Jeanne Ives Paints Unflattering Picture of John Cullerton’s Career

From former State Rep. Jeanne Ives, now a candidate for Congress:

Illinois Political Oligarch Retires

Quite frankly, I don’t think you can use the word ‘crisis’ to describe it (unfunded pension liabilities) at the state level. It’s something we have to deal with, but it’s not something that we’re on the verge of bankruptcy on.’- John Cullerton, 2013

November 15, 2019 – Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, announced yesterday that he will retire from office in January 2020.

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Jeanne Ives, a Candidate for Congress (IL-06), issued the following statement regarding Cullerton’s departure from the General Assembly:

“Retirements are cause to recall a man’s record. Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, told the Sun-Times Cullerton led the Senate “with honor and distinction.”

He said he has seen firsthand ‘the integrity, honesty, and humor that [Cullerton] brought to the responsibilities his office entailed.’ 

“I see it somewhat differently. 

“No moment more perfectly encapsulated John Cullerton’s approach to public service than a comment he made in 2013, when the demand for pension reform had reached fever-pitch, and as we watched unfunded pension liabilities approach $100 Billion. 

“Mr. Cullerton stated:

‘Quite frankly, I don’t think you can use the word ‘crisis’ to describe it (unfunded pension liabilities) at the state level. It’s something we have to deal with, but it’s not something that we’re on the verge of bankruptcy on.’

“Our pension crisis eats up a full one-quarter of the state budget.

“It crowds out funding for important initiatives like education, care for those with Developmental Disabilities, public safety and infrastructure.

“Ballooning pensions have absolutely sent the state into de facto bankruptcy, and many municipalities are faced with actual bankruptcy. 

“But to John Cullerton, a leader in the Illinois Democrat Party: ‘There’s no story here. Nothing to see here. Get on with your lives.’

This deliberate misdirection has led the state into crisis. 

“For decades, Democrats – led by John Cullerton and Mike Madigan – filled our mailboxes with glossy mailers at election time telling voters they were for the little guy, that they were standing up for you.

“And every election cycle, Illinois voters seemed to believe those glossy mailers. 

“As Democrats’ political power grew, so did government.

“Yet, we all watched our quality of life decline.

“Our property taxes skyrocketed.

“Our pension crisis ballooned out of control.

“Since 2013, when Cullerton declared Illinois didn’t have a crisis, our pension unfunded liability has grown 37% from under $100 billion to over $134 billion – putting the futures of taxpayers and pensioners alike in jeopardy.

“He oversaw and voted for the income tax hikes in 2011 and 2017.

“Despite the extra money Democrats promised these hikes would add to the state budget, Illinois has the worst credit rating and is ranked as the worst run state in the nation according to the Mercatus Center.

“And perhaps most disgracefully, Illinois remains among the worst in the nation in providing for our most vulnerable citizens, we rank 47th in this regard.

“During his tenure as Senate President, people voted with their feet and that moved us from the 5th to the 6th most populous state.

“He negotiated and voted for 19 consecutive years of unbalanced/no budgets.

“Yes, his list of accomplishments is long. 

“But John Cullerton’s tenure has been a disgrace.

“He and big government Democrats worked hand in hand with the state’s powerful special interests to  mislead voters and to build a government that works for them, at the expense of those they were supposed to serve.

“Whether the on-going federal investigations have necessitated his retirement or not remains to be seen.

“John Cullerton’s legacy, however, is indisputable.” 


Jeanne Ives Paints Unflattering Picture of John Cullerton’s Career — 13 Comments

  1. Wow she really is just a horribly bitter person with no class. Remember how she is trying to rebrand herself by saying she worked with democrats in Springfield and then turns around and tries to kick Cullerton when he is on his way out. She can’t get out of her own way. What a disgrace. Sometimes it seems like she forgets what office she is running for. The real Jeanne will always show herself. Just a spiteful sore loser who will never be able to fool people into thinking she has a bipartisan bone in her body.

  2. The only thing that DEMOCRATS hate more than the truth is the people who expose it.

  3. Remember this Cullerton episode from 2010?
    We need term limits, the sooner the better, to break up these fiefdoms/thiefdoms.

    The arrest of Senate President John Cullerton’s 26 year old son for driving with an alcohol limit twice the state’s allowed has raised the issue of state-owned vehicles, who owns them, how they are used, and who’s permitted to drive them. And, did Garrit Cullerton have his dad’s permission to use the SUV Saturday night, or should Cullerton’s son be charged with stealing state property?

  4. Picking the taxpayers pockets:

    Upon retirement, a law Cullerton helped shape in the General Assembly will benefit his bottom line.

    The General Assembly Retirement System allows lawmakers who were elected prior to 2003 to hoard pension “spikes.” After serving 20 years in office or turning age 55, whichever comes later, these lawmakers bank an additional 3% boost to their eventual pensions every year – in addition to automatic, compounding 3% raises throughout retirement. This is due to a 1989 bill sponsored by former state Sen. Emil Jones Jr.

    Cullerton, Madigan’s floor leader in the House at the time, was a member of the committee that finalized the bill. It passed both chambers with bipartisan support.

    Due to these banked pension spikes, Cullerton is set to receive a six-figure state pension after just one year of retirement.

  5. John Cullerton and House Speaker Mike Madigan have held office in the Illinois General Assembly for nearly 90 years combined.

    We should demand term limits.

  6. How does this help Jeanne in a congressional race?

    Who does this appeal to? No one.

    She just wants to take one last swipe at Cullerton because she’s that kind of person.

    She is a hypocrite and hilariously so.

    I just don’t know why Casten isn’t hitting her for this type of stuff and all the other ridiculous lies she’s been telling.

    I guess he wants to let her self implode which probably is the case.

  7. State Senators have two four-year and on two-year term each decade.

    It is U.S.Senators who have six-year terms.

  8. Latest Cullerton Google search: “Countries that have no US extradition treaties”

  9. Cullerton has a very asymmetric, disharmonic face.

    The visage of a sociopath.

    Can his Dr. Frankenstein aka Madrigan be far behind?

    Heard Cullerton was moving to an undisclosed location in Cuenca, Ecuador.

  10. FLamont nailed it.

    A tiger never changes its stripes….Casten is a shoo-in.

    ‘Pubs would be wise to invest in races they can win.

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