RAUNERPHOBIA Multimillionaire Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner
has an extremely close relationship with Rahm Emanuel, moderate stances on
social issues and a virtually endless personal fortune he can pour into his
campaign. Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller today explains why that makes
Rauner the most feared Republican among Illinois Democratic Party leaders. If
he wins the primary, he could have lots of crossover appeal with Democratic
voters dissatisfied with Pat Quinn. "In other words, if Rauner wins
the primary, he could be a nightmare for the Democratic Party," writes
Miller. Of course, the very things that might make Rauner appealing to
Democrats could hurt him with GOP primary voters. This race just gets better
every day. Read Miller's column here.
THE BIG REFORM Political writer Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business sums
up the current, politically-charged system for drawing legislative maps in
Illinois: "I mean, only your precinct captain brother-in-law really
likes the way gerrymandered districts turn out now." Hinz makes that
statement in a blog post explaining that all four Republican candidates for
governor now have embraced an effort to get party leaders out of the
map-drawing process. This is great news for supporters of the Yes for
Independent Maps effort, I explain in a blog post today. Read why you should get
involved in ending what has become an incumbent protection
protection in Illinois. (Find a link to Hinz's column in today's news summary
SEND A MESSAGE There's a groundswell of support building for getting politicians
out of the map-drawing business. We want you to be part of it. Send a message
to Springfield that it's time voters -- not incumbent security -- came first
when legislative districts are created. Use our Sound Off tool to send a
message to your representatives in Springfield, Gov. Quinn and the
four legislative leaders. Write your own or use the message already there. Click here and see how easy it is to
- YES FOR INDEPENDENT MAPS It'll take all hands on deck to wrest the power to tailor comfortable legislative districts away from the state's party leaders. Specifically, it'll take at least 300,000 signatures from registered Illinois voters. We need you to be part of the process to make it happen. This is an effort that spans the political spectrum and will strike a major blow for better government in Illinois. Click here to find out how you can help.
FLIGHT SCHOOL America's school kids for decades have lagged behind their
international peers. Now, there's a new twist: Adults don't do any better.
Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis is not amused. His cartoon arrived
with this note: "If you need any further proof that our public school
system is failing us look no further than these recent test scores."
His cartoon reaction gives new meaning to the term "flight school." See the whole thing here.
UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES Usually government consolidation is a way to make government
more efficient for taxpayers. But in a couple of suburban examples, it only
made it more efficient for those in charge to get their hands on taxpayer
dollars. Better Government Association President Andy Shaw tells how Lyons
Township and the Tri-State Fire Protection District gave consolidation a bad
name. Click here!
SCANNING THE STATE Here's what's making news in Illinois today:
- 5. Illinois GOP gubernatorial
candidates are looking for diversity with their selections of running
mates. (Chicago Tribune)
4. Opinion: Illinois will score a big win if it can keep Archer Daniels Midland headquartered in the state. (The Clinton Herald)
3. It appears the General Assembly's pension panel is facing a partisan split on a proposed fix. (State Journal-Register)
2. Opinion: The first step to fixing Chicago is to fix the schools. (Chicago Tribune)
1. Illinois Republicans have stumbled on an issue they can use next year: redrawing legislative district maps. (Crain’s Chicago Business)