* The Tribune editorial board commented today on a DCEO spokesman’s admission this week that the agency is trying to get new project announcements out the door before election day. You remember that one, right?…
“We have a good story to tell — and do I want to tell it before Nov. 4? Yes. Is that a crime?”
* From the Trib…
As Crain’s pointed out: Quinn committed $22 million to four companies this month alone.
Did taxpayers get snookered in the rush to roll out these projects before Nov. 4? Did the companies slyly extort especially sweet packages, knowing that Team Quinn faced a pre-election deadline to get the deals done?
Those are good questions for Gov. Quinn. Inquiring Illinois taxpayers surely want to know.
Yes, those are good questions.
* But back to the DCEO spokesman for a minute. Longtime commenter “Soccermom” made this valid point the other day…
Being an effective government spokesperson is not actually intuitive — you need to learn (preferably not the hard way) that whenever somebody mentions an election, you refer them to the campaign office. Boom. End of story.
It’s not an issue of “telling the truth.” It’s an issue of knowing where your paycheck comes from. And when you work for the State, your paycheck comes from the residents of Illinois — no matter who they vote for, or even if they vote.
Are the people of Illinois paying you to comment on the election? No, they are not. They are paying you to let them know what the State is doing with their money. That’s your job. Period.