Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Baked into the cake
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Baked into the cake

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016

* Whatever you think of the rest of the column, Jim Dey’s conclusion is spot on

“Thumbs down to the Illinois Supreme Court, which … disenfranchised the state’s voters to the benefit of a powerful few,” the Quad-City Times stated [about the redistricting lawsuit].

But, really, who cares? Certainly not the judges who did Madigan’s dirty work. They’re not accountable?

Certainly not Madigan and the legislators he spared from being put to a real electoral test. They’re not accountable either. That’s the whole point behind gerrymandering.

They may not appreciate the accusations coming their ways. But adverse public reaction was baked into the political cake, and it’ll blow over. When it does, they’ll still be in charge, for now and for as far as the eye can see.

Same with the $400,000 copper doors. Same with, well, pretty much everything.

You do what you want and then win the campaigns in the trenches.

But, again, it would be a bit more honest if columnists and editorial writers even occasionally pointed out that Rauner actually managed to win a whole lot of districts that are represented by Democratic legislators. He beat Pat Quinn in Rep. Dan Beiser’s district 55-38, for instance. That’s probably why the Democrats are playing the Ken Dunkin card in August.

* Related…

* Kim Jong Un has North Korean officials killed by anti-aircraft gun, paper says

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:08 pm:



    – MrJM

  2. - Not Rich - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:09 pm:

    Have we all forgotten the 90’s.. Republican map and the Dems won all but one cycle in that decade.. Last week’s decision was over when the Repubs fell asleep in the first Kilbride race..quit whining and win some elections..

  3. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:17 pm:

    Say what you want about the guy, but Kim Jong Un does get style points for that. It’s not quite sharks with frickin’ laser beams but pretty creative.

  4. - Trolling Troll - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:23 pm:

    Ha!! That made me spit out my coffee.

  5. - weltschmerz - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:23 pm:

    So the Mendoza Line for a Republican to get elected governor, is Pat Quinn?

  6. - Ahoy! - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:24 pm:

    Regarding the map in the 90’s, there was not nearly as good of data back then as there is now about voters. Gerrymandering & voter data analysis has become scientific utilizing the most advanced technologies possible.

    Also, the voters of Illinois carry a tremendous about of blame for your system. We are terrible. Everyone knew that George Ryan was going to jail when he was running for governor for the things he did as SOS and he won election. Everyone knew Blago was going to jail and he won reelection. Everyone knews our legislature is terrible, but we keep sending the same people back there. Unfortunately in Illinois, we have the government we deserve.

    What will enact real change? Incumbents loosing on both sides of the aisle, we probably don’t even need that many, maybe just 25 - 30% of incumbents loosing would send some shock waves, especially if a couple of them were in safe districts.

  7. - Analyst - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:27 pm:

    It’s too easy to simply blame the Court for partisanship and keep up the rant that MJM is the root of IL dysfunction. The reformers clearly overstepped and drafted poorly, and have only themselves to blame.

  8. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:31 pm:

    ===voter data analysis has become scientific utilizing the most advanced technologies possible===

    So, then how do you explain the fact that two congressional districts drawn for Democrats are now represented by Republicans?

  9. - Keyrock - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:33 pm:

    I agree with Analyst. The Supreme Court has been all too partisan over the years. But this majority opinion was consistent with precedent and the language of the Constitution.

  10. - downstate commissioner - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:35 pm:

    ‘related”- poor reporting- doesn’t say what type or caliber of anti-aircraft cannon-details are important.
    “for dozing off…” That would be the answer down in Springfield, huh?

  11. - The Captain - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:36 pm:

    Rauner wasn’t the only Republican to win a bunch of districts that are represented by Dems. Just look at the House where there are currently 71 Democrats and only 47 Republicans. Yet in 2014 Rauner won 69 of those districts, Topinka 68 and Cross 64. Here are the counts taken from here (the SOS totals are ugly though):

    US Senate
    Durbin - 67
    Oberweis - 51

    Rauner - 69
    Quinn - 49

    Attorney General
    Madigan - 86
    Schimpf - 32

    Secretary of State
    White - 112
    Webster - 6

    Topinka - 68
    Simon - 50

    Frerichs - 54
    Cross - 64

  12. - Hamlet's Ghost - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 1:53 pm:

    How can gerrymandering be “blamed” for the composition of the IL House when Rauner won 69 IL house districts, Topinka won 68 IL House districts and Cross won 64 IL House districts?

    Isn’t a more likely explanation simply that Team IL GOP slated weaker candidates in those IL House races?

  13. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 2:07 pm:

    “Baked into the cake.”

    Don’t give Kim Jong Un any ideas.

  14. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 2:20 pm:

    The New York Review of Books had a very interesting article examining the toxic effects of blatantly partisan redistricting (Bonus: The book under review has a title that would instantly summon the Ban Hammer!)

    – MrJM

  15. - very old soil - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 2:22 pm:

    The word is “losing, not “loosing”. One of Rich’s pet peeves.

  16. - The Old Professor - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 2:33 pm:

    Jim Dey and the News-Gazette didn’t mind that in the Republican map of the 90s, Champaign-Urbana was split in two so that it was a minority part of two rural Republican legislative districts.

  17. - BK Bro - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 3:08 pm:

    From a purely cynical perspective, the resilience of IL dem leadership is impressive. Reminds me of the Trump comment where he thinks he can shoot people and still get votes.

    The public will complain, but for some mysterious reason, they’ll re-elect practically all of them.

  18. - Union Man - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 3:46 pm:

    Waah! I’m for map reform too, but proposing a bill that doesn’t meet constitutional muster isn’t worth the parper it’s written on. Try Again and get it right.

  19. - Teach - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 3:58 pm:

    What the Republicans want is to be able to draw their own maps in Illinois, like they’ve done in Congress.

  20. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 4:09 pm:

    – But adverse public reaction was baked into the political cake,–

    Where has the “adverse public reaction” manifested itself? Is gerrymandering a hot topic of conversation outside the relatively small circle of political junkies and editorial writers?

  21. - LTSW - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 5:14 pm:

    If Cross won 10 more house districts than Frereichs, then the HD’s must have had a way better GOTV operation than the HGOP.

  22. - Hamlet's Ghost - Tuesday, Aug 30, 16 @ 5:26 pm:


    If this link is correct, it looks like Frerichs won his best house districts by significantly higher margins than the best house districts Cross won.

    I wish these tables had raw vote totals.

  23. - Happy Camper - Wednesday, Aug 31, 16 @ 12:39 am:

    Using Pat Quinn a comparison…. the man belongs in jail. Quinn was the poster child for Illinois corruption.

    Quinn channeled $58,000,000 ear marked to reduce violence in Chicago, channeling those dollars to help by votes, reelect himself.

    Then we have some of his appointments…remember the unqualified commandant to run the Illinois State Police.

  24. - peon - Wednesday, Aug 31, 16 @ 8:33 am:

    Let’s not forget that Rauner was elected because people were dissatisfied with the status quo. The electorate does respond.

    He had a golden opportunity to make meaningful changes but failed for reasons I would classify as personal weaknesses.

  25. - Anon - Wednesday, Aug 31, 16 @ 9:12 am:

    ===it would be a bit more honest if columnists and editorial writers even occasionally pointed out that Rauner actually managed to win a whole lot of districts that are represented by Democratic legislators.===

    Once a journalist settles on a narrative, the return of Jesus Christ himself sometimes isn’t enough to drag them off of it.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Rauner issues executive order barring legislators from representing clients at PTAB
* Kennedy: Limit top progressive income tax rate to less than 6 percent
* Question of the day
* Next week's House session cancelled
* *** UPDATED x2 - Pritzker "Did Chris Kennedy Just Endorse Bruce Rauner?" - Kennedy campaign tries to explain *** Kennedy says Rauner "should be applauded" for "trying to do what he thinks is best for the state of Illinois"
* Sen. Donne Trotter retires
* Illinois payrolls were up just 0.5 percent last year
* Vitriol continues in Durkin's primary race
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Judge clears courtroom in Rauner lawsuit hearing
* You can't "fully inform" voters without money
* State agrees to a $400 million consent decree
* Rate Prizker's new online ad
* Rauner gets another property tax press pop
* Emanuel pokes Rauner over Amazon comments
* Rauner's new Pritzker ad cost just $11,900
* Kennedy unveils health care plan
* Gov. Rauner gets his own blog
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






* Illinois governor to air advert of rival, Blago.....
* Ives Beats Rauner in Straw Poll - Alton Daily News..
* The Download Presents The Week That Was: “Trump.....

* EXCHANGE: Few shelters from cold for suburban homeless
* EXCHANGE: Cannery now handles weddings instead of pumpkins
* Serial stowaway arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare airport
* Former teacher sentenced to prison in child porn case
* Illinois union pioneer Paul Booth dead at 74
* Indiana man gets prison term for selling guns in Illinois
* Serial stowaway arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare airport
* Possible sighting of cougar in DuPage County
* Court in Chicago hears arguments on sanctuary cities
* Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Chinese scholar case

* Rauner order bars lawmakers from property-tax appeals
* Outdoor sports participants hoping for larger cut in farm bill
* U of I trustees approve 4th-straight tuition freeze
* Rauner to air extended ad of Pritzker, Blagojevich on wiretap
* Mendoza to keynote Women's March Saturday in Springfield
* Chicago mayor vows to step up Amazon second headquarters bid
* Under the Dome Podcast: More Blago-Pritzker talk, Rauner confirms Duke is racist
* U of I withdrew 35 job offers after background checks
* Frerichs: Can't get tax break for using college savings plan on private K-12 tuition
* Illinois governor to air extended ad of rival, Blagojevich on wiretap

* What you need to know about the L.A. Times 'frat-boy executive' scandal
* Law firms' 2018 resolution: Less paper
* Could this company become Chicago's own Salesforce?
* Manufacturers discover marketing
* In Chicago, does the new tax law mean a bonus?

* CX-3 is mighty Mazda crossover
* Police: Target shoplifters fled police, caused crash in Plainfield
* US flu season gets worse, has ‘lot more steam’ than expected
* Chicago rapper Fredo Santana reportedly dead at 27
* Daughter, father seriously hurt in Burnside home fire
* Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown
* Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole by governor
* Man shot inside Far South Side home
* Dear Abby: I’m 27 and still suck my thumb
* Congress has shut down the federal government. Now what?

* Tenant causes relationship tension
* 3 hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak at South Side grocery store
* Man shot in front of 3 children when someone fired on house
* Disabato: Vinny Curta keeps grinning as NCAA scoring leader at Grinnell
* There's a strong case to make that Trump is a big reason for the government shutdown
* Government shuts down as hopes for a spending deal crumble in divided Senate
* Gov. Brown reverses decision to parole Manson family killer
* What a federal government shutdown would mean in Chicago
* Illinois falls to 0-7 in Big Ten after getting blown out by Wisconsin
* Homewood-Flossmoor looks young, restless in loss to highly touted Bolingbrook

» Chicago Schools Chief: Cost A Driver In Special Ed Overhaul
» One Year Later, Women’s March Demands More Than Attendance
» State Week: Education Funding, Pritzker-Blagojevich, Rauner-Duke
» Sheriff Offers To Help Review Police Shootings In Suburban Cook County
» A Prescription For Fruits And Veggies: One Solution To Food Insecurity in Illinois
» A Call For Transparency
» 2 Illinois Governor Candidates Spend $26M In Last 3 Months
» State Board of Education: Double School Funding Now
» Lawmakers Demand Fast Internet For Rural Schools
» 2 Dreamers Discuss Helping Other Immigrants Amid Uncertainty

* Ed Rogers: High stakes for Trump at the World Economic Forum
* Scott Reeder: Formula for political success is to listen to voters
* Rauner order bars lawmakers from property-tax appeals
* Outdoor sports participants hoping for larger cut in farm bill
* Point: Trump's stance gives hope to an Iranian majority that longs for freedom
* Counterpoint: Trump's assertive policies rally Iranian support for the Ayatollahs
* Thumbs Up: To investing in infrastructure
* Eugene Robinson: An administration with no credibility cannot lead
* U of I trustees approve 4th-straight tuition freeze
* Rauner to air extended ad of Pritzker, Blagojevich on wiretap

* State Farm building eyed for other uses
* Area Calendar 1/20/18
* Readers offer suggestions
* Daily Digest 1/20/18
* Your turn: What should State Farm do with its downtown building?
* Animal Control boosts adoption efforts, makes local connections
* On The Town: Harlem Globetrotters 2018
* Underwood: 'They were a much better basketball team'
* Alstork: 'I came here to win'
* Notes: Defense an issue in loss to Badgers

* North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South
* Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten
* The Latest: Djokovic into 4th round at Australian Open
* The Latest: Berdych beat del Potro at Australian Open
* The Latest: South Korean beats Zverev at Australian Open

* Letters to the editor: Election commission...
* Dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US Rep. Ran...
* Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and...
* Time Magazine's Powerful New Cover Feature...
* Letter: Talk to tax preparer about GOP tax...
* Rep. Hultgren: It is Not Safe for Salvador...
* Our view: End patronage at Algonquin Towns...
* Hultgren makes strong mark on nation's new...
* Letters to the editor: Election commission...
* Dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US Rep. Ran...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Democrats don't want a deal, they want to ......

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Chance The Rapper Visited Uptown Last Night
* “Chicago” West?
* Donald Trump And The Rhetoric Of Dictators
* The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #184: Bell & Bulls, Vic & Vikes, Corey's Confusion
* Thorner/O'Neil: Social Engineering: Transferring Parental Control of Children to Teachers
* Governor to be featured at bi-partisan Lincoln Forum in January
* 7 members of Illinois Congressional delegation co-sponsor Born Alive measure
* Chicago Ex Fest canceled amid allegations of sexual misconduct against its organizer
* Mom and Dad is a bracing Mad magazine-style satire
* Illinois Congressman Backstage at the March for Life 2018

* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

* Shell wants to turn smartwatches into smartphones on a wing (or two)
* Gboard goes big on GIF creation in the suggestion bar
* iOS 11 is now on 65 percent of devices
* FCC sees US variants of Nokia 6 (2018) or Nokia 7
* Skagen Falster smartwatches are now available to buy
* Google Play services update fixes Chromecast Wi-Fi bug
* AT&T to introduce iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus into prepaid service eligibility

* White Sox seeking new flagship radio home
* Engel working to steady barrel in Year 2
* WLS parent company looking to end White Sox radio deal
* Inbox: Who replaces Rodon in the rotation?
* 2018 South Side Sox Hall of Fame Ballot
* With maturity comes lofty expectations for Eloy
* Collins ranked MLB's No. 9 catching prospect

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller