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  •  Blue forever? (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, WorkerInUSA

    The handling of the pension issue has really hurt Illinois democrats, many of whom are in denial about this and don't think voters are noticing.

    But what I'm seeing is that those who have worked hard to help people like Quinn narrowly win election won't make that mistake again. But more importantly, those who are not politically active - rank and file teachers in may case - are questioning why they should support democrats at all. The statement I hear the most is "Why vote at all? The democrats were suppose to be our allies and now they control all branches in Springfield and are still trying to screw us."

    If the Illinois GOP can get its act together, Illinois is primed for them to make advances because of this. Illinois democrats have forgotten who they represent and are being very obvious about supporting their sponsors rather than their base.

    Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

    by michael in chicago on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 08:50:25 AM PDT

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    •  IL is not a blue state (0+ / 0-)

      It is blue now. However, in the last 40 years, R held the Gov 28 years.

      Chicago is all that keeps IL blue. And I will tell you that a LOT of people watched that teacher's strike last year with a lot of annoyance. There was a great big 18% raise, and now there is a great big 18% layoff. Gee, what a shocking development.

    •  I grew up (1+ / 0-)
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      in Arlington Heights, and lived 1997-2009 in Belleville (near St Louis in the Metro-East). The property taxes in IL are just out of control. I read about property taxes in other states, and am amazed. We had a house that we sold for 245K in Belleville, and we paid 7.5K/year in property taxes. My mom sold a historic property in AH, and she was paying 15K/year in property taxes.  If this pension thing results in property tax increases, you are going to see a rising of the taxpayers, and many of them are not sympathetic to the Dems. After that teachers' strike, even more lost sympathy.

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