn why his campaign doesn’t hire a better styling consultant. His suits fit horribly and the horrendous ties he wears look like they came from KMart. Rep diagonal ties? This is not the 80s. Your bald. Trim the side hair down and look younger and thinner. Oh, and on a substantive side, Quinn has no backstory. It’s like the party guest nobody remembers inviting.