New Govenor for Illinois
Unhappy Illinoisan

Joliet, IL

#21 Mar 16, 2014
5 Years wrote:
Five years and Is Illinois is still not working properly. Why?
Because the entire political system in Illinois, both Democratic and Republican, is destroyed and beyond repair. Years of endless corruption and hard bureaucracies, coupled with the lack of good natured people living in Illinois, have caused Illinois to completely collapse. Illinois does not have significant portions of people with good hearts that care for elderly and disabled people. Practically all of Illinois is miles and miles of endless social desert, Cook County has the largest ghetto in America. The pace of life is continuing to speed up in Illinois as people either lose more patience or move out and are replaced by patienceless people who continue to be in a monstrous hurry. And when you have millions of selfish snobs voting against just a few thousand nice people in a political election, nasty things are certain to happen politically.
Incumbent AntiVote

Maywood, IL

#22 Mar 18, 2014
"Rauner"
The people have spoken!
The Big Picture

Maywood, IL

#23 Mar 19, 2014
“To those who have grown rich on the public dollar, to those who have won secret grants and contracts, to those in government who put themselves first and the taxpayers second – here's a message from the people of Illinois: your free ride is over.”
Unhappy in Ilinois

Joliet, IL

#24 Mar 20, 2014
The Big Picture wrote:
“To those who have grown rich on the public dollar, to those who have won secret grants and contracts, to those in government who put themselves first and the taxpayers second – here's a message from the people of Illinois: your free ride is over.”
That is what no more than perhaps a few hundred thousand Illinoisans would say. But the population of Illinois is more than 12 MILLION people! Face it people, this coming election is but another lose-lose scenario.
Slush Fund

Maywood, IL

#25 Mar 23, 2014
55 Million Unaccounted wrote:
State auditor slams Quinn’s $54.5 million anti-violence program; Brady calls it gov’s 2010 political ‘slush fund’
SPRINGFIELD-The state’s top auditor slammed a $54.5 million anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn one month before the 2010 election, leading to partisan cries Tuesday for a criminal investigation into what Republicans called a Quinn-controlled political “slush fund.”
Auditor General William Holland described the governor’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative as “hastily implemented” and said it didn’t target some of the most crime-prone neighborhoods in Chicago.
Holland found that Quinn’s administration didn’t “adequately monitor” how state grant dollars were spent or on whom; community organizations that hired people with those funds weren’t maintaining time sheets; and city aldermen dictated where funding was to be steered.
“Our audit of the NRI program found pervasive deficiencies in [the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority's] planning, implementation and management of the NRI program,” Holland’s audit concluded, referring to the agency Quinn put in charge of running the program.
Republicans seized on Holland’s report, calling for a criminal probe by federal investigators and suggesting that some of the findings could rise to the level of impeachable offenses by Quinn.
“There’s a whole host of questions that really make one wonder how this could be ethical or legal,” said state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, who was Quinn’s 2010 gubernatorial opponent.
“Clearly, the governor implemented a plan 30 days before the election that was a $50 million slush fund. It smacks of promises made in areas that he needed good turnout to win,” Brady told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Brady, a member of the Legislative Audit Commission that later this spring will review Holland’s report, said Quinn himself needs to appear before that body to respond to the auditor general’s findings.
“This is serious enough the governor needs to show up himself and defend this,” said Brady, who called for a federal criminal investigation into the program.
Among the top 20, most violent neighborhoods identified by Chicago Police Department data between 2005 and 2010, seven areas wound up getting no money through the Quinn program.
Those neighborhoods included West Englewood, Chatham, New City, South Chicago, West Town, Near West Side and West Pullman.
The state did not allow for a competitive, open application for the money and instead sought recommendations from Chicago aldermen as to what community organizations should get money in the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative program.
Requests for proposals, the applications that were to be filled out to tap into the anti-violence money, were sent by Quinn’s administration only to agencies that aldermen recommended, Holland reported.
But the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority “failed to conduct its due diligence to document that the decisions related to the selection of lead agencies were free of any conflict of interest, the appearance of conflict of interest or that the agencies selected were the best entities to provide the needed services,” Holland’s audit said.
How much of these taxpayer dollars have been accounted for?
Quinn Budget Address

Maywood, IL

#26 Mar 26, 2014
Quinn's will deliver his budget address and tax hike at noon today, March 26, 2014. More reasons to send Quinn home.
Hilarious

Maywood, IL

#27 Mar 26, 2014
Quinn Budget Address wrote:
Quinn's will deliver his budget address and tax hike at noon today, March 26, 2014. More reasons to send Quinn home.
Quinn will deliver Madigan's budget. Vote out all these self serving elected officials in November.
More Failure

Maywood, IL

#28 Mar 27, 2014
Quinn promoting a minimum wage increase with one hand and demanding Fast Cash from Illinois taxpayers with the other let's voters know Quinn really; just doesn't get it.
Its Only Money

Alsip, IL

#29 Mar 27, 2014
Quinn's new money grab is, on the surface a bold face lie of the promise for a temporary tax hike. Yet remember he is for the common man.

Let's take a look at that premise....

Many a common man has lost their house due to the recession. Now they rent. The tax hike is coupled with a property tax decrease, so it only benefits home owners and leaves renters out in the cold. Do we really think that a landlord will reduce rents proportionally?

Fat chance.

So this tax increase actually burns all those that rent as well as lessen the blow to Chicago homeowners when Rahm has to raise raise property taxes in the city by 50% to cover the new pension funding guidelines.

This is how the Democratic $hell game in Illinois is played.

Remember It's Only Money.... Ours not Theirs
Deception Vote and Tax

Maywood, IL

#30 Apr 17, 2014
Nine Illinois lawmakers vote to fund Obama library - but only five members in attendance
April 17, 2014
By: Tony Arnold
AP

Illinois State House members are advancing a bill that would devote $100 million toward a Barack Obama presidential library. The House Executive Committee meeting in Chicago today voted, by an official tally of 9-0, to authorize using state money for the library.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel testified in favor of the legislation. So did representatives from several Chicago universities, including Anthony Young, who is chairman of the board at Chicago State University.
“The legacy of President Obama has been and will continue to be one of restoring hope in America,” Young testified.“We feel that it’s only fitting that the physical symbol of that legacy, his presidential library, be built in the community where his message of hope first took shape.”
Hawaii, where Obama was born, and New York, where he went to college, also want to house the presidential library.
Nine representatives were recorded as voting for the bill, even though there were five lawmakers in attendance at the hearing. That is because Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island), who chairs the Executive Committee, employed a procedural move.
Rita used the attendance record from a previous hearing that occurred Wednesday as the vote for the presidential library cash. House Speaker Michael Madigan, who sat in on today’s hearing, clarified Rita’s maneuver, saying the attendance would serve as nine votes in favor of the library, even though the previous committee hearing was on a possible Chicago casino and not related to a presidential library.
No Republicans attended Thursday’s hearing on the presidential library.
Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) was marked as voting yes on the measure, even though he did not attend Thursday’s hearing and was working at his non-legislative job. He had attended Wednesday’s hearing on gambling expansion.
Sullivan said he was under the impression Thursday’s hearing was only to hear testimony about the presidential library, and no votes would be taken.
“They’ve broken the trust and I think they’ve done something illegal,” Sullivan said of the procedural move.“The legacy of a potential Obama library shouldn’t start out as a result of an illegal act.”
Sullivan said he would be filing a protest against using the attendance of Wednesday’s hearing as the vote record in favor of state money for the library. In a phone interview, Sullivan said he wants Madigan, as the sponsor of the library bill, to table the proposal for now.
Steve Brown, a spokesman for Madigan, said it is not uncommon for committees to recess until the call of the chair. And it is within the rights of the committee chairman to use the attendance from the previous meeting as a vote.
“The chairman asked for leave to use the attendance roll call. There was no objection and so that was the vote that will be recorded,” Brown said.
But Sullivan said the move sets a bad precedent for what remains of the legislative session, which is scheduled to end next month.
“It galls me. It literally galls me,” Sullivan said.“I guess it shouldn’t gall me. They seem to try and do anything that they want to do in a very sneakily way.”
Sullivan said he would support a presidential library using private money, but not public funds. He said that money is needed for education.
None of the five Democrats who attended Thursday’s hearing spoke out against the bill that calls for $100 million of state money to go toward the potential presidential library.
concerned taxpayer

Matteson, IL

#31 Apr 17, 2014
Deception Vote and Tax wrote:
Nine Illinois lawmakers vote to fund Obama library - but only five members in attendance
April 17, 2014
By: Tony Arnold
AP

Illinois State House members are advancing a bill that would devote $100 million toward a Barack Obama presidential library. The House Executive Committee meeting in Chicago today voted, by an official tally of 9-0, to authorize using state money for the library.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel testified in favor of the legislation. So did representatives from several Chicago universities, including Anthony Young, who is chairman of the board at Chicago State University.
“The legacy of President Obama has been and will continue to be one of restoring hope in America,” Young testified.“We feel that it’s only fitting that the physical symbol of that legacy, his presidential library, be built in the community where his message of hope first took shape.”
Hawaii, where Obama was born, and New York, where he went to college, also want to house the presidential library.
Nine representatives were recorded as voting for the bill, even though there were five lawmakers in attendance at the hearing. That is because Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island), who chairs the Executive Committee, employed a procedural move.
Rita used the attendance record from a previous hearing that occurred Wednesday as the vote for the presidential library cash. House Speaker Michael Madigan, who sat in on todayÂ’s hearing, clarified RitaÂ’s maneuver, saying the attendance would serve as nine votes in favor of the library, even though the previous committee hearing was on a possible Chicago casino and not related to a presidential library.
No Republicans attended ThursdayÂ’s hearing on the presidential library.
Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) was marked as voting yes on the measure, even though he did not attend ThursdayÂ’s hearing and was working at his non-legislative job. He had attended WednesdayÂ’s hearing on gambling expansion.
Sullivan said he was under the impression ThursdayÂ’s hearing was only to hear testimony about the presidential library, and no votes would be taken.
“They’ve broken the trust and I think they’ve done something illegal,” Sullivan said of the procedural move.“The legacy of a potential Obama library shouldn’t start out as a result of an illegal act.”
Sullivan said he would be filing a protest against using the attendance of WednesdayÂ’s hearing as the vote record in favor of state money for the library. In a phone interview, Sullivan said he wants Madigan, as the sponsor of the library bill, to table the proposal for now.
Steve Brown, a spokesman for Madigan, said it is not uncommon for committees to recess until the call of the chair. And it is within the rights of the committee chairman to use the attendance from the previous meeting as a vote.
“The chairman asked for leave to use the attendance roll call. There was no objection and so that was the vote that will be recorded,” Brown said.
But Sullivan said the move sets a bad precedent for what remains of the legislative session, which is scheduled to end next month.
“It galls me. It literally galls me,” Sullivan said.“I guess it shouldn’t gall me. They seem to try and do anything that they want to do in a very sneakily way.”
Sullivan said he would support a presidential library using private money, but not public funds. He said that money is needed for education.
None of the five Democrats who attended ThursdayÂ’s hearing spoke out against the bill that calls for $100 million of state money to go toward the potential presidential library.
$100 million for some stupid ass and the country is broke....makes a lot of sense doesn't it??!!
More Debt

Maywood, IL

#32 Apr 17, 2014
Deception Vote and Tax wrote:
Nine Illinois lawmakers vote to fund Obama library - but only five members in attendance
April 17, 2014
By: Tony Arnold
AP
Illinois State House members are advancing a bill that would devote $100 million toward a Barack Obama presidential library. The House Executive Committee meeting in Chicago today voted, by an official tally of 9-0, to authorize using state money for the library.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel testified in favor of the legislation. So did representatives from several Chicago universities, including Anthony Young, who is chairman of the board at Chicago State University.
“The legacy of President Obama has been and will continue to be one of restoring hope in America,” Young testified.“We feel that it’s only fitting that the physical symbol of that legacy, his presidential library, be built in the community where his message of hope first took shape.”
Hawaii, where Obama was born, and New York, where he went to college, also want to house the presidential library.
Nine representatives were recorded as voting for the bill, even though there were five lawmakers in attendance at the hearing. That is because Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island), who chairs the Executive Committee, employed a procedural move.
Rita used the attendance record from a previous hearing that occurred Wednesday as the vote for the presidential library cash. House Speaker Michael Madigan, who sat in on today’s hearing, clarified Rita’s maneuver, saying the attendance would serve as nine votes in favor of the library, even though the previous committee hearing was on a possible Chicago casino and not related to a presidential library.
No Republicans attended Thursday’s hearing on the presidential library.
Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) was marked as voting yes on the measure, even though he did not attend Thursday’s hearing and was working at his non-legislative job. He had attended Wednesday’s hearing on gambling expansion.
Sullivan said he was under the impression Thursday’s hearing was only to hear testimony about the presidential library, and no votes would be taken.
“They’ve broken the trust and I think they’ve done something illegal,” Sullivan said of the procedural move.“The legacy of a potential Obama library shouldn’t start out as a result of an illegal act.”
Sullivan said he would be filing a protest against using the attendance of Wednesday’s hearing as the vote record in favor of state money for the library. In a phone interview, Sullivan said he wants Madigan, as the sponsor of the library bill, to table the proposal for now.
Steve Brown, a spokesman for Madigan, said it is not uncommon for committees to recess until the call of the chair. And it is within the rights of the committee chairman to use the attendance from the previous meeting as a vote.
“The chairman asked for leave to use the attendance roll call. There was no objection and so that was the vote that will be recorded,” Brown said.
But Sullivan said the move sets a bad precedent for what remains of the legislative session, which is scheduled to end next month.
“It galls me. It literally galls me,” Sullivan said.“I guess it shouldn’t gall me. They seem to try and do anything that they want to do in a very sneakily way.”
Sullivan said he would support a presidential library using private money, but not public funds. He said that money is needed for education.
None of the five Democrats who attended Thursday’s hearing spoke out against the bill that calls for $100 million of state money to go toward the potential presidential library.
From Pat, Mike, and Bob.......
concerned taxpayer

Matteson, IL

#33 Apr 18, 2014
More Debt wrote:
<quoted text>From Pat, Mike, and Bob.......
This sounds criminal, but nothing will be done about it. This waste of money library will be built off of state funds, a state that has no money!!
concerned taxpayer

Matteson, IL

#34 Apr 18, 2014
concerned taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>This sounds criminal, but nothing will be done about it. This waste of money library will be built off of state funds, a state that has no money!!
And yet they want to make the state income tax raise permanent...unbelievable!!!
Enough

Maywood, IL

#35 Apr 18, 2014
The Big Picture wrote:
“To those who have grown rich on the public dollar, to those who have won secret grants and contracts, to those in government who put themselves first and the taxpayers second – here's a message from the people of Illinois: your free ride is over.”
Clearly the choices made by too many elected officials have not been in the best interest of the people they were elected to serve.
Action Needed

Maywood, IL

#36 Apr 18, 2014
More Debt wrote:
<quoted text>
From Pat, Mike, and Bob.......
The lack of regard for taxpayers from this extreme behavior requires action. Enough is enough. Minimally they should be Sanctioned. Certainly they should not be re-elected.
arby

Lansing, IL

#37 Apr 19, 2014
concerned taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
$100 million for some stupid ass and the country is broke....makes a lot of sense doesn't it??!!
I'd like to know where all his 'Hollywood pals' are, why aren't they raising the money for this project?
arby

Lansing, IL

#38 Apr 19, 2014
concerned taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
And yet they want to make the state income tax raise permanent...unbelievable!!!
But 'it's for the schools'.....LOL! Just like the lottery was and a host of other money schemes foisted on us. School vouchers is the way to go, but the teacher's union will fight that tooth and nail to protect their well paying jobs and meanwhile the taxpayers, parents, and kids get failing schools!
arby

Lansing, IL

#39 Apr 19, 2014
Action Needed wrote:
<quoted text>
The lack of regard for taxpayers from this extreme behavior requires action. Enough is enough. Minimally they should be Sanctioned. Certainly they should not be re-elected.
I have been told that we do not need 'term limits' because 'that's what we have elections for'. To that I say 'have you seen the Democratic Machine in this state'? Let's face it, the 'fix is in'!
arby

Lansing, IL

#40 Apr 19, 2014
I think Rauner has the right idea about term limits, but these people won't legislate themselves out of a job. It should be put on the ballot in November, and let the voters decide once and for all. Take the decision out of the politicians hands.

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