Who can fix Illinois?
Illinois is broken — headed the way of Detroit. Under Mike Madigan, with assistance from Rod Blagojevich and now Pat Quinn, Democrats have had their way with Illinois for 12 years unobstructed by minority Republicans. Quinn and Madigan have tried masking their irresponsibility with, first, a massive, “temporary” income tax increase, then, an unconstitutional, immoral, bogus pension “fix” and now a proposed “progressive” tax scheme to gluttonously increase marginal rates on all but the poorest.
Three Republican alternatives to Quinn are, like Quinn, career pols who’ve spent decades marinating in the culture of Springfield. Sadly, it’s unrealistic for them to deliver the level of change Illinois requires.
That leaves the political newcomer, Bruce Rauner. A whip-smart, straight-talking, no-nonsense, rail-thin, lifelong Illinoisan bundle of energy, Rauner grew up working, graduated Dartmouth (summa cum laude, economics), then Harvard Business (MBA). Returning to Chicagoland, through talent, smarts and very hard work over the years Rauner built companies and created jobs, achieving a net worth of $1 billion.
He now wants to apply that private sector experience and his organizational and people skills to help pull Illinois out of the ditch. Union bosses and assorted Democratic cronies are pulling out all the stops to defeat Rauner. They know Quinn can’t beat Rauner on Nov. 4 and they fear Rauner ending their gravy train. They know he can’t be bribed, influenced, intimidated or threatened. He just wants the state fixed.
Illinois desperately needs a major reboot, and only one candidate for governor can accomplish it.