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Elections 2010

Illinois 2010 Elections–Round’em Up: Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes Clash at Candidate Forum; Mell, Laiacona, Madigan, Lang, Connor, Meister, Biss, Mullen, Raoul, Burns, and Poshard


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Comptroller Dan Hynes

(Chicago, IL) — November 13, 2009. From the Illinois 2010 elections campaign and cow-pie trail…

… Governor Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes slugged it out at their first joint appearance at a candidate forum in Rock Island on Thursday night.

Their exchanges were brutal.

The Quad City Times reporter Ed Tibbetts gives a flavor of the evening:

“All of a sudden he says he’s for a graduated income tax, but it was on the ballot in 2004, he voted against it,” Quinn said.

Hynes has proposed a 3 percent rate for those earning $200,000, with a top rate of 7.5 percent for those with incomes over $1 million.

He defended his opposition to the 2004 measure, saying he didn’t favor a tax increase then and now there’s a crisis. “If the competition is who was for raising taxes first, I guess you win,” he told Quinn.

Ouch.

… State Rep. Deb Mell‘s opponent Joe Laiacona blogged on Tuesday, November 10 about his petition challenge that may knock Mell off the ballot:

For more than three months, I have been carrying the secret that Deb Mell wasn’t registered to vote. For an extrovert like myself that was a very difficult task. I did share it with a few close advisors, including my partner Patrick and my lawyer, Rich Means.

… His & Her Holiday Fund-Raisers …

… Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is hosting her 5th annual Holiday Party fund-raiser at Harry Caray‘s in Chicago on Tuesday, December 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Co-Chairs include Bettylu and Paul Saltzman, John O’Connell, Steve Crown, Stephanie Comer, Robert Craigie, and Kraft Foods Global, Inc.

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Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang

… Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is hosting his Holiday Reception at the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore in Skokie on Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

… Democratic Metropolitan Water Reclamation District candidate Todd Connor has a fund-raiser at the Lakeview bar Sidetrack on Saturday, November 14 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

… Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jacob Meister held an open-house at his new campaign office in Champaign on Wednesday night which prompted local Bryce Bowman to write us and comment: “Place was pretty packed and some of policy ideas seems [sic] pretty interesting.”

Meanwhile, Meister yesterday also unveiled an economic and jobs plan in Springfield stuffed with platitudes like “create jobs by revitalizing Illinois manufacturing” and “implement forward-looking environmental solutions”. Hardly worth the paper on which it was written.

… Democratic State Rep. candidate Daniel Biss who is seeking the north suburban House seat being vacated by State Rep. Beth Coulson (R-Glenview) is having a fund-raiser at District Bar in Chicago on December 3 at 6:00 p.m. Biss has no primary opponent. The cash is for the general election against GOP candidate Hamilton Chang.

Ed Mullen–who is one of three Democrats seeking the State House seat in Chicago being vacated by John Fritchey–has been a busy guy. So far, he has knocked on nearly 4,000 doors in the district. Mullen, a civil rights lawyer whose name is first on the ballot, faces Dan Farley, son of former State Senator Bruce Farley (D-Chicago), and lobbyist Ann Williams. More on this race later.

… State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Hyde Park) and State Rep. Will Burns (D-Bronzeville) are also trying to raise money but for the heat-less Bronzeville Visitor Information Center at 35th Street and King in Chicago which owes $3,000 to Peoples Gas and sale tax money to the City of Chicago.

Raoul and Burns have petitioned Gov. Pat Quinn for $99,000 for six months of general operating funds to keep the visitors center running. Good luck with that.

… Meanwhile, Quinn is struggling to pay state universities. The state owes Southern Illinois University $105 million and President Glenn Poshard is worried about making payroll. The state owes Western Illinois University $26 million. And so far this year the University of Illinois has received only $400,000 of the $317 million owed from the state. Oof.

The State of Illinois is just–barely–a going concern.

For Quinn, the campaign is a bed of roses–laden with thorns beneath the pedals.

About David Ormsby

David, a public relations consultant and Huffington Post blogger, is an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Illinois 2010 Elections–Round’em Up: Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes Clash at Candidate Forum; Mell, Laiacona, Madigan, Lang, Connor, Meister, Biss, Mullen, Raoul, Burns, and Poshard

  1. David,

    Why no mention of the other candidates vying for John Fritchey’s open State House seat?

    Scott Tucker
    Candidate for Illinois’ 11th State House

    Posted by Scott Tucker | November 13, 2009, 3:30 PM
  2. Scott,

    This item was written in the context of the Democratic primary. I presume you’re the Republican candidate. I’ll note your presence in an upcoming story.

    Thanks for reading.

    David Ormsby

    Posted by David Ormsby | November 13, 2009, 3:46 PM

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