DALEY EXPLAINS Bill Daley offered a
unique excuse Tuesday for why he had abandoned his bid for governor the
previous day: He was confident he'd win. And he realized that, at 65, he wasn't
prepared for the 5- to 9-year commitment winning the governorship would entail.
He had plenty more to say too, like his thoughts on Pat Quinn's chances for
reelection in November now that he'll almost certainly have no primary
opponent. Reboot Illinois' Brendan Bond was at Daley's press conference at the
Union League Club of Chicago and has details here.
HIGHLIGHTS Daley explains his exit
and a few things he learned along the way in these video highlights from
Tuesday's press conference. This will go down as one of the more
interesting footnotes in Illinois electoral history.
CHICKEN WITH PENSIONS A special pension
reform committee is expected to introduce its compromise pension reform bill
any day now, but Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller doesn't see a smooth road to
passage. "Despite their super-majority status, it'll be impossible for the
Democrats to pass a reform bill without significant Republican assistance.
Democratic members are just too closely allied with union interests." The
politics here, as Miller explains in his column this week, are delicate and
fascinating, with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel possibly playing a significant
role. Just what we need: more gamesmanship on the biggest fiscal crisis in the
state's history. Miller gives a guided tour of the political
labyrinth of pension reform here.
OFF ON PENSIONS! The $100 billion
pension crisis has festered for years now as our leaders in Springfield played
political games. They need to stop pointing fingers and do the math. Tell your
representatives in Springfield, along with Gov. Pat Quinn and the four leaders
of the Illinois General Assembly, that you demand a strong pension reform bill
that will pull Illinois out of its financial ditch and provide retirement
security for public employees and retirees. Use our new Sound Off tool to do it.
This is a fast, easy and effective way to send your message directly
to the people in charge -- and to encourage your friends to do the same. While
you're there, sound off on the other issues in Sound Off as well.
- SPEAKING OF SOUND OFF In case you missed it, our new Sound Off tool made its debut Tuesday and gives you a way to take your concerns on important issues directly to those in power in Springfield. Don't know who your state representative and senator are? Sound Off will tell you and direct your message directly to them. Reboot Illinois Chief Operating Officer Madeleine Doubek explains Sound Off -- how it works and why Illinois needs it -- in this blog post.
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW Bill Brady nearly became governor in 2010 and is trying again in
2014. He's got an impressive official resume, but we've compiled some lesser
known facts. Brady is the first in our series of Fun Facts about your
TOP 10: JESSE JR.'S
TREASURES In an effort to recoup some of
the $750,000 in campaign money Jesse Jackson Jr. spent illegally on personal
goods, the federal government is auctioning off the assets it seized. A dozen
of the more interesting items went on the block this week. After a day of
bidding, the red mink cape is in the lead. See the whole list here.
SOUND OFF FOR
SCHOOLS Did you know charter schools
get only 75 percent of the state funding that non-charters receive? Does this
sound unfair to you? If so, do something about. Use our Sound Off tool to
tell your representatives and other leaders in Springfield that all public
schools deserve equal funding. Then tell your friends to do the same. Click here!
SCANNING THE STATE Here's what's happening in Illinois today:
4. Departing House Republican Leader Tom Cross will make his bid for state treasurer official today. (State Journal-Register)
3. Opinion: The toughest opponent Pat Quinn now has to face is the state’s status quo. (Chicago Tribune)
2. A rift at the Regional Transportation Authority has caused the agency to miss the deadline for submitting budget goals for CTA, Metra and Pace. (Chicago Tribune)
1. A Daily Herald investigation reveals that 167 state appointees cost taxpayers nearly $6.9 million. And that number is going to increase. (Daily Herald)