Illinois lawmakers return to Springfi...

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield to face budget deadline

There are 27 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 28, 2009, titled Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield to face budget deadline. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

As lawmakers return to Springfield on Monday with an unsettled state budget and a deadline to act staring them down, the rhetoric behind potential drastic social service cuts has become clouded by questions of credibility from the governor on down.

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ILTaxPayer

United States

#1 Jun 28, 2009
Has Gov Quinn considered that if he retires next year; his state of Illinois retirement will be state tax-exempt and the state income tax increase won't effect him ?
Dave

United States

#2 Jun 29, 2009
Our lawmakers, the one's we elected, are to blame for this whole mess. Come election day, if there is a "Re Elect" in their campaign sign, DO NOT vote for them, And they must be limited to serving 2 terms. Be we all know, the pols will never allow that to happen. Welcome to ILL Annoy

Since: Oct 07

Chicago, IL

#3 Jun 29, 2009
Now that it is the legislatures turn to actually DO something about the budget, we get the typical clown and hack responses. They either point the finger back at Quinn or shrug and say it is all part of the political dance.

The citizens of this state are sick and tired of it. What we need is leadership not more of the same tired old where is mine, back room deal, quid pro quo politics.

Hopefully the Feds have left all the old Blago wiretaps in place and are picking up new information to be used for new charges.
Red Heart

Mchenry, IL

#4 Jun 29, 2009
Let's see, the legislators couldn't work with blago. Now they can't work with Quinn, which is surprising the way he caved on ethics. Sounds like we have more Bozos in our Government than I thought, and that my friends is a LOT of people.
Portage Parker

Chicago, IL

#5 Jun 29, 2009
Quinn is full of it.....The time to get the state payroll right sized is past due.

And get public salaries and the generous pensions in line with the private sector. Not just fiture employees, but past and present as well.

Then there are the generous pensions that our part time legislators give to themselves....These must be slashed, particularly the double dippers like Rep Joe Lyons (D NW Side), who as a "supervisor" for the City of Chicago will be collecting well into six figures after he retires....They have NO shame.
Downstater

Quincy, IL

#6 Jun 29, 2009
With the chaotic leadership of Quinn, no wonder the residents of Illinois are confused and bitter. We see no attempt to cut spending. All Quinn talks about is tax, tax, and then tax some more. How about re-opening state employee contracts? If the unions are unwilling to take pay cuts, then cut employees. End the state defined pension plan. Virtually no one in the private sector has that archaic concept anymore. Illinois politicians have only to look to California, where voters by nearly a 2/3 margin said "NO MORE TAXES. CUT SPENDING". Our politicians raise taxes at their own re-election peril.
Taxed To Death

Birmingham, AL

#7 Jun 29, 2009
Voters:
Take note of (When it is Made Public Information) WHO VOTES for any Kind of Income Tax Hike, plus ALL OF The Increased Fee Hikes that that NO GOOD Pat Quinn is trying to force the Legislature to pass because he refuses to cut all of the wasted spending in Illinois and (BE SURE TO VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE) when they come up for re-election.
Seriously now

El Dorado Hills, CA

#8 Jun 29, 2009
Quinn has FLIPPED on every principle that he has stood for over the last 30 years.

How little did we know thee, oh mighty Quinn?

Out with Quinn!

Next!
Winston Churchill

Frankfort, IL

#9 Jun 29, 2009
If they do anything, I would like to see the introduction of a bill to limit state legislators, senators, attorney general, governor, etc to two terms. Corruption starts when empires are built.

Quinn, do like mine and other families. We only have so much money to live on. Deal with it. I cannot go to my boss and demand more. Kick the illegals off your free health insurance.

Since: Aug 08

Chicago IL

#10 Jun 29, 2009
Winston Churchill wrote:
If they do anything, I would like to see the introduction of a bill to limit state legislators, senators, attorney general, governor, etc to two terms. Corruption starts when empires are built.

We already have that - it's called an election.

Why do some people fear someone they oppose getting elected? Why eliminate freedom of choice in the ballot box?

Do you just envy that other people are popular, and you're not?
Portage Parker

Chicago, IL

#11 Jun 29, 2009
Sweet Old Bob wrote:
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We already have that - it's called an election.
Why do some people fear someone they oppose getting elected? Why eliminate freedom of choice in the ballot box?
Do you just envy that other people are popular, and you're not?
Here is the problem with your logic Bob.....Gerrymandered districts drawn by the officeholders themselves.
libertyville

Evanston, IL

#12 Jun 29, 2009
It hurts me to say this but this governor is making our notorious legistature look good. It's time to stop the posturing and protest march tactics and roll up the sleeves. The people of this state cannot afford his smoky pipedreams.
libertyville

Evanston, IL

#13 Jun 29, 2009
Winston Churchill wrote:
If they do anything, I would like to see the introduction of a bill to limit state legislators, senators, attorney general, governor, etc to two terms. Corruption starts when empires are built.
Quinn, do like mine and other families. We only have so much money to live on. Deal with it. I cannot go to my boss and demand more. Kick the illegals off your free health insurance.
I have to agree. The 10% who deserved to stay beyond 2 terms just don't make up for the 90% who don't. We have to have a way to cut our losses in this state. There is not one Springfield politician who currently stands out as deserving 2+ terms.
sowhat

Northbrook, IL

#14 Jun 29, 2009
"On Sunday, Quinn said there's been "no mixed message" on taxes."

Then read the penultimate paragraph:

"Quinn has given conflicting details on what he ultimately will do if lawmakers don't come up with more money by Wednesday. He's adopted various income-tax increase plans in trying to find one that will sell with lawmakers, including switching from a permanent hike to a temporary one and reducing the rate on corporations. He's pledged to make drastic cuts in services, then countered by saying he would never let that happen. He's predicted massive layoffs in state government, then scaled back."

So, either Quinn or everyone else is lying. The one thing we can say about Quinn--he has been unwavering that someone will get a big tax increase. He has also been unwavering in his pandering to recipient groups. Still haven't seen his plan for economic development.
Marie

Chicago, IL

#15 Jun 29, 2009
If you don't have enough money for everything...you CUT things out of the budget!!! Stop raising taxes just to have more our hard earned money wasted by special interest groups. How can he look people in the eye and say a tax increase will solve it? It will not solve it. Too much money is unaccounted for as it is and Quinn has just been a total disappointment.
skiparoo

Le Roy, IL

#16 Jun 29, 2009
these greedy fools cannot finish anything except funding their crooked pensions.
John

United States

#17 Jun 29, 2009
It's been said before, but I'll say it again...the only solution is to give all incumbents their walking papers, especially Madigan and Cullerton.

But we know it won't happen, the unions and the politically-connected will tell the people how to vote, and they will obey.
Bob

Des Plaines, IL

#18 Jun 29, 2009
Sweet Old Bob wrote:
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We already have that - it's called an election.
Why do some people fear someone they oppose getting elected? Why eliminate freedom of choice in the ballot box?
Do you just envy that other people are popular, and you're not?
Your either ignorant of the state of politics today or you owe your livelihood to one of those elected-for-life politicians. Elections, especially in Illinois, favor the incumbent, not because they are the better candidate but becasue they have manipulated the election laws in their favor. There is no need to serve more than two terms for anyone in any office. Are you even aware that a person may only serve two terms as President? So if a term limit is good enough for the highest office in the country than it should be good enough for the lessor offices as well. We're very near the point of losing democracy in Illinois and sinking into becoming an oligarchy, with the same few people and members of their families controlling goverment.

Since: Sep 08

Mobile, AL

#19 Jun 29, 2009
I have a question about this line " legislative leaders believe Quinn has wavered in his commitments" While from the wording of the rest of the article, I believe it should be "comments" not "commitments", if it is indeed "commitments" I find it disgusting that legislative "leaders" are more concerned with the governor's commitment to them then they are with their Constitutionally required committments to the citizens of the state of Illinois who they serve? Also, maybe Quinn should show that the state leaders are willing to sacrifice, maybe figure out the average amount his income tax will cost each Illinois taxpayers, and reduce EVERY legislative and excutive branch employee by that amout. If the state needs more money to help the underprivileged, maybe the legislators could look into their own pockets as well as the taxpayers!
Common Man

Vernon Hills, IL

#20 Jun 29, 2009
John wrote:
It's been said before, but I'll say it again...the only solution is to give all incumbents their walking papers, especially Madigan and Cullerton.
But we know it won't happen, the unions and the politically-connected will tell the people how to vote, and they will obey.
Right on,these 2 p.o.s.call the shots!

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