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Bill Daley Targets Madigans with Poll Leaks
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2013-06-23 11:32:00

I think a lot of people believed that if Bill Daley ran for governor, his campaign would be as bland and vanilla as his public persona has been over the decades.

Instead, he’s turned into the most fiery candidate in the race so far. Daley is even “out-angering” wealthy Republican financier Bruce Rauner, who has tried to position himself as the “We’re not gonna take it any more!” choice for 2014.

Daley has attacked Governor Pat Quinn’s pathetic leadership, slammed the General Assembly for its ridiculous inaction, and made it clear that he’s not afraid to go on the attack against the Madigan family by releasing unflattering poll results earlier this week that showed the House speaker could harm his daughter’s potential gubernatorial bid.

Daley has been selectively releasing responses to a poll taken in April for his campaign – back when few thought he would actually run. All of the responses released so far have dealt with Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan. None of the numbers released so far has showed any actual Daley strength.


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Lopsided Democratic Race for Guv Tightens
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2013-06-16 11:53:56

In a sign that some truly awful publicity for her father may be hurting her possible gubernatorial bid, Attorney General Lisa Madigan has seen her poll numbers plunge in the past several months. And Bill Daley has considerably improved his standing since he announced his candidacy.

Back in January, a We Ask America poll had Madigan leading Governor Pat Quinn in a Democratic primary by 25 points, 51 percent to 26 percent. A Public Policy Polling survey taken in November had Madigan stomping Quinn by 44 points, 64-20.

But the newest Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, taken June 13, had Madigan’s lead over Quinn at 11 points, 44-33. That’s still a big lead, but not nearly the cremation many were expecting.


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Polls Show AG Madigan with Commanding Primary Leads – If She Runs
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2013-02-03 11:27:36

It’s little surprise that a poll taken January 30 of 1,255 likely Illinois Democratic primary voters shows Attorney General Lisa Madigan leading Governor Pat Quinn by a very large margin.

Madigan also leads Quinn and former White House chief of staff Bill Daley in a three-way contest, according to the poll, but Quinn leads Daley in a one-on-one race. And a large plurality of Democrats disapprove of the governor’s job performance. The We Ask America Poll has a margin of error of 3 percent. About 18 percent of the results came from non-land line users.

In the poll, Madigan leads Quinn 50.5 to 25.7. Among women, who almost always cast a majority of Democratic primary votes, Madigan’s lead is 53-22, while she leads among men 46-30.

Madigan’s lead over the governor in Chicago is 46-30, and it’s 51-28 in suburban Cook. Madigan is ahead 53-23 in the suburban collar counties and by a massive 53-21 Downstate.

Madigan has not yet decided whether she is going to run for governor. People close to her are divided over what they think she’ll do. She reportedly plans to take her time with her decision.

A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey taken in November had Madigan leading Quinn 64-20. But that poll was of just 319 “usual” Democratic primary voters with a margin of error of 5.5 percent. Still, the survey company does excellent work, so if you average the two polls you get a 57-23 lead for Madigan. If Madigan’s decision is heavily weighted toward whether she can win the primary, she’ll run.

Quinn has a better shot against Daley – a white, Irish Democratic Chicago man who may not bring much more to the table than Dan Hynes did in the 2010 primary. According to the We Ask America poll, Quinn leads Daley by 5 points, 38-33. November’s PPP survey had Daley leading Quinn 37-34, so average those two results and you get an essential tie – 36 for Quinn and 35 for Daley.

According to last week’s We Ask America poll, Quinn leads Daley in the city 45-30, but Daley leads in suburban Cook 40-36. Quinn has a narrow half-point lead in the collars and leads by less than two points Downstate. The Daley name ain’t what it used to be.

Could Daley be a spoiler who helps Quinn in a three-way race? Not according to the We Ask America poll, in which Madigan leads with 37 percent to Quinn’s 20 percent to Daley’s 15. Public Policy Polling did not test a three-way race last November.

Madigan’s lead among women in a three-way contest is pretty big. She gets 38 percent to Quinn’s 17 percent and Daley’s 13 percent. Among men, her lead is a bit smaller – 34 percent to Quinn’s 24 percent to Daley’s 18 percent.

Madigan leads Quinn and Daley in Chicago 35-22-17. Her lead in suburban Cook is 35-18-18. She leads 36-17-16 in the collars and is ahead 40-19-11 Downstate.

Public Policy Polling had Quinn’s job-approval rating among Democrats at 40 percent, with a 43-percent disapproval. Last week’s We Ask America poll had Quinn’s approval among fellow party members at 37 percent, with a 42-percent disapproval. Despite the head-to-head matchups, women give him a slightly lower disapproval rating than men; 41 percent of women disapprove compared to 46 percent of men. But just 36 percent of Democratic women and 37 percent of Democratic men approve of the way Quinn is handling his job.

Quinn won the 2010 primary and general elections despite low approval ratings. So he’s been here before. What he didn’t have to do back then, however, was take on one of the most popular politicians in Illinois. PPP’s November poll pegged Lisa Madigan’s favorable rating at 68 percent among Democrats, while just 16 percent had an unfavorable view.

If Lisa Madigan runs, she likely wins the primary. Daley is another story. Like 2010, a Daley-Quinn race will be a hard-fought and bloody battle that could end up being pretty close. If Quinn has to get a single primary opponent, Daley would be the one he’d want.

Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily political newsletter) and CapitolFax.com.



Jeff Terronez: Just Sorry He Got Caught
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2011-05-03 17:53:00

Following Jeff Terronez’s resignation as Rock Island County state’s attorney and his guilty plea last week, I was waiting for the Quad Cities’ daily newspapers to forcefully and directly raise a simple question: Why didn’t he resign sooner?

More relevant at this point: Why didn’t the county’s Democratic leaders strongly encourage his resignation long before he agreed to a plea deal?

Alas, the closest the newspapers got was the Quad-City TimesApril 27 editorial: “Terronez ... has decimated the credibility of his office, his former colleagues, and every Democrat who stood by silently as this crime was covered up for at least six months. That’s how long Terronez dodged specific questions from us and others about this crime. ... If, as Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan claimed, police found only enough to charge him with providing the alcohol [to a minor], Terronez could have cleared that up with an honest answer in October.”

But the “honest answer” the Times said Terronez should have provided is far different from his resignation. And both the Times and Rock Island Argus/Moline Dispatch seem more concerned with getting full details of the Illinois State Police investigation.


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Blagojevich Blames Everybody but Himself
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2009-09-06 11:24:33

As expected, former Governor Rod Blagojevich's new book paints himself as the hero of Illinois politics and blames everyone but himself for his troubles.

He also tries to settle an old score. Blagojevich's longtime enemies House Speaker Michael Madigan and Attorney General Lisa Madigan are both attacked.


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