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Blame Can Be Spread Widely for Minimum-Wage Failure
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2014-12-07 22:41:54

Pretty much every Statehouse finger of blame was pointing north toward Chicago for the minimum-wage-hike bill’s failure during the legislative veto session that ended last week.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel does indeed have a lot of explaining to do. His decision to move up a vote to pass a $13-an-hour minimum wage for his city completely undercut Springfield’s efforts to pass a statewide minimum wage capped everywhere at $11 an hour.


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Quinn’s Doomed Strategy Gave Rauner an Easy Win
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2014-11-09 11:48:05

Bruce Rauner out-performed fellow Republican Bill Brady’s 2010 gubernatorial-election performance in every region of the state last week. As I write this, with less than half a percent of the vote yet to be counted, Rauner has a 5-point margin over Governor Pat Quinn and appears to have won a majority vote in a three-way election.

The national headwinds against the Democratic Party surely played a role in the Quinn loss. But Rauner did better than other Republicans on the ticket. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is widely considered one of the most popular Republicans in Illinois, and yet she under-performed Rauner. At this writing, GOP state Representative Tom Cross and Democratic state Senator Michael Frerichs are just about tied in the treasurer’s race. And Republican Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier appears to have narrowly survived an attempt to oust him.

Rauner scored just above the magic 20-percent number in Chicago, a point at which – with a significant advantage in the rest of the state – a Republican can win a statewide election.

But he didn’t really need it. He out-performed Brady’s 2010 campaign in suburban Cook County by 6 points, outdid the Downstater in his own region by a point, and dwarfed Brady’s 2010 numbers throughout the collar counties.


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Dems Put Rauner in a Bind on Abortion Issue
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2014-11-02 11:20:07

I’m going to talk about one of the weirdest things that happened this campaign season.

Earlier this year, ultra-conservative activist Jack Roeser told me that his friend Bruce Rauner believed life began at conception. “I’d describe him as a guy who is a morally right-to-life guy, but not on the hustings,” said Roeser, who has since passed away, about GOP gubernatorial nominee Rauner.

Roeser and many of his right-to-life allies backed Rauner every step of the way, while Rauner, who belatedly admitted that he’s pro-choice, spent much of the Republican primary campaign fighting for term limits and pledging battles with the Springfield Democrats and their teacher-union allies.

The candidate has often said that he has “no social agenda” and would focus solely on cleaning up government and getting the economy running again. But in addition to those factors, he also wanted to avoid stressing the issue for fear of alienating a relatively small but still important base of Republican voters who just won’t vote for a pro-choicer of any party. Every vote counts, especially if you’re a Republican running in Democratic Illinois.

But the issue exploded during the campaign’s final week. Local 150 of the Operating Engineers Union – one of Governor Pat Quinn’s strongest supporters – spent big bucks supporting the unabashedly pro-life, pro-gun Libertarian Party candidate for governor, Chad Grimm. The idea was to siphon votes away from Rauner.


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Swing Districts Create Problems for Quinn
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2014-10-06 15:09:47

I’m going to discuss some congressional races that you might not care about to talk about the governor’s race – which you probably do care about because you’re reading this column.

First, let’s look at freshman Democratic U.S. Representative Brad Schneider, who is leading former one-term Republican U.S. Representative Bob Dold 46-44 with 9 percent undecided, according to a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll taken September 30.

Millions have already been spent in that north-suburban district, and Schneider barely beat Dold last time in a big Democratic year, so it’s little surprise that this race is so tight. The poll of 919 likely voters has a margin of error of 3.2 percent, and 23 percent were mobile-phone contacts.

Governor Pat Quinn is getting slaughtered in that district by Bruce Rauner 51-39, with another 5 percent going for Libertarian Chad Grimm and 5 percent undecided. That can’t be helping Schneider. There are a ton of anti-gun, pro-choice women in that district, and yet Quinn is losing to Rauner among females 45-42.


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Rauner’s Week of Ills
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2014-09-21 23:41:22

Bruce Rauner reportedly had one of those bugs that were going around last week.

Rauner didn’t take any time off, and it showed. For the first time at his press conferences, he read his statements right off the page, painfully stumbling over his words.

He and his campaign also seemed grumpier last week. “Pat Quinn is not the folksy, bumbling fool he’d like us to think he is,” Rauner growled on Monday. On Tuesday, Rauner’s campaign barred some college journalism students from his press conference, and Rauner refused to even have a word with them afterward. On Wednesday, he turned his head and pointedly ignored a follow-up question from a Chicago TV reporter about the NFL scandals. More on that in a moment.

Maybe the recent Chicago Tribune poll that showed him trailing Governor Pat Quinn by 11 added to his physical misery. But it was Rauner’s personal decision to not flood the airwaves with TV ads during the spring and summer, when Quinn didn’t have the money to adequately respond. Rauner cheaped out, and now it’s gonna cost him a lot more money to win this thing. So he has nobody to blame but himself.


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