Posts tagged "Pat Quinn"

Chicago Tribune endorses Bruce Rauner

The reason for the Chicago Tribune’s endorsement of Bruce Rauner is neatly summarized in the last paragraph: For the broke, broken Illinois of 2014, Bruce Rauner is two challengers in one: He’s challenging an incumbent who tried and came up short. He would challenge the power brokers who like Illinois just as it is. No... Read more »

Four reasons why Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan isn't looking into Gov. Pat Quinn's alleged political slush fund

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is Illinois’ top law enforcement office, so why isn’t she investigating Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, which allegedly is a political slush fund that spread millions of dollars around just before his election? The use of taxpayers’ money for political purposes surely rates a close look-see. Well, there are the... Read more »

Democracy sucks

How else, other than democracy sucks, to explain the horrendous state of Chicago and Illinois. How else to explain the seemingly ho-hum attitude (see John Kass’ eloquent column) toward former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s missing two (yes, two!) years of emails and the oh-so coincidental hard drive crash to some of the people who received... Read more »
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Gov. Pat Quinn unsheathes liberal guilt extortion

Don Proft said it so well about Gov. Pat Quinn’s attempt to use liberal extortion to build support among the faithful to back his income tax increase: Quinn: Make the Tax Increase Permanent or the Disabled and the Dying Get It… Writing about Quinn’s proposal to make his promised “temporary” Illinois tax increase permanent, Proft... Read more »

Illinois keeping higher income taxes; our neighbors lowering theirs

“Stateline,” a daily newsletter of the Pew Charitable Trust reports, “States Pursue Tax Cuts as Recovery Takes Hold.” Of course not in Illinois where Gov. Pat Quinn wants to makes permanent his temporary, huge income tax increase and House Speaker Mike Madigan and his henchmen are pushing to impose a surcharge on millionaires. As for... Read more »

Alarming lack of transparency in Gov. Pat Quinn's administration

A new study by For the Good of Illinois has turned the spotlight on an  alarming lack of transparency in Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. The study found: 81% of Quinn appointees leading agencies are not in compliance with mandatory Open Meeting Act training and certification. These executive appointees failed to sit for and/or pass the... Read more »
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Pat Quinn's 'everyday people'

Gov. Pat Quinn is about to make the expression “everyday people” a cliche. (Click on the headline to receive some  apt commentary from Pat Hickey in his blog, “With both hands.”) What was America’s greatest come-from-behind war? Go here to find out. To subscribe to The Barbershop, type your email address in the box and click the... Read more »

Gov. Pat Quinn's attack on working men and women

It has to be some kind of joke that Gov. Pat Quinn and Democrats are running a class war based on the supposition that they can create jobs, help the middle class and reduce unemployment. The unemployment rate in Illinois–8.7 percent–is the third worst in the nation. Might you think that Democrats, who have had... Read more »

Unions back Dillard to stop Rauner and to punish Quinn and Madigan?

Is it possible that the public employe union lobbies are backing Kirk Dillard for the Republican nomination for governor and, if he wins, they’ll sit out the general election to let the “chips fall where they may?” That’s the thrust of the story in Illinois Review. Strange bedfellow they’d make, but stranger things have happened... Read more »
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Illinois Republicans again commit election suicide

Another primary election arrives in two weeks, which means that Illinois Republicans will yet again commit seppuku. As usual, some Republicans seem happiest carving up each other, instead of their Democratic opponents. Their intraparty wounds will be sufficiently deep that enough embittered Republicans will stay home in the November general election to hand the election... Read more »
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