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Daiber says he voted for Hardiman

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

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Meanwhile, a 2014 Democratic primary candidate for governor, TIO HARDIMAN, now of Calumet City, talked with some of the candidates after the speeches, and Daiber told Hardiman he had voted for him. Former Gov. PAT QUINN defeated Hardiman in that primary, but Hardiman won 28 percent of the vote, and topped Quinn in more than a quarter of the state’s counties.

Daiber told me it was a “protest vote” because he had been upset with Quinn for seeking to cut out pay for regional superintendents when Daiber was president of their organization.

“Pat Quinn was a good governor,” Daiber said. “He did a lot of good things.” He said he has campaigned with Quinn, backed him in the 2014 general election, and they are friends.

* Meanwhile, Sen. Daniel Biss was busy yesterday, speaking at a minimum wage hike rally

Hundreds of minimum wage workers rallied at the state capitol to fight for $15.

The rally drew workers from all over the state and multiple organizations were represented, all fighting to make the minimum wage $15 an hour. Many speakers came out including State Senator Daniel Biss, D-Evanston.

“We’re not going to stand for it, we are not going to accept it. We are going to fight, we are going to fight, and we are going to win.” he said to the hyped up crowd.

Attendees were there pushing for House Bill 198, a bill pending in the House that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

* Biss also spoke to Alzheimer patient advocates…

* Ameya Pawar continued his visits to Downstate communities…

As the campaign’s volunteer director, I can tell you that Ameya Pawar doesn’t just meet with voters. He’ll even meet their Republican parents.

In rural communities - including areas that haven’t voted for Democrats in years - Ameya is unafraid to articulate the same message of a New Deal for Illinois that he touts in Chicago. That’s what he did on a recent trip to Prophetstown when one of our supporters invited him to travel there to meet her conservative parents.

These trips are part of our work to mobilize voters in every county. And Ameya is winning over voters, one skeptical dad at a time.

* And JB Pritzker is back in Springfield for another event today…

B Pritzker to Speak at Springfield IFT Rally in Support of Higher Education

JB Pritzker to rally with the Illinois Federation of Teachers and speak about Bruce Rauner’s harmful cuts to higher education.

Thursday, April 27 at 1:15 PM

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  1. - walker - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 10:00 am:

    –He’ll even meet with the Republican parents of “voters.”–

    Quite an inclusive mindset you got there.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 10:03 am:

    ===Daiber told Hardiman he had voted for him.===

    So he’s the “one”…


  3. - Saluki - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 10:04 am:

    Why not make the minimum wage $90 an hour? That would be a real progressive proposal. Something folks could really sink their teeth into. Biss is uninspiring.

  4. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 10:05 am:

    “In rural communities - including areas that haven’t voted for Democrats in years - Ameya is unafraid to articulate the same message of a New Deal for Illinois that he touts in Chicago.”

    I believe in this very much. Talk with people and try to sell the vision everywhere. I know it’s a cliche, but every vote counts.

    I remember how dumb it was of Hillary Clinton to call half of Trump’s supporters deplorable. I thought then and there that she jeopardized her chances at winning. Bernie Sanders never talked about people that way. He respected rural voters and made sure to say that people’s concerns transcend politics and partisanship. That’s probably why he cleaned Clinton’s clock in rural Rust Belt areas.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 10:06 am:

    ===Why not make the minimum wage $90 an hour?===

    Since that’s NOT the argument, your take on that reflects on you more that the point you’re trying to make.

  6. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 10:10 am:

    “===Why not make the minimum wage $90 an hour?===

    Since that’s NOT the argument, your take on that reflects on you more that the point you’re trying to make.”

    Or as Rich would say, quit arguing like a child.

  7. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 10:11 am:

    Hitching your campaign to Tio Hardiman and Pat Quinn is a bold strategy. Let’s see how that works for him…

  8. - City Zen - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 10:39 am:

    As Biss continues to “Fight for $15″, perhaps he can enlighten us the impact that will have on cash-strapped school districts and municipal budgets.

    Hourly rates for teaching assistants, custodians, and other support personnel typically fall in the $14-19 range. Will a custodian currently making 2x the minimum wage ask for a similar increase in his pay once his McDonald’s buddy is making as much as him now?

  9. - titan - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 10:44 am:

    A generally higher minimum for the ‘career’ (or just long term) type employee seems to be the focus of this push. And I let that facet stand o its own merits.

    I seems to me that there should be some way to carve out an exception for entry level “starter jobs’ that should be viewed as a place for young people to, in effect, learn how to be an employee. A $15 minimum wage will likely hurt the prospects of teenagers with less than compelling resumes, educations and/or backgrounds.

  10. - Steve - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    How many high school dropouts , without work experience, can make $31,000 a year?

  11. - NoGifts - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 11:41 am:

    People who drop out of high school and don’t have work experience still have to support themselves.

  12. - A guy - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    If I were Daiber, I’d be drafting a release pronto:

    You misunderstood, I didn’t Vote for Tio, I said I’d vote for Theo.
    Sorry for the misunderstanding.

  13. - Responsa - Thursday, Apr 27, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    I don’t make light of anything having to do with Alz. research and fundraising. But Biss seems to have a knack for appearing in photo-ops (the purple balloon this time) that when viewed out of context make him look silly. He needs someone on his staff to do better.

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