ILLINOIS GIVES BUSINESS
THE BUSINESS Illinois Chamber of
Commerce President Doug Whitley sets up his latest op-ed with this question:
"Why is it so hard to do business in Illinois?" Then he gives
answers. Lots of them. A sample: "We regard Chicago as a world-class
city. So, like Moscow, we acknowledge the existence of a mafia, but we elect
ours." If you're concerned about why Illinois has the second highest
unemployment rate in the nation, this column is a must-read.
TOP 10 Last week former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife,
former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, became the latest in a long list of Illinois
elected officials to receive prison sentences for corruption. But their
30-month and 12-month sentences, respectively, don't put them anywhere near the
Top 10 in prison sentences handed out to Illinois politicians over the years.
And a new record was established just this year. We list the Top 10 sentences
given to former Illinois elected officials in this week's Top 10 list.
FIGHT CORRUPTION We think the best way to fight corruption is to start with legislative districts that are drawn with representing voters in mind rather than protecting incumbents. We're going to need at 300,000 signatures from registered voters to get this done. We hope you'll join us and the Yes to Fair Maps movement to get this done. It's the biggest reform that exists in Illinois politics. Find out how you can be part of this effort here.
MIA: AMENDATORY VETO
PEN Gov. Pat Quinn has not been shy
about using the amendatory veto power he possesses. He did it earlier this
summer to carve out parts of a concealed carry weapons bill he didn't like.
(The General Assembly promptly overrode that action.) Then last month he got
out the AV pen to cancel paychecks for lawmakers when they failed to deliver a
pension reform bill to him on July 9. He's now being sued by House Speaker
Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton over that. So why didn't he
do the same to a truly awful provision
that was inserted deep into an otherwise worthy online voter registration bill?
Now a suburban judge has stepped in to start the process that
will, we hope, make up for Quinn's inaction. But there's a downside
METRA AT TRUTH
STATION An audit this week revealed
that Metra needn't have worried about a whistle-blower lawsuit from former CEO
Alex Clifford costing more than the $718,000 it paid Clifford to leave and keep
quiet about he left. Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis envisions a stop apparently missing from
Metra's schedule. Click to see the whole thing.
SNAPSHOTS WANTED We're taking submissions for our "Why Illinois Is Great" photo contest through Sept. 3. That's only two weeks away but still plenty of time. Enter photos and/or vote for those already submitted here.
TOP 5 Here are links to 5 key Illinois news and opinion items you should check out today. You'll find links to and summaries of many more in the Daily Tip-Off section of our website.
- 5. A Milwaukee television
station compares the economies of Illinois and Wisconsin. (Fox 6)
4. Alex Clifford is willing to consider coming back to Metra. (Crain’s Business Chicago)
3. The House GOP leader, Tom Cross, is considering a run for state treasurer. (Chicago Tribune)
2. Raymond Poe and Jim Durkin are two early leaders to replace Cross as the GOP House leader. (State Journal-Register)
1. The Civic Federation says Chicago Public Schools' finances are worse than before the school closures. (Crain’s Business Chicago)