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State Politics Fri Aug 07 2009

Quinn Has A Serious Challenge In Hynes

Mick Dumke has some nice things to say about Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes who announced yesterday that he will campaign against Gov. Quinn for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Dumke says that Hynes seems like a "decent" fellow if not a little dull compared to other politicians (to be fair, there aren't a lot of people who are more exciting than Barack Obama). Dumke also notes that Hynes has an impressive warchest and Quinn has a platform that needs work:

Yes, there's already a Democrat in that office, but Pat Quinn has struggled to lay out a clear, viable plan for confronting the state's budget or ethics messes, and he's widely viewed as little more than a caretaker. That's undoubtedly hurt his fund-raising--his campaign raised about $860,000 in the first half of 2009, leaving him with about $702,000 in the bank. Hynes brought in $905,000 and has $3.5 million to spend.

All good points. It's going to be a good election.

 
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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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