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Former Gov. Pat Quinn’s Quest to Get Mayoral Term Limits


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by Former Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, where they talk about mayoral term limits. 60% of Chicagoans have clear support for it and want it on the ballot where the mayor’s people are not allowing it.

If you’re interested in signing the petition head over to takechargechicago.org.



Connected to Chicago (2-4-2018)

Bill Cameron sits down with former Governor, and current candidate for Attorney General, Pat Quinn. They discuss the current situations with “the dreamers,” and why Quinn wants to be Attorney General. Quinn shares his thoughts on Donald Trump, and Bruce Rauner thus far. He also talks about health care, recreational marijuana use, criminal justice reform, sexual harassment in Springfield, and the current Gubernatorial race.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times. The round table reacts, and shares their thoughts on the current Gubernatorial race. Other topics include DACA, and “the dreamers,” and the round table’s reaction to Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address.

This week’s community spotlight segment with John Dempsey is on the extension of the CTA Red line south to 130th street.

Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn thinks the White Sox are in position to make a comeback in the standings

Former Illinois Governor and White Sox superfan Pat Quinn joins the show to talk about the White Sox recent skid and why he thinks the Sox can make a comeback in the standings.  “We just got to hang in there,” Quinn said.  “Obviously, the Minors…you’re watching all these new, young guys doing well down there.  Maybe they’ll be coming up after the All-Star Break.”


Quinn Portrait Unveiled

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled his official portrait at a ceremony Monday in the Illinois State Capitol.

“As we look at all these portraits of men who were elected to lead the State of Illinois, it’s important to remember all the women and men whose votes brought them into office,” Quinn said during the unveiling ceremony. “With this latest portrait, we hope to remind visitors that, in a democracy, the highest office is the office of citizen, and that all of us have a responsibility to participate in our government.”

The portrait, painted by Illinois artist William T. Chambers, depicts Quinn standing before a background that features 44 interactive “found items” representing people, issues, and events from Governor Quinn’s long career in public service.

Most notably, the background includes a photograph of Quinn signing a bill that put an advisory referendum on the November 2014 ballot, asking voters whether the state’s minimum wage should be increased.

“When people look at this portrait, we want to remind them that every person in the Land of Lincoln has the right to stand up, speak out, and start taking action to improve our government and change the world,” Quinn said.

A few of the “found items” in the portrait are deeply personal, such as the wedding day photograph of his parents, Eileen and Patrick J. Quinn, and photographs of his brothers, Tom and John, and his sons, Patrick and David.

But the majority of items relate to Quinn’s achievements in public life.

In addition to unveiling the formal portrait, Quinn also announced the creation of the GovernorQuinnPortrait.org website. By clicking on the found items in a high-resolution digital image of the portrait, website visitors can follow links to historical documents, videos, and other information about the issues the items represent.

Quinn chose to personally raise the money for the framed painting and the website. He is donating the portrait to the State of Illinois.

Copyright 2017 WLS-AM News

Fed judge tosses Pat Quinn’s lawsuit over elected school board

(CHICAGO) A federal judge has quickly tossed a lawsuit by former Gov. Pat Quinn and a handful of active Chicago Public Schools families targeting mayoral control of the city’s school board.

The group filed two lawsuits against the city’s board of education in October — one in state court and the other in federal — aiming to replace the mayor’s appointees with elected school board members. But U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo dismissed the federal lawsuit earlier this week, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

“Plaintiffs have no fundamental right to vote in school board elections as a matter of law,” Bucklo wrote. “And the fact that residents of other Illinois jurisdictions have the privilege of voting in such elections in their districts does not confer such a right upon residents of Chicago.”

Chicago Public Schools is the only district of the state’s 859 to have a board chosen by the mayor rather than voters. And the 1995 act that gave the mayor control over the schools took away any oversight previously conducted by elected members of the City Council or Local School Councils.

Quinn and the other plaintiffs — many of them parents or grandparents of CPS students — argued the arrangement violates the First and 14th amendments by depriving residents of the right to vote for board members. They also claimed it amounts to taxation without representation and a scheme to deprive people of the right to vote on the basis of race.

The lawsuit filed in state court is pending.

Quinn skips Nov. ballot for term limit measure


(CHICAGO)  Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says a voter referendum aimed at imposing term limits on Chicago’s mayor and creating a consumer advocacy position won’t make the November ballot.

Quinn told The Associated Press he’s short of the roughly 53,000 signatures required by a Monday deadline. The Democrat says his goal is to get 100,000 and he’s got roughly 20,000.

He launched the petition drive in June, but wouldn’t say which election. He tells AP he’s aiming for 2018’s primary, when Illinois next elects a governor. Quinn hasn’t definitively ruled out another gubernatorial run.

Quinn says it takes time to build support for a citizen initiative.

He led Illinois’ only successful signature-driven ballot initiative as an activist. The 1980 “cutback amendment” reduced the size of the Illinois House and how residents elect legislators.


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Dan’s Response to Gov. Quinn’s Budget Address

In his budget address in Springfield on Wednesday, Governor Pat Quinn mainly sought to solidify his alibi for the financial catastrophe that is Illinois as he referenced fictional plaudits from George Will to buttress the fictional work of cartoon character and Quinn point-man on pension reform, Squeezy the Pension Python.

The only thing missing from Quinn’s mystical world of make-believe is Manti Te’o’s girlfriend. What’s one more ghost payroller after all?

Quinn cited George Will’s alleged support for Quinn’s modest 2010 pension reform measure saying, “National conservative columnist George Will called that law an ‘earthquake,’ a ‘seismic event’.”

What George Will actually wrote was, “If an earthquake occurs in Illinois and no one notices, is it really a seismic event? Gov. Pat Quinn called it a ‘political earthquake’ when the state's Legislature recently voted…to reform pensions for state employees.”

George Will described Quinn’s characterization of his own legislation and left that characterization as an open question.

But, again, distinctions between fact and fancy are not the forte of the Quinn administration.

I have another open question, if the 2010 pension reform Quinn touted was the “earthquake” he alleged it to be, why did he devote the preponderance of his budget address to pleading with the General Assembly to act on more substantial pension reform?

Another Chicago Democrat whose seismic event turns out to be a tremor for Illinois taxpayers.

One of the places where the ground is actually crumbling under our collective feet is with the state’s Medicaid program, our largest general fund expenditure. Currently providing health care services (in theory) to nearly 1 in 5 Illinoisans, under Quinn’s fast-tracking of Obamacare implementation, that number is expected to grow to 1 in 3 Illinoisans. 

Illinois’ Medicaid program in its current iteration works like this: The state cannot finance its health care promises to the current Medicaid enrollees so it does not pay health care providers. Health care providers in turn stop serving Medicaid recipients because the state does not pay. Thus, the very people who should be served by the program—indigent persons, pregnant women, the developmentally disabled—have actually seen their access to quality health care deteriorate.

The Quinn solution? Add another 1 million people to the Medicaid rolls so as to present the appearance of compassion while in fact using the most vulnerable among us as cannon fodder for the big government agenda of Chicago Democrats in Springfield and Washington, D.C.


Another pillar of government cracking under the weight of command control is K-12 education. Quinn focused on preserving the state’s financing of early childhood education saying, “A child is only four years old once.” 

As I understand it, a child is only seven, eight, and nine years old once as well. What I do not understand is how the governor can justify turning a blind eye to children left to rot in schools in Chicago and throughout Illinois that will fail them just as they have failed generations before them. What I cannot understand is a General Assembly that aids and abets discrimination against children, predominately minority children, based on their address and household income. So those four year olds Quinn referenced will start school earlier and then be funneled into school systems that will not have taught them to read by the fourth grade. This is what the governor and the Springfield ruling elites call “a top priority”. Theirs is an urgent commitment to failure.

Quinn concluded his address with another sop to pop culture play-acting invoking Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of Abraham Lincoln saying, “And so I ask you…as our greatest president Abraham Lincoln asked in this year’s film:  ‘Shall we stop this bleeding?’”

Quinn was asking the General Assembly. I know what their answer is. The question is better put to the Illinois electorate next year. And that is another open question.