WBEZ | illinois governor http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-governor Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en What Rauner faces as he takes the oath of the Governor's office http://www.wbez.org/news/what-rauner-faces-he-takes-oath-governors-office-111378 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP657471973521.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bruce Rauner gets to show Illinois what he&rsquo;s got starting Monday. He&rsquo;s taking the oath of office as the state&rsquo;s next governor with many big challenges facing Illinois. Here are some key questions and answers about what&rsquo;s been going on in Illinois politics since November&rsquo;s election.</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s Rauner been up to since he won election?</strong></p><p>One of the best ways to see what kind of governor Rauner will be is to see who he&rsquo;s hiring. For instance, Rauner is appointing Leslie Munger to be the state&rsquo;s comptroller, after the death of Judy Baar Topinka. Munger is a former executive at Unilever who ran a failed campaign for state representative last year. Rauner also hired the former attorney for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, someone whom Rauner says he intends to model as Illinois governor. During the campaign, Rauner, a Republican, frequently talked about having to be the state&rsquo;s best recruiter for hiring people to manage state government.</p><p><strong>What challenges will Rauner face from day one?</strong></p><p>Right off the bat, Illinois has a budget hole. Rauner has said that hole was created by Democrats who have used accounting gimmicks. Despite the lack of resources, Rauner has insisted the state could get by with lower income taxes. Those tax rates dropped on Jan. 1, meaning cash is staying in workers&rsquo; paychecks - and not going toward the state budget.</p><p>Agencies that have been in the headlines recently that have an impact on child welfare or overcrowded prisons rely on that budget, and directors at those agencies have highlighted the cuts that would have to happen if the lower tax rate continues.</p><p>That&rsquo;s all on top of an ongoing pension obligation debt that Gov. Pat Quinn&rsquo;s office has estimated tops $100 billion. Labor unions filed a lawsuit over a measure that saves the state money, but reduces retirement benefits of state workers. That lawsuit is still pending before the state Supreme Court. The justices&rsquo; decision could have a major impact on state spending for the foreseeable future.</p><p><strong>How will Rauner&rsquo;s management style fit in with the political culture in Springfield?</strong></p><p>Rauner&rsquo;s tagline throughout his campaign was to &ldquo;Shake up Springfield.&rdquo; But it&rsquo;s not yet clear how far he will take that phrase - or if he will recruit people with government experience in Springfield to be leaders in his administration. Republicans have taken a liking to Rauner since he&rsquo;s brought the state party money, organization, messaging and now power.</p><p>Several Democratic lawmakers have said they&rsquo;re still trying to get a grasp of what kind of governor Rauner is going to be, but seem open to working with him. If much legislation is to get passed, they&rsquo;ll have to work with Rauner: Democrats have a supermajority in both the House and Senate, meaning they could override a potential veto on a bill.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold" target="_blank">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/what-rauner-faces-he-takes-oath-governors-office-111378 Rauner declares victory, Quinn concedes http://www.wbez.org/news/rauner-declares-victory-quinn-concedes-111047 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rauner-celebration_0.png" alt="" /><p><style type="text/css"> <!-- .audio { color: #000000; font: 11px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .body { color: #000000; font: 13px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .byline { color: #003366; font: 12px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .bytitle { color: #003366; font: 10px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .byttl { color: #003366; font: bold 10px/12px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .headline { color: #000000; font: bold 20px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .newlinkcolor { color: white } .photo { color: #696969; font: 9px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .storylink { color: #003366; font: bold 12px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .tabletitle { color: #663333; font: bold 11px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .textlabel { color: #663333; font: bold 11px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .video { color: #000000; font: 11px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } p { color: #000000; font: 13px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif }--> .eln-subhed-table { background-color: #fff; color:#333; font-family: "Raleway",Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; } .eln-state { display:none; } .eln-bodyregular, .eln-bodyreg-bar { color:#333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; } .eln-bodyreg-bar { background-color: #f8f8f8; } .eln-office-name { font-family: "Raleway",Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; color:#444444; } .eln-date { color:#999; font-family: "Raleway",Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; } span.eln-bodyregular { font-size: 12px; }</style> <p><em>UPDATED Nov. 5, 3:38 p.m.</em></p><p>Republican businessman Bruce Rauner has unseated Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, ending Democrats&#39; 12-year grip on the state.</p><p>The matchup between the Winnetka venture capitalist and the Chicago Democrat was among the most competitive and costly nationwide. Rauner&#39;s win helps the GOP complete a near-sweep of Midwest governorships.</p><p>With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Rauner had a nearly 5 percentage point lead over Quinn. Rauner declared victory on election night, but Quinn said Tuesday night he&#39;d wait for all votes to be counted.</p><p>On Wednesday, Quinn conceded the race and said it was clear his campaign didn&#39;t have the votes to overcome Rauner&#39;s lead.</p><p>Quinn first became Illinois governor in 2009 in the wake of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich&#39;s corruption scandal. He narrowly won in 2010 over Republican state Sen. Bill Brady.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/calls-aimed-election-judges-dissuade-attendance-111061">Dirty trick&#39; robocalls dissuaded Chicago election judges from polls</a></strong></p><p>Quinn had pushed issues affecting everyday people. He also reminded voters how he navigated Illinois out of crisis after the two previous governors went to prison. He tried to paint Rauner as an out-of-touch multimillionaire.</p><p>Rauner countered by saying a vote for Quinn would support politics as usual.</p><p>He began his run with a statewide push for term limits, then focused on a federal lawsuit scrutinizing hiring under Quinn and the incumbent&#39;s support for make a tax increase permanent.</p><p>The Winnetka businessman on Wednesday named the leaders of his transition team. He says his running mate, Wheaton City Council member Evelyn Sanguinetti, will serve as chairwoman. The team also includes several senior campaign staff.</p><p>In an emailed statement Rauner says he&#39;s &quot;committed to assembling a diverse and talented team to drive results&quot; for Illinois.</p><p>Rauner spent Wednesday in meetings and didn&#39;t have any public appearances planned.</p><p>Spokesman Mike Schrimpf says the lack of a public schedule was out of respect for Quinn and because Rauner wants to take &quot;a methodical, thoughtful approach.&quot;</p><p><strong style="font-size: 18.3999996185303px; text-align: center;">Election results</strong></p><script language="JavaScript" src="http://hosted.ap.org/elections/2014/general/by_race/IL_15989.js?SITE=WBEZFMELN&SECTION=POLITICS"></script></p> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 11:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/rauner-declares-victory-quinn-concedes-111047 Turn out for what? Will young voters make it to the polls, or stay home as usual? http://www.wbez.org/news/turn-out-what-will-young-voters-make-it-polls-or-stay-home-usual-111025 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Young Voters.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-66e03813-6290-1714-88ec-30ef0d92b54b">Cycle after cycle, voter turnout among young people trends especially low. For example, in the <a href="http://www.civicyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/The-CPS-youth-vote-2010-FS-FINAL1.pdf" target="_blank">last midterm election</a>, fewer than a quarter of eligible 18 to 29 year olds cast ballots.</p><p>OK, so we are talking about the generation that invented the selfie. But young people do care about more than just themselves; but, they say, no one ever asks for their input.</p><p>Eve Rips is the Midwest Director of the <a href="http://younginvincibles.org/" target="_blank">Young Invincibles</a>. The national organization works to engage young adults on issues like higher education, healthcare and employment. And it made a point of asking young people for their thoughts.</p><p>&ldquo;We heard a lot about skyrocketing tuition, about violence on the streets, we heard time and again from young adults whose peers had been exposed to violence and significant trauma. We heard constantly about high rates of youth unemployment. We heard from people scared about not living up to their parents standard of living,&rdquo; Rips explained. &nbsp;</p><p>And young people in Illinois, it turns out, are very happy to talk the talk&hellip;they tend not to walk the walk. A <a href="http://documents.mccormickfoundation.org/pdf/2012_Illinois_Civic_Health_Index.pdf" target="_blank">study on civic health</a> from the McCormick Foundation found that while a quarter of Illinois Millennials engage in weekly political discussions, they were at the the bottom of the pack when it came to voting regularly. Like, three from the bottom.</p><p>Democratic political consultant Tom Bowen said sometimes low turnout is a measure of the issues that are out there; certain groups are highly attuned to the issues that a candidate can appeal to.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s not very many not very many messages about Medicare and Social Security that are going to entice young voters into the electorate,&rdquo; Bowen explained.</p><p>It&rsquo;s easy to see how it might be a struggle to make those particular issues sexy. Young people tend not to think about their retirement or long-term health until it&rsquo;s staring them right in the face.</p><p>&ldquo;Most of the time what brings young voters into the electorate is they become parents and they care about schools. Schools are a pretty motivating local issue that tends to get people to pay attention to what their government is doing,&rdquo; said Bowen.</p><p>Campaigns are faced with limited time and resources -- and they have to focus on the folks they know are going to be there.</p><p>And, if we&rsquo;re honest with ourselves, young people -- Millennials like this reporter -- we&rsquo;re lazy. That&rsquo;s right, the most educated generation in history is sitting at home, avoiding joining the workforce because -- we&rsquo;re entitled narcissists. Or, at least that&rsquo;s the stereotype.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the same old song. But maybe if you could get <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rijpU5yD55I" target="_blank">Lil Jon</a> to sing it, while applying some good, old-fashioned peer pressure...junior would get off the couch.</p><p>According to political psychologist Jon Krosnick, social pressure is a very effective tool in elections. He said voter turnout is contagious.</p><p>&ldquo;At one level, participating in an election might seem like an irrational act -- because any one individual is certainly not likely to have any meaningful impact on the outcome of any election. But, in fact, each person&rsquo;s action can be magnified,&rdquo; Krosnick explained.</p><p>By voting -- and letting others know that you voted -- you actually increase the likelihood that other people will vote.</p><p>But pollster <a href="http://weaskamerica.com/" target="_blank">Gregg Durham</a> said the easier, surer thing &hellip; is to make a play for mom. &nbsp;</p><p>Durham said suburban women tipped the dead-even scales for Governor Pat Quinn four years ago when they failed to turn out for Bill Brady. And this year&rsquo;s governor&rsquo;s race is just as tight.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s no group that they say don&rsquo;t worry about them, we can&rsquo;t get enough of them. If you have the wherewithal you go after every vote you can. However, you go after the low-hanging fruit first...and the young voter is a tough harvest,&rdquo; Durham explained.</p><p>According to Durham, if just three more people had voted in each precinct in 2010, Illinois would probably be talking about Brady&rsquo;s re-election.</p><p>Every vote really does count. And there are young people out there, trying to get their peers to the polls. People like Connie C. Luo, a field organizer with <a href="http://chicagovotes.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Votes</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s something like an intervention to the cycle of oppression, to the cycle of apathy, that systemically has prevented young people from raising their voice. And so, the best way to do that is to direct one-on-one intervention, by being out in the field, by targeting people who need to register, who need to vote the most...that way we can move forward,&rdquo; Luo said.</p><p>Chicago Votes has registered over 15,000 young people with its get-out-the-vote campaign this year, bringing their coalition&rsquo;s total to over 115,000. Parades to the polls have been planned to make sure that those registered actually make it to the polls on Tuesday.</p><p>If they do, it will definitely matter. It may even shape the future.</p></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/turn-out-what-will-young-voters-make-it-polls-or-stay-home-usual-111025 Rauner wins GOP nomination for Illinois governor http://www.wbez.org/news/rauner-wins-gop-nomination-illinois-governor-109884 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP89915563869.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner won the GOP primary Tuesday in his bid for Illinois governor, as voters embraced a first campaign by the multimillionaire who flooded the airwaves with vows to run the Democratic stronghold like a business and curb the influence of government unions.</p><p>With Republicans eyeing what they view as their best shot in years to win the top job in President Barack Obama&#39;s home state, Rauner defeated three longtime state lawmakers &mdash; including the current state treasurer. He advances to a November matchup with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who easily won his nomination for a second full term.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-gov-quinn-wins-democratic-nomination-109882" target="_blank">Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wins Democratic nomination in bid for a second term</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Between Quinn and predecessor Rod Blagojevich, now imprisoned for corruption, Democrats have held the governorship since 2003. But Rauner could present a serious threat, partly due to a massive campaign bank account that already includes more than $6 million of his own money.</p><p>For voters across Illinois, the governor&#39;s race represented a potentially transformative battle over union influence, with some voters saying they wanted to break an alliance between organized labor and Democrats, who have long controlled most statewide offices and the Legislature.</p><p>Organized labor battled back out of concern that Rauner could seek to weaken unions in the same way GOP governors have in other states across the Midwest.</p><p>Rauner says he would model his governorship after those of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Both significantly rolled back union power in what they said were necessary steps to attract business and reduce costs. Rauner defeated state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the primary.</p><p>&quot;Rauner is going to be a bull in a china shop; we need a bull,&quot; said Tom Sommer, a 57-year-old real estate broker from the Chicago suburb Hinsdale. &quot;It&#39;s not going to be more of the same.&quot;</p><p>Issues such as a public pension overhaul and high taxes &quot;are coming to the fore and the old guard is not going to handle that,&quot; Sommer said, adding that he voted for Rauner because of his tough talk against the unions that represent public sector workers. That sentiment persists despite Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s push to fix Illinois&#39; finances by overhauling the heavily underwater public pension systems, which earned him the unions&#39; ire.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-republicans-nominate-oberweis-senate-109883" target="_blank">Jim Oberweis wins GOP primary for U.S. Senate, will face Dick Durbin</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Rauner has also won supporters with his call for term limits.</p><p>Union leaders, meanwhile, sought Rauner&#39;s defeat by encouraging members to pull Republican ballots and vote for Dillard, who picked up several union endorsements.</p><p>The typically left-leaning unions spent more than $6 million on the GOP primary, both in anti-Rauner and pro-Dillard ads. Rauner raised more than $14 million, including $6 million of his own money &mdash; more than any candidate seeking a gubernatorial nomination in state history.</p><p>Rauner warned supporters about the unions&#39; efforts, saying Quinn&#39;s &quot;allies&quot; were trying to hijack the election. He said legislative term limits could break the labor-Democratic alliance.</p><p>Quinn&#39;s first re-election ad of the season &mdash; focusing on Rauner&#39;s evolving stance on raising the minimum wage &mdash; hit the airwaves Tuesday evening. Quinn has called for increasing the state&#39;s rate from $8.25 to at least $10 an hour. Rauner had initially called for a cut and later said he&#39;d raise it under certain circumstances.</p><p>In the southern Illinois, voters had another reason to want to upend the state&#39;s political order, saying they felt marginalized and neglected by a political balance weighted toward Democrats and the Chicago region.</p><p>&quot;In the last 10 years, things have gotten really bad (in the state),&quot; said Marty Johns, 48, of Godfrey. &quot;Throw out all the Democrats in Chicago. All of our money goes up there while southern Illinois gets the crumbs.&quot;</p><p>Johns said he voted for Dillard to &quot;remove Quinn.&quot;</p><p>But others said they liked Quinn, whose administration has avoided major scandals &mdash; unlike his two predecessors who went to prison.</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; said Ed Kline, a 61-year-old LeRoy farmer who voted for Quinn.</p><p>Quinn, who was Blagojevich&#39;s lieutenant governor and assumed the office after he was booted amid a corruption scandal, easily defeated a lesser-known primary challenger Tio Hardiman in his bid for a second full term.</p><p>Brady won the 2010 GOP nomination, but lost the general election to Quinn. Brady, of Bloomington, argued he built the support during that bid to defeat Quinn this time around.</p><p>Rutherford, of Chenoa, did little campaigning recently. He all but conceded defeat after a former employee filed a federal lawsuit accusing Rutherford of sexual harassment and political coercion. Rutherford denied the allegations.</p><p>Republican primary voters also chose state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a dairy magnate, to run in November against U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate&#39;s second-ranking Democrat. Oberweis, who defeated businessman and West Point graduate Doug Truax in the primary, has lost five of his six bids for public office.</p><p>Also on the ballot were primary races for the U.S. House, Illinois Legislature and statewide constitutional officers.</p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/rauner-wins-gop-nomination-illinois-governor-109884 Hey (future) governor! Here's what you should talk about! http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/hey-future-governor-heres-what-you-should-talk-about-109594 <p><p><em>Editor&#39;s note: WBEZ&#39;s Tony Arnold and Alex Keefe would still LOVE to have your politics-related questions (and others), but their focused campaign to solicit questions about the 2014 race for Illinois governor has ended. What came of it? Many <a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/questions/archive/race-for-illinois-governor">great questions </a>about the political process, the state&#39;s future governor and much more! Tony and Alex will be taking on several of those questions, but they also placed three into a <a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/voting_rounds/50">Curious City voting round</a>, to let people like you decide which should be the highest priority.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Illinois voters head to the polls March 18 to select their party&rsquo;s candidate for Illinois governor.</p><p>How&rsquo;s this involve you? WBEZ&rsquo;s Curious City is looking for the questions you feel are important but the candidates for governor may not be talking about. We suspect some issues will get a lot of coverage: tax policy, pensions, guns and same-sex marriage. But what more do you want to know? The candidates&rsquo; positions on Illinois&rsquo; nuclear power industry? Animal rights? Or, maybe you&rsquo;ve always wondered what goes on inside a campaign.</p><p><a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/">Write your question </a>about Illinois&rsquo; 2014 governor&rsquo;s race right now, and &mdash; if you&#39;re using a PC or Mac &mdash; it helps to&nbsp;select the category &quot;Race for Illinois governor.&quot; Here&#39;s what to look for at the top of the page:</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org " target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CC%20screenshot%20for%20Al_Tony%20story.png" style="height: 64px; width: 600px;" title="" /></a></div><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s political reporters Alex Keefe and Tony Arnold will pore over the questions, looking out for ones that can broaden &mdash; and maybe even shake up &mdash; this election.</p><p>If you have to sort out who&rsquo;s running in the March 18 primary, the Illinois State Board of Elections keeps an updated <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/ElectionInformation/CandList.aspx?SearchType=office&amp;ListType=RESULTS+OF+SEARCH+BY+OFFICE&amp;ElectionID=41&amp;ElectionType=GP&amp;ElectionDate=3%2f18%2f2014&amp;ElectionYear=2014&amp;QueryType=CANDIDATE&amp;OfficeIDSearchType=Matches&amp;OfficeID=6746&amp;StatusSearchType=Matches&amp;Status=AP&amp;OrderBy=ORDER+BY+OfficeBallotGroup%2c+OfficeSequence%2c+PartySequence%2cFileDateTime%2cvwCandidates.Sequence%2cvwCandidates.ID%2cLotteryLastName%2cLotteryFirstName">list of candidates</a>.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him on <a href="http://twitter.com/tonyjarnold" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/akeefe">Alex Keefe</a>&nbsp;is a political reporter at WBEZ. You can follow him on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZpolitics" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/102759794640397640028" target="_blank">Google+</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/hey-future-governor-heres-what-you-should-talk-about-109594 For GOP hopefuls, Labor Day is for politicking http://www.wbez.org/news/gop-hopefuls-labor-day-politicking-108585 <p><p>The Republican field for the 2014 Illinois governor and lieutenant governor races began to crystalize Monday, as Tuesday marks the day that candidates can begin gathering signatures to get on the ballot for March&rsquo;s primary.</p><p>Among the Republican gubernatorial hopefuls who spent their holiday politicking was Illinois State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, who greeted voters with his two frisky golden retrievers at Schaumburg&rsquo;s Labor Day parade.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s just a good opportunity to visit and mingle with the voters, people who care about Illinois,&rdquo; Brady said before Monday&rsquo;s parade stepped off. &ldquo;This election&rsquo;s gonna be about who can best lead our state. Clearly [Democratic Governor] Pat Quinn&rsquo;s failing.&rdquo;</p><p>The parade&rsquo;s marching order put Brady not far from a navy blue-shirted troupe of volunteers supporting Bruce Rauner, a venture capitalist seeking to be the GOP gubernatorial candidate.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s about shaking up Springfield and turning it around,&rdquo; said Rauner, who has sought to play up his role as a political outsider. &ldquo;Taking the government in Springfield back from the corrupt, career politicians who are controlling it for their own benefit, and get it so it&rsquo;s responsive to the voters again.&rdquo;</p><p>Earlier in the day, Dan Rutherford, the Illinois treasurer, announced a Chicago attorney as his lieutenant governor pick.</p><p>Rutherford revealed on Twitter that his choice is Steve Kim, a 42-year-old attorney who lives in Northbrook. Kim, who has served as a Northfield township trustee, unsuccessfully challenged Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in 2010.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Bruce%20Rauner.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 5px; height: 290px; width: 285px;" title="Bruce Rauner, a venture capitalist seeking the 2014 GOP gubernatorial nomination, talks with supporters before Schaumburg’s 2013 Labor Day parade. (WBEZ/Alex Keefe)" />&quot;He comes from having been on the statewide stage before,&quot; Rutherford told The Associated Press. The Chenoa Republican said his first priority was choosing someone who could succeed him if he wins. Rutherford said he would release more details Thursday at a news conference.</p><p>Rutherford became the first among the four Republicans and two Democrats seeking the state&#39;s highest office to announce his running mate.</p><p>It&#39;s the first time that candidates for governor will run with their lieutenant governor choices. The change was instituted after 2010 when it was revealed after the primary that the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor &mdash; Scott Lee Cohen &mdash; had past troubles including domestic battery charge. Cohen dropped out after pressure from Democratic leaders who feared it would hurt Quinn.</p><p>Other Republicans are expected to announce their picks soon.</p><p>Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale scheduled a statewide fly around with his pick for Tuesday. Sen. Brady has said his choice is also coming soon. The other candidates &mdash; including Rauner and Chicago Democrats, Gov. Pat Quinn and his challenger former White House chief of staff Bill Daley &mdash; have said they&#39;re not in a rush to make their choices public. Rutherford said he considered Kim&#39;s business experience and his background.</p><p>Kim is a managing partner at Rosenberg Kim &amp; Jimenez, Ltd., which does international and trade law and business development law, among other areas. Kim is also Korean American. He immigrated with his family as a young boy and is a U.S. citizen.</p><p>Rutherford said Kim has the ability to reach out to Illinois&#39; diverse residents, particularly the growing Asian population.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re a state where there is a very strong and vital immigrant community,&quot; Kim said, adding that his family&#39;s immigration story was one that would resonate with many groups.</p><p>Kim declined to talk specifics on where he stands on issues, like gay marriage, saying that he still formulating his opinions.</p><p>He said his focus is improving Illinois&#39; business climate.</p><p>&quot;I understand how to create jobs,&quot; he said. &quot;I strongly believe the climate in Illinois is not right now best suited for jobs and economic growth. We can change that.&quot;</p></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 15:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/gop-hopefuls-labor-day-politicking-108585 For governor candidates, YouTube beats early rallies http://www.wbez.org/news/governor-candidates-youtube-beats-early-rallies-107655 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/bill daley.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>&ldquo;Hi. I&rsquo;m Bill Daley. And I&rsquo;d like to take moment to talk to you about the State of Illinois.&rdquo;</p><p>So begins an online video released Tuesday by former Democratic White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, in which he announces he wants to be Illinois&rsquo; next governor.</p><p>It comes on the heels of Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner&rsquo;s own digital announcement, a highly produced YouTube video that&rsquo;s garnered 50,000 views since it was released last week.</p><p>Lloyd Betourney, a political strategist based in Chicago&rsquo;s south suburbs, said there&rsquo;s a reason candidates are opting for YouTube videos.</p><p>&ldquo;How often can a candidate talk to 4,000 voters at no cost, or very little cost?&rdquo; Betourney asked.</p><p>Betourney said the videos released early in the campaign get the more politically rabid for very little money. But down the road, nothing beats TV ads and mailers to get the campaign message in front of voters, whether they ask for it or not.</p><p>So far, Republican Treasurer Dan Rutherford is the only gubernatorial candidate to hold a political rally in the campaign for 2014. He announced he&rsquo;s running for governor at a private room at Harry Caray&rsquo;s, a Chicago steakhouse, before touring the state. State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard are also considering runs for the Republican nomination. So is Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democrat.</p><p>Incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn only talked about his plans for reelection when asked by reporters at unrelated news conferences. He has repeatedly avoided answering questions about opponents&rsquo; criticisms of him by saying there is a time and a place to talk about politics.</p><p>Meantime, Dave Fako, president of Fako &amp; Associates, another campaign strategy group based in west suburban Lisle, said those candidates further down the ballot from governor, who serve on the more local level, should still stress personal contact with voters as their campaign strategies.</p><p>&ldquo;Especially at the very local levels, they should never abandon that more personal engagement with voters,&rdquo; Fako said.</p><p>Fako said regardless of how a down ballot candidate uses the internet, politicians running for public office shouldn&rsquo;t stop glad handing at Metra or L stops any time soon.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/tonyjarnold" target="_blank">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/governor-candidates-youtube-beats-early-rallies-107655 Daley forms committee to explore run for governor http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-forms-committee-explore-run-governor-107634 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP111208070412 (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley announced Tuesday he is forming a committee to explore running for governor in 2014, saying Illinois deserves political leaders who are prepared to fix the state&#39;s unemployment, pensions and education woes.</p><p>The committee allows the Chicago Democrat to begin raising money for a challenge to Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn.</p><p>In a video posted online Tuesday morning, Daley ripped the Legislature and Quinn for the &quot;disastrous&quot; legislative session that ended last month. He pointed to their failure to fix Illinois&#39; $97 billion pension crisis, as well as inaction on legalizing same-sex marriage and &quot;protecting our kids from illegal guns.&quot;</p><p>&quot;We can no longer stand idly by while our pension debt bankrupts our schools and robs our children of a better future,&quot; Daley said. &quot;From the stinging injustice of inequality to the painful toll of unemployment, the people of Illinois are paying a perilous price for political failure. We need solutions. We need action. We need leadership that gets things done. And the people of Illinois can&#39;t wait.&quot;</p><p>The announcement sets up what could be one of the most intriguing Democratic primaries in the country. Quinn has said he will run for re-election. He could also face a challenge from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the daughter of the powerful House speaker Michael Madigan.</p><p>Republican state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner announced last week they are running. GOP state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady also are considering bids.</p><p>If Daley stays in the race, it would be the first run for public office for the son and brother of two of Chicago&#39;s most famous and powerful mayors. He has also served as trusted adviser to two presidents, first as Bill Clinton&#39;s commerce secretary and then as Barack Obama&#39;s chief of staff after Rahm Emanuel left the post to make a successful run to succeed Richard M. Daley as mayor.</p><p>The 64-year-old Daley is the latest son of the Richard J. Daley, the legendary iron-fisted mayor of Chicago, to run for office, joining his brothers, Richard and John.</p><p>Richard M. Daley served as mayor for 22 years, longer than any other mayor in city history, including his father, before retiring in 2011. And John Daley is a longtime member of the county&#39;s board of commissioners.</p><p>A successful attorney and businessman, William Daley spent years as a Democratic operative, working both publicly and behind the scenes in city, state and national politics. Co-chairman of the host committee for the 1996 Democratic National Convention, Daley was tapped by Clinton in his first term to push the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement through Congress. After the election, he was named Secretary of Commerce, serving between January 30, 1997 and July 19, 2000.</p><p>In the Obama administration, when Daley&#39;s brother decided not to seek a seventh term as mayor of Chicago and Emanuel decided to step down as White House chief of staff and run to succeed him, Obama selected Daley to succeed Emanuel.</p><p>He announced his resignation in January 2012, just a year after taking the job.</p></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-forms-committee-explore-run-governor-107634 Illinois Republicans start bickering in potentially crowded field for governor http://www.wbez.org/news/politics/illinois-republicans-start-bickering-potentially-crowded-field-governor-105136 <p><p>Republican primary voters might see a long list of candidates next year for Illinois governor.</p><p>Several potential candidates are already explaining why they would be the ideal candidate. But ask each one what the ideal GOP candidate looks like, and you&rsquo;re likely to get a different answer from each.</p><p>&ldquo;The perfect template of a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor needs to be a suburbanite with strong downstate roots,&rdquo; said Kirk Dillard, a state senator who represents parts of Chicago&rsquo;s Western suburbs in Springfield.</p><p>&ldquo;I think some people that are looking at running again are going to have trouble getting that necessary support to run,&rdquo; said U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.</p><p>The Peoria Republican held a 20-minute <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/gop-rep-aaron-schock-considering-run-governor-105128" target="_blank">news conference</a> with Chicago reporters Thursday about the race for governor.</p><p>&ldquo;I see the Republican primary voter as going to be looking at who has the best shot at winning the governor&rsquo;s office,&rdquo; said Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford.</p><p>State Sen. Bill Brady and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner are also considered potential candidates.</p><p>But despite the high level of interest, the chairman of the Illinois GOP, Pat Brady, said he wants to avoid a crowded primary. He said it&rsquo;s premature to talk about the possibility of the party slating a candidate before the primary. But that process worked out for Wisconsin Republicans in the election of Scott Walker as governor.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s out of the conversation like it was four years ago,&rdquo; Pat Brady said, who&rsquo;s not related to Sen. Bill Brady.</p><p>Pat Brady said the Republican nominee has to perform better north of I-80 around Chicago than in 2010, when Democrat Pat Quinn won election.</p><p>Meanwhile, Rep. Schock had some harsh words for his fellow Republicans who are also interested in becoming governor.</p><p>Schock criticized both Democrats and Republicans who, like him, have expressed an interest in running but haven&rsquo;t yet announced.</p><p>&ldquo;As a Republican in this state, I&rsquo;ve watched cycle after cycle a lot of the same horses trot out on the track that have proven nothing more than they can lose an election,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Schock later said he was referring to State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, both of whom ran for governor in 2010 and lost.</p><p>In response, Dillard said the 31-year-old Schock is young and &ldquo;has a bright future in politics.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a little early for these political shenanigans and posturing like this and, you know, I think may show a little bit of immaturity,&rdquo; Dillard said of Schock&rsquo;s comments.</p><p>Schock has also been in an ongoing public battle with Rauner. <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x1665862994/Bernard-Schoenburg-Schock-Rauner-already-at-odds-in-possible-governor-race?zc_p=0">Rauner recently told the Peoria Journal Star</a> Schock isn&rsquo;t qualified to be governor.</p><p>Schock on Thursday all but directly accused Rauner of funding <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_6V3DxEJsY&amp;feature=youtu.be">ads running in his home district</a> criticizing the representative for voting in favor of the so-called fiscal cliff bill in the House of Representatives.</p><p>&ldquo;Any time someone spends the lion&rsquo;s share of their time, energy and money attacking someone as opposed to talking about themselves, I think says a lot about that person,&rdquo; Schock said.</p><p>The infighting among the possible gubernatorial candidates comes as some GOP committeemen have been <a href="http://www.wbez.org/facing-rebellion-state-gop-chair-rejects-calls-resign-over-gay-marriage-support-104807" target="_blank">criticizing</a> chairman Pat Brady for supporting gay marriage.</p><p>Brady said that debate within the party will be resolved by the time the primary comes around in March of 2014.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s still early and we&rsquo;ll see what happens, but we&rsquo;re prepared to do whatever it takes to make sure we have a good, strong, well-funded, well-supported candidate,&rdquo; Brady said.</p><p>On the Democratic side, incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn has said he wants to keep his job. Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&amp;id=8961303">told ABC 7 Chicago</a> she&#39;s interested in the job. And former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-daley-considering-run-illinois-governor-104511">has also said </a>he&#39;s considering challenging Quinn in a Democratic primary.</p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/politics/illinois-republicans-start-bickering-potentially-crowded-field-governor-105136 GOP Rep. Aaron Schock considering run for governor http://www.wbez.org/news/gop-rep-aaron-schock-considering-run-governor-105128 <p><p>Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria says he&#39;s considering a run for Illinois governor.</p><p>Schock <a href="http://bit.ly/11UjNmZ" target="_blank">tells</a> WMAQ-TV in Chicago that he hopes other GOP hopefuls will step aside. Schock says &quot;the less bloodletting, the better.&quot;</p><p>The 31-year-old Peoria congressman and former state representative says he knows he can&#39;t &quot;tell them not to run.&quot; But Schock says other candidates from his party who have run before are wasting their time.</p><p>He says his age won&#39;t be a factor in whether he runs for governor.</p><p>Schock was first elected to Congress in 2009.</p><p>Other Republican candidates who have shown interest in the Illinois governor&#39;s race include state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.</p><p>The next general election for Illinois governor is in November 2014.</p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/gop-rep-aaron-schock-considering-run-governor-105128