As long as Judges are selected and retained by a process that includes elections, it is necessary that the voters have accurate information about candidates to make reasoned choices. The following summarizes the opinions of the Illinois Supreme Court over the last 10 years and reviews votes for justices up for retention this November.
From In These Times:
By Stephen Quillen
Many Illinoisans are concerned that gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is trying to 'redistribute wealth upwards,' and will make the state's inequality gap even wider if elected. (Citizen Action Illinois)
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The Cozy World of Bruce Rauner and the Griffins – How the Very Rich are Creating Their Own Media Outlets
By Lynda DeLaforgue, Co-Director
UPDATE – June 13: Ken Griffin just donated another $2.5 million to Bruce Rauner on June 11, 2014. It would take a minimum wage worker ($8.25 hr – 40 hr week) almost 150 years to earn $2.5 million. Heck, that’s probably two generations of minimum wage workers.
Something is rotten in the state of Illinois when this kind of money is used to buy a governorship.
In 2012, hedge fund mogul Anne Griffin launched and was sole funder of RebootIllinois.com, a for-profit website. While Reboot purports to be non-partisan, as Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune puts it, “Reboot Illinois, that calls itself nonpartisan but has echoed GOP critiques on topics from public worker pensions to improving the business climate and school funding.” (Trib 10-1-12)
Now it appears that Reboot is moving into a world of political polling. Major news sources are covering the current Reboot poll of the Governor’s race as top news.
CA/IL - Progressive Action Project Endorsements for the 2014 Primary Elections
An Endorsement Session will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014.
Citizen Action/Illinois’ Policy Council will consider endorsements for the following races:
- Statewide officeholders, including U.S. Senate
- State Representative and State Senate
- Congress (mention PAC here?)
All candidates must complete our 2014 Candidate Questionnaire by January 17, 2014.