Patch Flash: Union-Busting WI Gov. Criticizes IL During Visit

Chicagoland news to talk about: North Shore residents to save 41 percent on electricity bills, due to aggregation.


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was greeted in what is likely, by now, a familiar manner when he addressed business leaders in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday morning: By thousands of protesters. Walker used the opportunity to deride the state's financial health when compared to his own state's. "Illinois and Wisconsin, like nearly every other state, had big deficits. We had a $3.7 billion deficit," Walker said, according to NBC Chicago. "A year later, after we balanced a $3.6 billion budget deficit, things haven’t gotten any better in Springfield. When you raise taxes on business and individuals, it drives away wealth."

Governor Pat Quinn responded to Walker in a statement: "One would wonder what a governor with a terrible economic record could have to say about jobs and economic growth . . . While Governor Walker might be fond of anti-worker and tea party rhetoric, the facts aren't on his side."


The searches began at the start of the 2011-12 school year, with police dogs checking student lockers within the school.  Now, the District is planning to expand its searches to include student parking lots, as well.


A bakery owner and former baker are facing off in a lawsuit the defendant is calling "Muffin-Gate" in Evanston. When Mary Ann Huppert left her job at Evanston's Fraîche Bakery, located at 815 Noyes St., she took with her two cookbooks she had used while working there. Now, she's engaged in a battle with her former boss, shop owner Susan Davis Friedman, over recipes the latter claims are proprietary.


The Parks and Forestry Department of Lake Forest estimates that, based on previous tree inventory numbers, about 15,000 trees were lost to Dutch elm disease in Lake Forest over 20 years. . Parks and Forestry staff plan to start a new tree inventory and hope to hire more staff or interns to help with identifying infested trees. A five-year plan also is being developed and will be brought before the City Council in the fall.


Glencoe, along with the seven other communities involved in the consortium, will receive "one of the largest aggregation groups under a single form agreement in Illinois," according to a press statement released Tuesday.




LMJ April 20, 2012 at 08:52 PM
LOL Thanks for the good laugh today.
Michael April 20, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Mr Jarratt: Perhaps you would have more luck running for office in Wisconsin rather than Lake County? Your political leanings are clearly espoused by Mr. Walker, and you have a great grasp of Wisconsin stats. I think they need a 'tugboat' up there (lmao).
Gary April 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM
That's going to become the new motto for the Illinois Democratic Party - "Illinois, a great place to leave!"
Michael April 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Has anyone noticed that this guy is a candidate for office in Illinois??? By his fervent rants about the superiority of WI politics, I would expect him to be running for office there- not in our state... Lenny "the Tugboat" Jarratt! lmao
Michael April 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM
A lot of folks from Illinois are migrating to WI??? Back that stat...
Michael April 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Your work as a Correctional Officer and for Veggie Tales makes you a great candidate for WI. Hopefully they are not as shy are you are - or, maybe your wife can make the introductions?
LMJ April 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Yawwwwwn... some things never change. You start debating issues with facts, then they attack you personally.
Gary April 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Now wait a second there LMJ. We have to be fair to Michael. After all, this is all he knows. Remember that during the Wisconsin budget battle a bunch of heroic Democrats dug in their heals, stiffened their spines, and stood up to Governor Walker... by running away to Illinois and refusing to do their job. In Michael's world leaving the state is the only honorable thing to do when you disagree with how things are going. This is his way of saying "I'm behind you all they way Lennie! Run away now!".
Sully April 20, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Then logically, the stats can easily be manipulated by Walker as well. You also assume I approve of Quinn. I like him just a little better than Rahm, which is not saying much. I do believe though, that in order to improve the economy, everyone needs more funds, not just the corporate whores. When governors take away workers rights they are not improving economic conditions. When taxes are cut for millionaires, while domestic programs that help the not as fortunate are slashed, the economy does not prosper. The disparity between the top 1 percent and the rest is disgraceful, and Walker is just another Koch crony doing his part to ensure the wealthy stay wealthy and everyone else pays the price. Also lost in the debate is the more than probable corruption of the Walker administration and those who shill for him and the republican party (such as county clerk Kathy Nickolaus of Waukesha County).
McCloud April 21, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Who are the Koch brothers? What is a superstorm? Funds for everyone? Worker's rights are being taken away? I suggest you come into the light, that liberal nonspeak makes you sound quite redundant.
Sully April 21, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Well Mr. McCloud, if you don't know the answers to these questions, then you are spending far too much time watching Fox. You aren't really interested in the facts, but rather, the fabrications you take as the gospel. Please, continue to do the bidding of the corporate oligarchs who really control this country. They are the job creators after all. Who cares if you have less so they can have more. In your case, I certainly don't.
Louis G. Atsaves April 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Talk about a skewed headline! 200 protesters who were paid by their unions to be there vs. 700 people who paid $125.00 each out of their own pockets to hear Governor Walker speak. Why feature astroturf protesters under those circumstances? The protesters showed up at 5:00 pm. and were gone by 6:00 p.m. Guess they were only paid to be there an hour!
McCloud April 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I figured an oligarch would be dropped sooner or later. The results are in, after almost 4 years of Obama we are all worse off with an added 5 trillion to our national debt, included corporate payoffs from Obama to bailout corporate oligarchs. Yet we see WI budgets balanced, and they send millions to WI along with union thugs armed with baseball bats. Talk about a superstorm.
jack gasparac April 21, 2012 at 03:38 PM
McCloud...did you forget that Obama came into office with all that debt from the REPUBS. Detroit is duing pretty dam good now and paid back all the money from bailouts. Stand by 94 in the AM & PM and see all the cars from cheese land coming to IL. for work?? Walker promised 250,000 jobs !!! What a joke !! And the taxes are being reduced every where because the land values have gone down not because of job growth!! TAX THE RICH IS THE WAY TO GO!!
Lennie Jarratt April 21, 2012 at 03:57 PM
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2011/may/26/are-auto-companies-paid-up-american-taxpayers/ "Only a fraction of that, $6.7 billion, was in the form of loans. Most of the government's GM investment was converted to an ownership stake in the New GM, the company that emerged from bankruptcy: $2.1 billion in preferred stock; and 60.8 percent of the company's common equity. The jury is still out on how much return the government will get on that investment. Whitacre could accurately claim that GM has retired its $6.7 billion in loans from the U.S. government. But with the government still owning 60 percent of the company and the prospects slim for getting all its money back, we thought that was highly misleading. And so we rated Whitacre's statement Half True."
Lennie Jarratt April 21, 2012 at 03:57 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57400369-503544/national-debt-has-increased-more-under-obama-than-under-bush/ "(CBS News) The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency. The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office."
Lennie Jarratt April 21, 2012 at 03:58 PM
@Jack G, just because one President overspent, it doesn't excuse the next one to do it faster.
Sully April 21, 2012 at 05:36 PM
http://investmentwatchblog.com/national-debt-increased-by-75-under-bush-and-25-under-obama/#.T5LvFhB5mSM http://www.cleveland.com/datacentral/index.ssf/2011/07/national_debt_up_35_percent_du.html Lennie, anyone can manipulate numbers to make them look good or bad. It's a little more complex than you make it out to be.
Lennie Jarratt April 21, 2012 at 05:40 PM
So Sully, are you claiming CBS News is lying?
Lennie Jarratt April 21, 2012 at 05:48 PM
You can also go to the ustreasury.gov website and see the actual numbers if you believe they are. Bush Fiscal Years Debt: $4,548,176,639,018.59 Obama Fiscal Years Debt to date: $4,884,537,336,227.00 I did exclude the the split fiscal year (2009) so there is no debate how to allocate the split of what Bush spent vs Obama (Stimulus & Omnibus)
Mike April 21, 2012 at 06:18 PM
After Walker wins the recall... I would call it a mandate and go back for more from the unions. I think he got what he wanted in the first 12 months and was going to leave the unions alone. But if he wins, he will have even more support to make additional cuts. Might even be revenge based for all the dirt coming from the unions. Who could blame him...
jackson April 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Oh yes Mike..he might have got what he wanted as the Koch brothers lined his pocket with $$$$$ but you must be a busness owner who wants more in his bank accout and let the peons just try to make it on less income and take the bs everyday from management and abuse. My son is a teacher in cheese land and took a $6000 cut in pay from all the neww laws. Did you take a cut in income??? Bet not!!! Also over 40% of republican voters think the rich should pay more i n income taxes!!! Mr. Clinton left office with a surpluss and then came Bush........Evan Regan raised taxes!! Thats a nice thing.. lets get revenge on some more of the middle class worker...you have your head in the sand!!!!!!
jackson April 22, 2012 at 01:12 AM
So tell me something ...why is it so bad they went back to building cars in Detroit?? You Rebubs just cant' give our Pres an ounce of credit canyou??? It just hurts to see good things happening !!! I shudder to think about Mit as Pres. God help us all!! I sugest you watch more MSNBC for the real story !!!
Lennie Jarratt April 22, 2012 at 01:47 AM
@Jackson, so are you saying we should ignore the actual facts?
Lennie Jarratt April 22, 2012 at 02:19 AM
As always, get your news from multiple outlets to find the truth: http://www.harrisinteractive.com/NewsRoom/HarrisPolls/tabid/447/ctl/ReadCustom%20Default/mid/1508/ArticleId/961/Default.aspx BTW @Jackson, MSNBC is ranked lower than FOX (table 3). Personally, I get my news from about a dozen of those outlets, plus many more that were not surveyed..
jackson April 22, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Yes Sully....They ignore the and destort them when ever they can evan if they are not true. How else can they sway the votes. They are'nt doinging any thing for the workers out here!!
Mike April 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Jackson... I had a hard time following your logic. I'll attempt to reply... I don't own a business but I do want more in my bank account (I guess if I manage to save a large amount you will expect me to share it with you...) I work in a manufacturing plant in WI. Several of my coworkers have spouses that teach, so we have talked about their situations. None of them took a $6,000 hit with the new laws. They are now contributing ~$1,200 / year more to their retirement. They will get this money back in retirement. I did not take a pay cut. However, my salary has been frozen for the past two years. Not many teachers have experienced that, but the are some. I don't think anyone should pay higher taxes, poor , middle or rich. If you are suggesting that the rich pay higher taxes and the money is passed through to teachers so they can continue to receive sweet retirement benefits. I don't support it... No argument on the Clinton/Bush/Regan comments. However, Obama has already increased the debt the same as Bush in half the time. I certainly don't want Walker to take revenge if he wins. I'd prefer that he doesn't. I'm just making the point that he might be motivated to because of the actions of the unions. I don't have my head in the sand. I'm not a dem or rep... I think both parties are out of touch with mainstream America. The rich are getting too rich and the public unions continue to expect more than the typical worker.
Louis G. Atsaves April 22, 2012 at 02:27 PM
They went back to building cars in Detroit thanks to Obama. What is always left out are the thousands who lost jobs when the bankruptcy court terminated hundreds of car dealership contracts, and the GM pension program was rewritten to sock it to employees and pensioners. Democrats the party of the working man! How much longer can the unions and Democrats get away with those lies?
Lennie Jarratt April 22, 2012 at 03:07 PM
@Louis, the union leaders are also lying to the rank and file. The real question is how long will the union rank and file continue to put up with their leadership causing them to lose jobs instead of allowing reasonable compromises that prevent this job loss.
Ignacio Steen May 07, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Urban legends are never aided by made-up vignettes from life that never occurred. Spare us your RepubliKlan fantasies.


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