WBEZ | illinois governor http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-governor Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Quinn: Senate to reconvene to try for pension fix http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-senate-reconvene-try-pension-fix-104767 <p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; Gov. Pat Quinn says the Senate is coming back to Springfield.</p><p>The governor held a news conference Tuesday to urge senators to reach a compromise on pensions when they reconvene at 3 p.m.</p><p>Tuesday is the final full day of the lame-duck session.</p><p>Members of a House committee <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/pension-proposals-going-last-minute-springfield-104754">approved a proposal</a> calling for more employee contributions and freezing cost-of-living increases.</p><p>The bill&#39;s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz, said Tuesday as she headed into a meeting with Quinn that it&#39;s an &quot;uphill battle.&quot;</p><p>She said she was going to talk with Quinn about a possible vote on her legislation by the full Illinois House.</p><p>Quinn has previously voiced support for Nekritz&#39;s bill, but Tuesday he wouldn&#39;t repeat that support.</p><p>However he did reiterate that something needs to be done.</p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-senate-reconvene-try-pension-fix-104767 Gov. Quinn claims breakthrough on pension reform http://www.wbez.org/news/gov-quinn-claims-breakthrough-pension-reform-104703 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday one of the most controversial proposals to fix the state&#39;s massive pension debt is temporarily off the table.&nbsp;</p><p>Quinn and some legislators have supported a so-called cost shift, which would require local school districts to pick up the tab of their own teacher&#39;s pensions.</p><p>Many Republican legislators have opposed that plan, saying it would force local property taxes to go up.</p><p>Teachers&#39; pensions are one of the biggest contributors to the state&#39;s $95 billion pension debt.</p><p>Steve Brown, a spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan said lawmakers will meet on Saturday to discuss the details of a compromised bill that would not include the cost shift. Brown said the cost shift is a way to end the extraordinary amount of money the state spends on teacher pensions, but, &ldquo;We need to try to pass what we can pass.&rdquo;</p><p>Brown said bipartisan support is needed to pass the kind of pension reform needed to be effective.</p><p>For months, Quinn has called on lawmakers to pass pension reform in January, before the session ends on Wednesday. With the clock ticking, Quinn met with some suburban lawmakers Friday morning before addressing the media.</p><p>Republican State Rep. Darlene Senger, who attended the meeting, said, &ldquo;The fact they came out of the gate with the cost shift removed really, I think, opened it up to a listening phase.&rdquo;</p><p>But passing any pension reform legislation could still be difficult, since any plan approved by the House would also need the support of the Senate, which adjourned Thursday.</p><p>The Senate earlier passed a measure that did not include the cost shift and affected just two of the state&rsquo;s five separate pension systems. Senate President John Cullerton says that plan is the most legally sound option available, since a legal challenge to any pension reform legislation is likely. If the courts strike down a new pension plan, the legislature could be back to square one.</p><p>Quinn said Friday the ideas in the Senate bill will be incorporated, but he didn&rsquo;t go into specifics. One aspect of the Senate&rsquo;s measure gives affected state employees a choice between pay raises in retirement or receiving health insurance.</p><p>&ldquo;There are ways you can, in drafting a bill, have what are called backstops that provide for protections against anything being declared unconstitutional,&rdquo; Quinn said.</p></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 12:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/gov-quinn-claims-breakthrough-pension-reform-104703 Quinn: Refreshing to see pollsters defied http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-brady/quinn-refreshing-see-pollsters-defied <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-05/quinn getty images by scott olson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>After Bill Brady's concession, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn spoke at a press conference in Chicago.<br /><br />Quinn commended his Republican opponent for graciously conceding, but he did take a dig at pollsters. They predicted Brady would win, and Quinn would lose.</p><p>&quot;I do think one of the lessons of this campaign is it's nice to see polls. I think we all like to look at them. But they're not always accurate. I'd rather win that poll last Tuesday than any other poll. So that was I think refreshing to see the pollsters defied and the people come out ahead,&quot;&nbsp;Quinn said.</p><p>Quinn says he hopes to meet with Brady soon, possibly at Manny's Deli on Chicago's near South Side.</p></p> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 22:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-brady/quinn-refreshing-see-pollsters-defied