WBEZ | Bill Daley http://www.wbez.org/tags/bill-daley Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en With Daley out, Democratic challengers face low voter turnout http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-out-democratic-challengers-face-low-voter-turnout-108744 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS6642_voting sign AP-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Now that Bill Daley has dropped out of the race for Illinois governor, it&rsquo;s possible no Democrat running statewide will face a primary challenger. And without competitive races at the top of the ballot, Democratic challengers in down-ballot races are bracing for low turnout in their districts.</p><p>Take Will Guzzardi.</p><p>He wants to represent parts of Chicago&rsquo;s northwest side in the Illinois House of Representatives. To do that, he&rsquo;ll have to beat incumbent State Rep. Toni Berrios in the Democratic primary.</p><p>In the last election, Guzzardi lost to Berrios by 125 votes.</p><p>He said Monday that he expects another tough fight, considering Democrats running for U.S. senator, governor, and others might not have opponents at the top of the ticket to draw people to the polls in the March primary.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an off-season primary with nothing interesting at the top of the ballot,&rdquo; Guzzardi said. &ldquo;So you have to explain to them, &lsquo;Here&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s at stake in a legislative race like this.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>Guzzardi said as he&rsquo;s collecting signatures to get on the ballot, he&rsquo;s trying to get potential voters interested in Springfield&rsquo;s influence over issues like safety and public schools.</p><p>Tio Hardiman is collecting signatures to try to get on the Democratic ballot to challenge incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn.</p><p>Meantime, Kent Redfield, a University of Illinois at Springfield political science professor, said Republicans could see higher turnout in the primary, since four members of the GOP are running for governor.</p><p>He said one candidate for governor in particular, Bruce Rauner, is trying to bring in new Republican voters to the primary.</p><p>&ldquo;That helps somebody down ballot who&rsquo;s also trying to get people who might not vote or might not be - or the regular kind of Republican voters that normally show up in a primary,&rdquo; Redfield said.</p><p>Republican State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and Treasurer Dan Rutherford are also running for governor.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/tonyjarnold" target="_blank">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-out-democratic-challengers-face-low-voter-turnout-108744 Morning Shift: Wurst Festival offers the best sausage http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-17/morning-shift-wurst-festival-offers-best-sausage <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Wurst Festival - flickr by Phil and Pam.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tony Arnold tells us why Bill Daley dropped out of Illinois&#39; governor&#39;s race. And, sustainable sausage comes to the Chicago Wurst Festival.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-66/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-66.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-66" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Using American consumerism as artistic muse" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 08:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-17/morning-shift-wurst-festival-offers-best-sausage Morning Shift: Understanding alternative birthing options http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-20/morning-shift-understanding-alternative-birthing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Birthing - Flickr - sabianmaggy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We delve into the various types of midwives and birthing methods available to women in Illinois. And WBEZ&#39;s Natalie Moore stops by to explain what happened at a Town Hall meeting in Chicago&#39;s Roseland neighborhood.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-47/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-47.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-47" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Understanding alternative birthing options" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-20/morning-shift-understanding-alternative-birthing Top Illinois Democrat missing from party’s big day at State Fair http://www.wbez.org/news/top-illinois-democrat-missing-party%E2%80%99s-big-day-state-fair-108417 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/madigan_1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Illinois Democrats gathered in Springfield Wednesday to rally behind their candidates ahead of next year&rsquo;s election--but they met amidst party infighting, lawsuits and without the state&rsquo;s party chairman.</p><p dir="ltr">Michael Madigan serves as Speaker of the Statehouse and as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Yet Madigan did not appear at the state fair Wednesday, a day designed for political events.</p><p dir="ltr">Many Democratic officials seemed surprised - even unaware - that Madigan would not be attending the day&rsquo;s events.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I think the Democratic Party is pretty strong here in Illinois and the Speaker has done a very good job in leading the party, so whether he comes to the State Fair or not is not as important,&rdquo; said Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton.</p><p dir="ltr">Meantime, Gov. Pat Quinn wouldn&rsquo;t say much about Madigan&rsquo;s notable absence.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know why he&rsquo;s not here, but I talked to him this week and I think he&rsquo;s fired up, ready to go for 2014,&rdquo; Quinn said.</p><p dir="ltr">A spokesman for Madigan did not return calls for comment.</p><p dir="ltr">The governor was recently sued by Madigan and Cullerton for withholding lawmakers paychecks. Quinn said the action was a consequence of legislators&rsquo; failure to address the state&rsquo;s unfunded pension liability--Madigan and Cullerton called the maneuver unconstitutional. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Meantime, Quinn&rsquo;s primary opponent, Bill Daley, told a room full of Democrats that Quinn doesn&rsquo;t have what it takes to win another election next year.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We will not win if we do not make change,&rdquo; Daley said in his prepared remarks to the party Wednesday morning.</p><p dir="ltr">For his part, Quinn didn&rsquo;t criticize Daley by name, but hinted at upcoming attacks against Daley for his work in the financial sector at JPMorgan Chase.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We had a recession, the Great Recession,&rdquo; Quinn said. &ldquo;There were a lot of millionaire bankers and big shots that caused great harm to the American economy.&rdquo;</p><p>Republicans are scheduled to have their own day of rallies and attacks on Democrats at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday.</p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/top-illinois-democrat-missing-party%E2%80%99s-big-day-state-fair-108417 Daley blasts Gov. Quinn for CTA board appointment http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-blasts-gov-quinn-cta-board-appointment-108338 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP111208070412 (1)_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley is blasting Gov. Pat Quinn for nominating a powerful Cook County Democrat and township supervisor to the Chicago Transit Authority board.</p><p>Daley is challenging Quinn in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary. He spoke Thursday near a downtown Chicago CTA station.</p><p>Daley calls Quinn&#39;s appointment of Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli to the $25,000-a-year post &quot;a disgrace.&quot;</p><p>He says it violates a law that says CTA board members shouldn&#39;t hold other government offices or jobs for which they are paid.</p><p>Daley says it also reeks of political patronage because Zuccarelli is expected to endorse Quinn for governor when the Cook County Democratic party&#39;s slating committee meets next week.</p><p>Quinn&#39;s office has denied there&#39;s anything improper about the appointment, which requires Senate approval.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-blasts-gov-quinn-cta-board-appointment-108338 Daley officially candidate in 2014 governor's race http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-officially-candidate-2014-governors-race-108219 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP81863661396.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO &mdash; Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley filed documents on Tuesday declaring himself an official candidate to challenge Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in next year&#39;s Democratic primary.</p><p>More than a month after he released a videotaped announcement that he&#39;d opened an exploratory committee, Daley filed the paperwork hours after releasing another video late Monday in which he said &quot;there is no exploratory piece of this anymore.&quot;</p><p>Daley has been acting like a candidate in recent weeks, holding press conferences in which he has Quinn for his handling of the state&#39;s pension crisis and other issues. In the latest video, that was his theme again, saying that the fact that the state Legislature adjourned in May without finding a solution on state pensions or vote on same-sex marriage represents a &#39;dysfunction.&quot;</p><p>&quot;I think the biggest problem right now is the lack of leadership,&quot; he said in the 54-second video, during which he never mentioned Quinn by name.</p><p>Quinn hasn&#39;t spoken about his 2014 plans in detail aside from saying the best way to campaign is to continue doing his job as governor.</p><p>&quot;Nobody&#39;s built more as governor of our state than I have,&quot; he told reporters Tuesday after an unrelated event in Chicago.</p><p>Daley&#39;s campaign spokesman Pete Giangreco said Daley filed paperwork on Tuesday with the Illinois Board of Elections to remove the exploratory committee label from his campaign.</p><p>Giangreco said that a number of factors prompted Daley to jump into the race. He said Daley was encouraged by his ability to raise about $800,000 in less than three weeks, as well as his reception by mayors and others in visits he made to 11 downstate counties.</p><p>&quot;He went through all that and (concluded) it all added up to a vibrant, and viable candidacy,&quot; Giangreco said.</p><p>Daley is thus far Quinn&#39;s only 2014 Democratic primary challenger. Earlier this month, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who was widely considered Quinn&#39;s most serious challenger if she ran, announced that she had decided not to. In an emailed statement, she said she never planned on running if her father, longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan, remained in his job.</p><p>A member of Chicago&#39;s first political family, Daley&#39;s brother, Richard M. Daley, and father, Richard J. Daley, were each mayor for more than 20 years and are widely considered among the most powerful mayors in American history.</p><p>While Bill Daley, the youngest son of Richard J. Daley, has flirted with runs for political office, including governor of Illinois, he never has done so. He has appeared more comfortable in supporting roles, spending years as a Democratic operative. He also was tapped by President Bill Clinton in his first term to push through the North American Free Trade Agreement through Congress, and selected after Clinton&#39;s re-election to be secretary of commerce, a post he held from January 1997 to July 2000.</p><p>President Barack Obama chose him as his chief of staff to replace Rahm Emanuel after Emanuel stepped down to run for Chicago mayor when Daley&#39;s brother decided not to seek a seventh term.</p><p>CHICAGO &mdash; Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley is making his Illinois gubernatorial bid official.</p><p>He&#39;s set to remove his &quot;exploratory committee&quot; label Tuesday by filing paperwork with the Illinois Board of Elections. So far, he&#39;s Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s only 2014 Democratic primary challenger.</p><p>In a video on his campaign website, Daley says the fact that the state Legislature adjourned in May without finding a solution to the pension crisis or voting on same-sex marriage represents a &quot;dysfunction.&quot;<br />He says he&#39;s running because of the positive response he&#39;s received and he&#39;ll work seven days a week.</p><p>The brother and son of two longtime Chicago mayors formed his exploratory committee last month, but has already been acting like a candidate. He&#39;s stepped out to criticize Quinn&#39;s leadership and made statewide tours.</p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-officially-candidate-2014-governors-race-108219 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 Bill Daley: No campaign contributions during legislative session http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-daley-no-campaign-contributions-during-legislative-session-107916 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/billdaley232323.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A candidate for Illinois governor said Monday that politicians should be limited as to when they can raise campaign cash.</p><p>Former White House Chief-of-Staff Bill Daley said state politicians should not raise money on any day the legislature is in session.</p><p>&ldquo;Everybody&rsquo;s in there trying to affect legislation, affect the game, during the legislative session,&rdquo; Daley said at a Monday news conference. &ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s unions - and it&rsquo;s all legal. But it&rsquo;s part of the game.&rdquo;</p><p>The Chicago Democrat said current law bans office holders from raising money in Springfield on session days, but they can still raise money in other places around the state.</p><p>&ldquo;So if the legislature&rsquo;s in session on a Tuesday, on Monday everybody can raise money in Sangamon County, but they can&rsquo;t raise it on Tuesday. This is a joke. This is ridiculous,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Daley also suggested lawmakers didn&rsquo;t pass pension reform, in part, because they got campaign contributions from interest groups with a stake in the results. He stopped short of saying it&rsquo;s the only reason pension reform didn&rsquo;t pass.</p><p>But there are critics to Daley&rsquo;s proposal.</p><p>&ldquo;I think the spirit of the idea is right. I think maybe the execution doesn&rsquo;t quite make sense,&rdquo; said Will Guzzardi, who ran for state representative on Chicago&rsquo;s Northwest Side last year but lost to incumbent Rep. Toni Berrios in the Democratic primary.</p><p>Guzzardi said the fundraising restrictions would hurt challengers for races further down the ballot, who can&rsquo;t raise as much money as incumbents.</p><p>&ldquo;It doesn&rsquo;t seem like it&rsquo;s really going to address the heart of the problem, just to have to turn off the lights on the fundraising thing for certain days of the week,&rdquo; Guzzardi said.</p><p>Instead, Guzzardi said he&rsquo;d like to see campaign limits the major parties can give to candidates.</p><p>Republican Jonathan Greenberg agreed with Guzzardi. Greenberg lost to incumbent Democratic State Rep. Elaine Nekritz in November&rsquo;s general election.</p><p>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re making it so that they have three months out of the year or more, four months out of the year, where [challengers] can&rsquo;t raise any money,&rdquo; Greenberg said. &ldquo;Which puts them at a dramatic competitive disadvantage to incumbents.&rdquo;</p><p>Greenberg said it would be easy for a legislator to agree to accept a contribution later in the week after a conversation with a potential donor, and there&rsquo;s no way to police all the conversations lawmakers have with interest groups or potential donors.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-daley-no-campaign-contributions-during-legislative-session-107916 Daley pushes campaign cash ban during session http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-pushes-campaign-cash-ban-during-session-107913 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/bill daley_2_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, who is considering running for Illinois governor, called Monday for a ban on campaign contributions while the Legislature is in session, saying the current rules are too lax and are one reason lawmakers can&#39;t agree how to fix Illinois&#39; pension system.</p><p>The Chicago Democrat called for tighter restrictions a day after announcing he had raised roughly $800,000 since he formed a 2014 exploratory committee last month &mdash; a quick burst that signals he&#39;s serious about running.</p><p>Daley said fundraising while lawmakers are meeting affects the political process and has kept legislators from pushing forward with a plan to address Illinois&#39; roughly $100 billion unfunded pension liability, job creation and education.</p><p>&quot;The legislators and the statewide elected officials should be looking at these issues not based upon what fundraiser they&#39;re running to that night and who&#39;s giving them money,&quot; he said.</p><p>Without mentioning specific people, interest groups or unions, Daley cited data compiled by his committee that showed the state&#39;s six constitutional officers raised more than $2 million for approximately four-month session that ended in May. Among the six are the governor, treasurer and attorney general &mdash; three of Daley&#39;s possible rivals for governor, if he decides to run.</p><p>State law currently says that no office holders, including members of the General Assembly or executive branch, can fundraise in Sangamon County while the Legislature is in session. The laws were made in 1998 after an era when it was common in Springfield to hold breakfast fundraisers before morning committee hearings, according to campaign finance expert Kent Redfield.</p><p>Daley proposed extending the ban statewide and to all officeholders and political candidates for whenever the Legislature is in session, whether it&#39;s for one day or months at a time. But the exception would be for the four months leading up to an election including primaries.</p><p>Daley vowed to abide by that principal himself while campaigning for governor, including if there is a special session for pensions later this month. He also said that if he&#39;s elected governor he won&#39;t fundraise for the first three years in office even if lawmakers don&#39;t approve such a ban.</p><p>He cited the state&#39;s long history with political corruption and said a statewide fundraising ban while the Legislature is in session would restore the public&#39;s confidence in elected officials by tamping down even the appearance of conflicts of interest and influence peddling. Furthermore, he said, it would lead to shorter, more productive sessions.</p><p>&quot;All our state leaders should be focused on the people&#39;s businesses and not the business of campaign cash,&quot; he said.</p><p>But Redfield, who teaches at the University of Illinois at Springfield, said such a ban would be difficult to pass through the General Assembly and didn&#39;t directly attack the problem of conflicts of interest. That&#39;s because the limits would only really apply to every other year and wouldn&#39;t stop an interest group from giving before or after a sessions.</p><p>&quot;This is working on the margins,&quot; he said. &quot;Anything that reduces conflicts of interest or appearances, those are all good things but since we already can&#39;t have the fundraisers in Sangamon County, then I think you have a bigger impact doing other things.&quot;</p><p>More than two dozen states have some type of restriction on campaign contributions during legislative sessions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. However some of those states only have restrictions on lobbyists.</p><p>The Democratic primary next year could feature a crowded field of high-profile candidates. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he&#39;ll seek re-election and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is considering running. A number of Republicans, including Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner and state Sen. Bill Brady have already announced bids.</p><p>Daley, the brother and son of two longtime Chicago mayors, announced his fundraising totals late Sunday. He said they included a $5,300 contribution from former Vice President Al Gore. Daley ran Gore&#39;s 2000 presidential campaign. A campaign spokesman says the money came from several hundred donors.</p><p>The proposal to limit campaign contributions comes as Illinois faces an unprecedented pension crisis. Lawmakers skipped or shorted payments to state retirement funds for decades, creating a roughly $98 billion pension shortfall. It&#39;s led to repeatedly lowered credit ratings. Still, in the last 12 months lawmakers have left Springfield five times without a solution to the problem. A bipartisan committee has been tasked with finding a compromise and is scheduled to hold its second public hearing this week.</p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-pushes-campaign-cash-ban-during-session-107913 Illinois pension Mad Lib: Choose your own fear-inspiring adjectives http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-pension-mad-lib-choose-your-own-fear-inspiring-adjectives-107756 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP81911501177_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The pension crisis in Illinois is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXVWz0MTJ4o">dire</a>. Politicians routinely use strong language when they talk about it. Consider the following:</p><p>&quot;We all look like idiots.&quot; - <a href="http://www.wbez.org/illinois-lawmakers-fail-approve-pension-overhaul-101803">Rep. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie.</a></p><p>&ldquo;Finances in the state of Illinois are a train wreck.&rdquo; - <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ghosts-illinois-pensions-past-104467">Dick Ingram of the Teachers Retirement System</a></p><p>&quot;It&#39;s a catastrophic failure of leadership.&quot; - <a href="http://www.wbez.org/illinois-lawmakers-fail-approve-pension-overhaul-101803">Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont</a></p><p>&ldquo;The pension squeeze is draining our ability to teach our students. Our children are being shortchanged.&rdquo; -<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/full-text-gov-quinns-state-state-speech-105383"> Gov. Pat Quinn</a></p><p>&ldquo;We are in a crisis. Everyone has to step up to the plate.&rdquo; - <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-daley-pitches-pension-ideas-part-bid-governor-107734">Bill Daley</a></p><p>And it&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-pension-problems-go-back-decades-104454">nothing new</a>. Back in 1949, the Illinois State Employees Pension Laws Commission warned about &ldquo;the tremendous, ever-increasing and disproportionate liabilities being imposed upon present and future generations of taxpayers.&rdquo;</p><p>Now lawmakers are back in a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-lawmakers-plan-pension-talks-july-107749">special legislative session</a> for the summer to try to agree on a plan.</p><p>All this talk has us wondering: Are there any adjectives left we can use to describe how bad this pension situation is that we aren&rsquo;t already desensitized to? Any fear-inspiring idioms or cliches left out?</p><p>That&rsquo;s where you come in. Fill out the Mad Lib-inspired form below to tell us how you&rsquo;re feeling about the Illinois pension crisis. We&rsquo;ll do a dramatic reading of some of your responses on-air.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="1500" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16Y68YK-x6ALiD6DLKt8uMVmt9k2nisZlGHF8K5b3gSw/viewform?embedded=true" width="620">Loading...</iframe></p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-pension-mad-lib-choose-your-own-fear-inspiring-adjectives-107756