WBEZ | Governor Scott Walker http://www.wbez.org/tags/governor-scott-walker Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Walker survives Wisconsin recall election http://www.wbez.org/walker-survives-wisconsin-recall-election-99838 <p><p>Gov. Scott Walker, fresh from becoming the nation&#39;s first governor to survive a recall election, wants to go about mending Wisconsin&#39;s political divide in an egalitarian way: over brats and beer.</p><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/walker%20Wis%20win%20AP%202.jpg" style="height: 370px; width: 310px; float: left;" title="Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker reacts at his victory party Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election. (AP/Morry Gash)" /></div><p><span id="_oneup">Walker</span> defeated Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday for the second time in year and a half, turning back a recall effort that began with the collection of more than 900,000 signatures seeking his ouster. It was only the third gubernatorial recall in U.S. history.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Now the rising Republican star is focusing his message on what lies ahead. His term runs through 2014 in a state that is still bitterly divided over his move to end collective bargaining rights for most public employees.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">&quot;It&#39;s time to put our differences aside and find ways to work together to move Wisconsin forward,&quot; Walker</span> said in an interview minutes after his victory. &quot;I think it&#39;s important to fix things, but it&#39;s also important to make sure we talk about it and involve people in the process.&quot;</p><p><span id="_oneup">Walker</span> planned to invite all members of the Legislature to meet as soon as next week over burgers, brats and &quot;maybe a little bit of good Wisconsin beer.&quot;</p><p><span id="_oneup">&quot;The first step is just bringing people together and figuring out some way if we can thaw the ice,&quot; he said.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Democrats, including Barrett, pledged to work together too. But the wounds are deep following the rancor of the recall, which was spurred by Walker&#39;s</span> surprise proposal to go after public employee unions.</p><p><span id="_oneup">&quot;It is up to all of us, their side and our side, to listen. To listen to each other,&quot; Barrett said.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">State Rep. Peter Barca, Democratic minority leader in the Assembly, said healing Wisconsin won&#39;t be easy.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">&quot;I hope Gov. Walker</span> understands and stays true to his pledge to build consensus and be more inclusive going forward,&quot; Barca said.</p><p><span id="_oneup">With nearly all precincts reporting, Walker</span> had 53 percent of the vote, compared with 46 percent for Barrett. The margin of victory was wider than many expected and slightly better than Walker&#39;s 5.8 percentage-point victory over Barrett in the 2010 race. Some 2.5 million voters cast their ballots.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Democrats and organized labor spent millions to remove Walker</span>, but found themselves hopelessly outspent by Republicans from across the country who donated record-setting sums to the governor&#39;s campaign.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Walker&#39;s</span> win sets the stage for what is expected to be a hard-fought presidential battle.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Both sides in the presidential contest warned against reading too much into Tuesday&#39;s results, but Walker&#39;s</span> solid victory is a warning for President Barack Obama in a state he comfortably carried in 2008 and that Democrats have won in six straight presidential elections. Romney has reason to be optimistic, given Walker&#39;s own vigorous ground game, the framework of which he will inherit.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Still, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate showed no remorse for pursuing the recall, which was pushed by powerful union leaders and citizens with little or no political experience.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">&quot;This is a fight worth having,&quot; Tate said. &quot;Some things are worth losing over.&quot;</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Walker</span> entered the national spotlight last year when he unveiled plans to plug a $3.6 billion budget shortfall in part by taking away the union rights of most public workers and requiring them to pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits. It was one of his first moves in office, and it was explosive.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Democrats and labor leaders saw it as a political tactic designed to gut the power of his opposition. State Senate Democrats left Wisconsin for three weeks to avoid a vote on the measure, as tens of thousands of teachers, state workers and others rallied at the Capitol in protest.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">But the tea-party-supported fiscal conservative remained steadfast. Walker</span> believed his plan would help him control the state budget, and his opponents could not stop Republicans who control the state Legislature from approving his plans.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Walker</span> went on to sign into law several other measures that fueled the recall; he repealed a law giving discrimination victims more ways to sue for damages, made deep cuts to public schools and higher education, and required voters to show photo identification at the polls.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Both sides mobilized thousands of people and millions of dollars to influence voters, whom polls showed were more divided than ever. Signs calling for Walker&#39;s</span> removal and those supporting the 44-year-old son of a minister dotted the state&#39;s landscape all spring at a time normally devoid of political contests.</p><p><span id="_oneup">More than $66 million was spent on the race as of May 21, making it easily the most expensive in Wisconsin history. That money was spent on an all-out barrage of television ads, direct mail, automated calls and other advertising that permeated the state for months.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Also Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and at least three Republicans in state Senate races survived recalls. Unofficial results showed the Democrat ahead in the other Senate race, the outcome of which will determine which party controls the Senate at least through the end of the year.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Walker</span> avoided gloating in his speech and offered his adversaries a fresh start.</p><p><span id="_oneup">&quot;Now it is time to move on and move forward in Wisconsin,&quot; Walker</span> said in his speech. &quot;Tomorrow is the day after the election, and tomorrow we are no longer opponents.&quot;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 06:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/walker-survives-wisconsin-recall-election-99838 Quinn, Walker spar over state economic growth http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-walker-spar-over-state-economic-growth-98319 <p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are exchanging jabs over which state reigns supreme for economic growth.</p><p>Walker told Illinois business groups in Springfield Tuesday that if he isn't re-elected, his state will experience the financial issues that Illinois is currently facing. He said that unlike Illinois leaders, he has put Wisconsin on sound financial footing without raising taxes or worsening unemployment.</p><p>Meanwhile, Quinn told reporters at an unrelated event that Illinois is way ahead of Wisconsin in job growth, and the state is making investments in infrastructure.<br><br>"That's what we're doing to create jobs. We think our approach of investing in important things and investing in human beings and their education is the best way to get job creation and so far we are way ahead of Wisconsin," Quinn said.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>Walker said his visit to Illinois was a campaign stop. The Republican governor is facing a recall election in June, primarily because he restricted union bargaining rights for state workers. Union workers protested his Tuesday visit.</p></p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:44:30 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-walker-spar-over-state-economic-growth-98319 'Rosie Show' billboards very un-Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-03/rosie-show-billboards-very-un-chicago-93722 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-03/rosie-big-billboard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>The Rosie Show</em> tapes at Harpo Studios in Chicago. They've recently started to saturate the market with billboards, bus ads and taxi toppers showing Rosie sitting in a white chair with the Chicago skyline in the background. You may have seen it - here's a picture:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-03/rosie-big-billboard.jpg" title="" width="500" height="669"></p><p>But the problem I have with the ad is in the specifics. It's obvious that Rosie is photoshopped into the shot, but what I don't understand is where this photo was taken.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-03/rosie-billboard.jpg" title="" width="550" height="284"></p><p>Grant Park? Hutchinson Field? The Shedd Aquarium? After some research on Google, the shot is definitely from the viewpoint of museum campus. But even from the perspective of some of the open spaces by the Shedd, you would have trees and roadways and other obstacles blocking a wide open view of the skyline. It doesn't add up.&nbsp; My theory is that the grass was photoshopped as well.</p><p>With all of the beautiful, panoramic shots of Chicago's legendary skyline, what would possess Rosie's advertising company to modify it? Does the grass invite people more than say, the lake? For a show that wants to be Chicago, this is very un-Chicago. I love that she wanted the skyline in her photo to let all of the country know that this is where she is from. But to the trained eye, this homage to her new hometown is hollow. Now I could be wrong, but like I said, I did my due diligence. I'm sure that this is a real photo, just doctored for their needs.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spoke at the Union League Club today and was ambushed by protesters at the breakfast. Did they buy a table? To blend in, the protesters wore suits. Security should have known better. Check the tag! Any suits from Kohls, automatic breach of security. They went the route of human megaphone to disrupt. My favorite part is the Walker jokes afterwards, followed by the standing ovation. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-03/occupy-protesters-heckle-wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-chicago-93719">WBEZ caught the whole incident on video</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31546993?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="550" frameborder="0" height="310"></iframe></p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-11-01/wrecking-ball-session-modernist-old-south-shore-high-school-93678#">Lee Bey has some great photos of the final days of South Shore High School</a>. The architecture of that school reminds me a lot of what high schools looked like when I was that age.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/chicago-cook-county-sheriff-robotic-aerial-drones-wars-replace-helicopter-20111031">Drones!!!!</a> Who needs <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWfbGGZE07M">helicopters lookin' for the murders</a>, when you can deploy drones to look for the murders (not as sexy for rappers though). Cook County is looking into replacing expensive helicopters with drone planes, like the ones they use in Pakistan. I'm just waiting for one of these little buggers to be hovering outside my window while my wife and I make sweet love. Gross.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: It was super dark this morning. Uh oh, winter's favorite time of day.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/7182270/chicago-cubs-release-manager-mike-quade">Mike Quade is out as Cubs manager</a>. Everyone saw that coming and frankly, wanted it. Hey, I'm sure Quade is a nice guy but he seemed to be overmatched. I'm happy he was able to fulfill his dream of managing in the big leagues, but save the dreams for Make A Wish. Let's get a big league manager in the house and get the Cubs back in contention. I'm excited about the moves. I'm not a Cubs fan, but I like what the Cubs are doing. If Epstein is able to unload some of these big contracts and maybe grab a free agent or two that are gamers, the Cubs could be legit. Do you hear that Chicago? The Cubs could be legit. I also like how the press is lapping up the "Theo does it right" angle. He flew to Florida to talk to face to face with Quade. He talked to Sandberg to let him know he wasn't a candidate. Both men appreciated the gestures. Cause Theo does it right. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVnfZKbXeoE">Theo is the new Big Daddy Kane</a>.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Can we get back to basketball so Carlos Boozer can work on his game, and not on his game??? How did I miss this over the summer?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/38VHCEKdiR8" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-03/rosie-show-billboards-very-un-chicago-93722 Illinois now only state to ban concealed carry http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-now-only-state-ban-concealed-carry-88896 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-08/AP110310071102.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois is now the only state in the union to ban people from carrying concealed weapons. Wisconsin's governor signed a law Friday allowing concealed carry. With the governor's signature on the bill, Wisconsin became the 49th state to allow concealed carry.</p><p>Richard Pearson is with the Illinois State Rifle Association, a group lobbying Illinois legislators to also approve a similar measure. He said the city of Chicago and the entire state would be safer if people were allowed to secretly carry weapons.</p><p>"They predicted all kinds of horrible things would happen in every other state if you passed concealed carry: people fighting over parking places," Pearson said. "None of that's happened in the other 49 states and it won't happen in Illinois, either. The only thing that will happen is less people will be raped, maimed, robbed, raped and murdered."</p><p>Earlier this year, Illinois lawmakers rejected a measure to allow concealed carry. Last month, Gov. Pat Quinn said there is a violence epidemic in the state and allowing people to carry concealed weapons isn't the best way to deal with it.</p></p> Sat, 09 Jul 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-now-only-state-ban-concealed-carry-88896 Wisconsin collective bargaining bill goes into effect http://www.wbez.org/story/wisconsin-collective-bargaining-bill-goes-effect-88482 <p><p>A controversial collective bargaining law goes into effect Wednesday in Wisconsin after months of protests and debate.</p><p>The new state law that brought thousands of demonstrators to the state Capitol cuts pay for public employees by about eight percent. It also strips them of almost all collective bargaining rights, leaving only the right to negotiate wages.</p><p>According to Wisconsin AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Stephanie Bloomingdale, the unions aren't done fighting.</p><p>"This union-busting measure will not go unanswered," Bloomingdale said. "We are going to continue to fight back in the courts and the streets and in the recall districts this summer."</p><p>Republican Gov. Scott Walker has said the plan will help fix the state's budget deficit.</p><p>Earlier in the month, the law met some legal hurdles. A lower court declared the Wisconsin Legislature had not given enough notice before passing the measure. The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently overturned that decision, allowing the law to take effect on Wednesday.</p></p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/wisconsin-collective-bargaining-bill-goes-effect-88482 Gov. Quinn opposes concealed carry in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/story/gov-quinn-opposes-concealed-carry-illinois-88276 <p><p>Illinois could soon become the only state in the nation that prohibits residents from carrying a concealed weapon - something Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday is a good thing.</p><p>"In too many places in Illinois there is a violence epidemic, and I believe that we need to address that," Quinn said. "I do not believe that a law that would allow private individuals to carry loaded concealed weapons on their person in public places is the best way to deal with it."</p><p>Quinn's response came after a concealed carry bill landed on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's desk. State lawmakers passed the bill on Tuesday, and the Republican Governor is expected to sign it. If passed, Illinois would become the only state in America with laws against carrying a concealed weapon. The District of Columbia also restricts concealed carry.</p><p>Quinn said he doubted that lawmakers in Illinois would pass a concealed carry bill anytime soon.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/gov-quinn-opposes-concealed-carry-illinois-88276 Protests continue in Madison over collective bargaining rights http://www.wbez.org/story/collective-bargaining/protests-continue-madison-over-collective-bargaining-rights <p><p>Dozens of protesters are gathering in the Wisconsin Capitol before a noon Sunday rally that's expected to attract thousands of opponents of Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public employees.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Protestors have been at the Capitol for six days, and nearly 70,000 turned out for Saturday's rallies for and against the bill.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Some protestors are sitting in the Capitol rotunda plotting their Sunday strategy. Others are still curled up in sleeping bags throughout the building.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Jacob Cedillotootalian is a 27-year-old University of Wisconsin-Madison teaching assistant. He slept under a coat rack on the Capitol's second floor hallway and says it's the third night he's spent there. The English instructor says normalcy would be nice, but he doesn't see an end to the stalemate over union rights.</p><p>Governor Walker said the state Senate Democrats who fled the state to delay voting on a sweeping anti-union bill need to come back to Wisconsin and do their jobs.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />He told Fox News on Sunday that if Democrats want to participate in democracy they need to be in the arena, not hiding out.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Walker's bill would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs. It would also largely eliminate their collective bargaining rights.</p></p> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 16:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/collective-bargaining/protests-continue-madison-over-collective-bargaining-rights