Pat Quinn's rough week

A weak one, leading to toss-up standing for November

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By Jim Bowman

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From Oak Park Republicans blog, via Ill. GOP chairman Jack Dorgan:

For a sitting governor, it doesn't get much worse than the week Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn just had.

  • On Tuesday, a state audit slammed Gov. Quinn for his $54.5 million program, launched just one month before the 2010 election. The brutal audit led to calls for a criminal investigation into what Republicans called a political "slush fund."

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Chicago Tribune
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  • On Wednesday, Quinn's head of the Illinois Department of Chidren and Family Services abruptly resigned after multiple scandals came to light in the past month, including a theft conviction and past paternity case.Associated Press
    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Sun-Times
  • Then on Thursday, Quinn's campaign got caught accepting $5,000 from an IDNR official and Democratic county party head. Shamed by the ILGOP, Quinn announced he would donate the tainted cash to charity (more about this below). And initial reports are that Quinn has plenty more work to do if he wants to truly rid himself of similar contributions.ILGOP Press Release
    Quad Cities Times
    News Gazette
  • Friday brought the worst news of all: the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed the sad state of the Illinois economy under Gov. Quinn:
  • Illinois was one of only two states where the average jobless rate got worse from 2012 to 2013.
  • We had the third-worst overall jobless rate of any state in 2013.
  • Every other state in the region, and each of our neighbors, improved their jobless rate while Illinois got worse.
  • And on average last year, our population (and number of unemployed) increased, but our labor force and total number of workers dropped.
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  • So it should be no surprise that on Friday Rothenberg Political Report moved the Illinois governor's race from "Lean Democrat" to "Toss-up." The report said "[Quinn's] job approval numbers can't be ignored, and we have growing doubts about his re-election prospects."

Now that's what I would call a rough week.

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Big Brass Balugas  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 3:04 PM

For all the Illinois residents who felt left out because you didn't get to see any of the ads in the 2012 Presidential election - I have good news for you! Pat Quinn will be verbatim recycling all the same ads that Obama ran against Romney against Rauner

Unhatched chickens  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 1:02 PM

The trick for the IL GOP is it has to be the right kind of "fiscally conservative." (Social liberal/moderate is a given in this state.) Voters don't want slash and burn spending cuts so for a Republican to succeed things like education cuts are off the table. Which leaves limited budget options. There's not a middle-of-the-road check on Democrats and GOP opposition tends to be too far right. To get elected, they're gonna have to look like they can work with the Dem majority in Springfield.

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 11:51 AM

IL voters must be retarded. How we keep electing these same corrupt politicians and lackeys is beyond me. You don't get the government you deserve, you get the one you elect. I say vote out all the incumbents and clean house. Democrat or Republican. From village to the Federal govt. If they've been there more than two terms, they need to go.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 11:29 AM

do we get some kind of a special prize for three-peat of governors behind bars? wait a moment, let me do the math, Madigan is in charge of the house. his daughter is the AG... so providing that Quinn didn't anger the man in charge, he will be insulated from anything coming from the state side. The question is does the chicago machine have enough clout to insulate quinn from federal charges?

muntz  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 10:21 AM

Sadly, this i such an uphill battle for any non-Dem candidate. There are simply far too many entrenched public union members and their extended families - all reliant on keeping the status quo - to defeat for any real change to occur. These folks will come out in droves to make sure your taxpayer dollars keep going into their pockets. This is where expanded govt really comes back to bite you and muzzle your voice. Fiscally conservative + socially middle-of-the-road = only chance for GOP.

Tired of the devil we know  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 6:32 PM

1st time in 30 voting years I'm pulling a GOP ballot. In the information age, the wave after wave of corruption are too much. Term limits might allow relief. The voting block of connected/organized people who have have incomes tied to the state can sway an election. So the cycle goes on.

Bill D  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 5:08 PM

Rauner and Brady- I don't even consider Rutherford viable anymore- will lose to Quinn, because Republicans stupidly adhere to a social conservatism the majority of illinois voters reject. Dillard is the only one with a proven record of moderation and a record of proven government service, someone whom I and other Democrats might vote for over Quinn. This needs to be about fixing the fiscal condition of the state, not braying like jack asses against lifestyles we don't like.

Unhatched chickens  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 3:37 PM

Cook has it as a tossup, too. If the GOP candidates would run towards the middle they may have a better chance. Nobody really likes Quinn, but if it comes down to him and Rauner, most voters will take more Quinn. Better to dance with the devil you know.

Jim Bowman  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 2:35 PM

Unhatched: Take it up with Rothenberg, pls.

Jim Bowman  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 2:33 PM

Cheesefare: Looking to November, don't you know?

Unhatched chickens  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 2:06 PM

You're being disingenuous, Jim. With the GOP candidates for gov in a mess & IL a very blue state, it's still a tough road for whoever the Republican nominee is. Let's not forget Quinn was behind at this point last time around, too.

Cheesefare  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 1:39 PM

So you are going on the record to predict Tio Hardimon wins the Democratic Primary for Governor?

Sarah from OP  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 11:55 AM

Great break down. All vital information, with news paper articles to back up the info.

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