Poll on Governor’s Race

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

This afternoon I got a call from a woman who identified herself as Susan Andrerson. She didn’t say for whom she worked, however.

The first question was one’s choice for Governor today:

  • Bruce Rauner
  • Kirk Dillard
  • Bill Brady
  • Dan Rutherford
Kirk Dillard

Kirk Dillard

in that order.

Next the robo-caller wanted to know how committee I was:

  • Firmly
  • Moderately
  • Not at all

Which did I consider most important:

Bill Brady

Bill Brady

  • Cutting taxes
  • Second Amendment
  • Pro-Life
  • Fighting corruption
  • Protecting public pensions
  • Creating more jobs
  • Someone who has never been in government

Dan Rutherford

Dan Rutherford

I’d say odds are good that Bruce Rauner financed the poll.

I’ll betting I’ll be getting follow-up mail or a phone call on the subject of my concern.


Poll on Governor’s Race — 8 Comments

  1. Bruce Rauner is the only one.

    He does not have the teachers union backing which makes him the standout choice.

    He also is not putting out smear ads such as a group patriots something is doing against him.

  2. Rauner is the best choice.

    Exhibit A.

    Teachers Retirement System of Illinois (TRS) pension benefits were increased through legislation signed by
    Governors in the very same years the State of Illinois Contribution to TRS (on behalf of the school district employers) pensions was being shorted by Governors.

    Both Democratic and Republican Governors, State Representatives, and State Senators.

    Richard Ogilvie – Republican 1969 – 1973.
    Daniel Walker – Democrat 1973 – 1977.
    James Thompson – Republican 1977 – 1991.
    Jim Edgar – Republican 1991 – 1999.
    George Ryan – Republican 1999 – 2003.
    Rod Blagojevich – Democrat 2003 – 2009.
    Pat Quinn 2009 – Present.

    Michael Madigan – State Rep 1971 – Present and a delegate at the 1970 Constitutional Convention.

    The madness began escalating in 1970 when the so called pension protection clause (which should be called the pension benefit hike protection clause) was added to the Illinois State Constitution at the Illinois State Constitutional Conventional in 1970.

    It’s one sentence.

    “Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”

    What does that sentence mean?

    UNLIMITED pension benefit hikes can be added to state law.

    Union lobbyists were the messengers delivering proposed benefit hikes to legislators.

    Legislators passed the benefit hikes.

    Governors signed the legislation into law.

    There is a 300 page book written about the fiasco called Illinois Pension Scam by Bill Zettler which you can buy for the whopping price of $3 Kindle version on Amazon.com, and candle can be installed an read on just about any electronic gadget including smartphone, table, laptop, and desktop.

    Pension benefit hikes were and are bargaining chips used by Legislators and Governors in exchange for campaign contributions, votes, and electioneering assistance.

    This has gone on for over 40 years.

    This still goes on today!

    Just in 2013 Early Retirement Option (ERO) was passed so teachers and administrators can continue to retire
    EARLIER than their already early retirement.

    It should be called Early Early Retirement Option (EERO) – call a spade a spade.

    Let’s sum it up.

    They are all a bunch of crooks.

    Legal crooks.

    They make the illegal, legal.


    Those benefit hikes were nowhere close to being fully funded.

    Any supposed funded is based on projections which never turn out to be true.

    In ERO renewal in 2013 the employer and employee contributions were hiked because past projections turned out the be short.

    And you lucky taxpayer the ERO employer contribution (school district) is TWICE the contribution of the EMPLOYEE.

    They just ride the gravy train and cash out.

    The other Republicans in the Governor primary will not adequately reform a pensions system they themselves stand to benefit from greatly.

    And the younger you are as an employee receiving one of those pensions the more you stand to lose by voting for the status quo, because the system as it stands is one giant ponzi scheme that requires new investor money to pay off existing investors.

    The system cannot stand on its own.

    Because it’s grossly underfunded.

    Because benefits have been hiked.

    Causing the State of Illinois Contribution to be hiked.

    Any analysis of the TRS and other state pensions (SERS, SURS, GARS, JRS) needs to go back to 1970 because that is when the madness began.

    What analysis of state pensions goes back to 1970.


    The analyses you have seen which state benefit hikes are not the main cause for the underfunding of the pension system DO NOT GO BACK TO 1970!

    Completely dysfunctional.

    It’s absolutely unbelievable it’s true.

    100 years from now they will be wondering how on earth this was even possible.

    The benefit hikes were never based on sound financial math, rather pure political horse trading.

    So the claim that anyone is being shorted by reforming pensions is garbage.

    Quite the opposite.

    Taxpayers have been taken for a ride.

    No one ever explained to taxpayers what was happening.

    What were the legislators and governors supposed to say?

    Hey taxpayers we are taking money out of your wallet to fund yet another pension benefit hike for government
    employees whom provide us campaign contributions, votes, and electioneering assistance.

    Money taxpayers could be using to fund their less generous retirement programs.

    Even after reform those government employees will have a better retirement program than private.

    Those whom started there career in 2011 or after have a less generous program.

    There are exceptions and nuances but that is it in a nutshell.

    A big nut.

    Let’s close with a doozy.

    You still don’t believe legislators and Governors were a bunch of practical if not technical crooks?

    Pensions legislation in several cases was written that would apply to SPECIFIC employees!

    The Chicago Tribune has written several articles about that.

    Whatever Rauner’s shortcomings it can’t be worse than what we have endured for the last 40 years.

  3. By the way how would the public sector union bosses typically position what was just written in the last comment?

    An attack.

    Exposing the truth is an attack.

    There’s always an attack.

    Every year there is an attack.

    Non stop.

    Good times and bad times.

    Lean times and fat times.

    Attack attack attack.

    It’s a never ending war.

    Their objective is work the rank and file into a frenzy.

    True transparency?

    The furthest thing from their minds.

    Somehow if we don’t agree to unlimited benefit hikes, we do not appreciate government employees.

    What a bunch of hogwash.

    There latest tired argument is any reduction in pension benefits is a race to the bottom.

    No mention of how benefits were jacked up over the years.

    A bunch of half truths slanted to benefit themselves.

    They are pretty good at marketing and positioning though.

    If you call achieving their objective at the expense of the whole truth marketing and positioning.

    How else could this go on for FORTY YEARS?

    Where has the press been the last FORTY YEARS?



    Vote Rauner and pray.

  4. If Dillard, Brady, and Rutherford are so great how come they haven’t told the above story?

    Actually Rauner hasn’t told the story in detail either but he’s made it clear taking on the union bosses is a priority.

    Which means level the playing field not obliterating them.

    Unions are fine we just need a level playing field.

    The others won’t say that because the playbook for the last 40 years has been make sure you give the public sector unions what they want or you want or you won’t get elected.

    Well the General Assembly and Governors has changed the playbook over the last 40 years.

    They’ve passed laws which have given public sector unions to much power and too many benefits.

    The game has been legally rigged.

    Madigan is a political special interest maestro but he’s not an economic maestro.

    At some point we have to live in economic reality.

    The average Joe not in a special interest group has been shorted by the legally rigged system.

  5. Cal, what do you know about this Freedom PAC.

    They are the ones putting on the negative Rauner ads.

    Who funds them? What’s their story?

    Do they endorse a particular candidate?

    Are they even Republicans, or just Democrats afraid of the likely front runner?

  6. They must really be afraid of that guy to be running ads against him DURING THE PRIMARY!

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