Chicago isn’t the outlier, Downstate is
Friday, Mar 22, 2019
* Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) on WJPF…
I’m not trying to pick on Bryant here because this is a common thing said by others.
But the reality is that Downstate, particularly the southern region, is now the outlier in Illinois. They are the odd ducks, if you will, who are skewing the state’s politics.
* Take a look at the poll results released so far by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. The poll found that 81 percent of Chicagoans support a $15 minimum wage, as did 71 percent of suburbanites, while just 48 of Downstaters supported the plan.
President Donald Trump’s job disapproval rating is 76 percent in Chicago and 60 percent in the suburbs, but more Downstaters approve than disapprove, 50-46.
Sen. Dick Durbin’s job approval numbers are above water in Chicago and the suburbs, but he’s underwater Downstate, 42-48.
* Downstate no longer has a powerful suburban ally like it did when DuPage County’s Chicago-bashing conservative Pate Philip ran the Illinois Senate. DuPage now has just one Republican state Senator. Few suburban Republican legislators openly bash Chicago these days.
Lake County’s board has a Democratic majority for the first time ever.
An African-American woman named Lauren Underwood not only defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren, but beat Hultgren in McHenry County, of all places.
* And, of course, Downstate is a net state tax eater while the suburbs and Cook County are net state tax payers.
All of this rhetoric is just red meat for the locals, but it’s not based in reality. Garbage in, garbage out as they say.