QUINN'S APPEAL Last week Gov. Pat
Quinn lost a court battle over his cancellation of lawmakers' paychecks in
July. Then he lost an appeal. Now he's filed a motion to get the case before
the Illinois Supreme Court. Give Quinn some credit on the PR front here: His
halt of legislators' pay -- and the subsequent lawsuit over it by fellow
Democrats Michael Madigan and John Cullerton -- kept pension reform high in the
news cycle throughout the summer doldrums. Beyond that, it represented terrible
governance. It's time for Quinn to give it up and get to work with the General
Assembly's pension committee. I explain more in a blog post
today. Feel free to disagree in the comments.
- READ IT Quinn argues in his motion that the General Assembly should have simply overridden his veto of its pay if it disagreed with him. Read the whole motion here.
SOUND OFF FOR PENSION
REFORM The lawsuit over lawmaker
paychecks was an attention-grabbing sideshow, and arguably worthwhile for keeping
pension reform on our minds. But Quinn now needs to get active with the
conference committee that's been working on a reform compromise since June and
that may introduce a bill when the General Assembly reconvenes in three weeks.
Tell him, your local legislators and the leaders of the General Assembly that
you expect a strong bill that preserves retirement security for teachers and
other public employees and also saves Illinois from being dragged further into
the pension debt quagmire. Our Sound Off tool makes it easy. Click here!
ADM: INCENTIVE OR CORPORATE WELFARE? Archer Daniels Midland is No. 1 on the list of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Illinois. (See how all Illinois Fortune 500 members rank and where they're located in this infographic.) It wants to move its corporate headquarter from Decatur to a big city, and Chicago reportedly tops the list of preferred locations. But ADM wants $24 million in tax breaks to keep its top executives and tech center in Illinois. Scott Reeder says this would be crazy. Find out why here.
MORE ON PROPERTY TAX Our list of the
day looks at the Top 25 highest and lowest property tax rates by county in
Illinois. A low rate does not translate to a low property tax bill, of course,
but it's a pretty interesting look at the range paid by property owners
statewide. Check it out here.
RAGING RAHM David Ormsby of
the Illinois Observer reports that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is raking in big
money for his 2015 reelection campaign. Among his high-profile donors is actor
Robert DeNiro. See who else is on the contribution
HEADLINES Here's what's making news in Illinois today:
- 5. The Chicago Teachers Union
is accusing Chicago Public Schools of looking for loopholes to avoid their
five-year commitment of not closing any schools. (Chicago Sun-Times)
4. Opinion: The tax situation in Illinois is hurting small, local businesses. (Times of Northwest Indiana)
3. Senate President John Cullerton is trying to build support for a pension plan proposed to save $138 billion over the next 30 years. (State Journal-Register)
2. Pat Quinn has filed an appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse the ruling that his suspension of lawmakers’ pay was unconstitutional. (Associated Press)
1. A tax-break bill aimed to keep agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland’s headquarters in Illinois is in trouble in Springfield. (Crain’s Chicago Business)