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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Thoughts on Illinois

Today's question of the day from the SJ-R's Boiler Room:

If Gov. Pat Quinn rescinded his call for 24 furlough days from non-union state employees, would it enhance or reduce your respect for him as governor?

I don't know about respect, but my support for our governor has just about hit rock bottom. ("Just about" -- in case it needs to go lower.)

I remember the night Pat Quinn was sworn in as governor. My daughter and I got in the car and turned on the radio to learn that the swearing in ceremony would be in a few minutes. So, we drove down to the Capitol Building, of course. I didn't really think we'd find a parking space close enough to be able to go inside, but I just wanted to be near the event -- the dawn of a new age. Well, we did find a no parking zone to pull into. We sat in the car and listened intently to the radio as he took the oath.

When it ended, I turned to my daughter and said, "we're going to be okay. If anyone can get this state back on track, it's Pat Quinn." Or something equally inane (in retrospect). And I really was confident. And hopeful. And maybe even a little giddy. I had nothing on which to base these feelings on, except for the fact that Pat Quinn was not Rod Blagojevich. That was good enough for me.

A year and a half later, and without listing everything that's gone on, or not gone on (mostly because I can't remember everything right now, except for the state's financial situation, which is bad enough), suffice it to say, we're in worse shape than ever. It seems like it's been one disappointment after another.

(Also, I hope I'm not the only one who sees a lesson there for everyone who thinks we're going to be any better off if we get all new conservative politicians this November just because they're not liberals.)

On another note.... yesterday's question of the day:

If Roland Burris’ name is on the ballot for a special election to finish out the term he is now serving, will you vote for him?

You bet! I'd even vote for him for another six years. Surprisingly, Roland Burris turned out to be a much better U.S. Senator than I ever expected that day he got appointed.

Posted by Marie at August 3, 2010 9:39 PM


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