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Serial Liar Bruce Rauner = unfit to lead Illinois, so vote for Quinn or ABBR this fall! 

h/t: Rick Pearson at Chicago Tribune's Clout Street

I hate to predict this, but the decision will be 5-4 in favor of Harris and against unions (based on the 2 9-0 decisions handed down this past Thursday). 

h/t: Sahil Kapur at TPM

H/T: Allison Sylte at 

H/T: Joe Holleman at

Rauner/Sanguinetti ticket = bad for Illinois. 

h/t: Joseph Erbentraut at Huffington Post Gay Voices

H/T: Scott Keyes at Think Progress Justice

The much-loved poet Dr. Maya Angelou once wrote, “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” It is that unrelenting power of love that unfolded during our fight for marriage equality in Illinois.

In the end, we succeeded in ensuring this civil right for all couples and put Illinois on the right side of history. Starting now, everyone in Illinois may receive the long-overdue rights of marriage. Advocates had to jump hurdles, leap fences and penetrate walls to make it happen, but we arrived at our destination. Last November 20th, I signed the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.

In 2011, when I signed Illinois’ civil union legislation, few could predict that in a few short years, marriage equality would be the law of the land. Sometimes a struggle can take decades, but change can happen overnight. Now, through the tireless efforts of advocates who have stood up and spoken out for equality across Illinois and the nation, we made history and enacted a reform that will last forever.

Since taking office, I’ve worked to make Illinois a more welcoming state. After declaring marriage equality a priority in my 2013 State of the State Address, I worked with legislators and dedicated activists. It was a difficult battle, but eventually lawmakers passed Senate Bill 10, making Illinois the 16th state to embrace full marriage equality. The bill signing last November — before thousands of joyous people at the University of Illinois at Chicago — was among the proudest moments of my governorship.

The new law is simple and fair. It requires that Illinois laws pertaining to civil marriage must apply equally to all, and guarantees equal access to benefits, protections, rights and responsibilities for all couples entering into marriage and their families. These protections include provisions under the Affordable Care Act that require insurance companies to offer the same coverage for all spouses, regardless of gender. Families will be able to enroll in a plan together through a special 60-day enrollment period.

One person who made this day possible was Vernita Gray. A tenacious activist, Vernita was loved in the community and respected by politicians. She and her partner made history when a judge ruled that, due to Vernita’s declining health, they could marry late last year — ahead of today’s effective date. Vernita passed away in March with her new wife Pat by her side.

So today, I’ll think of Vernita Gray and others unable to witness this day. I’ll think of happy couples embarking on the adventure of marriage. And I will be proud to live in a state where the will of the people can become the law of the land.

I was proud to be a part of getting marriage equality passed and legalized in Illinois. 

H/T: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in the Windy City Times

See Also: Justin’s Political Corner: BREAKING: Marriage Equality bill SB10 is NOW OFFICIALLY the law in Illinois.

H/T: Michael K. Lavers at Washington Blade

h/t: Bryce Covert at Think Progress Health

H/T: Ray Long at Chicago Tribune's Clout Street

h/t: Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney at Chicago Sun-Times

Bad news out of Springfield: The A Better Illinois-backed Illinois Fair Tax Act is NOT headed to the ballot in November. 

Also, the issue of term limits for state legislators and resizing the House [118 to 123] and Senate [59 to 41] (supported by BOTH Rauner and incumbent Gov. Quinn) being on the ballot is a no-go (for now). 
Legislators total in Illinois (BOTH House and Senate) 177 currently, 164 if proposal somehow passes.

How bills in Illinois will pass (Simple Majority/60% Supermajority/66%/75% Thresholds) under the current and new proposals to resize the House and Senate: 


h/t: Aricka Flowers at Progress Illinois

h/t: Crains Chicago


Pat Quinn's Pension Problem

Pat Quinn’s pension reform is unpopular with everyone, whether on the right or the left. And so it should be, since it was the product of intentional neglect and underpayment by Republicans, pressure by bond rating agencies who shouldn’t be allowed to participate in this debate, and a budget that was already sliced to the bone.

So Quinn put pensions on the table, sliced the cost of living increases for some public employees, raised the retirement age for workers under age 45, and gave some workers a 401k option. To ease the pain of the cuts, he also cut workers’ contributions to the plan by 1 percent.

In the private sector, any changes to defined benefit pension plans must include a provision that earned benefits cannot be reduced. Consequently, unions are suing over these reforms, on the basis that cuts to cost-of-living increases and changes in retirement ages are benefit cuts, which they are.

Chuck Todd completely missed the boat in this conversation with one of the dumbest questions ever asked in a conversation: “Will we even have pensions — even for public workers — in 20 years?” The right question is “Why are public workers’ pensions being slashed to compensate Wall Street?”

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Pat Quinn/Paul Vallas or Bruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti?  

Rauner is out of touch for Illinois, vote Quinn!!!