WBEZ | Governor http://www.wbez.org/tags/governor Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The winners and losers of primary day in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-19/winners-and-losers-primary-day-illinois-109886 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Teemu008.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A wrap-up of primary day and what each party plans to do to ensure its candidates win in November. We&#39;ll also examine Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in civilians. And, a critical look at recent film and TV portrayals of Chicago.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-chicago-on-the-silver-screen-and-the/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-chicago-on-the-silver-screen-and-the.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-chicago-on-the-silver-screen-and-the" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The winners and losers of primary day in Illinois" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-19/winners-and-losers-primary-day-illinois-109886 Quinn, Rauner set to clash in Illinois governor race http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-rauner-set-clash-illinois-governor-race-109885 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rauner-quinn.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The race for Illinois governor is shaping up as a battle of vastly different visions on how to revive a lagging economy in one of the Midwest&#39;s last Democratic strongholds.</p><p>While the incumbent Democrat has increased taxes and pushed for raising the minimum wage, the multimillionaire Republican facing him this fall wants to curtail government unions and run President Barack Obama&#39;s home state like a business.</p><p>By winning the Republican primary Tuesday night, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner advances to a November matchup with Gov. Pat Quinn, expected to be one of the hardest fought and expensive in the nation. As Republicans attempt to reclaim the state&#39;s top office for the first time in more than a decade, labor unions &mdash; traditionally aligned with Democrats &mdash; are trying to avoid another blow like they&#39;ve felt under GOP governors elsewhere.</p><p>Rauner has labeled as role models Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, both of whom pushed anti-union policies. Those comments prompted organized labor to spend millions trying to derail a Rauner nomination.</p><p>The Winnetka venture capitalist, who sunk more than $6 million of his own money into his campaign to defeat three veteran lawmakers during his first bid for public office, targeted the &quot;career politicians&quot; and government &quot;union bosses&quot; he says have caused Illinois&#39; woeful financial situation.</p><p>Speaking at a victory celebration at a Chicago hotel, Rauner called Quinn a failure and said he wants to &quot;bring back Illinois&quot; by giving working families a chance to increase their income, get a good education and raise their families in prosperity. He has said he&#39;d do that by lowering taxes, cutting spending and making Illinois friendlier to business.</p><p>&quot;The voters are going to face a stark choice in November, a major decision about the future of our state,&quot; Rauner said. &quot;It&#39;s a choice between failure of the past and a new day, a bright future.&quot;</p><p>At a union hall a few blocks away, Quinn wasted no time in framing the race, renewing his call for a higher minimum wage, calling working people &quot;the real everyday heroes&quot; and drawing attention to Rauner&#39;s wealth.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m here to fight for an economy that works for everyone. Not just the billionaires, but for everyone,&quot; said Quinn, who easily won the Democratic primary against a lesser-known challenger.</p><p>Quinn also launched a campaign ad late Tuesday showing video clips of Rauner saying he wants to cut the minimum wage and is &quot;adamantly, adamantly&quot; against raising it &mdash; a position Rauner flip-flopped on during the primary.</p><p>Quinn has pushed for years to raise the state&#39;s minimum wage to $10 per hour, from $8.25. Rauner now says he doesn&#39;t want to cut the rate, but that it shouldn&#39;t be raised unless the federal rate also increases to be equal to Illinois. He says hiking it will force employers to eliminate jobs.</p><p>Republicans see Quinn as vulnerable because of the state&#39;s budget problems, a 67 percent income tax hike he pushed for and signed, and the Midwest&#39;s highest unemployment. Rauner frequently calls the Chicago Democrat &quot;the worst governor in America.&quot;</p><p>But Quinn, who served as lieutenant governor to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, later convicted of corruption, points to the bleak situation he inherited when he took office five years ago &mdash; when the state was in a recession and had one governor in prison and another on his way.</p><p>He says he&#39;s gotten Illinois back on track, passing a massive capital construction bill he says created hundreds of thousands of jobs and approving legislation to address Illinois&#39; worst-in-the-nation state pension shortfall. He&#39;s also expected to tout the approval of legislation to allow gay marriage.</p><p>&quot;We know in this election campaign it&#39;ll be a tough fight,&quot; Quinn said. &quot;And I&#39;ve been in a lot of tough fights.&quot;</p><p>Illinois&#39; influential labor unions are expected to continue their attacks on Rauner in the general election.</p><p>Their efforts appeared to help make it a tighter-than-expected race Tuesday between Rauner state Sen. Kirk Dillard, who picked up the endorsement of three of the state&#39;s largest public-employee unions. Dillard bested Rauner in several counties that are home to a large numbers of state workers.</p><p>Ed Kline, a farmer from LeRoy, said he was turned off by Rauner&#39;s spending. He cast his ballot Tuesday for Quinn.</p><p>&quot;I think he&#39;s honest and he does the best he can do with what he&#39;s got to work with,&quot; Kline said.</p><p>But other voters responded to Rauner&#39;s outsider status and his push to establish term limits for legislators, a move he says will help root out corruption.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m all about voting out the old guard,&quot; said Kevin Yessa, 53, of Downers Grove</p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-rauner-set-clash-illinois-governor-race-109885 Vallas says he's OK playing 'second fiddle' http://www.wbez.org/news/vallas-says-hes-ok-playing-second-fiddle-109134 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP93819347138.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas says he&#39;ll have no trouble playing &quot;second fiddle&quot; to Gov. Pat Quinn as his 2014 running mate.</p><p>Vallas and Quinn appeared together Tuesday for the first time since the governor announced last week that Vallas was his pick for lieutenant governor.</p><p>Vallas sought the 2002 Democratic nomination for&nbsp;Illinois&nbsp;governor but lost to now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p><p>He says he was initially surprised when Quinn approached him about the job. But he says the Chicago Democrat &quot;wants to assemble the strongest team possible.&quot;</p><p>Vallas also says he&#39;s OK with playing second fiddle, &quot;or whatever instrument in the orchestra Pat wants me to play&quot; because he believes in Quinn.</p><p>Both men say addressing&nbsp;Illinois&#39; pension crisis will remain the administration&#39;s top priority.</p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/vallas-says-hes-ok-playing-second-fiddle-109134 Lisa Madigan to not run for governor; will seek re-election http://www.wbez.org/news/lisa-madigan-not-run-governor-will-seek-re-election-108060 <p><p dir="ltr">Lisa Madigan has decided she will not be running for Illinois governor. In a statement released Monday, the three-term attorney general announced she will instead run seek re-election.</p><p dir="ltr">Madigan previously said she was considering a run for governor, but in her statement she explained she would not pursue the executive office as long as her father is the speaker of the Illinois House.</p><p>&ldquo;For the last several months, I have considered the best way to continue serving the people of Illinois,&rdquo; the attorney general said in a written statement. &ldquo;Deciding whether to seek reelection or to run for Governor has not been easy. I love my job as Attorney General and continue to be excited about the important work we are doing and what we can do for people and families in the years ahead. I considered running for Governor because of the need for effective management from that office and the frustration so many of us feel about the current lack of progress on critical issues facing Illinois.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Ultimately, however, there has always been another consideration that impacts my decision. I feel strongly that the state would not be well served by having a Governor and Speaker of the House from the same family and have never planned to run for Governor if that would be the case. With Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for Governor.&rdquo;</p><p>Michael Madigan has been the powerful House speaker for more than 30 years and is also the chairman of Illinois&rsquo; Democratic Party.</p><p dir="ltr">That leaves incumbent Pat Quinn and former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley as those Democrats who have announced they are running for governor.</p><p>In a statement, Daley said, Madigan&rsquo;s decision not to run for governor, &ldquo;gives voters a clear choice between a proven leader who gets things done and a governor who can&#39;t seem to get anything done.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, Treasurer Dan Rutherford and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner have all announced they are running for governor on the Republican side of the aisle.</p><p>&ldquo;This is as big a political earthquake in Illinois as I can remember in an awful long time because it has implications up and down the ballot,&rdquo; said Dave Lundy, a political strategist with Aileron Communications, Inc. &ldquo;Everybody has been waiting and everybody has been assuming that the attorney general was planning to run for governor, I think including the attorney general.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Lundy said several other potential political campaigns are now halted with the attorney general&rsquo;s decision. Republican House Leader Tom Cross was considering a bid to replace Madigan as the state&rsquo;s top lawyer, but now he could sit that campaign out. State Sen. Kwame Raoul and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, both Democrats, were also thinking about running for attorney general if Madigan didn&rsquo;t seek reelection.</p><p>Lundy also singled out the line in Madigan&rsquo;s statement saying should wouldn&rsquo;t run because her father plans to continue in office, remarking it, &ldquo;really just was stunning for a family that has always been incredibly discreet and incredibly private.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Indeed, the powerful House speaker and popular attorney general often choose their words carefully when speaking publicly and rarely talk off-the-cuff.</p><p>A spokesman for Speaker Madigan did not immediately return calls for comment.</p><p dir="ltr">Meantime, despite the attorney general&rsquo;s misgivings about members of the same family serving in powerful positions in public office, not everyone was bothered by the possibility of close kin running the executive branch and one chamber of the legislative branch of state government.</p><p>Former Republican Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson said he was surprised and &ldquo;a little shocked&rdquo; by Lisa Madigan&rsquo;s decision.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;What this state needs is a governor and a legislature that gets stuff done and the relationships are secondary,&rdquo; Thompson said.</p><p>Lisa Madigan&rsquo;s decision comes on the heels of tales of political patronage in Metra, the troubled rail agency that serves Chicago&rsquo;s suburbs, involving Speaker Madigan.</p><p dir="ltr">Last week, a memo from Metra&rsquo;s ex-CEO, Alex Clifford, was sent to a House committee, in which Clifford alleges the board of directors wanted a new CEO, in part, because Clifford would not comply with personnel requests from Speaker Madigan.</p><p>Clifford said Madigan wanted a Metra employee whose family supported Madigan politically to receive a pay raise, but Clifford refused. Speaker Madigan later withdrew the request.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/lisa-madigan-not-run-governor-will-seek-re-election-108060 Morning Shift: Let's get political http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-27/morning-shift-lets-get-political-107878 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Capitol-Flickr-Teemu008.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we get the down-low from Illinois State Senator Bill Brady about his current campaign to be governor. He is hoping the third time will be the charm. But will it?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-let-s-get-political.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-let-s-get-political" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Let's get political" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-27/morning-shift-lets-get-political-107878 Governor Quinn heads to China to boost exports http://www.wbez.org/story/governor-quinn-heads-china-boost-exports-92008 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/4149352541_be57f2ca75.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to depart for China on Friday to lead an delegation of Illinois business and educational leaders. The governor told reporters this week he hopes his eight day mission will help improve trade relations with the country - and boost the Illinois economy.</p><p>Quinn said an increase in exports will create more jobs in Illinois.<br> <br> "I don't think any state in the union that really wants to get more jobs should miss the opportunity to interact with other countries that either want to invest in our state or want to buy our goods and services," said Quinn. "That's part of the job of a governor nowadays, especially in the 21st century."</p><p>The delgation is scheduled to stop in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, where Illinois first opened a trade office in 1983.</p><p>Quinn said he plans to sign an agreement with China that would increase soybean exports. China, according to Quinn, is the third largest exporter for Illinois, behind Canada and Mexico.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the governor's office, Illinois exports to China have grown recently, totaling more than $3 billion dollars last year.&nbsp; Key exports include machinery, electronics, chemicals and agricultural products. &nbsp;</p><p>During his mayoralty, Richard M. Daley made several visits to China to promote business and tourism in Chicago.&nbsp; And Quinn hopes his visit will further encourage Chinese tourism to Illinois, which grew to 97-thousand visitors in 2010.</p><p>The governor also plans to visit Japan for a conference at the end of his trip to China. He is scheduled to return to Illinois on September 24. This is Quinn's second trip abroad this year -- he visited <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/governor-quinn-week-long-trip-israel-89378">Israel in July.</a><br> <br> <br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/governor-quinn-heads-china-boost-exports-92008 Quinn defends tollway hikes http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-defends-tollway-hikes-91066 <p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is defending the state tollway board's decision to hike prices. He said the plan will help fund construction projects, reduce traffic times and keep drivers safe.<br> <br> "We have to invest in these roads in order to make sure they're safe--we don't want to be the shock absorber capital of the United States with all kinds of potholes, when people drive over the potholes and they're car gets broken down and they're not very happy I wouldn't be either," he said.<br> <br> Quinn said the extra funds will pay for projects like expanding the Jane Addams Tollway and connecting Interstates 294 and 57.<br> <br> The Tollway board voted yesterday 7-1 to increase the rates. Most I-Pass rates will see a spike from 40 cents to 75 cents, while drivers who pay cash will pay twice that amount. Quinn said county board chairmen from DuPage, Lake, Will and Kane counties, among others, came in front of the tollway board to support the raises.</p><p>The new toll prices will take effect on January 1st.</p></p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-defends-tollway-hikes-91066 Gov. Ryan reflects from prison on decision to clear death row http://www.wbez.org/story/communitation/gov-ryan-reflects-prison-decision-clear-death-row <p><p>A court document is providing new insight into former Illinois Governor George Ryan's decision to clear death row in the last days of his administration.&nbsp; His reflections are contained in a deposition he gave to an attorney for the City of Chicago involved in a wrongful conviction lawsuit.&nbsp; The city was being sued by Oscar Walden, a man Ryan pardoned on the basis of innocence.&nbsp; The city attorney tried to undercut that pardon.<br /><br />The attorney asked Ryan how much time he spent on each pardon he granted, 15, 20 minutes?&nbsp; Did the governor investigate the crimes or talk to witnesses?<br /><br />Ryan said he relied on the investigations done by the prisoner review board and assumed they did their job right,&nbsp; but he says he remembers burning the midnight oil in his office with files all over the floor.&nbsp; He says he read about each prisoner's life, from childhood all the way through conviction.<br /><br />Ryan says he was positive innocent men were awaiting executio,&nbsp; but he couldn't tell who was innocent and who was guilty ,so he cleared death row because, &quot;if there's one that's innocent, I'm not going to wake up six months after I leave office and say, that guy got killed, and I could have saved him and didn't,&quot; said Ryan.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 21:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/communitation/gov-ryan-reflects-prison-decision-clear-death-row Obama Floats Earlier Health Care Option To Governors http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-02-28/obama-floats-earlier-health-care-option-governors-83091 <p><p>States unhappy with the new federal health care law may be able to create their own version of the overahaul in 2014 — not 2017, as the law currently states. President Barack Obama told a gathering of the nation's governors Monday that he's open to amending the law.</p><p>But under the new White House proposal, any state that chooses to design its own plan is still required to fulfill the goals and requirements of the health care overhaul.</p><p>"I am not open to re-righting the battles of the last two years," Obama said.</p><p>Roughly half of America's states are already suing to overturn the law in its entirety, on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and places a burden on state finances.</p><p>From the AP:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>The individual state plans would have to cover at least as many residents as the overhaul law. Benefits would have to be equally comprehensive and affordable. And the state plans could not increase the federal deficit.</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1298914334?&gn=Obama+Floats+Earlier+Health+Care+Option+To+Governors&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=health+care+overhaul,Politics,Governor,Barack+Obama,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=134131456&c7=1014&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1014&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110228&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=131850001,127602596,126918157,125101621,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-02-28/obama-floats-earlier-health-care-option-governors-83091 Preparing jurors for Blagojevich retrial http://www.wbez.org/story/governor/preparing-jurors-blagojevich-retrial <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JuryBox-CONROY.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Federal Court Judge James Zagel is trying to bring some order to the media circus that will no doubt follow the verdict in the retrial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.&nbsp; After his first trial reporters flooded jurors with calls to find out why they were deadlocked on 23 of the 24 counts against the former governor.&nbsp; They did convict him on one count of lying to the FBI.</p><p>In high profile cases, federal judges along with the U.S. Marshall's service in Chicago often open up a courtroom so reporters can ask jurors about their verdict.&nbsp; To keep order, there's only one camera and one mic and jurors sit as a group in the jury box.&nbsp; Reporters ask questions and jurors speak one at a time.&nbsp; Judge Zagel made that offer in Blagojevich's trial, but jurors didn't want to talk.&nbsp; Steve Wlodek explains, &quot;We were all exhausted, we wanted to get home, it was late in the day.&quot;</p><p>But in hindsight Wlodek says that was probably a mistake because he spent most of the night talking to individual reporters.&nbsp; (I talked to him until almost 11 pm.)<br /><br />Another Blagojevich juror, James Matsumoto says he wished Zagel had encouraged them to talk at the courthouse.&nbsp; He says Zagel offered them the opportunity to address the media in a courtroom but the judge neither encouraged nor discouraged it.&nbsp; Matsumoto says if the media got some information it would probably lessen the pressure on jurors the night of the verdict.&nbsp; Matsumoto says the media and public deserve to know how the jury made their decision.</p><p>Zagel is considering keeping the jurors anonymous until a day after the verdict for the governor's upcoming retrial scheduled for April 20th.&nbsp; Zagel has also floated the idea of giving jurors 'no trespassing' signs to fend off reporters but Wlodek says that wouldn't be very effective.&nbsp; &quot;I had calls at my parent's house, I had calls at work, I had calls at home on my cell phone, my neighbors got called, I mean, there's other ways of getting to people,&quot; says Wlodek but he likes the idea of keeping jurors names secret for a day after the verdict so they have a chance to recover from the trial and collect their thoughts before facing the cameras.</p></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 01:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/governor/preparing-jurors-blagojevich-retrial