In an op-ed today in the State Journal-Register, Governor Bruce Rauner sent a clear message to Springfield power brokers: Illinois voters elected him to reform the failed status quo, and that's what he's going to do. From Day 1, the Governor has expressed a willingness to negotiate and compromise with the majority Democrats. This can only happen, though, if they are willing to make some tough decisions that are necessary to change business-as-usual in Illinois.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has always been the political favorite of Washington insiders and party partisans. She has sought to define herself as an independent-minded leader, but it is entirely inconsistent with her record. For weeks, her friends in Washington have worked to elbow out potential opponents and today it appears they have fallen short.
As a center for agriculture, manufacturing and services, Illinois is a state with a lot of exports – and even more export potential. International trade is a major part of our economy. So it’s not surprising that a president from here would push to expand trade opportunities by negotiating with other countries to open up their markets... …Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who has announced she’ll run against [Senator Mark] Kirk in 2016, opposes giving Obama trade promotion authority. Duckworth wants to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate, yet she wants to block a measure that would be an economic boon for her state.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is a Chicago Insider contrary to what she would like voters to believe. Duckworth’s ties to disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich and his Chicago allies run deep. In 2006, Duckworth’s congressional campaign was aided by Blagojevich staff.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is a Chicago insider. She is not an independent voice for Illinois. Duckworth’s ties to disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich are raising questions about her judgment. She accepted donations from Myron Cherry, a long time Democratic fundraiser and lawyer linked to the Blagojevich-Rezko scandal.