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  •  Plus the down-staters won't vote for him. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sister Havana

    Dead on arrival.

    Don't "boo". Vote! President Obama, to the voters at his rallies

    by lexalou on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 04:03:55 PM PST

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    •  Daley would do better than Quinn downstate. (3+ / 0-)

      Sure, the Daley name is associated with Chicago machine politics, but that can be partly overcome with some effort. Quinn is HATED downstate. If he can't make peace with AFSCME and save public employee pensions then he will lose downstate in a landslide. But, even that won't make up for the closure of many state facilities in small towns that depended on them.

      Quinn needs to either get the legislature to raise taxes to pay for the pension obligation, or find around 200,000 votes in the Chicago region that he didn't get last time. It's hard to see either of those things happening.

    •  Not true. I'm from downstate and there is (2+ / 0-)
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      JGibson, Willinois

      actually a grudging respect for him down here. The truth is that downstate and Chicago under Daley found very many common interests, especially when it came to increased state funding of education to ease the burden on property taxes (this is very popular in rural communities) and increased spending on infrastructure (downstater George Ryan was very big on this.)

      There a split between downstate republicans and what they call "Dupage County Republicans" on many issues on which they found common ground with Daley.

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