Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar

Latest Post | Last 10 Posts | Archives

Previous Post: A remap primer
Next Post: Braun keeps tax issue alive for second straight week

Inauguration live blog

Posted in:

* Raw audio links

* Gov. Pat Quinn Gov. Pat Quinn

* Lt. Gov. Sheila SimonLt. Gov. Sheila Simon

* Attorney General Lisa Madigan Attorney General Lisa Madigan

* Secretary of State Jesse White Secretary of State Jesse White

* Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

* Treasurer Dan Rutherford Treasurer Dan Rutherford

…Adding… News coverage roundup…

* Quinn sworn in, promises to be “humble governor”

* Quinn sworn in as Illinois governor at inauguration

* Quinn, the ‘accidental governor,’ begins full term as Illinois faces historic budget crisis

* Quinn takes oath amid increased security in Springfield

* Gov. Pat Quinn will be sworn in today at noon for a full term. You can watch live video or listen to audio by clicking here. The live feeds starts at noon 11 o’clock this morning. All constitutional officers will be sworn in today and all will speak.

Please help out by live-blogging in comments if you can. Thanks.

This post will replace our usual Question of the Day.

* 11:08 am - If you were having trouble with the IIS video/audio links before, they’re working now so try again. Also, if you’re not interested in listening to the concert band, BlueRoomStream has a bit of B-Roll of the Inauguration setup at the Prairie Capital Convention Center

* 11:17 am - The band is now playing “Holding Out For A Hero.” From the lyrics…

Gonna take a Superman to sweep me off my feet

I wonder who picked that song. Sheesh.

* 11:32 pm - Mayor Daley is in da House and was greeted with loud applause.

* 12:01 pm - Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke will administer the oath to Gov. Quinn. Justice Burke’s husband, the Chicago alderman, was a major financial supporter of the governor’s campaign in the primary and general elections.

And here comes the speech…

Begins with a reference to the Arizona shootings. “There are some who are still alive and we ask God for their recovery.”

“We need to end the violence, and end the silence about the violence.”

“As St. Paul once said, ‘Love is patient, love is kind and love never fails.’ It’s so important in America that we have that love, and right here in Illinois.”

Praises his opponents Dan Hynes and Bill Brady for entering the arena of democracy.

“But in the end, after the election is passed and before the next election we are all one people… We must be one people to address the challenges ahead.”

“When our time on earth is finished, they will not ask each of us what kind of car we drove, or what kind of house we lived in, or how big our bank account was…” Says they will ask about what we did for the children. “Our job is to make sure that we take care of our babies in every way we can, to make sure they have a decent future.”

“Education is the strongest force in our land for equal opportunity. And we must thank our teachers, our parents certainly, and all of those who taught us along the way… We thank them for sacrificing some of their present in order to help our future.”

“I haven’t won every election. I’ve lost a few along the way. And there is a saying ‘One day a peacock, the next day a feather duster.’ I’ve been there.”

The governor is beginning to choke up as he speaks of his late father. “He believed in the ethic of service. Service to others is the rent we pay for our place on God’s earth.”

“I want to be a humble governor who is proud of our people.”

[Speaking to soldiers] “My heart is ever at your service.”

“All of us must band together for the common good. Whether you wear a military uniform or not, all of us have duty of service.”

“We formed our government and we will reform our government.”

“Democracy is a Divine gift and we must treasure it and nurture every day”

“We know very well that our government suffered an integrity crisis prior to my [I think he started to say “rule” but then stopped himself and said his time in office]… We have replaced a government of deals with a government of ideals. And I believe that must be our principle every day that we are alive.”

“We also must deal with a fiscal crisis. And I’m here today to say that we will pay our bills, to say that we will stabilize our budget, we will strengthen our ecomony. We will do that and we will do it very, very soon.”

The governor said he believed leaders would act “very quickly” to address the budget problems.

“The number one civil right is the right to a job.”

Quinn touted unemployment numbers “lower than the national average” and “eight straight months of declining unemployment.” Said he wants to “cut our unemployment rate in half.” Said education would help “because jobs follow brain power.”

“We also have to understand our transportational advantages in Illinois… We have great, great rail systems.”

Anybody else get the feeling that he might be winging this?

If you’re looking for information on Marine Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, whom the governor just lauded, click here. Quinn also referenced Capt. Beaupre in his State of the State address.

“We can have an honest government with a balanced budget and a prosperous economy.”


* 12:35 pm - Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon

“My goal, our mission, is to pass on a state that’s in a better condition than when we found it.” Bar’s pretty low there.

* 12:44 pm - Attorney General Lisa Madigan takes the oath.

“As always, my deepest gratitude goes to my wonderful family.”

“To my father Mike, whose quiet example I have long valued. Thank you for teaching me the value of hard work and showing me the value of public service.”

* 1:03 pm - Comptroller Topinka is being sworn in by her son. The younger Topinka jokingly asked his mom to take a deep breath before beginning. Topinka broke in halfway through by cracking “That’s getting awful long.” During her first inauguration in 2005, Topinka made a flatulence joke. I was told there was not going to be such a joke this time, however.

“First let me say it is good to be back.”

Praises Dan Hynes as a “great comptroller.” “He’s going to be a hard act to follow.”

“Running to be fiscal officer of a financially strapped state, it kinda makes you wonder ‘What is she thinking?’ Well, let me tell you what I’m thinking. I’m thinking it’s about time to put aside petty partisan bickering.”

“Both parties have for a very, very long time have helped dig this ditch. We’re all responsible. And since we all dug, it’s time that we got together to find the courage, the will and the civility to pull ourselves out of that ditch and make Illinois great again.”

“We’ve got adults [leading government], finally.”

“It’s time to fix this state because I am not going away until we do. So that should scare you, OK?”


posted by Rich Miller
Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 10:30 am


  1. 4 more years :(

    Comment by Mike Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 10:48 am

  2. Is the feed dead for anyone else?

    Comment by Anonymous Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 10:53 am

  3. Anonymous, I called about that. It apparently won’t be working at all until 11 o’clock.

    Comment by Rich Miller Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 10:58 am

  4. Sorry for the delay! Video link is working now.

    Comment by IIS Radio Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 11:00 am

  5. Now that’s what I call service! Thanks, IIS. :)

    Comment by Rich Miller Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 11:04 am

  6. Anyone else see the “awww” moment when one of Quinn’s young nieces had a little attack of stage fright, and her sister had to encourage her?

    Comment by Secret Square Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 11:40 am

  7. Please tell the announcer that it is Byron Brazier pronounced Brazer, i is silent. He keeps on saying Brasier

    Comment by Tell it like it is... Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 11:45 am

  8. wwow…mayor spi was real dud. Coffey should get that welcome speech made into an ad.

    Comment by CircularFiringSquad Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 11:47 am

  9. Okay, inaugurate, then get to work on all the problems we have in Illinois.

    The band played “Holding Out For A Hero”. So, are we to assume that means Quinn? I prefer to think of it as a snarky, backhanded compliment that we still don’t have the right person to fix things.

    Comment by Concerned Voter Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 11:53 am

  10. Is the House still in session, or did they ajourn long enough to have the Mushrooms attend?

    Comment by Oswego Willy Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 11:56 am

  11. “Coffey should that welcome speech made into an ad”

    Edwards has only been mayor for 2 weeks, and he’s not running for a full term.

    Comment by Secret Square Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 11:57 am

  12. The House has recessed until 3.

    Comment by Rich Miller Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 11:58 am

  13. Thanks, Rich …

    Who will give the best speech, and who will give the most remembered speech?

    Best will be Lisa … Most remembered, Dan Rutherford ….

    Comment by Oswego Willy Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:02 pm

  14. Quinn gives a gracious shout-out to Hynes and Brady, invoking Lincoln.

    Comment by Boone Logan Square Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:07 pm

  15. Once again, Justice Burke swearing in Gov. Quinn tells you all you need to know about whether he is a “reformer.”

    Comment by Anonymous Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:07 pm

  16. according to the National Assoc. of COnstitutional Officers, Rutherford has established a world record for most parties by an elected offcial office that should be appointed.
    way to go Danny

    Comment by CircularFiringSquad Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:09 pm

  17. “One day a peacock, the next day a feather duster.” (?)

    Comment by Secret Square Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:11 pm

  18. How cute are Lisa’s kids … will there be a Guiliani moment when she gives her speech?

    Comment by Oswego Willy Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:13 pm

  19. St. Paul to St. Pat:
    Love is patient, love is kind;
    You’ll need a whole lot of lovin
    To get Illinois out of this financial bind

    Comment by Das Man Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:14 pm

  20. Quinn missed a trick. He should have gone with the Churchill quote:

    “There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.”

    Taken literally or figuratively, it would have served his purposes well.

    Comment by wordslinger Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:16 pm

  21. That “we have replaced a government of deals with a government of ideals” line is going to get quoted when a tax deal gets done.

    Comment by Boone Logan Square Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:20 pm

  22. Think Quinn is starting to ramble a bit … is it me or are his “notes” a bit wrinkled?

    Comment by Oswego Willy Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:24 pm

  23. Is it too late for a drinking game? Or should we save that for the State of the State?

    Comment by Secret Square Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:26 pm

  24. Gwendolyn Brooks…Carl Sandburg…somehow I don’t think Nelson Algren will get quoted.

    Comment by Boone Logan Square Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:27 pm

  25. WARNING: May cause drowsiness.

    Comment by just sayin' Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:28 pm

  26. I look forward to the transcript.

    Comment by Boone Logan Square Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:30 pm

  27. What is with this J-O-B stuff? It’s getting really redundant!

    Comment by Stones Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:30 pm

  28. It’s become so rambling that I stopped the live blog.

    Comment by Rich Miller Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:31 pm

  29. At least he’s proven that he knows how to spell j-o-b??

    Comment by Skeptic Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:31 pm

  30. If Pat is winging this stuff about the deceased servicemen, we may be here a while. He’s understandably moved by their memories.

    Comment by Boone Logan Square Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:32 pm

  31. Was that only half an hour? Dina Baird says the speech ran 15 minutes longer than planned.

    Comment by Boone Logan Square Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:34 pm

  32. could someone txt Billboards Cross to sit up and button his coat No one likes slouchers

    Comment by CircularFiringSquad Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:41 pm

  33. I enjoyed the planes, trains, and automobiles schtick again.

    Comment by Champaign Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:42 pm

  34. LOVE …MJM telling Lisa “right hand” … priceless!

    Comment by Oswego Willy Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 12:47 pm

  35. Jesse White … simple and classy speech …

    Comment by Oswego Willy Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 1:03 pm

  36. Was it a “Who’s on 1st?” or a swearing in, Judy? … Congrats, and how proud is it that you got sworn in by your son!

    Comment by Oswego Willy Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 1:06 pm

  37. Glad to hear Pat Quinn getting right out front and defending his record, and Democrats’ by extension, when it comes to jobs.

    Illinois has created over 200,000 private sector jobs in the last year, more than any surrounding state.

    Site Selection Magazine ranked Illinois 5th in the country in new plant openings for 2010.

    And we’re ranked 15th nationwide for New Economy Jobs - the high wage, high tech driven jobs of the future. Indiana, BTW, was ranked 35th.

    Comment by Yellow Dog Democrat Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 1:25 pm

  38. How weird is this–to have inauguration festivities interspersed with this desperate struggle to save the state from bankruptcy, each going on as though the other one was not.

    Comment by jake Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 4:05 pm

  39. Quinn “we have brought honesty and integrity back to Ill.” Unless that is anyone remebers Quinns promise a few months ago to veto any tax increase over 4%. So much for Honesty huh pat.

    Comment by fed up Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 4:13 pm

  40. would the honesty and integrity include using state employees from IDOT to haul folks from the hotels to the convention center and back and forth. I wonder how many state employees were told this was their job for the day!!!

    Comment by Old Timer Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 6:56 pm

  41. The governor had no input on the band’s song selections. The song mentioned had no hidden agenda.

    Comment by Anon Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 8:17 pm

  42. Good thing Illinois created all those jobs Yellow Dog, that means more folks to contribute in the increased taxes.

    Comment by Concerned Voter Monday, Jan 10, 11 @ 8:20 pm

Add a comment

Sorry, comments are closed at this time.

Previous Post: A remap primer
Next Post: Braun keeps tax issue alive for second straight week

Last 10 posts:

more Posts (Archives)

WordPress Mobile Edition available at

powered by WordPress.