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  •  I know that Governor Quinn is about (0+ / 0-)

    as popular as hemorrhoids - although I'm not sure why in particular - but given that he held on in 2010, I'm not sure that the Republicans can really capitalise upon it.

    "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

    by Australian2 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 06:45:39 AM PDT

    •  Policy and personality. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't care much about personality, I pay attention to policy.  Apparently, though, Quinn's personality isn't winning him too many friends.

      A good overview is here:
      Chicago Magazine: Can’t Pat Quinn Get Any Respect?

      The state’s failure to do anything about the $96 billion in unfunded government worker pension liabilities—a figure so mammoth that it has made Illinois a national embarrassment—crystallizes everything you need to know about Quinn’s governorship (and, of course, Illinois politics). Four years after he replaced the disgraced Rod Blagojevich, and 11 months after he proclaimed that he was “put on earth” to solve the pension crisis, Quinn has struggled as a closer. Even when he does make things happen, he rarely gets credit for them. According to a poll of voters in 38 states released last November by Public Policy Polling, only 25 percent of people in Illinois approve of the work he’s doing, making him the least popular governor of all.

      This state of affairs is surprising in a way. Because on paper Pat Quinn is exactly the kind of guy you’d expect Illinoisans would want after years of corrupt leaders: goodhearted, passionate about the little guy, honest as the day is long. “He had a unique opportunity to change government in Illinois,” says Jack Franks, an outspoken Democratic state representative from McHenry County. “People were so tired of business as usual. We were hoping for somebody different to change the culture of Springfield. It didn’t happen. He was timid and didn’t make sweeping changes. Instead of making the situation better, he made it worse.”

      Failing to balance the budget is huge.  When you push through a tax increase with the explicit statement and goal of balancing the budget, you had BETTER deliver.

      The best information on Illinois politics is at Capitol Fax.

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 11:23:03 AM PDT

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