The state of Illinois is really two states within one geographical border. There is northern Illinois which includes Chicago, Joliet and Rockford south to Peoria. The northern part of the state is largely made up of liberal Democrats. Central and southern Illinois is more rural, conservative and Republican.
Over the years, this divide has caused the leadership of the state to flip flop back and forth between liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans. In 2002, Illinois voters switched from 26 years of GOP leadership when they dumped Republican Gov. George Ryan in favor of liberal Democrat Rod Blagojevich. Good ole Rod was impeached on corruption charges and removed from office on January 29, 2009.
Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn assumed the office of governor and like other liberal Democrats from Illinois (I’m thinking of Barack Obama), Quinn set out to exert his dictatorial rule over the Land of Lincoln.
Since taking office in January 2009, Quinn started his Obamaesque administration. As violent crime rates began to soar, some people in the state wanted to ease the state’s strict gun-control laws to allow people to be able to protect themselves, but Quinn fought to preserve the strict gun laws. His solution was to use state police and consider that possibility of using National Guard troops in Chicago and East St. Louis. There was no way Quinn was going to allow Illinois residents to own and use firearms to protect themselves.
In 2012 the Cato Institute rated all fifty state governors and graded them on their handling of the state finances. Quinn was one of five governors that were given an F.
In 2013 Quinn used an executive order (sound familiar) to ban employers from asking prospective employees if they had ever been charged or convicted of a felony. That means that a bank could not ask if a job applicant had ever been convicted of felony involving stealing, embezzling or any other felony crime that would have a direct impact on a banking job. Worse yet, a daycare or school was not allowed to ask a job applicant if they had ever been convicted of a felony involving child abuse, sexual crimes, rape, etc.
Also in 2013, Quinn’s governorship took another huge hit when Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis posted a blog with the title:
“Congratulations to Illinois: Most Government Bodies, Most Convicted Governors, Lowest Credit Rating.”
Their article listed the following:
“Illinois is at the top of the list in imprisoned governors.”
“On January 25, 2013 the Chicago Tribune reported Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation.”
“Illinois has the most units of local government of any state in the country.”
Another dictatorial policy enacted by Quinn was done by another executive order declaring that all home healthcare workers were state employees and therefore must join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This is one of the socialist unions that have been active in helping Obama get elected.
Quinn was sued by Pam Harris, a mother who was the sole caregiver for her disabled son. Under Quinn’s order, the state tried to force Harris to join the SEIU. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court who ruled 5-4 in Harris’s favor. Not surprising is that the four liberal justices voted to uphold Quinn’s executive order.
Apparently Quinn’s dictatorial ways are starting to turn Illinois residents against him. In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey:
“Republican challenger Bruce Rauner has edged further ahead in his battle with Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn for the governorship of Illinois.”
“The latest Rasmussen Report telephone survey of Likely Illinois Voters finds Rauner with a five-point lead – 44% to 39% – over Quinn. Seven percent (7%) like some other candidate in the race, and 10% are undecided.”
Rauner is the Chairman of R8 Capital partners and former Chairman of GTCR, a private equity firm. He’s a successful businessman which seems to be the very thing that Illinois needs to pull itself out of the lowest of the lows financially.
In April, the Rauner only held a 43% to 40% lead over Quinn. In the past several months, Rauner’s lead has been steadily increasing, bit by bit. Another question Rasmussen asked was whether or not likely voters in Illinois approved of Quinn’s job performance as governor. Only 39% of respondents say they approved of Quinn’s job performance while 55% disapproved.
Chances are that the state’s horrible budget issues are what’s turning them against Quinn. Fifty percent of the people polled said that they believed Illinois’s state budget was worse than it was a year ago. Nationally, only 37% of the people believed their state’s budget was worse than a year earlier.
Of those who declared that the state budget was the most important issue for this November’s election, 66% favored Rauner and only 19% favored Quinn. Of those that actually believe that Illinois’s bottom dwelling budget was better than a year ago, 75% favored Quinn to only 13% favoring Rauner.
Rauner also led Quinn 41% to 33% when asked about government spending; 42% to 35% concerning taxes; and 38% to 34% in government ethics and corruption.
Hopefully the gap between Rauner and Quinn will continue to widen and come next January, Quinn will be looking for someplace else to exercise his Obama style dictatorial ways. And hopefully new Governor Rauner starts turning the state’s budget around like Scott Walker has done in Illinois’s neighbor, Wisconsin.